Sabaton - The Last Stand
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.3
The hype train for The Last Stand was as swift, powerful, and unstoppable as Jan III Sobieski at the Battle of Vienna. Sabaton and Nuclear Blast ardently touted this album as a new chapter in the band's sonic evolution, a new incarnation of our Swedish pals featuring more experimentation and variation than ever. It's clear that they wanted us to recognize something greater in The Last Stand. But what is it that sets The Last Stand apart?

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Horseback - Dead Ringers
Review by Apothecary
8.2
On the morning of August 12, when I went on Bandcamp eager to listen to this new Horseback album in full, I saw a little blurb in the upper right corner that described it as music where "the distorted swagger of Neil Young's Crazy Horse sits at a table next to the haunted dronescapes of Sunn O)))." I burst out laughing then and there at how ridiculously silly this description sounded. But I would later regret it upon entering the realm of Horseback once more, and realizing just how accurate that label truly is.

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Forevermore - Integral
Review by Susan
7.8
Baseball is often called "the thinking-man's sport." This may be unfair, since huge degrees of both mental toughness and strategy are required for nearly all sports, but artful scheming, well-thought-out maneuvers, and evolving game-plans are vital to baseball. So, I keep listening to Forevermore and having the term "thinking-man's metalcore" come to mind. Progressive elements dazzle this record and show incredible depth...

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Hibria - XX
Review by Susan
 
Has it really been 20 years since Hibria formed? Many of us discovered them with the release of their explosive and monumental 2004 debut, Defying The Rules, which was already a culmination of several years' hard work and demo releases. Aside from making us feel old (I mean, I still consider Hibria to be the energetic young kids of heavy metal), these Brazilians have put together a little anniversary gift for us fans: three excellent new tunes...

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Fistula - Longing For Infection
Review by Apothecary
8.0
Who ever said a band needed to be original to be good? Fistula sure as hell didn't.

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Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kāla:Ananta [EP]
Review by Apothecary
8.5
The wolf is an able predator, of quick movement and firm body, able to take down its prey relatively easily. Snakes are lower on the food chain, however, and must resort to more stealth and concealement for survival. What happens when nature's winding trails make these two creatures cross paths? Enter Wolvserpent.

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Be'lakor - Vessels
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.0
Be'lakor is one of the most highly-praised and widely-beloved bands on Metal Storm, and I guess now we know which album is going to sweep our melodeath category come awards season; but before you storm away in a petulant huff complaining about popularity contests and unfair competition, allow me to explain why Vessels will be the album leading its buddies by 600 votes next February.

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Crowhurst - Isolator
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
7.8
This is music.

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Discussing this with Pippin, he described as "If Orange Goblin and Tool had a psychedelic doom baby". What he said. bandcamp cometh

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Thy Catafalque - New Track Available For Streaming 24.08

Meta is the new and seventh full-length album from the Hungarian band Thy Catafalque. The album will be released on September 16th via Season Of Mist and recently the avantgarde outfit decided to release for streaming "10^(-20) Ångström". This is the third song unveiled from the new opus and can now be streamed using the YouTube player below. (by Paz)   Read more ››
 
Vader - Premiere New Track And Lyric Video 24.08

A new Vader song? It's about time! We still haven't heard much from their forthcoming album, The Empire, due out in November. The Polish death metal machine just released a new EP called Iron Times and it contains two new songs. This special 10" single is taken from their upcoming album. Check out below the lyric video of the brand new track "Prayer To The God Of War" via YouTube. It's just a taste of what's to come. How do you like this new song? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Children Of Bodom - Announce N. American Tour With Abbath 24.08

Children Of Bodom are hitting the road once again in North America! The Finns will embark on a 21-date North American tour with special guests Abbath, California-based metal act Exmortus, and Canada's progressive metallers Oni. The trek will commence in Quebec on November 23rd and will hit 3 Canadian cities as well as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and conclude in Brooklyn on December 19th. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Moonspell - To Release 'Irreligious' 20th Anniversary Vinyl 24.08

One of Moonspell's best albums, if not the best, Irreligious, returns on vinyl for the first time since its original release back in 1996! It will be released on October 7th, 2016 via Century Media Records. In cooperation with the band, the label decided to re-visit the band's quintessential album as original vinyl editions have been hard to find and are very expensive nowadays. This 20th anniversary edition includes various additional treats. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Heavydeath - New Album Samples Online 24.08

Swedish death doomsters Heavydeath have shared samples from songs on their upcoming second full length album, In Circles We Die, which will be out in November 2016. The record was recorded during a few sessions in April and June 2016 by Nicklas Rudolfsson, Johan Bäckman and Daniel Moilanen. It was produced by Nicklas Rudolfsson and Johan Bäckman, mixed by Johan Bäckman and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by Andy La Rocque. More details regarding the album are expected soon. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Summer Slaughter Tour - San Francisco, USA - August 2016 18.08

Another year, another Summer Slaughter! Always a highlight for me. Summer Slaughter promises brutal music, fun performances, and new discoveries, while the events themselves never disappoint for tattoo watching and band shirt spotting. This was the 10th Anniversary so of course it was going to be amazing. Right? Well... it was not the best year ever but still a successful night. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Winter Metal Fest - A Kiloton Of Fun 08.08

A Kiloton Of Fun - Gama Bomb Invade Paraguay Or "How I Learned To Love The Bomb". (by BitterCOld)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 05.08

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest a while here. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future. This issue features music from Mesarthim, Aleph Null, Highrider, An Eater's Curse, Sva Da Ra & Oak. (by Nefarious, Susan)   Read more ››
 
Revocation 18.08

The Summer Slaughter Tour rocked its way across the United States yet again, and I had the pleasure of speaking with the awesome guys from Revocation before their set. There are many nice and cool musicians out there playing metal, but few bands are as instantly likeable, easy-going, and fun as Revocation. When we weren't talking about dildos or farting, we actually got down to some business. Here are some of those more business-related highlights from our chat: Susan: The new album seems pretty well received. What were you guys hoping to accomplish with it? (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Nile 07.08

Last month, on the opening day of the Summer Slaughter tour no less, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the main man from Nile himself: Karl Sanders. On a hot summer day in Fort Lauderdale, I was warmly invited aboard his tour bus for a lovely talk about the festival, band business, historical artificacts, and more. (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
 
Skyforger 22.07

Bad English: This may be a weird question, but how do you envision the Latvian metal scene if bands such as Skyforger and Heaven Grey had never existed? Peter Kvetkovskis: Well, there was always and still is another bands around - the metal scene here is quite big enough even without Skyforger or Heaven Grey. The question is how unique and original those bands are, but that's another topic to talk about I guess. It is very hard to make your name worldwide if you are from such a small far away country like Latvia is. You must be somehow original to stand out from millions of bands playing... (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery (2008)

The mighty Bloodbath is back. I'm sure that you all already know their previous EP "Unblessing The Purity" but today of course we will not talk about it and only focus on the really awaited new album "The Fathomless Mastery". I like Bloodbath and I like its members so really one more time I was expecting something great and one more time I'm not disappointed. Fan of real Death, this release will be a must again! I think that I'm probably repeating myself but what... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Cynic

At the end of January 2008, the Wacken Open air organization "accidentally" booked the "wrong" Cynic. They believed they had booked the US Technical/Progressive Death Metal band while they have had negotiations with the UK NWOBHM band Cynic. When they realized their "mistake" in February they brusquely scrapped UK Cynic from their line up roster. A few weeks later they confirmed that US Cynic would be playing WOA 2008.

Tim Batkin, UK Cynic drummer commented: "German people have an enviable and just reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail, so it is very disappointing to report that during negotiations for Cynic to play at Wacken (including telephone conversations to and from England), that whilst they booked and promoted a "British heavy metal band from Worcester, England", they (Wacken organizer Thomas) believed he had entered into contract with a thrash metal band from the US.
Dear Thomas (ever the promoter professional), when he realised his error (well, in fact, he sent our team a link to Wikipedia of Cynic U.S. and asked if that was us), and when receiving the negative response, binned us from the show.
So, sorry, guys, we won't be playing. If anyone could suggest another venue, we would be all ears to come and play. In the meantime, and putting this distraction behind us, we will crack on with the album and get it out to you."

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