High On Fire - Luminiferous
Review by BitterCOld
8.8
High On Fire are one of a few select bands in metal, or even in the music industry. Six albums out and none of them suck. Not too many bands you can say that about now, are there? Luminiferous marks their seventh studio release and some highly flammable straw men might have been worried that they'd run out of ideas or Matt Pike's sobriety might fuck up their awesome dynamic… Bitch, please.

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Civil War - Gods And Generals
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
5.8
Civil War is a history buff's dream. Finally, a metal anthem dedicated to Lord Nelson! Someone else in the world dug up the story of the USS Monitor! And who could not but respect the musical memorialization of Oskar Schindler? Sweden's second-favorite library-bound power metal venture never fail to impress - in terms of lyrical content, anyway. Unfortunately, as the saying goes… history repeats itself.

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Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed
Review by Belegûr
6.9
"I've put on the last album by mistake." These were my initial thoughts when I started listening to Blessed & Possessed; that is just how similar the opening track, "Blessed & Possessed," is to "Amen & Attack" from the previous album, Preachers Of The Night. Unfortunately this feeling of déjà vu continued throughout the rest of the album.

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Antigama - The Insolent
Review by Apothecary
7.0
Within the often rigid confines of grindcore, the Polish Antigama has carved a unique identity for itself, sticking true to the genre perhaps, but also coming to weave all kinds of unusual shapes and sounds around it. 2015's The Insolent, however, sees the band easing up on the weirdness factor a bit and opting for a more straightforward approach.

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Guardians Of Time - Rage And Fire
Review by Belegûr
9.0
Norway isn't well-known for power metal when compared to neighbours Sweden, but Guardians Of Time are more than capable of matching the quality of just about any power metal band on the scene today. This is the fourth studio album, released after their return in 2011, and it is easily a contender for power metal album of the year. A Beautiful Atrocity showed a change in style for the band, with a more progressive quality to the music. However it would be completely wrong of me to say that the band has ever written generic power metal as I think they have already created a signature sound that makes them instantly recognisable over many other bands in the genre. Rage And Fire isn't as progressive as their previous effort, but it is heavy, melodic and catchy from start to finish.

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Cradle Of Filth - Hammer Of The Witches
Review by Windrider
6.0
It must be tough to be Dani Filth right now. The voice of your early career has left you and the one thing you can still properly sing is some gentle gothic metal as last seen on the Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder album. However, for this kind of music your chief songwriter has just left you. The departure of Paul Allender was both sad and promising. He is a great guitarist, yet most fans can agree that the band was in bloom at the times he wasn't around. That is why I personally had some hopes. But as it often turns out in the end, he should not have left.

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Dreadnought - Bridging Realms
Review by Apothecary
 
In 2013, I reviewed Dreadnought's Lifewoven debut and compared it to a massive sandwich with an overwhelming number of ingredients. Keeping the metaphorical train a-rolling, one could then say that this year's follow up, Bridging Realms, is more of a fine glass of wine: not quite as heavy, but still flavorful, and more smooth and relaxing.

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Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera
Review by R'Vannith
8.0
Quintessential Ephemera is a record which streamlines Rosetta's sound at a time of creative independence. It marks the band's second self-release and is a stabilising work which assures of their ability to make music free from label demands.

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Staff pick
Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead
Experimental and noisy

This album is an amalgamation of ambient atmosphere, structure and noise. It's convoluted yet sensible enough not to appear to be completely out to lunch. This is food for the restless mind. If you, like me, enjoyed their début album, this will definitely sit well with you.

Try the album teaser at SoundCloud.

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Kataklysm - New Song Released 02.07

Kataklysm are back with a new album this year, Of Ghosts And Gods, which is expected to be released on July 31st worldwide via Nuclear Blast. The band is prepared to unleash an aural assault of the best kind upon the masses and the Canadian death metallers have released a brand new track entitled "The Black Sheep". You can tell us what you think about it after you give it a spin below. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
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Death/doom metallers Indesinence are currently streaming online yet another new song called "Mountains Of Mind / Five Years Ahead (Of My Time)", the third from their upcoming album III and so you can get a good idea of the dimensions the band is exploring. Listen to the song below and evaluate it. The album release date is July 21st under Profound Lore Records. (by Pazdzioch)   Read more ››
 
Nervosa - New Video Out, Confirm European Tour 02.07

"Into Moshpit" is the new video from Brazilian thrashers Nervosa. The band from São Paulo, Brazil, is very busy these days and has also announced European tour dates for a hot summer of thrashing. The video features the song taken from the band's acclaimed debut album, Victim Of Yourself, which was released in 2014 via Napalm Records. Enjoy! (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
The 3rd Attempt - Debut New Song, Album Details 02.07

You are probably familiar with Norwegian black metallers The 3rd Attempt. It's the new band of former Carpathian Forest guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor. On the 25th of September, Dark Essence Records is set to release the band's debut full-length album Born In Thorns. As a taste of what to expect from the record, the track "Art Of Domination" has been debuted online. Check out if you like it below via SoundCloud. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
 
Behemoth - To Tour With Abbath, Inquisition, Entombed A.D. 02.07

Europe will be able to witness soon another Behemoth tour. The Polish death metal heavyweights have announced that they will be touring Europe in early 2016 still supporting their latest effort, The Satanist. This tour happening in January/February will feature as well Abbath, Inquisition and Entombed A.D. Get ready for one of the hottest extreme metal packages of 2016, Europa Blasphemia Tour. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm & Review Ratings 03.07

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Nightwish & Sabaton - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - 28 April 2015 26.06

Nightwish,who recently toured in North America with Sabaton and Delain in tow, delivered a flawless performance at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. (by Susan)   Read more ››
 
Mono - Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 23.04.2015 22.06

My interest in checking out shows of bands hailing from sub-genres like experimental post-rock, instrumental post-metal (or similar in this vein) has been present more and more over recent years. So, of course, to attend a concert of Mono in our capital city was the right thing to do. The band was touring across Europe in support of their latest double-album release: The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
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Six Feet Under - Undead (2012)

You all seemed to have no problem with me shitting on generic death metal acts before, this time around should be no different. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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Frontman Jeff Becerra is wheelchair-bound since a 1989 shooting that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

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