Insomnium - Shadows Of The Dying Sun
Review by R'Vannith
8.5
With Insomnium no longer having the service of guitarist Ville Vänni and his replacement by Markus Vanhala, the lead guitarist of Omnium Gatherum, Shadows Of The Dying Sun presents the possibility of a merging of the titans, so to speak. However, their sixth full length studio effort is no less Insomnium in style and execution than what preceded it, which means we're granted yet another excellent album from this premier melodic death metal band.

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Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Review by Mr. Doctor
8.6
For all seasoned members of our beloved death metal cult, shock value isn't a thing anymore. The walls of sound are hardly impenetrable and all the pieces fall into place with ease. Our attraction towards more extreme and intricate metal is fueled by our desire to go back to that time where chaos was the norm and order was our goal. Yes, my comrades, despite what others might say: there is order in this maelstrom of visceral riffs, disturbing drumming and monstrous vocals.

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Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Review by Apothecary
8.0
We all know the story by now. Following the disbanding of Celtic Frost after the widely-hailed Monotheist, metal torchbearer Thomas Fischer announced the formation of Triptykon, a new project that would be dedicated towards continuing on in the vein of the final Celtic Frost album. The band's Eparistera Daimones debut showed a glimpse of Fischer's remaining committment to writing ominous, crushing music. Now, in 2014, Melana Chasmata cements it.

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Cormorant - Earth Diver
Review by R'Vannith
8.8
Few bands have taken melodic death metal so far along a progressive route as Cormorant. These guys are an entirely independent group and their style is adventurous, downright impressive and unparalleled in individuality. Earth Diver is their third effort in a discographical success story, each time they've committed themselves to a release on their own terms they've put out astonishingly creative melodic metal. That is a guarantee which they continually assure.

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A Hill To Die Upon - Holy Despair
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
This is a band who still know how to make their metal without resorting to keyboard overload. This is melodic, it's death in substance, it's black in presentation and it's A Hill To Die Upon's third successful studio effort, a combination of melodic extremes.

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Skogen - I Döden
Review by Troy Killjoy
8.0
It seems like yesterday (it wasn't) when Skogen released Svítjod and I sat at my computer desk typing up a review starting out with how much these guys have flown under the radar in spite of creating some excellent atmospheric/pagan black metal. Today I will start out doing the same.

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Menace - Impact Velocity
Review by R'Vannith
7.6
For those familiar with Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is a man who needs no introduction for fans of the band or listeners of grindcore at large, however his new endeavour in project Menace does need some introducing. A catchy progressive metal with hard rock song structures is what you'll find in the debut album Impact Velocity, made up of twelve tracks with a captivating "cyber" thematic incentive.

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22-26 January 2015

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Anubis Gate - Horizons
Girlfriend Metal

Following up their excellent self-titled uh... fifth album, most fans knew that this album was going to be a disappointment. Suffering the loss of a founding guitarist and drummer, the odds were on a steaming pile of Danish doo-doo. Yet somehow, this album comes out like a delicious wienerbrød. Still one of the only bands that I can never seem to figure out when songs are going to end or begin, the structures are interesting enough to avoid boring us to death with ordinary melodic prog/power metal. If you want a band that knows how to write great catchy songs without all the plague of pompousness that most modern prog metal suffers from, you may enjoy this.

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Cannibal Corpse - European Tour With Revocation And Aeon 24.04

Death metal heavyweights Cannibal Corpse just announced their return to Europe this fall. This will be their first European tour in support of their new, yet untitled album due for release later this year via Metal Blade Records. New label mates Revocation have been confirmed as direct support while Swedish death metal horde Aeon - also on Metal Blade Records - have been slotted as the opening band. You will be able to listen to some new songs on this tour. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Steven Wilson - Bidding Farewell To Blackfield 24.04

As he mentioned before, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion) plans to have one final performance with the side band and project Blackfield, then he will leave the band to focus on his solo career. The final show will happen next week, in New York City at the Best Buy Theater on the 1st of May, and will be his farewell and thank you to the band and fans. Aviv Geffen will continue recording and touring as Blackfield with new collaborators. (by Ruin)   Read more ››
 
Dornenreich - Release Another New Album Preview 24.04

Dornenreich's new album will be released on May 2nd, 2014 via Prophecy Productions, which means this is the perfect time to whet your appetite a little more for what's to come. Today the Austrian metallers have released a second preview of their impending album Freiheit. If you can't wait to get your hands on it, you have to listen to this preview now. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Slayer - Sign To Nuclear Blast, Debut New Song 24.04

Slayer start off the day with big news. First, last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of "Implode," the band's first new studio recording in five years. "Implode" can now be downloaded at Slayer's website provided you give your email address or sign up with your Facebook account. The band also signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. A new Slayer song! Unexpected but are... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Novembre - Former Bassist Fabio "Puccio" Vignati Passes Away 24.04

Italian death/doom metallers Novembre are mourning the death of their former bassist Fabio "Puccio" Vignati. He had left the band in 1999. The band didn't elaborate on the cause of his death and preferred to remember his time recording their debut album Wish I Could Dream It Again. R.I.P. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #1 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.04

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler 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 Desolace, Sirion, Hypergiant, Existem, SwampHög and Tarpan. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, R Lewis, BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Metal Alliance Tour 2014 - Multiple Locations - April 2014 23.04

The organizers took the old saying "Black Is Beautiful" to the next level and put together an awesome tour package for their 2014 run. This year's event brought us headliner Behemoth, rotating direct support acts 1349 and Goatwhore, one of the most dynamic duo's in the scene, Inquisition, and newcomer Black Crown Initiate out of Pennsylvania, USA. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Metal Storm Anthology Awards 05.04

Thanks for participating in our 10th Anniversary Anthology Awards voting. Of course by now you all (hopefully) figured out it was an April Fools' Day prank. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
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Thrudvangar - Zwischen Asgard Und Midgard (2007)

"Zwischen Asgard Und Midgard" is the last album of the German act Thrudvangar. Between Black and Viking Metal this new release (that I consider a lot more Black than "Viking" by the way) is a solid album of epic music. Thrudvangar is not that kind of bands which will re-invent a genre but they're good to play their music and I really think that a lot of metalheads from the fans of Black Metal to the folkers will find a real interest in the release. What I like the most in... (by Jeff)   Read more ››

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Nightwish

Two Nightwish songs were used for big-production movies:

- Planet Hell in The Ring of the Nibelungs (2004, TV) - with some big actors in it.

- I Wish I Had An Angel in Alone in the Dark (2005) - based on the cult PC game, with Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff. Film director Uwe Boll also shot the music video for the song.

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