Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara
Review by tea[m]ster
8.5
A relatively new metal movement has taken me aback, leading me down an exhilarating, spiral path of emotionally charged and blissfully saturated musical sensibility. The blackgaze concept is a combination of black metal axioms with more dreamy and mellow textures and Harakiri For The Sky, a two-piece outfit from Vienna, Austria, have nailed it. The usual characteristics of blackgaze/shoegaze/post-black (yes I lump them together as one, because to...

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Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings
Review by R'Vannith
7.8
Babe, is this for real?

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Belphegor - Conjuring The Dead
Review by Doc Godin
7.0
Have you ever tried to start an epic slow-clap moment in a room full of people, hoping it'll catch on and break into some massive applause, but instead end up standing there like a total dope, beating your hands together in an otherwise totally silent crowd? That's how every Belphegor fan feels when they release something even slightly better than Walpurgis Rites...and so it continues with Conjuring The Dead.

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Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front
Review by Doc Godin
8.7
Now we have two Entombeds lurking around? Details on this fiasco are vague, but the most obvious scenario is that these guys were ready to do battle metal style...Which is less Braveheart meets Conan The Barbarian, and more of Judge Judy...But Judge Judy on a metal musicians budget for legal representation, which is probably something like Barry Zuckerkorn meets Lionel Hutz. Alas, Alex Hellid packed up his toys and went home, leaving the rest of the Entombed crew to release this as Entombed A.D.. Bad news for Hellid, because Back To The Front slays pretty damn hard.

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Accept - Blind Rage
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
8.5
Now that Accept have climbed back to the top of their game and swept up the spotlight with a pair of excellent albums, their challenge lies in maintaining their grasp on success. Despite song titles like "Dying Breed," "Fall Of The Empire," and "Final Journey," Blind Rage does not spell the end to Accept's second wind; it is the next chapter.

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Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
Review by Apothecary
8.3
One man bands have more or less always caught my attention, mostly due to the inspiring testaments to individual potential that lurk within them. Many of metal's repeat offenders within this realm of solidarity have kept relatively quiet this year, but now the silence is being broken once more by the little known, though highly accomplished Chaos Moon, beloved offspring of America's very own Alexander "Esoterica" Poole.

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Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War
Review by Doc Godin
 
It seems a little too easy picking on a band like Fozzy. The soapbox-contrarian part of me wants to love this album out of spite...But I just can't do it. Do You Wanna Start A War? is about as bland as it gets.

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Krokmitën - Omicron-Omega
Review by Doc Godin
 
Remember when you weren't a miserable prick? Back when the prospect of hearing a new, underground death metal band filled you childish glee, rather than that tired sigh and shrug? Well, here's something nice for your sad little existence ... Krokmitën; a band straddling the line between classic death metal standards and fresh, innovative sounds.

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Green Carnation: Special Show - Another Night Under The Dam

Norway, Åseral (The Dam)
31 July 2014

Green Carnation
Staff pick
Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance
Sludge ice cream, with death metal sprinkles

These Spanish conquistadors are back in action. Continuing in the direction of Grengus, Summoning Deliverance is Horn Of The Rhino at perhaps their most violent yet. Gone are the days of the more relaxed vibes of their earlier material, in favor of some fast and nasty sludge, with a much more snarling type of vocal delivery from Javier Galvez, all wrapped up with some pleasantly surprising extreme metal elements. Crushing in every sense of the word.

Listen on Bandcamp, and cry to yourself over the label deciding that only streaming select tracks would be a good idea.

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Exodus - Kirk Hammett To Guest On New Album 28.07

Exodus have confirmed that Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett will guest on their upcoming new album and play a guitar solo. Kirk was of course a member of the original Exodus line-up but left to join Metallica in 1983. The rest is history. Also, on July 25th, the Fear FestEvil After Party showcased a performance by the legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus at the San Diego Comic Con. Hammett joined the band on-stage for a few songs with bassist Robert Trujillo and other guests also making an appearance on the encore jam. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Nightrage - New Label, Enter The Studio In September 28.07

Recently, Nightrage have signed an album deal with Despotz Records. Yes, the melodic death metal band will finally release the follow-up to Insidious (2011). In fact, the group is entering the Dugout Studio (in Uppsala, Sweden) with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15th to record the new opus. A new single/video will be out this fall and the yet untitled album will surface in February 2015. Ronnie Nyman will lend his voice to the new release. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Burning Point - Announce New Vocalist, To Record New Album 28.07

Burning Point have a new vocalist. It is Nitte Valo (former vocalist of Battle Beast) who joins the Finnish melodic metal band. The band has also recruited a new keyboardist: Jarkko Väisänen. Pete Ahonen also decided to step down from the lead vocalist position and continue as a guitarist. But there is more. The band will start recording their new album soon and the working title is Polttopiste. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Thränenkind - New Video Online 28.07

The Germans Thränenkind have recently premiered a brand new video. If you perhaps never heard of them, the black metal/crust band released their debut album The Elk last year. Their newest release is another 2-track EP, called Hope(less), released via Lifeforce Records. Watch the video below for the song "April". Do you like what you hear? (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Sunn O))) - Share More About Collaboration With Scott Walker 27.07

Drone doom masters Sunn O))) and experimental musician Scott Walker recently announced a collaboration album and fans couldn't wait to know more about it. Well, the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) now has a title and release date. Soused, as it will be called, is set to be released on the 22nd of September. Soused will be a 5-track release. Let the anticipation begin... (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Amaranthe - American Beauty Car Show, Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Haapsalu, Estonia, 19.07.2014 28.07

Haapsalu is a small and beautiful Estonian resort town by the sea. Each August its quiet is disturbed by an invasion of owners and admirers of the American car industry. Shining cars, roaring engines, burning rubber, cruising, and a drag race on the airfield strip - American Beauty Car Show has got it all. If you're into all that, it's the place to be. Naturally, this also calls for musical entertainment of varied sorts, which somehow managed to grab my attention for the first time with only one name - Amaranthe. Just because I happen to like them. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
 
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 23.07

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 Megalodoom, Kylfingar, Svengali, Anopheli, Whetstone and The Ralph. (by Nefarious, Abattoir, R Lewis, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears)   Read more ››
 
Hellfest 2014 - A report! 20.07

So, you wanna know how Hellfest 2014 was (apart of awesome, that is)? (by Darkside Momo, wrathchild, Nefarious)   Read more ››
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Synestesia - Feeniks (2009)

Synestesia are a band from Finland, but they do not play (extreme) power metal, funeral doom, or gothic/suomi, the three subgenres generally associated with their home country. Their weapon of choice? Melodic death metal, in pure Gothenburg fashion. They are clearly inspired by the best In Flames or Soilwork... Except that it is all sung in Finnish. It doesn't sound strange when grunted, but during the clean vocals parts it really sounds strange and exotic to an untrained ear like mine (and... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››

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