Viathyn - Cynosure
Review by Doc Godin
In the album reviewin' game, it's pretty common to review a solid band on their debut, only to see them disappear into the night. I guess that's reflective of the music business in general; maintaining a working band is difficult. It's like a five-way marriage...except with musicians, so your spouses are twice as moody and thrice as entitled. But I digress, the point I'm getting at is it's nice to see a band hold it together and return after four years making solid steps forward with their follow-up. Welcome back, Viathyn.


Threshold - For The Journey
Review by Introspekrieg
"Did you find what you're looking for?"


Alunah - Awakening The Forest
Review by R'Vannith
Alunah have run the gamut of stoner doom metal across their studio recordings. Or perhaps lumber the gamut is a more appropriate way to put it, and their third album finds them at their most unbowed and traditionally doom delivering. To a style such as theirs the concept of "new" seems disingenuous as their identity here depends on a personalised refurbishment of sounds old and slow. Vocally heralding such devotion, the first four lyrical utterances of the record determine the band's most distinguishing feature; "There was a lady."


Sunn O))) - Soused [Collaboration]
Review by Apothecary
So Sunn O))) seem to have been taking a liking to collaborations as of late. This in itself is not a bad thing, as Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have already proven themselves as versatile musicians capable of adapting their sound on multiple occasions. This time around, however, the duo chose to work with Avantgarde musician Scott Walker, the results of which were unfortunately a bit like mixing oil with water.


Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
Review by tea[m]ster
Who exactly are the "Big 4" of thrash metal is a highly debated topic among metal music veterans for what seems now all of eternity. Everyone can agree with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer but the fourth band gets a bit tricky depending on who you ask.


Horn Of The Rhino - Summoning Deliverance
Review by Apothecary
Horn Of The Rhino have a special place in my heart as probably the one band that was most responsible for getting me into sludge. Three years ago when I was just a mindless n00b into little other than thrash and tech death, it was this Spanish trio that won me over with their bulldozing riffs and clever application of the "less is more" formula. Summoning Deliverance, the band's latest effort, is a stark reminder that although Horn Of The Rhino may be comparatively unknown within their style, they're definitely one of its more powerful bands.


Tyrant's Kall - Dagon
Review by Windrider
"Ia Cthulhu, Ia Dagon!" Yep, Lovecraft it is. Today we have a look at Tyrant's Kall's debut album Dagon from 2012, re-released on LP with a different song order and a bonus track this year. The band is from Belgium and plays old schoolish doom metal with some death influences, resembling Candlemass and Black Sabbath at times. Hell, this old school stuff has become a thing recently.


Gormathon - Following The Beast
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
They stop short of drinking mead out of horns and naming every other song "_______ Of The Gods," but there is no mistaking those chunky, low-end riffs and ominous war drums. These guys are into Amon Amarth big-time. You might think you already have enough Amon Amarth in your life; heck, you might even think that one is too many. You're wrong.


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Dying Fetus: European Tour 2014

France, Toulouse (Le Dynamo)
25 November 2014

Dying Fetus
Enslaved - Enter Studio To Record 13th Album 30.09

Earlier this year, Enslaved began working on their next album after they released RIITIIR back in 2012. The thirteenth studio installment by the Norway's progressive extreme metallers is now underway as the recording process has started. What do you expect from the new album? (by Clintagram)   Read more ››
Godflesh - Entire New Album Streaming Online 30.09

The full-length comeback of Godflesh is here. A World Lit Only by Fire comes out October 7th via the band's own Avalanche Recordings, but you can hear the whole album streaming at NPR. Listen to it and leave us a comment about the album below. (by qlacs)   Read more ››
Omnium Gatherum - Cancels Shows In Japan 30.09

Finnish melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum have been forced to cancel the shows they were going to do in Japan due to a heavy breach in contract from the tour organizer and Metal Asia Agency. The band is devastated but promises that they will perform in Japan in the future. (by Fallen Ghost)   Read more ››
Soen - Reveal Tracklist For Upcoming Album, New Video/Single 30.09

Following the announcement of a new album, the progressive supergroup Soen have now revealed the tracklist for their upcoming sophomore record Tellurian, which is set for a release date of November 3rd via Spinefarm Records. The band have also unveiled a new video/single for one of these tracks entitled "Tabula Rasa." (by R'Vannith)   Read more ››
Pryapisme - Release Live Video, Full Concert Available Next Week 30.09

The latest Pryapisme show in Paris, France, which took place at Le Klub last May, was filmed and recorded professionally, and it will be available on YouTube, for free, on October 7th. The first extract of this show is available now, with their famous track "Un druide est giboyeux lorsqu'il se prend pour un neutrino", extracted from their second album, Hyperblast Super Collider, released on April 1st, 2013 via Apathia Records. Check it out! (by Jehan)   Read more ››
Arsis, Exmortus - Moon Room, Denver, USA - 23 Sep 2014 27.09

I haven't been to a show in what felt like forever, and going to the much smaller Moon Room (which is just the bar area of the Summit Music Hall) seemed a nice way to ease myself back into the swing of things. Ease yah right. My ass got kicked that night; my 'musical ass' that is. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs 19.09

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 Raum Kingdom, Kali, Torrid Husk, Fever Sea, Myopic and Wild Throne. (by Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, Abattoir)   Read more ››
Progventure Part 9: Green Carnation - Another Night Under The Dam, Åseral, Norway, 31.07.2014 01.09

It seems that my Progventure prog searching trips are not only a convenient excuse to travel new places, or more often the only way of seeing bands I like I wouldn't otherwise get to see, but in some cases they are turning out to be events of a fairly unique kind. Another Night Under the Dam - the Green Carnation reunion show at the Åseral dam number 3 in Norway was unique in more ways than one. And it most definitely was special. (by Ivor)   Read more ››
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Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011)

It seems that something like that must have happened eventually. Mike Portnoy is gone, and A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first occasion for the metal community to find out how Dream Theater fares without their co-founder and co-leader. Let me tell you straight away that it sucks. It sucks much more than I feared it would having heard the first song off the album, whose name I won't even bother to mention. Why would I want to waste time typing names of crappy songs? I will save a lot of time... (by Daniell)   Read more ››

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Iron Maiden

Steve Harris started Iron Maiden after leaving his former group, Smiler. Harris attributes the band name to a movie adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask, which he saw around that time, and so the group was christened after the purported torture device.

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