Votum - :Ktonik:
Review by LeKiwi
Observing the path of a band's musical growth can be a trying experience, with the truly rewarding moment arriving when they approach the crux of their development. Moments hinting at their full potential are often both fleeting and sparsely scattered, growing increasingly frequent and convincing with each release. Generally speaking, there is a point in every band's discography that one can point to and say, "that's where it happened," a point which arrives after a consequence of steady improvements between releases. As such, Votum's sudden and unexpected maturation came as a welcome surprise. The embodiment of this immense growth and the realisation of the band's potential is their fourth studio release, titled :Ktonik:.


Graves At Sea - The Curse That Is
Review by Apothecary
How does a cult status band confined to a demo and a few EPs strike powerfully with their first full length album? Holy shit, ladies and gentlemen, Graves At Sea appear to be providing an answer to this philosophical conundrum.


Six Feet Under - Graveyard Classics IV: The Number Of The Priest
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
You know what? It's not the worst album I've heard this month.


Axel Rudi Pell - Game Of Sins
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
To me, Axel Rudi Pell epitomizes generic power metal: trite and nonspecific lyrical content, pleasant (if commonplace) operatic vocals, and songs raised by the Euro-flower hegemony but born of hard rock and the synth-laced pop music of generations past. Game Of Sins does nothing to ameliorate my image of the band, but neither does it contain anything worthy of heavy disparagement.


Autokrator - The Obedience To Authority
Review by Apothecary
"Autokrator" is a term, Greek in origin, which roughly translates to "self ruler," or "one who rules by self." It is an epithet that conveys raw, unrestrained power and authority. Fittingly then, the sophomore effort from the French Autokrator gives listeners a fine lesson in such authority.


Ihsahn - Arktis.
Review by Apothecary
As the solo career of Ihsahn progressed, it seemed as though this versatile multi-instrumentalist was gradually pushing his work more and more towards bolder, unexpected territories. It was a trend that arguably started with After, and that came to a peak with Das Seelenbrechen, an ambitious voyage into dark lands of the surreal and borderline Avantgarde. As a bit of a disappointment, Arktis now comes this year from a much more accessible direction, feeling like something of a ball drop after all that progress.


Metal Church - XI
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
XI proves Metal Church still worthy of its name - perhaps more worthy than it has been in many years.


Death Angel - The Evil Divide
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
Too many people out there treat Death Angel as a "really good" thrash band; not enough regard this legend as a truly great thrash band. These guys must have a serious geis on releasing subpar albums.


Supported event

Hellfest Open Air 2016

France, Clisson
17-19 June 2016

Black Sabbath
Twisted Sister
Staff pick
Withered - Grief Relic
Broken neck

Grief Relic is my first time crossing paths with Withered, the joining of the mighty Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb, ex-CTTTOAFF) to the band being a treat that immediately raised interest. This black/death metal infantry is armed to the teeth with all the fixins: blitzkrieg guitars, thundering drum and bass, monstrous vocals from Ethan and Mike Thompson, and a pleasantly variable tempo ranging from frantic bangers one moment to slow, painful crushers the next. If you've been running low on the brutality pills lately, Withered are happy to compensate.

Get rekt.

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Earlier this year, HammerFall joined the Napalm Records family for their upcoming, 10th studio album. it's been almost 20 years since they recorded their debut, Glory To The Brave. Well, the good news is that the power metallers are currently in the studio forging new material. In fact, according to their latest studio update, they have been recording clean/acoustic guitars for the record to be released on November 4th, 2016. (by BloodTears)   Read more ››
Heaven Grey - New Album Streaming Online 29.05

Latvian gothic/doom masters Heaven Grey's new album, entitled Manuscriptum, is now available to stream online at this location or on Bandcamp. If you want to hear some melodic gothic doom metal, check it out. The band's long awaited third full-length is officially released today on Via Nocturna. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
Iskra - Announce Tour And 'Ruins' CD Version 29.05

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Enslaved - To Tour Australia In October 29.05

After announcing a set of European tour dates with Ne Obliviscaris earlier this year, Norwegian black metal masters Enslaved now confirmed the Australian part of their 25th anniversary tour. The band will pay a visit to country "down under" this October, and will perform two full sets at every show. Dates, venues and other details can found on the official tour flyer below. (by Abattoir)   Read more ››
Lascaille's Shroud - New Album Streaming Online 29.05

Sci-fi progressive death metal master Lascaille's Shroud has released the full version of his new album, The Roads Leading North, for stream via YouTube today. You can go here for the stream video. (by psykometal)   Read more ››
Blind Guardian, Gloryhammer - Nottingham, England, 21st May 2016 25.05

The German masters of power metal Blind Guardian have been touring the world on the back of their latest Beyond The Red Mirror album, which for the first time included a slightly extended visit to the UK and Ireland playing to audiences previously unreached in the bands thirty-odd year history. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 2: Bruises And Meditation 13.05

Che: Following the relentless onslaught of amazing bands that occurred on the first day of Roadburn, it was time for Day 2. I woke up at Marcel's place in Utrecht with an intense bangover, but after a good meal with Rod and Zaphod at the Bagels & Beans right down the street, I was feeling wide awake, re-energized, and ready to continue the odyssey. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 1: The Overload 01.05

You were with us in 2014, even though you weren't. You were with us in 2015, even though you weren't. And now, from afar, even though you weren't with us when it actually happened, you're about to take the journey through Roadburn Festival once more this year through the personal retellings of Apothecary and Mr. Doctor. Strap on the Big Boy undies: we're entering the portal yet again. (by Apothecary, Mr. Doctor)   Read more ››
Blind Guardian 25.05

Exploring parts of the United Kingdom Blind Guardian have not visited before, I thought it would be nice to have a chat with Marcus and Frederik and see how things are thirty years on. (by Baz Anderson)   Read more ››
Nibiru 02.05

It was a very spur-of-the-moment type of occasion. Not even five days before leaving for this year's Roadburn Festival, I received an email from a representative of NeeCee Agency in Italy saying that the ritualistic dronemasters in Nibiru were looking for interviews. As I was already planning on interviewing Oranssi Pazuzu at the festival, I thought I'd go two for two. There was room for one more, and I was happy to help the band out with some publicity. Why not? (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
Oranssi Pazuzu 28.04

Three years of Roadburn Festival have taught me that with the lineup announcements for this quirky annual event in Tilburg, you never quite know what you're going to get. So, naturally, my jaw dropped in disbelief when Walter and company revealed that they'd be going for a "Finnish invasion" by booking the full package of Oranssi Pazuzu, Dark Buddha Rising, and Atomikylä this year, especially in regards to Oranssi Pazuzu, a band whose peculiar blend of black metal and psychedelia has had me hooked pretty damn hard for quite some time now. But merely seeing these guys wasn't... (by Apothecary)   Read more ››
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