Skuggsjá - A Piece For Mind & Mirror
Review by Windrider
7.2
Folk music and, more specifically, music played with locally traditional instruments has a long and colourful history in metal. It is probably the most tolerant subgenre when it comes to the acceptance of bands that aren't actually heavy in any way or don't use electric instruments. When we're speaking of Skuggsjá today, it's safe to say that their debut album, A Piece For Mind & Mirror, contains about half-electric and half-acoustic music, while not all the electric stuff can be considered metal, too. However, in recent years many bands showed that this can come out well, and Skuggsjá are not an exception to this.

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Glorior Belli - Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes)
Review by Apothecary
8.5
Glorior Belli: purveyors of what can only be described, quite simply, as Southern fried black metal. Ever since their 2009 output Meet Us At The Southern sign, the band have been putting forth quite a peculiar sound, demonstrating a willingness to fuse black metal together with a bluesy, groovy Southern rock twist. 7 years and three albums later, Sundown sees the band returning to their roots in a sense, but also demonstrates that they've learned a few tricks from their Southern flirtations as well.

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Haken - Affinity
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.6
My, my, my! Where to begin? Let's start with the obvious. Haken are a progressive metal band from the UK who aren't afraid to try new things as their previous works have shown. The Mountain was their breakthrough album and gathered considerable praise, and for good reason. Their newest opus, Affinity, is an interesting concept as it brings listeners back to the 1980s with throwback samples, sounds, melodies, even the artwork and packaging, marketing materials were all designed with that decade in mind. You know, when chatting involved a corded phone and music was recorded on tape.

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Atomikylä - Keräily
Review by Apothecary
8.0
There is something potent looming on the horizon, a deadly haze of radiation. Beware the Atomic Village.

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Fallujah - Dreamless
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.2
The Flesh Prevails marked an extraordinary change in Fallujah. Soaring leaps and bounds beyond the confines of genres and all preconceived assessments of the band's potential, Fallujah created a true masterpiece that fused atmosphere, heaviness, and technicality seamlessly. Had Fallujah crafted a successor that mimicked The Flesh Prevails perfectly, no one would have complained, but The Flesh Prevails itself proved that this band has no desire to rest on its laurels. Dreamless diverges enough from its predecessor to demonstrate the band's further development, but nevertheless lives up to the impossibly high standard that Fallujah set back in 2014.

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October Tide - Winged Waltz
Review by Demonic Tutor
8.0
Under the moniker October Tide, Fredrik Norman and Jonas Renkse released two iconic albums in the mid-1990s. Both had a dark connotation and created a parallel musical path from their main band Katatonia. While the latter band and Renkse have moved on, piling album after album of quality gothic rock since the departure of the influential Norman brothers in 2009, October Tide and Norman have retained the gritty death doom metal sound that most people...

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The SLoT - Septima
Review by ScreamingSteelUS
9.8
Aside from the time they literally made the same album twice, The SLoT has never made the same album twice. Even 14 years in, Cache and ID still have new ways to challenge themselves and their bandmates into broaching new territory. Now officially nine-for-nine, The SLoT once more answers the question of how perfection can be improved upon.

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Westfield Massacre - Westfield Massacre
Melodic Death/Metalcore

The sound we all knew Tommy's vocals were much more suited for than Divine Heresy's.

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Bölzer - Recording Full-Length Album 01.05

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Deströyer 666 - Announce Australian/New Zealand Tour 01.05

This November will see Deströyer 666 return home to their birthplace to spread Wildfire. The extreme metallers have announced a string of shows to hit Australia and New Zealand in support of their newest studio offering. For a list of all confirmed dates of this brutal home coming, please see below. (by no one)   Read more ››
 
Visions Of Atlantis - Debut New Video 01.05

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Omen - To Release New Album 01.05

Omen's return with a new record is finally happening this year. While their latest album, Eternal Black Dawn, came out over 10 years ago, this May you can expect a new dose of heavy metal from the group. Hammer Damage will be released on CD in May 27th, 2016 via Pure Steel Records and DSN Music digitally. The first edition comes with a special colored grey tray. (by BloodTears)   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 ››
 
Hellfest - Starting the Second Decade 28.04

Ahhh, Hellfest… The biggest French metal festival, and for a time the only one. We here in the MS towers have quite a few fond memories of it. We weren't here last year for this tenth anniversary edition, but by all accounts it was a success. And, as you'll have guessed, we (well, at least I) will be there, so expect a report about it sometime during July. Now, I won't really introduce y'all to Hellfest once again - there's this two-years old but still relevant article, and a string of reports with a shitload of galleries for that ;). But for those too lazy to check, here... (by Darkside Momo)   Read more ››
 
Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D., Exmortus - House Of Blues, Boston, MA - 23 Apr 2016 26.04

I've only taken two pictures at a concert before, both of Sabaton. One is a black square and the other is blue with some white, swirly shapes. I can't entertain you with visuals, but I do know how to put words next to each other, so I figured I'd give this "concert report" dealie a proper go. I had been looking forward to this concert for months and months. Not only had I (positively) reviewed the new albums from each band on the bill, a circumstance which I found mildly interesting, but this was to be the first time I got a proper shot at experiencing Amon Amarth in concert.... (by ScreamingSteelUS)   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 ››
 
Obituary 12.03

Obituary - a band which needs no introduction. I recently had the pleasure to sit down with drummer Donald Tardy and we briefly talked about a new album, the possibilities of a new video and about the death metal scene in general. But we also talked a whole lot about the organization and every aspect of the newest and brightest star of metal Festivals in the US: the first edition of Florida Metal Fest. (by D.T. Metal)   Read more ››
 
Fall Of The Idols 08.03

Vesa Karppinen of Fall Of The Idols and Wolfshead took the time to answer some questions; check it out below. (by Bad English)   Read more ››
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Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination (2011)

There's improvements, and then there's astronomical improvements. Think of it this way; Breathing The Fire was a damn solid album, that is, it was, until Forever Abomination decided to strut right up, undo it's belt, drop it's pants and pinch off a triple-coiler all over everything Skeletonwitch has done to date. (by Doc Godin)   Read more ››

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