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Unmerciful - Reveal New Album Details

American brutal death metallers Unmerciful have revealed the details for their sophomore album (their first new album in 10 years!), Ravenous Impulse, due out on July 22nd, 2016 via Unique Leader Records.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by psykometal | Comments (0)

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Temples Festival 2016 - Cancelled

If you were going to attend Temples Festival 2016, we have bad news to share. The U.K. festival set to take place in June has just been cancelled despite the previous band announcements. According to their lengthy statement, the fest is cancelled due to lack of funding after they were left with debt following Temples 2015. Ticket refunds are available, of course.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

Reviews
Mob Rules - Tales From Beyond

Have you ever wondered what Andi Deris (Helloween) would sound like singing Iron Maiden songs? Me neither, but Mob Rules have given us just that. The Iron Maiden part? Most definitely. I am quite shocked at how much Tales From Beyond sounds like Maiden in their Brave New World comeback era form. It really works though and Tales From Beyond is an impressive power metal album that never drags or feels padded out with filler.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (4)

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Almanac - Tsar

From the opening seconds of Tsar, it's clear that Victor Smolski is involved. Smolski was of course a prominent member of Rage from 2001 to 2015. Fans of Rage will know that Smolski basically took control of songwriting and his focus on heavy technical riffs, orchestral flourishes and solos I can only describe as slightly insane, helped Rage develop a signature symphonic sound in later years. It's of no surprise that he now has total control over Almanac and fans of his sound and songwriting should be find something to enjoy in Tsar.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Belegûr | Comments (1)

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Virus - Memento Collider

What is the nature of a virus, exactly? It attacks stable, living cells and replicates itself, to spread to other locations and keep gaining in power. So the music of Norway's Virus follows suit, as it attacks your fragile, stable body, gaining power as it makes it bounce, backflip, and behave in other delusional ways it ordinarily wouldn't. Is your body having a party? Is it being stricken by disease? It could be both. It could be neither. That's just part of the beauty of the Virus.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (5)

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Sabaton - Announce First 2017 Euro Shows

As they are about to release a new album, The Last Stand, Sabaton have announced the first dates for their massive European tour for 2017. The Last Tour is their biggest tour yet and scheduled to kick off on January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are heavy metal legends Accept. Find all dates below!

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (2)

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Gutter Instinct - Debut Album Streaming Online

Gutter Instinct are a blackened death metal band from Sweden and they have just released their debut album, Age Of The Fanatics, via Prosthetic Records. Following their debut EP, The Insurrection, this new opus develops a blackened edge to their haunting death metal, drawing influence from bands such as Teitanblood, Bölzer, Grave Miasma, Black Witchery and Portal. If you are curious, hear the album below.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

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Husqvarna - Active Again

Latvian thrash metallers Huskvarn decided to call it a day in 2013, and in 2015 the band played their farewell concert. Now, they have decided to play again and use the original name Husqvarna.

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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Witch Mountain - Confirm Co-Headlining European Tour With The Skull

Portland-based doomsters Witch Mountain will team up with their fellow countrymen The Skull for a co-headlining European tour. A two-week run will happen this coming November and will also include two festival appearances - Doom Over Vienna and Hammer Of Doom in Würzburg, Germany. The confirmed list of tour dates is available down below. Check it out!

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Articles
Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 3: Various Shades Of Heavy

Che: On the second-to-last day of this year's Roadburn Festival, as with the 2015 edition, the weather went South. Cold rain and winds greeted Rod, Zaphod, and I as we departed Marcel's house on that Saturday morning. But hey, since when has bad weather stopped trve metallers? Never, in my book. It was time for the next chapter, even if a little wet and shivery!

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Posted: 30.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (3)

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HammerFall - Studio Update

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.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (6)

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Heaven Grey - New Album Streaming Online

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.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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Iskra - Announce Tour And 'Ruins' CD Version

Canadian black metal unit Iskra has teamed up with Southern Lord for the CD release of their latest LP, Ruins. Southern Lord will issue Ruins on digipak CD including a twenty-page booklet with lyrics and liner notes on July 1st. Iskra also announced the Anarchy Attack... Canadian Destruction (Storming the Atlantic) Summer Tour of Canada, their first major tour of Canada since 2004. This tour will mark their first coast to coast tour of the country and includes five days in the maritime provinces. The tour also features appearances at Spider Fest (formerly Spider Acres) in Meyersburg, Ontario and Evil Fest in Sainte-Angele-de-Merici, Quebec.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

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Enslaved - To Tour Australia In October

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.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

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Lascaille's Shroud - New Album Streaming Online

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.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by psykometal | Comments (2)

Reviews
Votum - :Ktonik:

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:.

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Posted: 29.05.2016 by LeKiwi | Comments (4)

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