Metal News

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 15, 2014
April 15th, 2014 at 7:15am

New Metal ReleasesAdmiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check ‘em Before You Wreck ‘em (Rise Above)
Anubis Gate - Horizons (Nightmare)
Below - Across The Dark River (Metal Blade)
Black Sabbath - The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978) Box Set (Rhino)
Bokluk - Taphonomy (Memento Mori)
Brainstorm - Firesoul (AFM)
Clawfinger - Deafer Dumber Blinder CD/DVD (AFM)
Countess - Ancient Lies And Battle Cries (Barbarian Wrath)
Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here (Deathwish)
Dark Days Ahead - North Star Blues (Inverse)
Desecresy - Chasmic Transcendence (Xtreem)
The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics EP (Relapse)
E-Force - The Curse (Mausoleum)
Emmure - Eternal Enemies (Victory)
Enthroned - Sovereigns (Agonia)
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead (Armoury)
I Declare War - We Are Violent People (Razor & Tie)
Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence (Profound Lore)
Kyng - Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie)
Lillian Axe - One Night In The Temple (CME)
Memories Of A Dead Man - Ashes Of Joy (Send The Wood)
Morbid Flesh - Embedded In The Ossuary (Unholy Prophecies)
Mos Generator Electric Mountain Majesty (Listenable)
The Oath - The Oath (Rise Above)
Pact - The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night(Moribund)
Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments of Uniforms (Candlelight)
Polar - Shadowed By Vultures (Prosthetic)
Reality Grey - Define Redemption (Bakerteam)
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires (7Bros)
Seventh Circle - Seventh Circle EP (Dead Chemists)
Sinbreed - Shadows (AFM)
Sleeper Effect - The Hero Clone EP (The Orchard)
Stoneburner - Life Drawing (Neurot)
Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism (Nightmare)
Thantifaxath - Sacred Noise (Dark Descent)
T.O.M.B.- Pennhurst/Xesse Re-Release (Crucial Blast)
The Tower - Hic Abundant Leones (Bad Omen)
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Century Media)
Tuomas Holopainen - The Life And Times Of Scrooge (Nuclear Blast)
Turbo - The Fifth Element (Metal Mind)
Various Artists - Monsters! (Six of a Kind) (Kaotoxin)
Words of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder (AFM)
Wormreich - Wormcult Revelations (Moribund)

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 8, 2014
April 9th, 2014 at 9:13am

Diabulus In Musica – ‘Argia’ (Napalm)

Diabulus In Musica – ‘Argia’

Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal
Spain’s Diabulus in Musica merge a lot of genres into their songwriting, which makes for a diverse listen. With their third release Argia, the band explores classical, opera and gothic elements. They combine a more traditional beauty and the beast style gothic band like old Theatre of Tragedy and Tristania with the pop elements of Within Temptation.

Vocalist Zuberoa Aznárez has an unbelievable range and is incredibly skilled by utilizing all assets of her voice. At times she is overly operatic, which is a slight distraction from the heavy riffing. The guttural vocals performed by Gorka Elso are a tad thin and don’t add enough depth to the material. The inclusion of some thrash guitar riffs is their best attribute and separates them from their peers.

Rating: 3
(Dan Drago)

Edge of Thorns – ‘Insomnia’ (Killer Metal)

Edge of Thorns – ‘Insomnia’

Killer Metal Records

Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Taking their name from one of Savatage’s brilliant releases, Germany’sEdge of Thorns have much more in common with Running Wild and Grave Digger sonically. On their third release Insomnia, the band blends traditional metal riffs, blazing double bass drumming and outstanding memorable vocal lines to full effect. Seven years between records has the band sounding better than ever.

Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers lends his huge pipes to the infectious “Metal Unity,” a roaring anthem that will be incredible on stage. Vocalist Dirk Schmitt utilizes a raspy voice that brings visions of Rock ‘n’ Rolf (Running Wild) and Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger). Lead guitarist Dave Brixius is downright amazing; his use of classically inspired leads is jaw dropping.

Rating: 3.5
(Dan Drago)

Ferium – ‘Reflections’ (Transcend)

Ferium - 'Reflections'

Transcend Music

Genre: Death Metal
Reflections is the full-length debut from Israel’s Ferium. It’s a brutal and punishing effort, chock full of intense guitar. You’ll also hear some metalcore elements like pinch harmonics and breakdowns, and some tech death as well.

The album is at its best when it stays away from the ‘core elements and sticks to groove-heavy death metal. Vocalist Tiran Ezra utilizes a lot of different deliveries, from guttural growls to throat-shredding screams, all of them aggressive and extreme. The musicianship is first-rate throughout, but the songs are more technically impressive than memorable.

Rating: 3
(Chad Bowar)

For The Fallen Dreams – ‘Heavy Heart’ (Rise)

For The Fallen Dreams - 'Heavy Heart'

Rise Records

Genre: Metalcore
For The Fallen Dreams’ latest album Heavy Heart finds the band with some different members. Vocalist Chad Ruhlig, who appeared on their 2008 debut album, returns following the exit of Dylan Richter. Andrew Tkaczyk also returns as a session member.

There’s plenty of hard-hitting metalcore with harsh vocals from Ruhlig. Most of the tracks have no clean singing, with only a few having melodic vocals. Those duties are handled by guitarist Jim Hocking, who does a serviceable job. FTFD have had a revolving door lineup, but this one is pretty strong, especially with Ruhlig’s return.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)



New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 8, 2014
April 8th, 2014 at 7:26am

New Metal ReleasesAnette Olzon - Shine (Armoury)
Black Label Society - Catacombs of the Black Vatican (eOne)
Brutality Will Prevail - Suspension Of Consciousness (Siege Of Amida)
Cormorant - Earth Diver (Self)
Delain - The Human Contradiction(Napalm)
Diabulus In Musica - Argia (Napalm)
Edge Of Thorns - Insomnia (Killer Metal
Erebus Enthroned - Temple Under Hell (Seance)
Ferium - Reflections (Transcend)
From Hell - Ascent From Hell (Scourge)
For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts (Rise)
Graves At Sea - This Place Is Poison EP (Eolian Empire)
Graviators - Motherload (Napalm)
Invertia - Another Scheme of the Wicked (Ohm Resistance)
Magic Moments - Don’t Fall For Me EP (Haus Of F–k)
Neige Morte - Bicephaale (Consouling Sounds)
Ormgard - Ormblot (Forever Plagued)
Septuagint - Negative Void Trinity EP (Forever Plagued)
Skogen - I Döden (Nordvis)
Tiger Flowers - Dead Hymns (Melotov)
Trollfest - Kaptein Kaos (NoiseArt)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: April 1, 2014
April 3rd, 2014 at 7:15am

Austrian Death Machine – ‘Triple Brutal’ (Artery)

Austrian Death  Machine - 'Triple Brutal'
Artery Recordings

Genre: Thrash/Crossover
Triple Brutal is likely the last we’ll be hearing from Tim Lambesis for a while, so it’s probably not coincidence that the album opener is “I’ll Be Back.”

The album continues the thread of the first two Austrian Death Machinereleases, blending pretty decent thrash/crossover with cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions and lyrics inspired by his movies. His dalliance with his housekeeper is also parodied on some of the tracks. If you liked the first two ADM albums, there’s no reason you won’t like this one, too. The musicianship and songwriting is top-notch, but a little of the Ah-nold shtick goes a long way.

Rating: 3
(Chad Bowar)

Bigelf – ‘Into the Maelstrom’ (Inside Out)

Bigelf – ‘Into the Maelstrom’
Inside Out Music

Genre: Psychedelic Hard Rock
Due to internal conflicts, Bigelf were put to rest after the release of the critically acclaimed 2008 Cheat the Gallows. At the insistence of drum legend Mike Portnoy, founder Damon Fox resurrected the band with Portnoy behind the kit. Five years later they are back with their most consistent record of their career, Into the Maelstrom.

Combining the melodies and musical intricacies of The Beatles with the swagger of Led Zeppelin and the progressive tendencies of early Pink Floyd showcases the quality of the songwriting. The John Lennon inspired “Already Gone” finds the band at their most majestic. Portnoy shines on the groove filled “Alien Frequency.” A must have for any Beatles fan with an added hard rock edge.

Rating: 4
(Dan Drago)

Buioingola – ‘Dopo l’Apnea’ (Sentient Ruin)

Buioingola - 'Dopo l’Apnea'
Sentient Ruin Laboratory

Genre: Crust/Doom Metal
Tuscany, Italy’s Buioingola, defined as “darkness in my throat,” create a bleak blend of apocalyptic doom that will destroy you slowly. After releasing an explosive three track demo in 2012, the band went back into the studio in February 2013 to record the music that makes up Dopo l’Apnea.

The end result is five colossal and pulverizing songs, beginning with opening track “Persevero,” which engages the listener in a game of tug-of-war between life and death. Album closer “Oceano,” will take you on a 15 minute journey filled with despondency and desperation that leads nowhere. Buioingola have arrived.

Rating: 4
(Ken Kopija)

Cauldron Black Ram – ‘Stalagmire’ (20 Buck Spin)

Cauldron Black Ram – 'Stalagmire'
20 Buck Spin

Genre: Blackened Death/Sludge Metal
Aussies Cauldron Black Ram have brought Stalagmire, their third LP over to the always reliable 20 Buck Spin roster. This move will hopefully garner the trio some much deserved attention on North American shores.

CBR raid the pantry to cook up a boiling stew of death, doom and black metal, spiced with a bit of thrash and solos a plenty. Scurvy is a good possibility as any bright fruits have long since rotted under the punishing darkness pervading the album. Undead black/death vocals snarl and whisper through endless seas of hearty head-bobbling riffs and inspired percussion. Lock up your daughters, Cauldron Black Ram are here.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)


New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 1, 2014
April 1st, 2014 at 7:34am

New Metal ReleasesAlesana - The Decade EP (Artery)
Austrian Death Machine - Triple Brutal (Artery)
Bigelf - Into The Maelstrom (Inside Out)
Boyfrndz - Breeder (Brutal Panda)
Buioingola - Dopo l’apnea (Sentient Ruin)
Cauldron Black Ram - Stalagmire(20 Buck Spin)
Cemetery Fog - Shadows From The Cemetery EP (Iron Bonehead)
Chiodos - Devil (Razor & Tie)
Circle - Leviatan (Ektro)
Daggers - It’s Not Jazz, It’s Blues (Throatruiner)
Direwolves - Aegri Somnia (Throatruiner)
Epistasis - Light Through Dead Glass (Crucial Blast)
Gravehill - Death Curse (Dark Descent)
Hatriot - Dawn Of The New Centurian (Massacre)
Hellion - To Hellion And Back (HNE)
Human Cull - Stillborn Nation (Wooaaargh)
Infest - Cold Blood War (Xtreem)
Johnny Wore Black - Walking Underwater (Dead Cherry)
John Wesley - Disconnect (Inside Out)
Khroma - Collapse (Inverse)
Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo (Century Media)
Lost Society - Terror Hungry (Nuclear Blast)
Magnum - Escape From The Shadow Garden (SPV)
Mass Infection - For I Am Genocide (Comatose)
Massacre - Back From Beyond (Century Media)
Neige et Noirceur - Gouffre Onirique et Abîmes Cosmiques (Sepulchral)
Nux Vomica - Nux Vomica (Relapse)
Pilgrim - II: Void Worship (Metal Blade)
Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers (Throatruiner)
Pyrrhon - The Mother Of Virtues (Relapse)
Relief In Sleep - Relief In Sleep (Imminence)
Sabbath Assembly - Quaternity (Svart)
Sargeist - Feeding The Crawling Shadows (WTC)
Shear - Katharsis (Lifeforce)
Social 66 - Social 66 (Pavement)
Sonata Arctica - Pariah’s Child (Nuclear Blast)
Steel Panther - All You Can Eat (Open E)
Various Artists - This Is Your Life Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album (Rhino)

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2014 Band Lineup Revealed
April 1st, 2014 at 7:28am

rockstar-energy-lineup-2014The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has now revealed the lineup for the 2014 tour, which kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages

The lineup will feature: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.

Dates are as follows:

July 05 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 09 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 11 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 Maryland Heights, MO Verizion Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Eagle’s Ballroom ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF MAYHEM
July 19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Theatre
July 25 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
July 30 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 01 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 02 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
August 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 07 Oklahoma City, OK OKC Downtown Airpark
August 09 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 10 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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