Metal News

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: April 16, 2013
April 16th, 2013 at 10:34am

new-metal-music-5Ade - Spartacus (Blast Head)
Among Gods - Among Gods (PRC)
Anciients - Heart Of Oak (Season Of Mist)
Aosoth - IV: Arrow In Heart (Agonia)
Asofy - Percezione (Avant Garde)
As We Draw - Lines Breaking Circles (Throatruiner)
Beatallica - Abbey Load (Oglio)
Beissert - Darkness:Devil:Death (Agonia)
Bovine - The Sun Never Sets On The British Empire (FDA Rekotz)
The Bunny The Bear - Stories (Victory)
Cerekloth - In The Midst Of Life We Are In Death (Hells Headbangers)
Ceremonial Oath - The Book Of Truth Re-Release (Century Media)
Cough/Windhand - Reflection Of The Negative Split (Relapse)
Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane (Hells Headbangers)
Dark Quarterer - Dark Quarterer Re-Release (Shadow Kingdom)
Destroyed In Seconds - Becoming Wrath (PRC)
Divided Multitude - Feed On Your Misery (Nightmare)
Dust - Dust/Hard Attack Re-Release (Legacy)
Echtra - Sky Burial (Temple Of Tortuous)
Eibon - II (Throatruiner)
Eternal Rest - Prophetic (Deepsend)
Eyeconoclast - Drones of the Awakening (Prosthetic)
Flotsam and Jetsam - Ugly Noise (Metal Blade)
Ghost B.C. (formerly Ghost) - Infestissumam (Loma Vista)
Iced Earth - Live In Ancient Kourion (Century Media)
Impious Baptism - Wrath Of The Apex Predator (Hells Headbangers)
Inter Arma - Destroyer EP Re-Release (Gilead)
Jeff Loomis - Plains Of Oblivion Tour Edition (Century Media)
Kill With Hate - Voices Of Obliteration (PRC)
Magister Dixit - Maze Of Thousand Ways (PRC)
Manilla Road - Spiral Castle Re-Release (Shadow Kingdom)
Memory Garden - Doomain (Metal Blade)
The Moth Gatherer - A Braight Celestial Light (Agonia)
Neige Eternelle - Neige Eternelle (Sepulchral)
October Tide - Tunnel Of No Light (Pulverised)
Progenie Terrestre Pura - U.M.A. (Avant Garde)
Pyrithion - The Burden Of Sorrow EP (Metal Blade)
Reign Of The Architect - Rise (Pitch Black)
Revel In Flesh - Manifested Darkness (FDA Rekotz)
Senseless Beauty - The Belonging Endeavor (Standby)
Snow White’s Poison Bite - Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show(Victory)
Skid Row - United World Rebellion: Chapter One EP (MRI)
Smohalla/Omega Centauri - Tellur Epitome Split (Duplicate)
Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues (Inside Out)
This Misery Garden - Cornerstone (Season Of Mist)
Todtgelichter - Apnoe (Code666)
Tombstone Highway - Ruralizer (Agonia)
Total Negation - Zur Späten Stunde/Zeiträume (Temple Of Tortuous)
VHOL - VHOL (Profound Lore)
Wandersword - Waiting For War (Blasphemour)
Whitechapel - The Somatic Defilement Re-Release (Metal Blade)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: April 10, 2013
April 12th, 2013 at 8:05am

Apparitions – ‘Kiss Me Sleeping’ (Indianola)

Apparitions - 'Kiss Me Sleeping'Indianola Records

Genre: Metalcore
Formerly This Twilight City, the band now known as Apparitions release their debut album Kiss Me Sleeping. They rework some older material along with writing some new stuff.

The band describes themselves as “pop metal,” but it’s really just metalcore and post-hardcore with an industrial tinge. The songs have a lot of electronic elements and pop melodies along with screaming vocals, more aggressive sections and breakdowns. The melodic vocals are very earnest, fairly high pitched and heavily processed. There are some interesting moments, but nothing new or groundbreaking.

Rating: 2.5
(Chad Bowar)

Arkona – ‘Decade of Glory’ (Napalm)

Arkona – 'Decade of Glory'Napalm Records

Genre: Pagan/Folk Metal
Fans of pagan and folk metal should find much vodka-induced enjoyment with Decade of Glory, a massive live album by Russia’s Arkonathat harbors nearly three hours of music. Recorded at the P!PLE concert hall in Moscow, and accompanied by a choir, a string quartet, and other guest vocalists, the band scorches through 31 songs in grand and energetic fashion, rearing a fulsome sound that accentuates Arkona’s knack for beauty and power.

With such a mammoth collection of songs, Decade of Glory remains a bit overwhelming. Less a welcome mat for folk/pagan greenhorns, the album operates more as a stupendous gift to their devotees where everything from Masha Arkhipova’s diverse vocals to the band’s trademark eclecticism, merges lavishly.

Rating: 3.5
(Evan Mugford)

Birth A.D. – ‘I Blame You’ (Unspeakable Axe)

Birth A.D. – 'I Blame You'Unspeakable Axe Records

Genre: Punk Metal
This Austin trio touts its roots in three letter thrashers like D.R.I, S.O.D, C.O.C, but truth be told this album is distilled punk, recorded in the tradition of ‘throw the sliders up, give us a couple mikes and don’t twiddle any of them knobs.’

Sociopathic and served up in hateful scoops under three minutes, except the mega-opus “Burn LA,” at over 4 minutes, the thrash makes sporadic flashes through the monotone three chord compositions and snarling puke-on-you punkiness. Birth A.D. hates L.A. and everyone else, too.

Rating 2.5
(Todd Lyons)


New Heavy Metal CD Releases: April 9, 2013
April 9th, 2013 at 7:55am

new-metal-releases1Antropofago - Beyond Phobia Re-Release (Kaotoxin)
Apparitions - Kiss Me Sleeping (Indianola)
Arkona - Decade Of Glory Live (Napalm)
Birth AD - I Blame You (Unspeakable Axe)
Blaak Heat Shujaa - The Edge Of An Era (Tee Pee)
Blowsight - Life & Death (Eclipse)
Code Of Silence - Dark Skies Over Babylon (Mausoleum)
Dawn Of Ashes - Anathema (Metropolis)
Deathchain - Ritual Death Metal (Svart)
Device - Device (Warner Brothers)
Devil To Pay - Fate Is Your Muse (Ripple)
Encorion - Our Pagan Hearts Reborn (Sleaszy Rider)
Enabler - Shift Of Redemption EP (Think Fast)
Facedown - The Long Lost Future (Autoproduction)
Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife (Napalm)
Greeley Estates - Devil Son EP (Self)
Krzak Experience - Krzak Experience (Metal Mind)
No Omega - Shame (Throatruiner)
The Omega Experiment - The Omega Experiment (Listenable)
Osada Vida - Particle (Metal Mind)
Pasadena Napalm Division - Pasadena Napalm Division (Minus Head)
Russkaja - Energia! (Napalm)
Serenity - War Of Ages (Napalm)
Supuration - Cube 3 (Listenable)
Terror - Live By The Code (Victory)
Thy Symphony - A New Beginning (Sleaszy Rider)
Trinakrius - Seven Songs of Seven Sins (End of the Light)
U.D.O. - Best Of Anniversary Edition (AFM)
U.D.O. - Live From Russia Re-Release (AFM)
Visions Of Atlantis - Ethera (Napalm)
Volbeat - Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Republic)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: April 3, 2013
April 3rd, 2013 at 7:23am

Abyssal – ‘Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius’ (Profound Lore)

Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius'
Profound Lore Records

Genre: Black Metal
The United Kingdom’s Abyssal have obviously spent a great deal of time listening to Portal as one could easily mistake the tongue twisting Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius for just about any of Portal’s early releases. The swirling, backwards chaos of weird forms, riffs, deep vocals, off kilter time changes, you name it, Abyssal have the shtick down pat, even right down to a mysterious front put on by the nameless hooded band members.

Abyssal are not quite all things Portal as the music is generally a bit slower and has a doomier vibe, but Portal is the obvious template. Intrigued? You should be. It’s pretty good.

Rating: 4
(Dave Schalek)

Azure Emote – ‘The Gravity of Impermanence’ (Selfmadegod)

Azure Emote – 'The Gravity of Impermanence'
Selfmadegod Records

Genre: Avant Garde Death Metal
The Gravity of Impermanence, the newest release from avant garde death metal project Azure Emote, is dazzling in its intricacy. This brainchild of Mike Hrubovcak (Abraxas, Vile) features contributions from members of Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Fear Factory, Death, Monstrosity, Yakuza and more. Even female vocals compliment the anything-goes (well together) approach.

Jaws will drop while trying to take it all in, yet the album never loses focus. Far from a passive listen, knuckle-draggers will find little appeal here, but those with astute minds and an appreciation for its artfulness may lose themselves within the depths of Hrubovcak’s vision. It’s a highly ambitious project well worth your attention.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)

Beyond The Shore – ‘Ghostwatcher’ (Metal Blade)

Beyond The Shore - 'Ghostwatcher'
Metal Blade Records

Genre: Metalcore
The debut full-length from the Kentucky metalcore band Beyond The Shore has everything you’d expect from the genre. Ghostwatcherdelivers pummeling breakdowns and a combination of harsh vocals and melodic singing.

The harsh vocals are good, and the band is at their strongest when the tempo is galloping along and the choruses are gang vocals yelled over top of a catchy melody. Singing vocals are used sparingly, and that’s a good thing. Beyond The Shore vary the tempos to avoid monotony, but rely a bit too much on the constant breakdowns.

Rating: 3
(Chad Bowar)


New Heavy Metal CD Releases: April 2, 2013
April 2nd, 2013 at 6:02am

new-metal-releases1Abyssal - Novit Enim Dominus Qui Sunt Eius (Profound Lore)
Adema - Topple The Giants (Pavement)
Azure Emote - The Gravity Of Impermanence (Selfmadegod)
Beyond The Shore - Ghostwatcher (Metal Blade)
Bleed From Within - Uprising (Century Media)
Blood Bright Star - Solar Infinite (Antithetic)
Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal (Epitaph)
Chasma - Codex Constellatia (Moribound)
Dead Awaken - Where Hope Turns Dripping Red (Abyss)
Echtra - Sky Burial (Temple Of Tortuous)
Finntroll - Blodsvept (Century Media)
For Today - Prevailer EP/DVD (Razor & Tie)
A Hero For The World - A Hero For The World (Jacob K)
Hypocrisy - End Of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast)
Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent (Roadrunner)
Lost Society - Fast Loud Death (Nuclear Blast)
The Mongoloids - Mongo Life (Six Feet Under)
Monsterworks - Album Of Man (Mortal)
Morgengrau - Extrinsic Pathway (Blind God)
Moss - Horrible Night (Metal Blade)
My Endless Wishes - My Endless Wishes (Doolittle)
Niacin - Krush (Prosthetic)
No Consequence - IO (Basick)
Pryapisme - Hyperblast Super Collider (Apathia)
Septicflesh - The Eldest Cosmonaut Re-Release (Season Of Mist)
Set To Reflect - A New Path To Walk On (Standby)
Shadows Past - Perfect Chapter (Doolittle)
Spock’ Beard - Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (Inside Out)
St. Vitus - C.O.D. Re-Release (Season Of Mist)
Thy Art Is Murder - Hate (Nuclear Blast)
Toxic Holocaust - From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction (Relapse)
Warbeast - Destroy (Housecore)
Wardruna - Yggdrasil (Indie)
Years Of Tyrants - Leading The Blind (Kaotoxin)
Zozobra - Savage Masters (Brutal Panda)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: March 26, 2013
March 26th, 2013 at 5:48am

new-metal-releases1Amaranthe - The Nexus (Spinefarm)
Ash Borer - Bloodlands (Gilead)
Axel Rudi Pell - Live On Fire CD/DVD (SPV)
Carved - Dies Irae (Bakerteam)
Cnoc An Tursa - The Giants of Auld (Candlelight)
The Color Morale - Know Hope (Rise)
Dark Sermon - In Tongues (eOne)
De La Cruz - Street Level (Frontiers)
DGM - Momentum (Scarlet)
E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr - Kometenbahn (Svart)
High Priest Of Saturn - High Priest Of Saturn (Svart)
In Vivid Color - In Vivid Color (At Your Command)
Iron Maiden - Maiden England ’88 DVD (Universal)
King Carnage - Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh (Badgod)
Kruna - Last Century (Bakerteam)
Kvelertak - Meir (Roadrunner)
Lustre - Lost In Lustrous Night Skies (ATMF)
My Ransomed Soul - Falsehoods (Red Cord)
Nightbitch - Chainmaker EP (Ear One)
Northlane - Singularity (UNFD)
Odd Dimension - The Last Embrace To Humanity (Scarlet)
Orchid’s Curse - Words (Diminished Fifth)
Pretty Maids - Motherland (Frontiers)
Saxon - Sacrifice (UDR)
Sebastian Bach - ABachalypse Now Live CD/DVD (Frontiers)
Sevendust - Black Out The Sun (7Bros)
Sinners To Saints - The Greatest Of These (Red Cord)
Suicidal Tendencies - 13 (Suicidal)
Stryper - Second Coming (Frontiers)
Trollfest - Brumlebassen (NoiseArt)
Victor Griffin’s In-Graved - Victor Griffin’s In-Graved(Svart)
Voodoo Circle - More Than One Way Home (AFM)
Von - Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves (Von)
Wormed - Exodromos (Willowtip)

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