Metal News

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)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: March 19, 2013
March 20th, 2013 at 7:38am

Absolon – ‘Darkness Rising’ (Roxx)

Absolon - 'Darkness Rising'Roxx Records

Genre: Power Metal
The epic concept album is a staple of power metal, and that’s exactly what Absolon have tackled on their debut release Darkness Rising.There are interludes, spoken word parts and a storyline revolving around a man who sells his soul to the devil, resulting in his band becoming the biggest metal band in the world.

It’s a very theatrical release, and even though there’s a lot of music, the songs are not overly long. The concept is the dominating aspect of the album, meaning atmosphere and bombast sometimes overshadow things like hooks and melody. There’s a little Queensryche, a little Broadway and a lot of showmanship on Darkness Rising. It’s sometimes over the top, but ultimately satisfying.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)

Ayr – ‘Nothing Left To Give’ (Antithetic)

Ayr - 'Nothing Left To Give'Antithetic Records

Genre: Black Metal
Originally released in 2011, the third (and last so far) album from North Carolina’s Ayr has been reissued. The four song EP embraces traditional black metal, but incorporates a lot of diversity. The opening track “Thirst” is almost soothing at times, interrupted by periodic howling vocals before ramping up to full blast-beat mode.

“Hallucination” is a trippy instrumental, followed by the forbidding and atmospheric closer “Expiration.” Ayr are an intriguing black metal band, and if you aren’t familiar with them, Nothing Left To Give is well worth exploring.

Rating: 4
(Chad Bowar)

Call of the Void – ‘Dragged Down A Dead End Path’ (Relapse)

Call of the Void - 'Dragged Down A Dead End Path'Relapse Records

Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Call of the Void are pissed, and they use Dragged Down A Dead End Pathas a way to express this. This uproarious debut is caught somewhere between metallic hardcore and grind-y punk. The album isn’t as unstable as Nails or Converge can get, but a few moments on “Failure” and “Napalm Lungs” almost get to that point.

The band isn’t afraid to toy with tempos either, though the attempt to sprint past three minutes on “Breeding Grounds” is a misstep. For those who want crushing, metal-infused hardcore in 25 minutes or less, this album will be sufficient.

Rating: 3
(Dan Marsicano)


New Heavy Metal CD Releases: March 19, 2013
March 19th, 2013 at 5:50am

new-metal-releases2Anthrax - Anthem EP (Megaforce)
Batillus - Concrete Sustain (Seventh Rule)
Black Crucifixion - Coronation of King Darkness (Spinefarm)
Call Of The Void - Dragged Down A Dead End Path (Relapse)
Cannibal Corpse - Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal Box Set (Metal Blade)
Clutch - Earth Rocker (Weathermaker)
Davey Suicide - Davey Suicide (Standby)
Deathwolf - II: Black Armoured Death (Century Media)
Epicrenel - The Crystal Throne (Inverse)
The Eye - Supremacy Re-Release (Debemur Morti)
Globe and Beast - Grandfather’s Axe (Melotov)
Goatcraft - All For Naught (Forbidden)
Thehappymask - Ruines (Domestic Genocide)
Hundredth - Revolt EP (Mediaskare)
Imperium Dekadenz - Meadows of Nostalgia (Season Of Mist)
Inter Arma - Sky Burial (Relapse)
Intronaut - Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) (Century Media)
In Utero Canibalism - Sick (Sleaszy Rider)
Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead (A389)
Jungle Rot - Terror Regime (Victory)
Ken Mode - Entrench (Season Of Mist)
Lecherous Nocturne - Behold Almighty Doctrine (Unique Leader)
The Lidocaine - On the Road to Miero (Inverse)
Lordi - To Beast Or Not To Beast (The End)
The Modern Day Slavery - Requiem For Us All (Pavement)
Nails - Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
Nero Di Marte - Nero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
The New Black - III: Cut Loose (AFM)
October Falls - The Plague Of A Coming Age (Debemur Morti)
Ov Hollowness - The World Ends (Code666)
Panikk - Unbearable Conditions (Metal Tank)
Radiance - Undying Diabolyca (My Kingdom)
Reign Of Vengeance - The Final Solution; The Final Rebellion (Synister Empire)
Reign Supreme - Sky Burial (Mediaskare)
Resonance Room - Untouchable Failure (My Kingdom)
Satanic Threat - In To Hell (Hells Headbangers)
Seven Sisters Of Sleep - Opium Morals (A389)
Six Feet Under - Unborn (Metal Blade)
The Solemn Curse - Gateway to Eternity (Mordgrimm)
Tear Out The Heart - Violence (Victory)
Throw The Fight - The Vault EP (Bullet Tooth)
A Transylvanian Funeral - Gorgos Goetia (Forbidden)
Vanna - The Few And The Far Between (Artery)

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