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Album Review: Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

TOMB MOLD have emerged as one of the most talked about new death metal bands around. Usually that bodes ill for a band, but for these guys, it is perfectly understandable. They have found a way to merge sick, diseased sounding death metal with a more technical and progressive version of the genre. This is by no means an easy thing to do, as the scale usually tips too much in one direction for such a combo to actually work. TOMB MOLD make it work. Planetary Clairvoyance picks up where their last album Manor Of Infinite Form left off. They […]

Album Review: Memoriam – Requiem For Mankind

MEMORIAM continues to crank albums out at a pace that most modern bands wouldn’t have a clue about. As soon as one has come out, work starts immediately on the next. It hasn’t been that long since The Silent Vigil emerged and now here is Requiem For Mankind. Sometimes having albums come out on a conveyor belt means a drop in quality…how about in MEMORIAM’s case? This is actually the best MEMORIAM yet. It totally retains the old school BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION feeling of the band but the pace seems quicker, the music a little angrier and the riffs a bit […]

FINSTERFORST Unleash Brand New Lyric Video for Magnum Opus ‘Ecce Homo’, Zerfall coming early August on Napalm Records

Black Forest Metal unit FINSTERFORST returns with their brand new album, Zerfall, on August 2nd with Napalm Records. On this record, the band gets back to their roots and elegiac soundscapes of classics such as the critically acclaimed Mach Dich Frei. Their emotional brand of post black metal gives vent to endless rage with pounding riffs, somber choirs and astonishing orchestral elements Zerfall has to offer. The centerpiece and culmination of it all has to be the 36-minute long (!) ‘Ecce Homo’ though, that unfolds into a majestic post metal journey crowning FINSTERFORST ’s songwriting skills and career to date. […]

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, WANDERERS

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will release a new album titled Wanderers on August 30th via Napalm Records. Following their chart breaking album The Deep & The Dark, the band adds another spectacular album to their repertoire. Wanderers is VISIONS OF ATLANTIS’ seventh album. The listener will be taken on a journey into the breathtaking depths of the symphonic metal universe. Wanderers offers a captivating musical and lyrical journey across the untamed seas along a powerful path towards self-discovery. It’s armed with amazing duets by Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli and is one of the most intense and profound symphonic metal albums […]

HAVENS: Philadelphia-Based Atmospheric Black Metal Entity Releases On The Verge Of Collapse Full-Length

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has become known for its high poverty, drug use, and violent crime rates. It is lesser known for containing Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the United States, and the slightly smaller Wissahickon Valley Park – the latter having been praised in writings by Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman. It’s on the edge of this valley where HAVENS, the solo atmospheric black metal project of one Daniel Donahue, was born. “I’m easily overwhelmed by the speed of everyday life, but there’s something very calming about being able to get away from it all,” […]

HOLY GRAIL To Embark On North American Tour w/ Striker Next Month

Los Angeles-based heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL are getting ready to hit the road this summer. The band will be joined by veteran thrash metal outfit Striker for a North American trek, with Bewitcher providing support on all dates. The upcoming tour kicks off on July 12th in Phoenix, AZ and wraps up on August 4th at The Viper Room in Hollywood, CA. HOLY GRAIL continues to tour on the strength of their widely celebrated 2016 studio album, Times Of Pride And Peril. A complete list of dates can be found below. Discussing their upcoming shows with Striker, the bands […]

Album Review: Picture – Wings

PICTURE is a band that almost made it big in heavy metal. Like many other bands of the dawn of the metal age, they SHOULD have made it big. All the tools were there. It’s been 40 years since these Dutchmen first made their mark. Is there a place for PICTURE in 2019? You bet your sweet bippy there is. Wings has such a flavor of what made metal great in the early ’80s and that formula still works today. You’d have to be dead inside to not get a warm fuzzy feeling from this record. This is where classic […]

CULT LEADER RELEASE CHILLING NEW VIDEO FOR ‘A PATIENT MAN’

Last year, SLC outfit CULT LEADER released their shapeshifting, genre bending album A Patient Man to universal acclaim. Claustrophobic in theme and ambitious in scope, the album marked the band’s most adventurous chapters. In the midst of a UK + European tour, CULT LEADER have unveiled a stark and disquieting new video to accompany the album’s titular track. Watch (and share) the video for “A Patient Man” via YouTube HERE Recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, Nails, High On Fire), A Patient Man takes listeners on a sonic rollercoaster ride from moment one. The ten-song […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Gaahl’s Wyrd – GastiR – Ghosts Invited

There’s no doubt that Mr. Kristian Espedal better known as GAAHL is one of the most polarizing, if not the most polarizing figure on the black metal scene. And so he’s been for quite some time. Much of it seems to revolve around his sexuality, which I could give a rat’s ass about. It’s no more pertinent with Gaahl than it is with Rob Halford or the dude from TORCHE. But even beyond that, the guy’s been a real outsider since Day One and in a lot of ways he sums up the rebel aspect of black metal a lot […]

OXX: Danish Hardcore Act To Release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance LP Via Nefarious Industries; Preorders Posted

This summer, Nefarious Industries will deliver the destructive new LP by Aarhus, Denmark-based avant hardcore outfit OXX, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance. The record has been confirmed for August release while the band takes off on tour in support of the record, and preorders have been posted. OXX is shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, […]