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Act Of Destruction: “Beyond Eternity” Album Review

Out of Chicago, Illinois, we have a gem of a band, Act of Destruction, who create some epic, melodic power metal on their latest album Beyond Eternity. This album is quite massive, actually, and I was wishing it was longer, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a full-length in the future. The album begins with “Eternal Combustion,” and when

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Alcest - Spiritual Instinct - Promo

Alcest Announce Album, Release “Protection” Music Video

Alcest are an anomaly. The one-time black metallers have drifted into dark gaze over the last few albums, and their music provides a surreal escape from normal metal fare. They deliver spectral soundscapes that are captivating through and through. Alcest have announced their sixth studio album, Spiritual Instinct, which will be released on October 25 via Nuclear Blast. They have

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Dream Tröll: “Second To None” Album Review

Dream Tröll have strong elements of ’80s rock/metal, and I’m talking about very early ’80s metal. Second to None is like listening to a soundtrack from an ’80s adventure movie. Unfortunately, the album doesn’t really stir anything up in me. Perhaps it is because I lean more to the extreme sounds of heavy metal; shit that scares your neighbors. Dream

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In Mourning Release “Black Storm” Music Video From New Album

There are very few things that come close to our love of Swedish melodic death/doom. And In Mourning are one of those bands that are burning brighter with each album. On October 4, the band will release Garden Of Storms via Agonia Records, and today, they have premiered the album’s first single, “Black Storm.” The single comes as a music

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Lone Cairn: “Obsolete” EP Review

Goddamn! I’ve gotten to hear some great new bands as part of what I have deemed our “SnB/Steel Panther Battle of the Unsigne Bands,” but holy schnikes, I am so digging the EP Obsolete by Lone Cairn out of Grenoble, France! Who ever knew a couple of French guys could kick ass like this? Though they say they base their

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Rod1313: “Gravity” EP Review

It’s rare that I get a chance to review an instrumental album, and I know of many people who cannot get into it. My best “office” to assess album of the instrumental kind is driving in my car down Route 146. If the album passes my “does it give me chills when driving” test, it is indeed worth your time.

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Spreading the Disease: “Mindcell” EP Review

Que pasa, all you headbanging heavy metal heathens! Welcome to another entry in the SkullsnBones/Steel Panther search for the coolest of the cruel, the badassest of the bitches, the fucking furious of the fantastic … Spreading the Disease! Disclaimer: I have been championing and following and reviewing this band for over three years. So, yeah, King Rhino is a fucking

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Detherous: “Hacked To Death” Album Review

With the onslaught of reviews pouring in from our northern neighbors, I am starting to believe that Canada has become quite a hotbed for heavy metal. I suppose the cold, beautiful atmosphere lends itself to a wellspring of creativity. From glam to extreme, what I am hearing is undoubtedly massive. From the category of death/thrash, Detherous have a debut entitled

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Karmanjaka: “Seven Names For The Witchqueen” Album Review

From the beautiful land of Sweden, Karmanjaka recently released Seven Names for the Witchqueen, an album that interlaces black metal with Nordic folk and prog elements. Seven Names for the Witchqueen features phenomenal classic black metal riffs with decipherable lyrics, as if Amon Amarth paired with Mayhem. The title track is beguiling in all of its darkness, an occult ambiance

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Extinguish The Sun: “Antihero” Album Review

The well-informed may realize that Dixon, Illinois, is where President Ronald Reagan grew up, but enough about history. For today’s intents and purposes, “The Catfish Capital of Illinois” is notable because of Extinguish the Sun, purveyors of a barreling, distorted sound that packs a wallop through overdriven guitars. The quintet released Antihero in 2017, and they deliver a set of

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Lone Cairn: “Obsolete” EP Review

Goddamn! I’ve gotten to hear some great new bands as part of what I have deemed our “SnB/Steel Panther Battle of the Unsigne Bands,” but

Rod1313 - Gravity

Rod1313: “Gravity” EP Review

It’s rare that I get a chance to review an instrumental album, and I know of many people who cannot get into it. My best