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Nucleus - DEEDS OF FLESH

Erik Lindmark's untimely passing in 2018 sent authentic shockwaves through the death metal scene and beyond. Not just a significant player with his own band DEEDS OF FLESH, but a diehard DM lifer with the inestimable UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS to his credit, he was an underground talisman who truly believed in this wild, brutal music ...

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Necromancy - PERSUADER

There was time, not so long ago, when power metal seemed to be dominated by bands that sounded, to put it mildly, a bit too fucking cheerful. Not that there's anything wrong with an occasional dose of positivity, but these are dark times. As humanity at least appears to be pirouetting blindly towards oblivion, super-melodic ...

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Grand Malevolence - DEPRAVITY

Never mind the traditional spooky intro: "Grand Malevolence" declares clobbering time to be long overdue, as opener "Indulging Psychotic Thoughts" bursts through the speakers and smacks your teeth out through the back of your skull. Death metal diehards will be familiar with DEPRAVITY. One of the most flat-out brutal bands on the planet, they raised ...

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Weight Of The False Self - HATEBREED

It might be hard to comprehend at this point, but there are still some people out there who haven't succumbed to the wonder of HATEBREED yet. Quite how Jamey Jasta and his comrades could do more to ingratiate themselves with fans of heavy music is anyone's guess. Far beyond diehard, the band have been omnipresent ...

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Rotten Human Kingdom - SUBTERRAEN

Many fans of heavy shit use the slowest, most miserable music as a straightforward form of catharsis. This has been a unique year, as some of you may have noticed, and so for once it feels perfectly appropriate to succumb entirely to the viscous tsunami of woe that SUBTERRAEN have conjured on their full-length debut. ...

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Conquered Lands - DEATH DEALER

There comes a time in every metalhead's life when one question becomes unavoidable: exactly how much metal can you actually take? Many are those that fall by the wayside, overwhelmed by the purity and majesty of the real thing. And make no mistake, folks, "Conquered Lands" is absolutely 100% metal-as-all-monolithic-fuck, and absolutely not for the ...

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Dawn Of The Damned - NECROPHOBIC

Black metal has come a long way in its forty-plus years of existence and evolution. These days, our options vary from the utterly low-fi and feral DIY end of the genre to the glossy, high production values of the post-DIMMU set, with all manner of weird, wild and grotesque alternatives swirling around somewhere in the ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Announces New EP, 'Macabre Cabaret'

No rest for one of Britain's most melancholic exports: Just half a year after MY DYING BRIDE returned from its break with its haunting and successful masterpiece "The Ghost Of Orion", the kindred of Yorkshire raise the curtains to the "Macabre Cabaret" — a new MLP that will be released on November 20 via Nuclear ...

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Circle Of Darkness - PLAGUE YEARS

There's always been something uniquely exciting about collisions between thrash metal and brutal hardcore. Recent records by the likes of RINGWORM and INTEGRITY have proved that point tenfold, but while PLAGUE YEARS are considerably more traditional in thrash terms than either of those bands, there is a similarly destructive and anarchic vibe here. Vocalist Tim ...

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Where Death Lies - CARNATION

There are insufficient hours in the day to immerse oneself in all of the fantastic death metal being released this year, but CARNATION's second album immediately stands out as a superior creation. 2018's "Chapel Of Abhorrence" was a solid introduction to the Belgians' rampant mix of old-school hooks and infernal churn, but this outstrips it ...

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Fracmont - MESSIAH

Among the earliest European bands to blur the lines between thrash and what was then a nascent death metal sound, Messiah have long been unsung heroes of the brutal underground. It doesn't help that they haven't released a new studio album since 1994, but all good things come to those that wait, even in the ...

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Watch BLIND GUARDIAN Perform New Song 'Violent Shadows'

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN played a brand new song that hasn't been recorded yet, "Violent Shadows", during this past weekend's Wacken World Wide digital festival. Video of the performance can be seen below. Featured songs: 00:00 Welcome To Dying 07:17 Violent Shadows 11:53 Majesty This past February, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch of told ...

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Hypnagogic Hallucinations - Bedsore

These are strange and exciting times in the nefarious stew of death metal creativity. If you enjoyed having your brain turned into spinning gravy by recent records from BLOOD INCANTATION, VOIDCEREMONY and CRYPTIC SHIFT, then the chances are that you are way ahead of me here and already using BEDSORE's frankly extraordinary debut album as ...

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NECROPHOBIC To Release 'Dawn Of The Damned' Album In October

By unleashing the single/ EP "Mirror Black", Swedish blackened death metal veterans NECROPHOBIC are set to kick off the campaign for the release of their undoubtedly most diverse and elaborate album to date, "Dawn Of The Damned", due on October 9 via Century Media Records. "Mirror Black" comes together with an official music video created ...

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Garbers Days Revisited - Inter Arma

Covers albums are curious things. Wildly variable in quality and often a lot less revealing than we might hope, they can be cynical, lazy stopgaps or heartfelt and fascinating detours. INTER ARMA seem like the kind of band to deliver the latter, rather than assailing us with a handful of self-consciously wacky '80s pop covers ...

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DREAM THEATER: 'Every Album, Every Song' Book Now Available

Sonicbond Publishing has released a new book, "Dream Theater: Every Album, Every Song", from author Jordan Blum. No other band has affected modern progressive metal as deeply or widely as American quintet DREAM THEATER. Formed at Berklee College Of Music as Majesty in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung, ...

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ARCH ENEMY, TRIVIUM, SOILWORK And DARK TRANQUILLITY Members Contribute Vocals To 'Metal: Hellsinger' Game

Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY) and Björn Strid (SOILWORK) have contributed vocal performances to "Metal: Hellsinger", the new game from developer The Outsiders and publisher Funcom. "Metal: Hellsinger" is a rhythm first-person shooter (FPS) game, where your ability to shoot on the beat will enhance your gameplay experience. The ...

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The Birth Of Hateful Existence - DOMINION OF SUFFERING

A new project from Neptun, former drummer with Slovakian death metal legends NOMENMORTIS, DOMINION OF SUFFERING's debut is one of those low-key, unassuming releases that could easily get lost in these wildly fruitful times. Fortunately, it jumped out at me like a heavily armed stalker. Like pretty much every death and black metal debut ever, ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI: 2020 Line of Signature Guitars Available From ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN

Ernie Ball Music Man, the world's leading manufacturer of musical instruments, guitar strings and accessories, has announced the availability of the all-new 2020 line of John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) signature guitars. The Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty guitar features a flamed maple shield seated in a lightweight Okoume body. A glossy translucent finish on the ...

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Solitude In Madness - VADER

Extreme metal is supposed to get the blood pumping. It should make you feel ten-feet tall and bulletproof. It might even make you drive in a reckless manner from time to time. These are the rules. Don't shoot the messenger. The problem comes when you spend a large chunk of every day listening to brutal, ...

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