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Review: Dark Castle – Surrender to All Life Beyond Form

Review: Dark Castle – Surrender to All Life Beyond Form

Surrender to All Life Beyond Form is the second full-length album from Florida co-ed doom-metal duo Dark Castle, and it’s an exercise in gloomy cacophony and failed experimentation. Dark Castle attempt an eerie tone of hopelessness throughout the record by blending droning sludge riffage with noise rock, black metal, and industrial metal, but the mix […]

Review: Book of Black Earth – The Cold Testament

Review: Book of Black Earth – The Cold Testament

Fans of Book of Black Earth’s previous releases may shun this Seattle foursome’s transition from murky to crisp production on their latest full-length release. After all, its menacing mixture of low-fi grind and feedback-soaked grandeur was a big part of what made 2008’s Horoskopus so striking and presumably helped the band land tour slots with […]

Archgoat to Release New Mini Album

Archgoat to Release New Mini Album

Cult Finnish black metal band Archgoat have announced they will be hitting the studio in July to record five new tracks for an upcoming mini album due out this October. More information to be announced. In addition, the band’s two full-lengths—2006′s Whore of Bethlehem and 2009′s The Light-Devouring Darkness—will be re-released by Debemur Morti Productions […]

Top 5 Bands to Watch at Maryland Deathfest

Top 5 Bands to Watch at Maryland Deathfest

When the four-day Maryland Deathfest kicks off in Baltimore this Thursday, May 26, metalheads will have an overwhelming number of bands to check out. To help point you in the right direction, we asked Brooklyn heavy metal die-hards Tooth and Weibs—members of the band Natur and hosts of East Village Radio‘s Metal Inquisition Radio Show—to […]

Review: A Storm of Light – As We Become the Valley of Death, Our Silver Dreams Fade

Review: A Storm of Light – As We Become the Valley of Death, Our Silver Dreams Fade

Led by Neurosis visual artist and former Red Sparowes guitarist John Graham, A Storm of Light treaded an uninspired path on their first two albums, sounding too much like a by-the-numbers approximation of those two aforementioned post-metal bands. But on their verbosely titled new record, they have created a massive and monolithic hour that can […]

Cathedral Announce Final Show

Cathedral Announce Final Show

Long-running English doom rockers Cathedral have announced their final show will take place at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, on December 3, 2011. Support will come from Swedish heavy metal defenders Grand Magus, legendary cult English prog-rockers Comus and, also from England, classic rockers Gentleman’s Pistols. “It’s just time to move on and leave […]

Review: Demonaz – March of the Norse

Review: Demonaz – March of the Norse

As the founding guitarist of Norwegian black-metal legends Immortal, Harald “Demonaz” Nævdal delivered the band’s lightning-speed assault until tendonitis sidelined him in 1997. Over the past few years, he has labored on this, his solo debut. Full of Bathory-inspired riffs sprinkled with catchy Maiden-esque melodies, expertly played by Enslaved axman Ice Dale, the album is […]

Morbus Chron Announce New Album

Morbus Chron Announce New Album

Swedish death metal purists Morbus Chron have chosen Sleepers in the Rift as the title of their upcoming debut album. The cover was painted by Spanish fantasy artist Raul Gonzalez, who has previously worked with bands such as Deceased and Abraxas. View the cover below. Sleepers in the Rift was recorded between November 15-19, 2010 […]

Review: Samael – Lux Mundi

Review: Samael – Lux Mundi

At the turn of the millennium, industrial metal briefly became the hot new genre to watch. Established bands experimented with goth-tinged crust to mixed results (Kreator’s Endorama) while other bands made waves before petering out entirely (the Kovenant). For Switzerland’s Samael, however, the trend provided the final piece of their blackened puzzle. Now, over 20 […]

Review: Wormrot – Dirge

Review: Wormrot – Dirge

For many metalheads, this writer included, Wormrot seemed to come out of nowhere. Where they actually came out of was Singapore—perhaps explaining their previous Stateside obscurity. On their 2009 full-length debut, Abuse, the three-piece brought grindcore back to its gore-drenched bare bones, merging death-metal grooves, oozing breakdowns, and spastic blast-beats into a 22-song heart attack […]