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Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (2014)


The definition of modern melodic death metal has returned, Insomnium delivers a powerful piece of metal art on their 7th studio album Shadows Of A Dying Sun. The distinctive sound of the band hasn’t changed, in the contrary it has evolved from what they presented with One For Sorrow back in 2011. Read more

I Am Heresy – Thy Will (2014)

Featuring boysetsfire frontman Nathan Gray on vocals and his son Sam Gray on guitar, plus Jay and Crumbs Konieko on guitar and drums, I Am Heresy is truly a family affair.  Although being so closely tied to your fellow bandmates doesn’t always end well (we’re looking at you Oasis), the band is making their debut on Century Media and looking to expand horizons with their latest effort, Thy Will. Read more

Aborted – Necrotic Manifesto (2014)


Imagine a world where the dead walk the earth. The streets are splattered with blood and carnage litters the ground. Hell, rose up and took over. The dead feed off the living, and the living feed off of the living. Humans only know murder and torture in this world. The world lay in waste, death and destruction, keeping its abominable control over humanity while nature slowly rots. Read more

Tryptikon – Melana Chasmata (2014)

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When Thomas Gabriel Fischer and his time with the legendary Celtic Frost ended and he formed Tryptikon, there was no doubt the project would exude brilliance. The debut effort, Eparistera Daimones, was released to unanimous acclaim and further cemented Fischer in the pantheon of the metal elite. Four years later, Tryptikon return with the highly anticipated Melana Chasmata and to claim that it does not disappoint would be a great disservice to the album. Folks, this is a certifiably legit candidate for Album of the Year. WARNING: After listening to the album for the first time, you may be overcome with the urge to throw money at your speakers. Read more

Diabulus In Musica – Argia (2014)


Spanish symphonic metal quintet Diabulus In Musica released their third, and heaviest album yet, Argia. Regardless of the lineup changes, the band managed to put things together, and released a huge album that showcases the interesting moment the band is living at the moment.

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Massacre – Back from Beyond (2014)


Massacre is one of the most defining death metal bands to emerge from Florida. Comprised of some of the most infamous death metal icons and owning their own distinct brutality, Massacre has made their landmark in death metal history. But this year brings a new Massacre masterpiece: Back from Beyond. And this is the best Massacre has ever been. Read more

Delain – The Human Contradiction (2014)


Once again Delain challenged and shocked the very foundations of gothic metal with the heaviest record they have ever done since their début album, Lucidity (2005). If We Are The Others (2012) was their melodic peak, The Human Contradiction is without a doubt their consolidation as one of the heaviest bands within the genre.  Read more

Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo (2014)


Dark, dense, & full of sweet melodies. That is how I can describe the new Lacuna Coil album, Broken Crown Halo. This album follows the successful path that Dark Adrenaline created a couple of years back, and takes the band a step further on their dark melodic journey.  Read more

Sonata Arctica – Pariah’s Child (2014)

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After the heavy criticism that Sonata Arctica received with their last album, Stones Grew Her Name. The Finnish quintet had delivered yet another genius masterpiece in the form of Pariah’s Child. Read more

Meridian Dawn – The Mixtape EP (2014)

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A while ago when I heard the demos for the songs presented on this EP, I got a hunch that this band could go far, and now I am glad I wasn’t wrong about it. With the release of the EP The Mixtape, Meridian Dawn delivers a small taste of their musical talent, and let clear they are here to stay

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