Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost

2017’s release of King Delusion (Apostasy Records) was a watershed moment for Nailed To Obscurity. It was an impressive and emotive effort which began to win them wider press and, as far as the UK is concerned, a coveted main stage slot at 2018’s Bloodstock Festival and signing to titans Nuclear Blast, evidence of a much deserved rise in fortunes and out of, ahem, obscurity. Where a brand new album would have hoped to really build upon this success however, sadly Black Frost (Nuclear Blast) isn’t quite the revelation as perhaps hoped. Continue reading

GHOST CULT ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2018 – Senior Editor Steve Tovey

Minimal waffle, maximum music – I’m very aware that there is too much music and not enough time! I’ve had close to 1,000 albums pass through my inbox this year alone (I’ve probably only been able to listen to about a third of them), and what I’m presenting are my favourite albums of 2018, the albums that I’ve connected most with, that matter most to me, one way or another.

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Watch Soilwork Discuss New Album Title And Concept

Soilwork has released a new trailer for their upcoming album Verkligheten. In it, singer Björn “Speed” Strid and drummer Bastian Thusgaard talk about choosing a Swedish album title and the artwork for the upcoming new album, their 11th, due in January of 2019 via Nuclear Blast. Continue reading

Flat Earth – None For One

Hailing from the heavy music haven of Finland (seriously they must put something in the water over there) and with members previously in HIM and Amorphis, is Flat Earth. On their debut album, None For One (Drakkar Entertainment) the Finnish four-piece combine a Heavy Metal approach with melancholic and emotive sensibilities, the result being a supercharged take on Grunge and a textured record with equal amounts light and dark. Continue reading

Soilwork Shares New Album Trailer, Tour With Amorphis In 2019

Melodic metal veterans Soilwork have shared yet another trailer for their new, as yet untitled album due out in 2019 from Nuclear Blast Records. The band has completed recording and further details about the new release are forthcoming. It will be their first album of new material since 2015’s The Ride Majestic. Watch the trailer now!Continue reading

Death Metal Round Up: Cast The Stone, Stillbirth, Siege Of Power, Monstrosity And More

It may have taken thirteen years to follow-up their sole release, but with a cast that includes Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation and Scour alumni, the trials of time can be forgiven with Cast The Stone, and new EP release Empyrean Atrophy (Agonia) shows that this band has a lot more worth than simply being a side dabbling for them. Continue reading

Amorphis And Soilwork Book A European Tour For Next Winter

Nuclear Blast labelmates Amorphis and Soilwork have booked a joint tour of Europe for early 2019. Direct support will come from Jinjer and Nailed To Obscurity. Amorphis is on the road supporting their stellar new album Queen of Time, while Soilwork will be out supporting their new album due later in 2018. Continue reading

Omnium Gatherum Announce New Album, Appearance At Summer Breeze Festival

Omnium Gatherum has announced they have completed their new album and will release it this Halloween, October 31st, via their label Century Media Records. The Burning Cold promises to be the latest in a long line of consistent metal masterpieces. The band will play a special pre-release concert at this year’s Summer Breeze Festival and have booked tour dates this fall with Amorphis, Dark Tranquility, and Moonspell. Continue reading

Santeri Kallio of Amorphis Talks Queen Of Time

After several decades it would be completely forgivable for any band to ease their foot on the peddle as it were, but then again Amorphis are no ordinary band. It is well documented how they weathered a substantial transition in style through the 90’s from death metal with the classic Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Relapse) into a much more melodic entity with Elegy (Relapse) two years later. Continue reading