Epica to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Three Re-Releases, and Anniversary Show


 

Epica has prepared a massive celebration from January to December to mark their twenty years. Starting with re-relases of their first three albums, including the now-classic The Phantom Agony, Consign To Oblivion, and The Score 2.0, via Nuclear Blast. with an extensive physical re-release on CD, vinyl, as well as strictly limited earbooks and boxsets later this year. They have an anniversary show on September third taking place at the same venue Epica played their first show: The legendary 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. They also just launched their new immersive site, Epica Universe. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Pathology – The Everlasting Plague


 

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Luckily, Pathology have taken this to heart, and their punishing new heavyweight contender, The Everlasting Plague (Nuclear Blast) is simply another example of that.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Obscura – A Valediction


 

The talent is evident and the production quality ever-present.

There are shining moments with songs that develop character and identity.

But the abundance of what comes off as shredding for the sake of it, and apparent filler shoe-horned in, tamps down the overall significance of Obscura’s A Valediction (Nuclear Blast).

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Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect (ex-In Flames) Shares Debut Single “Shadowminds”


Previously announced new Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect, featuring former members of In Flames, have released their first new music! The band is streaming the single “Shadowminds” right now at all DSPs. The band unites one-time In Flames members Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility) (vocals) – a crazy amount of talent. The band will release their debut album via Nuclear Blast in 2022 and will open for new labelmates Machine Head and Amon Amarth next fall in Europe. Check out “Shadowminds” now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: MØL – Diorama


One thing became crystal clear very quickly after listening to MØL’s most recent effort, Diorama: this band can do it all. They’ve devised eight elegant tracks to prove just that, frankly leaving fans wanting more. Listed as “Post-Black Metal/Shoegaze” on the Metal Archives, these Danes dabble in Progressive Rock, Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal and even a snippet of Pop Punk. Another appealing aspect of MØL’s Nuclear Blast debut is the apparent influences vocalist Kim Song Sternkopf takes from fellow Scandinavians Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum. There is even a whiff of Parkway Drive.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost Bath – Self Loather


The season of the witch is upon us!!!! With Halloween just days away, it seemed more than fitting to check out some new Black Metal. Why not listen to some truly “scary movie” music with my favorite holiday just at hand. With that being said, the new cut from Ghost Bath Is a musical force to be reckoned with.

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Cradle Of Filth Performs Alone in New York After Members of Opening Bands Test Positive for COVID-19


Cradle Of Filth was forced to perform alone tonight (October 12th, 2021) at the newly remodeled Irving Plaza, after members of the two opening bands 3Teeth and Once Human allegedly tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Apparently the bands found out the news around the time of doors. According to fans, no announcement was made in the venue that the other bands would not perform. Once Human’s stage gear and scrims were removed and then Cradle’s gear and stage set was put up. Cradle went and put on a great show by all accounts. We don’t have information at this point which members of the bands have tested positive and we will update this story as it develops. Cradle just kicked off their North American “Lustmord and Tourgasm” Tour, featuring Cruelty and the Beast performed in full nightly, and their latest release, Existence Is Futile, is scheduled for release on October 22nd via Nuclear Blast. The tour has two days off before it resumes this week in Cleveland on October 14th at The Agora Theater.

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Ministry Shares New Video for “Disinformation” – New Album “Moral Hygene” Out Now!


Industrial Music legend Al Jourgensen’s Ministry has relelaed its 15th studio album, Moral Hygene via Nuclear Blast. The band will kick off The Industrial Strength Tour in spring of 2022 with support from Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity. The also shared the new music video for the latest single, “Disinformation” – about the slippery slope we find ourselves in when consuming mass media without critical thinking. Watch the video now! Continue reading


Cradle Of Filth Shares a New Single and Video – “Necromantic Fantasies”


Gothic Black Metal legends Cradle of Filth has shared a new single and video “Necromantic Fantasies.” The track comes from their forthcoming 13th studio album – Existence Is Futile via Nuclear Blast Records on October 22nd, 2021. Watch the video here! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Carcass – Torn Arteries


It’s been over thirty years since Liverpudlian grindcore bastards Carcass left people gagging to the gloriously gory cover of debut album Reek of Putrefaction (Earache) and reeling to the twenty-two charmingly immature blasts of vomitous noise dripping inside. Symphonies of Sickness delivered improved musicianship and longer songs, Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious and its divisive follow up, Heartwork, continued that trend but the run ended in 1996 with the rather lacklustre Swansong. Rebooted and reinvigorated (but sadly minus drummer Ken Owen due to health issues), Carcass returned with a bang in 2013 with Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast Records) and now, after a gap of eight years, they’re back. Again.

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