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The Unguided: Fragile Immortality

Surpassing expectations and comparisons to their former band, Sonic Syndicate, The Unguided's sophomore release is a strong follow up to their impressive debut.

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Scar Symmetry: The Unseen Empire

After only two years and one album with their new singers, Scar Symmetry is once again proving why they are one of the best bands in all of modern metal, and their newest album is all the evidence they'll need.

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Children of Bodom: Relentless Reckless Forever

In taking a few steps back in their sound, Children of Bodom has taken twice as many steps forward in the quality of their music.

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Amon Amarth: Surtur Rising

Proof that being the best is a matter of consistency, Amon Amarth's newest album is a gargantuan and fiery monster, in more ways than one.

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Mercenary: Metamorphosis

Despite losing half their lineup a year-and-a-half ago, the remaining members of Mercenary are able to retain the band's sound in surprising fashion on their sixth album.

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The Absence: Enemy Unbound

By keeping the legacy of their influences alive, the Absence have become a titanic metal power in the states.

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Wretched: Beyond the Gate

Continuing the growth of the American melodic death metal scene, this young North Carolina quintet succeeds through experimentation and innovation.

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Neaera: Forging the Eclipse

Unsung heroes of Germany's second generation of metal bands, Neaera are once again delivering high-quality, melodic death metal with the most aggression possible.

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Aggression Maximized: A Second Look at Neaera's 'Armamentarium'

The full effect of this album may not hit you all at once, but when it does, the effect is too stunning to ignore.

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Allegaeon: Fragments of Form and Function

Putting a new spin on the growing American melodic death metal scene, this Colorado quintet has an unbelievable amount of talent and lots of potential for greatness.

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And Justice for All: Swedish Metal Supergroup Tackles Bullying with New Song

With bullying and abuse still a major problem in schools around the world, a star-studded lineup of metal musicians delivers its manifesto on the subject through the new project Sweden United.

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"Ascension Chamber" by Scar Symmetry, or Why We Need More Videos IN SPACE!

People might not believe it, but very few metal music videos take place in the far reaches of space. Scar Symmetry dares to go there in a video with a thoughtful story and excellent execution.

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Heaven Shall Burn: Invictus (Iconoclast III)

With one of the most intelligent, well-composed albums released in the past decade, Heaven Shall Burn set a new standard of greatness in the metal scene worldwide.

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Dark Tranquillity: We Are the Void

The Gothenburg innovators return on their ninth studio album, maintaining their high level of excellence, but lacking growth and innovation.

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Kalmah: 12 Gauge

The Finnish masters of "swamp metal" continue to impress on their sixth album. Surpassing all of their contemporaries in their stylistic consistency, Kalmah still stand out from the crowd of mediocrity in their genre.

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Jesper Strömblad Leaves In Flames. What Now?

With their rhythm guitarist and last founding member departing the band, what can fans expect from one of the Gothenburg scene's innovators on their next album?


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