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Skyforger - Kurbads (Metal Blade/Riot)

Latvian music is known to be one of the most peculiar forms of ethnic music in the world. The Latvian group Skyforger was known for being the standard bearers of this culture. Is their new album able to carry on this tradition?

After seven years since the release of their last studio album Zobena Dziesma, a milestone in folk music in the vein of the most traditional folkloric  groups from Latvia, Sky

Whitechapel - A New Era Of Corruption (Metal Blade/Riot)

Whitechapel returns with the eagerly awaited follow up to 2008's This Is Exile. But as the 'deathcore' scene continues to grow, can their train keep rolling?

Ever since The Somatic Defilement brought a thunderous mix of blastbeats, breakdowns, death grunts and lyrical brutality to the metal scene in 2007, Whitechapel have never

Lightning Swords Of Death - The Extra Dimensional Wound (Metal Blade/Riot)

Seven years after their inception, Lightning Swords Of Death's Metal Blade debut blends desolate black metal with unremitting death nastiness

Sinister. That's the word. As soon as The Extra Dimensional Wound opens with the title track there's an immediate sense that something sinister is afoot.

Istapp - Blekinge (Metal Blade/Riot)

Theatrical Swedes bring a mashup of metal genres with this epic release

Rarely are the press releases surrounding new albums anything other than overly fellatory gibberish about uniqueness and bold direction.

Fatal Embrace - Empires of Humanity (Metal Blade/Riot)

Veteran Germans long on talent but short on originality return for some more heads-down, no nonsense mindless boogie.

The trouble, of course, is that it’s all so derivative. Good, but derivative.

Making a Falgoustian Bargain – NOLA’s Goatwhore

After having gently salvaged this interview from the death grip of a moribund hard disk, Metal As Fuck can finally present a candid and intelligent chat with Goatwhore’s Ben Falgoust.

N.B.: This interview was recorded prior to Goatwhore’s tour of Australia with Job for a Cowboy and Behemoth and was thought lost forever in computer hell after a hard drive failure.

The Ocean - Heliocentric (Metal Blade/Riot)

The Ocean are back and this time they're tackling the rather weighty subject of Heliocentric belief. Don't know what that is? Give The Ocean an hour of life... Go on, it's worth it!

What I love about The Ocean is their use of the full range of instruments available to them.

As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade/Riot)

The world’s pre-eminent Christian metalcore henchmen have returned with a vengeance. If you don’t have the appetite to swallow their positive message, then run for cover.

The truth is Juan Miguel hasn’t heard a single note of As I Lay Dying until The Powerless Rise joined his playlist a week ago.

Raven - Walk Through Fire (Metal Blade/Riot)

A full decade after their last release and thirty-odd years since they first broke into the metal world, Raven are back. This time they're walking through fire.

Is it me or have their been a lot of 'come-backs' in the past year? Raven is one such band who have long been off of the radar.