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Dream Theater: proggy style

Many longtime Dream Theater fans feared the worst when iconic drummer Mike Portnoy left the fold in 2010. The rather suitably titled A Dramatic Turn Of Events followed a year later, introducing Mike Mangini to the prog metal world and kickstarting the most significant new chapter in the band’s entire history. With Mangini now firmly embedded within the Dream Theater collective, the prog legends’ new, self-titled album has arrived, promising more direct involvement from their new sticksman and a breathtakingly bold addition to their legacy as true innovators of progressive, forward-thinking music. Check it out via Roadrunner.

In a whole different universe comes the blinding new album from London smashers, TRC. While 2011 debut Bright Lights was a definitive highlight of the UK’s fast rising hardcore scene, Nation is a monstrous collection of thunderous groove metal riffs, endless hooks and a star turn from frontman Chris Robson, whose lyrical prowess has grown immeasurably. If you want to see rap metal done right, this is your next album right here. Grab it now via SOAR/Century Media.

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New Casualties of Cool, Ziltoid 2 and a relaxation music side project on the way.

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September is turning out to be a great month for new metal albums. This week is no exception. Check out our full reviews, along with an article collecting short reviews of the latest albums from Anathema, The Charm The Fury, Cult Of Luna, Damnations Day, Deals Death, Felix Martin, Grave, Haken, Human Improvement Process, Mindcage, The Persevering Promise, Pinkish Black, Ringworm, Seidr, Stray From The Path, Subrosa and Wolvserpent.

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This Autumn, The Biggest Metal Band On The Planet brave new waters once again as they prepare to release the biggest music film of the decade. METALLICA are back, and they’re back on our cover, babehhhh!

We discover the amazing conception behind Metallica: Through The Never, their new record label and, of course, that new album. It’s the biggest and most badass Metallica story you’ll read this year, and it’s only here and on sale right now!

You want more Metallica? Metal Hammer gives you more Metallica, babeeeeeh! As well as a huge, free Through The Never film programme that lifts the lid on the story behind the movie, with interviews with the band, cast and director, there’s also a huge free Metallica poster and free Metallica stickers. Don’t pretend you don’t want them. They’re brilliant.

And, in a world exclusive, copies of Metal Hammer bought in Morrisons, Tesco and Asda will include a FREE EP Joey Jordison’s new band, SCAR THE MARTYR! Plus, this issue is also packing another free CD featuring mega cuts from Trivium, Korn, Alter Bridge, Crossfaith, Asking Alexandria and many, many more! Not fucking bad, right?

Also in the new issue, we get the skinny on new albums from BEHEMOTH and MANOWAR – with the latter featuring the legendary Brian Blessed! We chat to both Joey DeMaio and Brian himself to get the full lowdown on this most awesome of pairings. We also catch up with BARONESS as they plan their return to the UK following that horrific bus crash last year, get back to our roots with CLUTCH and celebrate the here and now with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA!

Plus, we get The Gospel According To MINISTRY legend Al Jourgensen (seriously, what a fucking eye-opener that is), ask IHSAHN what led him to finally reform EMPEROR, kneel at the altar of new arena rock kings ALTER BRIDGE, try to find out who the hell is actually in THE HELL and chat wine with black metal icons and distinguished gents, SATYRICON.

There’s also our immense Subterranea feature with the mighty TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, our mega BLOODSTOCK review, our special guide to RISE AGAINST and a riff-off between DOWN and VOODOO SIX. Oh, and we find out the first album that BILL BAILEY had sex to. No biggie.

All that plus more new bands, more underground mayhem, more legends, more reviews and more carnage than you could shake even a really big stick at? It’s massive, it’s heavy as fuck and it’s on sale now. ORDER IT BELOW!

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Carcass: legends return

Two big albums from very different ends of the metal spectrum this week – but both are deserving of your attention.

First up comes the much-anticipated new album from British death metal royalty, Carcass! The band’s first album of new material for 17 years (yes, it’s really been that long), Surgical Steel is a stunning, muscular display of fret-tearing musicianship, relentless death metal aggression and irrepressible heavy metal melody. It’s a definite shout for the best extreme metal album of the year, and it underlines exactly why we’ve missed them. Get it now on Nuclear Blast and don’t forget to catch the guys on Defenders of the Faith in November!

Also released this week is the fifth album from Ohio metalcore heavyweights, The Devil Wears Prada. Definitely a band that have got better and better with age, TDWP continue their rich run of form with 8:18; another collection of modern metal anthems destined to have people flipping inanimate objects and pitting their way over barriers across the globe. It’s really bloody good, it’s out now via Roadrunner, and you can also read more about it in our brand new issue! How’s that for a cheap plug?!

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This Autumn, The Biggest Metal Band On The Planet brave new waters once again as they prepare to release the biggest music film of the decade. METALLICA are back, and they’re back on our cover, babehhhh!

We discover the amazing conception behind Metallica: Through The Never, their new record label and, of course, that new album. It’s the biggest and most badass Metallica story you’ll read this year, and it’s only here and on sale next week!

You want more Metallica? Metal Hammer gives you more Metallica, babeeeeeh! As well as a huge, free Through The Never film programme that lifts the lid on the story behind the movie, with interviews with the band, cast and director, there’s also a huge free Metallica poster and free Metallica stickers. Don’t pretend you don’t want them. They’re brilliant.

And, in a world exclusive, copies of Metal Hammer bought in Morrisons, Tesco and Asda will include a FREE EP Joey Jordison’s new band, SCAR THE MARTYR! Plus, this issue is also packing another free CD featuring mega cuts from Trivium, Korn, Alter Bridge, Crossfaith, Asking Alexandria and many, many more! Not fucking bad, right?

Also in the new issue, we get the skinny on new albums from BEHEMOTH and MANOWAR – with the latter featuring the legendary Brian Blessed! We chat to both Joey DeMaio and Brian himself to get the full lowdown on this most awesome of pairings. We also catch up with BARONESS as they plan their return to the UK following that horrific bus crash last year, get back to our roots with CLUTCH and celebrate the here and now with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA!

Plus, we get The Gospel According To MINISTRY legend Al Jourgensen (seriously, what a fucking eye-opener that is), ask IHSAHN what led him to finally reform EMPEROR, kneel at the altar of new arena rock kings ALTER BRIDGE, try to find out who the hell is actually in THE HELL and chat wine with black metal icons and distinguished gents, SATYRICON.

There’s also our immense Subterranea feature with the mighty TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, our mega BLOODSTOCK review, our special guide to RISE AGAINST and a riff-off between DOWN and VOODOO SIX. Oh, and we find out the first album that BILL BAILEY had sex to. No biggie.

All that plus more new bands, more underground mayhem, more legends, more reviews and more carnage than you could shake even a really big stick at? It’s massive, it’s heavy as fuck and it’s on sale next week. ORDER IT BELOW!

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This Autumn, The Biggest Metal Band On The Planet brave new waters once again as they prepare to release the biggest music film of the decade. METALLICA are back, and they’re back on our cover, babehhhh!

We discover the amazing conception behind Metallica: Through The Never, their new record label and, of course, that new album. It’s the biggest and most badass Metallica story you’ll read this year, and it’s only here and on sale next week!

You want more Metallica? Metal Hammer gives you more Metallica, babeeeeeh! As well as a huge, free Through The Never film programme that lifts the lid on the story behind the movie, with interviews with the band, cast and director, there’s also a huge free Metallica poster and free Metallica stickers. Don’t pretend you don’t want them. They’re brilliant.

And, in a world exclusive, copies of Metal Hammer bought in Morrisons, Tesco and Asda will include a FREE copy of the debut album from Joey Jordison’s new band, SCAR THE MARTYR! Plus, this issue is also packing another free CD featuring mega cuts from Trivium, Korn, Alter Bridge, Crossfaith, Asking Alexandria and many, many more! Not fucking bad, right?

Also in the new issue, we get the skinny on new albums from BEHEMOTH and MANOWAR – with the latter featuring the legendary Brian Blessed! We chat to both Joey DeMaio and Brian himself to get the full lowdown on this most awesome of pairings. We also catch up with BARONESS as they plan their return to the UK following that horrific bus crash last year, get back to our roots with CLUTCH and celebrate the here and now with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA!

Plus, we get The Gospel According To MINISTRY legend Al Jourgensen (seriously, what a fucking eye-opener that is), ask IHSAHN what led him to finally reform EMPEROR, kneel at the altar of new arena rock kings ALTER BRIDGE, try to find out who the hell is actually in THE HELL and chat wine with black metal icons and distinguished gents, SATYRICON.

There’s also our immense Subterranea feature with the mighty TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, our mega BLOODSTOCK review, our special guide to RISE AGAINST and a riff-off between DOWN and VOODOO SIX. Oh, and we find out the first album that BILL BAILEY had sex to. No biggie.

All that plus more new bands, more underground mayhem, more legends, more reviews and more carnage than you could shake even a really big stick at? It’s massive, it’s heavy as fuck and it’s on sale next week. ORDER IT BELOW!

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Time for your mid-week dose of new metal album reviews.  This week we give our take on 20 new and reissued albums, all collected in one convenient article. Bands covered this week include Altars, Cathexis, Dark Design, Dissension, Ensnared, Gemini Syndrome, Hollow Haze, KingShifter, Lalu, The Mezmerist, Ranger, Saint Vitus, Scalpel, Scythe, Sinner, Siren’s Cry, Transient and Turbocharged.

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Soulfly: bringing a ruckas near you soon

Max Cavalera has offered some fairly candid remarks for his former band, with both Sepultura and Soulfly set to release new albums in the coming weeks.

“To me, I kind of don’t care what they do,” he tells Live Metal. “It’s kind of a hard topic because I created the band and still consider that part of my life. And it’s really hard to deal with the fact that they continue with the name without me — without any Cavalera. After my brother left, it was even more hard for me to look at them seriously. There’s nobody original in the band. It’s like if Megadeth was playing without Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, it would be like, “Why are they still calling it Megadeth?” That’s how I look at Sepultura, and I think a lot of fans share the same opinion.

“I talk to a lot of fans, and they don’t take them seriously either. You know, I don’t know, maybe Ross [Robinson, producer] can get something out of them, but nobody else could. But I really don’t care what they do. It’s not important for me. I got all my life, my work, my projects, and that’s what I care about. I’ve been in Soulfly now longer than I was in Sepultura, and I love Soulfly and I love what Soulfly has created. And I’m very busy here, so I don’t really give a fuck about what those guys do.”

So that’s that. New Soulfly album Savages lands September 30 via Nuclear Blast, while Sepultura’s newie, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, follows on October 25, also via Nuclear Blast.

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Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, “Piece Of Cake”, on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer.

“Piece Of Cake” track listing:

01. World Arena (04:39)
02. Tears From The Moon (03:40)
03. Raintime Preload (00:36)
04. Raintime (03:31)
05. Sandman (05:08)
06. Back To Square One (04:54)
07. Headquake (03:44)
08. Train (05:07)
09. Mirrors (03:15)
10. Piece Of Cake (03:27)
11. Goodbye Mother Sky (06:30)

A snippet of the song “World Arena” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.

“People can expect what to my ears is the best VENGEANCE album to date,” declares guitarist Timo Somers. “The songs are a nice blend of old-school VENGEANCE (think ‘Arabia’) and some more modern-sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken; it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon [Goewie, vocals] sounds better than ever.”

Somers promises eleven gripping new compositions: “‘Raintime’ is the fastest song on the album. The song kind of sounds like a Malmsteen song with Leon on vocals. Double bass, big chorus and a fast guitar solo are the keywords.” The most typical song is the title track “Piece Of Cake”. Somers says: “We needed a party song for the album and we wrote this together in about an hour in the studio. It’s this typical AC/DC thing with Leon going nuts and some Van Halen-like guitars.” The most unusual song is “Back To Square One”, a blues rock ballad in the vein of Gary Moore. “I don’t think a lot of people know this side of VENGEANCE,” Somers suggests, “but it showcases our more soulful side.”

VENGEANCE will embark on a European tour with labelmates MAD MAX this fall. “This is a double tour together with MAD MAX to celebrate our new albums being released on the same day,” Somers says. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be on tour in spring 2014 as well — we’re working on that at the moment.”



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