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Behemoth, ‘The Satanist’ – Album Review

Behemoth
Metal Blade

Behemoth’s five-year drought between studio albums is a storied tale. In August 2010, the band's frontman, Nergal, was diagnosed with leukemia, which was originally thought to be too advanced for chemotherapy treatments to be effective. After finding a bone marrow match in a donor, he underwent a transplant, which was ultimately successful following an infection setback a few weeks after undergoing the process.

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Red Dragon Cartel, ‘Red Dragon Cartel’ – Album Review

Red Dragon Cartel
PFA Media / Photo by Fred Morledge

 is one of the great metal guitarists, but has been absent from the scene for a while. Back in the early ‘80s he was in the band Mickey Ratt, which became Ratt. He was also in Rough Cutt and played briefly with Dio, but he is best known for his time with Ozzy Osbourne, joining his band after the tragic death of Randy Rhoads. Lee appeared on the albums ‘Bark at the Moon’ and ‘The Ultimate Sin.’

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Of Mice & Men, ‘Restoring Force’ – Album Review

Of Mice & Men
Rise Records

Of Mice & Men are in a state of transition and after a listen to the band's new 'Restoring Force' album, it appears as though the sky's the limit. Since the group's last album, the band has added bassist Aaron Pauley of Jamie's Elsewhere and his clean vocals have added the perfect compliment to frontman Austin Carlile.

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Iced Earth, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ – Album Review

Iced Earth 2014
Century Media

Iced Earth are back with their second offering since former Into Eternity frontman Stu Block has taken over vocal duties. While many fans saw the last album, ‘Dystopia,’ injecting a bit of new life into the band, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ continues in the same manner with some fresh songwriting ideas from guitarist Jon Schaffer.

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Deicide, ‘In the Minds of Evil’ – Album Review

Deicide, 2013
Century Media

Almost a decade after founding guitarists Eric and Brian Hoffman left the band, Deicide are back with 'In the Minds of Evil,' their fourth album in the new era. Mainstays Glen Benton and Steve Asheim are rounded out by guitarists Jack Owen, who has been in the band since 2004, as well as on-and-off six-stringer Kevin Quirion, who makes his recording debut with the band. 

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Ghost B.C., ‘If You Have Ghost’ EP – Review

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Ghost B.C. are among 2013's biggest buzz bands and with the well-received 'Infestissumam' already under their robes, they continue to give fans more with the Dave Grohl produced 'If You Have Ghost' EP, which includes four ecectic cover songs and a live version of the new hit 'Secular Haze.' The song selection might be unfamiliar to a lot of Ghost's fans, but offers key insight to how the band developed their trademark sound. 

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Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2′ – Album Review

Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 2
Prospect Park Records

Less than four months after the release of The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1,‘ the guys in  are back with 'Volume 2,' another full-length album of brand new material.

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Inquisition, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’ – Album Review

Inquisition
Hell's Headbangers

Inquisition leader Dagon has made a career of making Immortal frontman Abbath pay dearly for only writing ‘Pure Holocaust’ once. The band takes such influence from the Immortal album that it can almost be pegged as the sole inspiration for Inquisition’s Satanic cosmological black metal onslaught. The duo who make up this band have added another astral offering to their growing legacy with ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse.’

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Skeletonwitch, ‘Serpents Unleashed’ – Album Review

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

In their decade of existence, Skeletonwitch have been a very consistent band. Every couple of years or so (usually around Halloween) the Ohio blackened thrashers release a new album to positive reviews, then get back on the road as they continue their steady ascent.

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Sepultura, ‘The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart’ – Album Review

Sepultura
Photo Credit: Alex Solca

Every time Brazil’s Sepultura release a new album, there is a buzz of curiosity with fans wondering if they will return to their beginnings. The band’s trademark thrash era produced some of the finest albums of the genre, but they abandoned the sound by 1993 in favor of groove on ‘Chaos A.D.’ and the polarizing ‘Roots.’ Vocalist Derrick Green has been with the band for 15 years now, and ‘The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart’ is his seventh and best album since joining.

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