News Posts

Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels release their brand new track ‘Purified By Fire’, another single from their upcoming album ‘Profane Prayer’, set for release in the beginning of March via Nuclear Blast, right before their European tour starts!

After last week’s release of Green Lung’s new album ‘This Heathen Land’ via Nuclear Blast, they’re back with a new video for the track ‘Hunters In The Sky’ to celebrate! A track in support of the Right to Roam movement in the UK!

Dutch gothic rock/metal outfit Blackbriar released their brand new album ‘A Dark Euphony’ last Friday via Nuclear Blast and shared the video for ‘Spirit of Forgetfulness’ to celebrate!

Svalbard announce their highly anticipated new studio album ‘The Weight Of The Mask’ to be released in October via Nuclear Blast and share a 2nd single with ‘Faking It’!

The Metal Queen Doro has announced her upcoming new album ‘Conqueress – Forever Strong And Proud’ to be released in October via Nuclear Blast and shared a first single and video with ‘Time For Justice’!

Amaranthe introduces their new vocalist Mikael Sehlin to the world with the brand-new single and video ‘Damnation Flame’!

Swedish heavy rock institute Lucifer released with the single ‘A Coffin Has No Silver Lining (The Sistine Version)’ their first music with new label Nuclear Blast! Be on the look for more news as they are working on ‘Lucifer V’ right now!

2023 will hopefully finally bring the much delayed and plagued “State Of Unrest” tour to Europe with co-headliners Lamb of God and Kreator and just announced support Municipal Waste!

UK darkwave duo HOST released a new video single with ‘Hiding From Tomorrow’, the 2nd single coming from upcoming debut ‘IX’, set for release in February via Nuclear Blast!

Enslaved just announced their 16th studio album ‘Heimdal’, set to be released in March 2023 via Nuclear Blast, and share a blistering new single with ‘Congelia’.

Lists

Our resident extreme metal reviewer Mazen has a selection of stellar (mostly) black and death metal releases as his favorite of the year with Sulphur Aeon, Varathron, Moonlight Sorcery, Cruciamentum, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Asphodelus, Marduk, …And Oceans, and Cirith Ungol!

As the festival summer is quickly approaching, May sees many great releases yet again. Our team of writers put together a nice selection of those they are looking forward to the most this month with Deathstars, Cattle Decapitation, Veil Of Maya, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Ghost, Thulcandra, Frozen Soul, Sleep Token, Henget, Vomitory, Immortal, Kalmah and Legion Of The Damned!

2023 starts off with quite the bang with new releases from VV, Anti-Flag, Imperium Dekadenz, Turmion Kätilöt, Katatonia, Kiberspassk, …and Oceans, Obituary, Suasion, Dropout Kings and Vėlių Namai!

7 epic singles again selected by us of last week with Psychonaut, Before The Dawn, Black Mirrors, Wednesday 13, Sowulo, Ciemra and Skyforger! Highly recommended to check them out if you haven’t yet!

14 melodic metal/rock albums from Finland that we still wanted to give some proper attention to and you should check out still too if you haven’t yet!

Some good old familiars and a couple of big surprises made it to the albums of the year 2020 for Glenn!

2017 seems to be the year one-man projects had the biggest impact on C’kes listening habits!

Photo Reports

Cavalera

Cavalera re-recorded the first two albums of Sepultura (‘Bestial Devastation’ and ‘Morbid Visions’) and are touring the world with them on the “Morbid Devastation” tour! We caught up with them at L’Aéronef in Lille, France, and we saw it was good… Support came from Max’s stepson’s band Incite…

Lost Society and Amorphis gave us a little preview last Friday of the upcoming ‘Halo’ European Tour, when they did a show together at Logomo’s Terassikesä in Turku, Finland.

Eluveitie

Co-Headliners Eluveitie and Amorphis shared the stage with special guest Dark Tranquillity and warm-up act Nailed to Obscurity on their European tour and we caught them at l’Aéronef in Lille, France!

American masters of prog Symphony X came for a visit to Belgium. Check out the pictures here!

Old school death metal lives and Pestilence showed how it’s done on the 24th of March @ Baroeg Rotterdam. Supported by Bleeding Gods and Magnacult.

The Beast In Black is back, baby! Check out the pictures of their release show in Helsinki with very special guests Shiraz Lane!

Time for some black, gothic madness with Cradle Of Filth and Moonspell in Antwerp.

We went to check out the sold out Korpiklaani show in Antwerp a couple of weeks ago, check out the photos here!

Arch Enemy played a near sold out show in 013 in Tilburg, if you didn’t get to be there, this was our impression!

The MTV Headbanger’s Ball is always a very good show, and this year was no different. If you want to see our photo impression, this is it!

Album Reviews

Suffocation’s brutal and technical legacy remains the main attribute of these U.S. veterans, with the 9th album ‘Hymns From The Apocrypha’ guaranteeing a lesson in slamming brutality of the NY death metal style, out now via Nuclear Blast Records.

Mexico’s powerhouse death/grindcore band Brujeria returns with their long-awaited album “Esto Es Brujeria”. The fifth album offers sixteen high-octane death grind songs with tight drumming, a solid release from these unhinged Mexicans out now via Nuclear Blast!

Canadian brutal/technical death metal collective Cryptopsy showcase a great deal of aggression and brutality on their newest endeavor “As Gomorrah Burns” out now via Nuclear Blast.

The 18th album “Leviathan II” by the Swedish symphonic orchestral metal Therion wields its fantastic orchestral forte with some mystic soundscapes, Therion aspires to bring a transcendental experience the new album is full of great hits and catchy songs that will appeal to the fans of symphonic metal, released via Nuclear Blast.

Avantasia brings us with ‘A Paranormal Evening With the Moonflower Society’ once again an album filled with topnotch power metal. The choruses are very harmonious, and there’s power, there’s beauty, there’s calm, it’s all there.

Septicflesh’s 11th album ‘Modern Primitive’ wields an orchestral forte, illustrating the complex work of the symphonies coupled with gigantic chugging and monstrous growls. The Greek titans spectacularly encompass all of its brutality in a colossal,new, sonic showpiece, out on Nuclear Blast.

Watain achieved mastery over its craft the long-awaited seventh album ‘The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain’ is a masterwork of demonic grandiosity that breaks in a new cycle of vicious savagery. The change in sound here reflects natural progression without sacrificing the foundations of the band.

After 14 long years The Hellacopters have finally released their new long player called ‘Eyes Of Oblivion’. It was worth the wait – a fantastic hard rock album comes your way!

‘Oh What The Future Holds’ brings a more sophisticated side of the deathcore genre. Never I had the thought that it was boring or bad. Every song has it’s unique stamp of pure greatness.

Immolation’s 11th “Acts Of God” wields a slew of obscure tracks that see them sitting atop the death metal throne, this is without a doubt a serious contender for the albums of the year 2022 lists!

Gig Reports

Lost Society and Amorphis played at Logomos Terassikesä in Turku, Finland last Friday and although there were some issues it was still a very enjoyable show from two great Finnish bands.

If you missed the livestream Omega Alive from Epica you surely missed something (sorry for the same old joke, but it truly was) epic. No tour and no album release shows made this band work extremely hard and focusing completely on creating an unbelievable live recorded production.

The Beast In Black is back ‘From Hell With Love’ and set the stage, venue and every single fan ablaze!

A night of heart-warmingly happy, crazy and joyeus (folk) metal is just what the doctor prescribed against the gloomy Finnish Winter weather!

We went have our eardrums kicked out at EMP Persistence Tour and we didn’t regret it!
Aggression and respect go hand in hand, hardcore as it should be.

In Flames & Five Finger Death Punch embark on a massive double headliner European tour and we were there at the very first stop at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki!

Thrash party of the year, that’s the least we can say when Testament passed along at the trix with their all time friends of Death Angel and Annihilator.

Thrash party of the year, that’s the least we can say when Testament passed along at the trix with their all time friends of Death Angel and Annihilator.

Kataklysm exists 25 years in 2017 and is currently celebrating that with a European tour. On the 7th of October, they brought the ‘A Moment In Time Tour’ to the Trix Club in Antwerp!