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Since the late nineties, brutal death metallers from Glen Falls, New York, Skinless have been pulverizing their ever-expanding fan base with each new release. Sadly, their discography does have a hefty gap following 2006’s pinnacle offering Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, temporarily disbanding in 2011 for two years, and eventually unleashing their long-awaited fourth album Only the Ruthless Remain in 2015. Fast forward roughly three more years and we are facing their latest studio effort dubbed Savagery. But is this a suitable follow-up, or has the luster of the reunion already overstayed its welcome?

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Finnish death metal band Carnifex – NOT the horrible, trendy US deathcore outfit – is going to see all their demo recordings from ’91 to ’93 officially reissued on CD through Xtreem Music under the title of Pathological Rites.

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British Sludge/Doom quartet NOMAD have teamed up with The Sludgelord to stream their new song “Feed”. The song is taken from their upcoming album Feral which will be released via APF Records.

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Black Bow Records out of Childer Thornton, UK is a label that has gone from simple underground status to a pretty strong conteneder in the metal world over the years, and it’s been fun watching them grow since the start of this site. The level of quality their roster has been blessed with has been undeniable, sprawling between folk to doom and everything in between. To add an extra kick to 2018, we are given a split release from fellow countrymen Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slowmatics titled Totems, an effort that exists through months of communication and idea swapping between the two before they ventured into Skyhammer Studio. The former is a relatively new act that came to be in 2014 and holds two full-lengths and an EP under their belt, while the latter forged back in 2004 and has a number of releases to their name, though mostly splits. But does this pairing make for a memorable offering, or does this outing hold little to keep the listener interested?

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PowFinnish metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM are currently working on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2015 album, I Worship Chaos. The guys just entered their own Danger Johnny Studio with producer Mikko Karmila to kick off the recordings of their brand new studio album.

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The UK’s legendary metallers Saxon have been going strong ever since taking on the name in 1978 following a number of moniker alterations since 1970, and there’s no sign on the pinnacle act stopping anytime soon. In fact, to kick off their presence in 2018 they find themselves working with Silver Lining Music to release their twenty-third full-length effort, Thunder, as well as heading out on tour with fellow legends Judas Priest [check out Ryan’s photography and review of the Wilkes-Barre, PA show HERE]. Sure, Saxon has had some misses here and there, but in recent years their releases have been just as strong and rejuvenating and their earlier classics. But does this new effort show a continuation of that quality, or is it the start of an unexpected downward spiral?