Cellar Darling – An Enchanting Spell

With the move from independent stories to a full-on concept album, Cellar Darling has come into their own on their second full-length. With an eclectic yet enthralling beginning in This is the Sound, Read more […]

Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost (Scarlet Records)

Returning for a second full-length after last year’s debut The Fallen King, Italian power metal band Frozen Crown subscribe to many benchmarks of the Euro-sound that put Sonata Arctica on the map and Read more […]

Whitechapel – The Valley (Metal Blade)

Whitechapel’s 2016 release Mark of the Blade caused some controversy for adding some clean vocals into the mix and a mild attempt to change some formatting, though much of the album still catered to Read more […]

Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host (PRC Music)

In the age of death metal bands generally swerving in two directions – hyper-tech wizardry or old school imitation/worship, Accursed Spawn bows to neither of these on their full-length debut. While Read more […]

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (AFM Records)

Ever-evolving from a traditional/classic power stance during their beginnings and now incorporating some bombastic, symphonic, and orchestral flourishes, Bloodbound have steadily ascended to the heads Read more […]

Witherfall – Vintage (Century Media)

In preparation for a special European run with Sonata Arctica where both bands will be performing eclectic and acoustic-driven sets, Witherfall decided to release a special EP that represents a mixture Read more […]

Childrain – The Silver Ghost (Graviton Music Services)

One of those bands that manage to accumulate a few releases without much attention but keep plugging away, The Silver Ghost is the fourth album for Spain’s Childrain. With a sound that easily falls Read more […]

Reckless Force – A Distant Planet (Self-Released)

Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, Reckless Force is made up of four dudes who love to party and play heavy metal. Formed in May 2012, the band spent its early years living up to its name, earning Read more […]

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

Aephanemer’s full-length debut, 2016’s Memento Mori, worked because the band was able to consistently provide epic melodies that riveted the listener from beginning to end. For the band’s second Read more […]

Fallujah – Being True to Themselves

Probably one of the most talked about bands in extreme metal in the last few years, Fallujah have made a name for themselves in adapting the fury of death metal into something that can be emotionally compelling Read more […]

Eternity’s End – Unyielding (Ram It Down Records)

We all have our opinions regarding power metal – certain distinctions exist between the German/European model which tends to favor uplifting melodies, twin guitar/keyboard synchronization and double Read more […]

King Apathy – Wounds (Lifeforce Records)

Change can be a phenomenal thing. Change driven by purpose can be even moreso. While the ecological inclination of King Apathy isn’t new by any stretch, it is nevertheless refreshing to see it so front Read more […]

Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (Self-Released)

Yearning to establish one’s own presence in a flooded scene, Red Cain have steadily made an impression through their influence blend for progressive metal and alternative/gothic music since their inception Read more […]

Nightrage – Wolf to Man (Despotz)

In an age where most of the forefathers of melodic death metal have messed with their formula and moved on to different pastures (be they for better or worse), one band that continues to wave the flag Read more […]

Marianas Rest – Ruins (Inverse Records)

The soul-crushing sound of doom comes at you with full force with the return of Finland’s Marianas Rest. The band’s 2016 debut, Horror Vacui, showed them emerging as a promising new act and Ruins Read more […]

Obscuring Veil – Fleshvoid To Naught (I, Voidhanger Records)

Another few months pass by and we find ourselves in the throws of another album by the ever-prolific Matron Thorn, this time in the body of Obscuring Veil. Rest assured, dear listener, it shares much of Read more […]

Sisters of Suffocation – Queens of Brutality

Sisters of Suffocation made a name for themselves back in 2016 with their Brutal Queen EP. Then an all-female death metal act (today the only male member is drummer Kevin van den Heiligenberg), their Read more […]

Ashen Horde – Fallen Cathedrals (Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records)

Seems it’s been a while since we’ve seen a full-length from the ‘progressive black metal’ act in Ashen Horde. The last full offering, Nine Plagues, was in 2015 – though 2017 saw the two-track Read more […]

Drawn Into Descent – The Endless Endeavour (Avantgarde Music)

The liminal space – the space of transition. Here in the NCR that’s currently the fringe area between the forward jump of the clock and the first day of spring. Winter, as has been said, is dying. Read more […]

Wreck-Defy – Remnants of Pain (Self-Released)

When developing a project or band entity, sometimes it helps to have notable musicians in the fold to raise awareness and improve chances of curiosity leading to more exposure. Wreck-Defy from Thunder Read more […]

Queensrÿche – Consumed by the Verdict

One of the standouts in the 1980’s when it came to high powered melodic progressive metal is Queensrÿche. This Seattle-based quintet made their mark through multi-octave vocals and catchy musical hooks Read more […]

Equipoise – Tech Metal Alchemists

It doesn’t really get much more showstopping this year for tech death fans than the recent release of Equipoise’s debut, Demiurgus. Seven members with grade A credentials backing them (and a massive Read more […]

Threatpoint – Salvation (Self-Released)

Bringing their brand of groove-oriented heavy/thrash metal to the masses on a DIY basis, Threatpoint have been a solid entity since their start in 2012. Continually releasing new product and touring wherever Read more […]

Omicida – Defrauded Reign (Self-Released)

Juxtaposing taglines such as pure old-school thrash metal against a modern-day marketplace, Omicida formed in 2014 because of two ex-White Wizzard members in drummer Giovanni Durst and guitarist Erik Kluber. Read more […]

Forever Still – Breathe in Colours (Nuclear Blast)

In looking back at Forever Still’s debut, 2016’s Tied Down, one of the things that made it special was how emotionally raw it was. You could listen to it and be pulled in by the genuine power the Read more […]

Final Cut – Jackhammer (Art Gates Records)

An apt title for the second full-length of Swiss quintet Final Cut – Jackhammer does its job in pulverizing the masses through a pounding blend of varied old school thrash influences from America and Read more […]

The Flaying – Angry, Undead (PRC Music)

A usual hotbed for technically-inclined death metal, Canada has no shortage of extremity within their ranks. Quebec’s The Flaying entered their first album into the fray back in 2014 with Unhope. While Read more […]

Evergrey – Sailing the Atlantic

It’s no secret that over the past twenty years or so, probably this scribe’s favorite metal band is the one you are currently reading about: Evergrey. What’s made them so monumental to enjoy has Read more […]

February 2019 Album of the Month: Beast in Black’s From Hell with Love

Sometimes, there’s just something to be said for how enticingly hook-y an album is. Beast in Black’s second album comes with an overload of fun, over-the-top power metal with plenty of ’80s flair without Read more […]

Ex Libris – ANN – Chapter 2: Anastasia Romanova (Self-Released)

Last summer, Ex Libris kicked off their ambitious trilogy ANN, with the first chapter devoted to Anne Boleyn. This second chapter takes place in a different period of history, with the band turning their Read more […]

Signs of Human Race – Inner Struggle of Self-Acceptance (Sliptrick Records)

One of the best aspects of seeking out new music is the exposure to that diamond in the rough that you otherwise may not hear. For instance, progressive /avant-garde metal is not necessarily the widest Read more […]