Psychotic Waltz – Enter the Void

Intertwining a wide array of progressive metal, progressive rock, and outside the box influences, San Diego act Psychotic Waltz didn’t easily fit into any ‘flavors’ of the month during the 1990’s. Read more […]

Holycide – Fist to Face (Xtreem Music)

Starting back in 2004 when Xtreem Music founder Dave Rotten felt the need to develop a thrash band, Holycide expressed the intensity of the movement while leaving commercial aspirations to the side. Going Read more […]

Xenobiotic – Mordrake (Unique Leader)

After being snagged by Unique Leader following their first full-length, Prometheus (of which they reissued later that year), Xenobiotic returns with their sophomore effort. With a few line-up changes Read more […]

Serious Black – Suite 226 (AFM Records)

Establishing themselves quickly through three studio albums in three years, Serious Black as veteran musicians know that quality and productivity can aid the cause in credibility, especially given the Read more […]

Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast)

Suicide Silence certainly had their work cut out for them after the very critical reception to 2017’s self-titled release. It was ambitious, and saw the band wanting to step out of their deathcore roots. Read more […]

January 2020 Rapid Fires

The first Rapid Fires of the year means we’re out from under the fervor of year-end list time and last-minute releases. There are complaints with a crowded metal release calender – it just gives us more Read more […]

Colosso – Apocalypse (Transcending Obscurity)

Max Tomé is a man with a plan. Name your 4-song EP Apocalypse? Check. Each track alludes to a Horseman from the Book of Revelations a.k.a. the World’s Longest Acid Trip? Check. Utilize different vocalists Read more […]

God Dethroned – Illuminati (Metal Blade)

With their last album, The World Ablaze, God Dethroned officially wrapped up their impressive trilogy of WWI-themed albums. So what’s a band called God Dethroned to do? Jump back into the flames of Read more […]

Anvil – Legal at Last (AFM Records)

Those familiar with these Canadian legends are well aware of their stance on marijuana – a song like “Smokin’ Green” from 1996’s Absolutely No Alternative made that clear. So when you look at Read more […]

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (Napalm)

Continuing ever-onwards in their journey to carve out their own niche within the symphonic metal crowd, Diabulus in Musica seem to always be eager to try to change things up and add more variety to the Read more […]

Former Worlds – Iterations of Time (Self-Released)

After teasing the metal community with a promising EP called Photos of Eve IX-XVI back in 2017, Former Worlds have now graced us with their debut full-length Iterations of Time. The band certainly took Read more […]

Godthrymm – Exalted Beings

Pedigree, while always a nice thing to have, doesn’t guarantee a new band’s validity. The supergroup age of recent memory has taught us many valuable lessons, the most obvious being that background, Read more […]

Edgeflame – Bludgeon the Incarnated (More Hate Productions)

Formed in 2010, Turkish act Edgeflame have been hustling away in the underground – releasing a demo and three full-lengths prior to this fourth album Bludgeon the Incarnated. Only rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Read more […]

Ad Vitam Infernal – Infernal Comedy (Lavadome Productions)

Reaching deep into that old school well, Ad Vitam Infernal also aren’t going to be what you picture when you think about ‘old school’ death metal. Instead, while there’s a reverence and go-for-the-throat Read more […]

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (Divebomb Records)

Consisting of Andrew D’Cagna as the sole musician/songwriter in the studio, many are probably familiar with his work in other acts like Brimstone Coven and Icarus Witch on the short list – but Ironflame Read more […]

Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (Xanthros Music)

Another act who has been sitting somewhat quietly over the last few years, NYC’s Grey Skies Fallen makes their return, six years following The Many Sides of Truth. Just like with previous releases, Read more […]

Diabulus in Musica – A Musical Family

Spanish metallers Diabulus in Musica made their first international marks with Secrets a decade ago. Since then, they’ve steadily built up a name for themselves within the symphonic/power metal scene. Read more […]

Sepultura – Quadra (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves from Brazil as the premiere underground/extreme metal act, Sepultura never remained stagnate album to album. Consistently incorporating diverse influences throughout their career, Read more […]

Mære – I (Lavadome Productions)

With I as the title, this is the first output from the German act Mære, who feature in the their ranks some ex-members of Ingurgitating Oblivion. But don’t expect a tech-fest, as Mære is one of those Read more […]

January 2020 Album of the Month: Deathwhite’s Grave Image

Nothing quite like starting off a new year (and winter) with some suitably depressive music. Here in 2020, we have the gloom of the anonymous Deathwhite, who have returned with their sophomore full-length. Read more […]

Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering (Nuclear Blast)

Hard to believe it’s already been five years since Sylosis’ last release, Dormant Heart. In the meantime, and probably somewhat responsible for the lack of material, guitarist/vocalist Josh Middleton Read more […]

Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger (Time to Kill Records)

Originating in Rome, Italy in 2017, Soul Dragger released their debut EP Before Chaos the following year, setting the stage for their debut self-titled full-length record on Time to Kill Records. Combining Read more […]

Annihilator – Going Ballistic

Steadily continuing their mission to deliver semi-technical thrash with power, groove, and potency, Annihilator remain steadfast in approach and attack this deep into their career. Ballistic, Sadistic Read more […]

Haunt – Hoist the Metal Banner

There’s something to be said for prolific songwriting and consistent productivity in heavy metal. These days when bands are spreading out their releases often three to four years as their touring cycles Read more […]

Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will (Unique Leader)

Looking back at Krosis’ last album, Solem Vatem, it was a bit of an underrated gem. Some may have gotten scared off by the ‘deathcore’ tag, but those who decided to check it out anyway were privy Read more […]

Assassin – Bestia Immundis (Massacre Records)

Part of the original German thrash wave of the 1980’s, Assassin released two albums through Steamhammer in the 1980’s before breaking up in 1989. Finally deciding to reunite in 2002, they’ve released Read more […]

Kreator – London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse (Nuclear Blast)

Capturing another headlining set in the UK to support their last studio album Gods of Violence, Kreator have only increased their razor-sharp thrash over the years by adding these melodic/traditional hooks Read more […]

Sons of Apollo – MMXX (InsideOut Music)

There is something to be said for taking things that normally never traffic together and synthesizing them into something ‘new’. That’s not only the essence of progressive music, but the interactions Read more […]

Power Theory – Fire with Force

Establishing their presence with traditional power metal, New Jersey’s Power Theory have assembled a decent buzz while building their following since their inception in 2007. They’ve gone through natural Read more […]

Nightfear – Apocalypse (Fighter Records)

Based in Madrid, Spain, Nightfear is a heavy metal band that have been together since 2008 and released two previous albums with Inception in 2012 and Drums of War in 2015. Naturally going through a few Read more […]

Thoren – Gwarth II (Drylands Records)

Originally split apart from being one release (to aid in the digestion process), Gwarth II is the second half of 2018’s equally mind-bloggingly dissonant and technical release. Instrumental music that Read more […]