Turilli/Lione Rhapsody – Stepping Forward

Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione are well-known names for fans of symphonic/cinematic power metal. During the 1990’s and 2000’s, their work in Rhapsody set the metal scene by storm – incorporating orchestration Read more […]

Sabaton – The Great War (Nuclear Blast)

The Swedish pagans of military metal Sabaton return to tackle the subject of World War I for their ninth studio album The Great War. It’s obvious what to expect from this veteran band in terms of catchy Read more […]

Dream Void – Divinization (Self-Released)

We’ve previously kept up to speed with tech-death enthusiasts Dream Void with their two EPs (Deceptive Dreamscape and Sanctimonious) released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and Divinization is the recently Read more […]

FirstBourne – Pick Up the Torch (Self-Released)

Gaining international exposure through their debut album Riot in 2016, FirstBourne from Massachusetts are a four-piece melodic power metal band with hard rock/neoclassical influences. They have won international Read more […]

Thy Art is Murder – Human Target (Nuclear Blast)

Following up their last album, Dear Desolation, nearly two years later, the steamroller of Thy Art is Murder continues to march forward. Viewed as one of the biggest names in the deathcore genre, they’ve Read more […]

Gates of Hell Records CD Giveaway!

It is with distinct pleasure we are giving away a handful of Gates of Hell Records’ latest releases on CD to one (1) lucky winner. A sub-label of the mighty Cruz Del Sur Music, Gates of Hell offers a variety Read more […]

Nightrider – Rock Machine (Self-Released)

Hailing from Nashua, N.H., Nightrider was born in 1980 when four teenage friends got together to celebrate their love of hard rock and heavy metal. Beginning as a cover band but soon writing and performing Read more […]

Cwn Annwn – Patron Saint (Self-Released)

Admittedly, a bit of research was needed when coming across the name “Cwn Annwn.” White phantom hounds of Welsh mythology it turns out, and this Minnesota-based act has been around since the late Read more […]

June 2019 Album of the Month – Howling Sycamore’s Seven Pathways to Annihilation

Falling well into the realm of a thinking-person’s metal band, Howling Sycamore aren’t the type of band that are going to go the traditional route. From the varied works of the trio of musicians that Read more […]

Aphrodite – Lust and War (Fighter Records)

The Greek goddess of love and beauty in mythology, Aphrodite for the purposes of this review are a Canadian speed metal band who unleash quite the impressive debut full-length for Lust and War. The trio Read more […]

Rogga Johansson – Entrance to the Otherwhere (Transcending Obscurity)

We just can’t seem to escape the grasp of Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (not that we’d really want to anyway). He’s always up to something in old school Swedeath land, and this latest Read more […]

Belzebubs – Heeding the Blackened Call

During the spring of this year, we witnessed the release of Belzebubs’ Century Media debut in the form of Pantheon of the Nightside Gods. A lovingly authentic look at the earlier days of the Scandinavian Read more […]

Wormed – Metaportal (Season of Mist)

It does seem like the EP is beginning to be one of the most fitting attacks for those hyper-extreme metal bands. Thinking of EPs from bands like Cryptopsy, or even Vale of Pnath, the shortened approach Read more […]

Envenomed – The Walking Shred (El Puerto Records)

Australian metal continues to be a hotbed for musicians, many acts gaining international deals and worldwide touring acclaim. Already aware of this thrash band Envenomed from their previous Reckoning EP Read more […]

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance (20 Buck Spin)

Rare is the band that can pull off three albums in three years. It certainly happens, and sometimes it’s best to strike while the iron is hot, but it’s not for everyone. Fortunately, Tomb Mold is Read more […]

Kobold – Masterpace (Iron, Blood, and Death Corporation)

Originally known as LethaliK from 2012-2015, this Serbian thrash act modified their namesake to Kobold and released an EP and live album before issuing their first studio album Death Parade in 2017. Their Read more […]

Sabaton – Thrill of the Kill

Twenty years strong, Sabaton appear poised to become one of those legacy bands based on their power metal style and complimentary attention to military history from all countries. This time around for Read more […]

Metalian – Vortex (High Roller Records)

Metal tends to be a labor of love – the genre not for the weak of heart and mind, sacrifice and paying dues a part of the process on the journey to discovery. Grit and determination often separate the Read more […]

Civil Offence – Entrenched Warfare (Self-Released)

Always on a quest to feature metal bands in all locales, New Zealand is home to Civil Offence – a quartet that started in 2017 and have released their debut EP for Entrenched Warfare. Originating from Read more […]

Circle of Witches – A Sinners Riot

Delivering a brand of heavy metal with stoner influences, Italian act Circle of Witches embrace a multitude of influences in their discography. Their latest album Natural Born Sinners for instance serves Read more […]

Hollow Haze – Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas (Frontiers Music)

A second coming for Hollow Haze – as founding guitarist Nick Savio disbanded the progressive metal band after six albums in 2015 to join Fabio Lione in Eternal Idol, leaving after their debut album The Read more […]

Baroness – Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns)

My initial introduction to Baroness came in the Spring of 2010 while the band was on tour with Valient Thorr, Between The Buried And Me, and Mastodon. Barring the concerns Baroness faced during that era Read more […]

Turilli/Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Nuclear Blast)

Innovation breeds imitators. Especially prevalent in the metal genre – once someone takes off to critical acclaim and commercial success, impressionable musicians flock to said band(s) and siphon off Read more […]

Hyvmine – Retaliation (Seek and Strike)

Hyvmine seem to be on a persistent course to get their name out there. Last year they released their first full-length album, Earthquake, an EP, and a single at the end of the year. Now they are back Read more […]

Memoriam – Fallen Requiems

While Memoriam might be a fairly recent addition to the death metal community, its members are some significant veterans. Formed initially by vocalist Karl Willetts and drummer Andy Whale to pay tribute Read more […]

Disentomb – The Decaying Light (Unique Leader)

It’s beginning to feel like 2019 is the year that slam-based bands are deciding to jump outside the usual boundaries. Ingested has been slowly injecting more straight death metal into their mix, Vulvodynia Read more […]

Anger Machine – Trail of the Perished (Self-Released)

Founded in 2015 through musical academy work, Anger Machine reside in the Netherlands and released their debut Unbreakable EP in the fall of 2016. Going through natural growing pains in terms of recordings, Read more […]

June 2019 Rapid Fires

The halfway mark of 2019 has brought some form of clarity as to how the year is shaping up. Then again, we haven’t run head-first into the cluster of fall releases that so enthrall and consume our ever-wanting Read more […]

Zephyra – Fall. Rise. Conquer. (Self-Released)

Back in 2016, Zephyra came out from nowhere and unleashed a thrilling modern melodic death metal album in the form of As the World Collapses. They followed it up with a single (“The Darkest Black”) Read more […]

Demiurgon – The Oblivious Lure (Everlasting Spew)

Sometimes a band’s just gotta go fast! Bands like Origin and The Kennedy Veil did well to mix in primal death metal brutality while cranking up the tempos to furious rates. It offers a rush of adrenaline Read more […]

Morbid Cross – Disciples of the Goat (Self-Released)

Bringing the metal back from Vineland, New Jersey, Morbid Cross have been together since 2009 – releasing an EP in 2015 entitled Practice What You Preach (not a cover of the Testament classic) before Read more […]