CyHra – Friendship & Dedication

Not every band can form, write, record a debut album, and sign with a label all in the same year. But CyHra isn’t any ordinary band. For starters, they’ve got a line-up that veteran metal nerds could Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black (Metal Blade)

Often imitated, but never duplicated, Cannibal Corpse have returned for their fourteenth album with Red Before Black. One of the staples of extreme music and kings of death metal itself, it goes without Read more […]

Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence (Roadrunner)

There’s a certain level of trepidation that comes with a Trivium release. The band has shifted between sounds over the years, in an attempt to find a voice that is uniquely theirs. Their last album, Read more […]

Odious Icon – Planet of Immense Decay (Negative Vibe Records)

Not usually the geographic location one tends to identify with death and thrash, Norway has been unearthing more of these type of bands in recent years. Take Odious Icon, who sling both genres together Read more […]

Death the Leveller – Casting Aura

If one sub-genre of metal captures emotions of darkness and despair better than any, doom certainly befits its title. Bouldering, titanic riffs ring out as the slower drumming hits at plodding paces – Read more […]

At Dawn’s Edge – Through Glass Eyes (Self-Released)

Randomly coming across At Dawn’s Edge while perusing for some video content for our Visual Rhetoric column, their video for “Evil Flamingo” offered a taste that was well worth looking further into. Read more […]

Spirit Adrift – Curse of Conception (20 Buck Spin)

Spirit Adrift’s 2016 Chained to Oblivion was marked by its unabashed use of twin guitar harmonies and stoic brand of doom. The product of Gatecreeper live member Nate Garrett, Spirit Adrift emerged as Read more […]

Damnation Defaced – Invader from Beyond (Apostasy Records)

Death metal that is melodic doesn’t have to be lacking in intensity. Nor does it have to be “melodic death metal.” If you can grasp those two concepts, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect Read more […]

Eagleheart – Aiming High

Power metal conveys unification through sterling riffs bristling with melody and harmony, engaging tempos often using speedy fills and double kick emphasis, as well as magnificent vocals that feature lower Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)

It’s one thing to be able to have the chops and skill set to play technical material, but it’s another thing entirely to craft some genuine emotion and feeling into the music. Particularly when you Read more […]

Iron Monkey – 9-13 (Relapse)

Oftentimes labeled as the U.K. counterpart to Eyehategod, Iron Monkey were off and running by the time the previous century was coming to a close. Their 1997 self-titled and ensuing 1999 Our Problem efforts Read more […]

Ice War – Ice War (Shadow Kingdom)

On the surface, Canada’s Ice War’s self-titled debut full-length is somewhat juvenile. Take a crack at the cover, the production and the rough, ragged vocals of sole dude Jo Capitalicide and you’ll Read more […]

Hallatar – Broken Mirrors

Noticeably absent from Swallow the Sun’s recent run of touring in support of their triple Songs from the North album, guitarist/primary songwriter Juha Raivio has poured his creative heart and soul into Read more […]

Framework – Where We Divide (Self-Released)

As a melodic death/thrash metal band from New Jersey, Framework has been making headway in the scene through a strong debut album A World Distorted released in 2014, plus subsequent touring spots including Read more […]

Tantal – Ruin (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Despite just recently hitting this scribe’s radar (on Bandcamp), Russian act Tantal already had two releases under their belts before Ruin. Interestingly, both albums have a more straight-ahead melodic Read more […]

Naeramarth – The Innumerable Stars (Self-Released)

It seems that 2017 has been the year of the one-man project. There’s been a few outstanding releases of solo efforts this year (particularly in the Bandcamp quadrant) that feel more put together and Read more […]

Buried Realm – Uncompromising Melodies

When one thinks of solo projects or one-man bands, they tend to think of something that doesn’t match up to the same level as a “full band.” Some lower their expectations or ignore them entirely. Read more […]

Sutrah – Dunes (Self-Released)

2017 hasn’t been the strongest year for tech death. With the exception of a few standout releases, it seems much of what the year has offered has been either trying too hard to pack in the notes, or Read more […]

Dragonhammer – Obscurity (My Kingdom Music)

Admiration for sticking to one’s guns, Italian power metal quintet Dragonhammer return for a fourth album Obscurity in a crowded scene that lacks a standout like decades back (wherefore art thou Lost Read more […]

Winds of Plague – Blood of My Enemy (eOne)

Seemingly against the odds, Winds of Plague have managed to persevere for over 10 years at this point, with their blend of symphonic elements, metalcore chugs, and deathly influences. But it was not Read more […]

Samael – Ruling the Industrial Metal Landscape

Really hitting a winning combination all the way back in 1994 with Ceremony of Opposites, Samael veered off into their own path early. But they’ve never been content to simply stick with the same formula Read more […]

Night Viper – Exterminator (Listenable)

Much like the resurrection of thrash, it shouldn’t really be shocking to the world that the roots of heavy metal rev up now and again. Flying V’s, galloping riffs, soaring vocals, and that electric Read more […]

CrimSun – The Sun Will Rise in Me (Self-Released)

Modern melodic death metal never fails to catch this scribe’s ear. Just when you think there’s no new bands to discover in the genre, you can hop onto Bandcamp and find a good half-dozen more. Russia’s Read more […]

Incertain – Rats in Palaces (Pride & Joy Music)

The next band stepping through the gates of the death/thrash world is that of Germany’s Incertain. A fresh act with only an EP to their name before this, Rats in Palaces sounds much more polished than Read more […]

Metalite – The Metal Elite

Modern metal can be a sound that is ripe with experimentation. While some may view it as going too far outside the boundaries of metal, bands that can handle the balancing act properly can often reap Read more […]

The Kennedy Veil – Imperium (Unique Leader)

The Kennedy Veil made a big splash (in these pages at least) with their 2014 full-length, Trinity of Falsehood. A fantastically high-octane run of no-frills death metal that kept it technical enough to Read more […]

Ice Age – Breaking the Ice (GMR Music Group)

During the 1980’s, tape traders began scouring the globe to unearth underground gold beyond label product – hoping to be on the ground floor of something monumental. That’s how this scribe came to Read more […]

Sunwalter – Alien Hazard (Sliptrick Records)

Adding onto the subgenre pile is that of Sunwalter’s Sci-Fi metal. Probably not the first band to tout themselves as such, it’s pretty clear early on (from the cover in fact) that you’re going to Read more […]

Insomnium – The Sound of Sorrow

A band that has seen plenty of love and attention within these pages, Insomnium have been and continue to be one of the leaders when it comes to melodic death metal. Their sorrow-fueled melodies provide Read more […]

My Hamartia – Rolling Raw and Real

Discovering this New England band with ties to western MA and northern CT at a local show, My Hamartia manage to captivate because of their infectious blend of groove metal with traditional, thrash, and Read more […]

Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast)

The impact keyboardist/clean vocalist Herbrand Larsen had on Enslaved’s 2004-and-up output cannot be underestimated. Already a band willing to undergo sonic shifts on a per-album basis, Larsen was tasked Read more […]