Dialith – Siren’s Extinction

Watching a band blossom from its initial roots to a full-fledged act is awesome – especially when you are there on the ground level. In the case of Connecticut symphonic metal band Dialith, what originally Read more […]

Hemina – Night Echoes (Self-Released)

Progressive metal inherently brings out the best musicianship – challenging the listener to absorb ideas of a forward-thinking variety. Australian quartet Hemina since 2008 have been a part of that movement, Read more […]

Shadow of Intent – Melancholy (Self-Released)

One of the bigger names to grow out of the more recent ‘deathcore’ movement, Shadow of Intent haven’t ever really played it [deathcore] straight. Dosing the formula with some symphonic elements Read more […]

Hammerfall – Dominion (Napalm Records)

Decades ago, records like Glory to the Brave and Legacy of Kings established the resurrection of interest in classic, traditional/melodic metal – spearheaded by Hammerfall. Ascending to headlining status Read more […]

Wraith – Absolute Power (Self-Released)

An infamous underrated late 80’s album from power/thrash band Powermad had the same title as this one by this Indiana band Wraith – but that’s where the similarities end. Issuing a quick turnaround Read more […]

Wrvth – No Rising Sun (Unique Leader)

All things come to an end, either with a whimper or a bang. In the case of Wrvth, No Rising Sun gives notice that the sun has come to set on Wrvth itself with quite the depressive bang. In the four years Read more […]

Repent – Condemned to Fail (High Roller Records)

Spearheading the early 90’s wave of German thrash, Repent have only released three albums prior to Condemned to Fail – and this fourth full-length comes after a seven-year lapse between records. Undergoing Read more […]

Equilibrium – Renegades (Nuclear Blast)

When you listen to a band like Equilibrium, you really have to start by thinking about what you are attempting to get out of it? Are you looking for a deep life-changing experience? Are you looking for Read more […]

Frantic Amber – Bellatrix (GMR Music)

With a concept about female warriors (hence the title), Frantic Amber returns with their second effort, which follows up their 2015 debut Burning Insight. The term frantic is rather applicable, as the Read more […]

Ardours – Last Place on Earth (Frontiers)

A collaboration between Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and Kris Laurent, Ardours first release sits as a pleasant experience that sits in a bit of a grey area. There’s parts of gothic and symphonic Read more […]

Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay (20 Buck Spin)

With the death metal obsession for drab, dark colors sometimes it’s a missed opportunity. Take the booger-y green color that stares at you from the cover of Odious Descent into Decay. It’s a little Read more […]

Glasya – Heaven’s Demise (Pride & Joy Music)

Founded in 2016 through guitarist Hugo Esteves desire to combine orchestral arrangements in metal with a more dramatic/cinematic flair, Glasya developed over the next two years into a sextet of musicians. Read more […]

Bound in Fear – The Hand of Violence (Unique Leader)

If downtuned riffs and gurgle-y vocals bring all the deathcore boys to the yard, then consider Bound in Fear the hippest kid in town. The British deathcore act has partnered with Unique Leader for The Read more […]

FirstBourne – Hold the Torch High

There’s something magical about seeing musicians blossom in a band and understand their vision to execute to the highest degree possible. Such is the case for Massachusetts band FirstBourne. Originally Read more […]

Zombie Apocalypse – Life Without Pain is a Fucking Fantasy (Innerstrength Records)

Rooted in that sound that merged hardcore with metal (pre-metalcore, if you will) Zombie Apocalypse has been away from the scene for quite some time. They released two EPs back in the early 2000s, but Read more […]

Burning Orphanage – Burning Orphanage (Self-Released)

Hailing from Germany – metal mecca of Europe – Burning Orphanage is a duo aiming to throw a healthy mix of groove-obsessed thrash metal at your ears for this self-titled full-length. Brace and Jack Read more […]

July 2019 Rapid Fires

The summer heat continues to come across the US, so it’s always nice to sit in side and cool down with some enjoyable heavy metal. Something that for us means that we have more than enough material to Read more […]

Unburnt – Arcane Evolution (Self-Released)

Taking the blackened death metal reins in a way that bends in multiple directions, Unburnt display some interesting potency to their formula. The Canadian act has members established in a few bands (notably Read more […]

Excuse – Prophets from the Occultic Cosmos (Shadow Kingdom Records)

You gotta love the backwards E symmetrical look to the logo for this Finnish band Excuse. That touch adds to the evil, unadulterated raw appeal when you press play to Prophets from the Occultic Cosmos, Read more […]

Lord – Fallen Idols (Dominus Records)

Six years have passed since the last studio album from Lord – but it’s not as if they’ve been idle. Four EP’s, a ‘revisited’ album, and a live record from their ProgPower USA XVII appearance Read more […]

Devourment – Obscene Majesty (Relapse)

Admittedly, there was a lot to be excited about at the prospect of Devourment’s latest album. For one, it’s been six years since the band released Conceived in Sewage, and in that time, they have Read more […]

Destruction – Drowning in Chaos

Touring globally like never before, these are thriving times for Destruction. Consistently delivering blistering thrash to the metal hordes, their catalog contains gems from the early Infernal Overkill/ Read more […]

July 2019 Album of the Month – Lacrimas Profundere’s Bleeding the Stars

It’s always a welcome sight to behold when a band that has changed over the years decides to return to an older sound, without ignoring everything that they have done in between in the process. In other Read more […]

Vulvodynia – Truth & Justice

Vulvodynia has been a name to know within the extreme metal community, with two prior full-lengths that brought a heavy dose of slam and brutality without feeling like the album was a complete blur. But Read more […]

Killswitch Engage – Atonement (Metal Blade)

When it comes to the straight-up metalcore blueprint, one can argue that even with 17 years since the success of Alive or Just Breathing, no one can top Killswitch Engage. The band itself has persevered, Read more […]

Overt Enemy – Possession (Confused Records)

Doubling up as the best Slayer tribute band in North America, it’s probably obvious where Texas’ Overt Enemy land on the genre spectrum for their latest EP Possession. Active for six years, they released Read more […]

Destruction – Born to Perish (Nuclear Blast)

Expanding to a four-piece for the first time since 1998’s The Least Successful Human Cannonball (the last album not to feature Schmier in the normal vocal/bass allotment), Born to Perish signals a fresh Read more […]

Glacier – No Light Ever (Wolves and Vibrancy Records)

With no context of the music, a band titled Glacier and an album named No Light Ever just seems bleak. Coming off of 2017’s lengthy two-track Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Read more […]

Hatriot – Nightmares of Madness

Already gaining a head start on other upstarts through Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza on vocals, Hatriot released two full-length albums of Bay Area style thrash, featuring a rhythm section that included Zetro’s Read more […]

Suicidal Angels – Years of Aggression (NoiseArt Records)

Active since 2001, Greek thrash band Suicidal Angels remember the early years of trying to appeal to a generation of metalheads who thought their style was ‘dinosaur rock’ in comparison to the extreme Read more […]

Phobia – Generation Coward (Willowtip)

Hard to believe that Phobia has been grinding it out for almost 30 years at this point. With a massive volume of splits and EPs under their belt, Generation Coward also represents the seventh full-length Read more […]