Suffocation – More Brutal Than You

If Terrance Hobbs wasn’t playing guitar in Suffocation, he could probably be a motivational speaker. Enthusiasm seemingly oozes from the man’s voice when talking about his band, so much so, you’d Read more […]

Anathema – The Optimist (Kscope)

As satisfying as 2012’s Weather Systems and 2014’s Distant Satellites were, British ambient rock sextet Anathema have not made a record this focused and on-the-level since 2003’s A Natural Disaster. Read more […]

Benthic Realm – Benthic Realm (Self-Released)

When one chapter on the book of life closes, usually another opens – the thrill of exploration and openness brightening horizons for another day. Following the unexpected demise of Massachusetts act Read more […]

Sarea – Black at Heart (Wormholedeath)

If there was such a thing as modern melodic death metal comfort food, Sarea would most likely be found in the ingredients. Delivering three previous full-lengths of In Flames and Soilwork-esque melodeath Read more […]

Dark Matter Secret – Perfect World Creation (The Artisan Era)

We live in a wondrous time indeed. The extremity and musicianship in death metal somehow just continues to expand and demand further attention from the listener. Some may gripe about the “soulless” Read more […]

Running Death – DressAge (Punishment 18 Records)

After a few false starts, break ups, and reunions, German band Running Death seem to be on a productive upswing. With a demo, two EP’s and debut album Overdrive under their belt since 2007, the follow Read more […]

Tengger Cavalry – Die on My Ride (M-Theory Audio)

Continuing their upword trend in visibility due to their unique take on combining heavy metal with traditional Mongolian folk instrumentation, Tengger Cavalry thrust forward with their latest effort, Die Read more […]

Alestorm – No Grave but the Sea (Napalm)

What can be said about the fun-loving pirates of Alestorm that hasn’t been said already? At this point, they are five albums in and have done nothing but improve the formula with each new round. No Read more […]

Apallic – Of Fate and Sanity (Boersma Records)

Sometimes ‘progressive’ just seems to be an umbrella that covers too many bases. In the case of Apallic, to these ears there’s nothing here that melodic death metal cannot adequately describe, though Read more […]

Beastmaker – Inside the Skull (Rise Above)

The guitar tone of Trevor Church is as such that you nearly forget there’s basic accompanying elements like bass, drums and vocals tied to Beastmaker’s sound. It’s like how Tony Iommi would sound Read more […]

The Unity – Steady and Strong

While Gamma Ray is on extended hiatus due to Kai Hansen shifting gears for a Keepers of the Seven Keys lineup reunion world tour, guitarist Henjo Richter and drummer Michael Ehré felt the need to explore Read more […]

Ravage – Return of the Spectral Rider (SWWR Recordings)

Outside of New England, many metalheads probably feel like Massachusetts power/speed metal act Ravage went into permanent hiding following their Metal Blade release The End of Tomorrow in 2009. Natural Read more […]

Below – Upon a Pale Horse (Metal Blade)

No shame, really, in trying to become this decade’s Candlemass. If you’re Swedish (like Below are), fancy epic doom (check) and have the vocalist to do it (check again), then why not? Below’s 2014 Read more […]

Time Walk – Beyond Eternity’s Grasp (Static Tension Recordings)

Death metal and hardcore have been some strange bedfellows over the years, concocting some experiments that have worked splendidly or atrociously. Yet the prospect of hearing a new take on the hybrid Read more […]

Xandria – Of Ballads and Bombast

Hot on the heels of their fifth and (arguably) finest release to date in the form of Theater of Dimensions, Xandria has been already making the rounds with touring. Starting the year off with 70,000 Tons Read more […]

Succumb – Succumb (The Flenser)

Chaos of the uncontrolled type (because what else is there?) is the current flavor of the day, from the unhinged railings of Nails to the experimental offerings of Full of Hell. Such brazen and messy stews Read more […]

Post Pulse – Halls of the Damned (Inverse)

So much classification nowadays in death metal. It’s brutal, it’s melodic, it’s technical, it’s progressive. Post Pulse is a new death metal band from Finland that matters not about these things. Read more […]

Ensnared – Dysangelium (Invictus Productions)

Despite showing over ten years in existence (some of which being called Gravehammer), Dysangelium marks Ensnared’s first full-length effort, following a demo and 2013’s Ravenous Damnation’s Dawn. Read more […]

Delain – For the Glory

They often say good things come to those who wait. Consider Delain as having the patience and fortitude to have those good things come their way over time. In terms of a North American presence, the Read more […]

Karkaos – Children of the Void (Self-Released)

Stumbling onto this Canadian act when then very-new vocalist Viky Boyer had contributed vocals to the second I Legion album, it made a strong enough impact to see out the band’s first full-length, Empire, Read more […]

Dream Evil – Six (Century Media)

When taking in Dream Evil, one feels like tongue is firmly planted in cheek at much of the outlook of heavy metal. Stage names like Mark U Black and Ritchie Rainbow, previous album titles like Dragon Slayer Read more […]

Wreche – Wreche (Fragile Branch)

Wreche are British, which means they probably have some type of sense of humor. If they wanted to be overt about it, they’d dub themselves “Tinkling the Ivories Black Metal.” Never before has a grand Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Continual Growth Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: What do you hope an audience member gets out of Novembers Doom when they see the band live? Do you have a personal preference for the studio or the stage, or are both Read more […]

Burning Shadows – Truth in Legend (Self-Released)

Patience and perseverance are two traits that epitomize long-standing power metal quintet Burning Shadows. Especially when performing a niche style from the United States, you want to set things up for Read more […]

Black Harvest – Attrition (Self-Released)

Though we at DR only discovered Black Harvest with their last release, 2014’s Abject, they (well, mostly mainman Kishor Haulenbeek as he does most of the instrumentation) have been around for well over Read more […]

Dragonforce – Reaching into Infinity (Metal Blade)

There are some that like to take digs at Dragonforce, probably because they had broken into the mainstream attention with “Through the Fire and Flames,” but the simple fact is that they’ve soldiered Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Continual Growth Part I

Evolution constantly occurs in all forms of life. We are born, we grow up, we learn from experiences, we adapt, we modify, we mature, and eventually settle into what we hopefully do best. When it comes Read more […]

Isenordal – Shores of Mourning (Self-Released)

It has been the hope, or ambition, to stricken the word “Cascadian” from metal’s vernacular. Visions of bearded would-be woods-y dudes wearing flannel and thick-rimmed black eye-wear while attempting Read more […]

Sacred Oath – Twelve Bells (Angel Thorne)

Relatively local to this scribe’s current stomping grounds, Sacred Oath continue to strive for that balance of old school/new school power metal when it comes to their output. Twelve Bells as the latest Read more […]

Fortis Amor – Fortis Amor (Self-Released)

There’s not too many bands out there that can say that they sat on some of their song ideas for close to two decades. But that’s precisely what Ryan Duke has done with his project Fortis Amor. Saving Read more […]

Xandria – May 9, 2017 – Webster Hall, New York City, NY

Xandria has been making a more committed push towards North America as of late, and with their latest release Theater of Dimensions in tow, it was time to time to finally deliver a headlining set (they Read more […]