Kryptos – Wield the Iron Fist

One of the pluses with the internet explosion has been the proliferation of musicians now coming from unlikely locales around the globe. Those attune to the work of Sam Dunn/ Banger Productions may remember Read more […]

Starkill – Shadow Sleep (Prosthetic)

Starkill was quick to leap into their second album, 2014’s Virus of the Mind, but with it they also significantly jumped in their songwriting and maturity from their debut, Fires of Life. Taking more Read more […]

Primitai – Night Brings Insanity (Self-Released)

Together since 2003, Primitai hail from the UK, chugging along for over a decade on a DIY basis through this fourth full-length Night Brings Insanity. You can tell right away that there’s a wealth of Read more […]

Ion Dissonance – Cast the First Stone (Good Fight Music)

Sheer coincidence that both Despised Icon and Ion Dissonance are releasing ‘comeback’ albums in 2016. As history suggests, both bands led the Canadian extreme metal charge (don’t forget about Beneath Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma (Century Media)

It’s got to be tough being Dark Tranquillity sometimes. Compared to some of their other Swedish melodeath elder statesmen, they’ve been the truest of the bunch – regardless of their changes in sound Read more […]

öOoOoOoOoOo – Samen (Apathia Records)

There’s nothing about öOoOoOoOoOo that seems conventional. Translated to Chenille, or Caterpillar in English, öOoOoOoOoOo’s debut album makes most avant-garde albums seem somewhat normal in comparison. Read more […]

Liquid Graveyard – By Nature So Perverse (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Sometimes one of the biggest surprises as a writer is when a group just escapes your grasp for the longest time. Particularly when the word “supergroup” gets associated with it. Spanish death metallers Read more […]

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper – October 20, 2016 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY

Journeying back to my youth, Grim Reaper were a staple of the 1980’s traditional metal scene, a group on the tail end of the world renowned NWOBHM movement. Originally disbanding in the late 1980’s, Read more […]

Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways to Die (Relapse)

Long-rumored to have simply made up words in the band’s early days, Obituary vocalist John Tardy also introduces their songs in his growling voice. After all, when you have arguably the best vocals in Read more […]

Hammerfall – Built to Last (Napalm)

Polarizing can be an apt term to describe this Swedish power metal band because of their rapid ascension to prominence for their debut album Glory to the Brave. Call it a case of perfect timing (summer Read more […]

Saint Vitus – Live Vol. 2 (Season of Mist)

The collective groan from a record company when one of its bands wants to do a live album is justified. They usually cost the same to promote as a normal album while selling a fraction in the process. Read more […]

Aftermoon – The Next Phase

One of the best aspects of heavy metal is that bands can take a core sound and then go anywhere they want with it. Some purists may not always approve of the more drastic changes a band may employ, particularly Read more […]

Beyond Fallen – The Power of Continuity

Many musicians possess a natural calling to channel their affinity for a particular set of bands into their own creative outlet – regardless of what’s in fashion. Pennsylvania’s Beyond Fallen started Read more […]

Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)

A high-profile project a long time in the making, the release of Serpentine Dominion’s debut comes with plenty of expectation. After all, a three piece consisting of Adam Dutkiewicz, George “Corpsegrinder” Read more […]

Crucial Pain – Crucial Pain (Self-Titled)

Seeking out local metal as much as covering the international landscape has been part of this scribe’s outlook since the late teens, when gaining the opportunity to contribute reviews and interviews Read more […]

Dreamarcher – Dreamarcher (Indie Recordings)

The premise of Norway’s Dreamarcher is to unite a bunch of jazz-educated musicians and have them play volume-driven, “loud” music without the burden of jazz’s complexity and free-form thinking. Read more […]

Theocracy – Ghost Ship (Ulterium Records)

Blossoming from a one-man project for Matt Smith during the self-titled debut record in 2003 into a full outfit from the follow up Mirror of Souls and ever since, Georgia band Theocracy provide positive Read more […]

Vader – The Empire (Nuclear Blast)

Not sure if this would be considered a slight or not, but Vader have become awfully workmanlike in their third decade as a band. It could be because the bar was already set high during their searing ‘90s Read more […]

Infecting the Swarm – Abyss (Lacerated Enemy)

Checking out Infecting the Swarm’s last release, Pathogenesis, it seemed to be one of those “good if you are into the genre” type of releases. The one-man act clearly knew the genre at hand and Read more […]

The Reticent – Return to the Eve

In July, The Reticent mainman Chris Hathcock received some surprising news: He was nominated for The Grammy’s Music Educator Award. Hathcock’s day job as a music teacher has brought him in front of Read more […]

Warning Sign – Left to the Sharks (Self-Released)

Passion and sincerity go hand in hand in developing a following in the metal scene. People have to believe in what you are offering – and in the case of Quebec City, Canada act Warning Sign, there’s Read more […]

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)

You’ll get a lot of the “going backward” talk with Darkthrone, something this scribe has uh, ascribed to as well. As total devotees of classic metal and its related sound and aesthetic, the utter Read more […]

Darkrypt – Delirious Excursion (Transcending Obscurity)

Old school death metal…from India. Just when you think you’ve heard of it all. But the problem with these type of releases is that nowadays, old school metal (and all types of metal) can come from Read more […]

Amaranthe – Limitless Potential

On the verge of breaking through the underground, Amaranthe has come a long way since the release of their first album back in 2011. Their hybridization of power metal, melodic death metal, pop, EDM, Read more […]

Burial in the Sky – Persistence of Thought (Self-Released)

With this writer’s first exposure to Burial in the Sky being a live performance at River of Nihil’s CD release party for Monarchy, there was something about them that seemed like they would be on to Read more […]

Auroch – Mute Books (Profound Lore)

If there’s one thing you can count on from Canadian death metal acts, it’s their ability to take technical aspects and work them into something that’s more outside of the box than many others. Auroch Read more […]

Candiria – While They Were Sleeping (Metal Blade)

Have to wonder if the While They Were Sleeping album title is in some reference to Candiria’s horrific 2002 van accident where the band was rear-ended by a tractor trailer as the band was asleep in the Read more […]

Soilwork – October 15, 2016 – Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ

Having headed to the Stanhope House during the summer for a much lower profile show, it was quite the surprise to see that the Fury Tour, comprised of Soilwork, Unearth, Wovenwar, Battlecross, and Darkness Read more […]

Wormrot – Voices (Earache)

The fine PR folks at Earache are employing #makeearachegrindagain hash tag in support of Wormort’s new Voices album. It’s a bit of an odd thing to type, frankly, given the label’s long-established Read more […]

Cognitive – Deformity (Unique Leader)

New Jersey’s Cognitive came out of the gate strong with their self-titled full-length debut back in 2014. Their varied approach to adrenaline-soaked death metal was bound to catch a foothold somewhere, Read more […]

Evenmore – Last Ride (Self-Released)

A relatively fresh band among the ranks, Evenmore released their first EP back in 2014 entitled The Beginning. Celtic power metal, as the band states on their official website bio, but there’s usually Read more […]