Lord Almighty’s Keenan Carroll: What I’ve Been Listening To

I find myself always in search of something real and tangible. In this flooded music scene where bedroom recordings (I’m hypocritical) are coming forth like waves crashing trying to sweep up anyone it Read more […]

Inanimate Existence – Calling From A Dream (Unique Leader)

When people dismiss the tech death movement, it’s often for its emotionless and mechanized style, putting forth composition over passion. While that may be the case for some, California’s Inanimate Read more […]

Within The Fire – Still Burning (Self-Released)

The universe spins and planets align for specific reasons at the right time. In the case of Albany, New York heavy metal band Within the Fire, who would have ever thought that the dissolution of one long-time Read more […]

Shodan – Protocol of Dying (Deformeathing Productions)

When checking out a plethora of new material on a constant basis, it gets to the point where many a band’s formula becomes predictable and stale. It’s always nice to hear those attempts to go outside Read more […]

Vukari – Divination (Bindrune Recordings)

Atmospheric black metal, a term that is in my opinion, redundant. Black metal was founded on the idea that its sound was supposed to be atmospheric utilizing unorthodox hypnotizing riffs, rhythmic entrancing Read more […]

Warfather – The Grey Eminence (Greyhaze Records)

Warfather’s debut, Orchestrating the Apocalypse, may have had some faults in its production values, but it was easy to hear the killer death metal behind it. There was also some atmospheric moments Read more […]

Axsaena – Global Revolution (Self-Released)

Taking a cue from his college toponymy (geographical place names) class for a band moniker, Zoltán Petres formed Axsaena in 2012 as a two-piece outfit, tackling all instrumentation while adding Chris Read more […]

Second Grave – Blacken the Sky (Self-Released)

Active since 2012 and with a couple of EP/vinyl releases under their belt, Worcester, MA act Second Grave put forth their debut full-length Blacken the Sky. Three years in the making, the quartet reside Read more […]

Detonation – Reprisal (Vic Records)

Ever find one of those albums that knocked your socks off but no one really seemed to gravitate towards it and it slowly slipped out of radar and into oblivion? Detonation’s 2011 release Reprisal definitely Read more […]

Order to Ruin – Where Future Shadows Unfold (Self-Released)

Anyone who tends to follow this website is aware that much of our collective staff has a bit of a sweet tooth for melodic death metal. Not necessarily of the most modern variety, but the old school and Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – August 2016

Looking towards the fall at this point, the thoughts of back-to-school and busy days gleam ahead. But Bandcamp never stops being busy, seemingly even busier than ever as of late. Lots of gems to be found, Read more […]

Equilibrium – Armageddon (Nuclear Blast)

Getting a reputation as a band can begin to have some consequences when you start to fight against it or seek change. The usually cheery (by metal standards) Equilibrium have been dancing through four Read more […]

Vicious Rumors – Concussion Protocol (SPV)

A Bay Area staple, Vicious Rumors have been plugging along since 1979 – steadfast in their American power metal ways regardless of what’s hip or in these days in the scene. Concussion Protocol is the Read more […]

Lacrimas Profundere – Hope is Here (SPV)

Having a legacy over 20 years within the scene, it gets to the point where one wonders what there is left to do. In the case of Lacrimas Profundere, who already have 10 albums under their belt, thought Read more […]

Myrkur – Mausoleum (Relapse)

Myrkur has taken the metal world by storm since her first self-titled EP two years ago. The buzz grew after M was released last year, but unfortunately as more hype landed more gripes landed from the Read more […]

Banisher – Oniric Delusions (Deformeathing Productions)

Even with the globalization of metal over the years, certain countries still immediately call to mind a particular sound, if you will. Norway is viewed for black metal, Sweden is viewed for melodic death Read more […]

Toxic Ruin – Subterranean Terror (Self-Released)

Intent on delivering monster riffs and ruling the world, East Wisconsin band Toxic Ruin unleash a potent thrash metal cocktail for this full-length Subterranean Terror. Together since 2010, the quartet Read more […]

Nervosa – Slaying Through Adversity

The business model in metal these days to have any sort of living is: tour, tour, and tour until you can’t play anymore shows – go back in the studio to record a new album – and get back out on the Read more […]

Now You Know: Stàilinn Drakk

Formation: 2013 Location: Tilburg, the Netherlands Style: Heroic Power Metal to the max. Personnel: Samuel de Vries (vocals); Maarten Mies (guitar); Timon Groenendijk (lead guitar); Jorg Roovers (bass); Read more […]

Solution .45 – Nightmares in the Waking State Part II (AFM Records)

After the release of Nightmares Part I late last year, the fact that the band stayed on par with their direction and added some heaviness seemed to bode well for the inevitable Part II. As these things Read more […]

Abyance – Parallels and Introspection (Self-Released)

When youthful energy and angst come together in metal, the results can be magical from time to time. Founded in 2012, Buffalo, New York is the homebase of Abyance – who release their second EP Parallels Read more […]

Fetal Autopsy – Backwoods Bloodshed (Meathook Records)

If it looks like brutal death metal, sounds like brutal death metal, and tastes like brutal death metal (though we aren’t sure about that part), then it must be brutal death metal. That’s the approach Read more […]

Jinjer – Rising Kings

It’s not often that a band will grab you by the throat from out of the middle of nowhere, but that’s exactly what Jinjer did with their latest album, and first for Napalm Records, entitled King of Read more […]

Sabaton – The Last Stand (Nuclear Blast)

Continuing to hone in on their upbeat (and absurdly catchy) power metal act, the historic storytellers of Sabaton are quickly recognizable as their eighth album hits the speakers. But as one continues Read more […]

Slikk Wikked – Savage (Self-Released)

Initially thrown askew because of the more ‘glam’ oriented band name, Slikk Wikked hails from Tampa, FL and sits in more of a traditional meets thrash pocket stylistically. Savage as their debut album Read more […]

Sacramental Blood – Ternion Demonarchy (Ghastly Music)

It’s rare to see when bands give a suitably adequate description of their music. Many seek to give themselves a new “genre” to place themselves into or that little bit of space (that usually doesn’t Read more […]

Equipoise – Birthing Homunculi (Self-Released)

Plenty of technical death metal out there for the world to behold at this point, but fresh act Equipoise are quick to jump towards the top of your need to know list with their first effort, Birthing Homunculi. Read more […]

Unfear – Crossing Lines (Self-Released)

Always pleasing to hear more melodic death metal, particularly when it doesn’t come from the usual countries of origin. Unfear hail from Argentina and Crossing Lines is their first album. Safe to say Read more […]

Running Wild – Rapid Foray (SPV)

Danger lurks when old school musicians choose to ride on nostalgic waves rather than attempting to dig deeper and put out new records that will retain relevance past six months. Rolf Kasparek remains resolute Read more […]

Nervosa – Two Thrash Nights in New England

Nervosa/Suspended – August 7, 2016 – The Wreck Room, Peterborough, NH Talk about having to roll with the punches. Imagine you’ve outlaid an extensive worldwide tour in support of your latest album, Read more […]

Goldenhall – Goldenhall (Self-Released)

Forming out of the remnants of other local New England bands, Goldenhall from Rhode Island arose in the fall of 2014, honing in on symphonic power metal sound with prominent melodic death influences for Read more […]