Anneke van Giersbergen – Energy through Melody

One name that seems to come up as being perpetually busy in the metal scene is that of Anneke van Giersbergen. Whether it’s through a variety of her own material that goes between solo work or bands Read more […]

Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns (Prosthetic)

Ever the forward-movers when it comes to their sound and direction, even if you can still hear only a few moments and know what band you are listening to, it’s also a testament to Psycroptic’s legacy Read more […]

Burning Witches – Hexenhammer (Nuclear Blast)

Breaking down stereotypes isn’t easy even within the metal landscape. At this point, it shouldn’t matter what gender is playing and performing in this style – the proof should lie in the output, Read more […]

Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy (Dark Descent)

While conventional wisdom holds to not judge a book by its cover, metal albums aren’t books and the cover is often quite indicative of what the listener can expect to find within. Fog-laced forests adorn Read more […]

Striker – Play to Win (Record Breaking Records)

Planting seeds through incessant touring across North America and Europe, Striker are a rare breed who feel very self-contained in their activities. Their DIY philosophy negates any need for a record label Read more […]

Stellar Circuits – Ways We Haunt (Self-Released)

Sometimes it’s all about the ebb and flow of an album. It can sink beneath your skin, or it can allow you to drift away in the emotions of the moment. While Stellar Circuits may be a fairly new name, Read more […]

Fallen Lives – Architect of Grief (Self-Released)

An interesting tidbit stuck out when reading the bio information regarding this Greek act Fallen Lives. Forming in 2010, they’ve released a self-titled full length and follow-up Forever EP while dealing Read more […]

Psycroptic – Kingdom of Devils

A prominent force in the death metal community since their first lauded release, The Isle of Disenchantment, back at the turn of the century, Psycroptic have made it a point not to stand still. Through Read more […]

Benthic Realm – We Will Not Bow (Self-Released)

Quickly following up their self-titled debut EP of last year, doom metal trio Benthic Realm have shifted drummers in the interim – gaining Conclave member Dan Blomquist who will be continuing in both Read more […]

Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings: 25 Years in the Eye of the Storm (Metal Blade)

The 25 year pinnacle is not one that every band manages to achieve. Add to that the number of bands that are still arguably at the top of their game by that particular milestone, and it’s an even smaller Read more […]

Kalidia – The Frozen Throne (Inner Wound Recordings)

With a debut release that hit the streets back in 2014 (Lies’ Device), Kalidia return with a label backing them in 2018 with The Frozen Throne. Taking their particular brand of classic and modern power Read more […]

Them – Back to the Manor

Developing from a tribute to King Diamond into a full-fledge band, Them brings about a mix of power/traditional metal with some thrash inflections. Also unique in the fact that the members hail from the Read more […]

Cruz Del Sur Music 4-CD Giveaway!

Dead Rhetoric and Cruz Del Sur Music are teaming up to give away four of the label’s recent releases. Since its 2003 inception, Cruz Del Sur has consistently delivered some of the best metal the underground Read more […]

Them – Manor of the Se7en Gables (SPV)

An international outfit with membership across the United States and Europe, Them developed from a King Diamond tribute act into an original entity – embracing a sound that crosses traditional, power Read more […]

Post Mortal Possession – Perpetual Descent (Lord of the Sick Recordings)

After a build-up of EPs and singles over the course of the last 5 years, Pittsburgh’s Post Mortal Possession finally bring forth their first full-length album. The brutal death metal act has pulled Read more […]

The Crawling – Wolves and the Hideous White (Grindscene Records)

Dropping their debut full-length, The Anatomy of Loss, in the spring of 2017, it hasn’t taken Ireland’s The Crawling much time to deliver a proper follow-up. Their debut had some promise behind it, Read more […]

Season of Ghosts – A Leap of Faith (Self-Released)

It certainly has been some time since we heard from Season of Ghosts, a promising modern metal act that was the brainchild of Sophia Aslanidou, who cut her teeth on the Blood Stain Child album Epsilon. Read more […]

Athrox – Through the Mirror (Revalve Records)

It’s always nice to develop musical chemistry through other bands when forming a new unit. In the case of Italian metal act Athrox, guitarist Sandro Seravalle and drummer Alessandro Brandi have been Read more […]

Entropia – Vacuum (Arachnaphobia Records)

The spirit of the weird remains alive and well in 2018. Being a torchbearer for it before us now is Poland’s Entropia, bringing an elaborate, psychedelia-influenced take on post-metal. Vacuum is a sprawling, Read more […]

Shining – Becoming an Animal

While some bands choose the route of identifying an exact sound and more or less sticking to it for a lifetime, some bands continue to tweak and occasionally overhaul their sound over time. In the case Read more […]

October 2018 Album of the Month – Bloodbath’s The Arrow of Satan is Drawn

There’s something to be said for having a bit of fun with your heavy metal. The entire attitude of Bloodbath, from its humble beginnings, was that of the esteemed members getting a chance to cut loose Read more […]

Icarus Witch – Goodbye Cruel World (Cleopatra Records)

Six years away from the recording scene in metal can seem like infinity – especially given the plethora of records assaulting the landscape weekly these days from DIY artists all the way to the biggest Read more […]

Etterna – Chaotic (Sliptrick Records)

Always game for new blood from outside countries, here is Etterna, a five-piece melodic progressive metal-oriented act from Slovakia. They’ve been around for a couple of years, and Chaotic is their debut Read more […]

Artillery – Fear the Rage

Many bands have gained a stronger foothold in the thrash scene due to their consistent catalog. Past and present, Artillery are always in the mix for their melodic and finesse aspects to a powerful juggernaut Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Clearing the Skies

Of the Gothenburg melodic death metal godfathers, Dark Tranquillity has arguably been the most consistent of the bunch, even in their most experimental years. Whether it was that sense of melancholy that Read more […]

Fifth Angel – The Third Secret (Nuclear Blast)

Swimming in an 80’s scene where bands craved a burgeoning thrash movement, Washington act Fifth Angel released two fine straightforward metal records in a self-titled debut and the Time Will Tell follow-up Read more […]

Warrel Dane – Shadow Work (Century Media)

When it comes to heavy metal vocals, the old saying never rang more truthfully and boisterously than by stating that there was only one Warrel Dane. From his unique vocal range and delivery to his darkly Read more […]

Architects – Holy Hell (Epitaph)

It’s been a tough couple of years for Architects. Following 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, founding guitarist and songwriter Tom Searle lost his battle with skin cancer. Brother/drummer Dan Read more […]

Amorphis – A Look Back Through TIme

Ever the consistent bunch in more recent years, Amorphis released what might be their strongest effort to date in this last spring’s Queen of Time. A decadent blend of prog, folk, death, and more, there’s Read more […]

Edward De Rosa – Zeitgeist (Revalve Records)

Probably low on the depth chart for recognition, Italian guitarist Edward De Rosa has been a part of power metal band Soul of Steel as well as a live guitarist for gothic/progressive metal act Elegy of Read more […]