Edenbridge – Hunting the Mind

Attentive to satisfying the creative beast within ten albums deep into their career, Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge feel the need to stretch in a natural way record to record. You wouldn’t Read more […]

Hyperborea – Umbra (Art Gates Records)

Arising during the government upheaval of the late 90’s, Bulgarian death metal band Hyperborea took influences from their first wave of metal domestic scene along with a love for international death/thrash Read more […]

Second to Sun – Legacy (Self-Released)

Russia’s very prolific Second to Sun (they did record two full-lengths last year alone) are back with a full-length in 2019. If last year’s releases were anything to judge the band by, it’s that Read more […]

Despised Icon – Purgatory (Nuclear Blast)

With 2016’s Beast quickly reestablishing the Canadian pioneers of deathcore as a vital force to be reckoned and a massive comeback in its own right, the band took their time in formulating the follow-up Read more […]

Denner’s Inferno – In Amber (Mighty Music)

There’s no question when it comes to early guitar influencers from the 1980’s, especially in the classic/epic/traditional mold, most are familiar with the work of Michael Denner. His playing/ songwriting Read more […]

Mimesis – (Re)start

There’s been a steady stream of content and information divulged from New England’s Mimesis since the announcement of their band last year. But we are only now hearing the first completed notes of the Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove (Prophecy Productions)

Fresh onto newer label pastures with Germany’s Prophecy Productions following a long-run from the mid-2000’s with The End Records, Novembers Doom at this point of their thirty-year career want to continue Read more […]

Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Season of Mist)

There’s doom, there’s funeral doom, and then there’s Esoteric. A release by the band tends to have the wait (from the last release) and the weight (in content) to nearly register as a major life Read more […]

Abigail Williams – Veil of Darkness

An ever-present force in US black metal for over a decade, Abigail Williams has also not been without its trials and tribulations. A few band shake-ups along the way, and lots of turnover among the ranks Read more […]

Ex Libris – ANN – Chapter 3: Anne Frank (Self-Released)

The final portion of Ex Libris’ intensive trilogy following three “Anns” throughout history, this time we come the closest to the present day with that of Anne Frank. Where Anne Boleyn and Anastasia Read more […]

Schammasch – Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records)

Dense. Exacting. Crafted to match a well defined vision from which it refuses to waiver. That is the experience Hearts of No Light brings to the table. For Switzerland’s Schammasch, that vision is in Read more […]

Dawn Ray’d – Behold Sedition Plainsong (Prosthetic)

Liverpool’s Dawn Ray’d come with a message and it’s an easy one to grapple with: Down with tyrants, oppressors and holier-than-thou types who try to keep the working man down. It was the signpost Read more […]

October 2019 Rapid Fires

Arguably the sweet spot of the release schedule, October has presented the metal community with a surplus of new releases in which to consume. Now, of course, if you had unlimited time and the capability Read more […]

CyHra – No Halos in Hell (Nuclear Blast)

Hitting the ground running with their excellent debut Letters to Myself (this scribe’s album of the year for 2017), the band has returned with their sophomore release with new label Nuclear Blast backing Read more […]

Leah – Ancient Winter (Ex Cathedra Records)

What happens when the ‘heavy metal Enya’ decides to drop the more metallic portion of her sound and dives into a holiday-themed album? Ancient Winter is the result in this case, though if you are Read more […]

Year of the Cobra – Ash and Dust (Prophecy Productions)

One of the quickest routes to sludge, apparently, is by foregoing the guitar and having the bass do all of the distortion heavy-lifting. Perhaps Cliff Burton is to blame for all of this: His legendary Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Traversing the Grove

Celebrating thirty years as a band, Novembers Doom has been one of those acts that slip under the radar for certain metal audiences or become a cult-classic favorite for others. Their love of the genre Read more […]

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings (Frontiers)

Featuring the talents of both Jani Liimatainen and Anette Olzon, it was no surprise when in 2017, The Dark Element’s debut full-length landed with explosive force. Modern metal that played to the strengths Read more […]

Immanifest – Macrobial (The Artisan Era)

Sometimes you get to a point where you get discouraged by the volume of bands that simply play to the tropes of a genre. To that end, there’s a lot of ‘filler’ symphonic black/death metal that exists Read more […]

Syr Daria – Tears of a Clown (Sliptrick Records)

Named after a river in Central Asia, Syr Daria actually come from France – a quintet of musicians that have been together since 2007 and released two previous albums in Circus of Life (2011) and Voices Read more […]

Voyager – Colours in the Sun (Season of Mist)

Masters of progressive, pop, synth, and riffs, Aussie act Voyager established a unique niche with loads of 80’s influences on both the vocal and musical fronts since their beginnings in 1999. Smashing Read more […]

ADE – Rise of the Empire (Rockshots Records/Extreme Metal Music)

One of the more unsung heroes of the Italian extreme metal scene, ADE have been at it for over 10 years at this point, with Rise of the Empire being their fourth full-length release. Focusing on their Read more […]

Ex Libris – Wrapping Up the ‘Ann’ Trilogy

Over the course of the last year and a half, Ex Libris have been releasing EPs with a distinctive theme. That being a particular “Ann” from the history books and setting it to life within a progressive Read more […]

Edge of Paradise – Universe (Frontiers)

Building themselves up over the course of the past decade with independent releases and touring, Edge of Paradise has landed a record label home for their third full-length effort in Universe. Cultivating Read more […]

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Frontiers Music)

Mere weeks prior to the release of the latest Pretty Maids album, word came out that vocalist Ronnie Atkins is dealing with lung cancer. Hopefully it will not derail the work on Undress Your Madness, as Read more […]

Eternal Storm – Ebb and Flow

One band that we’ve kept a close eye on over the last few years is that of Eternal Storm. We heard their first demo back in the early days of the site, and have been chomping at the bit to hear some more Read more […]

Warbell – Plague (Self-Released)

Four years removed from their debut, Havoc, the Polish melodic death metal act Warbell has returned to engage in more fury with Plague. With Havoc flying a bit under the radar, Warbell none the less pulled Read more […]

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (High Roller Records)

Pittsburgh, PA is home to mighty sports franchises such as the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins – beyond a decent local metal scene. Legendry are another band to investigate – epic metal their forte Read more […]

Despised Icon – Embracing the Chaos

Deathcore pioneers Despised Icon returned after initially putting the band back to bed in 2010 with 2016’s Beast. It proved to be a successful one, with the band returning to their unique stomping grounds Read more […]

Dawn of Disease – Procession of Ghosts (Napalm)

Germany’s Dawn of Disease has been dabbling further into the melodic sweet spot with their brand of death metal with their last two albums, most notably with 2017’s Ascension Gate. But the leaps and Read more […]

Vukari – Aevum (Vendetta Records)

Once upon a time, Vukari was an accidental discovery for yours truly. Though release in mid-2016, Divination didn’t cross my path till somewhere in early 2017. It was something of a revelation, an extremely Read more […]