Sonata Arctica – All About Synergy

Change is good according to vocalist and main songwriter Tony Kakko of Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica – and who am I to disagree? Sure many miss the early days of the band when they were off Read more […]

The Agonist – Five (Napalm)

Not being a band set on repeating themselves, it goes without say that The Agonist have continued to evolve with their fifth album, Five. With the addition of Vicky Psarakis to the band before Eye of Read more […]

Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Winterfylleth have been leading the charge for quality British black metal for a few years now and for good reason. Their body of work has established their heritage inspired sound firmly in the extreme Read more […]

Veilburner – The Obscene Rite (Self-Released)

Blackened death metal two-piece Veilburner have been slowly but surely building up their name over the last three years. No part somewhat due to being able to crank out a new full-length in each of those Read more […]

Khemmis – Hunted (20 Buck Spin)

Every so often there seems to be a band that’s poised to step into something bigger than just the musical scene from which they spawned. Denver Colorado’s Khemmis may just be that next band, and with Read more […]

Barishi – Blood from the Lion’s Mouth (Season of Mist)

Barishi may now be on Season of Mist, but this is certainly not their first introduction to these pages. Starting with their 2013 self-titled debut, the Vermont troupe has rolled out a style of progressive Read more […]

Gatecreeper – Sonoran Depravation (Relapse)

In the attempt to out-old school the rest of the death metal crowd, there’s often a few bands that manage to rise to the surface as one worth investigating. The latest to pop up in the ‘need to hear’ Read more […]

Monte Pittman – Inverted Grasp of Balance (Metal Blade)

Quite easy to dig Monte Pittman’s 2014 The Power of Three, a sizeable offering of hook-oriented songwriting in the frame of metal and heavier rock. The man (who spends his free time in Madonna’s touring Read more […]

Lotus Thief – Gramayre (Prophecy Productions)

Lotus Thief’s high-art, high-concept, and high-blend musical style basically forces one to use his or her noggin’. Conceptually, the San Francisco-based outfit pull from “age-old texts, intentionally Read more […]

Auras – Heliospectrum (eOne)

When it comes to the djent-y side of the progressive metal spectrum, there seems to be a movement of bands that have gradually softened their sound while trying to keep it “metal” (labelmates The Contortionist Read more […]

Exclusive Album Stream: Carnophage’s Monument

Care to check out some death metal that adds some technical flavor without sacrificing the brutality or the song itself? Feast your ears upon the sophomore effort from Turkey’s Carnophage, entitled Monument. Read more […]

Re-Armed – The Era of Precarity (Saarni Records)

Active since 2001, Re-Armed recorded six demos from 2002-2008 before Massacre Records picked them up for their Worldwide Hypnotize debut album in 2012 – proof that slow and steady progress can still win Read more […]

Trap Them – Crown Feral (Prosthetic)

As much as the old school death metal trend continues to be re-tread over and over, there’s something about the HM-2 guitar buzz and hardcore that seems to work. One of the scene’s strongest names Read more […]

Hryre – From Mortality to Infinity (Code666)

Remember that push from Fen, Winterfylleth, and Wodensthrone that was to re-make black metal? We do! Certainly each band is of value (Fen perhaps being the best out of the three, argue as you may), but Read more […]

The Dread Crew of Oddwood – By Bar and By Faire

September 16, 2016 – Tobacco Road – NYC, NY With a folk metal line-up from start to finish, it seemed a Friday night trip down to NYC would be needed. The Dread Crew of Oddwood teaming up with Read more […]

Temperance – The Earth Embraces Us All (Scarlet Records)

Swiftly establishing a presence in the modern melodic metal world through two previous full-lengths over the past two years, Italy’s Temperance enter an important phase in their career through this third Read more […]

Waldgeflüster – Ruinen (Bindrune Recordings)

Waldgefluster have been laying down emotional, atmospheric black metal for over a decade now. A one-time solo project of main man Winterherz, Waldgefluster has expanded to a full line up as of 2014, and Read more […]

Helcaraxë – The Last Battle (Self-Released)

If there was ever a group that deserved the “underappreciated” card, it has to be that of New Jersey’s Helcaraxë. Slogging around under the radar of most since the release of 2007’s Triumph and Read more […]

Devin Townsend Project/Between the Buried and Me – September 17, 2016 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

As the fall season brings upon a bounty of different touring choices, this writer decided to forgo the NYC date of this tour the previous evening due to a combination of catching a different show in town, Read more […]

Charred Walls of the Damned – Creatures Walking Over the Dead (Metal Blade)

Keeping up with the five-word CWotD theme of their previous two albums, Charred Walls of the Damned return after a five-year absence for Creatures Walking Over the Dead. Followers know the quartet’s Read more […]

Prevail – War Will Reign (Self-Released)

What happens when you take old school death metal and give it a production that takes things up to the 2016 level? Chances are you will end up with something that sounds like the output of Danish metallers Read more […]

Evergrey – Storm Brooding

Legacy starts based on setting proper standards early on and then building upon them. In the case of Sweden progressive metal act Evergrey, they made an indelible impression right out of the gate in 1998 Read more […]

Sumerlands – Sumerlands (Relapse)

Scene veterans often come together to develop something special when it comes specific sub-genres in the metal realm. In the case of Sumerlands, it’s classic heavy metal inspired by the timeless 70’s Read more […]

Alcest – Kodama (Prophecy Productions)

After 2014’s warm and un-heavy Shelter, Neige promised Alcest was out of the metal game permanently. By no means was Alcest to be the first band to make such a proclamation—it was happening quite a Read more […]

Kryptos – Burn Up The Night (AFM Records)

Spearheading the Indian metal movement since 1998, Kryptos (Latin derivative relating to catacombs or burial chambers beneath churches) has moved up the ranks from the underground to signing with AFM this Read more […]

Charred Walls of the Damned – Control Wounds Open the Denied

Unless you live under a rock or sans internet access, most of the metal world knows of at least one (or more) members from Charred Walls of the Damned. Vocalist Tim Owens took over for Rob Halford in Judas Read more […]

Dark Forest – Above and Beyond

“I don’t mind what people categorize us as, really. It’s true there are a lot of different elements going on which is why we’ve been called so many different things over the years. We just call it ‘heavy Read more […]

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper – Walking in the Shadows (Dissonance Productions)

Ardent old school 80’s metal mavens as well as Beavis and Butthead followers know UK act Grim Reaper – if only for the infamous drum rolls and piercing last scream of the anthem “See You in Hell” Read more […]

Ringworm – Snake Church (Relapse)

Roughly a decade ago, this scribe was a semi-frequent attendee at hardcore shows. The Pittsburgh hardcore scene held its own with the likes of Built Upon Frustration, Path to Misery, and Steel City Firm, Read more […]

Carnophage – Monument (Unique Leader)

Having dropped their debut album all the way back in 2008, it’s safe to assume that Turkey’s Carnophage has been dormant for quite some time. But in dormancy sometimes comes renewed strength and vigor Read more […]

Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience CD Giveaway!

Dead and the fine folks at Metal Blade Records are giving away a copy of Allegaeon’s fantastic new Proponent for Sentience album to one (1) lucky winner. As one of the few albums to receive Read more […]