Chthonic – Write the Songs That Move You

Forming in the late ‘90s, Taiwanese metal act Chthonic have been a band that has continued to develop over time. With their first few releases being more drawn towards the traditional/symphonic black Read more […]

Impellitteri – The Nature of the Beast (Frontiers Records)

There comes a point in time where your instrument skills should be about self-expression, not necessarily showing off through intricacy and advanced techniques. Since the late 1980’s guitarist Chris Read more […]

Shining – Animal (Spinefarm)

Never a band to standstill from a musical standpoint, Norway’s Shining continue to change, quite drastically, with Animal. Quite obviously from the bright, ‘80s artwork to Jørgen Munkeby’s release Read more […]

Beyond Creation – The Algorythm (Season of Mist)

Beyond Creation have been a go-to act for the tech-side of death metal for the better part of this decade, starting out with The Aura in 2011 and enhancing the formula in 2014 with Earthborn Evolution. Read more […]

September 2018 Album of the Month – Voivod’s The Wake

Normally veteran bands like Voivod peak creatively by albums three-five. In the case of The Wake, it’s as if time has stood still as these avant-garde progressive thrashers use their own musical language Read more […]

Cognitive – Matricide (Unique Leader)

Continuing to up the ante with each successive release, Cognitive return from their already strong 2016 release in Deformity with style. Matricide is noticeably another step up for the band, as they continue Read more […]

Gorod – Aethra (Overpowered Records)

Long revered at this point for their ability to bring some jazzy, tech-inspired death metal in ways that are frequently unexpected, there’s always a question of where the next Gorod album will go. While Read more […]

Serpents Kiss – Dragon Lord (Self-Released)

Active since 1995, Serpents Kiss from the UK may be sporadic with output (this their second full-length and first in 13 years), but it’s clear through Dragon Lord that they embrace a traditional, NWOBHM Read more […]

Cryptopsy – The Book of Suffering: Tome II (Self-Released)

Always perceived as legends within the extreme death metal circles, despite a few ups and downs over the years, Cryptopsy continues to stand tall for good reason. 2015’s first chapter in The Book of Read more […]

Gama Bomb – Speed Between the Lines (AFM Records)

Irish crossover thrash act Gama Bomb show no signs of stopping the rampage on their latest album Speed Between the Lines. Which is ideal in an era where experimentation and multiple sub-genre bending takes Read more […]

Northward – Northward (Nuclear Blast)

Those involved with Nightwish have to be some equally creative and passionate folks. The band finally takes a little bit of a break last year, and suddenly a number of new releases that they have been Read more […]

Soulfly – Ritual (Nuclear Blast)

Ubiquitous in unleashing new material consistently from any number of bands/projects, Soulfly has been Max Cavalera’s main creative outlet since leaving Sepultura in 1996. Ritual is the 11th studio album Read more […]

Bloodtruth – Martyrium (Unique Leader)

Hard to believe it’s already been four years since Bloodtruth first arrived (with plenty of force) with their debut, Obedience. In that time span, we’ve only seen a 2016 single, “Peste Noire,” Read more […]

Thrawsunblat – Great Brunswick Forest (Ignifera Records)

The folky, woodsy Canadian black metal act Thrawsunblat have returned with the follow-up to their 2016 effort Metachthonia. But those looking for a repeat of last time will definitely be in for a shock, Read more […]

Burning Witches – Stirring the Cauldron

Attaining respect as a new band is always an uphill climb to prove yourselves – in the studio, on the stage, in every facet of being a group. Couple that as an all-female metal act, and you understand Read more […]

Amaranthe – Helix (Spinefarm)

No matter what one has thought about Amaranthe and their metallic approach, it’s easy to say that they’ve always forged ahead with their own path and done exactly what they wanted to do, sometimes Read more […]

Helsott – Slaves and Gods (M-Theory Audio)

American folk metal act Helsott have been working their particular brand for close to a decade at this point. Able to be distinguished from the mostly European bands within this style for their almost Read more […]

Holy Shire – The Legendary Shepherds of the Forest (Heavy Metal Records)

Symphonic metal stylistically can lean one way or the other – the prism running the spectrum from artists who venture towards atmosphere, bombast, and orchestration, or using those tools to expand the Read more […]

Jeremy Wagner – Crafting a Rabid Heart

Living and breathing in two worlds has been par for the course for Jeremy Wagner for many years. His band, Broken Hope, has been a staple of the death metal genre for 30 years and are a celebrated act Read more […]

As I Destruct – From Fear to Oblivion (Firestarter Music)

In the grand tradition of making death metal more accessible by packing in some groove, As I Destruct bring forth their full-length debut with plenty of style. Keeping a melodic edge that falls outside Read more […]

Hammer King – Poseidon Will Carry Us Home (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Continuing in the true metal tradition of their first two albums, German act Hammer King doesn’t feel the need to really change the formula much for Poseidon Will Carry Us Home. It’s all about the Read more […]

The Projectionist – Visits From The Nighthag Part I (Appalachian Noise Records)

It is a miserable place to be latched to something mediocre. Something that can’t sway you to fury because of how awful it is or thrill you because of how fucking spectacular it is. Nope. Something that Read more […]

Solium Fatalis – Firing into Extinction

Eviscerating listeners with their brand of relentless death metal since 2012, Solium Fatalis are on a mission to prove to the world that there can be quality music released in the current marketplace that Read more […]

Hangman’s Chair – Banlieue triste (Spinefarm)

With its curious grip on the English language drawn together by the desolate howl of Cédric Toufouti, France’s Hangman’s Chair serve up a rather unique and heady body of doom by way of their fifth Read more […]

Paths – In Lands Thought Lost (Bindrune Recordings)

Earth below, stars above, and with woods surrounding us we depart, to seek wisdom, beauty, or things unknown. Or so the story might open in other places but here it means a new journey in the ever-widening Read more […]

Dead Soul Communion – MMXVIII (Self-Released/Def2Music Records)

Ambitious and cognizant of the finish line (the final album already announced for a mid-2020 release on their website), UK act Dead Soul Communion steadily plan to unleash recordings multiple times a year. Read more […]

September 2018 Rapid Fires

The fall deluge of releases now fully in gear, there’s never a shortage of material to pull from. In fact, it’s a tough spot given that we have but a few very dedicated writers and only so much time in Read more […]

Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay (Relapse)

Just when you start to think that death metal is starting to get a bit ‘stuck in the mud,’ due to recent shifts with more retro-flavored and extreme tech releases, there’s a newer act willing to Read more […]

Feel No Pain – Into the Chaos (Self-Released)

Using my bilingual abilities to wrap my head around their bio, Spanish metal quartet Feel No Pain began in 2006, although it took many years to develop the songs and style – really ramping things up Read more […]

Hatesphere – Reduced to Flesh (Scarlet)

It wasn’t on the radar of many in these parts, but Hatesphere’s 2015 New Hell was an unbridled Euro thrash gem, spiteful, vertical and partially melodic, really just running the gamut of what the Danes Read more […]

Seventh Wonder – Journey to Tiara

When opportunity knocks, you usually have one shot to make that mighty impression. When Roy Khan decided to step away from worldwide symphonic power metal leaders Kamelot on the vocalist slot, the search Read more […]