The Metalhead Box – May 2020

We arrive anew in a new month and a new set of opportunities to be devastated by the work of the good folks over at The Metalhead Box. Much closer to the pre-COVID timelines (and not obstructed by my own Read more […]

Amiensus/Adora Vivos – Split (Self-Released)

Amiensus has never shied away from shorter releases, and most importantly, they always seem to deliver a consistently high quality, even if it’s just for a song or two (check out their Gathering releases Read more […]

Chasing Ghosts – Bring Me Suffering (Self-Released)

Chasing Ghosts first brought us These Hollow Gods two years ago, carrying with them the rich tradition of UK doom with them. The influences of their homeland were apparent, but they also were able to Read more […]

Inexorum – Moonlit Navigation (Gilead Media)

The two-man melodic black metal act Inexorum made a solid mark with their debut, Lore of the Lakes, back in 2018. Using the Scandinavian meloblack and death metal sound as their launching point, it gave Read more […]

Imperivm – Holy War (Revalve Records)

Power metal as a genre gives everyone a feeling of unity, strength, and often time travel either forward or back in history. Italian act Imperivm for instance embrace Latin/Ancient Roman ‘nicknames’ Read more […]

Medicated – Descension (Self-Released)

Nothing better than randomly clicking on a cool piece of artwork on Bandcamp and finding a crown jewel of a band. Medicated is a Finnish melodic death/thrash act that popped out a few EPs around ten years Read more […]

Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed (Napalm Records)

Celebrating 15 years together as a group, German power metal veterans Powerwolf are one of the most successful bands in their genre across Europe and other parts of the globe. Reaching the top of music Read more […]

Somniate – The Meyrinkian Slumber (Lavadome Productions)

It’s nice when you get to the point with some smaller labels that you can have a sense of trust that something will be a strong release, even when it’s not necessarily your ‘go-to’ style. In this Read more […]

Entera – Hate Factory (Self-Released)

German melodic thrash trio Entera pump out some old school tracks on their fifth studio album Hate Factory. Starting out in 1990, they’ve had quite a few members through their thirty year history (including Read more […]

Afterimage – Executing Temperance

Forming at college and gelling together through a mixture of college house parties and outside New England gigs, Afterimage developed an engaging progressive rock/metal sound that incorporates a mixture Read more […]

Pale Divine – Consequence of Time (Cruz del Sur Music)

Together twenty-five years, doom metal veterans Pale Divine have expanded to a quartet lineup for their sixth studio album Consequence of Time. Fortunately for drummer Darin McCloskey and vocalist/guitarist Read more […]

Unborn Suffer – Commit(ment to) Suicide (Selfmadegod Records)

Things generally aren’t going to be moving in the right direction when the first name that pops up in one’s memory when hearing a band is that of Moritician (for this scribe at least). Sadly, that’s Read more […]

Insatanity ‘Hymns of the Gods Before’ CD Giveaway!

We are stoked to be giving away a copy of death metal stalwarts Insatanity’s Hymns of the Gods Before CD to one (1) lucky winner. Here are the details: Insatanity is a cult Blackened Death Metal band Read more […]

Carnifloor – Engulfed in Gold (Rotten Music)

Stumbling upon this one on Bandcamp recently, Carnifloor is a one-man brutal slamming death metal act that may feature the prerequisite illegible band logo and gory cover, but don’t get the wrong initial Read more […]

Velkhanos – The Wrath (Art Gates Records)

Fresh blood always invigorates the metal scene. Velkhanos are a five-piece combo coming out of Spain, together since 2018 and releasing their debut full-length for The Wrath. Considering many artists enjoy Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Solidity and Grace

Over the course of sixteen studio albums and thirty plus years as a band, Paradise Lost have gained appeal and support from the death/doom and gothic communities in metal due to their originality and steady Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – June 2020

The Bandcamp world continues to turn rapidly, and it’s a particularly important time as delays with physical media have become more evident. A quick stream/download from Bandcamp is all that it takes Read more […]

Kenziner – Phoenix (Pure Steel Records)

Ardent metalheads probably know Kenziner best for their late 90’s albums with Stephen Fredrick on vocals – who would move on to Firewind shortly thereafter. Guitarist Jarno Keskinen resurrected the Read more […]

Re-Armed – Ignis Aeternum (Black Lion Records)

Re-Armed have been playing the symphonic melodeath game for a while now, forming back in 2001 and releasing their first full-length back in 2012. Fast-forward to the present and the band has hit their Read more […]

Falconer – From a Dying Ember (Metal Blade)

Probably wasn’t a surprise that once Falconer retired from the stage with their ProgPower USA appearance in September 2015 that the inevitable studio demise would be forthcoming. Wanting to go out on Read more […]

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel (20 Buck Spin)

After three previous EPs over the past decade, California’s VoidCeremony have entered their own cosmic realm of death with their first full-length effort, Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Read more […]

Album Stream and Interview: Torrefy’s Life is Bad

This afternoon, we have both an album stream of Torrefy’s Life is Bad, which releases on July 1, as well as an interview with guitarist Ben Gerencser. Check out what he has to say about the band’s tantalizing Read more […]

Black Knight – Road to Victory (Pure Steel Records)

Cranking twin guitar harmonies against steady rhythms, solid in the pocket tempos, and soaring vocals – the essence of traditional heavy metal will never die as long as bands like Black Knight continue Read more […]

Foetal Juice – Gluttony (Gore House Productions)

With retro-inspired death metal, there’s always a geographic angle to how a band sounds. In this case, while Foetal Juice comes from the UK, a few seconds of Gluttony will all but convince you that Read more […]

Voices of Ruin – Seeking Immortality

Blending melodic death metal with Scandinavian touches together against some traditional heavy metal and thrash nuances, Southern California’s Voices of Ruin have made quite an impression prior to signing Read more […]

Make Them Suffer – How to Survive a Funeral (Greyscale Records)

From their symphonic deathcore beginnings, Make Them Suffer hasn’t really been a band to stay still. While their Neverbloom was a tedious affair that was chockful of the “don’t” when it came to Read more […]

Maelstrom – Of Gods and Men (Self-Released)

Avid underground metal maniacs remember this New York act during their first go around – their demos from 1989-91 a staple on the tape trading/fanzine circuit. Maelstrom is a power metal act with thrash Read more […]

Withering Surface – The Wolves Have Been Fed

Flying just ever-so-slightly out of radar’s view during the late ’90s/early ’00s melodic death metal boom, Denmark’s Withering Surface pulled together a string of albums that warranted further Read more […]

Battle Born – Battle Born (Self-Released)

A UK power metal quintet, Battle Born on their self-titled debut EP aim to create powerful hymns of mighty steel. From the battle-laden illustration on their cover through the similar uniform imagery in Read more […]

Ritualistic – Hollowborn (Self-Released)

The ding against many tech death bands in recent times (from this scribe at least) has been the lack of brutality and feeling in the music. Instead bands rely upon ‘wowing’ the listening with over Read more […]

Pyrrhon – Abscess Time (Willowtip)

Going into a new Pyrrhon is always going to be a bit like running a marathon instead of a sprint. You can’t just run out and do it without the proper preparations and due time. As one of the more ambitious, Read more […]