November 2016 Rapid Fires

In this month’s installment of Rapid Fires, we review a band from Oregon by the name of Nekro Drunkz. In favor of song titles such as “Puss Blood Buffet,” “College Co-Eds Pooping,” and “Tongue in the Toilet,” Read more […]

Metallica – Hardwired…to Self-Destruct (Blackened Recordings)

Metallica hasn’t been a creative force to be reckoned with since the back-side of The Black Album. Songs like “Don’t Tread on Me,” “My Friend of Misery” and in particular, “The God That Failed” Read more […]

Wormhole – Genesis (Lacerated Enemy)

It’s often noted that slamming death metal has its limitations, so what happens when a band realizes this and decides to add elements of tech death, progressive, and some good ole shredding to boot? Read more […]

Terra – Mors Secunda (Code666)

When will these U.K. black metal dudes learn? You can’t have names like Luke, Olly, and Ryan, and expect to enter the (infernal) gates of BM love-dom. Actually, that’s not true whatsoever, although Read more […]

Dawn of Dementia – Immolation of Avernus (Self-Released)

Back in 2012, Indiana tech metal act Dawn of Dementia introduced themselves to the scene with the highly praised Residuum. It’s been a long road since that point, with a number of line-up changes and Read more […]

Sons of Balaur – Tenebris Deos (Season of Mist)

A Dethklok-esque idea where its members are based on Alec Worley’s recent Realm of the Damned graphic novel, Sons of Balaur are pretending to be a Norwegian black metal band from the early ‘90s when Read more […]

Epica – December 3, 2016 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Objectively, it seems a little silly to drive all the way to Worcester Massachusetts when there’s a perfectly viable alternative in New York City right there on the tour routing. However, given the Read more […]

Perzonal War – Inside the New Time Chaoz (Metalville Records)

To celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band, Germany’s Perzonal War decide to re-record 11 songs from their first two albums and issue Inside the New Time Chaoz. Considering the relative small numbers Read more […]

Dark Sarah – The Puzzle (Inner Wound Recordings)

A new project for ex-Amberian Dawn singer Heidi Parviainen, Dark Sarah combines a love of symphonic metal with obvious film and musical theater leanings on their second album The Puzzle. A continuation Read more […]

Abduction – Une Ombre Regit Les Ombres (Finisterian Dead End)

Creating original music is a difficult thing to do, just look at the droves of bands in metal giving it their all each and every release. Some proudly fly the flags of their influences on their sleeves Read more […]

Lascar – Absence (A Sad Sadness Song)

Defined as “a sailor or militiaman from South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arab world, and other territories located to the east of the Cape of Good Hope, who were employed on European ships from the 16th Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Perpetual Forward Momentum

One of the elder statesmen of the Swedish metal scene, Dark Tranquillity are now climbing towards that rare 30 year pinnacle (they are currently at 27 years FYI). They’ve also stayed true to their vision Read more […]

Mosh-Pit Justice – Dealers in Devastation

Growing up in a Balkan country like Bulgaria, the chances become slimmer than most in privileged areas of the globe to gain access to your favorite styles of music – let alone every album you could ever Read more […]

Hammer King + Quicksand Dream CD Giveaway

Dead and the fine folks at Cruz Del Sur Music are giving away a copy of Hammer King’s King is Rising and Quicksand Dream’s Beheading Tyrants to one (1) lucky winner. As so told by the band, Read more […]

Lamb of God – The Duke EP (Epic)

Here’s a thought: Randy Blythe should sing more often. With virtually everyone used to the man’s spit-growl antics (which, thankfully, are more listenable than they were during the band’s early days), Read more […]

Heavydeath – In Circles We Die (Iron Bonehead)

Never a band to rest on their laurels…or rest much at all for that matter – they’ve been a part of five smaller (EP/demo) releases since their first full-length, last year’s Eternal Sleepwalker, Read more […]

Uburen – Fra Doden Fodes Liv (Self-Released)

Norway is obviously known for its black metal export these days, so it’s not a huge shocker Ubruren hail from the mighty motherland with this style firmly it tow. Formed in 2010, these Norsemen harken Read more […]

Red Cain – A Progressive Juxtaposition

Hundreds of submissions hit our in-boxes for Dead Rhetoric – so it takes a lot to impress us when you feel like everything in terms of instrumentation and songwriting has already been done. Even in a Read more […]

Hemina – Venus (Self-Released)

We cover a multitude of metal bands from Australia these days – and rightfully so, considering the talent pool for the land Down Under. Sydney act Hemina perform in the progressive metal sector, previously Read more […]

Dethonator – Dethonator (Killer Metal Records)

Five or six years ago, it was an exciting time to be a U.K. thrash band. The likes of Evile, Gama Bomb, Savage Messiah, and Sylosis brought an advanced display of musicianship that put to shame the yokels Read more […]

Entrapment – Through Realms Unseen (Pulverised Records)

When it comes to old school Swedish death metal worship, you often see bands aping the ‘classic’ sound so to speak – Entombed or Grave’s early material per say, not so much the death ‘n roll Read more […]

Blackthorne – This Sacrifice (Self-Released)

With symphonic acts, oftentimes the best approach is to make sure you are offering something that is outside of the usual box. Ohio newcomers Blackthorne have quickly grasped this fact for their first Read more […]

Diabulus In Musica – Dirge for the Archons (Napalm)

As a genre, symphonic gothic metal appears to have the widest reaching appeal these days on a global scale. The ability to go from bombast to serenity, extreme energy to alluring tranquility at the drop Read more […]

Earth and Pillars – Pillars I (Avantgarde Music)

Drawn-out black metal can either do one of two things: Hypnotize, or, allow one to fetch a snack and ride the thing out. Harboring on monotony, repetition, and atmosphere, the idea is to usually swallow Read more […]

Carcass – A Carneous Quandary

The album cycle for 2013’s marvelous Surgical Steel has taken Carcass to nearly every nook and cranny in the earth and back. Deserved rewards for arguably one of the best comeback records in recent memory. Read more […]

Downfall of Gaia – Atrophy (Metal Blade)

Biohazard released an album titled State of the World Address in 1994; Downfall of Gaia’s Atrophy feels awfully fitting for the topsy-turvy nature of 2016. (No, we won’t venture into political discussion.) Read more […]

Spiritbell – Guided By Evil Light (Witches Brew)

Western Hungarian band SpiritBell took shape as Aiming High, an Accept tribute act, bit the dust. Arising in 2010, they became rather productive for three years to release a demo, full-length, and EP plus Read more […]

Devast – Apocalyptic Human Extinction (Gore House Productions)

Brutal death metal troupe Devast are at it again once more. Apocalyptic Human Extinction is the band’s third effort, following last year’s Into Decimated Reality. However, unlike said album, Apocalyptic Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – November 2016

Before we start entering into that dormant period between holidays and the start of the new year, among all of the top lists (of which one will replace next month’s Bandcamp), here’s one more grouping Read more […]

The Loom of Time – NihilReich (ATMF)

Odd seeing a non-black metal band on ATMF’s roster, try as the band and label may to position The Loom of Time as being of black in sound. (They’re not.) When you are certifiably underground and have Read more […]

Revel in Flesh – Emissary of All Plagues (Cyclone Empire)

High praise from none other than Mr. Dan Swanö on this one off the bat, stating that they had nailed the “ultimate tribute to the SweDeath guitar tone” with this album (Swanö did mix/master it after Read more […]