Allegaeon – Computations and Subdivision

When it comes to the new school of death metal, there are few that can rival Colorado’s Allegaeon. Going back all the way to their Metal Blade debut, Fragments of Form and Function, their brand of melodic, Read more […]

SnakeyeS – Metal Monster (Self-Released)

Although Spanish heavy metal act SnakeyeS appears to be a relative newcomer (starting in 2013) – three of the members have decades of seasoning through Sphinx, who released five full-lengths during their Read more […]

Dropzone – Rape Killing Murder (Osmose Productions)

21 years in limbo. Not often does an album surface that lingered for so long. Originally recorded live on tape back in 1996 (sans lead guitars and vocal overdubs), Dropzone’s full-length Rape Killing Read more […]

Dead Meat – Preachers of Gore (Vomit Your Shirt)

As if the cover art doesn’t imply it already, only the most brutal of brutal need apply for Dead Meat’s Preachers of Gore. This Portuguese brutal death metal act has been around since 1993, and have Read more […]

The Modern Age Slavery – Crossing the Styx

Modern death metal is one that has come in many flavors. Bands not content to simply repeat the past maneuvers of the bands preceding them, some have taken elements from many genres in order to find a Read more […]

November 2017 Album of the Month – Morbid Angel’s Kingdoms Disdained

Everybody loves a comeback, right? After Morbid Angel’s last studio album, Illud Divinum Insanus, a large chunk of the fanbase was not pleased with the band’s musical direction. But it did prime things Read more […]

Hazzerd – Misleading Evil (World War Now Records)

Hailing from Calgary, Canada and going through a couple of name changes since their 2012 inception (Forsaken and Hazard X previously), Hazzerd live to create a thrash/speed metal style that reflects a Read more […]

Feared – Svart (Self-Released)

Sweden’s Feared are nothing if not consistent. Keeping up with the tradition, the band has saw fit to release an album almost every year of their existence (going as far as releasing two back in 2013). Read more […]

Luna – Swallow Me Leaden Sky (Solitude Productions)

Gauging by the album title alone, you can tell that Luna is not going to provide an overly pretty and happy ride. Though there’s still always a more touching and beautiful side to doom and gloom in Read more […]

Matt Coe Best-of 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Metal has been a way of life for me since youth. In junior high, the discovery of bands like Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, and Iron Maiden Read more […]

Worhol – The Awakening (Imminence Records/Wormholedeath)

Not often in metal do you see a classically trained father/daughter combination. But such is the case with Worhol, as father Larry Worhol provides the guitar and orchestral arrangements and daughter Ashley Read more […]

Juggernaut – Out of the Ashes (Art Gates Records)

Ardent metal followers probably associate Juggernaut as one of the 80’s Texas guard that put that scene on the map – signed to Metal Blade with their brand of technical speed laden thrash for Baptism Read more […]

Amplified Memory – Vas Hermeticum (Sliptrick Records)

When one happens upon an act with the ‘melodic death metal’ tag, there is an assumption of how they will sound before hearing it. Many times, it’s up to the band in question to prove they are more Read more […]

Ne Obliviscaris – The Virtue of Patience

When it comes to the progressive metal scene, one band that has really made a name for themselves in the last few years is that of Autralia’s Ne Obliviscaris. With their brand of challenging, intricate, Read more […]

Atrocity – Masters of Darkness (Massacre)

It’s been four years since Atrocity came back with Okkult, the first part of a proposed trilogy. Due to the busy nature of Leaves’ Eyes (of which all members also participate in), it’s taken more Read more […]

Graceless – Shadowlands (Raw Skull Recordz)

Old school death metal with a side of doom? It’s a combo that’s far more refreshing than a mere old school death romp, that’s for sure. Dutch act Graceless attempt to make a name for themselves Read more […]

Shadowmaster – Shadowmaster (Seeing Red)

All sorts of obfuscation here, from the album cover that appears better suited for an occult rock LP, to even the “Shadowmaster” name itself, which comes across like a sword-wielding power metal outfit, Read more […]

Tides of Kharon – Coins Upon Our Eyes (Self-Released)

Active since 2014, Tides of Kharon from Edmonton, Canada are another representative of the latest crop of melodic death metal bands that embrace the old with the new. Coins Upon Our Eyes as the quintet’s Read more […]

Lord Shades – The Uprising of Namwell (Dooweet)

Not to be mistaken as a band prone to wearing Ray Bans like nobody’s business, French unit Lord Shades is an epic extreme metal band, proffering their own storyline revolving around three worlds: Firë-Enmek, Read more […]

Rebaelliun -Bringer of War (The Last Stand) (Hammerheart)

Like their countrymen Krisiun, Rebaelliun play a style of “falling off a cliff; let’s meet at the bottom” death metal. As in, their chaos is somehow controlled by competing riffs and drum action Read more […]

Kyle McGinn Best-of 2017

Another year of high quality metal in the books, which means it’s time to tally up who put out the best material. As someone who starts a list early, as to not forget some of the early year releases Read more […]

Horror God/Techne – Split (Lavadome Productions)

Lavadome Productions isn’t an incredibly prolific label, but it’s certainly a winner in the case of quality over quantity. The latest release from the label is a split release from two death metal Read more […]

Odax – Odax (Inverted Kite)

A hereby sword-wielding, melody-tinged metal body of work, Odax is the product of former Dead Rhetoric scribe and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Keating, who, along with Nick Raykovich (vocals) and Chris Read more […]

Thousand Arrows – Exiles (Self-Released)

Going down the social media rabbit hole, Thousand Arrows from Vancouver, Canada came to this writer’s attention through a Facebook community group that supports power metal. Although after a few spins Read more […]

November 2017 Rapid Fires

This year, like virtually every year in metal, brings forth a wide variety of releases from new and old bands. We typically uncover newer and lesser-known bands in Rapid Fires, our monthly short review Read more […]

Video Premiere: Arallu’s “Oiled Machine of Hate”

Are you a fan of outside the box metal? Something that isn’t content to play within the defined boundaries? If so, you are in luck, as we are premiering a new video from Israel’s Arallu for the song Read more […]

The Obsessed – The Obsessed Reissue (Relapse)

When the 1990s rolled around, doom was in a state of flux. With Sabbath spinning its wheels, Trouble ready to focus on more basic song structures and Saint Vitus, Revelation and Pentagram either sweating Read more […]

Viledriver – Primary (CDN Records)

For the extreme metal enthusiast, it doesn’t take more than simply saying, “Canadian Tech Death” to have their attention. A pedigree for the genre has established since the days of Cryptopsy and Read more […]

Sign of Cain – To Be Drawn and to Drown (Apostasy)

Tomas Lindberg’s year can already be considered a success based upon the glowing reception to The Lurking Fear’s Out of the Voiceless Grave debut. Lindberg, routinely cited as one of the best vocalists Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2017

These lists are never easy to make, but it’s a worthy, if not joyous endeavor, trying to sort through hundreds of titles and condense them to 12. Metal surely doesn’t lack for quantity, that’s for Read more […]

The Faceless – In Becoming a Ghost (Sumerian)

The Faceless has taken a beating over the past few years for dropping off tours (or recently dropping other bands off of their tour) and for not releasing a new album. But it doesn’t really stop there. Read more […]