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Dreadnought – Emerging Flames

Back in 2013, Dreadnought released their first album, Lifewoven, as an independent entity. It was a striking piece, and one that really bucked an easy classification with their use of non-metal instrumentation Read more […]

Song Premiere: Lunar Shadow’s “Roses”

Ever wondered what classic, epic heavy metal would sound like with a touch of black metal influence added in? Even if you hadn’t, Lunar Shadow are here to make that thought a most palatable and enjoyable Read more […]

Axenstar – Honor Thy Time

Arriving in the early 2000’s, Swedish power metal band Axenstar have been a solid mainstay in the scene. Their discography contains a mixture of European and American influences, running the spectrum Read more […]

Starkill – The Force of Gravity

As a band, it feels as if Starkill has really come into their own with their past two releases. First there was 2016’s Shadow Sleep, where a more modern sounding and infectious vibe permeated the material Read more […]

Hath – Venturing to Worlds Within

Hath first hit the scene with their Hive EP back in 2015, which started to make a few waves due to the mix of progressive, Opeth-ian structures and unbridled black/death brutality. It may have taken four Read more […]

Paragon – Defenders for Controlled Demolition

We need musicians sometimes who stay on a tried and true course. People who understand the main principles of their craft, willing to embrace the tools of their trade but not lose sight of the sound and Read more […]

Old Night – Soulburn

One of the best doom revelations in recent memory, Croatia’s Old Night broke onto the scene with their 2017 Pale Cold Irrelevance debut. Born from the Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus school of emotional Read more […]

Entombed – A Clandestine Path

When it comes to the seminal names in death metal that new bands often cite as an influence, it’s hard to top that of Entombed. One of the acts that defined the Swedish death metal movement with their Read more […]

April 2019 Rapid Fires

April showers bring May flowers, a line surely plenty of us were uttering throughout the month as rain foiled plans and soaked the earth. All the more reason to stay inside and listen to metal, though, Read more […]

War Curse – Prepare for Eradication

While thrash enjoys a second (or third) wave of appeal globally, it’s important to not just praise and savor the tried and true old guard who push new albums or gain prime touring/festival slot chances Read more […]

Abnormality – A Construct of Intensity

Truly, if there’s one word that sums up the death metal of Abnormality, it’s intensity. There’s something special to the band’s attack. It’s something that jumps right up in your face. From Read more […]

Lord Dying – Cycles of Life and Death

It’s been a few years since we’d gotten any new music from Lord Dying. The sludgy act chose not to sit still in that time though, as they continued onwards on the road, and took some careful time Read more […]

Solarus – Seamless Integration

Originating as a personal project and blossoming into a full band entity, Canadian band Solarus bridge many sub-genres from progressive/power metal to symphonic and melancholic/gothic strains through their Read more […]

Sylvaine – On Nature and Duality

Sylvaine, the one-woman project of Kathrine Shepard, has been making leaps and bounds with each successive release. Her most recent release, 2018’s Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone continues to expand what Read more […]

Silver Bullet – Purge the Witches

When you think of Finnish power metal, a few specific bands come to mind. Probably the two most famous bands to make an international splash would be Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. But there are wider Read more […]

Enforcer – Reaching the Zenith

We’ve all known the story. A hungry band establish themselves, a cult-like fanbase grows through word of mouth and touring – and then fear sets in as that ‘baby’ band becomes bigger and more successful Read more […]

Valence – Instrumental Dissidents

Sometimes there’s a disconnect that causes music fans to not be interested in instrumental music. Some view it as lacking structure, or the band at hand is more concerned with technicality rather than Read more […]

Drawn into Descent – Prelude to Fall

Believe us, there is no shortage of atmospheric black metal bands huddling around the smoldering fire that is their music of choice. It’s like everyone is running the same race, but no one is able to Read more […]

Grand Magus – Strike of the Wolf

When legends die or retire, who is left to hold the heavy metal mantle? Opinions vary as to who will carry the torch, but for this scribe’s money you can’t go wrong with Grand Magus. Celebrating their Read more […]

Heavy as Texas – A Texas State of Mind

Obviously a name like Heavy as Texas implies there’s going to be some dense guitars and weight to the sound. But what you might expect is the diversity that comes to play over the 8 tracks that makes Read more […]

Exumer – Unleash the Hostility

Ardent followers of the thrash scene probably remember this German act, on the cusp of the Sodom, Destruction, and Kreator roots that elevated the Teutonic style to the world. Their debut album Possessed Read more […]

Allegaeon – Growth and Evolution

Inching closer to the release date of their fifth album to date in Apoptosis, the road forwards for Allegaeon hasn’t always been the easiest one. A number of line-up changes and challenges in getting Read more […]

Ashen Horde – Reveling in Profound Darkness

It’s been a while since we first discovered Ashen Horde on a random click within Bandcamp. It’s been interesting to watch the act, initially a one-man band of Trevor Portz, grow and mature in the Read more […]

Nightrage – Melodeath Survivors

Bands that play pure, old school melodic death metal aren’t as easy to come by as they were in the past. Many have stopped playing, or incorporated more commercially-driven material to the point that Read more […]

Suldusk – Melancholic in Nature

A relatively new force within the Australian scene, Suldusk is the vision of Emily Highfield. With a sound that pulls in several different directions, but with a uniform tone of gloominess and atmosphere, Read more […]

Red Handed Denial – From Wanderer to Redeemer

It’s often hard for bands to come up with something that feels innovative, yet is still relatable to a larger audience. Ontario’s Red Handed Denial have been pushing forward for a decade with a sound Read more […]

Iron Savior – In for the Kill

Guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck keeps the metal guard alive and kicking through his work not only as a metal producer, but also his original act Iron Savior. Hard to believe the band are now up to their Read more […]

October Tide – Of Melancholy Splendor

October Tide founding member/guitarist Frederik Norrman isn’t the most verbose of fellas, preferring short, to-the-point responses to the below email interview, but maybe he doesn’t have to do a great Read more […]

March 2019 Rapid Fires

After a one-month delay due to a few compounding events, Rapid Fires is back to its usual placement. Despite what goes on in the day to day world, the metal keeps coming. There’s never a lack of material, Read more […]

Eternity’s End – Hotter Than Fire

Guitarist Christian Münzner probably comes to mind for most tech death fans – his playing for Necrophagist and Obscura putting him on the map during the 2000’s. Following his subsequent diagnosis Read more […]

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