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Korpiklaani – A Wanderer’s Tale

One of the pioneers and continued leaders of the folk metal scene, Korpiklaani have been a perpetual force for ten albums and over two decades. Their particular brand of folk metal is easily identifiable, Read more […]

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 […]

Fifth Angel – A Welcome Secret

The Northwestern metal scene back in the 1980’s exploded thanks to the major label development of Queensrÿche. If you look through the years, numerous bands made their mark from Metal Church to Sanctuary, Read more […]

Dynazty – Precise Comfort

Striding to their own vision, Swedish act Dynazty have evolved from their melodic/sleaze hard rock roots during their earlier discography into a more melodic, modern metal act with obvious power and orchestral 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Amaranthe – Just Be Yourself

Amaranthe has been on the rise since their inception in 2008, having established a unique sound and direction within heavy metal music. But it’s also something that has taken a lot of work for them Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – September 2018

Alas, the fall has arrived in full-impact. With many DR duties to attend to, we weren’t able to squeeze this column in last month, but just like Sifting Through Bandcamp, the time was right to get back Read more […]

Immortal Guardian – The Revolution Spreads

All it takes is some mystery to draw folks in sometimes. For instance, what is “super metal?” A term that has been floating around the band Immortal Guardian since their onset, it’s a cool way Read more […]

Terror – Hardcore for Life

It’s easy to look at Terror and see the embodiment of the hardcore genre in their bones. Their entire discography has been dedicated to spreading the word of said genre and its strengths. That spirit Read more […]

A Light Divided – Breaking Through

Building up a fanbase over a few releases, including 2015’s Mirrors, A Light Divided had a modern metal vibe brewing up. But what happens when a band wants to reach that next step in their evolution? Read more […]

Soulfly – Empowering the Ritual

Max Cavalera has flown the flag for heavy metal in many forms since the 1980’s. His discography is vast and wide in all forms of extreme metal from thrash to death, industrial to metalcore, groove to tribal – with shades of color in between. No one can dispute his passion and commitment to the cause…

Barreleye – Insidious Missions

Thankfully consumer consumption these days helps in forming internet feeds where newcomers can pop across your radar screen. Such is the case for German band Barreleye – as their presence came into this Read more […]

Xasthur – The Bleakness of Reality

For much of the 2000s, Xasthur was a very prolific one-man depressive black metal act from Malefic (real name: Scott Conner). But in 2010, he decided to end the band in its current form, and announced Read more […]

Livekill – One Step Ahead

With a stunning cover, high quality production, and a killer drum session in tow, LiveKill don’t exactly have the start you’d think of with a fresh act. It’s quite clear that they mean business, Read more […]

Cast the Stone – Darkened Horizons

While many will be sure to shine the ‘supergroup’ light on Cast the Stone, it’s not the usual story you’d expect to hear. The band actually first came to be in the early 2000s, the result of friendships Read more […]

Wolfheart – Valor and Honor

Scandinavia bristles with vibrant scenery amidst its cold, dark winters. A perfect backdrop for musicians to unleash their feelings through instruments in a constructive manner – with Wolfheart being Read more […]

Cellar Darling – Evolving the Sound

With Cellar Darling’s first release, This is the Sound, the trio of musicians loudly proclaimed that they were willing to do what it takes to provide something unique. Which was entirely successful. Read more […]

Idle Hands – Not Wasting Any Time

Things seemed to be on the up and up for the Portland-based Spellcaster. They had signed with Prosthetic Records, and they had put out an album with them in 2016 (their third overall). But not soon after Read more […]

Aborted – A Vision of Terror

Becoming more consistent with each passing release, Aborted have been growing into the veteran status with no loss of energy or excitement. In fact, one could even make the argument that they continue Read more […]

Vicious Circle – Technical Precision

During the 1980’s, if you wanted deeper understanding of heavy metal – it wasn’t necessarily that easy to find at your fingertips. You relied on friends, magazines, radio shows if you had a strong Read more […]

Mob Rules – Beware the Beast

While German metal conjures up images of everything from extreme thrash to uplifting, rejoiceful power – there are other bands willing to expand horizons in a multitude of directions. Take veteran act Read more […]

Pig Destroyer – Grind and Beyond

Gaining a larger fanbase through explosive grindcore with the acclaimed Prowler in the Yard and successive efforts, Pig Destroyer is probably one of the first extreme bands many will give a shoutout to Read more […]

Dragonlord – Extending the Dominion

Those ‘in the know’ will certainly recall Testament guitarist Eric Peterson’s side project Dragonlord. Upon the turn of the century, the first effort, Rapture, was released to some fanfare and praise Read more […]

U.D.O. – Made of Steel

The metal express doesn’t stop for anyone. Especially Udo Dirkschneider, legendary metal vocalist for decades through his work in Accept and his own band U.D.O. Currently finishing up a two-year plus Read more […]

Lords of the Trident – Shadows, Swords, and War Cries

Madison, Wisconsin is home to Lords of the Trident – a metal band unlike any other in their local scene and beyond. Providing a dual emphasis on strong musicianship with a classic, traditional heavy Read more […]

Deicide – Decades of Blasphemy

Few bands in death metal have a legacy that can match that of Deicide. From their early demos as Amon and then the classic self-titled release and beyond, they’ve left a legacy of the extreme. And Read more […]

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