Masterplan – PumpKings 2.0

What is old and nostalgic can become new again – especially to a younger generation less fortunate to experience the wonders of a classic band in their prime. The current fervor surrounding the Keepers-oriented Read more […]

Dead Asylum – Death and Glory

Emerging Brazilian thrashers Nervosa found themselves in a pinch last year when their drummer, Pitchu Ferraz, couldn’t commit to a round of North American tour dates. Needing someone who was capable, Read more […]

Crimfall – It’s a Long Road

It’s often said that good things happen for those who wait. After Crimfall’s second album, The Writ of Sword, the band found themselves label-less. Instead of rushing out and trying to grab the first Read more […]

Brian Slagel – For the Sake of Heaviness

Even if, by some odd reason, you don’t recognize the name Brian Slagel, chances are you’ve heard of Metal Blade Records, of which he founded and is the CEO of (you are at a heavy metal website after Read more […]

Empyrean Throne – Born of Chaos

When you think of the symphonic black/death movement, one has a tendency to immediately jump towards Europe to find the best of the best. It’s been lingering below the surface here in the North American Read more […]

Protean Collective – Colorful in Collapse Part II

Read Part I HERE. Dead Rhetoric: How would you describe the attitude and philosophy of Protean Collective live- and what types of reaction are you used to from the audiences? What have been some of Read more […]

Protean Collective – Colorful in Collapse Part I

Meeting in college through mutual love and admiration for various styles of progressive rock and metal, Boston’s Protean Collective have been sharpening their skills in the studio and on the road for Read more […]

Exit Eden – Pop Goes Metal

There are certain lines that most don’t have the gusto to cross. When heavier bands start to pull in more pop references, it can often be a death sentence, or at least alienate a portion of the potential Read more […]

Portrait – Burning with Steel

Seeking out a love of true/traditional heavy metal with bursts of speed and power, Swedish band Portrait started on their quest to develop their sound a little over a decade ago. While many are quick to Read more […]

The Lurking Fear – Unsettling Darkness

A complete vortex of death. The cover art for The Lurking Fear’s debut, Out of the Voiceless Grave seems to sum up the band’s mission statement more than anything. Comprised of rather well-known members Read more […]

Project Renegade – Cerebral Renegades

Bands that seem to have a clear vision and idea about themselves and their music out of the gate is more of a rare thing. With easy access to recording equipment and technology, sometimes the option of Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – July 2017

Every once in a while, it’s nice to focus on the shorter releases. What you’ll find below are a collection of EPs and singles for the most part, where Bandcamp is a good outlet for these ‘sampling’ Read more […]

Seven Spires – Recoloring the Present

Long time readers of this site know of the affinity for Seven Spires. Fortunate for this scribe to catch early shows of this band around the Boston-area that they call home base, in four years they’ve Read more […]

Soul Remnants – Infinite Extremity

Blue collar, nose to the grindstone application pays dividends in certain markets across the world. New England has a reputation from the musicians themselves for solid skill sets at their instruments Read more […]

Now You Know: Dialith

Formation: 2015 Location: Hudson Valley New York/Connecticut Style: Symphonic/power metal Personnel: Krista Sion (Vocals); Alasdair Wallace Mackie (Guitar); Mark Grey (Bass); Charles Woodruff (Keyboards) Read more […]

Shattered Sun – Anger as Catharsis

Shattered Sun came out strong and gave it all they had back in 2015. After putting in the legwork in the years prior, the band got noticed by Breaking Bands LLC (the powerhouse team of Chuck Billy, Jon Read more […]

Ewigkeit – Space Conspiracy 101

By the end of 2016, James Fogarty had gone from being an experimental metal outlier to in-demand avant-garde revivalist. Now fronting pace-setting Norwegian adventurists In the Woods…, Fogarty’s towering Read more […]

Hogan’s Goat – Gritty and Southern Fried

Finding more uniquely styled music is becoming something more difficult by the day. It’s not due to lack of inspiration or trying, it’s just the accessibility of it all. So many bands, so many styles, Read more […]

Trigger – Churning the Waters

Providing a potent mixture of the old with the new, Trigger aim to set their sights on international audiences with their latest release Cryogenesis. It’s not very often that you have a band willing Read more […]

Concordea – Soaring Through Wide Spaces

Remembering the struggle to hear any metal bands coming from Russia during the 1980’s, it’s exciting to now be exposed to newer bands who are enjoying the limitless possibilities of exposure through Read more […]

Cryonic Temple – A Glorious Return

Active since the mid 1990’s, Cryonic Temple flew the flag for classic power metal from Sweden right along with Hammerfall and Nocturnal Rites. You know the type – battle/fantasy laden lyrical tales Read more […]

Abhorrent Decimation – Avarice and Indulgence(s)

Despite the relatively short timeframe since the band’s inception (2013), there’s quite a bit to discuss with the UK death metal squad Abhorrent Decimation. Their first release, Miasmic Mutation, Read more […]

Integrity – Esoteric Nightmares

When it comes to hardcore/metal acts, Integrity usually stands as one of the first names out of the mouth. And for good reason. Established all the way back in 1998, they no doubt pioneered the early Read more […]

Paralysis – Mandatory Life Sentence

A common moniker plus a common theme of development for the craft of songwriting, technique, and performance – New Jersey act Paralysis have been assembling the right musicians and seasoning their take Read more […]

Decrepit Birth – Death Metal Psychedelia

Not ones to follow the ‘release a new album every two years’ track, it has never stopped Decrepit Birth from being one of the more talked about bands within the death metal circles. From their beginnings Read more […]

June 2017 Rapid Fires

Last month was intended to be our May 2017 Rapid Fires column, but the powers-that-be, rather, this site’s founder, got his months mixed up, so don’t be puzzled if you think you’ve seen June 2017 Rapid Read more […]

Byzantine – Emerging from the Underground

Perpetually heralded as one of the most underrated metal acts in recent years, Byzantine has always strived to push forward through hard work, and surviving against the odds. But after a storied existence Read more […]

Origin – Unparalleled Brutality

When it comes to insane speed and visceral carnage, it’s without a doubt that Origin is one of the first names that comes to mind. Exploding in with their self-titled debut in 2000, the band has done Read more […]

Cold Insight – The Brightest Burning Sun

Possessor of one of the most deafening roars in extreme metal, Sebastien Pierre presently holds court in up-and-coming French melodic death metal troupe Fractal Gates, atmospheric metal beacons Enshine, Read more […]

Ray Suhy – Protest Songs

Whether you realize it or not, Ray Suhy is probably someone that you’ve heard more than you may think. Between his current work in Six Feet Under and Cannabis Corpse, previous work in East of the Wall, Read more […]