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Rage of Light – Fusing Metal and Trance

Rage of Light have been doing their own version of trance and heavy metal for a bit of time at this point. Starting out directly on the Bandcamp front, utilizing professional YouTube videos, and getting Read more […]

Whitechapel – Descending into the Valley

Considered by many to be at the forefront of the deathcore movement, the last few years in the Whitechapel camp have been anything but ‘by the books.’ Mark of the Blade saw the band extending some Read more […]

Forged in Black – Serpent Strike

The UK metal scene has legacy status due to the critical acclaim and influence bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest brought to the subsequent generation of musicians. So Read more […]

Darkwater – All About Perseverance

Active since 2003, Swedish band Darkwater have slowly and steadily developed a fanbase due to their melodic power/progressive metal style. Over the course of their three albums, followers have gravitated Read more […]

Threatpoint – Trajectory to Salvation

There’s something to be said for consistency and resiliency in the metal sector. It’s not an easy ride trying to attain and sustain a following – pouring time, energy, and finances into a marketplace Read more […]

Ex Libris – Bringing History to Life

Now two-thirds of the way through their ANN concept, Ex Libris bring us the tale of Anastasia Romanova for Chapter 2. Intriguingly offering a unique style and feel that is separate from Chapter 1 (Anne Read more […]

Cellar Darling – An Enchanting Spell

With the move from independent stories to a full-on concept album, Cellar Darling has come into their own on their second full-length. With an eclectic yet enthralling beginning in This is the Sound, Read more […]

Evil Conspiracy – Speed Demons

Maintaining a level of true metal while adding in a dash of power and thrash presence to the music, Evil Conspiracy from Sweden made a mighty impression with their second full-length Evil Knows. Keeping Read more […]

Fallujah – Being True to Themselves

Probably one of the most talked about bands in extreme metal in the last few years, Fallujah have made a name for themselves in adapting the fury of death metal into something that can be emotionally compelling Read more […]

Misery Index – A Discourse on the Rituals of Power

With a barrage of extremity that has been seated at both the table of death metal and grindcore, Misery Index has made a name for themselves over the years when it comes to hard-hitting music. But it Read more […]

Sisters of Suffocation – Queens of Brutality

Sisters of Suffocation made a name for themselves back in 2016 with their Brutal Queen EP. Then an all-female death metal act (today the only male member is drummer Kevin van den Heiligenberg), their Read more […]

Queensrÿche – Consumed by the Verdict

One of the standouts in the 1980’s when it came to high powered melodic progressive metal is Queensrÿche. This Seattle-based quintet made their mark through multi-octave vocals and catchy musical hooks Read more […]

Equipoise – Tech Metal Alchemists

It doesn’t really get much more showstopping this year for tech death fans than the recent release of Equipoise’s debut, Demiurgus. Seven members with grade A credentials backing them (and a massive Read more […]

Evergrey – Sailing the Atlantic

It’s no secret that over the past twenty years or so, probably this scribe’s favorite metal band is the one you are currently reading about: Evergrey. What’s made them so monumental to enjoy has Read more […]

Lysithea – Shadows in the Void

Featuring two members of presently hot-to-trot atmospheric black metal ensemble Sojurner, Lysithea is the proverbial sonic respite for Mike L. and Mike W. Whereas Sojurner is ablaze and awash with synths Read more […]

Overkill – Surgical Precision

Much like cockroaches that infest the Earth, metal music and its supporters will never die. Thanks to the output of bands like Overkill, second and third generations of followers develop – latching onto Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – Never Current, Never Out of Style

Corrosion of Conformity’s winter 2019 North American run is now in the books, yet another successful tour for a band, who, since the 2014 return of vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, has basically lived Read more […]

Wednesday 13 – The Horror Rages On

It’s been two years since the horror/punk act Wednesday 13 released their last album, Condolences. They’ve been all over with touring since that time (including some acoustic performances), and now Read more […]

Walls of Blood – Descension to Ascension

Guitarist Glen Drover has been a staple of the metal scene since the 1990’s. Starting the Canadian band Eidolon with his drummer brother Shawn, they released seven albums over their career before the Read more […]

Albums You May Have Missed: Volume I

Welcome to a new feature: Albums You May Have Missed. In truth as I write this I don’t know if that’ll be a lasting title (or a lasting feature) but as a means of exploring things lost and passing Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – February 2019

As we move into a very jam-packed March, it’s clear that 2019 is already off to a fantastic start. Lots of big names and new introductions to dive into in the coming month alone. But before we get there, Read more […]

Týr – Grounded in Honesty

Putting the Faroe Islands on the map for metal, Týr has built a legion of followers for their mix of traditional/power metal influences with folk, pagan, and Viking textures. Jumping up to Napalm Records Read more […]

Frenzy – Mutants of Metal

We all have our reasons for joining the coven of metal. Escapism, rebellion, the need to belong and to feel understood – the gateway to this music could be infinite and endless as we delve into the culture. Read more […]

Brick by Brick – Metal with a Hardcore Attitude

Pushing their particular Upstate NY brand of metallic hardcore for seven albums at this point, they’ve built up a reputation based on hard work and sheer aggression. They embody that hardcore ethos Read more […]

Hiss from the Moat – A Sinister Presence

With a significant evolution from 2013’s Misanthropy, Hiss from the Moat have made a promising return with the recently released The Harrier. Growing and moving forward from more deathcore-influenced Read more […]

Altitudes & Attitude – Got the Time for a Song?

A band featuring the respective bassists from Anthrax and Megadeth does not a good one make, but you have to hand it to Frank Bello and David Ellefson: Their Altitudes & Attitude side project makes Read more […]

Herman Frank – Flying Through Fear

Most know Herman Frank in metal circles for his multiple stints as rhythm guitarist for Accept during the Restless and Wild/ Balls to the Wall heydays and the Mark Tornillo-resurrection years of 2009-2014. Read more […]

Steve Dadaian – Following the Light

In the field of guitar-driven instrumental music, there’s been an upward trend in those playing in recent years. So it’s admittedly tougher for a name to reach a wider recognition unless they are Read more […]

Imonolith – Doing What They Love

It’s always exciting to catch a band at the beginning and watch them build from the ground up. Of course, it’s even more exciting when that band contains a host of well-known musicians who have been Read more […]

Within Temptation – Willing to Resist

In an ever-changing music industry, some musicians choose to play the straight, safe and narrow path in hopes of sustaining what they’ve built – while others favor an ever-evolving approach to satisfy Read more […]