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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 […]

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 […]