Leaves’ Eyes – The Last Viking (AFM Records)

Having weathered quite a storm with line-up changes and then delivering one of their strongest releases in 2018 with Sign of the Dragonhead, the seas have been a bit calmer for Leaves’ Eyes in the past Read more […]

Amiensus – Friendly Convocations

With three full-lengths now under their belt, as well as ten years together as a band, Amiensus have been slowly making headway into greener pastures. The folk/black/death/etc sound that they have been Read more […]

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh – Taking Over!

Not too many bands out there can claim that they are composed solely of three teenage sisters. But Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh can even do one better and also state that they also came up with their Read more […]

Helion Prime – Everything In Question

A newer breed of North American power metal acts continues to make inroads in a scene that was previously dominated by more of the European bigwigs. Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Hammerfall, Edguy, Read more […]

Armored Saint – Punching Ahead

When it comes to the heavy metal genre, a steady presence stateside that never achieved ‘breakthrough’ status despite an incredible discography would be the band Armored Saint. Receiving attention Read more […]

Manticora – The Will to Live

A band that has been a testament to putting in the work and pushing ever forward is that of Denmark’s Manticora. Their dark version of power/progressive metal has brought them through conceptual albums Read more […]

Devildriver – Surrounded by Demons

Coming off of an intriguing release where they retooled country songs and transformed them into heavy metal ones, Devildriver set the stage for more new things with the announcement of their double album, Read more […]

Mad Hatter – Powerful Satisfaction

Generating a power metal sound that aligns well with the heights of the movement during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Mad Hatter hail from Sweden and have developed a strong style through their two Read more […]

Ascension of the Watchers – Music as Therapy

While some may not be completely familiar with Ascension of the Watchers, as they haven’t released any new material since 2008’s Numinosum. But that’s about to change, as Apocrypha is set to release Read more […]


It’s Monday, and we could all use a little bit more pep in our step, so to speak. So we at DR have combined forces with Texas punk/metal act BÖNDBREAKR for an early look at their upcoming second self-titled Read more […]

The Unguided – Piercing Through Shadow

Fans of catchy, melodic death metal with an ear for big hooks should always been pleased at the sign of new material from The Unguided. With four previous albums under their belt, and a successful clean Read more […]

The Metalhead Box – August 2020

The seasonal turn is underway as I write this, though this September in the DC area has been egregiously humid. I’m often very much a fan of humid weather but this unusual month has pushed my tolerances Read more […]

Carnation – Iron Disciples

When it comes to the new crop of old school death metal bands, few are more exciting than Carnation. From their colorful artwork to their addictive and fun riffs, they bring a certain flair to their version Read more […]

Diesel Machine – The Evolution of Aggression

Combining groove-based heavy metal influences, Diesel Machine have finally resurrected after a lengthy absence from the scene. Not that these four musicians haven’t been heard in other projects/bands Read more […]

The Arson Choir – A World of Monsters

A relatively fresh act from California, The Arson Choir put out their first release back in 2017 with Trophy Nation. A bit of noise, a bit of mathcore, and a whole lot of energy, the band is back with Read more […]

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Celebrating 10 Gothic Years

Earlier this year, Lindsay Schoolcraft announced her departure from Cradle of Filth. But she’s also been working on her own for a while, and last year’s Martyr was an excellent example of her gothic Read more […]

Second to Sun – Shrouded in Darkness

Considering the band’s more groove metal take on black metal in their inception, they’ve grown further and further into dark and icy black metal waters with each release. Leviathan, as their newest Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – September 2020

The fall season is starting to kick in already, and while maybe people didn’t get as much of a chance to head out this spring and summer – it’s nearing time to start watching the leaves fall, and listen Read more […]

Raven – Heavy Lifting

Those familiar with traditional heavy metal already know the story of Raven – and probably have ingested those early 80’s classic records from Rock Until You Drop, Wiped Out, and All for One numerous Read more […]

Nasty – Maximizing Aggressive Energy

Pushing their brand of visceral metallic hardcore for well over a decade now, Belgium’s Nasty know how to bring sonic rage to the table. Particularly with their latest effort (and first for Century Read more […]

Anaal Nathrakh – An Era of Endarkenment

In a year that seems to be intent in bringing about Armageddon all on its own, who better to release an album than the swirling masters of chaos in Anaal Nathrakh? Seemingly hitting the nail on the head Read more […]

September 2020 Rapid Fires

And so brings in the fall. Despite all of the COVID concerns, there’s a wealth of releases hitting the market as of now. Which means there’s never a lack of things to cover within the DR pages. This month Read more […]

The Ocean – Flowing Through Geological Time

The Ocean has been connecting their brand of sludgy, post-metal to Earth’s history for much of their career. Whether it was through the geological time scale, such as Precambrian and the band’s upcoming Read more […]

Hinayana – Cosmic Explorers

We at DR have been making it a habit to keep up with the death doom act Hinayana. The band’s first demo held promise (then comprised solely of Casey Hurd), and 2018’s Order Divine capitalized on it Read more […]

Amaranthe – Going Viral

With new management, a new label, and a new album in tow, there’s a lot of excitement in the Amaranthe camp. Even in light of rescheduled and/or cancelled tours across the globe, the band has been staying Read more […]

Metalhead Box – July 2020

As the summer continues to burn by, I have adjusted to living in a new apartment but maintaining the same institutions in life (life, class, and the eternal call of the Navy). It is fortunate then that Read more […]

Kataklysm – Still Conquering

Incredible to think that Kataklysm has been forging ahead for almost 30 years at this point. The band is approaching their 14th full-length in Unconquered at the end of this month, and it’s a suitable Read more […]

Winter’s End – Align with the Sea

Boston-based symphonic metal band Winter’s End have been away for four years between releases – but there has been no shortage of activity. Three of the five members have changed – and work took Read more […]

Primitive Man – Waging Sonic Warfare Against Life’s Injustices

Primitive Man. A band dead-set on leveling venues and shattering ear drums. A group with a singular focus: to be as heavy as sonically possible and to communicate the ills of the world since time immemorial. Read more […]

Kill the Lights – All About the Song

Capturing a sound and bringing it into the future is no easy task. But you wouldn’t think that’s the case after hearing Kill the Lights’ debut, The Sinner. The act has successfully brought all Read more […]