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 […]

Revocation – Anthemic Obliteration

Straddling the lines of death/thrash with a progressive and technical prowess, Revocation have asserted themselves as one of the reliable leaders in the extreme metal field thanks to a consistently satisfying Read more […]

August 2018 Rapid Fires

With fall officially getting closer at this point, the surging influx of new metal releases always reaches to incredible heights. Luckily we have mechanisms in place such as Rapid Fires to get a little Read more […]

Metal Allegiance – Channeling Metal’s Spirit

There was much buzz about the Metal Allegiance group formed in 2014. Consisting of veterans Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick, and David Ellefson (as well as Mark Menghi), there was an excitement due to the Read more […]

Monstrosity – Invoking Dark Matter

While they may never have shot into the death metal stratosphere like other Floridian bands before them (Obituary, Morbid Angel, Death), Monstrosity have been rolling out their particular form of extreme Read more […]

Chuck Billy – The Chief Branches Out

Well known amongst the thrash and larger metal community, Chuck Billy needs little introduction. Testament was and has continued to be one of thrash metal’s most celebrated acts, and one that has stuck Read more […]

Brainstorm – Haunting at Midnight

Rare is the day that a veteran band could possibly think a twelfth studio album is possibly their best in a deep discography – but after copious playbacks of Midnight Ghost from Brainstorm, many will Read more […]

Dream Child – Burning the Gates of Babylon

Developing out of a need to channel the best of Deep Purple/ Rainbow influences into something to be treasured in the current marketplace, guitar Craig Goldy assembled a killer lineup for the latest supergroup Read more […]

Satan – Conjuring Magic

In the metal realm, rarely do consumers give bands a second chance to make that indelible impression. Satan became one of those latter day British victims of releasing a record at the tail end of the NWOBHM Read more […]

Beyond the Black – Weathering the Storm

So you put out two albums in two years and start to build up a following in Europe. Things are going well and then suddenly all of your band mates leave and you are the only member left in the band. Read more […]

Parasite Inc. – Between Life and Death

For many, Parasite Inc. seemed to come out of nowhere with the excellent Time Tears Down back in 2013. While it stayed within the confines of the melodic death metal range, it was such a well done release Read more […]

Null’O’Zero – All For Metal

Although probably best known for extreme metal acts like Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh plus it’s fair share of epic/power metal outfits, Greece as a country also has bands that are willing to cross Read more […]

Omnium Gatherum – Rain on a Sunny Day

Perpetual melodic death stalwarts Omnium Gatherum have been putting in their dues for quite some time. Nowadays, they seem to be regularly referred to as one of the strongest acts in the genre, but for Read more […]

Mantar – Nowhere to Hide

Growing to be known by their DIY ethos and drive, Mantar have managed to complete three albums in their relatively short existence. Going at it as a two-piece, there’s something to be said for Mantar’s Read more […]

Sinsaenum – Resolve to Conquer

Just because something looks (and is) the quintessence of a supergroup, it doesn’t mean the road is going to be easy. Sinsaenum features members and ex-members of Dragonforce, Slipknot, Mayhem, Seth, Read more […]

Fractal Gates – Behind Space

Melodic death has gone to many places since it came out (stand-a) blazing from Gothenburg in the mid-’90s. It has touched upon virtually all of metal’s sub-genres, exploring terrain both commercial Read more […]

Helion Prime – Cybernetic Power

No one thing determines a successful trajectory for an artist in today’s music scene. Circumstances, hard work, and preparation come into play to make something appeal to the public and build that buzz Read more […]

Ex Libris – Capturing the Essence of Music

The latest from Ex Libris has been a long time coming. Vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen had been involved with Xandria of course, which certainly kept her on the road for a while. But earlier this year, Read more […]

Lord of the Lost – Thornstar Rising

Never an act to stand idly by since their inception in 2007, Lord of the Lost have been making headway through Europe with their brand of metal/gothic/industrial music for over a decade now. Evolution Read more […]

Shylmagoghnar – Navigating the Cosmic Tide

Tongue-lashing name aside, Dutch black metal duo Shylmagoghnar is perhaps one of the strongest bits of evidence yet that you don’t need to be a year-round, album-every-other entity to be signed to a Read more […]

Etherius – Unifying Hooks and Instrumental Metal

Having worked alongside guitar hero Angel Vivaldi for nearly a decade, guitarist Jay Tarantino has certainly been exposed to all aspects of the instrumental metal (and larger metal) industry. Taking this Read more […]

Jungle Rot – On the Hunt

Slugging away in the underground since the 1990’s, Wisconsin’s Jungle Rot have been a staple for their old school blend of death and thrash metal with hardcore and groove twists. Primal hooks, discernable Read more […]

Trivium – Paying it Forward

Hot off the heels of The Sin and The Sentence, arguably the band’s strongest release in quite some time, Trivium have been out on the road consistently since last October. Tours with Arch Enemy, Bullet Read more […]

Primal Fear – Soaring into an Apocalypse

‘I need to shut down Sting…he is singing for me!’ This opens the conversation before our Skype interview with bassist Mat Sinner of Primal Fear. It proves the man’s wide-open tastes in music – Read more […]