Artillery – Fear the Rage

Many bands have gained a stronger foothold in the thrash scene due to their consistent catalog. Past and present, Artillery are always in the mix for their melodic and finesse aspects to a powerful juggernaut Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Clearing the Skies

Of the Gothenburg melodic death metal godfathers, Dark Tranquillity has arguably been the most consistent of the bunch, even in their most experimental years. Whether it was that sense of melancholy that Read more […]

Amorphis – A Look Back Through TIme

Ever the consistent bunch in more recent years, Amorphis released what might be their strongest effort to date in this last spring’s Queen of Time. A decadent blend of prog, folk, death, and more, there’s Read more […]

October 2018 Rapid Fires

One month ends, another begins. We try our best to keep up with the busy, busy fall release schedule and thus Rapid Fires gives us a chance to cover some releases that may have otherwise fallen through Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – October 2018

Now running into the latter part of the year, it’s time to start hyping up next year’s releases as well as starting to think about what made 2018 another great year. But there’s plenty of videos to still Read more […]

Downpour – Unite the Flame

For a lot of metal dudes in their 30s and beyond, the touring ship has sailed. Real-life tends to bring forth such pleasantries like day-jobs, bills, health issues, relationship squabbles and the realization Read more […]

Striker – Head First to Glory

Vibrant times indeed for the Striker clan. Totally embracing the DIY aspect on all fronts (especially without a record label for the past three albums), these Canadians prove that adapting to a changing Read more […]

Gama Bomb – Speed and Nostalgia

Seems like everyone wants to tear down a band, as everyone has an opinion and desires to express their thoughts. Singer Philly Byrne of Irish thrash act Gama Bomb starts our Skype conversation chuckling Read more […]

Icarus Witch – Welcome Back to Cruelty

Pittsburgh, PA is nicknamed the Iron City – a steeltown with a blue-collar mentality and work ethic. It’s the area that Icarus Witch call home. A traditional metal band that since 2003 has delivered Read more […]

Arsis – Let the Horrors Commence

While each new Arsis release tends to take somewhat of its own direction, there’s always been some commonality to the mix. The melodic death laced with complex riffing, the dark and murky vibes – Read more […]

Suffocation – A Grand Deathchopping Finale

Without question one of the most influential bands of the death metal scene, Suffocation brought with them a sound that has captivated fans for decades. Not to mention inspired legions to attempt something Read more […]

Impellitteri – Return of the Beast

Guitar playing with fast lead breaks has been part of metal for decades. Especially with the excitement Yngwie Malmsteen developed during the 1980’s, many other axemen felt the need to play with speed Read more […]

Cryptopsy – The Suffering Continues

Always a force to be reckoned with within the extreme metal scene, Cryptopsy has often decided to go their own route instead of following the crowd, or sure-fire successes. Their discography, compared Read more […]

Solborn – Soaring Into the Stratosphere

Sometimes it takes sheer force of will to power through things as a new band. Edmonton’s Solborn had a few singles under their belt before the need for some band restructuring took place, having to replace Read more […]

Outer Heaven – Entering Decaying Realms

So many death metal bands and so little time. Such is the way of the world, and it takes some conscious effort for a band to set themselves apart from the crowd. Be it a stage performance, the way that Read more […]

Horrendous – A Big Death Metal Family

Seemingly making more and more waves with each passing release, Horrendous are one of the death metal acts that are on the tip of any enthusiast’s tongue. For good reason too, as their continued foray Read more […]

Mark Hunter – Down Again

Best known in these parts for his role as the vocalist of Cleveland’s Chimaira, Mark Hunter moved on to other pastures when the band broke up in 2014 after several line-up changes and iterations through Read more […]

Amigo the Devil – Bringing Darkness to Folk

Certainly not the most traditional of moves in the inspiration and creation of Amigo the Devil, but one that sits in-line with his uniquely-styled music. Originally involved in the hardcore and metal Read more […]

Gorod – Dedicated to Groove

Never a band to rest on their laurels, Gorod has been continually trying to up the ante and switch things around when it comes to their tech death style. From groovy to fast and super-technical, they Read more […]

Korpiklaani – A Wanderer’s Tale

One of the pioneers and continued leaders of the folk metal scene, Korpiklaani have been a perpetual force for ten albums and over two decades. Their particular brand of folk metal is easily identifiable, Read more […]

Chthonic – Write the Songs That Move You

Forming in the late ‘90s, Taiwanese metal act Chthonic have been a band that has continued to develop over time. With their first few releases being more drawn towards the traditional/symphonic black Read more […]

Fifth Angel – A Welcome Secret

The Northwestern metal scene back in the 1980’s exploded thanks to the major label development of Queensrÿche. If you look through the years, numerous bands made their mark from Metal Church to Sanctuary, Read more […]

Dynazty – Precise Comfort

Striding to their own vision, Swedish act Dynazty have evolved from their melodic/sleaze hard rock roots during their earlier discography into a more melodic, modern metal act with obvious power and orchestral Read more […]

Burning Witches – Stirring the Cauldron

Attaining respect as a new band is always an uphill climb to prove yourselves – in the studio, on the stage, in every facet of being a group. Couple that as an all-female metal act, and you understand Read more […]

Jeremy Wagner – Crafting a Rabid Heart

Living and breathing in two worlds has been par for the course for Jeremy Wagner for many years. His band, Broken Hope, has been a staple of the death metal genre for 30 years and are a celebrated act Read more […]

Solium Fatalis – Firing into Extinction

Eviscerating listeners with their brand of relentless death metal since 2012, Solium Fatalis are on a mission to prove to the world that there can be quality music released in the current marketplace that Read more […]

September 2018 Rapid Fires

The fall deluge of releases now fully in gear, there’s never a shortage of material to pull from. In fact, it’s a tough spot given that we have but a few very dedicated writers and only so much time in Read more […]

Seventh Wonder – Journey to Tiara

When opportunity knocks, you usually have one shot to make that mighty impression. When Roy Khan decided to step away from worldwide symphonic power metal leaders Kamelot on the vocalist slot, the search Read more […]

Amaranthe – Just Be Yourself

Amaranthe has been on the rise since their inception in 2008, having established a unique sound and direction within heavy metal music. But it’s also something that has taken a lot of work for them Read more […]

Visual Rhetoric – September 2018

Alas, the fall has arrived in full-impact. With many DR duties to attend to, we weren’t able to squeeze this column in last month, but just like Sifting Through Bandcamp, the time was right to get back Read more […]