Reviews

Carcass – Despicable (Nuclear Blast)

Surely, many folks in the metal community were upset when Carcass stated that their upcoming full-length release was going to be bumped back into 2021 due to the pandemic. But instead, we do get a few Read more […]

Mors Subita – Extinction Era (Out of Line Music)

Are you bummed out by many melodic death metal bands’ decision to take their sound and add more ‘pop’ elements to it? Do you yearn for something thrashier and heavier? Perhaps something more akin Read more […]

Demonical – World Domination (Agonia)

With Centinex back and fully operational, it’s a bit of a wonder why Demonical continues. Started in 2006 by then-former Centinex bassist Martin Schulman, Demonical ably plugged any holes left by the Read more […]

Counting Hours – The Will (The Vinyl Division)

The worship and subsequent execution of the classic Katatonia Discouraged Ones sound is something not taken lightly ‘round these parts, or, for this particular webzine. Being that Discouraged Ones is Read more […]

Fortress Under Siege – Atlantis (Rock of Angels Records)

A consistent purveyor of power/progressive metal bands since this scribe’s tape trading heyday of the late 80’s/early 90’s, another Greek act comes to the mix with the sextet Fortress Under Siege. Read more […]

Hexx – Entangled in Sin (High Roller Records)

Early purveyors in the Bay Area speed/power metal movement during the No Escape/Under the Spell discography of 1984-86, Hexx would mutate into a death metal style for two EP’s and the Morbid Reality Read more […]

Scardust – Strangers (M-Theory Audio)

There’s always chatter about how metal is churning out ‘more of the same’ or that the progressive tag isn’t really ‘progressive’ anymore. If you fall into either of those jaded camps, you Read more […]

I Am Your God – The Resurrection (Out of Line Music)

There’s always a little bit of space to check out an act that manages to pull off some convincing melodic death metal. I Am Your God hail from Finland, and manage to tap into the energy that the genre Read more […]

Lonewolf – Division Hades (Massacre Records)

A long-running staple of the French heavy metal scene for decades, Lonewolf returns for their tenth studio record Division Hades. Choosing to mark this special occasion in a band’s career, those consumers Read more […]

Armored Saint – Punching the Sky (Metal Blade)

In an enviable position of releasing albums on their own timetable, Armored Saint seemingly fly under the radar for a straight-ahead metal band. Talent unquestionable (Metallica at various points in the Read more […]

SpellBook – Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Risking a name change after being together since 2007 as Witch Hazel, releasing three independent albums from 2012-2018, SpellBook is now the new moniker for this proto-metal style act from Pennsylvania. Read more […]

Arsebreed – Butoh (Brutal Mind)

It’s been a long time since Arsebreed came out swinging with a new record. Their debut, Munching the Rotten, was released in 2005. So it almost seems like a bit of a treat to not only get a new release Read more […]

Devin Townsend – Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (InsideOut Music)

Continuing the line of exceptionally well done live albums, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 sits as another success for Devin Townend and company. Captured during his winter 2019 tour in Europe Read more […]

Vhäldemar – Straight to Hell (Fighter Records)

Returning for their sixth studio album Straight to Hell are the power metal crusaders from Spain, Vhäldemar. Sticking to a tried and true formula filled with epic battle-laden, wizard/majestic themes Read more […]

Assignment – Reflections (Massacre Records)

Evolving from thrash/death roots on their demo tapes during 1996-97 into a progressive metal outfit, German act Assignment have been climbing the ranks independently and through smaller labels, finally Read more […]

Madrost – Charring the Rotting Earth (No Life ‘til Metal Records)

These days crisscrossing genres allows acts to gain distinction, especially if the blend is potent and natural. California act Madrost subscribe to this philosophy, injecting their thrash/death mix with Read more […]

Lethian Dreams – A Shadow of Memories (Self-Released)

Lethian Dreams Red Silence Lodge was one of those ‘blow you away from out of nowhere’ type of releases. A random Bandcamp find back in 2014 that struck a chord with how serene and gloomy it was. Read more […]

Blazon Rite – Dulce Bellum Inexpertis (Gates of Hell Records)

Imagination sparked a love of Dungeons & Dragons for many adolescents and teenagers of the 1980’s – spending weekends away in that role playing fantasy game rolling the 20-sided die, casting spells, Read more […]

Benediction – Scriptures (Nuclear Blast)

An act that some newcomers may have not been engaged with, as their last album was 2008’s Killing Music, Benediction was an early staple in the ‘90s death metal scene. Some fantastic song-oriented Read more […]

Nightmare – Aeternam (AFM Records)

Naturally twisting things up into slightly more modern power/heavy pastures with their last album from 2017 Dead Sun, changes are afoot once again in the Nightmare camp. Drummer Niels Quiais joined the Read more […]

Eye of the Destroyer – The Wolf You Feed (Self-Released)

Sometimes a little bit of high-octane aggression is in order. New Jersey’s Eye of the Destroyer are familiar with the level of violence necessary to achieve that means, and their latest EP The Wolf Read more […]

SkeleToon – Nemesis (Scarlet Records)

Releasing their fourth studio album in five years, SkeleToon embrace a healthy creative spurt and hard work ethic in a time when often most power metal acts take two to four years between releases. Already Read more […]

Iron Angel – Emerald Eyes (Mighty Music)

Ardent followers of Teutonic thrash know that amidst their own big four (Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, and Tankard), there were other acts making a modest impact in the scene. Iron Angel would be one of Read more […]

Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind (Prosthetic)

Somewhere along the way, death metal became contaminated by its own extremity. The need to make things more technical, more extreme, more brutal. It lost some of its primal edge. Thus, a more primitive Read more […]

Foul Body Autopsy — Consumed By Black Thoughts (Self-Released)

What’s in a name? Foul Body Autopsy sounds like a homogenized metalcore band. Thankfully, that’s not the case here on the band’s brand new five-track EP Consumed By Black Thoughts. The UK one-man Read more […]

Sapiency – For Those Who Never Rest (Massacre Records)

Active since 2009, German sextet Sapiency have been on the sidelines for the recording front since their second full-length Tomorrow came out in 2013. Lineup changes took place in that interim, introducing Read more […]

Isenmor – Shieldbrother (Self-Released)

Maryland’s folk metal act Isenmor have released two previous EPs with their dual violin base acting as their standout trait. Shieldbrother is their first full-length effort, and it sees the band continue Read more […]

Falset – We Follow or Lead the Way (Self-Released)

Certainly, having drummer Chance LaBrie (son of Dream Theater vocalist James Labrie) is going to help potentially turn a few heads your way with the legacy factor. But if it’s all for not, that just Read more […]

Forest King – Crossing the Myrkwood (Self-Released)

First introduced to Forest King with their excellent 2017 debut, Lore Born, the band has now returned with a follow-up in Crossing the Myrkwood. Initially grabbing appeal with a Viking sound that was Read more […]

Torch – Reignited (Metalville)

We often know the story of an early 80’s metal band struggling to gain wide acceptance, breaking up, and then reuniting due to renewed interest in those early albums. Such is the case with Torch from Read more […]

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