Reviews

Agrimonia – Awaken (Southern Lord)

Swedish troupe Agrimonia appears to be so invested into the band concept that they don’t even bother to highlight the fact At the Gates rhythm guitarist Martin Larsson is holding down the bass, or, they Read more […]

Heidevolk – Vuur van Verzet (Napalm)

The Heidevolk ship has been sailing through increasingly stormy waters over the past few years. First, before their last album, Velua, they lost original vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker. But they continued Read more […]

Atala – Labyrinth of Ashmedai (Salt of the Earth Records)

While one doesn’t really associate the seasons with doom/sludge, hearing an album like Labyrinth of Ashmedai in the early part of the year, as the snow hits the ground, can still resonate. A bleak, Read more […]

Tribulation – Down Below (Century Media)

One of the more celebrated acts in recent years, in no small part due to the sonic shifts they displayed with The Formulas of Death and The Children of the Night, which saw the band move into an entirely Read more […]

Trespass – Footprints in the Rock (Mighty Music)

Certified veterans of the NWOBHM, Sudbury’s Trespass, like many of their contemporaries, got off to a blazing start, then split up well before their time. From their 1979 formation to their initial 1982 Read more […]

Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon (Nuclear Blast)

With all of the attention paid to Vikings and Norse mythology, it only makes sense that some bands would gravitate towards the Greek mythological legends as well. At least it’s a change of pace from Read more […]

Sinistro – Sangue Cassia (Season of Mist)

Fostering their own take on doomy and gloomy, Sinistro have been garnering more and more support with each passing release. Dark, sullen, and full of mood, it’s also hard not to discuss vocalist Patricia Read more […]

Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (Naturmacht)

Pretty easy one to rattle off: “If Daylight Dies, October Tide and Slumber had a baby, it would be Ocean of Grief.” Yeah, it’s great to get down in the muck and mud with these type of bands, each Read more […]

Votov – Votov (Self-Released)

Palindromes are neat aren’t they? You don’t see too many bands in extreme metal going that route, but then again, when it comes to death metal nowadays, you don’t see too many bands heading in the Read more […]

Xenosis – Devour and Birth (Self-Released)

Embracing their progressive death metal stance, Xenosis appears ready to elevate minds and bodies through some wicked songwriting and intricate hooks/harmonizing possibilities on their newest album Devour Read more […]

Metaprism – Catalyst to Awakening (Self-Released)

Slowly building a name up for themselves in the modern metal/melodic death scene, the English act Metaprism have sculpted an approach that is more unique than you might initially give them credit for. Read more […]

Slow – V – Oceans (Code666)

Obviously, quite the self-descriptor; “Slow” is the name of a Belgian funeral doom band. The next best thing would be to actually call themselves “Doom Funeral” or something of that ilk. Apparently, Read more […]

Epicenter – Subversion (Self-Released)

Watching the growth of a band from the ground up can be an exhilarating thrill-ride – the maturation process as musicians shed their influence cocoon to blossom into their own entity. For New Hampshire’s Read more […]

Dominant – The Summoning (Lacerated Enemy Records)

Death metal is often at its best when it manages to encompass all of the fury within, yet keep things with some sort of semblance of order. Frantic, off-the-rails death metal is fine from time to time, Read more […]

Mile – The World in Focus (Rambo Music)

Forming in 2012, this Swedish band Mile develop a sound that straddles the lines of modern hard rock and aggressive heavy metal for The World in Focus, their second album. Considering this is this scribe’s Read more […]

White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive (M-Theory Audio)

The brainchild of bassist/guitarist/songwriter Jon Leon, White Wizzard certainly have had their shares of trials, tribulations, ups, and downs for their decade plus of activity. Struggling label support, Read more […]

Deathless Legacy – Rituals of Black Magic (Scarlet)

Give Deathless Legacy a tilt of the head and they’re like the Italian Cradle of Filth, just with a female singer and perhaps less thrash at the heart of it all. The drama, horror-flinging and symphonic Read more […]

Hellish God – The Evil Emanations (Everlasting Spew Records)

Falling into the category of sounding exactly like what their band name implies, Hellish God are nothing if not chaotic and fiery death metal. While this is the Italian act’s first full-length (following Read more […]

Corpse Hoarder – Hard to Kill (Self-Released)

In the worldof today’s death metal scene, there are currently two major camps for most bands to sit in – the old school revivalists, and the uber-technical modern purveyors. It seems that outside Read more […]

Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau (Code666)

Dense, symphonic metal as this deserves a production job to hold it all up, which could explain why Australia’s Rise of Avernus gave American producer/former Machine Head/Soulfly/current Once Human guitarist Read more […]

Machine Head – Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)

Back in 1994, this scribe remembers getting an advance tape in the summer for Burn My Eyes, the debut album from Machine Head – and knew the game-changing dynamics this record would have. Melding together Read more […]

Labyrinth – Return to Live (Frontiers Records)

In the late 1990’s, European power metal made a quick impact on a scene ready for something fresh. Labyrinth would be one of those groups putting Italy on the map along with Rhapsody, especially due Read more […]

Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore (Prosthetic)

It’s safe to say that if you know that Davide Tiso is involved in a project, you know you aren’t going to get something that is straight-forward and ‘been there, done that’ sounding. Tiso has Read more […]

Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media)

Reactions were mixed to Watain’s 2013 The Wild Hunt. Whether because of the album’s variety moods (semi-ballad “They Rode On” is easily the most debated song of the lot) or the lessened froth, Read more […]

Summoning – With Doom We Come (Napalm)

Summoning may never equal the dual greatness of Stronghold and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, but, they’ve finally come up with an album that can hang in the form of With Doom We Come. Yes, this is Read more […]

Ascending Dawn – Coalesce (Self-Released)

Groove-friendly progressive metal seems to be one the rise lately (one could even say djent-y), and even if Ascending Dawn’s Coalesce was initially released in 2014, it still fits in quite nicely with Read more […]

Mystic Prophecy –Monuments Uncovered (Massacre Records)

Veteran bands challenge themselves once establishing a proven formula to often stretch boundaries and inject vitality into the mix. Even as members come and go and the years fly by, those heightening aspects Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)

It’s as if time has stood still with Corrosion of Conformity. Sure, the Mike Dean-fronted albums had some pop and enjoyment (especially 2012’s self-titled foray), but the band is at their best with Read more […]

Frost Giant – The Harlot Star (Transcending Records)

For some reason there lingers a stigma that the American folk metal acts can’t be held up to the same standard as their European counterparts. In more recent years, that couldn’t be further from the Read more […]

Piercing Immortality – Systematic Global Poisoning (Self-Released)

Originally emerging as a solo project for guitarist Keith Pearson during the spring of 2016, Piercing Immortality has developed into a full-on group consisting of dedicated musicians across the Connecticut Read more […]

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