Taberah – Sinner’s Lament (Killer Metal Records)

Fortunate to watch the growth of Australian power metal band Taberah through their two previous full-lengths The Light of Which I Dream in 2011 and Necromancer in 2013, the band also released a 6 song Read more […]

Ashcloud – Kingdom of the Damned (Xtreem Music)

Sweden’s Ashcloud presents a familiar scenario: A bunch of old-school vets get together to play…old-school death metal. It’s not like no one can progress these days, it’s just that no one wants Read more […]

Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)

Perpetual road-dogs, Goatwhore somehow manage to find time to squeeze out a new album every few years between touring. The band’s signature concoction of sounds ranging from sludge to black to death Read more […]

Aetheric – Serpents Beneath the Shrine (Self-Released)

Those who think that fast playing can’t still be memorable need only to check out Minnesota’s Aetheric to be proved incorrect. Their first full-length album, Serpents Beneath the Shrine, has all of Read more […]

Weaponizer – Lawless Age (20 Buck Spin)

Doesn’t take much more than a glance at the cover art for Weaponizer’s second album for the unfamiliar to realize that this band is heading back towards the ‘80s with their sound. Taking the aggression Read more […]

Svartsyn – In Death (Agonia)

We previously recognized Svartsyn’s 2013 Black Testament album as being “stock.” Such terminology isn’t harsh, but it sure doesn’t get one’s undergarments moist. Frankly, the Swedes, or rather, Read more […]

Gates of Ishtar – A Bloodred Path Reissue (Vic Records)

The fever for the Gothenburg melodic death metal scene has subsided considerably over the years, perhaps because most folks are either satiated or now totally immune to its core sound. The advent of melody Read more […]

Sleazer – Fall into Disgrace (Infernö Records)

Forming in 2011 and honing their songwriting chops while performing live locally across Italy, it’s natural that Sleazer would get comfortable in certain styles of metal as they whittle cover tracks Read more […]

Carach Angren – Laugh and Dance Amongst the Rotten (Season of Mist)

Poised for years as the successors to the throne of symphonic black metal, Carach Angren have continued to press forward, further into the theatrical with each release. It seemed to really come to a head Read more […]

Duskmourn – Of Shadow and Flame (Self-Released)

How do you top a self-released album that was praised across the board? Take the momentum and get right back into business of course. Duskmourn’s first album, 2014’s Legends, introduced the blackened Read more […]

Seer – Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void (Art of Propaganda)

Can’t really say Seer’s impending doom takeover has been long in the works. The band has only been kicking around since 2014, kick-started to a large degree by the back-to-back Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 EPs Read more […]

Justinhate – Marrow (Self-Released)

The past few years has seen some bands within the hardcore spectrum shifting back towards a metallic crunch (as opposed to a more melodic sound). It is a breath of fresh air to see, giving the music back Read more […]

Excalion – Dream Alive (Scarlet Records)

The rise of Finnish melodic power metal in the 1990’s came as pinnacle work from Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica received rapturous response globally – Visions and Ecliptica respectively revered to Read more […]

Ezerath – Overture: The Heir Apparent (Self-Released)

Though often relegated to the black metal genre, there’s a small percentage of one-man death metal acts. Jeremy Vocino-Montpetit is the mastermind behind the Canadian progressive death metal act Ezerath, Read more […]

Misanthrope Monarch – Regress to the Saturnine Chapter (Self-Released)

It’s nice to find new death metal bands that have the fortitude to go their own way and ditch the trends. The German-based Misanthrope Monarch are about to release their first full-length album (following Read more […]

Cellar Darling – This is the Sound (Nuclear Blast)

There were undoubtedly many who were a tad disappointed with the announcement of the departures of Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Sutter from Eluveitie last year. But their announcement that they Read more […]

Altair – Descending: A Devilish Comedy (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Feels like concept records are the norm rather than the rarity in power/progressive metal these days. Together since 2008, Altair present Descending: A Devilish Comedy – their second album that tells Read more […]

Nicumo – Storms Arise (Inverse)

Send up the words “melancholic Finnish metal” and it’s instant froth season over here. Finland, of course, is mightily prolific in that department, spawning such underappreciated but sterling outfits Read more […]

Wildspeaker – Spreading Adder (Prosthetic)

Doom, d-beat/crust, and black metal – seemingly buddies for life. Or at least that’s what you may think after you check out Wildspeaker’s sophomore effort, Spreading Adder. The three elements make Read more […]

Bury the Machines – Wicked Covenant (Midnite Collective)

Album cover of the year? Yeah, perhaps so. It conjures up the usual cloak-and-dagger, prey-upon-the-weak element that has bogged down the Church of late, reminding us all that there’s no one you can Read more […]

Carnac – Times Undone (Sliptrick Records)

When was the last time you stumbled upon something completely free with no strings attached? Totally free, and totally enjoyable. Carnac has done exactly that for their first full-length – just go Read more […]

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Certified doom legend Leif Edling may no longer be the face of Avatarium (that falls onto singer Jennie-Ann Smith), but his stamp, evidently, is all over the band’s third album, Hurricanes and Halos. Read more […]

Ray Suhy – Fulmination (Cessation Engine Records)

Guitarist Ray Suhy continues to add more notches to his belt, being of East of the Wall, Cannabis Corpse, and Six Feet Under, to divulge a quick resume. His new instrumental solo album, Fulmination, should Read more […]

Overkhaos – Beware of Truth (Rockshots Records)

Wishing to supply readers with bio context proves difficult when researching Italian progressive metal band Overkhaos. Be it sparse information at best – or conveyed in their native tongue – guessing Read more […]

Cold Insight – Further Nowhere (Naturmacht/Rain Without End)

The unaware (this scribe included) may think this is a brand-new album, with no indication from Naturmacht/Rain Without End that this is actually a nice little reboot/proper release from 2011. No worries Read more […]

Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade)

With all of the bands that try to put together new sounds and new landscapes, nothing seems to be shocking anymore. We are all privileged enough to live in an age where hybrid crossover material is quickly Read more […]

Concordea – Over Wide Spaces (Self-Released)

When background information regarding Russian act Concordea includes descriptive language of ‘anxious presentiment’ and ‘airy keyboard roulades’, rest assured the aim is high for developing their Read more […]

Iced Earth – Incorruptible (Century Media)

Much like Dave Mustaine is Megadeth or Jeff Waters is Annihilator, Jon Schaffer is Iced Earth. Although it is exciting to hear his side venture with Hansi of Blind Guardian for Demons & Wizards once in Read more […]

Tombs – The Grand Annihilation (Metal Blade)

Frankly, nothing Tombs does stands out. They don’t have a gimmick, nor the technical prowess of their peers, they’re not inflammatory in the press, and leader Mike Hill could probably pass you by on Read more […]

Cenotaph – Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions (Hammer Muzik)

One of those bands that have been content to follow their own schedule, Turkey’s Cenotaph continue to carry the brutal death metal torch. Their sixth full-length (as a reference, their first one came Read more […]

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