Reviews

Vaura – Sables (Profound Lore Records)

Synthesis, the beauty that it is. To take from this and that and create something that is (ideally) greater than the sum of its parts (whether they are few or many). Even without considering the music Read more […]

Eugenic Death – Under the Knife (Heaven and Hell Records)

Astute listeners of a favored sub-genre in metal can tell when something stands out in a record or a band. Telltales signs can be songwriting acumen, proficiency at instrumentation, all the way through Read more […]

Applaud the Impaler – Ov Apocalypse Incarnate (Unique Leader)

There’s a certain rush that you can get from hearing heavy metal that goes at blazing fast speeds. Sometimes it is bound to become a bit of a whirlwind in its later execution, but that initial feeling Read more […]

Active Arson – Lucifer’s Grail (Self-Released)

Kudos to a newer thrash band like Active Arson citing influences beyond the Bay Area norm into artists like The Bangles, The Doors, and Autograph. Active since the fall of 2017, this Toronto quartet have Read more […]

Waldgeflüster – Mondscheinsonaten (Nordvis)

For the length of black metal’s existence, nature has been a nigh-constant thematic pillar, no matter its subgenre inclinations. Whether brutal and primal places in the vast dark northern forests far Read more […]

The Illusory Self – Dead Gods (Self-Released)

Last year, The Illusory Self brought about their first release in the form of two songs in Praise the Fanatic. It laid some solid groundwork for the band as being willing to take some influences from Read more […]

Bat – Axestasy (Hells Headbangers)

The speed/heavy metal act Bat issue material when they can squeeze time and energy together – two-thirds of the lineup in bassist/vocalist Ryan Waste plus guitarist Nick Poulos active with Municipal Read more […]

Suldusk – Lunar Falls (Northern Silence Productions)

One-person forest-y metal isn’t exactly new territory in 2019. Ever since the wave of post-black metal hit its pinnacle, there’s been an abundance of the stuff on the market. Many of which are simply Read more […]

Grand Magus – Wolf God (Nuclear Blast)

Setting a precedent through sterling metal works like Iron Will and The Hunt, Grand Magus march to their own beat, resolute in their stance and style. Intertwining aspects of traditional heavy metal with Read more […]

The Machinist – Confidimus in Morte (Prosthetic)

The more modern side of metal can have some interesting tweaks if the members involved choose to venture down the rabbit hole. The Machinist unleash a varied number of influences on their debut album, Read more […]

Atlas Pain – Tales of a Pathfinder (Scarlet Records)

Establishing a precedence for epic folk-oriented metal with extreme nuances on their What the Oak Left debut from 2017, it’s evident when looking at the full presentation of Atlas Pain that we are dealing Read more […]

Valence – Cognitive Dissidents (Self-Released)

Jumping into the instrumental prog category is a challenging thing. For many bands, there’s a feeling of technicality over songwriting, which makes it appeal only to their fellow peers. While there’s Read more […]

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin (Willowtip Records)

While it’s enjoyable to hear veteran bands up the ante with a new release at every corner, there’s a different type of thrill to hear a newer band come through and blow away your expectations on their Read more […]

Archaic Decapitator – Apothecary (Self-Released)

Three years and a few line-up changes removed from their 2016 EP Light of a Different Sun, Connecticut-based melodic death metal act Archaic Decapitator is back with another EP in the form of Apothecary. Read more […]

Review Face-Off: Seax – Fallout Rituals (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Consistently embracing an unadulterated enthusiasm for raw speed metal that has traditional and punk inflections, Seax maintain a workhorse, blue-collar aspect to their memorable live performances and Read more […]

Inferi – The End of an Era: Rebirth (The Artisan Era)

Back in 2009, Inferi wasn’t nearly as much of an extreme metal name as they are today. But, as this scribe’s first exposure to the band after the album’s release (and their temporary disappearance Read more […]

Tasteful Turmoil – The Phantom Fear (Inverse Records)

One of the more unique band names as of late, Tasteful Turmoil started in 2015, their path entailing a mixture of groove, thrash, and death influences while stirring in some traditional, NWOBHM nuances. Read more […]

Allegaeon – Apoptosis (Metal Blade)

Consistently showing growth and the ability to adapt/evolve with each new album, Allegaeon have earned the title of being one of America’s strongest melodic death metal bands. It has taken a lot of Read more […]

Latitudes – Part Island (Debemur Morti Productions)

There’s a certain amount of trepidation with approaching anything marked with the genre mashup of ‘sludge/post-metal’. Rather than kick things off here with an intrinsically negative tone, suffice Read more […]

Dead City Crown – Rex Mortuus (Self-Released)

In just under a year, New Jersey’s Dead City Crown are back with another short blaster of an EP. Following up the three track Apex of Fury, Rex Mortuus is kind enough to expand things to four songs Read more […]

Solarus – Darkest Days (Self-Released)

Blossoming from a personal project of guitarist/songwriter Lucas McArthur into a full band, Solarus have spent countless hours crafting the best albums possible given their independent status and funding. Read more […]

Sworn Enemy – Gamechanger (M-Theory Audio)

Growing older, there’s something that’s simply satisfying about the straight-forward attack of the hardcore scene. The way that the veteran bands continue to bring forth a certain level of venom and Read more […]

Wormwitch – Heaven That Dwells Within (Prosthetic Records)

There is an occasional magic to be found in things that, while being tangibly drawing on a variety of sources (whether related or not) they swirl them together and produce something awesome in composite. Read more […]

Terrific Verdict – Wheel of Fortune (Inverse Records)

Another act resurrecting decades after their original inception – Finnish thrash band Terrific Verdict were a part of the late 80’s scene, releasing two demos in 1988-89 before separating in 1990. Read more […]

Hannes Grossmann – Apophenia (Self-Released)

Without question, one of the most renown drummers in extreme metal circles today is Hannes Grossmann. One could list his achievements but it would leave little room for the actual review of the material, Read more […]

Parting Gift – Ensom (Fearless Records)

Just as bleak and cold as the cover art would lead you to believe, Parting Gift are able to bring in darkness by the truckload. A gloomy coating of fog surrounds the 20-minute runtime, establishing the Read more […]

Vetrar Draugurinn – Hinterlands (Painted Bass Records)

First releasing a 3-track EP back in 2017, Vetrar Draugurinn are back with their debut full-length, this time with label Painted Bass Records backing them. Comprised of ex-Stream of Passion guitarist Read more […]

Eluveitie – Ategnatos (Nuclear Blast)

It’s worth acknowledging that it’s been a long time since there’s been a tried-and-true Eluveitie release. One of folk metal’s biggest names have been mostly absent since 2014’s Origins. Sure, Read more […]

Three Dead Fingers – Breed of the Devil (Bleeding Music Records)

It’s a faster world thanks to technology – allowing younger musicians to gain proficiency at their instruments quicker because of the unlimited resources within the right connections and keystrokes. Read more […]

NONE – Damp Chill of Life (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Another April is upon us and with it comes a new NONE release. Maybe it’s tied to a date of meaning for one of the anonymous members of the band and maybe it’s a reflection of the fact that at this Read more […]

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