Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II (Napalm)

The force is strong for a major breakthrough with Kobra and the Lotus. Honing their songwriting skills over the course of four previous albums, Prevail II is the second half of the Prevail series, recorded Read more […]

Chainbreäker – Wasteland City (Self-Released)

An umlaut carries street cred in heavy music – ever since the days when Motörhead made it legendary. Austria’s Chainbreäker beyond that cool factor also traverse speedy yet melodic thrash lines throughout Read more […]

Aura Noir – Aura Noire (Indie Recordings)

A band that has definitely been around the block a time or two, Norway’s Aura Noir are also one that have stayed true to their cause. Ugly, fuzzy, and gritty black/thrash made just the way that you Read more […]

TesseracT – Sonder (Kscope)

Lowering the tone since 2007, TesseracT represent the new breed on progressive, groove-oriented metal. Sonder as the fourth studio record accentuates the modern, diverse and experimental approach, continuing Read more […]

Shadow Kingdom – The Reflection (Self-Released)

Hailing from the Milford, CT area, Shadow Kingdom has been a part of the local metal scene off and on for quite a few years. Given the chance to open for acts like Fates Warning and Metal Church while Read more […]

God Is an Astronaut – Epitaph (Napalm)

Somewhat of an understated pillar of instrumental rock, Ireland’s God Is an Astronaut occupy the large environs of post-rock and instrumental rock. Stated to the obvious, the band relies on atmosphere, Read more […]

Stevie McLaughlin – Toy Empires (Limb Music)

Best known for his axe work in the Irish metal band Sandstone, guitarist Stevie McLaughlin feels the time is now to extend his horizons as a singer/songwriter through this solo album Toy Empires. Truly Read more […]

Wolf King – Loyal to the Soil (Prosthetic)

We are long past the idea of any d-beat, blackened hardcore band bringing something new to the table. The list of angry dudes hoping to seamlessly jostle between the metallic and ‘core has grown to the Read more […]

Black Salvation – Uncertainty is Bliss (Relapse)

Really catching the retro rock wave as it washes ashore, German power trio Black Salvation features former In Solitude/Grave Pleasures drummer Uno Bruniusson in the ranks, along with guitarist/vocalist Read more […]

Totalselfhatred – Solitude (Osmose)

Have at it with the name, “Totalselfhatred,” the Finns clearly of strong mind and intent on leaving nothing to the imagination here. As part of the depressive black metal crop, Totalselfhatred has Read more […]

Axia – Pulverizer (Selfmadegod Records)

As noted on Axia’s official website, Pulverizer was ‘tailored according to the drama of being alive.’ One has to imagine that the lives that this Portuguese act live are pretty frenetic (at least Read more […]

Gigantomachia – Atlas (Agoge Records)

Gigantomachia, a term relating to the Giants’ battle with the Olympian Gods, certainly seems to fall within the guidelines for some rather metal subject material. The epic scope is one that is fitting Read more […]

Gus G – Fearless (AFM Records)

Third albums for any artist can define direction to the good (or bad). Axe maven Gus G already has established a foothold on the scene through his main work in melodic power metal act Firewind – but Read more […]

Crocell – Relics (LongLife Records)

The first thing that will draw you into Crocell’s fifth release is that of the dreary and dark atmosphere. Despite not having checked out any of the band’s previous material, it is bound to leave Read more […]

Society’s Plague – Call to the Void (Eclipse Records)

If there’s one style of metal that this scribe always seems to gravitate towards, it’s that of melodic death metal. The room for aggression and melody side by side is one that can be a dominating Read more […]

Sun Speaker – Ov Lustra (Subliminal Groove Records)

In digging through piles of bands that are content to churn out the same old song and dance while putting a minimal amount of personal spin on it, it’s always a treat to find that one band that wants Read more […]

Angerot – The Splendid Iniquity (Black Market Metal)

In skipping past the 1-minute instrumental “Black Epoch” and diving into “Eternal Unrest” it takes all of about 2 seconds to figure out what Angerot will be up to over the course of their debut Read more […]

Sense of Fear – As the Ages Passing By… (Rockshots Records)

Originally known as Holy Prophecy in their late 90’s stages, Sense of Fear are not spring chickens when it comes to seasoning and experience. Although As the Ages Passing By… is their first full-length, Read more […]

Bullet – Dust to Gold (SPV)

Certain bands subscribe to an early philosophy of ‘don’t rock the boat’ when it comes to establishing their style and continuing forward. In the case of Swedish band Bullet, their street level heavy Read more […]

Aeonian Sorrow – Into the Eternity, A Moment We Are (Self-Released)

Just a quick read of the title and it’s quite clear that Aeonian Sorrow are going to be playing some doomy music. The elegance of the title certainly forebodes what the listener will find inside – Read more […]

Whyzdom – As Time Turns to Dust (Scarlet Records)

French symphonic metal band Whyzdom has been at the game long enough to determine the complete direction that they wish to sail in. As Time Turns to Dust is the band’s fourth effort to date, and second Read more […]

Leather- II (Divebomb Records)

Long before metal advanced to the point where women joined forces with men in the studio and on stage in every conceivable genre, there existed a handful of females during the 1980’s that stood toe to Read more […]

Winterfylleth – The Harrowing of Heirdom (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

As it was alluded to in some interviews a few years back, the new Winterfylleth is a bit different than previous records. It’s entirely acoustic, and trades in the band’s occasionally ferocious black Read more […]

Mindwars – Do Unto Others (Dissonance Productions)

Ardent speed metal mavens may remember a Roadracer band in the 80’s that put out two cult albums called Holy Terror – of which the second Mind Wars is a serious barnburner for this scribe’s all-time Read more […]

Eliminator – Last Horizon (Dissonance Productions)

At one point containing former Skyclad guitarist Dave Pugh on vocals, Eliminator give hope to a British heavy metal scene clamoring for new blood to rival the NWOBHM veterans. Developing their sound over Read more […]

Desdemonia – Anguish (Mighty Music)

Active since 1994, Luxembourg’s Desdemonia has released three prior full-lengths on their own accord before signing with Danish label Mighty Music for the release of Anguish. Must be a persistence thing. Read more […]

Hazen – This House (Self-Released)

Arriving hot on the heels of their 2017 debut EP Undone, Arizona’s Hazen seem ready to make their mark up on the scene with another 5-song EP in This House. The alternative metal scene isn’t an easy Read more […]

Judicator – The Last Emperor (Self-Released)

Forming in 2012 out of a mutual admiration for Blind Guardian, vocalist John Yelland and guitarist Tony Cordisco started Judicator to keep the tradition of US/Teutonic power metal alive. They’ve garnered Read more […]

Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity)

The art of death metal is not one of subtlety. Australian newcomer Depravity are quite keen to this notion with their first full-length (following up on one previous 2016 EP). With plenty of brutality Read more […]

Cardiac Arrest – A Parallel Dimension of Despair (Momento Mori)

Chicago denizens of death Cardiac Arrest, in their unwavering, forever true-to-form approach to pure death metal, have amassed a pretty healthy discography when you swing back around to it. Their bi-annual Read more […]

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