Reviews

Aether Realm – Tarot (Primitive Ways Records)

Having followed Aether Realm since the release of One Chosen by the Gods at the start of 2013, it seemed the band was destined for some great things. The singles that followed certainly gave the impression Read more […]

Unbowed – Through Endless Tides (Self-Released)

Last year, Unbowed released their last EP (Dogma), and showed some real signs of upping their game to the next level. Quickly they return to the fold with new full-length Through Endless Tides, which Read more […]

Nitrogods – Roadkill BBQ (SPV)

Firing up another set of classic-oriented hard rock ‘n’ roll tracks, German trio Nitrogods contains two members best known through the years for their work in Primal Fear with guitarist Henny Wolter Read more […]

Dead Asylum – Death Always Wins (Self-Released)

While many believe Toronto and Montreal are the hotbed Canadian scenes for metal, do not sleep on other parts of the country- for talent lurks in Vancouver too as evidenced by the work of Annihilator, Read more […]

Dødsengel – Interequinox (Debemur Morti)

The type of line-straddling, eclectic black metal Norway’s Dødsengel plays is akin to dangling a carrot in front of a horse – it’s worth pursuing, but can be a little unrewarding at times. For a Read more […]

Dawn of Ashes – Daemonolatry Gnosis (Metropolis Records)

Industrial/symphonic black metal act Dawn of Ashes have an intriguing backdrop to their history. Originally starting off as a harsh EBM band, they moved into the melodic death/black metal scene before Read more […]

Cryonic Temple – Into the Glorious Battle (Scarlet Records)

Prolific in their underground days (who makes seven demo releases in four years now?), Cryonic Temple bounced in the 2000’s between three labels with four albums, of which their second full-length Blood, Read more […]

Sollertia – Light (Apathia)

The re-emergence of seminal Norwegian avant-garde outfit …In the Woods has brought into focus the talents of their new singer, Britain’s James Fogarty. Already a semi-known commodity because of his Read more […]

Displeased Disfigurement – Origin of Abhorrence (CDN Records)

For those seeking the almighty slam, Canadian label CDN Records has become more of a standby recently, attaining slam from ‘round the globe. Recent acquisition Displeased Disfigurement hails from South Read more […]

Suffocation – …of the Dark Light (Nuclear Blast)

Fun to picture the various “old-guard” death metal bands sitting around in a room, collectively asking “Can you believe we’re still going?” What was once thought a young man’s game, death metal Read more […]

Conjonctive – In the Mouth of the Devil (Tenacity Music)

If there’s one saving grace you can usually rely on with metalcore/deathcore, it’s that the Europeans seem to have a more eloquent grasp on it than we have in the States. It’s less of a blunt object Read more […]

Voice of Ruin – Purge and Purify (Tenacity Music)

After a full-length that may not have been taken too seriously, being that the title was Morning Wood and some of the tracks included “Welcome to the Stud Farm” and “Big Dick,” they’ve ramped Read more […]

Divinity – The Immortalist (Self-Released)

It’s wise these days when performing an advanced form of technical metal to deliver product in smaller doses. Over the past five years, Divinity has done just that – releasing a three-part EP series Read more […]

Mastercastle – Wine of Heaven (Scarlet Records)

Changing up the guitar-hero oriented power metal formula can be a daunting task, especially when releasing five studio albums to build your following. It’s like taking a noted fastball pitcher and suddenly Read more […]

Lying Figures – The Abstract Escape (Rain Without End)

This doesn’t happen very often, but this scribe had to hit “pause” on the Lying Figures track “Monologue of a Sick Brain.” Reason being, pre-recorded, laughing voices placed so promptly in the Read more […]

Anathema – The Optimist (Kscope)

As satisfying as 2012’s Weather Systems and 2014’s Distant Satellites were, British ambient rock sextet Anathema have not made a record this focused and on-the-level since 2003’s A Natural Disaster. Read more […]

Benthic Realm – Benthic Realm (Self-Released)

When one chapter on the book of life closes, usually another opens – the thrill of exploration and openness brightening horizons for another day. Following the unexpected demise of Massachusetts act Read more […]

Sarea – Black at Heart (Wormholedeath)

If there was such a thing as modern melodic death metal comfort food, Sarea would most likely be found in the ingredients. Delivering three previous full-lengths of In Flames and Soilwork-esque melodeath Read more […]

Dark Matter Secret – Perfect World Creation (The Artisan Era)

We live in a wondrous time indeed. The extremity and musicianship in death metal somehow just continues to expand and demand further attention from the listener. Some may gripe about the “soulless” Read more […]

Running Death – DressAge (Punishment 18 Records)

After a few false starts, break ups, and reunions, German band Running Death seem to be on a productive upswing. With a demo, two EP’s and debut album Overdrive under their belt since 2007, the follow Read more […]

Tengger Cavalry – Die on My Ride (M-Theory Audio)

Continuing their upword trend in visibility due to their unique take on combining heavy metal with traditional Mongolian folk instrumentation, Tengger Cavalry thrust forward with their latest effort, Die Read more […]

Alestorm – No Grave but the Sea (Napalm)

What can be said about the fun-loving pirates of Alestorm that hasn’t been said already? At this point, they are five albums in and have done nothing but improve the formula with each new round. No Read more […]

Apallic – Of Fate and Sanity (Boersma Records)

Sometimes ‘progressive’ just seems to be an umbrella that covers too many bases. In the case of Apallic, to these ears there’s nothing here that melodic death metal cannot adequately describe, though Read more […]

Beastmaker – Inside the Skull (Rise Above)

The guitar tone of Trevor Church is as such that you nearly forget there’s basic accompanying elements like bass, drums and vocals tied to Beastmaker’s sound. It’s like how Tony Iommi would sound Read more […]

Ravage – Return of the Spectral Rider (SWWR Recordings)

Outside of New England, many metalheads probably feel like Massachusetts power/speed metal act Ravage went into permanent hiding following their Metal Blade release The End of Tomorrow in 2009. Natural Read more […]

Below – Upon a Pale Horse (Metal Blade)

No shame, really, in trying to become this decade’s Candlemass. If you’re Swedish (like Below are), fancy epic doom (check) and have the vocalist to do it (check again), then why not? Below’s 2014 Read more […]

Time Walk – Beyond Eternity’s Grasp (Static Tension Recordings)

Death metal and hardcore have been some strange bedfellows over the years, concocting some experiments that have worked splendidly or atrociously. Yet the prospect of hearing a new take on the hybrid Read more […]

Succumb – Succumb (The Flenser)

Chaos of the uncontrolled type (because what else is there?) is the current flavor of the day, from the unhinged railings of Nails to the experimental offerings of Full of Hell. Such brazen and messy stews Read more […]

Post Pulse – Halls of the Damned (Inverse)

So much classification nowadays in death metal. It’s brutal, it’s melodic, it’s technical, it’s progressive. Post Pulse is a new death metal band from Finland that matters not about these things. Read more […]

Ensnared – Dysangelium (Invictus Productions)

Despite showing over ten years in existence (some of which being called Gravehammer), Dysangelium marks Ensnared’s first full-length effort, following a demo and 2013’s Ravenous Damnation’s Dawn. Read more […]

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