Season of Ghosts – A Leap of Faith (Self-Released)

It certainly has been some time since we heard from Season of Ghosts, a promising modern metal act that was the brainchild of Sophia Aslanidou, who cut her teeth on the Blood Stain Child album Epsilon. Read more […]

Athrox – Through the Mirror (Revalve Records)

It’s always nice to develop musical chemistry through other bands when forming a new unit. In the case of Italian metal act Athrox, guitarist Sandro Seravalle and drummer Alessandro Brandi have been Read more […]

Entropia – Vacuum (Arachnaphobia Records)

The spirit of the weird remains alive and well in 2018. Being a torchbearer for it before us now is Poland’s Entropia, bringing an elaborate, psychedelia-influenced take on post-metal. Vacuum is a sprawling, Read more […]

Icarus Witch – Goodbye Cruel World (Cleopatra Records)

Six years away from the recording scene in metal can seem like infinity – especially given the plethora of records assaulting the landscape weekly these days from DIY artists all the way to the biggest Read more […]

Etterna – Chaotic (Sliptrick Records)

Always game for new blood from outside countries, here is Etterna, a five-piece melodic progressive metal-oriented act from Slovakia. They’ve been around for a couple of years, and Chaotic is their debut Read more […]

Fifth Angel – The Third Secret (Nuclear Blast)

Swimming in an 80’s scene where bands craved a burgeoning thrash movement, Washington act Fifth Angel released two fine straightforward metal records in a self-titled debut and the Time Will Tell follow-up Read more […]

Warrel Dane – Shadow Work (Century Media)

When it comes to heavy metal vocals, the old saying never rang more truthfully and boisterously than by stating that there was only one Warrel Dane. From his unique vocal range and delivery to his darkly Read more […]

Architects – Holy Hell (Epitaph)

It’s been a tough couple of years for Architects. Following 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, founding guitarist and songwriter Tom Searle lost his battle with skin cancer. Brother/drummer Dan Read more […]

Edward De Rosa – Zeitgeist (Revalve Records)

Probably low on the depth chart for recognition, Italian guitarist Edward De Rosa has been a part of power metal band Soul of Steel as well as a live guitarist for gothic/progressive metal act Elegy of Read more […]

All That Remains – Victim of the New Disease (Fearless Records)

Without question, the metal community took a heavy hit recently with the unexpected loss of All That Remains’ guitarist Oli Herbert. Knowing that this one was going to be the last we heard from him Read more […]

Technical Damage – The Introspect (Self-Released)

Proof that there’s more in a sound to a band than a name might convey, before listening to Technical Damage, this scribe was immediately picturing something, well, technical (specifically of the death Read more […]

Heir Apparent – The View from Below (No Remorse Records)

Cult favorites for their US melodic power/progressive metal style, Heir Apparent had an impact on the underground during their first 1980’s run. Graceful Inheritance is a legendary record in many European Read more […]

Skull Fist – Way of the Road (Napalm)

Temporarily derailed as guitarist/vocalist Zach Slaughter had to have surgery on his vocal cords, Skull Fist wisely decided to take their time in releasing album three Way of the Road. Already established Read more […]

Anal Trump – The First 100 Songs (Joyful Noise Recordings)

First getting on board with the blistering grind of Anal Trump with 2016’s That Makes Me Smart!, released just before the election, it comes as no surprise that the band has continued ever onwards with Read more […]

Levinia – Liberation (Self-Released)

Having already hit these pages a few times this year, rising act Levinia are back with their first true EP, following up on the Alluring Fear demo released at this start of this year. Where earlier explorations Read more […]

Dissentience – Mask of Pretense (Self-Released)

Forming under the moniker of Why We Fight in the early 2010’s, this PA foursome became Dissentience in 2013, releasing their debut demo a year later and now finally issuing the follow up in Mask of Pretense. Read more […]

Razgate – Welcome Mass Hysteria (Punishment 18 Records)

Jumping over to Punishment 18 Records after releasing their debut Feral Evolution the previous year for Sliptrick Records, Italian thrashers Razgate certainly do not lack in coming up with material quickly. Read more […]

Sylvaine – Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone (Season of Mist)

Nostalgia and the seeming gravity that binds humanity to it is a fascinating, frustrating thing. In this digital age where everything is captured digitally very little is ever allowed to really be forgotten Read more […]

Overruled – Hybris (Punishment 18 Records)

Founded in 2012 and steady within the lineup ranks since 2015, Dutch quartet Overruled live for a speedy/melodic thrash combination on their first full-length Hybris. It’s not easy these days to differentiate Read more […]

Upon Ruins – Legacy of Desolation (PRC Music)

Always happy to pick up on a new entry into the melodic death metal field, Upon Ruins comes to us from Nova Scotia, Canada, even if their particular brand feels more European sounding. It also features Read more […]

Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Wicked Music)

Death metal appears to be moving in two distinct directions. You have the musicians who set out to become the most intricate and technical at their craft- dazzling in displays of dexterity while pushing Read more […]

Bitter Heart – Rotten (Self-Released)

Interestingly enough, Tunisia’s Bitter Heart (which features Persona guitarist Melik Melek Khelifa) may be a shade in the heavier direction, but wouldn’t seem too out of place back in the heyday of Read more […]

Ibridoma – City of Ruins (Punishment 18 Records)

Keeping up with their every two-year album clip, Italian heavy metal act Ibridoma return for their fifth full-length in City of Ruins, along with a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records. The core Read more […]

Bloodbath – The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn (Peaceville Records)

Bloodbath is a band that fortunately requires no particular introduction. My own introduction to them came in the spring of 2005 (my senior year of high school) with a Century Media sampler that, for one Read more […]

Synlakross – Malice Murder (Self-Released)

Two years removed from their previous effort, Death Bullets for a Forajido, Synlakross return with their characteristic take on a bounty of different melodic and aggressive styles with their third full-length, Read more […]

Lucifer’s Child – The Order (Agonia)

The pairing of Rotting Christ’s George Emmanuel and Nighfall’s Stathis Ridis, Lucifer’s Child channels the spirit of early Hellenic black metal, which, to those not in the know, was the exotic, but Read more […]

The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade)

Never a band to shy away from some evolutionary/geological storytelling put to post-metal (see Precambrian and Heliocentric/Anthropocentric), not to mention the brilliant surface-to-bottom ocean voyage Read more […]

Sirenia – Arcane Astral Aeons (Napalm)

Taking an alliteration spin on triple A’s for the ninth studio platter for Sirenia, Arcane Astral Aeons keeps this symphonic/gothic metal unit moving along as expected. Mastermind Morten Veland isn’t Read more […]

Misthaven – Aces (Self-Released)

Having initially checked out 2 Misthaven songs through a Bandcamp column back in 2016, it’s nice to see that the act has finally delivered a full-length album of songs. But where their previous single Read more […]

Silver Talon – Becoming a Demon (Rapid Fire Records/Alone Records)

Forming out of the demise of Spellcaster (who issued three heavy/speed metal albums, the last of which Night Hides the World appeared in 2016 on Prosthetic Records), Oregon act Silver Talon contains three Read more […]

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