Frozen Crown – Winterbane (Scarlet Records)

Italian act Frozen Crown appears to be at an interesting juncture career-wise. Gaining attention for two albums over the past three years, they were picked as special guests for a tour run across Europe Read more […]

Temtris – Ritual Warfare (Wormholedeath Records)

Well established as a part of the Australian heavy metal scene since the early 2000’s, it’s exciting to listen to the discography of Temtris over the decades as they now release their sixth album for Read more […]

Fear My Name – Vileblood (Self-Released)

Deathcore can be a fickle genre for this scribe, with some bands devotion to the breakdown above all or ‘bro, check these sick vocals’ moments having a tendency to ruin an act. So the most surprising Read more […]

Grave Miasma – Abyss of Wrathful Deities (Dark Descent/Sepulchral Voice)

As one of the bigger underground names when it comes to more subterranean, dungeon-crawling death metal in the last decade, Grave Miasma have also upheld a position as one of the stronger acts in the field. Read more […]

Dreams in Fragments – When Echoes Fade (Boersma Records)

Making a distinctive impression back in 2019 through their first release Reflections in a Nightmare, hope is high that the follow-up When Echoes Fade continues the wonderful melodic meets darker/heavier Read more […]

Axewitch – Out of the Ashes into the Fire (Pure Steel Records)

Prolific in the early 80’s with three albums and an EP, Swedish band Axewitch return for their first record in 26 years with Out of the Ashes into the Fire. Four-fifths of the main lineup come together Read more […]

Mouth for War – Life Cast in Glass (1126 Records)

The best of metallic hardcore takes the sheer energy, immediacy, and adrenaline from the hardcore scene and drenches it in more metallic and bone-crunching heaviness. With a previous EP (An Ear Kept to Read more […]

Evile – Hell Unleashed (Napalm)

Revitalizing the thrash scene in the UK, Evile established a chunky, rhythmic sound filled with power and precision on their four previous albums for Earache. Following the contract’s completion, they Read more […]

Scar of the Sun – Inertia (Napalm)

One of those bands that boggle this scribe’s mind that it has taken three full-lengths to come across them, given the sheer volume of melodeath and modern metal that DR tends to cover. That aside, Sccar Read more […]

Vexillum – When Good Men Go to War (Scarlet Records)

More often than ever musicians combine two (or more) sub-genres in the metal platform due to diverse influences, hopeful to generate a wider array of followers. When done convincingly, the results can Read more […]

Bloody Hell – The Bloodening (Rockshots Records)

It’s not very often you hear of a band taking an extended hiatus to work with a children’s heavy metal band that does 80’s covers in child-friendly Finnish lyrics for educational purposes – but Read more […]

Autumn Bride – Undying (Stamping Ground Records)

Originating as a side project in 2016 with members from death/thrash act Days of Loss and an Iron Maiden tribute band, Austria’s Autumn Bride quickly gathered momentum as a symphonic metal quartet with Read more […]

Osiah – Loss (Unique Leader)

Osiah laid some pretty solid groundwork with their second album, Kingdom of Lies, back in 2019. It fell into some deathcore clichés, but the overall strengths of it pushed the album above many in the Read more […]

Sonic Desolution – Explorer (GMR Music)

Sometimes it’s great to have a curve ball in terms of musical output even from seasoned musicians associated mostly in the hard rock/metal fields. Such is the case for Sonic Desolution – a Swedish Read more […]

In Asymmetry – Ashes of Dead Worlds (Comatose)

Brutal, technical death metal featuring drummer extraordinaire Darren Cesca (Deeds of Flesh, Goratory, etc) and former Inanimate Existence/The Kennedy Veil vocalist Taylor Wientjes – sign this scribe Read more […]

Conclave – Dawn of Days (Argonauta Records)

In the five-year interim between full-lengths, Conclave have undergone a lineup change with second guitarist Terry Savastano leaving, acquiring Chris Giguere and signing with overseas label Argonauta Records Read more […]

Feed Them Death – Negative (Brucia Records)

While the complaint of death metal bands becoming sterile in their quest for technicality can be a genuine concern at times, there’s also a growing underbelly that is happy to throw you right into eerie Read more […]

Ghost Iris – Comatose (Long Branch Records)

Interesting to see how a term like metalcore has evolved over the years. It used to really be a pretty specific quality, but as it has grown over the years it covers a wider (and arguably more genuinely Read more […]

Nexus Opera – La Guera Granda (The Great Call to Arms) (Revalve Records)

Named as a ‘connection opera’ between the present (the band’s music) and the past (history, characters, and real events), Italian act Nexus Opera originally started in the early 2000’s, split in Read more […]

Diamante – American Dream (Self-Released)

Quickly establishing herself as a force within the hard rock world with her 2018 debut Coming in Hot, Diamante makes her independent return with American Dream. Championing a sound that has some clear Read more […]

My Refuge – The Anger Is Never Over (Pride & Joy Music)

An Italian power metal group originating in 2010 as a solo project from guitarist Mauro Paietta, My Refuge released two EP’s before signing with Bakerteam Records for 2015’s A Matter of Supremacy debut Read more […]

Skarlett Riot – Invicta (Despotz)

Back in 2017, Skarlett Riot released their second full-length, Regenerate, which saw them expanding their sonic palette and incorporating a more metallic base to their sound. It was a potent release that Read more […]

Velvet Viper – Cosmic Healer (Massacre Records)

Singer Jutta Weinhold with the latest Velvet Viper album Cosmic Healer embodies the metal for life motto. You can’t say many metal singers at 73 are still cruising along – the third record for this Read more […]

Sumo Cyco – Initiation (Napalm)

With all forms of music, there’s a certain level of homogeneity that comes up due to the sheer number of bands/artists trying to squeeze into a somewhat defined sound. No one is going to accuse Canadian Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – In Absence (Self-Released)

Spotting talent in its infancy for the metal realm and watching it blossom has been one of the greatest joys writing about the underground scene for decades. Searching for newer bands and exposing them Read more […]

The Very End – Zeitgeist (Apostasy Records)

Now nine years removed from their last effort, Turn Off the World, The Very End finally returns with a new album in tow (along with some new band members as well). The Björn Gooßes-led (ex-Night in Read more […]

FireWing – Resurrection (Massacre Records)

A new symphonic metal act with members from Brazil and the US, FireWing issues a debut album in Resurrection featuring two mystical creatures (Ember and Vishap) blending different mythologies into a new Read more […]

Sacred Oath – Return of the Dragon (Angel Thorne Music)

Well known for their US power roots from the 1980’s, Sacred Oath have ventured around different genre landscapes over the past decade – incorporating modern hard rock aspects especially through 2015’s Read more […]

Malformity – Monumental Ruin (Unspeakable Axe)

Another one of those ‘really long time in the making’ type of albums, Malformity initially got together back in 1991 and then called it quits a few years later. They reformed in 2014 and popped out Read more […]

Monarch – Future Shock (Self-Released)

In the four years between albums, Monarch and its members have not been resting on their accomplishments. Winning Wacken Metal Battle USA in 2019, they got to play Wacken Open Air that summer in Germany Read more […]

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