Eldritch – Cracksleep (Scarlet Records)

No doubt the musical development of Italy’s Eldritch is a study in longevity and embracing outside influences while never losing the crux of one’s style. Originally more of a power/progressive metal-oriented Read more […]

Godthrymm – A Grand Reclamation (Transcending Records)

Really, only good things can come from a union featuring four cagey U.K. doom vets with bands such as Anathema, My Dying Bride and Solstice on their resume. Such is the story behind the recently-christened Read more […]

Kosmogyr – Eviternity (Self-Released)

One of those ‘only in today’s world’ type of releases, the two piece of Kosmogyr are from the Czech Republic and China. One imagines a lot of file trading over the Internet to bring this vision Read more […]

The Absence – A Gift for the Obsessed (M-Theory Audio)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Floridian melodeath champs of The Absence. They’ve brought out a single or two here and there, but they’ve largely been out of the loop since 2011’s Read more […]

Auri – Auri (Nuclear Blast)

One of those ‘metal by association’ type releases, Auri does not fall anywhere near descriptions like “heavy” or “aggressive.” The band is a 3-piece, with Nightwish’s Troy Donockley and Read more […]

Demonical – Chaos Manifesto (Agonia)

It turns out Centinex bassist Martin Schulman can have his cake and eat it, too. He formed Demonical in 2006 right after Centinex’s initial breakup a year prior. Demonical subsequently churned out a Read more […]

Shadowrise – Shadowrise (Painted Bass Records)

First encountering Shadowrise two years ago with their Escape from Shadow Island release on Bandcamp, it was clear there was some potential in the band’s ability to string together several genres of Read more […]

Onirism – Falling Moon (Naturmacht)

The creation of a gentleman by the name of Antoine Guibert, who goes by the stage name Vrath, Onirism is a celestial black metal outfit, leaning — as expected — on symphonic elements. Formed in 2014, Read more […]

Critical Mess – Human Præy (Metalville Records)

Critical Mess is a new band with a no-frills, take no prisoners approach to death metal. The German act features ex-Cripper vocalist Britta Görtz among their ranks, with Human Præy being their first Read more […]

Axel Rudi Pell – Knights Call (SPV)

The German guitar hero who lives for a melodic hard rock/power metal sound that encompasses his love of Rainbow, Deep Purple, and Dio among others – Axel Rudi Pell isn’t going to exactly throw serious Read more […]

In Vain – Currents (Indie Recordings)

With five years separating In Vain’s last release, Ænigma, with Currents, there was certainly some time to develop some expectations for the band’s return. Continuing along in their progressive death Read more […]

Richthammer – Ascheland (Studio Hundert Records)

When it comes to death and black metal, it’s a wide open sea of opportunities. A simple mixing of the two flavors together can bring about varied and potentially interesting results. Austria’s Richthammer, Read more […]

Primordial – Exile Among the Ruins (Metal Blade)

The richness and expanse of Primordial’s career — now spanning 25 years — is often underscored upon the release of a new album. It was certainly easy to vouch for and get behind 2014’s triumphantly Read more […]

Hinayana – Order Divine (Self-Released)

When DR first found Hinayana, it was but a solo outing for Casey Hurd, but that didn’t stop 2014’s Endless demo from becoming quite a showstopper. Since then, Hurd has assembled a full-fledged act Read more […]

Adversor – The End of Mankind (Punishment 18 Records)

The career of Adversor begins in 2015 after the break-up of H.o.S.(the initials standing for Harvester of Sorrow) – who played for nine years together in the thrash realm and contained a pair of brothers Read more […]

Nightmarer – Cacophony of Terror (Season of Mist)

Seems like it was just yesterday when Nightmarer’s 2-track introduction, Chasm, was stumbled upon by this scribe at Bandcamp. A fresh take on the skronky and dissonant death metal scene, it was well-received, Read more […]

Start a Revolution – Survivors (Rockaine/Rough Trade)

Interestingly enough, one of the first things you’ll find on Start a Revolution’s resume is a metal cover of “Gangnam Style” from a few years back. Making a jump from that track directly into Read more […]

Preludio Ancestral – Oblivion (Fighter Records)

Hailing from Argentina, Preludio Ancestral have roots that go back to 2005 – although the only member still associated with those early days is guitarist Leonardo Gatti. Releasing a demo, two EP’s, Read more […]

Powerized – The Mirror’s Eye (Painted Bass Records)

What may seem like a relatively unknown power/progressive metal band with symphonic overtones to some, Dutch quintet Powerized have a leg up in the game thanks to vocalist Nick Holleman and his four-year Read more […]

Nòtt – Nòtt (Self-Released)

Icy black metal suitable for a winter’s day (or night) is what Nòtt brings to the table. The solo work of James Benson (he of Amiensus, Adora Vivos, and Fail to Decay), it also goes without say it’s Read more […]

Black Moth – Anatomical Venus (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

A bit puzzled as to why the Candlight/Spinefarm union has Black Moth over, say, the most obvious of labels, Lee Dorrian’s Rise Above Records. Hailing from Leeds, Black Moth play the sort of mojo’d Read more […]

Monotheist – Scourge (Prosthetic Records)

Progressive death metal from Florida – which shouldn’t be surprising given the long legacy of acts from that state such as Death, Morbid Angel, and Atheist among others. Monotheist call this state Read more […]

Altars of Grief – Iris (Hypnotic Dirge)

What does it truly mean to be ‘heavy?’ Doom metal bands have often given us the proof that heaviness doesn’t have to necessarily link towards anger and frustration. Altars of Grief return with Read more […]

Susperia – The Lyricist (Agonia)

Once — if folks can remember such a time — Susperia was part-and-parcel with Dimmu Borgir. Fresh off his departure from Dimmu, drummer Tjodalv (real name: Ian Kenneth Åkesson) got Susperia off the Read more […]

Recode the Subliminal – Disconnected (Self-Released)

Recode the Subliminal quietly made their debut onto the metal scene with The Cost of Every Man back in 2016. Basking in melodic death metal influences (notably Soilwork and Scar Symmetry), it was an enjoyable Read more […]

Hypnotheticall – Synchreality (Revalve Records)

Thanks to artists such as Meshuggah, Periphery, and Tesseract, the parameters of what is progressive metal continually evolves over time. Modern progressive metal incorporates djent, stutter-step rhythm Read more […]

Ilsa – Corpse Fortress (Relapse)

“Depraved” may be the appropriate term for Ilsa’s fifth full-length, Corpse Fortress, which also serves as their first for Relapse. The D.C. quintet has been branded as a satanic anti-fascist band, Read more […]

The Crown – Cobra Speed Venom (Metal Blade)

Appearing on this reviewer’s aural screen during the mid-1990’s when known as Crown of Terror through 1997’s Eternal Death, a subsequent name change to The Crown plus major deal with Metal Blade Read more […]

Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology (Willowtip)

With some DIY releases propelling the band into cult-like status on Bandcamp and social media, Slugdge have made the leap into label-backed territory with their fourth mollusk-praising release. The first Read more […]

Ministry – AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast)

Ministry’s “supposed” 2013 swansong From Beer to Eternity should have been the last we’ve heard from Al Jourgensen and company and for good reason: It was, for lack of a better term, quite awful. Read more […]

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