Mgła – Age of Excuse (Northern Heritage Records)

While many across the US (yours truly included) celebrated/embraced a day away from the rat race, a surprise dropped without warning. Mgła, the laser-focused practioners of caustic, melodic black metal, Read more […]

Driving Force – All Aboard (Self-Released)

Switzerland has had a history of solid melodic hard rock/metal bands since the days of Krokus, Celtic Frost, Coroner, and Gotthard among others. Driving Force aim to stake their claim from this country Read more […]

Demonhead – Black Devil Lies (Self-Released)

Forming in 2007 and heavily punk/metal crossover influenced at the start, Australian act Demonhead have transformed in their twelve-year history into more of a thrash/traditional metal montage with melodic/stoner Read more […]

In Thousand Lakes – Evolution (Xtreem Music)

In Thousand Lakes made quite a return with 2017’s Age of Decay, the band’s first full-length in almost 20 years (yes, there was an EP in 2014 too). Catchy melodic death metal that capitalized on the Read more […]

Visceral Disgorge – Slithering Evisceration (Agonia)

Some may remember Visceral Disgorge due to their 2011 debut, Ingesting Putridity, which stood to many as a high-quality piece of brutal death metal. But an eight year absence (some of this due to the Read more […]

Michael Schenker Fest – Revelation (Nuclear Blast)

The old guard musicians in hard rock/metal aren’t getting any younger. When something works better than planned such as the reunion of key singers for guitarist Michael Schenker in his post-UFO/Scorpions Read more […]

Nemesis Alpha – Eternal Machines (Sliptrick Records)

One-man act Nemesis Alpha truly impressed with a rich melodeath treat in the form of the self-titled debut two years ago. Rudy Leal hit the sweet spot between more modern approaches to the genre while Read more […]

Fathom Farewell – Consume the Earth (Self-Released)

Admittedly critical of anything coming across in bio sheets/ background info for promos with the ‘metalcore’ tag, sometimes you just press onward to judge every effort on its own merit. Case in point Read more […]

Workshed – Workshed (Rise Above Records)

What happens when you first gained attention for the early years of a pretty well-respected and known doom/stoner metal band from the UK, then seemingly fade into obscurity for 20 + years? Well, in the Read more […]

Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light (Dark Descent Records)

They say you have a lifetime to present your debut record – but what happens if you make a splash right out of the gate? Does it ramp up the pressure personally and professionally to outdo that effort? Read more […]

Piranha – First Kill (Non Stop Music Records)

No less than seven bands have appeared according to Metal Archives under this moniker – but it’s probably rare to have two bands from Switzerland use the same name. This Piranha hail from Staufen, Read more […]

Imagika – Only Dark Hearts Survive (Dissonance Productions)

A product of a tumultuous domestic scene where metal received better critical acclaim and support overseas than in the United States, Imagika made a series of albums during the mid-1990’s to late 2010 Read more […]

Endseeker – The Harvest (Metal Blade)

For all of the old school inspired death metal acts that pop up incessantly, one of the deciding factors is whether they nail the guitar tone. The HM-2 tone, when done correctly, is a beast in and of Read more […]

Eschaton – Death Obsession (Unique Leader)

Eschaton came out stomping and pounding on their Unique Leader debut, Sentinel Apocalypse. It’s been four years since that point, but the New England-based act is back once again with Death Obsession. Read more […]

Mizmor – Cairn (Gilead Media)

Certain bands tend to bind themselves to moments in times (with albums and songs this is even more true). For Mizmor’s previous release Yodh that moment of binding was driving through the voids of central Read more […]

Thicket – Descend into Darkness (Self-Released)

There’s something about younger bands releasing EP’s these days – putting their heart and soul (and production funds) into shorter bursts of material to keep the interest afloat on a quicker schedule. Read more […]

Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony – Signs of Wings (Frontiers Music)

Years in the making behind the scenes, renowned producer, guitarist and songwriter Sascha Paeth decides the time is now to launch a new band in Masters of Ceremony. Assembling a seasoned mix of veterans Read more […]

Cognizance – Malignant Dominion (Prosthetic)

After a large number of single track and EP releases over the past six years, England’s Cognizance is finally bringing forth their first full-length effort. The band has been championed by the underground Read more […]

Knaaves – The Serpent’s Root (Confluence Records)

Dark and oppressive hardcore isn’t exactly something that’s shooting its way to the top of the music scene currently, but it is something that’s a welcome sight to this scribe. Knaaves previously Read more […]

Disillusion – Liberation (Prophecy Productions)

Thirteen years is a long time to wait for a new album. Beyond that, when one considers the number that didn’t care for Disillusion’s change of direction with their second album Gloria, it compounds Read more […]

RAM – The Throne Within (Metal Blade)

Continuing their heavy metal ways since 1999, RAM remain resolute to their ideals of what the style should be all about. Conviction – strength – power – as well as the right imagery and attitude Read more […]

Grim Reaper – At the Gates (Dissonance Productions)

The will to survive, thrive, and be productive reigns supreme in the life of vocalist Steve Grimmett. Even when losing a limb due to diabetes and having surgery in South America while on tour to support Read more […]

Vitriol – To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media)

For all of the great advances in death metal that we’ve seen over the past decade, from technical advances to somber atmosphere, there’s sometimes that you just want to be smashed in the face by it. Read more […]

Mob Rules – Beast Over Europe (Steamhammer/SPV)

In the metal landscape, we all have our favorite styles – and sometimes, even within those specific sub-genres, there can be acts that fall into that ‘cult’ or underrated status. Place Mob Rules Read more […]

Come Back from the Dead – The Rise of the Blind Ones (Transcending Obscurity)

Sometimes old school death metal releases come through the email filter and it’s a matter holding back a shout of “ughh, not again.” Things have been done to death about five times over at this Read more […]

Liv Sin – Burning Sermons (Despotz)

Liv Sin premiered back in 2017 with Follow Me, and has been pretty prolific since. There was a single release, as well as an acoustic EP last year, and we have now reached the second full-length in the Read more […]

Mortal Infinity – In Cold Blood (Self-Released)

Destroying the stages of the world while blowing your heads off, German act Mortal Infinity possess a potent cocktail of thrash, death, and groove metal influences that come together seamlessly on their Read more […]

5Rand – Dark Mother (Time to Kill Records)

Making their debut with the strong Sacred/Scared release two years ago, 5Rand is one of those cases where it’s all about making things ‘pop’ just a little bit more than the time before. With a debut Read more […]

Sinner – Santa Muerte (AFM Records)

Willing to accept the risk of alienating followers and introducing new members to the Sinner camp, bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner knows that he’s up for the challenge after releasing albums for 35 years Read more […]

Omophagia – 646965 (Unique Leader)

With 2016’s sophomore effort from Omophagia, In the Name of Chaos, they were plagued by the speed at which they played. Meaning that with their approach to hyper-speed, they lost what individuality Read more […]

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