Reviews

Starblind – Black Bubbling Ooze (Pure Steel Records)

Evolving after their first two albums with Mike Stark leaving the mic stand for a new singer in Marcus Olkerud (ex-Rocka Rollas), Starblind released Never See Again in 2017 and kept the traditional heavy Read more […]

Bear Mace – Charred Field of Slaughter (Self-Released)

Death metal is as death metal does, sir. Chicago’s Bear Mace instantly bring up the old school death metal flag, with the cover art of their second full-length, Charred Field of Slaughter, and it’s Read more […]

Grimgotts – Sagas (Self-Released)

Grimgotts continue to keep their symphonic power metal daggers sharp as they continue onwards, with at least one release per year usually. That said, Sagas represents the second in an EP trilogy (which Read more […]

Sepulchral Curse – Only Ashes Remain (Transcending Obscurity)

Sepulchral Curse has been propagating old school Finnish death metal for two EPs in the past, and Only Ashes Remains marks the band’s first full-length. While the act may not have much behind them, Read more […]

Thecodontion – Supercontinent (I, Voidhanger)

Popular culture, at least as much of it as I have been able to experience of it from my telework position, has really leaned into the term thicc throughout 2020. The first time Supercontinent played through, Read more […]

Ingested – Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader)

As it has been with previous releases in Ingested’s growing catalog, there’s a clear progression and evolution to their sound. Ingested have made some great strides from their early slam beginnings Read more […]

Alcatrazz – Born Innocent (Silver Lining Music)

Back in the 1980’s when shredding guitarists gained acclaim, Alcatrazz as a band reaped those benefits beyond the notable front voice of ex-Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet. When you have Yngwie Malmsteen, Read more […]

Lionheart – The Reality of Miracles (Metalville Records)

Containing guitarist Dennis Stratton, best known for his work on the debut Iron Maiden album, Lionheart explores more of the AOR/melodic hard rock side of things for their third full-length The Reality Read more […]

Black Rose Maze – Black Rose Maze (Frontiers)

The project of Rosa Laricchiuta, Black Rose Maze is a new hard rock entry that effectively channels some bits of ‘80s rock into a modern formula that feels instantly gratifying, yet holds up upon repeated Read more […]

High Spirits – Hard to Stop (High Roller Records)

High energy rock mastermind Chris Black returns for a fourth-full length with High Spirits and Hard to Stop. Continually striving to deliver tracks that are addictive, catchy as all get up, and memorable Read more […]

Lord of the Lost – Swan Songs III (Napalm)

The third in the line of classical ensembles for the gothic act Lord of the Lost, this is the type of release that many will walk into knowing if they will enjoy it or not. Given that they’ve done this Read more […]

Misery Signals – Ultraviolet (Self-Released)

One of the more celebrated acts within the metalcore scene, and one that has long championed the cause, no doubt many are familiar with Misery Signals. That said, they haven’t released an album in seven Read more […]

Concrete – Free Us from Existence (Blood Blast/Black Voodoo)

There’s nothing quite like that upstate NY approach to hardcore. It ends up more of a hybrid between hardcore, death metal, and beyond instead of simply following the usual methods. Albany-based act Read more […]

Mordred – Volition EP (Self-Released)

Mordred never received proper credit for being the first fully-fledged rap-metal band. The band had their run in the late ’80s/early ’90s as part of Noise Records, but their Bay Area locale meant they Read more […]

Stillbirth – Revive the Throne (Unique Leader)

Stillbirth return with their sixth full-length (without including last year’s compilation Back to the Stoned Age) with Revive the Throne. Given the band’s back history in brutal death metal, it goes Read more […]

Primitive Man – Immersion (Relapse)

As the auteurs of abrasive and confrontational doom metal, Immersion couldn’t have come at a more appropriate year. Primitive Man has always sang about how fucked up this world is, and when frontman and Read more […]

Warkings – Revenge (Napalm)

The four ancient kings return with Revenge – the second album from Warkings. Using aliases such as Tribune, Crusader, Viking, and Spartan, this international four-piece keeps power metal alive and shimmering. Read more […]

Disavowed – Revocation of the Fallen (Brutal Mind)

There’s got to be at least a few folks who have a recollection of Disavowed’s first full-length, Perceptive Deception, which came out back in 2001. Brutal death metal at its finest, with some nods Read more […]

Nyktophobia – What Lasts Forever (Self-Released)

Ever the consistent bunch, German melodic death metal unit Nyktophobia lay out their third full-length much like the last two before them. First, there’s the jawdroppingly impressive cover art – caked Read more […]

Suicide Nation – Hall of Violence (Australis Records)

In many South American countries, metal releases take time as resources may be limited, beyond quality time and proper equipment. Suicide Nation have been together since 2006- releasing their first EP Read more […]

Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media)

Already having established themselves as a band that perpetually moves forward, not content with releasing the same album twice, the wait for more Black Crown Initiate has been a long one. It’s been Read more […]

Ulthar – Providence (20 Buck Spin)

Take heed, for the arboreal and likely sentient horror which adorns the cover of Providence doubles as an indefatigable pursuer across the album. The brand of blackened death that the Oakland trio Ulthar Read more […]

Grace Disgraced – Immortech (Metalism Records)

Grace Disgraced made some waves with this scribe back with their last effort, 2016’s Lasting Afterdeaths. While many offer Death worship of the band’s earlier days, Grace Disgraced took some latter Read more […]

Let Us Prey – Virtues of the Vicious (M-Theory Audio)

For as innovative and out-and-out brilliant Nevermore was, they never crossed the threshold into mass acceptance within the metal scene. Some of that was owed to Warrel Dane’s “unique” vocal delivery; Read more […]

Texas Murder Crew – Everyone’s Last Breath (Comatose)

What does one look for in a brutal death metal release? With the expectations of seeking punishing riffs, scathing breakdowns, and ludicrous gutturals in mind, new act Texas Murder Crew brings forth their Read more […]

Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville (Century Media)

Monstrous, terrifying, impressive. Three terms that suitably describe both the breathtaking album art of Alphaville and Imperial Triumphant themselves. A band that has been on the cutting edge of madness Read more […]

Damnation Angels – Fiber of Our Being (Self-Released)

A staple of the UK melodic/symphonic metal scene since starting in 2006, Damnation Angels have gained appeal globally through their two full-lengths and EP. Striking deals in the past with Radtone Music Read more […]

Winter Nights – Winter Nights (Self-Released)

Brooklyn-based Winter Nights released An Endless Apocalypse back in 2014, but we’ve not heard much from them since (outside a single in 2016). This self-titled effort serves as the band’s second full-length Read more […]

Encystment – Egregious Treatment of Cloacal Extrophy (New Standard Elite)

Truthfully speaking, in looking at the combination of the band name and album title (props for using the term ‘cloaca’) with the over-the-top gore on the cover, you already know if you are going to Read more […]

Buried Realm – Embodiment of the Divine (Self-Released)

Well done melodic death metal that hits all the right marks. In truth, that’s all you really need to know about Buried Realm if you are on the fence, or somehow slept on 2017’s debut, The Ichor Carcinoma. Read more […]

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