Reviews

Hammerfall – Dominion (Napalm Records)

Decades ago, records like Glory to the Brave and Legacy of Kings established the resurrection of interest in classic, traditional/melodic metal – spearheaded by Hammerfall. Ascending to headlining status Read more […]

Wraith – Absolute Power (Self-Released)

An infamous underrated late 80’s album from power/thrash band Powermad had the same title as this one by this Indiana band Wraith – but that’s where the similarities end. Issuing a quick turnaround Read more […]

Wrvth – No Rising Sun (Unique Leader)

All things come to an end, either with a whimper or a bang. In the case of Wrvth, No Rising Sun gives notice that the sun has come to set on Wrvth itself with quite the depressive bang. In the four years Read more […]

Repent – Condemned to Fail (High Roller Records)

Spearheading the early 90’s wave of German thrash, Repent have only released three albums prior to Condemned to Fail – and this fourth full-length comes after a seven-year lapse between records. Undergoing Read more […]

Equilibrium – Renegades (Nuclear Blast)

When you listen to a band like Equilibrium, you really have to start by thinking about what you are attempting to get out of it? Are you looking for a deep life-changing experience? Are you looking for Read more […]

Frantic Amber – Bellatrix (GMR Music)

With a concept about female warriors (hence the title), Frantic Amber returns with their second effort, which follows up their 2015 debut Burning Insight. The term frantic is rather applicable, as the Read more […]

Ardours – Last Place on Earth (Frontiers)

A collaboration between Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and Kris Laurent, Ardours first release sits as a pleasant experience that sits in a bit of a grey area. There’s parts of gothic and symphonic Read more […]

Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay (20 Buck Spin)

With the death metal obsession for drab, dark colors sometimes it’s a missed opportunity. Take the booger-y green color that stares at you from the cover of Odious Descent into Decay. It’s a little Read more […]

Glasya – Heaven’s Demise (Pride & Joy Music)

Founded in 2016 through guitarist Hugo Esteves desire to combine orchestral arrangements in metal with a more dramatic/cinematic flair, Glasya developed over the next two years into a sextet of musicians. Read more […]

Bound in Fear – The Hand of Violence (Unique Leader)

If downtuned riffs and gurgle-y vocals bring all the deathcore boys to the yard, then consider Bound in Fear the hippest kid in town. The British deathcore act has partnered with Unique Leader for The Read more […]

Zombie Apocalypse – Life Without Pain is a Fucking Fantasy (Innerstrength Records)

Rooted in that sound that merged hardcore with metal (pre-metalcore, if you will) Zombie Apocalypse has been away from the scene for quite some time. They released two EPs back in the early 2000s, but Read more […]

Burning Orphanage – Burning Orphanage (Self-Released)

Hailing from Germany – metal mecca of Europe – Burning Orphanage is a duo aiming to throw a healthy mix of groove-obsessed thrash metal at your ears for this self-titled full-length. Brace and Jack Read more […]

Unburnt – Arcane Evolution (Self-Released)

Taking the blackened death metal reins in a way that bends in multiple directions, Unburnt display some interesting potency to their formula. The Canadian act has members established in a few bands (notably Read more […]

Excuse – Prophets from the Occultic Cosmos (Shadow Kingdom Records)

You gotta love the backwards E symmetrical look to the logo for this Finnish band Excuse. That touch adds to the evil, unadulterated raw appeal when you press play to Prophets from the Occultic Cosmos, Read more […]

Lord – Fallen Idols (Dominus Records)

Six years have passed since the last studio album from Lord – but it’s not as if they’ve been idle. Four EP’s, a ‘revisited’ album, and a live record from their ProgPower USA XVII appearance Read more […]

Devourment – Obscene Majesty (Relapse)

Admittedly, there was a lot to be excited about at the prospect of Devourment’s latest album. For one, it’s been six years since the band released Conceived in Sewage, and in that time, they have Read more […]

Killswitch Engage – Atonement (Metal Blade)

When it comes to the straight-up metalcore blueprint, one can argue that even with 17 years since the success of Alive or Just Breathing, no one can top Killswitch Engage. The band itself has persevered, Read more […]

Overt Enemy – Possession (Confused Records)

Doubling up as the best Slayer tribute band in North America, it’s probably obvious where Texas’ Overt Enemy land on the genre spectrum for their latest EP Possession. Active for six years, they released Read more […]

Destruction – Born to Perish (Nuclear Blast)

Expanding to a four-piece for the first time since 1998’s The Least Successful Human Cannonball (the last album not to feature Schmier in the normal vocal/bass allotment), Born to Perish signals a fresh Read more […]

Glacier – No Light Ever (Wolves and Vibrancy Records)

With no context of the music, a band titled Glacier and an album named No Light Ever just seems bleak. Coming off of 2017’s lengthy two-track Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Read more […]

Suicidal Angels – Years of Aggression (NoiseArt Records)

Active since 2001, Greek thrash band Suicidal Angels remember the early years of trying to appeal to a generation of metalheads who thought their style was ‘dinosaur rock’ in comparison to the extreme Read more […]

Phobia – Generation Coward (Willowtip)

Hard to believe that Phobia has been grinding it out for almost 30 years at this point. With a massive volume of splits and EPs under their belt, Generation Coward also represents the seventh full-length Read more […]

Pathology – Reborn to Kill (Pavement Entertainment)

Perhaps 2019 is indeed the year of slam, or at least the year slam begins to mature and develop into something more. We’ve seen potent releases from Vulvodynia, Continuum, and Ingested, and have Devourment Read more […]

Sanguine Eagle – Shores of Avarice & Storm Mysticism (Profound Lore)

An uncommon sight for a band to release two separate albums in the place of an ordinary debut. While Shores of Avarice is a reworked version of an independently released album (of an almost identical name) Read more […]

Falls of Rauros – Patterns In Mythology (Gilead Media)

Agalloch’s The Mantle casts a shadow that, unfortunately, my ears will probably never escape. It was still new when my own journey into the metal world began and it has been there every step of the way Read more […]

All We’ve Known – Dissidence (Self-Released)

While some groan over metalcore’s continued existence, even if it doesn’t hold the same of fame today as it did in the last decade, some bands have been able to dissect out its good points and avoid Read more […]

Vulcan – Forged (Self-Released)

An upstate New York act from the Buffalo area, Vulcan release a potent blend of groove-inspired thrash with death and semi-modern influences on their first full-length Forged. Not much background information Read more […]

The Last Martyr – Creatrix (Self-Released)

One of those times where you’d never imagine that the band in question was only one year old, The Last Martyr released the song “Into the Black” in 2018 and Creatrix represents the band’s first Read more […]

The Offering – Home (Century Media)

Establishing yourselves in a crowded metal marketplace is key to career development. The Offering through their self-titled EP in 2017 put this former Florida/ currently Massachusetts quartet on the map, Read more […]

As I May – My Own Creations (Rockshots Records)

With the scene not really saturated with the ‘metalcore’ sound anymore, it’s interesting to see some bands starting or continuing to bring it along for a ride. As I May are quite rooted in the sensation, Read more […]

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