Reviews

Pyogenesis – A Kingdom to Disappear (AFM)

One thing’s for certain with Germany’s Pyogenesis: They stick out like a sore thumb. In a career marked by seismic shifts in sound, going from death/Goth to pop/rock in the ’90s, then taking a hiatus Read more […]

Bloodbound – War of Dragons (AFM Records)

Certain themes resonate in specific sub-genres of metal. Just as anti-religious or violent themes matter in the extreme facets, so do battles, wars, and fantasy/mythology topics for power metal. Bloodbound Read more […]

Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence (Nuclear Blast)

One would have to be living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean to not have heard the hubbub about Suicide Silence’s change in direction and the fan backlash for going against the grain and taking Read more […]

Crystal Viper – Queen of the Witches (AFM Records)

Establishing a foothold in the traditional heavy metal scene through five studio albums while touring fifteen countries, Crystal Viper from Poland took a break following 2013’s Possession effort, due Read more […]

Within the Ruins – Halfway Human (eOne)

Within the Ruins’ last album, Phenomena, saw the band putting some distance between themselves and their deathcore brethren. Breakdowns and chugging still being a part of the band’s sound, but it Read more […]

Akoma – Revangels (Massacre Records)

At the surface and sheer selling point level, Revangels seems to have a lot of stuff going for it. There’s a song that features ex-Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine, a recording/production by Alexander Read more […]

Mutiny Within – Origins (Self-Released)

There’s something to be said for fan service. On two occasions to this point, Mutiny Within have arisen up to create new music, because that’s what the fans craved (well, they missed making music Read more […]

My Sleeping Karma – Mela Nanda – Live (Napalm)

With the instrumental rock/metal boom having long since passed (we’re probably at the decade mark), the style is effectively cornered by a few well-meaning bands, like Germany’s My Sleeping Karma. Read more […]

SicociS – Requiem of the World (M-Theory Audio)

Not wanting to be boxed in or feeling redundant, many bands have opted for a more multi-genre approach. Things like melodic death metal, thrash, and power metal share some frequent similarities and often Read more […]

She Must Burn – Grimoire (Artery Recordings)

Most of us here at DR tend to have a generally unfavorable view of metalcore/deathcore (and its lineage), but nonetheless try to view things with an open mind. After all, one never knows when/where the Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Torment (Metal Blade)

Long-standing death metal groovers Six Feet Under never seem to lack for new material. The band’s twelfth offering in over 20 years of existence, Torment, again sees frontman Chris Barnes and friends Read more […]

Need – Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom (Self-Released)

Need will be supporting Evergrey on their upcoming spring North American headline run, a golden opportunity for an unsigned Greek progressive unit. Surely the thought of the band re-mortgaging houses, Read more […]

Manetheren – The End (Avantgarde Music)

Last heard from via 2012’s Time, U.S. black metal outfit Manetheren have since jumped from French label Debemur Morti to Avantgarde Music, a move typically reserved for European bands. And that’s where Read more […]

Galactic Empire – Galactic Empire (Rise Records)

It’s safe to say that the metal world and the nerd world aren’t as disconnected as some outside the genre seem to think. The fact that it’s taken this long to get a full-blown Star Wars metal cover Read more […]

Antropomorphia – Sermon ov Wrath (Metal Blade)

Three years following up their last album (Rites ov Perversion), Antropomorphia rolls out some of the usual tropes for their latest, Sermon ov Wrath. Just as before, you see that nudity runs supreme on Read more […]

Valfreya – Promised Land (Self-Released)

It could be said that Valfreya’s second full-length, Promised Land, was a long time coming. Their previous album, Path to Eternity, was released back in 2012 after all. But thankfully, Promised Land Read more […]

Gape – Exploit the Moist (CDN Records)

Sometimes you just have to chuckle and grin a little bit about the absurdity of brutal death metal lyrics. Either the excessive amount of gore, sex, or both. In the case of Tasmanian act Gape, it’s Read more […]

Steel Messiah – Of Laser and Lightning (Self-Released)

A German four-piece forming in 2014, Steel Messiah champion the ideals of 80’s-oriented classic metal on their first five song foray Of Laser and Lightning. It’s fairly clear right out of the gate Read more […]

Once Human – Evolution (earMUSIC)

Once Human jumped right into the fray with their first release, The Life I Remember. With the pedigree of Logan Mader on guitar (ex-Machine Head, ex-Soulfly), it was an impressive debut that straddled Read more […]

Hadal Maw – Olm (EVP Recordings)

Taking the tried and true approach to refining one’s sound is often a worthy venture. Having spent some time initially focusing before their debut, 2014’s Senium, the band once more took their time Read more […]

Fairytale – Battlestar Rising (Art Gates Records)

Straight heavy metal with loads of deadpan humor from Germany… no folks, we aren’t taking in the latest Helloween album. It’s the third record Battlestar Rising from Fairytale, a new band to these Read more […]

Persefone – Aathma (ViciSolum Productions)

While some bands crank out new content every year or two like clockwork, other bands go at their own pace. It’s a strategy that requires payoff each time, since it’s an extended wait for each new Read more […]

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems (Witherfall Music LLC)

A collective brainchild of members with ties to past and present outfits like Iced Earth, Circle II Circle, and White Wizzard among others, Witherfall began writing for this album Nocturnes and Requiems Read more […]

Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light (Prosthetic)

We could spend this entire review extolling the virtues of Junius’s simply unsurpassed Reports from the Thresholds of Death. Released in 2011, the album was a marvel because of its delicate simplicity, Read more […]

The Evil Dead – Earth Inferno (Witches Brew)

Original takes on well-established heavy music platforms appear harder and harder due to the sheer volume of bands and releases these days. One group aiming to shake things up in the blackened traditional Read more […]

Cynic – Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Recordings (Century Media)

While the current status of Cynic remains fluid (neither Paul Masvidal or Sean Reinert have made a definitive statement in well over a year), the band’s highly-regarded demo period is getting its just Read more […]

Gutted – Martyr Creation (Xtreem Music)

There’s always a place for those albums that serve no point but to knock you over and steamroll through an entire album. Most often this comes from the brutal death sector, and Hungary’s Gutted have Read more […]

King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering (Relapse)

Feel the drone…but not that kind of “drone.” On King Woman’s quite enticing first proper full-length album Created in the Image of Suffering (their first for Relapse, too), an endless drone of Read more […]

Epitaph – Sinner Waketh (Dark Symphonies)

There’s always a moment of hesitation when something is presented as Swedish death metal. There’s just so much of it out there that the palette has been satiated (or abused depending on the perspective). Read more […]

Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Daemon Worship Productions)

One look at the cover of Grafvitnir’s latest album, Obeisance to a Witch Moon, should give the listener some idea of what is to be discovered in the following nine tracks, black metal with no compromise. Read more […]

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