Reviews

Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy (Pure Steel Records)

Founded in 1985, Ancient Curse return for their third full-length in The New Prophecy, more than two decades removed from their last effort Thirsty Fields. Although there isn’t much explanation in my Read more […]

Old Roger’s Revenge – Vengeance of Blackbeard (Pavement Entertainment)

Ahoy matey! Italy’s Old Roger’s Revenge just released their debut offering Vengeance of Blackbeard, and you could be hard-pressed to find a more suitable record for pillaging and laying waste to coastal Read more […]

Ironstone – Prophecy (Self-Released)

Even in these tumultuous, stay home/stay safe pandemic times, those who want to seek out music as an escape and lifestyle can find plenty of new content within a few keystrokes. Hailing from Bendigo, Australia Read more […]

Bleed from Within – Fracture (Century Media)

Who says you can’t teach an old genre new tricks? Modern metal act Bleed from Within have returned for their latest full-length record with Fracture and it takes some old elements of metalcore and gives Read more […]

Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut (Napalm)

As Alestorm’s sixth album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut isn’t out to set into stormy waters. Instead, it’s more akin to a vacation on a tropical paradise. Alestorm continue to be the leaders of Read more […]

Grave Digger – Fields of Blood (Napalm Records)

Completing the epic Highlands/ Scottish history trilogy of albums that includes 1996’s Tunes of War and 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again, Grave Digger arrive at Fields of Blood, the 20th studio record Read more […]

Paralysis – Mob Justice (Self-Released)

Crossover thrash has been a staple of the scene since the 80’s – acts willing to combine the ferocity of hardcore with the stomp and power of thrash. Hailing from New Jersey, Paralysis have been working Read more […]

Witchcraft – Black Metal (Nuclear Blast)

Known at this point in the game for their take on the Sabbath formula for doom, the band’s first output in four years is one that is going to subvert expectations. First off, while the title is Black Read more […]

Dead City Crown – Our Blood Apocalyptic (Self-Released)

In what seems to be turning into a yearly tradition in the spring, New Jersey’s Dead City Crown have triumphantly returned with their latest EP, Our Blood Apocalyptic. The band’s Sweden/Finland by Read more […]

Ancillotti – Hell on Earth (Pure Steel Records)

Ancillotti is an Italian heavy metal act that is truly a family affair – considering 75% of the lineup is brother, brother and son with guitarist Luciano Toscani the lone solider not named Ancillotti. Read more […]

Mazzeri – Mazzeri (Self-Released)

Celebrating life since 2017. French act Mazzeri approach the doom genre with a progressive, left-field slant on their self-titled debut album. Sparse background information indeed regarding the four-piece, Read more […]

Henry Kane – Age of the Idiot (Transcending Obscurity)

When it comes to deathgrind, you don’t come into it seeking something artistic and fancy. It just needs to rip, tear, and blast away to satiate that primal urge for aggression. That’s exactly what Read more […]

Gomorra – Divine Judgement (Noble Demon)

Featuring Destruction guitarist Damir Eskic, Gomorra is a five-piece Swiss band balancing out a mix of heavy and power/thrash aspects on their debut full-length record Divine Judgement. It’s always helpful Read more […]

Oxidize – Dark Confessions (Wormholedeath)

Starting in 2017 with the goal of putting together a band with musicians of similar tastes, Oxidize develop a melodic metal sound with traditional and power roots on their debut album Dark Confessions. Read more […]

Feleth – Depravity (DeadPop Records)

A fresh act onto the extreme metal scene, Feleth come to us from Norway with their first offering in Depravity. There’s a bit of a hodgepodge when it comes to the band’s sound, but for the most part Read more […]

Mad Hatter – Pieces of Reality (Art Gates Records)

Returning with their second full-length Pieces of Reality, Swedish power metal band Mad Hatter aren’t resting on their creative laurels and got to work quickly on the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled Read more […]

Killitorous – The Afterparty (Tentacles Industries)

Who says that tech death can’t be fun? Killitorous brought the energy with 2014’s Party, Grind and have apparently brought enough of it to supply The Afterparty as well. Given a roster of members Read more […]

Mountaineer – Bloodletting (Lifeforce)

California’s Mountaineer have made a pretty quick ascent through the post-metal ranks, with now three releases since 2017. For some acts, something like this could be start to feel a bit stagnant, but Read more […]

Her Chariot Awaits – Her Chariot Awaits (Frontiers Music)

Even after a tragic tour accident for Adrenaline Mob almost three years ago that caused numerous band injuries and the death of bassist David Zablidowsky, guitarist Mike Orlando still keeps moving full Read more […]

Fellahin Fall – Tar A-Kan (Self-Released)

Checking out the band’s first EP late last year, there was something instantly magnetic about their sound. The combination of electronic and synth tones of a darker variety melded together with gloomy Read more […]

Voices of Ruin – Path to Immortality (M-Theory Audio)

Carving out a following through two self-released albums in this decade, California melodic death metal act Voices of Ruin garner interest from M-Theory Audio to vault into this third album Path to Immortality. Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Obsidian (Nuclear Blast)

A premiere act who have traversed multiple subgenres of metal to varying degrees of success, Paradise Lost have had periods of strong doom/death, gothic, and electronic/alternative-oriented output depending Read more […]

Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi (Nuclear Blast)

The black ritual resumes. This time the ritual isn’t set upon a blood-drawn pentagram and a dismembered goat but is likely somewhere in the northern woods. Instead beyond the shadows between the trees Read more […]

Firewind – Firewind (AFM Records)

Guitarist Gus G has quite a healthy resume in the metal field: Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy, Nightrage, and Ozzy Osbourne records and tours amongst his many decades of work. Probably his most prolific and Read more […]

Werewolves – The Dead are Screaming (Prosthetic Records)

Death metal mavens Werewolves hits the ground running with their debut album The Dead are Screaming. Razor-sharp arrangements and tight musicianship help make this album from the Australian death mongers Read more […]

Wake of Sirens – The Blackest Deep (Self-Released)

Sometimes bands and projects take years behind the scenes to develop into what the listener finally hears upon release. Case in point – Massachusetts band Wake of Sirens and their debut album The Blackest Read more […]

Devangelic – Ersetu (Willowtip)

Up to this point, Devangelic have delivered two hyper-brutal efforts in death metal that have been effectively labeled ‘relentless.’ Given the nature of the way these bands tend to function, with Read more […]

Holden – Ursa Minor (Self-Released)

Richmond, VA post-sludge stalwarts Holden’s debut LP Ursa Minor is here, and you can’t be blamed to expect growing pains from any artist’s first outing. However, Holden doesn’t appear to suffer from it Read more […]

Destruction – Born to Thrash (Live in Germany) (Nuclear Blast)

When playing the Party San festival last summer with the new four-piece lineup, Destruction didn’t think they would be releasing a live record during this COVID-19 pandemic down time. But here it is, Read more […]

Ara – Jurisprudence (Self-Released)

As noted way back in our review of 2014’s Devourer of Worlds, Ara managed to do something that many technically-inclined bands could not: make intricate musicianship and songwriting mesh. They kept Read more […]

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