Saule – Saule (Avantgarde Music)

If there was a detector that helped compartmentalize lesser post-metal bands into the dustbin, then it would have been discovered by now. It has become convenient for bands to tag themselves as such, employ Read more […]

Assaulter – Meat Grinder (EBM Records)

The long-term appeal of speedy thrash resides in the intensity of riffs, tempos, and vocals that combine for vicious songs. A rabid animal that can be tenacious, a tad unpredictable, yet cause massive Read more […]

Disincarnation – By the Old Gods and the New (Self-Released)

By 2017, most metal scribes undoubtedly grab their pitchforks when yet another band identifies themselves as old school death metal. Perhaps that’s part of the motivation behind Disincarnation’s self-description Read more […]

Les Discrets – Prédateurs (Prophecy Productions)

If a playbook was ever needed on how to handle the dreaded “directional change” album, then Fursy Teyssier of France’s Les Discrets should be the author. Firmly embedded in the post-rock and metal Read more […]

Cerebral Extinction – Necro Parasite Anomaly (Amputated Vein Records)

It’s been a good year for Italian death metal. We’ve gotten new Hour of Penance and Hideous Divinity and albums from Bloodtruth and Devangelic await in the future to come. Cerebral Extinction’s Read more […]

Gravil – No More Forgiveness (Self-Released)

Thrashy melodic death metal with groove is what you’ll get with English act Gravil’s second release, No More Forgiveness. Coming four years removed from their last album, it delivers about what you’d Read more […]

Ancient Ascendant – Raise the Torch (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Entombed’s 1993 Wolverine Blues was the approximate moment when rock and roll became comfy bedfellows with death metal. Before, death metal lacked swagger or even humor. It was (deathly) serious and Read more […]

Crypt Rot – Embryonic Devils (Southern Lord)

Running across an extreme metal act that doesn’t immediately label itself as one thing or another is becoming more and more rare in these times. Many bands see fit to copy what’s directly in front Read more […]

Tehom – The Merciless Light (Blood Harvest)

This probably matters to weak-of-brain journalists like yours truly, but Sweden’s Tehom only have a Myspace page to their online presence. Really, it’s a commendable approach; a veritable middle-finger Read more […]

Pyramaze – Contingent (Inner Wound Recordings)

Back on a regular every other year recording schedule, things are indeed on the upswing in the Pyramaze camp. Hot off their impressive 2015 Disciples of the Sun album and a Progpower USA appearance last Read more […]

Vandroya – Beyond the Human Mind (Inner Wound Recordings)

Always a pleasant treat to find a band that comes from out of nowhere and impresses you. Though certainly not for some, as Vandroya released their first full-length (One) in 2013 after a number of years Read more […]

Adamantine – Heroes & Villains (Allegiance Recordings)

Adamantine – a term meaning rigid or unyielding, yet this scribe can’t see it without thinking instead of Wolverine’s claws. Though technically that would still work in terms of the claws. Regardless, Read more […]

Life of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)

Life of Agony came through the gates hard with their unique debut River Runs Red back in 1993. Taking hardcore, sludge, and punk influences with knack for melodies – many have sung the album’s praises Read more […]

Heart Attack – The Resilience (Apathia Records)

When needing more groove or modern thump to a tried and true sub-genre such as thrash comes into play, many European acts get it. Meaning – they know how to create strong melodic hooks and penetrating Read more […]

Fjoergyn – Lvcifer es (Lifeforce)

The point of avant-garde black metal is to not make things easy. “Difficult” wouldn’t be the right word, for that insinuates the music is subpar; “not easy” is perhaps the way to go. If bands Read more […]

Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian Live DVD (Metal Blade)

Metal historians remember childhood favorites, etching iconic, page turning albums deep in the hopes that somehow, someway they can relive and possibly experience specific lineups at a reunion show or Read more […]

Noumena – Myrrys (Haunted Zoo Productions)

Surely the scholars of the melodic death metal scene are righteously frustrated by the state of Noumena. They’ve consistently put out some of the strongest work within the mournful side of the melodic Read more […]

Dust in Mind – Oblivion (darkTunes Music Group)

What happens when you combine the industrial metallic rhythms of Pain with some of the gloom of Katatonia and add some early Lacuna Coil to it? You probably end up with something that sounds a bit like Read more […]

MindMaze – Resolve (Inner Wound Recordings)

Ideally melodic power/progressive metal should encourage exploration of creative ideas and thoughts, executing them in an interesting way every time. Musicians gain life experience, improving abilities Read more […]

Profanity – The Art of Sickness (Apostasy Records)

Everyone loves a comeback, right? In the case of Germany’s Profanity, it’s been 17 years since the band released a full-length album (the last one came at the turn of the century with Slaughtering Read more […]

DeathAwaits – Solve Coagula (Sliptrick Records)

With all the material that’s out there, it’s never surprising to initially discover a band only to find out they’ve been putting some serious time in beforehand. Case in point with the French act Read more […]

Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked (Hells Headbangers)

Roaming the East Coast with a potent thrash attack, many of this scribe’s high school alums got into Blood Feast on name alone – Kill for Pleasure as intoxicating an album title as Kill ‘Em All. Read more […]

Labyrinth – Architecture of a God (Frontiers)

It used to be difficult not to mention Labyrinth without Rhapsody of Fire. At the dawn of the new century, the two represented the cream of the crop in terms of Italian power metal, which by then, was Read more […]

Dante’s Theory – Amut (Self-Released)

Not exactly a hotbed for metal, but one that has been seeing a surge in recent years is that of Singapore (particularly for death metal). Usually when one does think of the Asian sector, it’s for more Read more […]

Travel Amygdala – Regeneration (Self-Released)

Adversity strikes in every facet of life – how people respond determines positive or negative outcomes. Take Massachusetts act Travel Amygdala. Since the previous This Is Nothing single, only bassist/vocalist Read more […]

Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy (Profound Lore)

Poised to become this year’s Nails (i.e. the “hip” brazen new extreme metal band on the block), Maryland/Pennsylvania death-noise mongers Full of Hell do appreciate brevity like Nails, as so reflected Read more […]

Aborted Fetus – The Art of Violent Torture (Comatose Music)

With a well-established sound from the get-go, derivative as it may be, no one is looking for Aborted Fetus (yes, Aborted and Dying Fetus paint you a good picture) to be the genre’s next benchmark for Read more […]

Miserium – Ascension (Nail Records)

Thanks to the proliferation of social media newsgroups, musical discoveries globally can be instantaneous. Take Miserium – a Hungarian band that has been active for a decade, issuing a couple of EP’s, Read more […]

Ides of Gemini – Women (Rise Above)

Dominated by the haunting, high-rising vocals of Sera Timms, Ides of Gemini appear to be a good match for Lee Dorrain’s Rise Above Records. Dorrain’s knack for signing up-and-coming female-fronted Read more […]

Helioss – Antumbra (Apathia Records)

When discussing symphonic black/death metal bands, often the genre gets dumped on a bit for going overboard with the theatrics without the rest of the band keeping pace. For having grandeur without soul, Read more […]

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