Reviews

Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner (Prosthetic)

Already building some buzz after a strong debut in Miasmic Mutation, Abhorrent Decimation then signed with Prosthetic Records to continue moving forward with their brand of modern death metal. For their Read more […]

Accelerator – Anthropophagy Outbreak (Self-Released)

Often long-winded descriptions when it comes to metal bands in their background information need to be taken very lightly. When it reaches four/five sub-genre level, it borders on ridiculous. In the case Read more […]

Rage – Seasons of the Black (Nuclear Blast/Metalville)

Quick: Name the band who had their name changed without their knowledge prior to their debut album hitting record store racks? That would be Rage, who suffered such an indignity at the hands of Noise Records Read more […]

Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi (Nuclear Blast)

Despite a seven year wait since their last album, Polarity, there never seemed to be a decrease in the hype for a new album from the revered act. Due to some touring here and there, nor was there a thought Read more […]

Beyond Grace – Seekers (Self-Released)

Who says death metal can’t coincide with intelligence? With more progressive and technical elements entering the genre on a regular basis, just because the genre can bludgeon the listener with pure Read more […]

Katana Cartel – War Part 1 (Self-Released)

Formed in 2012 over a mutual love of classic heavy/power metal and blues based hard rock by guitarists Rob Georgievski and Aidan Le Gassick, natural lineup shuffles and growing pains took place over a Read more […]

Byzantine – The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)

Everyone’s favorite metallic underdog, West Virginia’s Byzantine, are back with their sixth offering with the fittingly titled The Cicada Tree. Some growing legions have shown their ardent support Read more […]

Integrity – Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume (Relapse)

Incendiary metallic hardcore legends Integrity have never been ones to play it straight. While other hardcore acts entrenched themselves with the tough-guy bravados and breakdown central, Integrity have Read more […]

Rings of Saturn – Ultu Ulla (Nuclear Blast)

By the time one reaches a fourth album, most bands have locked in what they are going to do. They are either going to put out more of the same with subsequent offerings, or dip their toes and show they Read more […]

Sanctifyre – Immortal Champions (Self-Released)

The Pacific Northwest contains a swirl of younger heavy metal musicians ready to put that territory back on the map – remember the first go around with Queensrÿche, Metal Church, Sanctuary and the like? Read more […]

From Eden to Exile – Modern Disdain (Attic Records)

Avoiding the allure and/or songwriting fail-safe that is the beatdown has proven a difficult task for many a young band. You can pull up just about any XYZ band formed after 2012 and find the usual formula: Read more […]

The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom (Rise)

To stay pissed…or not to stay pissed, that is the long-running question regarding The Acacia Strain. The band has built a career out of being arguably one of the most vitriolic metalcore bands around, Read more […]

No Limited Spiral – Into the Marinesnow (WormHoleDeath)

Due to the appeal of international acts like In Flames, Arch Enemy, and Children of Bodom, melodic death metal has always found favor in the Far East. Shouldn’t be surprising that domestic talent blossoms Read more […]

Carnivore – Carnivore Reissue (Metalville/Roadrunner Archive)

Jeff Wagner’s 2014 Soul on Fire tome cast an all-encompassing light on Peter Steele, a man whose towering presence still looms large today. As frontman for Type O Negative, Steele became a sex symbol Read more […]

Tchornobog – Tchornobog (I, Voidhanger)

Of the “one-man acts” that tend to permeate the scene at this point, one name that should grab people’s attention is that of Markov Soroka. Initially beginning with Eternium, he’s gone through Read more […]

Blind Guardian – Live Beyond the Spheres (Nuclear Blast)

During the 1990’s, this scribe remembers many European (and North America) metal bands who couldn’t get arrested securing record contracts stateside. In fact, Blind Guardian had a major deal with Virgin Read more […]

Nargaroth – Era of Threnody (Inter Arma Productions)

Hailed as one of Germany’s longest-running black metal bands, Nargaroth (who is really just main dude Ash; real name: René Wagner), have enjoyed a mildly successful career. Surely their output is foreign Read more […]

Time Shadow – A World Beyond (Self-Released)

Continually staying abreast of metal acts from all countries, Time Shadow come from the Eastern European country of the Ukraine – originally developing their power metal sound with native language lyrics. Read more […]

Blackbriar – Fractured Fairytales (Self-Released)

Enchanting isn’t a word that gets tossed around with too many metal albums, but it’s entirely the aesthetic of Blackbriar’s debut EP, Fractured Fairytales. There may be many bands parading around Read more […]

Venomous Maximus – No Warning (Shadow Kingdom)

Certainly one of, if not the most distinguishable band on throwback metal stronghold label Shadow Kingdom, Houston’s Venomous Maximus made inroads via 2015’s Firewalker. A collection of sludge-on-traditional Read more […]

Powerhouse – Adrenaline (Self-Released)

Pushing to get a debut EP on the market in a little over a year since their spring 2016 formation, New Mexico’s Powerhouse aim with Adrenaline to bring energy, heart, and power back into the metal world Read more […]

Decapitated – Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

Decapitated’s 2006 Organic Hallucinosis was the clear game-changer for the Poles. Boasting one of the heaviest production jobs in recent death metal history, the album saw the band make the shift from Read more […]

Hogan’s Goat – Hogan’s Goat (Self-Released)

Sometimes it’s the little things that cause you to dig deeper for an unknown band. In the case of Hogan’s Goat, it was doing some research (a simple google of the name) to discover that the band named Read more […]

Cytotoxin – Gammageddon (Unique Leader)

It’s been five years, but the “Chernobyl Death Metal” squad of Cytotoxin has returned. After the one-two punch of their previous albums, one would expect nothing less for a third helping. And to Read more […]

Apostasy – Ghosts (Self-Released)

Delivering an explosive metal cocktail since 2002, Apostasy come from New Haven, Connecticut – and one look at their discography through Metal-Archives.com will alert you that they’ve been productive- Read more […]

Among the Torrent – The Grievous End of a Curse (Self-Released)

As it’s frequently alluded to, symphonic black/death metal is a style that’s tougher to land than one might expect. You need to capitalize on the more brutal side of the metallic spectrum and ensure Read more […]

Selcouth – Heart is the Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger)

Arcturus’ La Masquerade Infernale was certainly an album ahead of its time. It seemed to spur an entire avant-garde metal movement that has only gotten more jazzy, progressive, and strange over time. Read more […]

Orden Ogan – Gunmen (AFM Records)

Transforming from folk metal roots to power/symphonic laden glory, Orden Ogan took a love of choir-laden choruses and larger-than-life guitar harmonies all the way to headlining status (at least on European Read more […]

Mitochondrion – Antinumerology (Krucyator Productions)

Easily one of the most well-known of the cavernous death metal movement (also featuring Portal and Abyssal), Mitochondrion have earned their seat at the dark and atmospheric table. While Antinumerology Read more […]

MRTVI – Negative Atonal Dissonance (Transcending Obscurity)

When you begin with a disclaimer about one’s music is “not an album” but a “statement, a philosophy, an experiment,” you can tell it’s going to be a divisive one. Such is the ideology of MRTVI’s Read more […]

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