Reviews

Valence – Cognitive Dissidents (Self-Released)

Jumping into the instrumental prog category is a challenging thing. For many bands, there’s a feeling of technicality over songwriting, which makes it appeal only to their fellow peers. While there’s Read more […]

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin (Willowtip Records)

While it’s enjoyable to hear veteran bands up the ante with a new release at every corner, there’s a different type of thrill to hear a newer band come through and blow away your expectations on their Read more […]

Archaic Decapitator – Apothecary (Self-Released)

Three years and a few line-up changes removed from their 2016 EP Light of a Different Sun, Connecticut-based melodic death metal act Archaic Decapitator is back with another EP in the form of Apothecary. Read more […]

Review Face-Off: Seax – Fallout Rituals (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Consistently embracing an unadulterated enthusiasm for raw speed metal that has traditional and punk inflections, Seax maintain a workhorse, blue-collar aspect to their memorable live performances and Read more […]

Inferi – The End of an Era: Rebirth (The Artisan Era)

Back in 2009, Inferi wasn’t nearly as much of an extreme metal name as they are today. But, as this scribe’s first exposure to the band after the album’s release (and their temporary disappearance Read more […]

Tasteful Turmoil – The Phantom Fear (Inverse Records)

One of the more unique band names as of late, Tasteful Turmoil started in 2015, their path entailing a mixture of groove, thrash, and death influences while stirring in some traditional, NWOBHM nuances. Read more […]

Allegaeon – Apoptosis (Metal Blade)

Consistently showing growth and the ability to adapt/evolve with each new album, Allegaeon have earned the title of being one of America’s strongest melodic death metal bands. It has taken a lot of Read more […]

Latitudes – Part Island (Debemur Morti Productions)

There’s a certain amount of trepidation with approaching anything marked with the genre mashup of ‘sludge/post-metal’. Rather than kick things off here with an intrinsically negative tone, suffice Read more […]

Dead City Crown – Rex Mortuus (Self-Released)

In just under a year, New Jersey’s Dead City Crown are back with another short blaster of an EP. Following up the three track Apex of Fury, Rex Mortuus is kind enough to expand things to four songs Read more […]

Solarus – Darkest Days (Self-Released)

Blossoming from a personal project of guitarist/songwriter Lucas McArthur into a full band, Solarus have spent countless hours crafting the best albums possible given their independent status and funding. Read more […]

Sworn Enemy – Gamechanger (M-Theory Audio)

Growing older, there’s something that’s simply satisfying about the straight-forward attack of the hardcore scene. The way that the veteran bands continue to bring forth a certain level of venom and Read more […]

Wormwitch – Heaven That Dwells Within (Prosthetic Records)

There is an occasional magic to be found in things that, while being tangibly drawing on a variety of sources (whether related or not) they swirl them together and produce something awesome in composite. Read more […]

Terrific Verdict – Wheel of Fortune (Inverse Records)

Another act resurrecting decades after their original inception – Finnish thrash band Terrific Verdict were a part of the late 80’s scene, releasing two demos in 1988-89 before separating in 1990. Read more […]

Hannes Grossmann – Apophenia (Self-Released)

Without question, one of the most renown drummers in extreme metal circles today is Hannes Grossmann. One could list his achievements but it would leave little room for the actual review of the material, Read more […]

Parting Gift – Ensom (Fearless Records)

Just as bleak and cold as the cover art would lead you to believe, Parting Gift are able to bring in darkness by the truckload. A gloomy coating of fog surrounds the 20-minute runtime, establishing the Read more […]

Vetrar Draugurinn – Hinterlands (Painted Bass Records)

First releasing a 3-track EP back in 2017, Vetrar Draugurinn are back with their debut full-length, this time with label Painted Bass Records backing them. Comprised of ex-Stream of Passion guitarist Read more […]

Eluveitie – Ategnatos (Nuclear Blast)

It’s worth acknowledging that it’s been a long time since there’s been a tried-and-true Eluveitie release. One of folk metal’s biggest names have been mostly absent since 2014’s Origins. Sure, Read more […]

Three Dead Fingers – Breed of the Devil (Bleeding Music Records)

It’s a faster world thanks to technology – allowing younger musicians to gain proficiency at their instruments quicker because of the unlimited resources within the right connections and keystrokes. Read more […]

NONE – Damp Chill of Life (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Another April is upon us and with it comes a new NONE release. Maybe it’s tied to a date of meaning for one of the anonymous members of the band and maybe it’s a reflection of the fact that at this Read more […]

Exumer – Hostile Defiance (Metal Blade)

Originating on the cusp of the first Teutonic thrash wave, Exumer released two revered albums in the underground for Possessed by Fire (1986) and its follow-up Rising from the Sea in 1987. The band would Read more […]

Brymir – Wings of Fire (Out of Line Music)

It seems Brymir seems to go dormant for a bit, blast up from out of nowhere and deliver an epic piece of melodic death metal and disappear once more. It took 5 years to follow up 2011’s debut Breathe Read more […]

Once Awake – Inside the Storm (Reaper Entertainment)

Norway may be best revered in metal circles for its blackened contributions during the 1990’s explosion, but there has always been a healthy domestic output in other sub-genres. Once Awake from Bergen Read more […]

Arrival of Autumn – Harbinger (Nuclear Blast)

Time to hop in the ole time machine once again! But instead of zipping back to the seemingly usual timezone of Swedish death metal, we are setting the course for the USA back in the mid 2000s. If your Read more […]

Orpheus Omega – Wear Your Sins (EVP Recordings)

Despite the ‘near and dear’ nature of melodic death metal to the scribes of this site, it’s also a genre that has had its fair share of underwhelming releases as bands continue to solder on. It Read more […]

Aether Void – Curse of Life (Revalve Records)

Forming from the dissolved No Way Out, Aether Void began in the fall of 2017, going into more of a classic meets modern heavy metal platform on this debut full-length Curse of Life. Gaining two members Read more […]

Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light (Relapse)

An intriguing act for a variety of reasons, if primarily for the vacuum they are filling, Philadelphia’s Devil Master is, at the present time, one of the scene’s most heaped-upon newbies. Formed in Read more […]

Enterprise Earth – Luciferous (eOne)

When it comes to deathcore, there is an acknowledgement that the music is going to go down one direction, and ignore some other ones. With a pile of bands gravitating towards the heaviest, most brutal Read more […]

Brutus – Nest (Sargent House)

Examples of bands with the drummer as frontman/woman are few and far between unless we want to dial up early Deceased and Exciter and surely a handful of others that are eluding this scribe’s brain. Read more […]

Parallel Minds – Every Hour Wounds…The Last One Kills (Pitch Black Records)

France may have sat in the shadows of metal landmark bands – but it’s obvious that the success of Gojira changed that mindset over the past decade. Parallel Minds aim to carve their own niche in the Read more […]

Chrome Waves – A Grief Observed (Disorder Recordings)

A lot happens in seven years in any facet of the world: societal interests, cultural inclinations, political traumas. On a personal level those changes can manifest many times fold in comparison. Seven Read more […]

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