Reviews

Theatre of Tragedy – Forever Is the World (AFM Records)

Norway’s Theatre of Tragedy plug along through their 16th year of existence and their seventh studio album Forever is the World. My interest in this sextet starts with 1998’s Aegis, and the subsequent Read more […]

Vader – Necropolis (Nuclear Blast Records)

Doubt creeps in when a huge lineup shift threatens the dynamics and chemistry of any band. The doubt can turn into panic though when it’s a long-running veteran death act such as Poland’s Vader. Necropolis features Read more […]

Echoes of Eternity – As Shadows Burn (Nuclear Blast Records)

California’s Echoes of Eternity play a ferocious brand of progressive power metal, separating themselves from the pack with the expansive vocal range from Francine Boucher and the twisted time changes Read more […]

Skyifre – Esoteric (Pivotal Recordings)

One of the more undervalued melodic death metal bands, Skyfire have emerged from five-year break with the quite excellent and sturdy Esoteric. Blurring the lines between Bodom melodic death metal and Read more […]

Threat Signal – Vigilance (Nuclear Blast Records)

Threat Signal vocalist Jon Howard really does sound like Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, which depending on who you ask, is a really awesome thing or total detriment. Sorry, but we’re guessing the Read more […]

Cormorant – Metazoa (Saturnine Music)

In the American acoustic/folk-y/dark-y metal canon, no one tops Agalloch and surely no one ever well. Surprisingly, there are few imitators to this sound, only a handful of like-minded bands willing Read more […]

Merrimack – Grey Rigorism (Moribund Records)

This scribe and several other more BM-inclined writers bought into Merrimack’s 2006 effort, Of Entropy and Life Denial and who wouldn’t have? In terms of primal, yet hardly dated BM, Merrimack shot Read more […]

Korpiklaani – Karkelo (Nuclear Blast Records)

Boozing for a bruising or a cruising…it doesn’t matter – Korpiklaani are the preeminent “hummpa” metal band, Finntroll be damned. As productive as these Fins are, they regularly produce albums Read more […]

White Wizzard – High Speed GTO (Earache Records)

More retro and it’s not letting it up. And these guys are letting go of the past, which in metal, is acceptable – anywhere else, it’s not. So here we have White Wizzard from LA, brandishing a neo-NWOBHM Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us (Century Media Records)

Even during their very-experimental late 90’s/early 00’s period, Paradise Lost never totally lost their plot. Sure, 1997’s One Second and its follow-up,Host irked more than a few, especially those Read more […]

One Without – Thoughts Of A Secluded Mind (Lifeforce Records)

The last female-fronted Swedish “death” metal band (we’ve really stretched that term… “death metal”) to come along was Amaran, who in the span of two better-than-average albums, left little Read more […]

Ghost Brigade – Isolation Songs (Season of Mist Records)

It’s the sort of thing some of us metal-journos live for: a band making a gargantuan leap from album to the next, developing, evolving…getting better. We’re so inundated with releases nowadays that Read more […]

Municipal Waste – Massive Aggressive (Earache Records)

Hailing from Virginia, Municipal Waste epitomize a love of crossover thrash and partying- gaining large number of accolades for their energetic, fun loving live antics. Massive Aggressive hits the streets Read more […]

Ravage – The End of Tomorrow (Metal Blade Records)

On the outskirts of Boston, a young quintet of musicians follow their hearts through rarely known terrain for their territory. In the land of hardcore, metalcore and tribute bands, Ravage dare to dream Read more […]

Swashbuckle – Back to the Noose (Nuclear Blast Records)

Totally on board for this and yeah, we’ll pun-the-fuck out of this review if we have to. Pirate metal without the sea-faring sound elements ala Alestorm (who are of equal value), New Jersey’s Swashbuckle Read more […]

Blood Tsunami – Grand Feast For Vultures (Candlelight Records)

Slayer here, Slayer there, Slayer everywhere. Grand Feast For Vultures, the second offering from Norway’s Blood Tsunami takes more than a fair share of cues from Araya, King, and co. and it’s less Read more […]

Warbringer – Waking Into Nightmares (Century Media Records)

Growing up in the original thrash wave of the mid to late 1980’s, I’m happy to see a return thanks to the second generation of fans who desire to keep the energy, the spirit and vitality of the movement Read more […]

Merauder – God Is I (Regain Records)

When hardcore stays in the metallic vein, the results are more often than not, above-average. Merauder, who have made a career out of just staying a notch below the likes of Madball, Sworn Enemy, and Read more […]

Horde of Hel – Blodskam (Moribund Records)

Comprised of members of the Swedish black metal scene (we’re guessing at least someone from Marduk is in this band), Horde of Hel’s industrial BM leanings are without the over-produced and futuristic Read more […]

The Psyke Project – The Dead Storm (Lifeforce Records)

A stark contrast to the overly-glossy sounds currently emanating from Denmark (read: Raunchy, Volbeat, et al), The Psyke Project keep it ugly and uglier throughout The Dead Storm. It has the necessary Read more […]

Evile – Infected Nations (Earache Records)

What’s the old cliché of the rock business? You have forever to write your first album but six months to capture magic in a bottle for the follow-up? UK thrashers Evile hit the scene running with 2007’s Enter Read more […]

Chthonic – Mirror of Retribution (Spinefarm Records)

It sometimes seems that the idea of Chthonic is better than the reality. The Taiwanese symphonic black metal band came to the attention of Western audiences with the release of Seediq Bale in 2005. A Read more […]

Ahab – The Divinity of Oceans (Napalm Records)

Turgid aquatic doom…if there really is such a thing, then Germany’s Ahab are it. Regaling us with more stories of wave and woe, the band return with The Divinity of Oceans an equally-as-crushing Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – We Came With the Northern Winds/En Saga I Belgia DVD (Napalm Records)

The handful of times yours truly has seen Leaves’ Eyes live, it appeared a bit of live “trickeration” was going on if you catch my drift. The band sounded a little too pristine for these ears, Read more […]

Augury – Fragmentary Evidence (Nuclear Blast Records)

Quo Vadis, where art thou? Technical Canadian death metal is not the same without you and if one thinks for a second the likes of Despised Icon and Beneath the Massacre are capable of filling that void, Read more […]

Thornafire – Vortex Deconstruccion (Ibex Moon Records)

There’s something awfully hateful with the Spanish language. Just the inflection is convincing enough (just reference any sitcom that uses the negative stereotype of the angry Spanish woman), so pair Read more […]

Nightrage – Wearing A Martyr’s Crown (Lifeforce Records)

Funny…it’s really simple to play melodic death metal of the Swedish variety accordingly. Of course, everyone (i.e. random metalcore band #562) says they do it right, but they’re not Nightrage and Read more […]

Yob – The Great Cessation (Profound Lore Records)

With the Middian fiasco now in the rearview mirror, main Yob-dude Mike Scheidt appears to have done the right thing by re-activating this very crucial power trio. Prior to disbanding in 2005, Yob had a Read more […]

Hail of Bullets – Warsaw Rising EP (Metal Blade Records)

Responsible for the best death metal song of the last five years in the form of “Ordered Eastward,” Dutch death metal supergroup Hail of Bullets are pulling out the ‘ole stop-gap EP with Warsaw Read more […]

Gnostic – Engineering the Rule (Season of Mist Records)

Sort of a primer for Atheist’s first record in 16 years, Engineering the Rule bears several, if not too many resemblances the legendary tech-death crew. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Read more […]