Reviews

Heavenwood – Abyss Masterpiece (Listenable Records)

“Heavenwood” sounds like a retirement village, and a morbid one at that if you really think about it. In this case, it’s the name of a long-standing Portuguese Goth metal band who are releasing their Read more […]

Nader Sadek – In the Flesh (Season of Mist)

Egyptian conceptual artist Nader Sadek must be one persuasive fella, able to rope in some of death metal’s most known figures to perform his material. It’s a pretty neat concept; a bit like a director, Read more […]

Bleeding Fist – Devil’s Ferox (Moribund Records)

Funny how there’s a segment of bands that will do everything they can to sound as flawless as possible, while others are perfectly happy with a 1986 production job. Indeed there are zero production value Read more […]

Voivod – Warriors of Ice (Sonic Unyon)

Voivod playing with another guitar player other than Piggy is like Pantera playing without Dimebag. That’s how much Denis D’Amour (aka “Piggy”) meant to the band. Of course, there’s a fraction Read more […]

Hammerfall – Infected (Nuclear Blast Records)

Has it really been 15 years since Glory to the Brave? For a band that many thought would burn out as fast as they came, Hammerfall have managed to hang around, dominating the Euro festival circuit, all Read more […]

Iron Maiden – From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990 – 2010 (Universal Music)

Perhaps no band leverages their back catalog more than Iron Maiden. You’d do it too if you had 15 studio albums and a handful of live albums to your (untarnished) name. But man, the 90’s were not kind Read more […]

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (Century Media Records)

Arch Enemy can’t do much else with their sound, except for a total dumbing-down of it, but the Amott’s are too smart (and self-aware) to do something like that. Khaos Legions reads like any one of Read more […]

Krallice – Diotma (Profound Lore Records)

No one riffs in black metal like Krallice, and while calling them “black metal” might be a sore spot for some, their ability to manipulate riffs and guitar constructs are sometimes jaw-dropping. On Read more […]

Degradead – A World Destroyer (Metalville Records)

Nothing like a trip around the ‘ole melodic death metal block, eh? On Degradead’s third album A World Destroyer, the once-vaunted melodic death metal sound of the early 00’s is on full display, Read more […]

Lake of Tears – Illwill (AFM Records)

Gotta be the album cover of the year, eh? Seriously…that’s a stark image, which makes sense – Lake of Tears aren’t about to start singing about sunshine and lollipops. On Illwill, the Swedes dole Read more […]

Marduk – Iron Dawn EP (Regain Records)

Around the time of 1999’s Panzer Division Marduk, there was little debate as to who the fastest black metal band on the planet was. It was Marduk, obviously, Given that the album in question had literally all Read more […]

Faces of Bayon – Heart of the Fire (Ragnarok Records)

Watching the development of this doom/drone metal trio has been exciting. Attending their first show, you could sense the Worcester, MA metal act would level all listeners with a thick, bottom-heavy sound, Read more […]

Portrait – Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae (Metal Blade Records)

Man, deciding between Ghost, In Solitude, and Portrait for best Mercyful Fate knock-off is tough. Notwithstanding Blistering’s affinity for MF (and King Diamond), there is some solace in the fact that Read more […]

Winterus – In Carbon Mysticism (Lifeforce Records)

A bit jumbled this one, probably because Winterus aren’t even two years old and when bands are in such a nascent stage, mistakes are bound to be made. A label as well-respected as Lifeforce should have Read more […]

Symphony X – Iconoclast (Nuclear Blast Records)

New Jersey’s Symphony X may have spent the first half of their career locked out of becoming a viable touring band due to record label politics, but over the past three studio albums have more than made Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Aphotic (The End Records)

Since 2005’s excellent Pale Haunt Departure, Novembers Doom have settled into their dark death/doom sound like one would while getting comfortable on a couch. Not to say ND is too comfortable with Read more […]

Bloodbound – Unholy Cross (AFM Records)

Nothing like a good power metal anthem to get the blood pumping, eh? Such is the case for “Moria,” the opening cut on Bloodbound’s third effort,Unholy Cross. “Moria” is basically a song most Read more […]

Vastum – Carnal Law (20 Buck Spin)

Simple death metal is usually the best kind of death metal. It doesn’t work in modern metal when things are simple because it sounds dumb, and it doesn’t work in power metal because it sounds contrived, Read more […]

U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor (AFM Records)

For obvious reasons, many are curious to see how Rev-Raptor is going to match up against Accept’s Blood of the Nations. It’s U.D.O. verses Wolf Hoffman in a battle of who really was the brains behind Read more […]

Anvil – Juggernaut of Justice (The End Records)

Lovable yet predictable, one would be hard-pressed to find fault with the tenacious nature of Anvil. Since the release of their documentary (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) in 2009, the Canucks have ascended Read more […]

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties MCD (Armoury Records)

Must be nice being Gamma Ray. Because of their long-standing status as power metal progenitors, they’re now afforded to do fun projects as Skeletons & Majesties, which is a mini-album of the band’s Read more […]

Misery – Evil Is Crowned (Super Metal/Megaforce Records)

A slight improvement over their 2009 Fifteen Years of Aggression effort (which if our memory serves us correctly, Blistering didn’t fancy), Misery’s Evil Is Crowned is another attempt at flogging Read more […]

In Flames – Sounds Of A Playground Fading (Century Media Records)

When a band blossoms into an international phenomenon, many of the early people who savor and nurture their every move leave the nest. Often these acts outgrow their initial underground appeal and commercialize Read more […]

Hell – Human Remains (Nuclear Blast Records)

Talk about dusting off the cobwebs, eh? Hell are a long-forgotten NWOBHM band (that’s “New Wave of British Heavy Metal”) that have been given a new lease on life thanks to hot-shot producer Andy Read more […]

Forgotten Tomb – Under Saturn Retrograde (Agonia Records)

Totally cult and vastly underrated, Italy’s Forgotten Tomb have quietly carved out an impressive career based on miserable, but aggressive doom metal and the occasional flirtation with black metal. Underneath Read more […]

Aerial Ruin – Valleys of the Earth (Vendlus Records)

A man and his acoustic guitar. A sad man (we think) and his (equally) sad acoustic guitar. This shit will claw at you, which must be the MO for Erik Moggridge and his project, Aerial Ruin. On Valleys Read more […]

Sign of the Jackal – The Beyond EP (Heavy Artillery Records)

Because the English language is essentially a must for anyone outside of black metal, hearing someone tackle the King’s Language when it’s their second tongue can be a real treat. It makes us wonder Read more […]

The Gates of Slumber – The Wretch (Rise Above/Metal Blade Records)

Just when you think Indiana’s The Gates of Slumber are going to move into one direction, they spin a curve headlong back to their doom metal roots with their fifth full length studio sojourn The Wretch. Read more […]

Ana Kefr – The Burial Tree (Musesick Records)

Long championed by our own Sara Heitman (much in the same way some of us on the staff are gonzo for Katatonia, Mono, Suidakra, etc.), Los Angeles-based Ana Kefr run smack-dab in the hodgepodge of metal Read more […]

Within Temptation – The Unforgiving (Roadrunner Records)

Still a few pegs below Nightwish, Within Temptation have gradually distanced themselves from their halcyon Goth metal days and it shows on their fifth album, The Unforgiving. Fronted by Sharon den Adel Read more […]