Reviews

Nocturnal Fear – Metal of Honor (Moribund Records)

Michigan death-thrash act comprising two official members in Rev. Chris Slavehunter Ph.D on guitars and bass with Aggressor on drums as session screamer Doomy G. Blackthrash handles the vocals. They’ve Read more […]

Expulsion – Wasteworld (Deepsend Records)

Those well-entrenched in the underground may think this Explusion means a resurrection of the Swedish death troop who released two albums in the mid-90’s before dissolving in 1999. However, you would Read more […]

Mr. Death – Detached For Life (Agonia Records)

Dig the name actually, sorta like a “Mr. Big” of death metal, one has to think, although Mr. Death is mostly comprised of cast-offs from Treblinka and Tiamat, so super group this is not. Anyhow, it’s Read more […]

Emmure – Felony (Victory Records)

Perhaps it was inevitable that all of these garbage deathcore bands started to revisit their nu metal roots. Did anyone believe any of these bands (i.e. Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain, et al, and the Read more […]

Pelican – What We All Come To Need (Southern Lord Records)

Really, there is no way for Pelican to top 2005’s The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw. Its follow-up, 2007’s City of Echoes has been resolute, even if it doesn’t contain the striking Read more […]

Between the Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect (Victory Records)

Thanks to the advent of the Internet, revelatory moments atconcerts are a thing of the past. With every band so accessible, chances are, there is some degree of familiarity with each and every act. Blistering Read more […]

Dismember – Under Bloodred Skies DVD (Regain Records)

There’s never been any room for fucking around in the Dismember camp – Swedish death metal they are, through and through, so it’s no surprise that the band’s second DVD release, Under Bloodred Read more […]

Three (3) – Revisions (Metal Blade Records)

The trend of re-recording one’s old recordings is getting annoying and the results are never anything to go nuts about (see: Exodus, Arch Enemy, etc.), but for a band like 3, it’s a wise move. Criminally Read more […]

Crucifist – Demon Haunted World (Profound Lore Records)

The fraction of the underground that enjoys sloppy death metal (read: Autopsy, Abcess, early Venom, et al) will no doubt fall prey to Crucifist. It’s loose and jagged, featuring Danny Lilker of Brutal Read more […]

Defiance – The Prophecy (Candlelight Records)

More retro thrash, but this stuff is actually authentic. As part of the third or fourth tier of Bay Area thrash bands, Defiance made only a slight dent with 1988’s Product of Society, an album that Read more […]

Gorgoroth – Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt (Regain Records)

Truth be told, the last two Gorgoroth albums (2003’s Twilight of the Idols and ‘06’s Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam) weren’t all that great. Sure, the drumming of Satyricon’s Frost on Ad Majorem… was Read more […]

Arch Enemy – The Root of All Evil (Century Media Records)

Many still hold Johan Liiva-era Arch Enemy near and dear, not budging from the stance that the lanky Swede is the definitive voice for Arch Enemy. This scribe has always been in both camps – Liiva’s Read more […]

The 11th Hour – Burden of Grief (Napalm Records)

Lots of luminaries from the Dutch metal scene here, but 11th Hour isn’t worth going bananas about – it’s a bit here and there, but nowhere really important. It’s slow doom, not funeral doom, but Read more […]

Barren Earth – Our Twilight EP (Peaceville Records)

Seriously…keep this vintage Sentenced/Amorphis stuff coming. We can’t get enough here. With members of Kreator, Swallow the Sun, Moonsorrow and an ex-Amorphis dude in its ranks, Barren Earth recreates Read more […]

Secrets of the Moon – Privilegivm (Lupus Lounge)

Long considered the only relevant German black metal band (what ever happened to Agathodaimon, by the way?), Secrets of the Moon made some serious inroads two years ago with Antithesis, a charming display Read more […]

The Cleansing – Poisoned Legacy (Deepsend Records)

In one of the more unique situations with a death metal act like Denmark’s The Cleansing, the current vocalist Toke Eld doesn’t sing on this debut album Poisoned Legacy due to a police matter. Following Read more […]

Dethklok Metalocalypse – Deth Album II (Adult Swim)

Funny how a cartoon death metal band is better than a lot of… you know, actual death metal bands. Even with that, it’s hard to justify what qualifies as death metal nowadays, so maybe Dethklok isn’t Read more […]

Portal – Swarth (Profound Lore Records)

It’s a warped, disturbing sound emanating from Portal. They’ve always gone this route, these lunatic Australians, and it has netted some utterly messed-up results, especially 2007’s Outre, which Read more […]

Hypocrisy – A Taste of Extreme Divinity (Nuclear Blast Records)

Far and away the best Hypocrisy since their glorious self-titled album from 1999, A Taste of Extreme Divinity is the summation of everything Hypocrisy does well and really, there’s a lot Tagtgren and Read more […]

Axxis – Utopia (AFM Records)

A two decade-long career plus a recent opening jaunt with two premiere power acts across Europe (the late 2007/ early 2008 extravaganza with Gamma Ray and Helloween) means very little to a fickle North Read more […]

Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse Records)

Lots of fuss over these guys and it’s totally warranted. Rarely does a band justify the hype generated by the press, but then again, we’ve propped up a lot of bands that sank faster than they could Read more […]

Saviours – Accelerated Living (Kemado Records)

A band where the stoner tag doesn’t apply – no friggin’ way – Saviours kick out the jams in a High on Fire frenzy, with a tad more aplomb and NWOBHM sensibilities. Yet, don’t overlook the thrash Read more […]

Children of Bodom – Skeletons In the Closet (Spinefarm/Universal Records)

Cover albums…how friggin’ overdone are they? Like, way overdone, so much so, that’s it’s become a prerequisite of sorts. Not like Bodom cares – they’ve been tacking on covers to Japanese Read more […]

Immortal – All Shall Fall (Nuclear Blast Records)

Back after a seven-year absence, Immortal return to defend the realm of Blashyrkh – and do they ever. Do take stock in the high rating and the fact we’re not tempering our enthusiasm for this reunion Read more […]

Belphegor – Walpurgis Rites – Hexenwahn (Nuclear Blast Records)

Gotta hand it to these Austrians – they’re awfully productive, as it feels like last year’s Bondage Goat Zombie (great title, by the way) is still fresh in a lot of our minds. The short lag time Read more […]

Fool’s Game – Reality Divine (Cruz del Sur Music)

By no means a sure-thing, Reality Divine looked good from the start. Boasting members of Pharaoh, Manticora, and Ark, the brainchild of guitarist Matt Crooks holds the grand flag of melodic metal high, Read more […]

Death Angel – Sonic German Beatdown DVD (Nuclear Blast Records)

Wildly energetic for a veteran thrash band, the live platform has proven to be Death Angel’s bread and butter, with Sonic German Beatdown merely reinforcing that notion. As nostalgic as the band’s Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – Njord (Napalm Records)

Quite the flurry from the Leaves’ Eyes camp in the last several months, eh? Njord (the band’s third full-length) is following up the We Came With the Northern Winds/En Saga I Belgia DVD and the My Read more […]

Despised Icon – Day of Mourning (Century Media Records)

Four years ago, deathcore or anything being played by Despised Icon or Ion Dissonance was happenin’. As the far-distant cousin to metalcore, the early forays of both Canadian bands were exciting and Read more […]

Tenet – Sovereign (Century Media Records)

Every time Steve “Zetro” Souza opens his mouth, all this scribe can hear is, “Used to do the monkey, but now it’s not cool. The twist and mash potato, are no exception to the rule.” Unless Read more […]