Reviews

Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner (AFM Records)

A long time coming to most fans of this Swedish symphonic power metal band, Under the Grey Banner appears five years after Dragonland’s fourth release Astronomy. It’s not like guitarist Olof Morck Read more […]

Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings (20 Buck Spin)

An album like The Book of Kings is a rare moment for the funeral doom scene. Being that its sound naturally restricts practically all of its bands from doing anything else but lurching at a snail’s pace Read more […]

Widow – Life’s Blood (Pure Steel Records)

Quietly, North America has amassed a stock of worthy traditional metal bands, some of which are popping out some of their best work that no one knows about. Included in this batch are Twisted Tower Dire, Read more […]

Dark Forest – Dawn of Infinity (Cruz del Sur Music)

A British take on power metal, by which judging a book by its cover (is that a Star Wars cockpit?), means Maiden will referenced more than a few times. Sure enough, they are, as Dark Forest finds every Read more […]

Autumn – Cold Comfort (Metal Blade Records)

Best known for their regular piggy-backing off everything The Gathering has ever done, the Netherlands’ Autumn are making subtle, and very gradual strides toward individually on their fifth album, Cold Read more […]

Death – Individual Thought Patterns Reissue (Relapse Records)

Surely plenty will beg to differ (especially our own Mike Sloan), but 1993’s Individual Thought Patterns is not only Death’s best album, it’s also the best death metal album of 90’s. Big words Read more […]

Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (Warner Bros Records)

Consider any good faith Metallica won back with Death Magnetic and subsequent Big 4 shows to be squandered. Because of their size and stature, the band can do virtually as they please, which includes Read more […]

Megadeth – Th1rt3en (Roadrunner Records)

Can’t have a Megadeth album release without some type of drama, right? This time, it’s Mustaine’s near-career threatening neck injury, one that almost kept him out of the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium Read more […]

Carnifex – Until I Feel Nothing (Victory Records)

Blistering’s most prominent memory of Carnifex dates back to a 2008 opening gig on Obituary’s North American tour at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. With a crowd of mostly over-40 death metallers (yours Read more […]

Noctem – Oblivion (Metal Blade Records)

Plucked from obscurity by Metal Blade, Spain’s Noctem are essentially the Spanish equivalent to Behemoth, minus the unbridled intensity and showmanship. The band’s relentless death/black metal assault Read more […]

Divine Ascension – As the Truth Appears (Nightmare Records)

Alas, the Australian take on female-fronted symphonic metal has arrived. As our own Justin Donnelly would tell you, Australian metal is a mixed bag of tricks, with the country unable to lampoon one style Read more […]

Judas Priest – The Chosen Few (Legacy Recordings)

To the casual listener, Judas Priest has roughly three songs: “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” “Living After Midnight,” and “Breaking the Law.” Then there’s the second-tier “hits,” then the rest is Read more […]

Black Cobra – Invernal (Southern Lord)

Funny how two men can create more of a racket than a band with the usual four or five in its lineup, but that’s how Black Cobra rolls. The duo ofsinger/guitarist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafael Martinez Read more […]

Thulcandra – Under A Frozen Sun (Napalm Records)

Sometimes it helps to read a band’s bio. They’re usually informative, mostly full of ill-worded bravado, but ultimately serve the purpose of pointing out things to slow and usually-confused journalists Read more […]

Sinner – One Bullet Left (AFM Records)

One of the busier people in Euro metal, Mat Sinner (real name: Mattias Lasch) is somehow able to squeeze out a Primal Fear record every two years, and a Sinner album when Primal Fear is on break. On top Read more […]

Junius – Reports From the Threshold of Death (Prosthetic Records)

Blistering initially caught Boston’s Junius while on their support run for Enslaved and Alcest in late September. Per the usual, we were distracted, this time by mulling over what Alcest was going to Read more […]

Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth (Earache Records)

If our memory serves us correctly, the Blistering staff has never been high on Evile, supported by our “meh” reviews of their Enter the Grave debut and 2009’s Infected Nations. Perhaps we have Read more […]

Cipher System – Communicate the Storms (Nuclear Blast Records)

Modern melodic death metal can be a bit of an irritant. Anybody that knows my musical taste knows that melodic death metal is and always will be high up on this writer’s list of favorite genres. It’s Read more […]

Mpire of Evil – Creatures of the Black (Scarlet Records)

The product of former Venom members Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and Anthony “Antton” Lant, Mpire of Evil is another attempt at trying to match what the current incarnation of Venom is doing. Funny, ‘cause Read more […]

Night In Gales – Five Scars (Lifeforce Records)

There are many melodic death metal bands that were beyond brilliant, but never got the adulation they deserved. Groups such as Without Grief, Withering Surface, Julie Laughs Nomore and Ebony Tears come Read more […]

Black Tusk – Set the Dial (Relapse Records)

The sludge metal genre is certainly one that is gaining more attention these days, with bands like Baroness, Mastodon, Kylesa, and the like all bringing the sound to the masses in a very respectable way. Read more […]

Halcyon Way – Indoctrination (Nightmare Records)

Gotta love when a band takes a calculated gamble by putting a cover song from a movie (and a bad one at that) on their album. For Atlanta’s Halcyon Way, the inclusion of “Stand Up” (from the movie Rockstar) Read more […]

As You Drown – Rat King (Metal Blade Records)

A Scandinavian band aping American metal is usually cause for concern. It never works; it’s usually the other way around, and not even that works as much as it used to. Some bands are better off paying Read more […]

Iced Earth – Dystopia (Century Media Records)

About as overrated of a band as there is in the underground, Iced Earth (more specifically, Jon Schaffer) have produced possibly three new ideas in the past decade. They’ve basically run triplet riffs Read more […]

Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination (Prosthetic Records)

One of the real bastions of hope in the North American metal scene, Skeletonwitch stand on the cusp of breaking out of their support status and into true headliner ranking with Forever Abomination. To Read more […]

Taake – Noregs Vaapen (Candlelight Records)

Forever known for mainman Hoest’s “unflattering” pictures (click here if you like to laugh…and be grossed-out), along with his always-genius move of donning of a Swastika, Norway’s Taake have Read more […]

Brand New Sin – United State (Goomba Music)

A classic example of a band that should have blown up big but never did, Brand New Sin have spent the better part of their existence licking their wounds from lineup issues and record label squabbles. Read more […]

Archgoat – Heavenly Vulva (Christ’s Last Rites) (Debemur Morti Productions)

Hard to be shocked and/or turned off by the cover of Archgoat’sHeavenly Vulva (Christ’s Last Rties), as we’ve seen worse (and better). Still, it’s a nice way to have one harken back to the halcyon Read more […]

Insomnium – One For Sorrow (Century Media Records)

Five albums in, and you know what you’re getting from Insomnium. The Finns have tweaked their melodic death metal formula ever-so-slightly since 2002’s marvelous Into the Halls of Awaiting, popping out Read more […]

Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street (Metal Blade Records)

Pledging a path unfamiliar to most in the music world, San Francisco sextet Hammers Of Misfortune align themselves to their own creative desires. For critics to pigeonhole their specific style is ludicrous. Read more […]