Reviews

Stygian – Fury Rising (Mortal Music)

Not as power metal as their name would suggest (there is a “Stygia” who is manned by a dude who used to play drums in this scribe’s first band – wow!), Stygian take us down the ‘ole COC route Read more […]

Charred Walls Of The Damned – Charred Walls Of The Damned (Metal Blade Records)

The average follower of pop culture knows Richard Christy from his comedy/ crazy man stunts on the Howard Stern Show. Those in the metal scene are aware of his long time exploits as a drummer for acts Read more […]

Dream Evil – In the Night (Century Media Records)

These Swedes represent a guilty pleasure of sorts for this reviewer. Clearly setting their style on the 80’s traditional and cliché’ ridden hard rock eras, do not expect anything revolutionary in Read more […]

Mob Rules – Radical Peace (AFM Records)

It would be unfair to lump Mob Rules in with the rest of the current power metal hacks, but we did it anyway and for that, we’re sorry. Next round of beers (German ones, no less) are on this humbled Read more […]

Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within (Roadrunner Records)

Starting out as a Children of Bodom cover act, this New Jersey sextet approach their debut album unlike most newcomer bands. While the current business model favors a blitzkrieg of live shows to build Read more […]

The Empire Shall Fall – Awaken (Angle Side Records)

Boy, Seamless sure faded fast, didn’t it? Ex-Killswitch Engage singerJesse Leach’s post-Alive Or Just Breathing output hasn’t caused very many ripples (see the Kyuss-influenced Seamless), but expect Read more […]

N.A.M.E. – The Internet Killed the Radio Star (Lifeforce Records)

Math metal is forever going to keep chasing the tail of Dillinger Escape Plan. We know that already. Yet if the scene wants to have any success, there has to be some attempt at branching out, whether it’s Read more […]

Rotting Christ – Aealo (Season of Mist)

You know the underground is getting old when we start hearing about 20-year anniversaries, which just happened for the always-mighty Rotting Christ. The Greeks have remained a fixture in the underground Read more […]

Destruktor – Nailed (Hell’s Headbangers)

With members of Destroyer 666 and Abominator in the ranks (read: the few good extreme metal acts from Australia), Destruktor live up to their name on the brutal Nailed. The troupe gets their rocks off Read more […]

Arsis – Starve For the Devil (Nuclear Blast Records)

We’ll be the first to admit we got a little too carried away over Arsis’ 2008 effort, We Are the Nightmare. Perhaps hearing an American death metal band properly replicate the neo-prog death sounds Read more […]

Troll – Neo-Satanic Supremacy (Napalm Records)

Helmed by former Dimmu Borgir/current The Kovenant bassist/vocalist Nagash, Troll has been resurrected after an eight-year layoff with Neo-Satanic Supremacy. What was once was a one-man band (with Nagash Read more […]

Overkill – Ironbound (E1 Music)

For the last 10 years or so, Overkill has usually elicited the “meh” response to a new album. Frankly, the band has never come anywhere remotely close to touching 1991’s Horrorscope and seemed Read more […]

Aosoth – Ashes of Angels (Agonia Records)

A collision between a handful of French black/death metal luminaries, Aosoth’s Ashes of Angels lives up to the collective promise of its ensemble. Boasting current (or ex?) Antaeus singer MkM in the Read more […]

Brainstorm – Memorial Roots (AFM Records)

When a power metal band starts to level off, it’s almost a career death knell. Once you’ve peaked and peaked early (read: Primal Fear, Evergrey, Sonata Arctica), getting that initial flair back is Read more […]

Weapon – Drakonian Paradigm (Ajna Offensive)

If anything, true black metal has gone away from its original function. One has to find it disconcerting that any Johnny Hardcore come-lately can lay some keyboard swaths over a beatdown and call it “black Read more […]

Exodus – Shovel Headed Tour Machine – Live At Wacken (And Other Assorted Atrocities) DVD (Nuclear Blast Records)

Not the slightest bit surprised this was an entertaining, multiple watch worthy visual – Gary Holt and co. haven’t slipped up since they came back in 2004 and they don’t appear to be ready to start. Read more […]

Suicidal Angels – Sanctify the Darkness (Nuclear Blast Records)

Part of the initial charm of early Sepultura was how little English Max Cavalera could speak, thus causing his enunciation to be forced and for the lack of a better term, awkward. It feels the same way Read more […]

Mnemic – Sons of the System (Nuclear Blast Records)

If you’re Mnemic and have all but tapped out the Euro industrial/cyborg style they’re often considered creators of, Sons of the System is the logical route. Whereas 2007’s Passenger toyed with Read more […]

The Kandidate – Until We Are Outnumbered (Napalm Records)

Fronted by ex-Hatesphere throatscraper Jakob Bredhal, one had to figure there was a certain degree of competency to The Kandidate’s Until We Are Outnumbered and there is, yes. But it’s not the jaw-dropping Read more […]

Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR (Century Media Records)

Following up the triumph that was 2004’s Mabool, Israel’s Orphaned Land have taken their good ‘ole time in releasing The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR. Granted, there must be about a thousand obstacles Read more […]

Worm Ouroboros – Worm Ouroboros (Profound Lore)

Another left-of-center offering from Profound Lore, San Francisco’s Worm Ouroboros unveil a brand of soothing spa-treatment metal that is simply awe-inspiring. As soft and tender as this debut is, it’s Read more […]

Fear Factory – Mechanize (Candlelight Records)

It’s hard to believe Mechanize is going to see the light of day considering the ridiculous legal wrangling over the Fear Factory name that has taken place the last 10 months. All of this is irrelevant Read more […]

Marionette – Enemies (Listenable Records)

Once past the Gothenburg melodic death metal explosion of the late 90’s/early 00’s, the scene has failed to produce a newcomer worthy of its predecessors. The vaunted melo-death style is now so bastardized Read more […]

Sybreed – The Pulse of Awakening (Listenable Records)

There’s little separating Sybreed from the Mnemics and Threat Signals out of the world. When you break it down, all three bands have the same thing in common: they have nauseatingly annoying clean Read more […]

Impetuous Ritual – Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence (Profound Lore)

How about this: “Like Portal, but not as awesome.” Or: “Portal’s long lost cousins, but not as awesome.” That might work. It’s a tall order to touch Portal’s sheer awesomeness and their Read more […]

Ihsahn – After (Candlelight Records)

Wasting little time after 2008’s immensely successful angL, former Emperor maniman Ihsahn returns with After. Continuing with the melodic, highly progressive model set forth on its predecessor, After sees Read more […]

Nazxul – Iconoclast (Moribund Records)

‘Tis a shame that symphonic black metal always gets sidestepped in favor of more primitive and “necro” flavorings. The style that Australia’s Nazxul and a select few (old Dimmu, Chthonic, Graveworm, Read more […]

Rape, Pillage, and Burn – Songs of Death/Songs of Hell EP (Ibex Moon Records)

More retro, more tossing it back to the “good ‘ole days.” Rape Pillage Burn manage to churn out a well-executed, albeit workmanlike EP in the form of Songs of Death/Songs of Hell. Hardly an original Read more […]

Halford – III: Winter Songs (Metal God Entertainment)

A most un-metal of holidays, Christmas is getting the album treatment from Rob Halford and that’s fine – it sure beats listening to Nostradamus. Don’t ask us why (perhaps it’s the egg nogg), but Read more […]

Hiems – Worship or Die (Moribund Records)

Forgotten Tomb needs to get on the follow-up to Negative Megalomonia and get on it fast. That shit is demoralizing. In its place is the side project from FT mainman Algol, in the form of Hiems. It has Read more […]