Reviews

My Dying Bride – For Lies I Sire (Peaceville Records)

The violin is back and almost instantly, you can’t help but surrender to its enormous weight and depth. No band has made better use of the instrument (sorry Kansas), so its return from an 11-year absence Read more […]

God Is An Astronaut – God Is An Astronaut (Revive Records)

Okay, so they might not be a metal band in the strictest sense but metal can be a rather malleable substance. If you’ve yet to discover this Irish trio but are a fan of Isis, Red Sparowes, Grails, 65daysofstatic Read more […]

Crimfall – As the Path Unfolds… (Napalm Records)

Good lord, another Pagan/epic metal band. They’re coming out of the woodwork and fast, almost too fast. This stuff is going to burn out pretty quickly, something we mused about last year, but hey, can’t Read more […]

The Agonist – Lullabies For the Dormant Mind (Century Media Records)

Gotta hand it to the Agonist: they’ve taken a now very familiar template (cute female singer + metalcore) and turned it into something more expansive, slightly deranged, far more off-the-cuff than Read more […]

Ignominious Incarceration – Of Winter Born (Earache Records)

Less than three years old as a band, British death metal-heads Ignominious Incarceration are already unleashing their debut album through Earache. That sets the standard pretty high before the play button’s Read more […]

Samael – Above (Nuclear Blast Records)

Did not see this one coming, even with just about every other band from the mid-90’s going through a late-career, old sound discovery. Samael have always done their own thing, whether it be the proto-BM Read more […]

Isole – Silent Ruins (Napalm Records)

Fresh off last year’s melo-doom stroke of brilliance Bliss of Solitude, Swedish doom merchants Isole waste no time in giving us a follow-up in the form of Silent Ruins. Whereas Bliss of Solitude was Read more […]

Kylesa – Static Tensions (Prosthetic Records)

Always a critics choice, Kylesa continue to make us all look good with Static Tensions. The band’s amalgam of stoner, sludge, and doom has become even more formidable, with a batch of songs here that Read more […]

Throne of Katarsis – Helvete – Det Iskalde Mørket (Candlelight Records)

Don’t know about you, but seasonal depression isn’t made any easier with albums like this. The snow, the ice, the wind, the horror…one can only imagine with our friends in Scandinavia have to endure Read more […]

God Forbid – Earthsblood (Century Media Records)

To be frank, Earthsblood rubbed this scribe the wrong way right off the bat. Not by sheer annoyance or anything (we’ll reserve that for any band with “core” in their description), it’s just that Read more […]

Deathspell Omega – Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum – Chaining the Katechon (Anja Offensive)

Fuckin’ reckless, man. That’s the new Deathspell Omega EP for ya. Shunning every idea that black metal is fully controlled entity, the Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum – Chaining the Katechon EP Read more […]

Séance – Awakening of the Gods (Pulverised Records)

A reformation that is long overdue, Swedish death/thrashers Séance are best known for former rhythm guitarist Patrick, who is currently cutting his teeth in the Haunted and Witchery. Since we just mentioned Read more […]

Avantasia – Lost In Space Part 1 & 2 (Nuclear Blast Records)

2008 was a breakout year for Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia project, perhaps forcing the Edguy frontman to put more of an onus on something was considered nothing more than an outlet for Sammet’s extra Read more […]

Edguy – The Singles (Nuclear Blast Records)

Always considered Tobbias Sammet and crew to be the likely successors to the Helloween “happy/goof” metal throne, especially after 2004’s excellent Hellfire Club, but as fate would have it, Edguy Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague (Metal Blade Records)

As quickly as one can sour on brutal death metal, such an affliction has never hit Cannibal Corpse. Granted, they’ve utilized practically the same formula since 1996’s Vile, but where Cannibal Corpse Read more […]

Absu – Absu (Candlelight Records)

From the “Where Are They Now?” file comes Absu. The Texas mythological occult metallers were an underground staple in the late 90’s and early part of this decade, culminating with the dastardly, Read more […]

Iron Fire – To the Grave (Napalm Records)

For a band that’s traditionally been a tough sell to the power metal crowd, Denmark-based Iron Fire appear to have all the right pieces in place: a take-charge vocalist in the form of Martin Steene, Read more […]

Thyrfing – Hels Vite (Regain/Candlelight Records)

Not the first name uttered when discussing the now widespread Pagan/epic metal scene, Sweden’s Thyrfing have been at it since the late 90’s with a batch of wholly respectable albums to their name, Read more […]

Grave Digger – Ballads Of A Hangman (Napalm Records)

Long, long, long-running German power metallers Grave Digger have always been a bit of choice commodity in trad metal circles. The X-factor with the band has always been singer Chris Boltendahl, whose Read more […]

Dimension Zero – He Who Shall Not Bleed (Candlelight Records)

Sure, Dimension Zero’s melodic death metal approach isn’t going to split the world in two. And yeah, they trace over familiar path once tread by At the Gates, In Flames, and the like, but wow, He Read more […]

Darkane – Demonic Art (Nuclear Blast Records)

Once regarded as the future of melodic death metal, Sweden’s Darkane have never gotten their just due. Without the pop measures that In Flames and Soilwork so readily adopted, the quintet (who comprise Read more […]

Sylosis – Conclusion Of An Age (Nuclear Blast Records)

nitially, Conclusion of An Age rubbed this scribe the wrong way. You know, kinda how deathcore or cop-out thrash does to just about anyone, but repeated inspections reveal a band teetering on thrash Read more […]

Saxon – Into the Labyrinth (SPV Records)

Not even two years removed from the excellent Inner Sanctum, long-running NWOBHM act Saxon return with Into the Labyrinth and it’s business as usual for Biff and the gang. More arena-ready than ever, Read more […]

Sepultura – A-Lex (SPV Records)

With little or no staying power to the Derrick Green era, Sepultura finds itself with a perpetual uphill battle, made all the more daunting now the band is totally Cavalera-less. Sure, new drummer Jean Read more […]

Satyricon – The Age of Nero (Koch Records)

Never one to stand still, Satryicon mainman Satyr (aka Sigurd Wongraven) has made another personal affront to moving his dastardly duo forward with The Age of Nero. Sure, a rehash of 2006’s gleaming Now, Read more […]

Christ Inversion – Christ Inversion (Housecore Records)

Phil Anselmo post-Pantera has been a mess. Outside of Down’s capable, but hardly world-beating III from 2007, the man’s work in the awful Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem has been pretty below Read more […]

Deadlock – Manifesto (Lifeforce Records)

In theory, an album like Manifesto belongs in the garbage can. It’s over-polished, uniformly produced, and blatantly formulaic. Purveying the brand of modern melodic death metal that Scar Symmetry Read more […]

Kivimetsan Druidi – Shadowheart (Century Media Records)

Pagan metal bands…they don’t die, they multiply. The year has seen a rash of bands emerge in this realm that gives weigh to the notion that this trend is sure to die out in no time. That’s just Read more […]

Dodsferd – Death Set the Beginning Of My Journey (Moribund Records)

That horseshit saying that black metal is supposed to have no rules is rarely applied when discussing the bulk of current BM bands. The scene is so fragmented and divided, it doesn’t really matter who Read more […]

Opeth – The Roundhouse Tapes DVD (Peaceville)

In the live setting, Opeth are pretty stationary, but man, that Mikael Akerfeldt sure is a hoot on the mic! But no, seriously, the band can faithfully recreate their deep and often challenging brand of Read more […]