Reviews

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 […]

Behemoth – Ezkaton EP (Metal Blade Records)

Odd sight seeing the Poles on Metal Blade, this, after an immensely successful run on Century Media where the band for all intents and purposes, was shot into the extreme metal stratosphere. Now on a much Read more […]

Kreator – Hordes of Chaos (SPV Records)

Not too enthused about having to give this an 8/10, especially considering how monumental and fresh 2001’s Violent Revolution and 2005’sEnemy of God were. Yet, here are Mille and the gang, back Read more […]

Nevermore – Year of the Voyager DVD (Century Media Records)

In a career spanning nearly 15 years, this is the first proper visual documentation of Nevermore and true to form, it’s top-notch, supremely-performed and captivating across the board. From strictly Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Death Rituals (Metal Blade Records)

Isn’t it strange how different the career paths of Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under are? Seriously, wasn’t Barnes and co. supposed to be the break out, massively commercial death metal band? And wasn’t Read more […]

Beneath the Massacre – Dystopia (Prosthetic Records)

Deathcore is still getting a fair amount of air time, which means that its time is almost up and thank Sweet Jesus for that. While we’re at it, it’s probably important to pick up on the bands that Read more […]

Arch Enemy – Tyrants of the Rising Sun – Live In Japan DVD (Century Media Records)

The first territory to embrace post-Carcass Michael Amott and Arch Enemy, it is only fitting our neighbors in the land of the rising sun get the live concert DVD treatment from the Swedes. Professionally Read more […]

Suspyre – When Time Fades… (Sensory)

The type album that can really make one sour on progressive metal,When Time Fades…, the third offering from New Jersey progsters Suspyre is as vanilla as they come, made all the more tepid by the fact Read more […]

Samothrace – Life’s Trade (20 Buck Spin)

Some lightbulb had to have gone off in the collective brain of Samothrace, as this might be the first legitimate combo of sludgy, c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g to a s-t-a-n-d-s-t-i-l-l doom that is so melodically competent, Read more […]

Total Fucking Destruction – Peace, Love, and Total Fucking Destruction (Enucleation Records)

Grind doesn’t have a great deal of actual characters, save for Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway and the man and band in question, Rich Hoak and Total Fucking Destruction. Hoak, already a grind veteran Read more […]

Hirax – Thrash and Destroy DVD (Selfmadegod Records)

One of the few bands that were still plugging thrash before the current revitalization, Los Angeles-based Hirax are rightfully reaping the rewards of this second wave. While they never cracked the upper-tier Read more […]

Dead Shape Figure – The Grand Karoshi (Season of Mist Records)

Recalling a time when Hatesphere was actually writing melodic, knife-in-the-throat thrash (i.e. Bloodred Hatred), Finland’s Dead Shape Figure eschew the trappings of new/old-school thrash for the razor-sharp Read more […]

Enslaved – Vertebrae (Nuclear Blast Records)

The great thing about Enslaved Mach II is that they’re toying with us and laughing all the way to the golden halls of Valhalla. Actually no, they abandoned that Viking nonsense for something more intellectual, Read more […]

Gamma Ray – Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (SPV Records)

Kai Hansen and the gang keep rolling, just like their now partners in crime, Helloween. The two are forever linked, but let’s just focus on Gamma Ray at the time being and their marvelous 2-CD/DVD live Read more […]

Obituary – Left to Die EP (Candlelight Records)

Rejuvenated after their signing with Candlelight for last year’s Xecutioner’s Return album, long-running Florida death metallers Obituary hit us with another slab of no-frills death metal in the Read more […]

Intronaut – Prehistoricisms (Century Media Records)

Considered by many to be the band that holds up the progressive end of the metalgaze spectrum, Intronaut are still hovering around that area of proficiency manned by Isis, Cult of Luna, and Mouth of the Read more […]

Cradle of Filth – Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder (Roadrunner Records)

It’s somewhat remarkable how Dani Filth has kept this training rolling amidst constant lineup changes and focus shifts. Seriously, the band has yet to have the same lineup from album to album, but here Read more […]

Caina – Temporary Antennae (Profound Lore Records)

The brainchild of one Andrew Curtis-Brignell, Caina is an elusive, daringly complex combo of black metal, post-rock, and experimental that is another in a long line of bands that have come to define Read more […]

October Falls – The Womb of Primordial Nature (Moribund Records)

The career path of October Falls (the one-man project of Mikko Lehto) has taken the band from basic, somewhat unremarkable acoustic-driven folk metal to the more aggro, dense exploitation of epic melodic Read more […]

The Haunted – Versus (Century Media Records)

These post-Marco Aro, Dolving reunion albums from The Haunted are a tricky bunch. Not thrash, not metalcore, not Swedish death metal, these albums are either sink or swim it seems, and when the songs are Read more […]

Brave – Monuments (Independent Release)

[8.5/10] A perfect example that you don’t have to be signed to be good, long-running American female-fronted symphonic metallers Brave have taken the ‘ole independent plunge, producing an album Read more […]

Gojira – The Way of All Flesh (Prosthetic Records)

Expectations…they’ll kill ya. After spending the last two years in support of their monstrous From Mars to Sirius effort, French modern metallers Gojria return with an album decidedly less forceful Read more […]

Serenity – Fallen Sanctuary (Napalm Records)

It’s hardly a secret who Serenity is trying emulate and that’s fine, to be honest. Knock-off bands can sometimes produce some pretty strong material and for the sake of comparison, Fallen Sanctuary is Read more […]

Cynic – Traced In Air (Season of Mist Records)

Bucking the trend of legendary prog/tech bands releasing one solitary album (see: Watchtower, Spiral Architect, et al), Florida’s Cynic return after 15 years with Traced In Air. The longevity and Read more […]

Destruction – D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (Candlelight Records)

A fitting title given the state of the world, D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. is the fifth post-reunion Destruction effort and succeeds where 2005’s Inventor of Evil fails. Naturally, the band’s razor-sharp, Read more […]

Rotten Sound – Cycles (Spinefarm Records)

Long-running Finnish death metallers Rotten Sound aren’t ones for brevity. Considering the 18-song tracklisting for Cycles, it’s like the band crammed two albums into one, or wrote nine songs and Read more […]

Suidakra – 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes (Wacken Records)

Quite the busy year for Arkadius and the boys, with their stint on this year’s Paganfest and now the domestic release for the CD/DVD compilation, 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes now hitting the shelves. Read more […]

Anathema – Hindsight (KScope Music)

Oh Anathema, where have thou been? Little has been heard from the Anathema camp since 2003’s striking A Natural Disaster, save for some odd EP’s and DVD’s, but the back-tail of 2008 figures to be Read more […]