Reviews

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 […]

Rimfrost – Veraldar Nagli (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

No one exploits the thrash angle in black metal like they really should. Sure, there are some true black/thrashers (Auro Noir is always the first band to come to mind) and just about every BM band touches thrash, Read more […]

Impious – Death Domination (Metal Blade Records)

Who needs to physically exert themselves when you get wind of this aggressive cardio speed/death album from Sweden’s Impious? Their sixth studio platter, Death Domination doesn’t begin with an unassuming Read more […]

Satan’s Host – Power – Purity – Perfection…999 (Moribund Records)

Not so much an improvement over last year’s excellent Great American Scapegoat 666 as it is a lateral move, Colorado’s Satan’s Host return with another slab of Satan-loving extreme metal in the Read more […]

Elis – Catharsis (Napalm Records)

apalm Records continues to distance itself from bands like Elis, who represent the label’s halcyon days. Good days those were, but like anything, matters got a little glutted (seriously, how many female-fronted Read more […]

Brown Jenkins – Death Obsession (Moribund Records)

The last album in which has been a mostly-realized career (Angel Eyes is not something to be fucked with), Death Obsession sees Brown Jenkins continue down its wretched, uncomfortable path. The band Read more […]

Ruins – Front the Final Foes (Debemur Morti)

A bit taken aback as to how modern and ready to strike Front the Final Foes is. This, coming from a little-known duo from Tasmania, of all places. Ruins are more or less a less thrashy, more Euro version Read more […]

Way To End – Desecrated Internal Journey (Debemur Morti)

Reminiscent of the early, distressed works of Ephel Duath, Way to End make life difficult and complicated on Desecrated Internal Journey. It’s a hard listen that sputters along, lacking any real “wow” Read more […]

Revocation – Existence Is Futile (Relapse Records)

A more realized and healthy proposition over retro thrash, Boston’s Revocation display a virtual riff-o-rama on their Relapse debut, Existence Is Futile. Not only is this 11-song platter technically Read more […]

Suffocation – The Close of a Chapter: Live In Quebec (Relapse Records)

Here’s a shaky proposition: a death metal live album. Just about all of the big names have done one and they’ve all failed in their own right. Methinks no one is reaching for When Satan Lives over Legion or Entangled Read more […]

Otargos – Fuck God-Disease Process (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

Not only is Fuck God-Disease Process the black metal album title of the year, it’s the black metal album title of the decade. We’ve waited nine long years for a title like this, so Otargos better Read more […]

Vetus Obscurum – Blood Revelations (Debemur Morti)

USBM of the Northwestern variety, meaning it’s not Wolves of the Throne Room, but yeah, there’s some parallels. Essentially the project of one Numinas (who also does time as drummer in American death Read more […]

Austrian Death Machine – Double Brootal (Metal Blade Records)

This is dumb, but “funny dumb,” if you will. The second album from this Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) side-project, Double Brootal is a 2-CD tribute to actor/current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Read more […]

Bone Gnawer – Feast on Flesh (Pulverised Records)

At its core, death metal is at its most dominating when the onus is on simplicity and brutality. There’s no real trick to it – some bands have it (i.e. Jungle Rot, the subject of our review, Bone Read more […]

Pestilential Shadows – In Memoriam, Ill Omen (Pulverised Records)

Leave it up to a black metal band to give itself yet another outlandish tag. This time, it’s “Anti-human plague black metal” from Australian primitive black metallers Pestilential Shadows and yeah, Read more […]

Bleeding Fist – Bestial Kruzifix666ion (Moribund Records)

Credit Moribund with this: they always seem to find the most deranged and off-the-grid extreme metal bands. From Ayat to Dodsferd to Brown Jenkins and pretty much anyone else on the roster, the label has Read more […]

Aetherius Obscuritas – Black Medicine (Paragon Records)

The infusion of melody into black metal is forever a source of debate. In its glory years, melody was a huge (for lack of a better term) no-no, thus preserving the sanctity and “trueness” of its craft. Read more […]

Armed for Apocalypse – Defeat (Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade)

In its applicable form, heaviness is applied on Defeat. We often make conjectures as to how Band A is “heavy as this” and Band B is “heavy as that,” but Armed for Apocalypse spare no concessions Read more […]

Bibleblack – The Black Swan Epilogue (Vic Records/Candelight)

With Mercyful Fate on hold for what seems like an eternity (1999’s 9 needs to be followed-up in a serious way), its members continue to pop up in new bands. No different than when guitarist Hank Shermann Read more […]

The Destro – Harmony of Discord (Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade)

The Pantera ship has sailed long ago, unless you’re Throwdown or the band in question, The Destro. On one hand, the band’s simplistic and punch-in-the-gut tactics are a welcome respite from most of Read more […]

The Red Chord – Fed Through the Teeth Machine (Metal Blade Records)

A band that often finds itself in the crosshairs of the modern death and grindcore scenes, The Red Chord continue to adapt their well-honed blend of DM into new territory with Fed Through the Teeth Machine. Read more […]

Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (Season of Mist/Underground Legends)

Wisely getting the reissue treatment from Season of Mist subsidiary Underground Activists, Forgotten Legends is the 2003 debut album from Ukrainian black metallers Drudkh. In the span of six years, this Read more […]