Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65 (Season of Mist Records)

A long time coming for this one (16 years), meaning that the old stoners with their dusty leather vests can hop on their hogs, hit the bar, find a billiards table, and let Chandler, Wino, and the boys Read more […]

Angelus Apatrida – The Call (Century Media Records)

After years spent slugging it out in the Spanish metal underground, throwback thrashers Angelus Apatrida have gotten the call-up to the big-leagues with their fourth full-length, The Call. Perhaps their Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Undead (Metal Blade Records)

There couldn’t be a bigger gap between Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under at the present time, both in terms of popularity and overall death metal execution. While CC has plotted virtually the same course Read more […]

Cripple Bastards – Senza Impronte (Relapse Records)

The French equivalent to Napalm Death, Cripple Bastards lay claim to an astounding 73 splits and seven studio albums since 1988. Such a telling trait for a grind band – they don’t lack in productivity, Read more […]

Wild Hunt – Before the Plane of Angles (Kemado Records)

Nothing screams artsy American black metal more than a band called “Wild Hunt,” you know? At least this isn’t Cascadian black metal…that would cause Blistering to run for the (redwood-covered) hills. Read more […]

Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name (Nuclear Blast Records)

Well into the part of their career where their output is nowhere near as critical as it once was, Finnish power metal heroes Sonata Arctica continue to drift further away from their core, early sound on Stones Read more […]

Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living (Metal Blade Records)

Canadian road warriors, groove metal punks and all round good guys Cancer Bats are back and you’d better sit up and listen. Following quickly from last year’s Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones with Read more […]

Teramaze – Anhedonia (Nightmare Records)

A band that might find itself in solid favor with critics but over the heads of the casual metal fan, Australia’s Teramaze are a forward-thinking metal amalgamation that rolls thrash, progressive, and Read more […]

Wolfbrigade – Damned (Southern Lord Records)

With Unleashed being the only classic Swedish death metal band still releasing albums worth a salt (sorry, Grave is WAY overrated), many are starting to turn to the d-beat scene for their Stockholm fix. Read more […]

Rise to Fall – Defying the Gods (Coroner Records)

Methinks most melodic death metal bands don’t want to sound over-produced…but they do it anyway. They do it because it feels right or there’s an overriding precedent (see: mid-00’s In Flames Read more […]

Mnemic – Mnemesis (Nuclear Blast Records)

Danish pioneers of future fusion metal Mnemic fire off their fifth studio endeavor Mnemesis – a crossover montage of melodic death metal and progressive parts with elements of industrial, thrash Read more […]

Evemaster – III (Supernova/Inverse Records)

Proof of just how deep a bench the Finnish metal scene has at the present time, Evemaster are returning after a seven-year layoff with the quite capable and in spots, world-beating III. The duo of T. Read more […]

Bible of the Devil – For the Love of Thugs and Fools (Cruz del sur Music)

These days, classic heavy metal isn’t often done right, unless it’s made by those who originated it. There are plenty of throwback bands out there, and the vast majority either are blatant rip-offs, Read more […]

Emmure – Slave to the Game (Victory Records)

This scribe has a friend who knows someone with close ties to the hardcore scene who thinks Emmure is the heaviest band ever. No joke. Of course, hardcore kids are always a tough read since they’re affinity Read more […]

Dragonforce – The Power Within (Roadrunner Records)

Dogged by their reputation as “Studioforce,” extreme power metallers Dragonforce have regrouped with new singer Marc Hudson, coinciding with a newfound “less is hopefully more” approach. The Read more […]

Pelican – Ataraxia/Taraxis EP (Southern Lord Records)

Fully instrumental post-metallers Pelican have a habit of putting out EPs before full-lengths, which gives a taste of what’s coming next, the one exception being for City of Echoes unless you count Pink Read more […]

Darkness By Oath – Near Death Experience (Cyclone Empire)

What is that old saying? That you can judge a person by the company they keep, right? Therefore, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to deduce that Darkness By Oath is a melodic death metal band. Just look Read more […]

Torche – Harmonicraft (Volcom Entertainment)

Some bands are just built for summertime listening. Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones [really? – ed.] and, yes you guessed it, Torche. They just fit the mood, making you want to be out in the sun with Read more […]

The Foreshadowing – Second World (Cyclone Empire)

Italy’s The Foreshadowing landed a quick, glancing blow to the Goth metal scene with 2007’s Days of Nothing. It was one of the more dire-sounding pieces of work to come across our desk in quite some Read more […]

Lanfear – This Harmonic Consciousness (Pure Legend Records)

Power metal has such a strong pecking order that it makes it a bit hard to get to lower-rung bands like Lanfear. Basically, one can get everything he or she needs from the likes of Blind Guardian, Gamma Read more […]

Atoma – Skylight (Napalm Records)

One of the absolute buried gems of the last 15 years is Slumber’s Fallout debut. In spite of their inconspicuous name, the Swedes concocted an album rife with atmosphere and Brave Murder Day Katatonia Read more […]

Katana – Storms of War (Listenable Records)

Downtime doesn’t appear to be in this Swedish traditional group’s mindset, at least in this point of their career. Striking while the iron’s hot from their 2011 Heads Will Roll debut and touring Read more […]

The Safety Fire – Grind the Ocean (InsideOut Music)

Bad vocals are one of the few forgivable traits in metal. Few albums are able to make the cut with crappy riffs and/or drums, but since vocals are often seen as an afterthought, bands are able to get away Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol (Century Media Records)

When chief Paradise Lost songwriter/guitarist Gregor Mackintosh started to reveal via the press that Tragic Idol had elements of Icon and Draconian Times, it was instant salvation for some…including Read more […]

Dreaming Dead – Midnightmares (Self-Released)

More death metal singers should use their regular speaking voices in between songs. Like, who is going to believe they talk like that on a daily basis? And furthermore, most of these yokels reek of false Read more […]

Kommandant – The Draconian Archetype (ATMF Records)

The next level in black metal after the initial old-school phase, blast-happy BM has a very obvious creative ceiling, one that very few have been able to break. The first two that come to mind are Dark Read more […]

Emptiness – Error (Dark Descent Records)

Prior to the advent of Pro Tools and the preponderance of crystal-clear production jobs, having a little grit to one’s album was acceptable. Of course, in the black metal world it’s a necessary evil, Read more […]

Anathema – Weather Systems (The End Records)

It’s rather neat to see Anathema volley from their formative years onFalling Deeper (which featured orchestral re-recordings of their early albums) to something like Weather Systems, an album that Read more […]

Inverloch – Dusk…Subside (Relapse Records)

With two former members of legendary funeral doom metallers Disembowelment (we refuse to bow to its half lower-case/half upper-case spelling) in its ranks, Australia’s Inverloch figure to carry the funeral Read more […]

At Vance – Facing the Enemy (AFM Records)

German melodic power metal outfit At Vance continue their steadfast belief in all things conventional regarding their songwriting and performances on their ninth studio album, Facing the Enemy. Guitarist Read more […]