Reviews

Carach Angren – Where the Corpses Sink Forever (Season of Mist Records)

Black metal has yet to become a Broadway production, but Denmark’s Carach Angren certainly want it to happen on their third album, Where the Corpses Sink Forever. There’s a theatrical quality to the Read more […]

Marduk – Serpent Sermon (Century Media Records)

“Fistfucking God’s Planet” for the better part of 20 years (has that line made it onto a t-shirt yet?), Sweden’s Marduk are about as consistent as any band in black metal. In fact, they’re probably Read more […]

Jorn – Bring Heavy Rock to the Land (Frontiers Records)

One of the elite vocalists of the past decade or so in the melodic hard rock/power metal arenas, Norway’s Jorn Lande literally can sing the phone book and most would worship his every ad pitch or series Read more […]

The Reticent – Le Temps De Detruit Tout (Heaven and Hell Records)

Opeth gets a lot of love these days and understandably so – Akerfeldt and his band of merrymen have effectively opened the door for thousands of progressive metal seekers. With success comes a sort of Read more […]

Mercury Tide – Killing Saw (Limited Access Records)

fter numerous false starts with the now-defunct (and sorely missed) Angel Dust, German vocalist Dirk Thurisch has resurrected his Mercury Tide side project. Killing Saw is the band’s first album since Read more […]

Mares of Thrace – The Pilgrimage (Sonic Unyon)

At this particular juncture, a sludge duo doesn’t sound very enticing. Blistering doesn’t need to use his third (and quite precious) brain cell to figure out how it will sound, probably because our Read more […]

Bodyfarm – Malevolence (Cyclone Empire)

Silly Blistering, reading the name “Bodyfarm” made us think of “Phat Farm” or just a farm in general. Then after gradually connecting the dots (thank you, coffee), we came to the realization that Read more […]

Antigama – Stop the Chaos EP (Selfmadegod Records)

Someone should make it a law that grind albums cannot be more than five or six songs. Obviously, that would make all of them EP’s, which would give these bands less real estate when trying to cram in Read more […]

Hexen – Being And Nothingness (Pulverised Records)

Since every American label is either stacked to the gills or tired of signing like-minded retro thrash metal bands, Los Angeles thrashers Hexen opted for Singapore-based Pulverised Records for the release Read more […]

Grand Magus – The Hunt (Nuclear Blast Records)

Nuclear Blast’s roster has long been in tip-top shape (something we don’t say just because we’re friends with their PR folks), but man, Grand Magus was quite the steal for them. You can say the same Read more […]

Tesseract – Perspective EP (Century Media Records)

There probably won’t be a better time than now for the respective djent bands to start disowning the style they are so responsible for flooding the scene with. It’s one of metal’s time-honored traditions Read more […]

Royal Hunt – In the Heart of the City (Best of 1992 – 1999) (Scarlet Records)

To demonstrate just how small our precious metal scene is, this scribe used to cut checks to recently re-installed Royal Hunt vocalist (and fellow Pittsburgher) DC Cooper. Reason being, my old band was Read more […]

DaiTribe – Epochalypse A.D. (True Gemini Records)

Without having to read too much on Chicago’s DaiTribe, one has to figure they were brought up through the 90’s metal bar scene. During that no-so-awesome period in American metal history, swiping Pantera Read more […]

Aldebaran – Embracing the Lightless Depths (Profound Lore Records)

No one will ever accuse funeral doom bands of being self-aware or privy to the needs of their audience. Hey, time is valuable and some of us (not including Blistering, thankfully) have places to go and Read more […]

Candlemass – Psalms For the Dead (Napalm Records)

Consumers prefer their favorite products or brands last forever. Artists understand there’s a limited shelf life when it comes to excellence. Sooner or later, skills decline, priorities change, and circumstances Read more […]

Royal Thunder – CVI (Relapse Records)

It’s quite wacky to think about how many advancements we’ve made in recording technology, yet some records sound like they were recorded four decades ago. Technology in reverse perhaps? There’s some Read more […]

West of Hell – Spiral Empire (Reversed Records)

Realizing that launching a musical career in New Zealand wasn’t exactly the easiest of things to do, progressive thrashers West of Hell packed up their belongings and fled to Vancouver. After securing Read more […]

Words of Farewell – Immersion (AFM Records)

Melodic death metal is such a generational thing now that fourth or fifth generation bands (we think) are copping the sounds of first generation bands in their twilight years. Or, they’re looking to Read more […]

Blind Guardian – Memories of a Time to Come (Virgin/EMI)

Long overdue for a “best-of” collection, Blind Guardian were more than likely in a dilly of a pickle trying to select songs for Memories of a Time To Come. Had they succumbed to the desires of their Read more […]

Before the Dawn – Rise of the Phoenix (Nuclear Blast Records)

With plenty of wind left in the sails of last year’s excellent Deathstar Rising, Finnish melodic death metal champs Before the Dawn are back with Rise of the Phoenix, an even more homegrown-sounding Read more […]

Author & Punisher – Ursus Americanus (Seventh Rule)

Words don’t do Author & Punisher proper justice, only because this is a one-man project where machines, yes machines make the music, not regular instruments (and yes, we realize that a vast majority Read more […]

Miseration – Tragedy Has Spoken (Lifeforce Records)

Third albums typically separate the mainstays from the contenders. In a life cycle of a band – particularly if the essential songwriter components remain constant – the first album showcases the initial Read more […]

Struck By Lightning – True Predation (Translation Loss Records)

Not having to think while listening to music is sometimes a good thing. Like, there’s enough to think about during the course of a day (when to nap, when to eat, how to avoid hearing Justin Beiber, etc.), Read more […]

Shadows Fall – Fire From the Sky (Razor and Tie)

Since there’s no real way to bring their career to the point where it was around 2004/2005, Shadows Fall are doing the smart thing by sticking to what they do best on their seventh full-length, Fire From Read more […]

Ahab – The Giant (Napalm Records)

Playing up on the “nautik doom” thing is probably the best thing Germany’s Ahab could do. Reason being, they’re lumped in with the funeral doom scene and it effectively limits their scope, like, big-time. Read more […]

Sabaton – Carolus Rex (Nuclear Blast Records)

Not sure if losing 4/6’s of your lineup is the way to go prior to an album’s release, but hey, hats off to Sabaton for circling the wagons and getting back up to speed in such a short amount of time. Carolus Read more […]

Havok – Point of No Return EP (Candlelight Records)

Released in conjunction with Havok’s spring/summer touring schedule,Point of No Return is a stopgap release for the Colorado-based thrashers, enabling the band to toss in two new jams and some familiar Read more […]

Order of Nine – Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror (Nightmare Records)

Beginning as Templar in the late 90’s, I fortunately got to know this group’s brand of powerful dark progressive metal during the Powermad Festival days when meeting vocalist Michael DeGrena in between Read more […]

Children of Bodom – Holiday At Lake Bodom (15 Years of Wasted Youth) (Spinefarm Records)

In the presser for this release, main Bodom man Alexi Laiho stated how the band was “justified to put this out” and he’s right – they are. Considering the Finns were deemed nothing more than the Read more […]

Kill Devil Hill – Kill Devil Hill (SPV Records)

Pantera is more popular than ever, something that usually happens to bands who break up too soon. There’s just too many storylines for the band to die: Vinnie Paul versus Phil Anselmo, Vulgar Display Read more […]