Reviews

Swallow the Sun – Emerald Forest And the Blackbird (Spinefarm Records)

Swallow the Sun’s gradual drift away from their strict melodic doom metal roots started with 2009’s excellent New Moon, an album that married the band’s deep-rooted death metal affinity with airy, Read more […]

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster – Exegesis (Self-Released)

An expansive concept to go along with even more expansive progressive metal are part and parcel, it seems. One has to think a lot of these bands are scared to go the dumbed-down lyrical route because Read more […]

Borknagar – Urd (Century Media Records)

Blistering will never get into the consulting business (even though they make quite the chunk of change, apparently), but our review of Borknagar’s 2010 Universal did suggest that the Norwegians Read more […]

Worm Ouroboros – Come the Thaw (Profound Lore Records)

Come the Thaw is light as a feather, but heavy as a ton of bricks, if that makes any sense. The depth in which San Francisco-based Worm Ouroboros creates music is unlike any other band going in North Read more […]

Shroud of Despondency – Pine (Self-Released)

Sure to be given the Cascadian black metal tag based on sound and album cover appearance alone (wooded areas are so en vogue right now), Wisconsin’s Shroud of Despondency have popped out their third Read more […]

Meshuggah – Koloss (Nuclear Blast Records)

Essentially in an unwinnable position, Meshuggah at this point, have been so ripped-off, copied, stolen from, aped, pillaged, and downright plagiarized that fresh material from them sounds like rehashed Read more […]

Lullacry – Where Angels Fear (End Of the Light Records)

Sometimes promising acts take open ended breaks and as journalists, we often refer to the recesses of our minds to play the “whatever happened to…” game. For Finnish gothic metal group Lullacry, Read more […]

King – Forged By Satan’s Doctrine (Deathgasm Records)

“Kill the Posers Like Fucking Christians,” eh? So that’s how you want to play it? “Poser” is such a broad terms these days; it’s almost like “emo,” but not as pitiful-looking or pitiful Read more […]

Karnak Seti – In Harmonic Entropy (Self-Released)

Bands looking for an easy entry into respectability should go the melodic death metal route. Next to sloppy old-school death and thrash metal, melodic death metal is akin to “Starter’s Kit Metal.” Once Read more […]

Arctic Plateau – The Enemy Inside (Prophecy Productions)

Those who are moved, swayed, and are emotionally affected by the masterworks of Katatonia, Anathema, and the current French wave of Alcest and Les Discrets should find instant solace in The Enemy Inside, Read more […]

Lord Mantis – Pervertor (Candlelight Records)

Surprised no one has been creative enough to find a tag for Sanford Parker-produced, Chicago-based, sludge metal bands. As if there aren’t enough to begin with, here comes Lord Mantis with their sophomore Read more […]

Mpire of Evil – Hell to the Holy (Scarlet Records)

After a less-than-stellar EP in the form of last year’s Creatures of the Black, Mpire of Evil is hitting us with their milquetoast debut full-length, Hell to the Holy. Guided by former Venom members Read more […]

Epica – Requiem For the Indifferent (Nuclear Blast Records)

Epica, Denmark’s premier symphonic power/ gothic metal sextet stride along gallantly with their grandiose balance between epic, theatrical songsand more streamlined, heavier material on this fifth studio Read more […]

She Said Destroy – Bleeding Fiction EP (Mas-Kina Recordings)

By all accounts, no one is going to do a better one-song album and/or EP than Edge of Sanity’s Crimson from 1996. It was an unfettered gem and pure stroke of genius from a band that peaked at just Read more […]

Legacy of Disorder – Last Man Standing (Black Orchard Records)

One has to wonder how many wife-beaters New Zealand’s Legacy of Disorder has in their collection. Being that the men’s “under-garment” was the thread of choice for pretty much every 90’s metal Read more […]

Black Breath – Sentenced to Life (Southern Lord Records)

Somewhere in Sweden, L.G. Petrov is shouting “Fuck!” Not because he has to rehearse “Out of Hand” with Entombed (which you should look up onYoutube if you are looking for the most fun and raucous Read more […]

Djerv – Djerv (Indie Recordings)

Instead of trying to dance around it (which both Indie Recordings and Djerv are doing), it’s prescient to point out that singer Agnete Kjølsrud sounds like Gwen Stefani. You know, the same Gwen Stefani Read more […]

Barren Earth – The Devil’s Resolve (Peaceville Records)

Gaining a huge buzz in the underground for the sextet’s previous work in groups like Amorphis, Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun, and Kreator among others, this Finnish progressive death metal act return for Read more […]

Cynic – The Portal Tapes (Season of Mist Records)

Prophets Cynic are not, yet they did see the writing on the death metal wall around the mid-90’s, so that counts for something. At that particular point in time, the death metal scene was swelling to Read more […]

Impending Doom – Baptized in Filth (eOne Music)

There are times when Blistering doesn’t even have to listen to an album in order to review it. Of course, we’d never do such a thing, for journalistic integrity ranks as high on our list as good hygiene Read more […]

Insense – Burn in Beautiful Fire (Indie Recordings)

A ringing endorsement from In Flames frontman Andres Friden doesn’t carry the weight it once did, but we’ll take it, and so will Norway’s Insense. The Swede has been an ad hoc mentor and quasi PR Read more […]

Veil of Maya – Eclipse (Sumerian Records)

Probably realizing its core audience has busy lives (i.e. texting, tweeting, web-chatting…basically anything that doesn’t involve in-person interaction), Veil of Maya limited the running time of their Read more […]

Wykked Wytch – The Ultimate Deception (Goomba Music)

A band that has taken a perpetual beating from the metal press, Wykked Wytch have proven equally adept at getting up from the mat and aping Cradle of Filth at the same time. Granted, they are a female Read more […]

Opera Diabolicus – 1614 (Metalville Records)

Big ‘ole production, concept, musicians…big everything, pretty much. That effectively sums up 1614, the debut effort from Sweden’s Opera Diabolicus. The album follows in the grand (and grandiose) Read more […]

Hellsaw – Trist (Napalm Records)

Black metal bands are smarter than we give them credit for. They do a better job of disguising their influences than most; able to mask their variousmusical deficiencies by slapping them together like Read more […]

Beaten to Death – Xes and Strokes (Mas-Kina Recordings)

“Melodic grindcore” isn’t a term we bandy about very often, probably because there’s no precedent for it. Being that most grindcore bands have little or no interest in sounding the slightest bit Read more […]

Napalm Death – Utilitarian (Century Media Records)

So venerable Napalm Death is at this juncture of their career, that doing something wrong would be utterly shocking. Unlike some of their death metal peers (i.e. Morbid Angel, Deicide), Napalm has their Read more […]

Nothnegal – Decadence (Season of Mist Records)

Never thought you’d be reading a review about a metal band from The Maldives, did you? To be truthful, this writer never once thought about even writing about one. It’s enlightening to see just how Read more […]

The Kandidate – Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death (Napalm Records)

The first album by the new band of ex-Hatesphere vocalist Jakob Bredhal, 2010’s Until We Are Outnumbered was a direct and impactful chunk of European thrash. They have returned for a second album, Read more […]

Zombie Inc. – A Dreadful Disease (Massacre Records)

Zombies have long been a point of discussion in metal, often serving as a fail-safe lyrical reference point for bands who aren’t into pouring out their feelings. It’s a very limited subject, of course, Read more […]