Reviews

Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart (Nuclear Blast Records)

Though few bands attract as much ire as post–Max Cavalera Sepultura, denying their authenticity as a consistently unique and powerful force in the metal underground bears a significant burden of proof, Read more […]

Hail of Bullets – III: The Rommel Chronicles (Metal Blade)

The calling for Hail of Bullets has and probably always will be vocalist Martin Van Drunen. The on-again/off-again/on-again Asphyx throat is one of death metal’s real treasures, a man with a voice so Read more […]

Vaura – The Missing (Profound Lore)

What a curious and loving surprise. Passed on to me as an ‘artsy black metal’ album and coming with no previous experience, I don’t think the initial descriptor could’ve been further from the truth Read more […]

Hanging Garden – I Was a Solider EP (Lifeforce)

Presumed leftovers from the band’s most-excellent At Every Door release from earlier this year (which turned out to be an incorrect assumption on our part – the songs are new -ed.), the I Was a Solider Read more […]

Germ – Grief (Eisenwald)

A quick turnaround for this Tim Yatras-led outfit from last year’s pretty hip Wish, with Germ now more engaged in throes of post-black metal than its predecessor. Wish was unique for it was the unsuspecting Read more […]

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash DVD (Nuclear Blast)

The campaign for Dark Roots of Earth has been a success across the board, with Testament keeping the good vibrations going after 2008’s The Formation of Damnation. And while Testament has been the least Read more […]

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol (Napalm)

More space rockin’ for ‘ole Dave Wyndorf, who looks like he’s on the straight and narrow since some drug scares a few years ago. Perhaps that’s all a part of Monster Magnet’s journey to elder-statesmen Read more […]

Altars – Paramnesia (Blood Harvest)

The success of Portal has given Australian death metal a new, more angular façade. Prior, the country had to run out the likes of Destroyer 666 and The Berzerker, two worthy bands, but nowhere near as Read more […]

Doyle Airence – Monolith (Lifeforce)

Recently having to change their moniker from the simple, flat-footed and Misfits-derived “Doyle” to the broader Doyle Airence, these French post-metallers sure know how to kick off an album cycle. Read more […]

The Walking Dead Orchestra – Architects of Destruction (Klonosphere/Season of Mist)

Presumably unaware of the hit television show in America bearing the “Walking Dead” tag, France’s The Walking Dead Orchestra formed in 2011, just as Rick Grimes and friends were starting to have Read more […]

Kataklysm – Waiting for the End to Come (Nuclear Blast)

One of the first names that come to mind when thinking of song-oriented death metal, Montreal’s Kataklysm have steadfastly remained glued to the sonic attributes of under-appreciated albums such as 2001’s Read more […]

Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse (Century Media)

To be frank, always found these guys to be more of the thrash problem than the solution, with their white high-tops, unfocused/generic songs, and lyrical clichés. They’re hard-working gents, that’s Read more […]

Noctum – Final Sacrifice (Metal Blade)

What a year for Uppsala, Sweden. Watain’s new The Wild Hunt scored a high chart position, while cementing the band as possibly the best black metal act around, In Solitude are about to climb the ladder Read more […]

Oblivion – Called to Rise (Unique Leader)

All sorts of nice resume stats in Oblivion: An All Shall Perish cast-off, a professor of music/modernist composer, a guitar player working toward his PHD in mathematics, and a drummer being trained by Read more […]

Craven Idol – Towards Eschaton (Dark Descent)

The word “subterranean” appears in the bio for Craven Idol’s Toward Eschaton, and DR probably can’t conjure up a more worthy term for the band’s style of dark death metal. They’re a U.K.-based Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Tragic Illusions 25 (The Rarities) (Century Media)

Nigh time the mighty Paradise Lost digs through their vaults for some b-side and leftover action. They’re no Katatonia in this regard (who have perhaps, the deepest leftover log of songs in metal), but Read more […]

Man Must Die – Peace Was Never An Option (Lifeforce)

Tech-death is a polarizing beast, for more often than not it melts into something of a lavacannon of notes and gurgles, more than most can make sense of or appreciate. Sometimes, however, a band can manage Read more […]

LowCityRain – LowCityRain (Prophecy Productions)

A lot of us who are of broad mind and in constant need of exploration have come to understand the influence of shoegaze and 80’s new wave on various sub-forms of black and Gothic metal. While it would Read more […]

Imperial Triumphant – Goliath (Vatican Records)

A riff to Imperial Triumphant is like puddy; it can bend in any which direction, is capable of being twisted into form, and ultimately, can take on any which shape it chooses. They’re not terribly far-flung Read more […]

Praise the Flame – Profane Cult (Blood Harvest)

Originally released earlier in the year as a MCD, Blood Harvest found it suitable to re-release Profane Cult as 12” vinyl with three bonus songs tacked on. Always with the vinyl. Praise the Flame happen Read more […]

Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)

Having glided through the treacherous third album territory rather easily with 2011’s Forever Abomination, Athens, OH death/black/thrash gang Skeletonwitch will probably need to figure out sooner or Read more […]

Castevet – Obsian (Profound Lore)

A few years beyond the spectacular Mounds of Ash and Castevet has at last returned with a fantastic and at times very different monster with Obsidian. Picking up Krallice’s own Nick McMaster and featuring Read more […]

Carpe Noctem – In Terra Profugus (Code 666 Records)

Iceland: a proud nation of stunningly beautiful, putrefied shark eating Vikings.   Volcanoes that belch poisonous clouds of hellish atmosphere into the jet stream, which wreak havoc on our sense of normalcy, Read more […]

Nekrofilth – Devil’s Breath (Hell’s Headbangers)

On the refreshing side to hear this kind of snot-nosed, rabid death/thrash; it pretty much goes like Nekrofilth are around to be partially disgusting, maybe offensive, but certainly comedic. There’s Read more […]

Exhumer – Degraded by Sepsis (Comatose Music)

It might be DR’s secret wish that specific segments of brutal death metal take the punk approach: In and out, no thought, just do it and have a nice day. Music that is this extreme and aurally unfriendly Read more […]

Kreator – Dying Alive DVD/CD (Nuclear Blast)

An interesting takeaway from some of the bonus footage included on Dying Alive: Kreator brings a caterer while on the road. A CATERER. Do you know how many low-level thrash bands would eat off the heel Read more […]

Secrets of the Sky – To Sail Black Waters (Kolony)

Secrets of the Sky’s debut album, To Sail Black Waters, is steeped in black and sludge metal, but sees the band incorporate myriad influences within their sound to create a tidal wave of audio unique Read more […]

Soul Remnants – Black and Blood (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

I’ve been fortunate enough to take in this Massachusetts death metal quintet on the live front, and spun their debut album Plague of the Universe from 2009 numerous times. Settling in with a new drummer Read more […]

Temple of Baal – Verses of Fire (Agonia)

Last heard from in 2009 with the so-so Lightslaying Rituals, French black metal brigade Temple of Baal are for the most part, an outlier in their homeland’s scene. Inevitably, anything remotely concerned Read more […]

Finnr’s Cane – A Portrait Painted by the Sun (Prophecy Productions)

Slump Verb 1. Sit, lean, or fall heavily and limply, esp. with a bent back. Ontario’s atmospheric black metal doomsters, Finner’s Cane, return with their sophomore album in A Portrait Painted Read more […]