Scythia – For the Bear (Self-Released)

I love hearing bands who embrace the eclectic possibilities of different genres. Sometimes it works and at other times, it can be a colossal fail. In the case of Scythia, its full steam ahead with the Read more […]

Scelerata – The Sniper (Nightmare Records)

Vocalist Fabio Juan is the new kid on the block, joining Scelerata fulltime in 2010 after the departure of Carl Casagrande. As far as frontmen go, Juan can scream with the best of them and he is virtually Read more […]

Antropomorphia – Evangelivm Nekromantia (Metal Blade Records)

2012 has seen many a band return from the dead for one reason or another. A season (or six) rich in nostalgia and trend whoring has brought about way too many groups more than happy to ply their trade Read more […]

Therion – Le Fleurs Du Mal (End of the Light Records)

It’s going take open-minded music fans to enjoy the new venture of Therion. Le Fleurs Du Mal is an entire album of covers from the French Chanson genre of the 1960’s and 1970’s, coupled with a Read more […]

Graveyard – Lights Out (Nuclear Blast Records)

Lights Out is the type of record presently being spun at record stores across the globe. The hipsters manning the register probably can’t hide their hard-ons for something like this, for it’s the Read more […]

Decline of the I – Inhibition (Agonia Records)

Upon first looking through the promotional materials for this release only one question came to mind: “why is he naked?” A quick glance through the song titles showcase a number of French language Read more […]

Humanity Delete – Never Ending Nightmares (Dead Beat Media)

I must say Roger “Rogga” Johansson is one of the hardest working musicians in the extreme metal field. Hailing from Sweden, Johansson has an impressive list of credits pioneering a sound in many extreme/death Read more […]

Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Edition (Capital Records/EMI)

Mustaine has never quite achieved his career-long goal of catching Metallica, but with Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth were never closer. The makeup of both the album and era was a time of transition, Read more […]

Monolithe – Monolithe III (Debemur Morti Productions)

Doing long songs right is for many bands a perilous endeavor. Finding the right balance of a few dozen different possible variables to keep things interesting is something many fail at (just ask any of Read more […]

Torn the Fuck Apart – The Dissection of Christ (Self-Released)

An immediate chuckle came by way of Torn the Fuck Apart’s bio: “What were you expecting with a name like Torn the Fuck Apart? Smooth jazz?” It’s a good thing when the band in question is in on Read more […]

All that Remains – A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie)

The ongoing sidebar with All that Remains is how singer Phil Labonte (reportedly) still lives in his parents’ basement, the result of too many years of barely scraping by as a full-time musician. Like Read more […]

The Devil – The Devil (Candlelight Records)

We’ll get to The Devil’s very curious stage get-ups in a second, but listening to their self-titled album is like watching an episode of HBO’s The Newsroom. Shown in the coveted time slot after True Read more […]

Germ – Wish (Eisenwald)

A renaissance man of sorts, Tim Yatras has divided his time between the likes of black metal brigade Austere, Woods of Desolation (more black metal) the recently-dissolved Grey Waters, and Germ. Each have Read more […]

Maelstrom – It Was Predestined (Itchy Metal Entertainment)

A clap of thunder is all you need to start an album sometimes, you know? It’s probably the most used introductory method in metal, specifically power metal, a style that leaves itself with two choices: Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – Eye For An Eye Reissue (Candlelight Records)

A near-banner year for COC, thanks in large part to their self-titled comeback album that hit in the first quarter of 2012. It did a lot in terms of erasing the bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths after America’s Read more […]

Geoff Tate – Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music)

Boy, Geoff Tate is really behind the proverbial 8-ball with this one, moreso than the last few Queensryche albums, of which it didn’t take a rocket surgeon to determine their appropriate level of suckiness. Read more […]

Warnot – His Blood is Yours (Nightmare Records)

The product of former Cloudscape guitarist Bjorn Eliasson, Warnot is another a long line of studio projects with a cluster of guest vocalists. The whole “metal opera” thing is entirely too played out, Read more […]

Void Moon – On the Blackest of Nights (Cruz del Sur Music)

Tradition often overrides progression. It’s an unfortunate reality of the world in which we live, and from a more granular aspect, applies to an album like Void Moon’s On the Blackest of Nights debut. Read more […]

D.I.S. – Becoming Wrath (Deep Six)

Metal has this annoying tendency to overpopulate itself with a given style, with this particular calendar year emerging as the year of the crusty d-beat metal band. Therefore, it’s difficult to estimate Read more […]

Neurosis – Honor Found in Decay (Neurot Recordings)

Among the sizable number of bands that have been absent in one form or another for the better part of the last half-decade, Neurosis is arguably the most high-profile. 2007’s Given to the Rising still Read more […]

Code Orange Kids – Love is Love/Return to Dust (Deathwish Inc.)

Heard quite a few good things about Code Orange Kids from the locals here in presently rain-soaked Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh’s music scene does an absolutely horrid job of getting its bands to the next Read more […]

Abstracter – Tomb of Feathers (The Path Less Travelled Records)

Oakland, California. Home of the Raiders, A’s, and Neurosis, who for many, is the starting point when it comes to experimental, post-sludge metal. Blistering has lost count the number of times it has Read more […]

Dawn of Winter – The Skull of the Sorcerer (Cyclone Temple)

The name Gerrit Muntz instantly makes this scribe recall the absolute beating the vocalist took in Metal Maniacs magazine for Sacred Steel’s 2000 Bloodlust album. Back then, the scene didn’t Read more […]

Isis – Temporal (Ipecac Recordings)

Bowing out gracefully. It’s certainly not one of metal’s finest traits, given how many bands well past their respective prime release virtually the same album in continuum. Those wise or brave enough to Read more […]

Haarp – Husks (Housecore Records)

Haarp is a band with a very unusual name. It stands for High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and they use all lower case letters for the logo. I’m not sure what the significance of the use Read more […]

Doomsday – Doomsday (Disorder Recordings)

Side projects are supposed to sound like side projects, you know? It’s counterproductive to form another band that sounds like your main band; it’s like the old adage regarding the dude frying hamburgers Read more […]

Tiamat – The Scarred People (Napalm Records)

Discussion with Sweden’s Tiamat apparently begins and ends with Wildhoney. Ask anyone…there is no other album in the band’s discography, even though Johan Edlund and crew were part of the first wave Read more […]

Early Graves – Red Horse (No Sleep Records)

Unfortunate circumstances surround the release of Red Horse, the third outing from San Francisco’s Early Graves. Original frontman Mahk Daniels was killed in a van accident while the band was on tour Read more […]

Magnum – On the 13th Day (SPV/Steamhammer)

Vocalist Bob Catley and guitarist Tony Clarkin have had an enduring working relationship that spans close to 34 years. They formed Magnum and had a good run from 1978 until they split in 1994 after a series Read more […]

Tsar Bomb – Neowarfare (badGod Music)

Named after the “Tsar Bomba,” the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, Spain’s Tsar Bomb evoke all sorts of wicked, death metal-friendly clichés on their Neowarfare debut. One could get Read more […]