Reviews

Evoken – Atra Mors (Profound Lore Records)

Baleful clouds consume the sky and choke out the sun, a frigid wind emaciating flora and fauna alike – the world left behind a lifeless husk. Though apt for an end of the world scenario, such is not Read more […]

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder – Ghostmaker (Candlelight Records)

The retro thrash movement has inundated us with both quality and fluff. Rumpelstiltskin Grinder has always done a more than serviceable job in providing some speedy, riff-driven thrash tunes to whet the Read more […]

Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death (Relapse Records)

Even though Morbid Saint only had one full-length release, the band is a definite classic in the thrash genre. Spectrum of Death is a pristine example of how to tear a person limb from limb in a musical sense. Read more […]

Earthen Grave – Earthen Grave (Claude & Elmo Music)

Seeing a bunch of doom vets put together something more than a run-of-the-mill Sabbath affair can warm one’s heart. Going said route would be too easy, for apparently, everyone and their mother thinks Read more […]

Conan – Monnos (Gravedancer Records)

Tom G. Warrior would be the first to admit that the early (and lone) works of Hellhammer were basically beginner-level metal. Hellhammer and halcyon years Celtic Frost lucked out because they were ahead Read more […]

Testament – Dark Roots of the Earth (Nuclear Blast Records)

The fact Testament didn’t follow up 2008’s Formation of Damnationright away has served them well, for by all indications, demand for the Bay Area thrashers hasn’t been this high since Practice Read more […]

Black Majesty – Stargazer (Limb Music)

Home to koala bears, kangaroos, and vegemite sandwiches (thank you Men At Work for that reference), Australia also maintains a very healthy metal scene, especially in the power/progressive and extreme Read more […]

Eye of Solitude – Sui Caedere (Kaotoxin Records)

It’s only fitting that now with summer in full swing with its warmth and light and other makings that something this hopeless, suffocating, and absolutely would be released. No says Eye of Solitude, you Read more […]

Enabler – All Hail the Void (Southern Lord Records)

The obvious thing to do would be to imagine this as a Fall Out Boy-meets-Trap Them composite, which frankly, could be one of their weirdest combos one’s infantile brain could think of. Reason being, former Read more […]

Holy Knights – Beyond Daylight and Pain (Scarlet Records)

I’m not sure I understand the logic behind the reformation of this band, given the glut of power metal bands already in existence, but Holy Knights has returned after 10-year absence. Their new full Read more […]

Devilish Impressions – Simulacra (Lifeforce Records)

“Alucard” is “Dracula” spelled backwards. Blistering knows this thanks the legendary 8-bit Nintendo game Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, of which a character by the name of Alucard appears to Read more […]

Night Terrain – American Dream (Self-Released)

No matter the form it takes, post-metal is often times a tough sale and very polarizing in how it’s received. If for no other reason, this is because of the frankly staggering variations in quality that Read more […]

King of Asgard – …to North (Metal Blade Records)

A few years ago, you couldn’t walk outside to fetch the newspaper without stepping on a Pagan/epic metal band. The style seemingly got worse – and more outlandish – by the minute, which actually Read more […]

Jar’d Loose – Goes to Purgatory (Cassette Deck Media)

Going down like a jagged little pill (Alanis Morisette references rule), Jar’d Looses’s Goes to Purgatory is as rough and tumble as they come. Positioning themselves as a modern-day Jesus Lizard without Read more […]

Jotnar – Giant (Coroner Records)

There are way too many bands out there. Seriously, though. One could sit online playing single tracks from different groups for hours on end, and still not make even make a dent in the sheer number of Read more […]

The Howling Wind – Of Babalon (Profound Lore Records)

There’s been a good deal of buzz surrounding the new record from The Howling Wind, and rightly so. For those unfamiliar with this particular group, the black metal duo features guitarist/vocalist Ryan Read more […]

Terror Empire – Face the Terror (Self-Released)

According to Terror Empire’s bio, their name represents “an omnipresent reality that has been exposed worldwide since the 9/11 attacks.” Interesting. Could modern-day thrash actually pack more of Read more […]

Incoming Cerebral Overdrive – Le Stelle: A Voyage Adrift (Supernatural Cat)

A common pitfall with individuals or groups within an artistic medium in looking to do something ‘different’ is that they wind up shoehorning into their creations so many disparate and often incompatible Read more […]

Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine (Century Media Records)

An artist being a self-indulgent artist can be at once the most rewarding thing for an audience or on the contrary, the most infuriating. For the fickle and dogmatic fan-bases (especially black metal), Read more […]

Morgoth – Cursed to Live (Century Media Records)

As the industry standard goes, live albums are usually created in order for a band to complete their recording obligations to their record company. Since a live album carries the same contractual weight Read more […]

Virgin Steele – Life Among the Ruins Reissue (SPV/Steamhammer)

Can anyone explain to me the appeal of re-releasing older material again? I can understand a band releasing a landmark album, or its entire back catalogue to help bolster sales and perhaps commemorate Read more […]

The Amenta – Chokehold EP (Listenable Records)

Stopgap EPs are almost always a mixed bag and this inescapable issue is usually exacerbated when it’s a digital only release. Often times a throwaway b-side from the previous album is pressed together Read more […]

Blacklodge – Machination (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

Black metal’s inability to work with industrial elements is one of metal’s worst-kept secrets. Well, it’s actually not that much of a secret given the bands that gave it the ‘ole college try Read more […]

The Contortionist – Intrinsic (eOne/Good Fight Music)

Aside from being a rather quality band, Between the Buried and Me should be credited with the creation of the formula for modern technical/progressive metal bands. And since we all like a good formula Read more […]

Michael Toney – Tales From the Stage (Tales Publishing)

It’s no coincidence that 80’s hard rock/metal figures have better stories to tell than your average extreme metal jockey. Considering the free-for-all nature of those times (we’ll let you fill in Read more […]

Windfaerer – Solar (Self-Released)

Fantastic black metal is creeping out of all kinds of unexpected corners of the US this year. From New Jersey hail Windfaerer, their sound harnessing all the usual black metal staples and hybridizing them Read more […]

Crucified Barbara – The Midnight Chase (Nuclear Blast Records)

Since everyone in Sweden is either tall or good-looking (which also aptly describes yours truly…according to my stepmom), Crucified Barbara easily pass the eye test. And since it doesn’t take a whole Read more […]

Malice – New Breed of Godz (SPV/Steamhammer)

Originally hailing form Portland, Oregon, Malice began life in 1985 playing balls-out speed metal. In a blazing vengeance of rock n’ roll fury, this traditional metal act carved out a legacy on In the Read more […]

Blood of the Black Owl – Light the Fires (Bindrune Recordings)

Take a seat by the campfire and look out around you. Awash in the orange glow an open and endless night beckoning, isolating but comforting. A bit abstract but that’s the mood throughout Light the Fires!, Read more […]

Evocation – Evoked From Demonic Depths: The Early Years (Century Media Records)

Taking into account how large the Swedish metal scene is, a band like Evocation has to do double the work just to get noticed. Further complicating matters is that they don’t play death metal of the Read more […]