Reviews

Death Angel – The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast Records)

Of all the great thrash bands to come out of the 1980s, few stick as closely to the original blueprint of the subgenre as Death Angel. From the band’s debut with The Ultra-Violence all the way to 2010’s Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light (Metal Blade Records)

] No doubt about it, Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil are technically proficient musicians who have chops for days and show occasional hints of greatness on their full-length debut, The Conscious Seed Read more […]

Gigan – Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science (Willowtip)

Is Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super-Science an album title or thesis statement? And people say there are no smart people in metal… The third full-length from wacky/astral/wacky death metal Read more […]

Monolithe – Monolithe IV (Debur Morti Productions)

A year passes and we find ourselves with a surprisingly quick turnaround from Monolithe, releasing IV barely a year after III. Much like III, IV is a ‘monolithic’ single piece of continuous funeral Read more […]

Empire of Rats – Empire of Rats (A389)

Yet another drop in the heavy-handed bucket of spite and vitriol, Columbus, OH’s Empire of Rats dole out a lot of unhappy, frothy hardcore/metal barbs on their self-titled debut. It’s the delivery of the Read more […]

Broken Hope – Omen of Disease (Century Media)

About as undervalued of a death metal band going in those overloaded mid-90’s, Chicago’s Broken Hope enjoyed moderate success before bowing out in 2001. It might not be fair to say they became unfashionable Read more […]

Vista Chino – Peace (Napalm Records)

The chances of a full-blown Kyuss reunion are slim and none…and slim just left town, much like the circus did in 1996. (Oh yeah!) We won’t dedicate much space to the legal squabbles between Josh Homme Read more […]

Falkenbach – Asa (Prophecy Productions)

One-man bands, or projects have a reputable place in the realm of metal in the folk, Viking, pagan, epic, black and neo-classical genres.  Projects such as Munruthel, Aquilus and Falkenbach have released Read more […]

Empyrium – Into the Pantheon (Prophecy Productions)

In terms of neo-classical folk, Empyrium gets the most attention from our fair and beloved scene. Their mid-90’s output (i.e. Songs of Moors and Misty Fields) can be viewed as a sort of a building block Read more […]

Eden’s Curse – Symphony of Sin (AFM Records)

Embodying the multinational melodic metal moniker (all five musicians hail from separate countries from Serbia and Germany to Scotland, England, and Wales), Eden’s Curse enter the established phase of Read more […]

Anathema – Universal CD/DVD (KScope)

The last three years have been very kind to Anathema, this, after a well-documented period of studio inactivity from 2004 to 2009 that netted only a remake album (Hindsight) and nothing more. So with the Read more […]

Kill Division – Destructive Force (Metal Blade)

God Dethroned sadly called it a day in early 2011, putting to rest a career that throttled death metal’s anti-song climate. Main dude Henri “The Serpent King” Sattler had a penchant for bone-rattling extremity Read more […]

Horisont – Time Warriors (Metal Blade/Rise Above)

Is Time Warriors one of those album titles with a deep, double-meaning? Hopefully it’s not, for our brain capacity is quite limited and to delve into existential meanings behind an album title for a what Read more […]

Dark Age – A Matter of Trust (AFM Records)

Emblematic of how only a European metal band could get away with incorporating snyth-pop ideas into the core of melodic metal, Dark Age are an interesting proposition, one that many folks seem to be unsure Read more […]

Zud – The Good, the Bad, and the Damned (Self-Released)

All sorts of weirdness here, starting with the Mongolian origins of Zud’s name, the meaning of which entails livestock animals getting killed off by the harsh, cold winter. Then you have the band’s Portland, Read more […]

Dream Theater – Dream Theater (Roadrunner)

Now that some time has allowed the dust to settle from the fiasco that was the departure of Portnoy, a lot was riding curious as to how this new (and oddly self-titled) album would turn out. Mike Mangini Read more […]

Death Ray Vision – We Ain’t Leavin’ Till Your Bleedin’ (Bullet Tooth)

The product of a few present Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and Overcast guys, Death Ray Vision is one of those mildly appealing side projects, cobbled together because it’s fun to get the gang together Read more […]

Gris – À l’Âme Enflammée, l’Äme Constellée…(Sepulchral Productions)

Metal the malleable! It is unsurprising that from the dark reaches of Canada there comes a group that fuses the utmost in non-metal with a solid-if-sparsely-used metal foundation. For the Canadian duo Read more […]

Iron Man – South of the Earth (Metal Blade/Rise Above)

The background on Iron Man is this: They were originally a Black Sabbath cover band (hence the name), who formed in 1988 only to come around to writing their own songs. They are guided by guitarist Alfred Read more […]

Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess (A Grammar of Poetic Myth) (20 Buck Spin)

DR remembers when Germany’s Atlantean Kodex first hit upon scene, and thinking that their reach would be limited to Europe and Europe only. That still seems to be case two albums into their career, even Read more […]

Cult of Luna – Vertikal II (Density Records)

Cult of Luna live versus the band on record…not even comparable. Having just caught the Swedes in support of Katatonia, DR can attest to the sheer volume (we’re talking headache level) the band can Read more […]

Rosetta – The Anaesthete (Debemur Morti Productions)

Philadelphia’s Rosetta has been entrancing listeners with their explosive post-rock for a decade now, and if their self-released fourth album is any indication, the band is seeking to continue pushing Read more […]

Bodyfarm – The Coming Scourge (Cyclone Empire)

If memory serves correct, DR’s infantile brain confused Bodyfarm with “Phat Farm,” the now not-so popular line of clothing that was popularized in the 90s. This utterance was made for their 2012 Read more […]

Cleric – Gratum Inferno (Tofu Carnage)

On an introductory/surface level, it would be convenient to level the Sunlight Studios tag at Dallas, TX newbies Cleric. It’s all there: The guitar tone, the sonic gristle, and waterlogged drums, but Read more […]

Primal Attack – Humans (Hellxis Records)

Barely a year old, Lisbon, Portugal’s Primal Attack give a rather obvious nod to American metal of present and yore, meaning they’re a groove/thrash combo. Actually, a further examination into their Read more […]

In Solitude – Sister (Metal Blade)

What could be deemed as one of those proverbial “on the cusp of greatness” albums, In Solitude’s Sister (their third overall) is more of a transitory body of work than a revelation. The band – repeatedly Read more […]

Ulcerate – Vermis (Relapse Records)

Auckland, New Zealand’s Ulcerate are a technical death metal band of a different sort.  Many times, bands of this persuasion tend to create metal exuding little more than their mastery of complex rhythms Read more […]

The Vision Bleak – Witching Hour (Prophecy Productions)

Probably less covert than most Goth and/or horror metal bands would generally present themselves, German’s The Vision Bleak have staked a claim as one of the heavier bands to function in this realm. Read more […]

Beaten to Death – Dødsfest! (Mas-Kina Recordings)

Just after we got done ranting about how grind might be a spent force creatively, here’s Norway’s Beaten to Death, reminding DR that perhaps there’s hope for the style. The follow-up to 2012’s well-received Read more […]

Vulture Industries – The Tower (Season of Mist Records)

It’s nice to play a new album from a band under the ever-expanding metal umbrella and be pleasantly surprised at hearing something interesting, different, fresh, and most importantly – good.  I mean, Read more […]