Fastkill – Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer (Pulverized Records)

Recording demos since 1996, Japanese thrash act Fastkill do not subscribe to the commercial side of things on this third album Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer. Ten songs in a quick 30-minute outpouring that Read more […]

Entropy – E3 (Self-Released)

Growing up Canadian and listening to thrash metal in the 80’s afforded me some truly blissful listening experiences. Bands like Sacrifice, Overthrow and Entropy were all home-grown talents that literally Read more […]

Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal (Sumerian Records)

An entire scene holds its collective breath, present and future fortunes hinging upon the aspirations of and the public response to this sophomore release by ‘djent’ progenitors Periphery. Two years Read more […]

Dust Bolt – Violent Demolition (Napalm Records)

The thrash revolution of the 1980’s appears to be going through a third generation upswing in terms of label signings. After forming in 2006 and releasing the Chaos Possession EP in 2010, Germany’s Read more […]

Black Shape of Nexus – Negative Black (Exile on Mainstream Records)

Talk about digging into the depths of memory with this one. Several years ago when Myspace still had at least some cultural relevance, it was a happening place to discover new music and connect with Read more […]

Samothrace – Reverence to Stone (20 Buck Spin)

The staying power of Samothrace’s 2008 album Life’s Trade should not be understated. Melodic sludge at its bare minimum best, Life’s Trade was everything the style is and isn’t at the same Read more […]

Chrome Waves – Chrome Waves (Gravedancer Records)

The shocking string of sublime summer releases continues unabated with this 26-minute monster. A supergroup of sorts featuring members of Nachtmystium, Wolvhammer, Twilight, and The Gates of Slumber, Chrome Read more […]

NoDrama – The Patient (Coroner Records)

“NoDrama,” eh? Drama is just the worst and it’s become one of those overused words in our lexicon that for some peculiar reason, people can’t say enough. Like “baby mama drama,” or “he said/she Read more […]

Gun Barrel – Brace for Impact (Massacre Records)

Germany is definitely known for producing some quality music in all genres. The most prolific form in my estimation is within the area of power metal/heavy metal, where hundreds of solid acts prosper every Read more […]

Baroness – Yellow & Green (Relapse Records)

Baroness’s farewell to the metal scene is a fitting one, given that it’s their last for Relapse. One has to wonder if the band was afraid of becoming Mastodon Jr., given the preponderance of Mastodon-heavy Read more […]

Ephel Duath – On Death and Cosmos EP (Agonia Records)

Prior to On Death and Cosmos, the goal of Ephel Duath was to never let the listener quite “get” them. As in, their music was more avant-garde than it should have been, and it certainly was reflected Read more […]

Burning Point – The Ignitor (Scarlet Records)

Bands like Burning Point are a tough sell. They rely heavily on a generic, unoriginal power metal base that offers nothing new to the genre. Worse yet they hail from Finland and have to fight for notoriety, Read more […]

Tedor Tuff – Soliloquy (Nightmare Records)

Rooted in bombast and flanked by the underrated shape-shifting of Nordic power metal, Norway’s Tedor Tuff have created one those albums that carefully straddles the line between full-on symphonic applause-seeking Read more […]

Furze – Psych Minus Space Control (Fysisk Format)

All kinds of weird and strange – not to say that this is the good kind of weird and strange. One man black metal bands are pervasive in number and vary wildly from absolute shit (everything Xasthur has Read more […]

Deathspell Omega – Drought (Norma Evangelium Diaboli/Season of Mist)

The path to ascension continues for the mystery-cloaked members of Deathspell Omega. The first new material from the band since their stellar 2010 release Paracletus sees an influx of all that made that Read more […]

The Chant – A Healing Place (Lifeforce Records)

Appropriately marketed for the Katatonia/Anathema/Porcupine Tree crowd, Finnish atmospheric rockers The Chant craft these sort of carefully calculated songs that are as wistful as they are gentle. Like, Read more […]

Phobia – Remnants of Filth (Willowtip Records)

Seemingly incapable of being laid to rest no matter how many members they go through, California grind masters Phobia have managed to survive another round of band turnover prior to the recording of their Read more […]

Father Befouled – Revulsion of Seraphic Grace (Dark Descent Records)

Easily among the more obscure releases a listener will come across this year, Revulsion of Seraphic Grace is nonetheless an admirable piece of work. Sharing more than a few traits in common with Incantation Read more […]

Bosse-de-Nage – III (Profound Lore Records)

Like Krallice and Deafheaven, albeit with a more mysterious vibe (no promo pics or interviews to be found), the Bay Area’s Bosse-de-Nage fit rather snug into the confines of American black metal. And Read more […]

Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza (Nuclear Blast Records)

Thirty years with one shtick…now that’s dedication to your original plan. For Germany’s Tankard, their fondness for all things alcohol-related has garnered them as the sole proprietors of the “alcohol Read more […]

Moonloop – Deeply From the Earth (Listenable Records)

Granted, my personal experience with the world of progressive death metal has often been limited, at least insomuch as the tag is actually applied to bands. The band that most readily comes to mind is Read more […]

Puteraeon – Cult Cthulu (Cyclone Empire)

Here comes another trip into the chunky abyss that is the old-school death metal revival. Sharing numerous traits (aesthetically and aurally) with labelmates The Grotesquery, Puteraeon have come again Read more […]

The Wretched End – Inroads (Candlelight Records)

Post-Emperor life for guitarist Samoth hasn’t been exactly all that rosy. Some may have found value with his work with Zyklon, yet said band was grossly overrated and fizzled out two years ago, while Read more […]

Vesperian Sorrow – Stormwinds of Ages (The Path Less Traveled)

The golden age of symphonic black metal is long dead. A decade ago this couldn’t be further from the truth: Emperor may have disbanded but they had just released their triumphant Prometheus: Of Fire Read more […]

Whitechapel – Whitechapel (Metal Blade Records)

It’s very likely that you know where this is going already. Whitechapel, along with the likes of Suicide Silence and Bring Me the Horizon, exist as the popular poster children of the deathcore scene. Read more […]

Def-Con One – Warface (Scarlet Records)

Venom, and their various spin-off bands have not exactly been well-received by Blistering of late. Rightfully so – if one is looking for the most inoffensive-while trying to be-offensive music around, Read more […]

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending To Infinity (Nuclear Blast)

It’s a brave new world for Luca Turilli, especially after leaving Rhapsody of Fire in 2011 to essentially recreate the essence of his former band in a new version. Now calling the band – Luca Turilli’s Read more […]

Witch Mountain – Cauldron of the Wild (Profound Lore)

Doom sure has become a far-reaching term, eh? Like, one could say that Candlemass are traditional doom, but someone like Pallbearer are neo doom, although that doesn’t make a great deal of sense since Read more […]

Neil Daniels – Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast (Voyageur Press)

The “unauthorized” tag is usually cause for concern, but it shouldn’t be in this instance. Britain-based author Neil Daniels has clearly done his share of Internet sleuthing and research to pull together Iron Read more […]

Ghostlimb – Confluence (Vitriol Records)

Rare when we type “tasteful” and “hardcore punk/metal” in the same sentence (let alone have the same thought sequence), but Ghostlimb have managed to inject some much-needed intelligence into the Read more […]