Reviews

Imperium Dekadenz – Meadows of Nostalgia (Season of Mist Records)

It’s late March and winter has yet to vacate the Northeast. Global warming insinuations are cast aside, while camouflage shorts remain locked in storage. If this is the eternal winter black metal has Read more […]

Jungle Rot – Terror Regime (Victory Records)

Without delving too deep into discussion of beatdowns and their pervasiveness on the Victory Records roster, the fact there’s one at the 2:24 mark on Terror Regime proves Jungle Rot and the label are Read more […]

Cnoc an Tursa – The Giants of Auld (Candlelight Records)

What, another fresh black metal band from the U.K.? You don’t say. The logic is probably that you might as well get in now while the getting is still good, and yeah, it’s all good. Granted, most of Read more […]

Delain – Interlude (Napalm Records)

Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal with Gothic leanings, who start anew with Napalm Records with this compilation record Interlude. Featuring the alluring female vocals of Charlotte Wessels, the five-piece Read more […]

Potential Threat SF – Civilization Under Threat (Old School Metal Records)

During the tail-end of the first thrash movement, tiers of acts didn’t really push creativity forward so much as recycle their favorite riffs and chords, cutting and pasting them in the hopes that audience Read more […]

Amorphis – Circle (Nuclear Blast Records)

Tomi Joutsen’s dreads are so long they could form a superhero cape. His voice is as soft as a babbling tributary into a Finnish lake. His roar is that of a bear emerging from winter hibernation…upon Read more […]

Heavatar – Opus I – All My Kingdoms (Napalm Records)

The Blind Guardian Choir Company – Billy King, Rolf Köhler, Olaf Senkbeil, Thomas Hackmann – have created many a magic moment in the annals of epic power metal. Too many to count, to be frank. To Read more […]

Svart Crown – Profane (Listenable Records)

France has been producing remarkable extreme metal bands for the better half of the last decade and Svart Crown are no exception to this trend. Born in 2005 by main songwriter J.B. Le Bail, the band has Read more […]

Scent of Death – Of Martyr’s Agony and Hate (Bloody Productions)

Death metal bands are often afforded the luxury of being able to roll their influences into one mass of undetectable brutality. To a point, no one is going to sit here and nitpick a band if they fancy Read more […]

Old Wounds – From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest (Glory Kid Ltd)

Hardcore is an interesting area of heavy music, to say the least. With the gray area between metal and hardcore becoming larger ever since the advent of metalcore in the early 00’s, it’s becoming more Read more […]

Killswitch Engage – Disarm the Descent (Roadrunner)

After the almost universally positive response to the, to date, only Times Of Grace record, it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone when Killswitch Engage announced they’d brought Jesse Read more […]

Free Fall – Power and Volume (Nuclear Blast)

The retro 70’s rock craze continues with yet another band emerging from Sweden seeking out those who like greasy garage styled rock ‘n roll. The latest act in question is Free Fall and much like recent Read more […]

Memory Garden – Doomain (Metal Blade Records)

What’s next, Metal Blade bringing back Goo Goo Dolls? (Considering the totally lame corporate rockers once sued the label, that’s not going to happen.) The recent spate of good will doled out by Brian Read more […]

Necrowretch – Putrid Death Sorcery (Century Media Records)

Apparently, main Necrowretch dude Vlad has quite the affinity, hard-on, fondness for Scream Bloody Gore. Perhaps he wishes his picture was on the back cover as opposed to John Hand’s, eh? Necrowretch Read more […]

The Moth Gatherer – A Bright Celestial Light (Agonia Records)

Hey, no one remembers flopping around in the burst of post-metal bands circa 2007/2008 more than this guy. The mutations (or lack thereof) and permutations were at best, lackluster, then Isis decides to Read more […]

Finntroll – Blodsvept (Century Media Records)

In a sense, the longevity of Finntroll has cemented the notion they’re more than just some hokey gimmick, something they were tagged with when 2001’s Jaktens Tid started gaining momentum. In truth, Read more […]

Rotten Sound – Species at War EP (Relapse)

Lots of band dudes wear Rotten Sound shirts. Perhaps it’s because of their logo, or simply having “Rotten Sound” on their shirt is some kind of indicator of the music they play. You know, “How would I Read more […]

Feared – Furor Incarnatus (Self-Released)

Recently plucked from relative obscurity to man the lead guitar spot in Six Feet Under, Swedish guitarist Ola Englund has made a name for himself in the gear community thanks to his YouTube channel, and Read more […]

Officium Triste – Mors Viri (Hammeheart Records)

Once past the impenetrable wave of initial Goth metal pioneers Katatonia, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost, there’s been little in terms of bands able to pick up the pieces. With the exception of the Read more […]

Okular – Sexforce (Self Released)

Quite the garish cover, eh? Reminds Deafened of the Def Leppard video for “Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion),” specifically, the handsy aspect of the two humans on the cover. Don’t ask us how we remember Read more […]

October Tide – Tunnel of No Light (Pulverised Records)

For lovers of mid-paced melodic death-doom, modern nights are particularly sparse in their offerings. Big-name releases are few and far in between but for the faithful a light emerged in the return of Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Ugly Noise (Metal Blade Records)

I will openly admit to being a longtime Flotz fan, so it pains me to say the band is slipping a bit. Maybe I was expecting so much more, especially since guitarist Michael Gilbert and drummer Kelly David Read more […]

Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord Records)

It’s become so easy to hit the accelerator and run to the hills with some d-beat action, that we’re beginning to think bands have forgotten how to be heavy with a simple groove and/or lurch. It doesn’t Read more […]

Eyeconoclast – Drones of the Awakening (Prosthetic)

With the various distractions that take place over the course of a listening session (internet browsing, the dog wanting to be pet, snacks, etc.), it’s a tad disconcerting when one circles back to the Read more […]

Oceans of Slumber – Aetherial (Self-Released)

Sometimes, all a young band needs is a stopwatch. Sure, playing your multifaceted song with 30 parts, 10 time-changes, and multiple tempo shifts might be fun for you, but not for the listener. It’s why Read more […]

Intronaut – Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) (Century Media)

Progressive metal (well, progressive <insert genre here>) is a polarizing beast. On the one hand there are groups that use the inherent musical chops required by the genre and infuse it with a left-field Read more […]

Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond the Sun (Metal Blade Records)

About time Shai Hulud has a normal-sounding album title. Reach Beyond the Sun sure beats Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion, as well as That Blood Within Ill-Tempered, right? Then you throw Read more […]

Neaera – Ours is the Storm (Metal Blade Records)

Forever linked for a multitude of reasons, Neaera and Heaven Shall Burn are hitting the metal public with new albums in the span of two months. Now, it’s entirely possible the bands don’t keep tabs Read more […]

Complete Failure – The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault (Season of Mist)

If I was asked to choose two words that completely embody the music and attitude of Complete Failure, the two top candidates would undoubtedly be “pissed” and “off”- because with a revamped line-up Read more […]

Call of the Void – Dragged Down a Dead End Path (Relapse)

Being abrasive has become the norm, and it’s starting to blur so many lines that it’s like, “Hey, sludgy/death/crust/punk band #214 has a new album…and it’s abrasive.” That’s sometimes as Read more […]