Reviews

Fuoco Fatuo – The Viper Slithers in the Ashes of What Remains (Iron Tyrant Records)

Italy’s Fuoco Fatuo is a death/doom band formed in 2011, and after having released a pair of EP’s and a split, drops its full-length debut offering in The Viper Slithers in the Ashes of What Remains. Heavy, Read more […]

Nothing – Guilty of Everything (Relapse)

Relapse doesn’t work in as many bands as Nothing as they should, with the label still quite committed to more extreme spectrums than this, a shoegaze band. There are some that consider shoegaze a veritable Read more […]

Alterbeast – Immortal (Unique Leader)

Unique Leader has seemingly cornered the market with exceptionally strong releases to start off 2014. First was The Kennedy Veil, then came Soreption, and now comes Alterbeast. Hailing from the recent Read more […]

Drawers – Drawers (Kaotoxin)

Maybe it’s a late-blooming phenomenon, maybe it’s something that only I have been personally blind to up until now, but there seems to be an entire subgenre erupting around the sound of Mastodon circa Read more […]

Carnifex – Die Without Hope (Nuclear Blast Records)

While deathcore is not a subgenre of metal particularly known for diverse musical dynamics and consistently unique offerings by the track, Carnifex has long been an exceptional outfit that can balance Read more […]

Mantar – Death by Burning (Svart Records)

First off, this is a rare breed of punkish music that will put an immediate shutdown to any diehard metalhead’s “no punk” policies. Grating in the rawness of black metal, heavy in the gravitational Read more […]

Profezia – Oracolo Suicida (Moribund Records)

One does not need to have an understanding of Italian to understand the title of Profezia’s newest opus and subsequently have a fairly good handle on what they’re in store for once they probe its depths. Read more […]

Mass Infection – For I Am Genocide (Comatose Music)

For I Am Genocide takes the technical death metal flag and runs with it.  Mass Infection’s third album, following up 2009’s The Age of Recreation, sees the Greek band doing what they do best.  What Read more […]

Crematory – Antiserum (SPV/Steamhammer)

Get out your rubber, faux leather shirts and Black No. 1 hair dye (hey, Type O), ‘cause Germany’s Crematory are back for another round of uber Euro Goth metal.  Unbeknownst to many on these shores, Read more […]

Vanishing Point – Distant is the Sun (AFM Records)

Australia: The land down under, often considered too remote to be a relevant cultivator in terms of potent metal talent. Not anymore, especially with the social media and instant access to information Read more […]

Hannes Grossman – The Radial Covenant (Self-Released)

You’d have to be living under a rock to not recognize the name Hannes Grossman at this point.  Drummer extraordinaire for bands such as Necrophagist, Obscura, and Blotted Science, Grossman is viewed Read more […]

Dodsferd – The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race (Moribund)

One of the best people to do an email interview with has to be Dodsferd mainman Wrath. Generally, interrogations of the electronic kind are pretty sterile, like trying to get blood from a stone. Not with Read more […]

Neige et Noirceur – Gouffre Onirique et Abîmes Cosmiques (Sepulchral Productions)

One-man bands are always complex in their solitude, but the multidimensional DIY process of making the music should really meet with an overall complexity and density of product. Mired in a long-winded Read more […]

Shrapnel – The Virus Conspires (Candlelight)

British thrash has been able to create separation from their peers based largely on the technicality factor. Evile, Savage Messiah, and Sylosis each have a rather noticeable leg up on the Yankee thrash Read more […]

Gravecode Nebula – Sempiternal Void (Baneful Genesis Records)

Falling somewhere between the claustrophobic horror of Aevangelist and the dirty, primitive nature of bands like Corpsessed and Grave Miasma, Gravecode Nebula takes the doom-ridden, primal merging of black Read more […]

Tidal Arms – Tidal Arms (Black Numbers)

“Meh” said without feeling and a shoulder shrug. Brooklyn’s Tidal Arms self-released second full length, a self-titled affair that really is a solid effort, just doesn’t have a lot of staying power. Read more […]

SUNN O)))/Ulver – Terrestrials (Southern Lord)

Expectation is a fickle thing. Add in more experimentation between two groups than most bands could hope to cover in half a dozen lifetimes and it’s easier to understand why a proposition like Terrestrials Read more […]

Sister – Disguised Vultures (Metal Blade)

Ever the disconnect with Primordial/Twilight of the Gods vocalist Alan Averill serving as talent scout and getting this sleazy Swedish bunch signed to Metal Blade. Who would have thunk? But it happened, Read more […]

Eldritch – Tasting the Tears (Scarlet Records)

Going back to my tape trading days in high school/ college, I first discovered Italian progressive/power metal band Eldritch when a US friend dubbed me a cassette of their first two demos, Reflection Read more […]

Adrenaline Mob – Men of Honor (Century Media)

Is it possible that somewhere in Middletown, New Jersey, Michael Romeo is laughing diabolically when he hears the drivel that is Adrenaline Mob? After all, it’s hard to forget Russell Allen’s lone Read more […]

Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi (Relapse)

The smart grind bands are the ones to hone in on metal, for frankly, those plug along with punk and/or crust could not be more uninteresting. The fact grind is such a limited form of music isn’t much of Read more […]

Shroud of Despondency – Tied to a Dying Animal (Self-Released)

Talk about a split personality!  Shroud of Despondency’s newest (double) album, Tied to a Dying Animal, sees the band veering into two different directions.  The first part (“For Innocence, Beauty, Read more […]

Deathpoint – Sinister (STM Records)

With their sophomore release Sinister, Deathpoint has dropped an admirable—but uneven—follow-up to 2010’s Fixation. The level of musicianship is lofty and the intensity consistent, but the songwriting Read more […]

Benighted – Carnivore Sublime (Season of Mist)

“Can a human sing like this?” That was the question posed to me by my four-year-old son (yes, he loves heavy metal) as he listened to Benighted’s seventh album, Carnivore Sublime.  It’s a fair Read more […]

Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents (Candlelight)

Their straightedge/vegan agenda still front and center (where it belongs), long-running hardcore metal vanguards Earth Crisis have gone the conceptual route with their sixth album, Salvation of Innocents. Read more […]

Bleeding Fist – Death’s Old Stench (Moribund Records)

With the amount of evolution happening in the world of extreme and underground metal, there are always many who embrace the familiar and cherish the old, if well-worn sounds. The seemingly endless devotion Read more […]

Allochiria – Omonoia (Self-released)

A few years ago everyone and their mother’s nipples happened to be playing ‘post-metal’ in its many forms right into the ground. That heyday has come and gone but as with any movement, after the Read more […]

Incursus – Adaestuo (Forever Plagued Records)

In a genre that literally screams melancholic agony and wretched misery, never disregard or underestimate the emotional reaping that revolves around depressive suicidal black metal. Particularly for Incursus, Read more […]

Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation (Profound Lore)

Sporting some gorgeously bleak sci-fi cover art, Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation debut album is the latest entry into the ever-expanding realm of “space metal.” Some may discover the band Read more […]

Kult of Taurus – Divination Labyrinths (Forever Plagued Records)

Breaching from the pits of Greece’s stellar underground scene and unchaining their demons straight from the underworld, Macedonian black metallers Kult of Taurus illuminate the darkness of the occult, Read more […]