Reviews

Neurosis – Souls At Zero Reissue (Neurot Recordings)

Long considered an unheralded classic, Souls At Zero is the set-up album for Neurosis’ ascent into underground darlings. Originally released in 1992,Souls saw the Californians move away from their Read more […]

Benighted – Asylum Cave (Season of Mist Records)

If you really want to ruffle the feathers of your audience, then start your album with the sound of an alarm clock going off…that’s real horror for some people. Frankly, the morning is the best Read more […]

My Inner Burning – Eleven Scars (SPV Records)

Surely My Inner Burning had all the right intentions when coming up with their moniker, but surely there’s a segment of assholes out there who will poke and prod at the band’s name, comparing it to Read more […]

Mercenary – Metamorphosis (Prosthetic Records)

This Danish act epitomize the “underrated” moniker in the metal world. Their sound has enough rambunctious hooks and fierceness to achieve a broad cross-section of appeal, and yet in the United States Read more […]

Darkest Hour – The Human Romance (EOne Music)

Stolen Swedish riffs be damned, Darkest Hour are still around, remarkably, and back with an album in the form of The Human Romance that may (or may not) be their most effective in years. Their weak spots Read more […]

Goes Cube – In Tides and Drifts (The End Records)

Imagine a filthy three-way pile-up between Kylesa, These Arms Are Snakes and Torche jamming Floor songs. If that’s getting you aroused in the downtown, trouser area and setting your ears a tingle you’re Read more […]

Crowbar – Sever the Wicked Hand (Eone Music)

Funny how it’s taken such a considerable amount of time for people to finally give Crowbar their just due. Fact of the matter is, almost every sludge-oriented band going right now owes something to Kirk Read more […]

Crystal Viper – Legends (AFM Records)

As history has demonstrated, a female singer is a good way to change the landscape, or at least get more eyeballs pointed in the desired direction. And since there a few landscapes as dry as power metal, Read more […]

Death – The Sound of Perseverance Reissue (Relapse Records)

Considering it will be the 10th anniversary of Chuck Schuldiner’s passing this December, it’s quite fitting that Death is getting the reissue treatment. We would be remiss to not convey the band’s Read more […]

Battlelore – Doombound (Napalm Records)

In a career marked by consistency and all things Tolkien, Battlelore forge ahead on Doombound, the band’s sixth album. While previous efforts including 2008’s hearty and valiant The Last Alliance were Read more […]

Havok – Time Is Up (Candlelight Records)

There are roughly 80 million bands parading around with the “Havok” moniker, one of which resides in this scribe’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh Havok are quality dudes (and very polite), Read more […]

Suidakra – Book of Dowth (AFM Records)

Ten albums in a 13 year history – that’s almost unheard of in today’s scene, unless you carbon-copy studio records to the next in a quick cut-and-paste rehearsal to recording fashion. Such is the life Read more […]

Eastern Front – Blood On Snow (Candlelight Records)

Thanks to the success of Hail of Bullets and ongoing lyrical dalliances from God Dethroned, war-related themes are getting quite the workout. It’s nothing new – just about every self-respecting metal Read more […]

Tankard – Vol(u)me 14 (AFM Records)

Hey, you try and write 14 albums dedicated to alcohol…not as easy as one would think. For Germany’s Tankard, beer, beer, and more beer has been the topic of choice for their shallow brand of thrash, Read more […]

Lazarus AD – Black Rivers Flow (Metal Blade Records)

Once the retro movement came barrelling down the street, it was all over for thrash metal. Yeah, the vanguards of the style (i.e. Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, etc.) have done their job in holding down Read more […]

Serenity – Death & Legacy (Napalm Records)

Still in the wheelhouse of Sonata Arctica’s early 00’s work, Serenity are making gradual strides toward establishing some semblance of an identity, although there are more than a few Tony Kakko-worshipping Read more […]

Tuck From Hell – Thrashing (Metalville Records)

Ask any red-blooded American what they think of when they hear the word “tuck” and they’ll associate it with the infamous “Tuck Rule” from the NFL. Our Matt Coe would know more than anyone, as Read more […]

Darkest Era – The Last Caress of Light (Metal Blade Records)

Irish metal circa 2011 is almost solely associated with Primordial, who finally are getting their just due after years of being so consistent and earnest. Perhaps looking to piggyback off Primordial’s Read more […]

Artas – Riotology (Napalm Records)

The “kitchen sink effect” is in…effect. Bands that are able to do such things (like Artas) have the propensity to get a little carried away with how varied and scattershot they can actually be, Read more […]

Turisas – Stand Up And Fight (Century Media Records)

In what clearly is a concerted effort to not sound like their contemporaries, Pagan/epic/folk metallers Turisas have turned this long stagnant sound upside down on Stand Up And Fight, sounding more Read more […]

Tesseract – One (Century Media Records)

Essentially Meshuggah with clean vocals, or Textures with less-awesome clean singing and thrash, or Extol for the brief moment in time when they were good, the UK’s Tesseract is the embodiment of a modern Read more […]

Demonic Resurrection – The Return to Darkness (Candlelight Records)

No one can get symphonic black metal right these days, and yeah, we can blame the hacks comprising of the metalcore scene for all but ruining this sound altogether, but the supposed “true” bands of Read more […]

Motorhead – The World Is Yours (Future PLC/Motorhead Music)

At this juncture, it’s next to impossible to knock Motorhead. Any band that has been able to hang around for as long as Lemmy and co. must be doing something right, and if that’s not prevalent to thee, Read more […]

Long Distance Calling – Long Distance Calling (Superball Music)

No one’s really that infatuated with instrumental metal/rock/whatever these days, primarily because the style’s main bands (Pelican, Mono, Red Sparowes) have effectively peaked. All that means is Read more […]

Jag Panzer – The Scourage of the Light (SPV Records)

It’s been an eternity in power metal years since Jag Panzer’s last studio album, 2004’s Casting the Stones, which in retrospect wasn’t the most cohesive top-to-bottom album in their career. Now Read more […]

Onslaught – Sounds of Violence (AFM Records)

Doors aren’t exactly being kicked down over the prospect of Onslaught’s second post-reformation effort, Sounds of Violence. The Brits have always done a good job of blending into the thrash scenery, Read more […]

Ektomorf – Redemption (AFM Records)

Groove metal is a touchy subject with yours truly. This is a genre that has been overrun with a lot of unfavorable bands with awfully dull sounds, with few standing out to be anything of interest. Ektomorf Read more […]

Cauldron – Burning Fortune (Earache Records)

A lot of these fresh throwback metal bands aren’t “faking it” per se, but when stacked up against a band like Cauldron, most of them appear to be severely flawed and in turn, less authentic. When Read more […]

Full Blown Chaos – Full Blown Chaos (Metal Blade Records)

The subject of metalcore is a touchy subject with many. Some embrace it fully, while others treat it is if it’s the next pandemic. In the viewpoint of this writer, there are two directions of which metalcore Read more […]

Negligence – Coordinates of Confusion (Metal Blade Records)

If you are unfamiliar, Negligence is a modern thrash band hailing from Slovenia. There seems to be more new thrash metal bands popping up these days faster than light speed. Yes, they have hit ludicrous Read more […]