Reviews

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 […]

Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast)

Peter Tagtgren doesn’t strike as someone concerned with record sales and/or scene stature, but it sure sounds like it on End of Disclosure, Hypocrisy’s 12th studio album. Granted, the Swedes have firmly Read more […]

Death Wolf – II: Black Armoured Death (Century Media)

Originally conceived as a Misfits and Danzig cover band under the Devil’s Whorehouse banner, Sweden’s Death Wolf have proven incapable of shedding the influence of the pint-sized singer whose name Read more […]

Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Fans (Candlelight)

August 11, 2012 is a day that fans of Orange Goblin will never forget. The hardest working British band stormed the stage at Bloodstock to record a live album and treated their rabid audience to a killer Read more […]

Evil Invaders – Evil Invaders (Empire Records/Hammerheart)

Yours truly has long wondered what it’s like to be able to perform a falsetto. If given such a power, said vocal tactic would probably be used at all hours of the day; ordering a pizza, on a conference Read more […]

Extrema – The Seed of Foolishness (Scarlet Records)

Plugging away since 1986, Italy’s Extrema has transformed beyond their thrash origins into a more palatable groove oriented metal act without forsaking their heavy roots. Their sixth full length The Read more […]

Tsjuder – Desert Northern Hell Reissue (Season of Mist)

The refinement of the Norwegian second-wave sound hit its climax around the time this album was originally released in 2004. 1349 found itself laying waste to absolutely everything in sight, Immortal had Read more […]

Soilwork – The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)

First thoughts about the double-album that is The Living Infinite? The Soilwork of the mid-00’s could never pull something off like this, primarily because they were trying to take shortcuts, shortcuts Read more […]

Spektr – Cypher (Agonia Records)

The prospect of an instrumental black metal album opens up the floodgates for asinine comments. Like, “The vocals are usually so bad in black metal, I already feel like I wish I was listening to an instrumental Read more […]

Woe – Withdrawal (Candlelight Records)

The continued evolution of USBM into different geographical varieties is a fascinating thing to behold.  For Woe and their east-coast heritage, the sonic ties to groups Krallice and Castevet are clear Read more […]

As They Burn – Will, Love, Life (Victory)

The hand signal depicted on Will, Love, Life looks awfully familiar to the one former pro wrestler “Diamond” Dallas Page used to do. Along with his calling card of “self high-five,” DDP busted Read more […]

Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast Records)

Still a very much relevant entity on the death metal front, Suffocation presently characterize “old man” death metal about as anyone. Since their 2004 reformation, the New Yorkers have put together an Read more […]

Howl – Bloodlines (Relapse Records)

The sludge derived world is a fruitful one, spawning bands as wide in influence as they wind up producing in sonic signatures. To imagine Mastodon and Warhorse once grouped under the same heading is a Read more […]

Gama Bomb – The Terror Tapes (AFM Records)

Thrash appeal remains worldwide. The thirst for speed picking, up pace snare hits and tom fills, and multi-part gang vocals roaring out the choruses is at an all-time high once again. People clamoring Read more […]

Tombstone Highway – Ruralizer (Agonia)

“From the muddy shores of the Po River in Piacenza” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “from the Bayou” or “The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah” (holy smokes, a Nirvana reference? Yikies!), Read more […]

Nader Sadek – Living Flesh (Self-Released)

A death metal live album essentially embodies the term “useless,” even as the parties involved try to convince the metal public otherwise. Heck, it wasn’t until the last decade that death metal started Read more […]

Vreid – Welcome Farewell (Indie Recordings)

Vreid really rocked, thrashed, and everything else’d on 2011’s V. Excuse the cliché, but it was the album they were always threatening to make, with Milorg serving as the breeding ground for the band’s Read more […]

Supuration – CU3E (Listenable Records)

A curious beast, this one. A kind of side-band (same members, different music) of the French avant-garde monsters S.U.P, Supuration is a groove-laden but left-brained take on death metal that in parts Read more […]