Vildhjarta – Masstaden (Century Media Records)

Djent has become such a formidable commodity that it takes seven Swedes to play it, apparently. Funny, ’cause a band Blistering reviewed earlier in the year (Deadfall) only needed two to pull it off, Read more […]

Tied To Machines – Tied To Machines EP (Self-Released)

What is it about Northern Ireland? Bands up there just seem to sweat heavy rock dripping in melodies out of their pores. Mainstays like Therapy?, forgotten favourites such as Throat and recently established Read more […]

Krisiun – The Great Execution (Century Media Records)

Listening to Krisiun is akin to falling off a cliff with a piano coming down with you. Somehow, the same fate will be met (not a good one, obviously), so it’s a race to the death with these Brazilian Read more […]

Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance (Season of Mist Records)

Like eating sweets, funeral doom must be consumed in small doses. It can tire out quickly, can get boring rather fast, and can make one’s stomach churn and burn (like candy). Because Esoteric’s Paragon Read more […]

Royal Hunt – Show Me How To Live (Frontiers Records)

When the masses in a movement clamor for a reunion, it’s only a matter of time (or economics) before such reunifications occur. Danish progressive metal band Royal Hunt may have started with Henrik Brockmann Read more […]

Haken – Visions (Sensory Records)

Can’t have prog metal with nods to Dream Theater, apparently. For once, it would be nice to see a band not utilize the chord and harmonic structures utilized by DT, for each go-round with bands of Haken’s Read more […]

The Rotted – Ad Nauseam (Candlelight Records)

Best known for once going under the moniker of Gorerotted and making the switch to simply The Rotted for 2008’s cleverly-titled Get Dead or Die Trying, this British death/grind quintet have returned Read more […]

Junius/Rosetta – Split (Translation Loss Records)

Two bands that are excellent complements too each other, Boston’s Junius and Philadelphia’s Rosetta are giving the ‘ole split EP. On one side, Junius is in the throes of their breakout release Read more […]

Craft – Void (Southern Lord Records)

By our estimation, black metal is gradually making an effort to stay in its dark ages, never to return to the symphonic pomp and circumstance of its late-90’s era. Several bands are responsible for this, Read more […]

This Is Hell – Black Mass (Rise Records)

Hearing Black Mass and thinking of Long Island’s This Is Hell and their career trajectory (or lack thereof) makes one reminisce about the days when Trustkill Records ruled the modern metal roost. Of Read more […]

Sonata Arctica – Live In Finland CD/DVD (Nuclear Blast Records)

If only Sonata Arctica vocalist Tony Kakko would have worn a scarf onstage during the video recording of Live In Finland like he normally does, then our rating would have been bumped up a notch or two. Read more […]

Rwake – Rest (Relapse Records)

As perhaps the only metal band from Arkansas we can think of off the top of our head, Rwake have built a nice little reputation for themselves based largely on the success of 2007’s Voices of Omens. Read more […]

Iron Savior – The Landing (AFM Records)

Gaining acclaim in the production chair is one thing for certain people, but moving from the backline to the front is quite another. Vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck began his production career with the Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – Maria Magdalena EP (Napalm Records)

Far from the top rung in the female-fronted symphonic metal world, Visions of Atlantis appear to be regaining some sense of normalcy after enduring some painstaking singer switcheroos leading up to last Read more […]

Animals As Leaders – Weightless (Prosthetic Records)

Our faith in guitar shredders has been restored of late, and it’s coming from not-so typical places, like DC’s all-instrumental Animals As Leaders. One quick glance at main dude Tosin Abasi and one Read more […]

Whitechapel – Recorrupted EP (Metal Blade Records)

Nothing screams “stopgap” more than a quick five-song EP with one new song, a cover, and a handful of remixes. Rightfully so, Whitechapel’s Recorrupted EP is only available at the band’s merchandise Read more […]

Stormwarrior – Heathen Warrior (Massacre Records)

Frankly, one could do a lot worse impersonation of Walls of Jericho-era Helloween than Heathen Warrior. It sure beats riding the coattails of Stratovarius or finding similar-looking loin cloths like Read more […]

Nunfuckritual – In Bondage to the Serpent (Debemur Morti Productions)

Now that’s an abrasive name, isn’t? The quasi all-star side project featuring new Mayhem guitarist Teloch and Brutal Truth/Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker, Nunfuckritual parlays the type of dissonant Read more […]

My Dying Bride – The Barghest O’ Whitby EP (Peaceville Records)

Afforded the opportunity to do exactly as they bloody please, My Dying Bride has made 2011 into a sort of “fun project” year. (Since when did MDB become fun?) First up was the orchestral Evinta, Read more […]

Vallenfyre – A Fragile King (Century Media Records)

The side project of Paradise Lost lead guitarist Gregor Mackintosh, Vallenfyre was formed out of less-than-desirable circumstances, the catalyst being the death of Mackintosh’s father, John, in late Read more […]

Thrall – Vermin to the Earth (Moribund Records)

Always found it funny how dirty, old-school black metal bands on Moribund never have any color in their album artwork. Like, are they too blackto add some hues? Just for once, one of these bands should Read more […]

Hypocrisy – Hell Over Sofia: 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion (Nuclear Blast Records)

About as rock solid of a death metal band there is in the underground, Hypocrisy is ringing in their 20th year of existence with the simply excellent CD/DVD package Hell Over Sofia: 20 Years of Chaos Read more […]

Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner (AFM Records)

A long time coming to most fans of this Swedish symphonic power metal band, Under the Grey Banner appears five years after Dragonland’s fourth release Astronomy. It’s not like guitarist Olof Morck Read more […]

Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings (20 Buck Spin)

An album like The Book of Kings is a rare moment for the funeral doom scene. Being that its sound naturally restricts practically all of its bands from doing anything else but lurching at a snail’s pace Read more […]

Widow – Life’s Blood (Pure Steel Records)

Quietly, North America has amassed a stock of worthy traditional metal bands, some of which are popping out some of their best work that no one knows about. Included in this batch are Twisted Tower Dire, Read more […]

Dark Forest – Dawn of Infinity (Cruz del Sur Music)

A British take on power metal, by which judging a book by its cover (is that a Star Wars cockpit?), means Maiden will referenced more than a few times. Sure enough, they are, as Dark Forest finds every Read more […]

Autumn – Cold Comfort (Metal Blade Records)

Best known for their regular piggy-backing off everything The Gathering has ever done, the Netherlands’ Autumn are making subtle, and very gradual strides toward individually on their fifth album, Cold Read more […]

Death – Individual Thought Patterns Reissue (Relapse Records)

Surely plenty will beg to differ (especially our own Mike Sloan), but 1993’s Individual Thought Patterns is not only Death’s best album, it’s also the best death metal album of 90’s. Big words Read more […]

Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (Warner Bros Records)

Consider any good faith Metallica won back with Death Magnetic and subsequent Big 4 shows to be squandered. Because of their size and stature, the band can do virtually as they please, which includes Read more […]

Megadeth – Th1rt3en (Roadrunner Records)

Can’t have a Megadeth album release without some type of drama, right? This time, it’s Mustaine’s near-career threatening neck injury, one that almost kept him out of the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium Read more […]