Reviews

Septicflesh – Titan (Prosthetic)

It’s the Septicflesh we’ve always wanted. Over the years, they’ve composed glorious opuses of symphonic doom/death metal and welcomed the world’s élite symphony orchestras into the metal scene. Read more […]

Elvenking – The Pagan Manifesto (AFM)

Masters of folk-tinged power metal, Italy’s Elvenking return for their eighth studio album, The Pagan Manifesto at a point in time where pagan metal and power metal still command healthy audiences Read more […]

Floor – Oblation (Season of Mist)

Being unfamiliar with Torche and Floor’s previous work, I came into Oblation without particular bias or expectation. Perhaps it’s to this end that, with all things taken into account here, it’s difficult Read more […]

Sacrocurse – Unholier Master (Hells Headbangers)

Not allowing the Atlantic Ocean to create a barrier against all things black and death metal, Sacrocurse is a bi-national band with members from both Mexico and Turkey.  The wonders of modern technology Read more […]

Super Massive Black Holes – Calculations of the Ancients (Minotauro Records)

Modern metal bands have become so attached at the hip of having their albums “enhanced” by technology, that hearing an LP without such “enhancements” has become rare. (And yeah, cue up the extra Read more […]

Vallenfyre – Splinters (Century Media)

Album #2 from the Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) offshoot, Splinters finds Vallenfyre even more engaged in the feral, uncompromising sphere of crusty death metal. Trace back to Mackintosh’s origins Read more […]

Se Delan – The Fall (KScope)

Brief, but fantastic was the career of U.K. extreme sludgesters Iron Monkey, who only have two full-lengths to their credit, the latter (Our Problem) considered a cult classic. The band would fold shop Read more […]

Ered Wethrin – Tides of War (Northern Silence Productions)

For the non-nerdy types that don’t quickly identify where Ered Wethrin gets their name (it’s Tolkien), the band plays atmospheric black metal with many fantasy references.  Ered Wethrin is the solo Read more […]

Warpstone – Into The Phantasmancer Castle (Self Released)

The “occult metal” of Warpstone is one that pleasantly transcends genre tags (try as we may to compartmentalize). Taking some progressive notes from many different sources with quite a bit of success, Read more […]

Noctooa – Adaptation (Pesanta Urfolk)

With pity, it’s true. We crazy Californians are always taking what we like out of things and nonchalantly meshing it all into some stupid “unique” self-identity. And you know what? It can be really Read more […]

Review Face-Off: The Great Old Ones’ Tekel-Li

[8.5/10] It comes with little surprise, upon taking a listen to The Great Old Ones – given their left-of-center style of black metal, that France is their country of origin.  Indeed, unless you’ve not Read more […]

Skogen – I Döden (Nordvis Produktion)

A comparatively under-the-radar release in what is overall been an obscenely stacked year, Swedish black/pagan metal purists Skogen return with another majestic indulgence with I Döden and 58minutes of Read more […]

Psychotic Gardening – Hymnosis (Self-Released)

Evidently, Psychotic “Garden” would have been too tame, so Psychotic “Gardening” it is. Maniacal green thumbs in the house, eh? Outside of being a killer name, the band has been on the steady as an independent Read more […]

Process Pain – Outcast of Society (Inverse Records)

Plenty of groove, plenty of attitude, plenty of rage.  There seems to be plenty of everything on Process Pain’s debut album, Outcast of Society, even some serious melodies to be had.  Taking a combination Read more […]

Emmure – Eternal Enemies (Victory Records)

Welcome to the nu-metal revival!  Well, perhaps a bit heavier than nu-metal but simplistic all the same.  Down-tuned power chords and breakdowns galore set the stage for Emmure.  Some occasional electronics Read more […]

Death – Leprosy Reissue (Relapse)

It was always of amusement and befuddlement (like most things in life) to this scribe that Leprosy was a faster album that its Spiritual Healing successor. Aren’t death metal bands supposed to increase Read more […]

Satyress – Dark Fortunes (Self-Released)

More face-time for the city of Portland, OR, who are gradually becoming the “it” place for hip rock and/or metal. Albeit anything that is hip now won’t necessarily be hip five years from now, but the Read more […]

Question – Doomed Passages (Chaos Records)

We truly must be coming towards the end of an era where all of the brutal and “metal” names have been taken.  If someone were to come up to you and say, “My favorite band is Question,” would you Read more […]

Memories of a Dead Man – Ashes Of Joy (Send the Wood/Season of Mist)

The tragedy of the overambitious mixed-bag. On the one hand it’s worth applauding a group for reaching for the stars, so to speak. Though on the other despite the perpetual piping of modern Facebook Read more […]

Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere (Profound Lore)

In short, The Serpent & the Sphere delivers everything a fan or casual listener alike could want in an Agalloch release. The extensive use of woodsy themes, acoustics galore (though here often provided Read more […]

Pilgrim – II: Void Worship (Metal Blade Records)

Doom is a saturated sphere of competing interests nowadays so it’s always with hesitation that a new album and its often hour+ run time is truly engaged. For Pilgrim and II:Void Worship, fortunately, Read more […]

Austrian Death Machine – Triple Brutal (Artery Recordings)

Sure to be overshadowed by Tim Lambesis’s pending incarceration for the attempted murder of his ex-wife, Triple Brutal, the third Austrian Death Machine salvo is actually quite enjoyable. Not enjoyable Read more […]

Nightfell – The Living Ever Mourn (Southern Lord)

Potential is ever the frustrating fellow.  Leaving unsatisfied feelings, or the case of the “could have, should have, and would have” notion, can ruin some albums.  Sometimes it strikes in a rotten Read more […]

Daemonheim – Tidian (Naturmacht Productions)

If you like nature-raveled, wintery, mythological, pagan, and/or folkloric black metal, you are bound to dig Daemonheim’s latest album, Tidian. Exploring the roots of their homeland in Harz, Daemonheim Read more […]

Miasmal – Cursed Redeemer (Century Media)

Recent releases from Morbus Chron and Vampire seemingly not enough, Century Media continues to extend its grip into the realm of retro-inspired material with Miasmal.  Hailing from Gothenburg (though Read more […]

Den Saakaldte – Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete (Agonia Records)

By now, it’s safe to say that we can depend on the Norwegian black metal scene to continually spawn hatred and cast glum shadows across the world.  We have 1349, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Vreid, and many Read more […]

Cradle of Filth – Total Fucking Darkness Demo Reissue (Mordgrimm)

Their popularity currently a question mark on these shores and in Europe, where they’ve been dropped to support status by bands like Behemoth, Cradle of Filth have started to dig through the vaults for Read more […]

Wrong – Pessimistic Outcomes (XTreem Music)

The odd, unexpected product of two Spaniards, one of which mans the vocal spot in the most-excellent Wormed (J.L. Rey), Wrong is a black metal project subsisting on the subgenre norms that in this context, Read more […]

Kyng – Burn the Serum (Razor & Tie)

First introductions with California’s Kyng more than likely came in the form of their various opening spots for Clutch, In Flames, and Megadeth. The variety of these headline acts suggests that Kyng has Read more […]

Xandria – Sacrificium (Napalm Records)

The sixth studio album for German symphonic metal act Xandria comes on the heels of more lineup changes, most notably another vocalist swap out, as Dianne van Giersbergen of the Netherlands joins along Read more […]