Disperse- Living Mirrors (Season of Mist)

It’s such a refreshing experience to pick up an album and become genuinely captivated from start to finish. For anyone with any experience or history with heavy music, it becomes clear that the more Read more […]

Kongh – Sole Creation (Agonia Records)

One look at the menacing enormous gorilla looking down upon the remote Swedish countryside tells you most everything you need to know about this release and what you’re going to find within. Highly palatable Read more […]

Cult of Luna – Vertikal (Indie Recordings)

It’s been almost five years since Cult of Luna graced us with the workable but uneven Eternal Kingdom, a record that, for one reason or another, failed to resonate with me at the time in the same way Read more […]

Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (Napalm Records)

Musicians today diversify their output based on a wide array of personal tastes. Let’s face it: we only have a short time on this earth, so why not put the energy to productive use and squeeze out as Read more […]

Septicflesh – Mystic Places of Dawn Reissue (Season of Mist)

“Cult” or “kvlt” (for you nitpickers) is all over Mystic Places of Dawn, the first release from Greek champs Septicflesh. Originally released in 1994 on Holy Records (also the former home to Orphaned Read more […]

Hate – Solarflesh (Napalm Records)

A side-Behemoth proposition, Poland’s Hate may suffer from a partial identity crisis, yet there’s no mistaking for their randy death/black metal assault. Solarflesh is the band’s eighth offering, the follow-up Read more […]

Hatriot – Heroes of Origin (Massacre Records)

I hate the idea of ripping into a guy, especially after he brings his family into the mix, but Steve “Zetro” Souza’s new band is a blessing and a curse. I won’t rehash all that jazz about Zetro’s Read more […]

Voivod – Target Earth (Century Media Records)

Upon the release of Voivod’s Warriors of Ice live album a few years ago, Blistering spoke highly of freshly-inserted guitarist Dan “Chewy” Mongrain’s handle on Denis “Piggy” D’Amour’s lavish and 100% Read more […]

Integrity – Black Heksen Rise 7” (Indie Recordings)

A bit of a notorious name (for a variety of reasons) in hardcore circles, Integrity have strapped up their boots and hiked on over to Norway’s Indie Recordings. Since Dwid Hellion and crew have never Read more […]

Terminate – Ascending to Red Heavens (Selfmadegod Records)

Illinois has certainly been a metal haven through the years. Developing a solid underground scene, bands such as Master, Trouble, and to a lesser extent Znowhite/Cyclone Temple and Cianide have found favor Read more […]

Anger as Art – Hubris Inc. (Old School Metal Records)

You have to admire Steve Gaines and company for their perseverance to stick to a genre like thrash metal. As a vocalist and guitarist, Gaines has served time in Tactics, Dreams of Damnation and Abattoir, Read more […]

Kontinuum – Earth Blood Magic (Candlelight Records)

Oftentimes, we make pleas against geographical onslaughts, only because the droves that come from the country in question are usually a bastardized version of its originators. Unfortunately, the metal Read more […]

Corsair – Corsair (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Funny how en vogue the term “prog” has become. What was once was a tag designed to accentuate obvious non-metal bands such as Yes, The Flower Kings, and Marillion, prog’s influence on metal has grown exponentially Read more […]

Aeon Zen – Enigma (Nightmare Records)

Forming in 2008, the floodgates appear to be wide open creatively for releasing full length product for this UK progressive metal act. Two albums within two years, as well as a prime support slot for the Read more […]

Sonic Reign – Monument in Black (Apostasy Records)

Satyricon should be bigger, and we’re not saying that because there’s a squishy soft spot for Satyr to snuggle in Blistering’s black, cold heart. As in, if you’re looking for a real commercial black Read more […]

Vanderbuyst – The Flying Dutchmen (Van Records)

I feel like I missed something here with Dutch trio Vanderbuyst. First of all, I had no idea they even existed and secondly I just found out that this is their third release as a band. I must have been Read more […]

Blood of the Sun – Burning on the Wings of Desire (Listenable Records)

Blood of the Sun have gone through some changes since their previous release (Death Ride) in 2008. The band signed to a new label in Listenable Records and changed their lineup with vocalist John O’Daniel Read more […]

Defeated Sanity – Passages into Deformity (Willowtip Records)

Here’s one thing Defeated Sanity’s Passages of Deformity has going for itself: It’s devoid of song titles that only a death metal band would fall prey to, i.e. “Consumed by Repugnance,” “Engulfed in Read more […]

Fen – Dustwalker (Code 666)

If our corpse-painted Norwegian buddies aren’t hiding behind trees, they should be now. In what is arguably the most interesting movement black metal has seen in recent memory (sorry, North American “Cascadian Read more […]

The Resistance – Rise from Treason EP (earMusic)

When it comes to location-specific genres and traditions within metal, I am without a doubt a diehard fan of the Swedes. Whether it’s the sinisterly cavernous death metal of Stockholm, the passionate Read more […]

Attic – The Invocation (Van Records)

The falsetto. When played for unsuspecting listeners (i.e. those not well-versed in metal), it usually elicits laughter, for it evokes all sorts of ball-pinching/groin jokes. Yeah, real funny. The style Read more […]

The Advent Equation – Limitless Life Reflections (Self-Released)

Have to tip our cap to Mexico’s The Advent Equation for utilizing the dream team combination of Jens Borgen (Opeth, Amon Amarth, etc.) for mastering, and renowned artist Colin Marks (Nevermore, All Shall Read more […]

Holy Grail – Ride the Void (Prosthetic Records)

They say you have a lifetime to write your first album, then after crisscrossing the highways domestic and abroad touring to support said product, the record label wants you to deliver a follow-up quicker Read more […]

Shining – Redefining Darkness (Spinefarm Records)

A confession likely to draw a great deal of ire is that before coming into this release I was completely unfamiliar with Shining (this Swedish variation, anyway, I’m well-versed in the Norwegian Shining Read more […]

Antimatter – Fear of a Unique Identity (Prophecy Productions)

It’s been a long and strange journey for Antimatter over the years. What began as a direct off-shoot of Anathema during their transitional period has become the solo vehicle for Mick Moss and perhaps Read more […]

Helloween – Straight out of Hell (The End Records)

The course of time has been kind in the Andi Deris–led Helloween years. Even when the current incarnation of Germany’s long time power metal veterans make a misstep (Unarmed anyone?), it seems to Read more […]

Hanging Garden – At Every Door (Lifeforce Records)

It’s easy for some of us on the Blistering staff to go into full-coddle (or possibly even “cuddle”) mode for a band like Finland’s Hanging Garden. You see, for any drip-drop that comes from the Read more […]

Deceptor – Chains of Delusion (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Thrash needs a good lobotomy at the present time – we all know that. Luckily, the previous 12 months failed to produce the sort of unnecessary onslaught that rubbed many a person the wrong way, but Read more […]

Clamfight – I, Versus the Glacier (Maple Forum)

Have to dig the Red Sonya-like cover for I Versus the Glacier. She’s basically the ultimate metal babe, you know? Adventurous, tough, to go along with the physical attributes to make teenagers in the Read more […]

Diagonal – The Second Mechanism (Rise Above Records)

The joyous world of old-school progressive rock is alive and well in 2012. Already represented well by the likes of Astra and their amazing The Black Chord and similarly with Ancestors’ In Dreams Read more […]