Reviews

Necrowretch – Bestial Rites (Century Media)

Not willing to rest on their laurels with releasing their full-length debut Putrid Death Sorcery in 2013, Necrowretch has quickly risen from their grave to grace us with Bestial Rites, a compilation of Read more […]

All Else Fails – Fucktropolis (Suicidal Bride)

Now here’s a title you won’t forget: Fucktropolis. The F-word in its many instances sure has a way of being convincing, if not simply eye-catching, which is exactly the case as the title for this Edmonton, Read more […]

Kill Devil Hill – Revolution Rise (Century Media)

Somewhere in the potentially lucrative Alice in Chains/Down/Pantera crossbreed sits Kill Devil Hill, who made a rather quick move from SPV over to Century Media in barely over a year. Perhaps the band Read more […]

Hell – Curse and Chapter (Nuclear Blast)

Even more of an impressive feat than making that initial comeback album (or in Hell’s case, first album overall), is getting to record #2, something the Andy Sneap-infused NWOBHM veterans have done with Read more […]

Otargos – Apex Terror (Listenable)

A tad disappointed Otargos didn’t go with another God-hating album title ala their last two: 2009’s Fuck-God Disease Process and 2010’s No God – No Satan. The old greybeard upstairs (supposedly) Read more […]

Thunder Tribe – War Chant (Nightmare)

Semi pop-flavored progressive power metal with a bunch of dudes from Kentucky with funky haircuts. That’s the first thought that entered DR’s infantile brain when having a gander at Thunder Tribe’s debut Read more […]

Year of No Light – Tocsin (Debemur Morti)

This record is all foreplay and no ****ing. To be fair, Year of No Light are much better at their brand of tantalizingly evocative post-sludgeshoe-doomgaze than a 6/10 rating might indicate, but Tocsin Read more […]

Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry of Consciousness (Relapse)

Getting rather close to being able to trick folks by releasing the same album just with a different cover, Portland thrash punks Toxic Holocaust (i.e. Joel Grind) have this sub-segment by the balls at Read more […]

Glorior Belli – Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls (Agonia Records)

In a time when the world of metal has never before been more stretched, expanded upon, innovated, and genre-bent, it seems a bit daunting to try to pick a new direction for your band in order to carve Read more […]

Zodiac – A Hiding Place (Prosthetic)

Don’t go thinking all the 70’s-soaked rock comes from Sweden – Germany has something to say too, this time in the form of Zodiac. Formed in 2010 by Long Distance Calling drummer Janosch Rathmer and Rocketchief Read more […]

Oceano – Incisions (Earache)

Oh boy: “We’re starting a new chapter in this band. We’re not selling out. We’re not getting soft. We’re getting more fucked up and bringing more hate. And if you want us to change, then you’re gonna Read more […]

Austere – Withering Illusions and Desolation (Eisenwald)

Whether people would admit it or not, one of the fun things about black metal comes in its sense of mystery, exclusivity, secrecy and rarity.  It can be like a secret treasure that only a chosen few have Read more […]

Motorhead – Aftershock (UDR Music)

A world without Lemmy is a bit of scary, almost unfathomable thought. These guys are supposed to be indestructible, you know? They’re supposed to be able to exist on a steady daily diet of cigarettes and Read more […]

Trivium – Vengeance Falls (Roadrunner)

Finding a unique voice within any world, be it metal or otherwise, is often touted as a goal but rarely sought by bands (…or appreciated by those who do). The seeming eternal search for a voice to call Read more […]

Heretic – From the Vault…Tortured and Broken (Metal Blade)

Reunited as of 2011, L.A.-based 80’s metallers Heretic have enjoyed the natural spoils of having unfinished business to tend to. New albums, European tour dates, and now the From the Vault…Tortured and Read more […]

Izegrim – Congress of the Insane (Listenable)

Female. Blonde.  Has a rasp. Angela Gossow incarnate? No, it’s just Izegrim vocalist Marloes, who will probably have to contend with Gossow comparisons for the foreseeable future unless she changes Read more […]

Wolvserpent – Perigea Antahkarana (Relapse)

This won’t happen, but the vinyl (or even CD) version of Perigea Antahkarana should come with a sticker stating “For patient people only.” As in, you’re going to have wait for a good idea, then Read more […]

Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart (Nuclear Blast Records)

Though few bands attract as much ire as post–Max Cavalera Sepultura, denying their authenticity as a consistently unique and powerful force in the metal underground bears a significant burden of proof, Read more […]

Hail of Bullets – III: The Rommel Chronicles (Metal Blade)

The calling for Hail of Bullets has and probably always will be vocalist Martin Van Drunen. The on-again/off-again/on-again Asphyx throat is one of death metal’s real treasures, a man with a voice so Read more […]

Vaura – The Missing (Profound Lore)

What a curious and loving surprise. Passed on to me as an ‘artsy black metal’ album and coming with no previous experience, I don’t think the initial descriptor could’ve been further from the truth Read more […]

Hanging Garden – I Was a Solider EP (Lifeforce)

Presumed leftovers from the band’s most-excellent At Every Door release from earlier this year (which turned out to be an incorrect assumption on our part – the songs are new -ed.), the I Was a Solider Read more […]

Germ – Grief (Eisenwald)

A quick turnaround for this Tim Yatras-led outfit from last year’s pretty hip Wish, with Germ now more engaged in throes of post-black metal than its predecessor. Wish was unique for it was the unsuspecting Read more […]

Testament – Dark Roots of Thrash DVD (Nuclear Blast)

The campaign for Dark Roots of Earth has been a success across the board, with Testament keeping the good vibrations going after 2008’s The Formation of Damnation. And while Testament has been the least Read more […]

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol (Napalm)

More space rockin’ for ‘ole Dave Wyndorf, who looks like he’s on the straight and narrow since some drug scares a few years ago. Perhaps that’s all a part of Monster Magnet’s journey to elder-statesmen Read more […]

Altars – Paramnesia (Blood Harvest)

The success of Portal has given Australian death metal a new, more angular façade. Prior, the country had to run out the likes of Destroyer 666 and The Berzerker, two worthy bands, but nowhere near as Read more […]

Doyle Airence – Monolith (Lifeforce)

Recently having to change their moniker from the simple, flat-footed and Misfits-derived “Doyle” to the broader Doyle Airence, these French post-metallers sure know how to kick off an album cycle. Read more […]

The Walking Dead Orchestra – Architects of Destruction (Klonosphere/Season of Mist)

Presumably unaware of the hit television show in America bearing the “Walking Dead” tag, France’s The Walking Dead Orchestra formed in 2011, just as Rick Grimes and friends were starting to have Read more […]

Kataklysm – Waiting for the End to Come (Nuclear Blast)

One of the first names that come to mind when thinking of song-oriented death metal, Montreal’s Kataklysm have steadfastly remained glued to the sonic attributes of under-appreciated albums such as 2001’s Read more […]

Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse (Century Media)

To be frank, always found these guys to be more of the thrash problem than the solution, with their white high-tops, unfocused/generic songs, and lyrical clichés. They’re hard-working gents, that’s Read more […]

Noctum – Final Sacrifice (Metal Blade)

What a year for Uppsala, Sweden. Watain’s new The Wild Hunt scored a high chart position, while cementing the band as possibly the best black metal act around, In Solitude are about to climb the ladder Read more […]