Lurker of Chalice – Tellurian Slaked Furnace (Nuclear War Now! Productions)

Despite a fond history with Leviathan, my own history with Jef Whitehead’s other seminal project is filled with a litany of mistakes. I do believe I looked the Lurker of Chalice LP in the face a dozen Read more […]

Hemotoxin – Restructure the Molded Mind (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Hailing from the Bay Area, Hemotoxin have already made quite the impression through their first two full-lengths Between Forever…and the End from 2013 and its follow-up Biological Enslavement in 2016. Read more […]

Brain Stem – Symptoms of Annihilation: Stage 2 (Self-Released)

The sound of Canada’s Brain Stem might not be the first thing that you think of in terms of death metal. While the country may be known for the more techy stuff, Brain Stem own much of their sound to Read more […]

Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice (Century Media)

The double album format can have both its strengths and weaknesses on display for a particular band. On the one hand, you are getting two releases worth of material at once, and there’s plenty to dive Read more […]

DeadRisen – DeadRisen (AFM Records)

The brainchild of guitarist Rod Rivera and Symphony X bassist Mike LePond, DeadRisen is a new five-piece outfit determined to put their stamp on the scene through their progressive power metal style. Rounding Read more […]

Lucifer – III (Century Media)

2018 brought about Lucifer II and the songwriting team of Johanna Sadonis and Nicke Andersson, effectively putting a nice twist on the formula that started from the first album and brought the band away Read more […]

Smoulder – Dream Quest Ends (Cruz Del Sur Music)

In preparation for many prime festival appearances across Europe this spring, Smoulder release a new six-song EP Dream Quest Ends that consists of two new songs, a Manilla Road cover, and three cuts from Read more […]

The Animal in Me – Running from the Noise (Self-Released)

As much as some may chagrin at the mere notion, there’s a lot of potential for metal acts that are willing to spruce up their sound with non-metal influences – particularly when it comes to the electronic Read more […]

Dexter Ward – III (No Remorse Records)

Splitting members between Greece and Italy, Dexter Ward hold the flag for traditional 80’s-oriented metal with epic strains high on their aptly titled third studio album III. Currently sharing two members Read more […]

O ZORN! – Your Killer (Seeing Red Records)

Destroyed. Demise. Death. Slain. There are so many synonyms for destruction but there’s always room for more. Enter the word “Zorn”, taken from the Lapine language of the rabbits in Watership Down. The Read more […]

Ross the Boss – Born of Fire (AFM Records)

Brand equity is so important in metal these days. Credibility to giving standard material professional execution – especially in the live sector – is what continues to develop a following and keep Read more […]

Aronious – Perspicacity (The Artisan Era)

To this scribe, the ‘more is more’ approach is typically one that gets associated with symphonic metal, in terms of the arrangements and trying to squeeze in as many layers as possible. But in the Read more […]

Sutrah – Aletheia (The Artisan Era)

Sutrah came out of the gates in an impressive way back in 2017 with Dunes. Given the pedigree of the performers at hand (the ranks feature members of Chthe’ilist, Serocs, and Benighted), it was bound Read more […]

The Unity – Pride (Steamhammer/SPV)

Not letting idle time pass by two Gamma Ray members while Kai Hansen enjoys the Helloween reunion globally, guitarist Henjo Richter and drummer Michael Ehré keep their melodic metal/hard rock act The Read more […]

David Reece – Cacophony of Souls (El Puerto Records)

Infamous for replacing metal legend Udo Dirkschneider during the late 80’s in Accept, David Reece recorded Eat the Heat with the band – at the time a commercial failure that now 30 + years beyond its Read more […]

Afterbirth – Four Dimensional Flesh (Unique Leader)

Oddly enough, it didn’t seem like Afterbirth’s first full-length in 2017 made a huge splash in the extreme metal scene despite the creative vibes that fueled it. The blend of progressive, sci-fi, Read more […]

Born in Exile – Transcendence (Art Gates Records)

Establishing their presence in the Spain metal scene since 2012, Born in Exile present an impressive marriage of contemporary, melodic, and progressive influences on their second album Transcendence. The Read more […]

Tribe of Pazuzu – King of All Demons (Vic Records)

Last year, Tribe of Pazuzu hit the ground running with their admittedly very fun and amicable take on the traditional death metal formula with Heretical Uprising. It was full of furious energy, fun riffs, Read more […]

Stitched Up Heart – Darkness (Another Century)

Stitched Up Heart made a sizeable impact with their debut, Never Alone. While admittedly more locked into the hard rock than metal scene, one could hear influences that ranged from all ends of the spectrum. Read more […]

Wolf – Feeding the Machine (Century Media)

Hard to believe six years have passed since the last studio album from Swedish veterans Wolf, but that indeed is the case as we approach their eighth record Feeding the Machine. Aligning with a new rhythm Read more […]

Crematory – Unbroken (Napalm)

What is there to be said at this point about the German gothic act Crematory? With almost 30 years slugging it out and now fifteen albums into their career, the band should be on most people’s radar Read more […]

Amoriello – Dear Dark (Ice Fall Records)

The brainchild of guitarist, educator, and children’s book author Thomas Amoriello, Dear Dark is a five-track EP follow-up to the self-titled debut album released in 2018. Assembling some solid musical Read more […]

Wombbath – Choirs of the Fallen (Soulseller Records)

It takes all but about 3 seconds of the opening of “Fallen” for anyone not familiar with Wombbath to know entirely what you are getting into. That signature buzzsawing HM-2 crunch all but declares Read more […]

Karg – Traktat (AOP Records)

Karg, the solo project of Harakiri for the Sky’s J.J., seems to function as a deeply emotional outlet for him. Ending an excellent trilogy of records with undoubtedly the most heart-wrenching entry of Read more […]

Insect Ark – The Vanishing (Profound Lore)

Masters of the dark and dreary, Insect Ark, have returned for their third go-round with The Vanishing. The Dana Schechter-led two piece sees a line-up change from Ashley Spungin to Andy Patterson (ex-Subrosa) Read more […]

Disbelief – The Ground Collapses (Listenable)

This scribe had the benefit of being in company with a musician who toured with Disbelief during the mid-2000s. This gentleman, a then-member of New York’s Pro-Pain, marveled at Disbelief’s ability Read more […]

Almanac – Rush of Death (Nuclear Blast)

Three albums in now for ex-Rage guitarist Victor Smolski and his act Almanac – an extension of his work during the years with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra. There have been a couple of changes for Rush Read more […]

Trauma – Ominous Black (Selfmadegod)

Polish death metal. Those three words should give a pretty good indicator of what you are about to get into with Trauma. The long-standing act, formed back in 1992, are back once more with their eighth Read more […]

J.J. Anselmi – Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, And Post-Metal (Rare Bird)

Ask ten people to describe doom metal and you’re likely to get ten different responses. Intrepid writer J.J. Anselmi of Invisible Oranges tackles the history of doom (as well as sludge and post-metal) Read more […]

Semblant – Obscura (Frontiers)

A Brazilian act that has been quietly moving up the ranks since their inception in 2006, Semblant make a return after six years with Obscura. Signing with the larger Frontiers label, the band’s third Read more […]