Blind Guardian – Live Beyond the Spheres (Nuclear Blast)

During the 1990’s, this scribe remembers many European (and North America) metal bands who couldn’t get arrested securing record contracts stateside. In fact, Blind Guardian had a major deal with Virgin Read more […]

Nargaroth – Era of Threnody (Inter Arma Productions)

Hailed as one of Germany’s longest-running black metal bands, Nargaroth (who is really just main dude Ash; real name: René Wagner), have enjoyed a mildly successful career. Surely their output is foreign Read more […]

Time Shadow – A World Beyond (Self-Released)

Continually staying abreast of metal acts from all countries, Time Shadow come from the Eastern European country of the Ukraine – originally developing their power metal sound with native language lyrics. Read more […]

Blackbriar – Fractured Fairytales (Self-Released)

Enchanting isn’t a word that gets tossed around with too many metal albums, but it’s entirely the aesthetic of Blackbriar’s debut EP, Fractured Fairytales. There may be many bands parading around Read more […]

Venomous Maximus – No Warning (Shadow Kingdom)

Certainly one of, if not the most distinguishable band on throwback metal stronghold label Shadow Kingdom, Houston’s Venomous Maximus made inroads via 2015’s Firewalker. A collection of sludge-on-traditional Read more […]

Powerhouse – Adrenaline (Self-Released)

Pushing to get a debut EP on the market in a little over a year since their spring 2016 formation, New Mexico’s Powerhouse aim with Adrenaline to bring energy, heart, and power back into the metal world Read more […]

Decapitated – Anticult (Nuclear Blast)

Decapitated’s 2006 Organic Hallucinosis was the clear game-changer for the Poles. Boasting one of the heaviest production jobs in recent death metal history, the album saw the band make the shift from Read more […]

Hogan’s Goat – Hogan’s Goat (Self-Released)

Sometimes it’s the little things that cause you to dig deeper for an unknown band. In the case of Hogan’s Goat, it was doing some research (a simple google of the name) to discover that the band named Read more […]

Cytotoxin – Gammageddon (Unique Leader)

It’s been five years, but the “Chernobyl Death Metal” squad of Cytotoxin has returned. After the one-two punch of their previous albums, one would expect nothing less for a third helping. And to Read more […]

Apostasy – Ghosts (Self-Released)

Delivering an explosive metal cocktail since 2002, Apostasy come from New Haven, Connecticut – and one look at their discography through will alert you that they’ve been productive- Read more […]

Among the Torrent – The Grievous End of a Curse (Self-Released)

As it’s frequently alluded to, symphonic black/death metal is a style that’s tougher to land than one might expect. You need to capitalize on the more brutal side of the metallic spectrum and ensure Read more […]

Selcouth – Heart is the Star of Chaos (I, Voidhanger)

Arcturus’ La Masquerade Infernale was certainly an album ahead of its time. It seemed to spur an entire avant-garde metal movement that has only gotten more jazzy, progressive, and strange over time. Read more […]

Orden Ogan – Gunmen (AFM Records)

Transforming from folk metal roots to power/symphonic laden glory, Orden Ogan took a love of choir-laden choruses and larger-than-life guitar harmonies all the way to headlining status (at least on European Read more […]

Mitochondrion – Antinumerology (Krucyator Productions)

Easily one of the most well-known of the cavernous death metal movement (also featuring Portal and Abyssal), Mitochondrion have earned their seat at the dark and atmospheric table. While Antinumerology Read more […]

MRTVI – Negative Atonal Dissonance (Transcending Obscurity)

When you begin with a disclaimer about one’s music is “not an album” but a “statement, a philosophy, an experiment,” you can tell it’s going to be a divisive one. Such is the ideology of MRTVI’s Read more […]

Shattered Sun – The Evolution of Anger (Victory)

Is it too late to get another bonafide classic from the metalcore genre? If you only look to the ‘big’ names that have survived to date, perhaps, but one has only to look towards Texas and the gentlemen Read more […]

Trigger – Cryogenesis (Hellfire Records)

Australian metal no longer feels isolated – internet borders come crumbling down as people seek fresh sounds. Coming across my social media landscape thanks to Andrew Hudson of Harlott, Trigger are a Read more […]

Bloodclot – Up in Arms (Metal Blade)

Almost did a quick double-take when seeing a tried-and-true punk band like Bloodclot popping up on Metal Blade, so here’s one for roster variety. The creation of former Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, Read more […]

Death Fortress – Triumph of the Undying (Fallen Empire Records)

New Jersey’s Death Fortress have been slowly but surely garnering some much deserved attention within the underground for their uncompromising take on black metal. Among the Ranks of the Unconquerable Read more […]

Sun of the Sleepless – To the Elements (Lupus Lounge)

The product of Empyrium/The Vision Bleak’s Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (real name: Marcus Stock), Sun of the Sleepless is one of those long-dormant projects revived to suit creative whims…and to explore Read more […]

Skelethal – Of the Depths… (Hells Headbangers)

Does a week go by without more old school HM-2 inspired madness hitting the streets? It may even be a shorter interval at this point. That being said, Skelethal may be French in their nationality, but Read more […]

Wintersun – The Forest Seasons (Nuclear Blast)

Odd…all the back-and-forth between Wintersun and Nuclear Blast over funding for Time II (or funding a studio to record Time II), has been cast aside in favor of The Forest Seasons. To that end, no mention Read more […]

Neverlight – Nova Red (Self-Released)

It takes some belief in your band to come up with a description like “Evergrey meets Nightwish meets Maleficent.” Such statements usually lead down the path of heightened expectations (and then disappointment Read more […]

Cazador – Broken Sun (Self-Released)

Hailing from the Boston area, Cazador consists of a trio of musicians who believe according to their Facebook page ‘it is better to destroy than to create what is meaningless’. They certainly subscribe Read more […]

Brutality – Sea of Ignorance (Mighty Music)

There is no better time than the present for a classic death metal band to release a comeback album. Since time is of the essence, we will not list all of the throwback outfits who have gone on to release Read more […]

Hybreed Chaos – Entombed in Dark Matter (PRC Music)

Following up their 2013 release, Dying Dogma, Canadian act Hybreed Chaos do have an interesting take on death metal. It’s clearly death metal when you hear it, but it’s not your by-the-numbers routine Read more […]

Norska – Too Many Winters (Brutal Panda)

YOB bassist Aaron Rieseberg also holds down the low-end in Norska, giving the Portland-based doom/sludge troupe instant cred, or at least somewhat of a familiar name to get its own name out there. Last Read more […]

Evadne – A Mother Named Death (Solitude Productions)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Spanish melodic death/doom band Evadne. They had a 2014 EP (Dethroned of Light), but one has to go back to 2012’s The Shortest Way to find a full-length Read more […]

Terra IncΩgnita – Sign With Blood (Self-Released)

Possibly using the Greek symbol Ω in place of the o in their namesake to differentiate themselves in social media channels (trust me if you plug the name in you’ll get a racy female model through Facebook), Read more […]

Expulsion – Nightmare Future (Relapse)

Super-group alert! Expulsion takes a number of scene veterans – Matt Harvey (Exhumed), Matt Olivo (Repulsion), Danny Walker (Intronaut), and Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords of Death), and combines them Read more […]