Reviews

Sirenia – Arcane Astral Aeons (Napalm)

Taking an alliteration spin on triple A’s for the ninth studio platter for Sirenia, Arcane Astral Aeons keeps this symphonic/gothic metal unit moving along as expected. Mastermind Morten Veland isn’t Read more […]

Misthaven – Aces (Self-Released)

Having initially checked out 2 Misthaven songs through a Bandcamp column back in 2016, it’s nice to see that the act has finally delivered a full-length album of songs. But where their previous single Read more […]

Silver Talon – Becoming a Demon (Rapid Fire Records/Alone Records)

Forming out of the demise of Spellcaster (who issued three heavy/speed metal albums, the last of which Night Hides the World appeared in 2016 on Prosthetic Records), Oregon act Silver Talon contains three Read more […]

Vanhelgd – Deimos Sanktuarium (Pulverised Records)

A confession is in order. In countless exhibitions to Armaggedon in Providence I looked at Vanhelgd’s Temple of Phobos more times than I care to count and never pulled the trigger. Something or another Read more […]

Four Stroke Baron – Planet Silver Screen (Prosthetic)

With a singer like Kirk Witt, Four Stroke Baron isn’t going to be a one-size-fits-all band. Witt, who has unbelievable range and a timbre that some folks online are harping as reminiscent of Tears for Read more […]

Arsis – Visitant (Nuclear Blast)

Crazy to think it’s been five years since Unwelcome. Arsis’ last album was ironically a welcome one for this scribe, in seeing the band hit more of a solid balancing between some of their technical Read more […]

Outre – Hollow Earth (Debemur Morti Productions)

The most profound discovery (intellectually, anyway) I had during anthropology portions of my undergraduate life was the discovery of Islands of History by Marshall Sahlins. It’s a lot of things but Read more […]

I AM – Hard 2 Kill (1126 Records)

In discovering I AM, we came to get another fun stop on the subgenre train. I AM (perhaps the all-caps is to recognize the anger in the disc) have staked their claim with ‘Texas Death’ as their description Read more […]

Ironflame – Tales of Splendor and Sorrow (Divebomb Records)

Falling out of favor during much of the 1990’s, thanks to nostalgia and the internet it appears that traditional metal has no chance of waning in popularity. Be it the veteran acts like Iron Maiden, Read more […]

Black Lotus – Sons of Saturn (Inverse Records)

Originating to get back to a traditional heavy metal base in terms of their doom/stoner platform, Spain’s Black Lotus started in 2016, picking up the current lineup over the next year while assembling Read more […]

Heart of Jordan – Heart of Jordan (Aeonic Records)

While metalcore is still a touchy subject for some, there’s still some quality acts that pop out of the woodwork every once in a while. Case in point is Heart of Jordan, who released their self-titled Read more […]

Samskaras – Lithification (Self-Released)

Always a tough thing to straddle the lines between technical material and something that provides just a strong of an experience for the ‘common fan.’ However, it seems many Canadian acts seem to Read more […]

Ann My Guard – Moira (Painted Bass Records)

Sometimes it’s the slightest little tweaks that make the difference in setting a band apart from their peers. Ann My Guard have been brewing things up for two previous albums, and Moira, as this scribe’s Read more […]

Green Death – Hallowmass (Combat Records)

Apparently dying comes in many colors, as here we have Green Death who reside in Iowa – together since 2012 and gaining attention from Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson to sign with the resurrected Combat Read more […]

Seventh Wonder – Tiara (Frontiers Records)

Jumping on a prime opportunity when Kamelot needed a new vocalist, Seventh Wonder has been picking spots in terms of festival appearances and a live Welcome to Atlanta CD/DVD release in the prolonged interim Read more […]

Serocs – The Phobos/Deimos Suite (Everlasting Spew)

With art that gives new meaning to the term ‘face-melting,’ Serocs have returned for their fourth full-length of technical yet brutal death metal. Since 2015’s And When the Sky Was Opened, Serocs Read more […]

Nothgard – Malady X (Metal Blade)

As the saying often goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Germany’s Northgard have three previous albums under their belt, with 2016’s The Sinner’s Sake being their most recent endeavor. Their Read more […]

Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands (Season of Mist)

If there’s one band in the death metal scene that you can guarantee to unleash a double dose of fury and unrelenting chaos, it’s got to be that of Hate Eternal. A band that musically personifies a Read more […]

Languish – Unworthy (Prosthetic)

With all of the pristine and crisp production that metal can provide in 2018, it’s sometimes nice to just settle down with something slimy and sludgy. Languish may be a newer face on the scene, but Read more […]

The Browning – Geist (Spinefarm)

It seems like The Browning has forever been sitting at the cusp of greatness but not being able to take the next step. While their sound has always been quite identifiable with the combination of techno, Read more […]

Wolfheart – Constellation of the Black Light (Napalm Records)

Since channeling his collective creative energy into the Wolfheart basket, guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen feels liberation to express his melodic death/black metal thoughts in any way he desires. Read more […]

Blackbriar – We’d Rather Burn (Self-Released)

Following hot on the heels of last year’s Fractured Fairytales EP, Blackbriar returns with another new EP in We’d Rather Burn. As with said release, Blackbriar have a distinctive voice that allows Read more […]

Benighted – Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master (Season of Mist)

Celebrating the brutal band’s 20th anniversary, Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master is a compilation of sorts from Benighted. One of those hodge-podge type releases that pool together a little Read more […]

Vermithrax – Imperium Draconis (Divebomb Records)

Privy to much of this material at various stages over the past five years or so, it’s finally nice to see Pittsburgh act Vermithrax get the chance to unleash their melodic power/progressive thrash sound Read more […]

Godless – Swarm (Self-Released)

Jumping head-first into the scene two years ago with their first EP, Centuries of Decadence, India’s Godless return with their follow-up EP Swarm. Centuries of Decadence was notable for it’s aggression Read more […]

Kraanium – Slamchosis (Comatose Music)

It’s not been an easy time for Kraanium in the years following 2015’s Chronicles of Perversion. Vocalist Martin Funderud committed suicide last year (his twin brother Mats is also Kraanium’s guitarist). Read more […]

Impellitteri – The Nature of the Beast (Frontiers Records)

There comes a point in time where your instrument skills should be about self-expression, not necessarily showing off through intricacy and advanced techniques. Since the late 1980’s guitarist Chris Read more […]

Shining – Animal (Spinefarm)

Never a band to standstill from a musical standpoint, Norway’s Shining continue to change, quite drastically, with Animal. Quite obviously from the bright, ‘80s artwork to Jørgen Munkeby’s release Read more […]

Beyond Creation – The Algorythm (Season of Mist)

Beyond Creation have been a go-to act for the tech-side of death metal for the better part of this decade, starting out with The Aura in 2011 and enhancing the formula in 2014 with Earthborn Evolution. Read more […]

Cognitive – Matricide (Unique Leader)

Continuing to up the ante with each successive release, Cognitive return from their already strong 2016 release in Deformity with style. Matricide is noticeably another step up for the band, as they continue Read more […]