Reviews

Lotus Thief – Oresteia (Prophecy)

Now three albums deep into their discography, Lotus Thief have made a name for themselves as an avant garde, thinking person’s music. Their previous efforts have managed to defy a quick and simple classification Read more […]

Snorlax – II (Brilliant Emperor Records)

It’s been a bit since this scribe has been engaging in some cavernous, evil-sounding death metal, and Snorlax seemed like a solid entry point back into some gritty adventures with their latest release, Read more […]

Hazzerd – Delirium (M-Theory Audio)

Canadian thrash has been a staple in this scribe’s listening habits ever since the 1980’s when Sacrifice, Voivod, Exciter, and Razor released records. Hazzerd from Calgary made a solid impact in 2017 Read more […]

Unreqvited – Mosaic II: la déteste et la détresse (Prophecy)

At its best, post-black metal has that transformative ability to lull you away into an ambient realm. Canadian act Unreqvited have been making their claim to this notion since 2016, and Mosaic II is their Read more […]

Mindless Sinner – Poltergeist (Pure Steel Records)

Achieving cult-status in the mid to late 1980’s through three EP/full-length releases, Sweden’s Mindless Sinner returned in 2015 to the prestigious Keep It True Festival in Germany, recording a new Read more […]

Ether Coven – Everything is Temporary Except Suffering (Century Media)

Sludgy riffs can be entirely oppressive and violent if need be. But far too many bands forget that they can be just as suffocating in a depressive sense as well. Something that Ether Coven show with Read more […]

Haunt – Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom Records)

The revival of traditional metal appears cyclical due to the steady presence and live interest of the veteran purveyors along with a new crop of bands that produce material worthy of praise and adulation. Read more […]

Kassad – London Orbital (Hypnotic Dirge)

Back in 2017, Kassad impressed with Faces Turn Away, an album that made for an interesting merger between more corrosive black metal elements and the gloom of modern urban life. The same theme is applied Read more […]

Rage – Wings of Rage (Steamhammer/SPV)

It’s hard to dispute the importance of Teutonic metal in the overall scope of influence in the scene. While probably not namedropped as much as Helloween, Accept, or Kreator, Rage has been a mainstay Read more […]

Hellevate – Krampusnacht (Self-Released)

Three years removed from the band’s last full-length Weapons Against Their Will in 2016 (previously reviewed on DR), changes are afoot in the Hellevate camp. Former drummer RJ Whitmer is back on the Read more […]

Priests of Prometheus – Lodestar (Self-Released)

Often all it takes is to do something a little bit outside of the norm to get some attention. Take the death metal genre for instance. There’s an expectation for bands that play within the sound, and Read more […]

War Dogs – Die by My Sword (Fighter Records)

Old school heavy metal never fades away. Especially with legends like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept and Raven to name a few still hitting stages globally and releasing new material, inspiring Read more […]

Syryn – Beyond the Depths (Self-Released)

A spin on the Greek mythological creatures who lured sailors with enchanting music to shipwreck on their island, Syryn is a Calgary-based metal band that combine a love of thrash, power and the blues into Read more […]

Agnostic Front – Get Loud! (Nuclear Blast)

Agnostic Front has hung around longer than they or anyone else expected, so, they’re in a reflective, but no less frenetic mood on Get Loud!, their 12th full-length and first since 2015’s The American Read more […]

Nightland – Umbra Astra Luna (Self-Released)

Jumping directly into the scene with their first full-length, Obsession, back in 2015, it’s taken Nightland four years to return. Those who were hip to their first outing will no doubt find the band Read more […]

Carcariass – Planet Chaos (Great Dane Records)

Certainly one of those, ‘well that came out of nowhere’ types of releases, French progressive death metal act Carcariass have made a long-awaited return in the form of their fifth full-length Planet Read more […]

Tribulation – Alive & Dead at Södra Teatern (Metal Blade)

There may be no more unnecessary exercise than a live album. The proliferation of fan-shot YouTube videos has eliminated whatever intrigue and/or surprise element that used to come from having to wait Read more […]

Neurosphere – Anthem of the Lost – (Part 1 – Nightwards) (Revalve Records)

Joy reigns when discovering an international band that hits diverse aural checkboxes for your own personal listening pleasure. Such is the case this scribe finds with Neurosphere – an Italian quintet Read more […]

Gam – Crowned & Reborn (Self-Released)

Often, when one hears the tag ‘black/death metal,’ it comes in two flavors – the first being a symphonic variety with synths and the like, and the second being one that often feels more death than Read more […]

Blackbriar – Our Mortal Remains (Self-Released)

Coming back with their third EP in three years, Blackbriar are one of a handful of bands that have been able to establish their own unique sound within the symphonic metal genre and really run with it. Read more […]

Sun of the Endless Night – Symbols of Hate and Deceitful Faith (Punishment 18 Records)

Containing members of various metalcore, crossover, and thrash acts as Stampin’ Ground, Anihilated, and Murder One among others – Sun of the Endless Night come together to keep the pulse of UK thrash Read more […]

Mimesis – Mimesis (Self-Released)

Comprised of a number of members from the New England metal scene, Mimesis is a coming together of a number of different influences. Tossing some progressive and technical stuff, djent, mathcore, and Read more […]

Dreamlord – Disciples of War (No Remorse Records)

Founded in 1995, Greek thrash act Dreamlord achieved cult status in the underground through a series of demos before having to take a self-imposed hiatus in 2001-03. Returning to the scene they’ve gone Read more […]

Master Sword – The Final Door (Self-Released)

It was clear with Master Sword’s debut, Shadow and Steel, that the band was on to something. Taking The Legend of Zelda as a theme, not just lyrically but also literally converting some of the classic Read more […]

Prophets of the Apocalypse – Threshold of War (Sliptrick Records)

The brainchild of Pete Serro, Prophets of the Apocalypse is a one-man project that assembles numerous underground thrash, death, and blackened influences on this full-length Threshold of War. Previously Read more […]

Mechina – Telesterion (Self-Released)

For a while, Mechina was managing to deliver a new full-length each January 1. An impressive run for any act, particularly a self-financed one, and they also made some very clear strides with their combination Read more […]

Gunjack – The Cult of Triblade (Self-Released)

Intertwining a host of old school heavy metal influences, Italian trio Gunjack embrace a lot of the primitive qualities that speak to the spirit of the style on their second album The Cult of Triblade. Read more […]

Resonance – Out of the Silence (Inverse Records)

For a genre developed in America, metalcore seems to have broader life in many overseas acts. Possibly due to their open-minded approach which doesn’t always focus on the cliché aspects, you get to Read more […]

UnCrowned – UnCrowned (Self-Released)

Encompassing a wide swath of modern influences, UnCrowned are a new act from the UK that seem to revel in grooves and heaviness. But given the ‘modern’ tag, there’s also a more melodic side to the Read more […]

Power Theory – Force of Will (Pure Steel Records)

Adapting to the trials and tribulations of a music career, perseverance usually prevails as the strongest people survive to develop respect and admiration. Power Theory come to their fourth studio album Read more […]