Reviews

Illumishade – Eclyptic: Wake of Shadows (Self-Released)

Rare is the album that can provide more than just a listen and instead provides an entire experience. There are layers to be absorbed, and the music itself is meant to take you into an entirely new world. Read more […]

Ravenscry – 100 (Self-Released)

Active since 2008, Ravenscry still contain four of its five current members since inception – a rare occurrence in an industry where many bail early due to the workload and lack of instant successes Read more […]

King Witch – Body of Light (Listenable Records)

The birthland of doom metal, the UK has a rich heritage of quality bands over many decades – beyond forefathers Black Sabbath into Pagan Altar, My Dying Bride and Sleep. Aiming to keep the epic side Read more […]

Xpus – In Umbra Mortis Sedent (Transcending Obscurity)

Do you like Incantation? Your answer to that question will undoubtedly influence your response to this release. Following up from their 2015 debut, Italy’s Xpus are back for a second go at retro death Read more […]

Aeternam – Al Qassam (Self-Released)

Coming to this scribe’s awareness a couple of years back for their North American tour with Týr and Orphaned Land, Aeternam are a Canadian band combining elements of melodic death, symphonic, folk, Read more […]

Naglfar – Cerecloth (Century Media)

Wow, it’s been eight years at this point since there was any new material from the Naglfar camp. Long revered among the melodic black metal guard for their debut Vittra back in the ‘90s, they’ve Read more […]

Shrapnel – Palace for the Insane (Candlelight Records)

British thrashers Shrapnel have been through a bit of a lineup shuffle in the interim between records. Paring down to a quartet, they’ve replaced a bassist and vocalist to combine them into one with Read more […]

Cloven Hoof – Age of Steel (Pure Steel Records)

Reestablishing their theatrical-oriented NWOBHM sound after their initial run in the 1980’s, Cloven Hoof appear stronger than ever as they release their eighth studio album Age of Steel. Hot off their Read more […]

Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy – Glam Not Slam (Gore House Productions)

Talk about having a name that’s a mouthful! But Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy is definitely playing tongue-and-cheek with their particular brand of brutal, slamming death metal (not that you couldn’t Read more […]

Havok – V (Century Media)

Unless you’ve been living off the grid from thrash at a club/small theater level worldwide, chances are you’ve seen Havok on stage at one time or another. A relentless touring machine, they’ve managed Read more […]

Heron – Time Immemorial (Sludgelord Records)

When I think of Vancouver bands, the likes of Baptists, Erosion, and Waingro come to mind. But after listening to Time Immemorial, Heron has been added to my list. The band has sought to combine different Read more […]

Secrets of the Moon – Black House (Lupus Lounge)

What started on 2015’s SUN, Secrets of the Moon is finishing on Black House. That, being, their complete metamorphosis from a firebrand black metal band in the vein of Dissection and Watain, and into Read more […]

Marrowfields – Metamorphoses (Black Lion Records)

Containing members from other New England acts like Vacant Eyes, Dreaded Silence, The Fateful Hour, and Norseth – Marrowfields is a quintet that develop a hypnotic blend of atmospheric doom metal with Read more […]

And the Sky Darkened – Between Ghosts (Self-Released)

It’s a tough line to straddle when it comes to modern metal. Some bands wish to tip their toes into the rock spectrum while utilizing metal techniques and heaviness, and it’s the veering between two Read more […]

An Autumn for Crippled Children – All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet (Prosthetic)

The best blackgaze band in recent memory produced their worst album in 2018 with The Light of September. The hazy-on-harsh-on-melody template that served An Autumn for Crippled Children so well on their Read more […]

Dead on Mars – Transcendence (Self-Released)

Back in 2018, Dead on Mars came out of nowhere and impressed with their debut, Arrival. An instrumental symphonic extreme metal act, what was most appealing was how they could take all of the elements Read more […]

Kurnugia – Forlorn and Forsaken (Memento Mori)

Ohio death metal act Kurnugia may have modified their lineup a bit in the interim between recordings, but it doesn’t diminish their old school death attack on this new full-length Forlorn and Forsaken. Read more […]

Dovas – Everlasting Lake of Fire (Self-Released)

The solo project of Seven Spires drummer Chris Dovas, it’s quite easy to tell that Dovas is going to sound nothing like said act. A conceptual album about Satan’s triumph over God, the fiery artwork Read more […]

Warning Sign – Path to Destruction (Self-Released)

Four years past their previously praised Left to the Sharks full-length in 2016, Canadian metal quartet Warning Sign return with another nine songs of potent melodic power/thrash for their second album Read more […]

Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Purely as a matter of distinction, Winterfylleth tends to start their songs with some type of drum roll, then head into what is now their traditional, if not trademark spartan-blast-on-woodsy—tremolo Read more […]

Sertraline – Clouded Minds & Silver Lines (Self-Released)

Falling into the ever-expanding well of progressive metal, Sertraline find themselves in a unique position with their latest EP, Clouded Minds & Silver Lines. This is a positive aspect, as a few listens Read more […]

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (Metal Blade Records)

Legacy artists from any metal era wishing to relive glory days with a new generation of fans discovering their sound can be a slippery slope – especially when they decide to record a new studio album. Read more […]

Tulip – High Strangeness (Self-Released)

First appearing on the DR radar with their self-titled EP, Tulip initially grabbed attention due to their ability to create something that sounded modern in tone within the symphonic metal genre. There Read more […]

Axel Rudi Pell – Sign of the Times (Steamhammer/SPV)

Revered as a German icon for the melodic heavy metal/hard rock genre on guitar, Axel Rudi Pell has his formula down pat when it comes to studio records. As well he should – Sign of the Times being his Read more […]

Nomad – Love, Death and Melody (Self-Released)

Witnessing this Connecticut act a couple of times over the years in local clubs, Nomad finally completed a full-length record for Love, Death and Melody. An extensive history dating back to the 1990’s Read more […]

Lovebites – Electric Pentagram (JPU Records)

Lovebites returns for their third slice of frenetic neo-classical power metal with Electric Pentagram. The Japanese 5-piece is notable for their decidedly energetic take on the genre, with sometimes borders Read more […]

Michael Abdow – Heart Signal (Couch Cat Records)

Following up the very impressive E.S.O. instrumental album, Michael Abdow on his fourth full-length Heart Signal continues to push his impressive blend of progressive, ambient, and eclectic influences Read more […]

Live Burial – Unending Futility (Transcending Obscurity)

Sometimes a title and an album cover give you a solid indication of what you can expect when you listen. Unlike books, with metal albums you can often judge by the cover. Unending Futility is not what Read more […]

Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow (Napalm)

The post-2000’s resurrection of thrash took place for a couple of reasons – the cancer benefit for Chuck Billy Thrash of the Titans where the old guard got back together in the Bay Area, plus the evolution Read more […]

I Am Destruction – Nascency (Unique Leader)

Blurring the lines somewhere between deathcore and brutal death metal, I Am Destruction give us their first full-length in Nascency. Originally a one-piece act of Stephan Mashburn, the band has since Read more […]