Reviews

Shores of Null – Black Drapes for Tomorrow (Spinefarm/Candlelight)

As a fresh act that comes out of the middle of nowhere and hits a sound that’s both unique and fascinating on your debut, where do you go from there? A question that had to plague the minds of the Italian Read more […]

Fractal Universe – Engram of Decline (Kolony Records)

Rising up from nowhere with their first 2015 EP, Boundaries of Reality, Fractal Universe began to catch some buzz and since signed with Kolony Records. Debut effort Engram of Decline is now just around Read more […]

Coltsblood – Ascending (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

It hasn’t quite come to roost, but wouldn’t it be cool to see a little competition between Conan (the band) and Coltsblood? Both are from Liverpool, shared bassist/vocalist John McNulty, play an unsophisticated Read more […]

Body Count – Bloodlust (Century Media)

Metal has always enjoyed a love/hate relationship with rap. From the street-level jams of classic Biohazard to the funked-out stylings of Mordred (the first band of this ilk), metal and rap can coalesce Read more […]

Outrun the Sunlight – Red Bird (Self-Released)

There’s basically two schools of thought when it comes to instrumental metal. There’s the over-the-top, shred-centered and technical “wow” bands and there’s the atmospheric types. Both also Read more […]

Fumigation/The Path to R’lyeh – Invasion (CDN Records)

Always a good way to introduce oneself to fresh acts, a good split EP can give you two new bands (or sometimes, even more) to investigate further. Invasion does exactly that, bringing about some exposure Read more […]

Night Demon – Darkness Remains (Century Media)

When it comes to heavy metal, all of us remember gateway artists who made us lifetime members into the fold. Usually this occurs in our adolescent or high school journey where we seek out comfort and solace Read more […]

Hybrid Sheep – Hail to the Beast (Tenacity Music)

Having checked in with Hybrid Sheep for their 2014 debut album, Free From the Clutches of Gods, recent follow-up Hail to the Beast warranted some investigation. Their first release saw the French act Read more […]

X.Kernel – Face the Truth (Cimmerian Shade Recordings)

When a band cites its influences with a trifecta such as Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, and Soilwork, it’s sure to pique some interest for those of us with a deep love of melodic death metal. A relatively Read more […]

Farsot – Fail·Lure (Lupus Lounge)

A band that has fallen out of view because of the elongated period between albums (six years) and their in-between, not-totally-memorable progressive black metal slant, Germany’s Farsot have reemerged Read more […]

Dead by April – Worlds Collide (Spinefarm/Universal)

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, Sweden’s Dead by April have dipped their toes in both metal and pop since their self-titled debut back in 2009. They’ve never been afraid of staying true to what they wanted Read more […]

Carnal Garden – Where They Are Silent (Eclectic Productions)

Swedish death metal by way of Greece, Carnal Garden are next on the chopping block for the old school death metal sound. Where They Are Silent is their first full-length album, and the act features members Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Hamartia (The End Records)

Achieving a rare feat in the tenth studio album milestone with Hamratia, Novembers Doom is one of those dark metal bands that may not necessarily be the most popular act in their craft, but appear to be Read more […]

Valgrind – Seal of Phobos (Everlasting Spew Records)

Some types of death metal are best experienced in the EP format. Bands that focus on bringing brutality straight to the table can focus on pouring all their energy into designing a whirlwind of chaos Read more […]

Unearthly Trance – Stalking the Ghost (Relapse)

One of the first blackened sludge bands out of the gate, New York’s Unearthly Trance helped usher in an era where tone and volume of sound was of immense priority. You’re never going to mistake the Read more […]

Royal Thunder – Wick (Spinefarm)

One of those bands that haven’t really ever stated that they were “metal,” but ended up lumped in by association with the metal scene through touring with more metallic acts, Royal Thunder are set Read more […]

Hellkeeper – A World within Flesh (Self-Released)

Relative d-beat blackened hardcore newbs Hellkeeper provided a rather stark quote in their artist bio: “The album is about wanting to live in a dream world because reality is too painful.” Such a quote Read more […]

Lycanthro – Lycanthro (Self-Released)

From the Great White North of Ottawa, Canada comes Lycanthro, another act throwing their hat into the classic/power/speed/thrash underground through this self-titled four song debut release. Together since Read more […]

Isis – Live VII (Ipecac Recordings)

The Internet age has rendered live albums practically meaningless, but when a good one comes across your desk, better savor it like no tomorrow. Isis, in their post-breakup activity, have been gradually Read more […]

Frozen Sand – Fractals: A Shadow Out of Lights (Self-Released)

Transmitting concepts as ‘narrators’ rather than musicians, Frozen Sand already present an intriguing first impression through this full-length Fractals: A Shadow Out of Lights. Almost seven years Read more […]

Jotnar – Connected/Condemned (Massacre Records)

Is it an unwritten rule that melodic death metal bands have to have Bjorn Strid as a guest vocalist on their album, particularly if it’s a debut? For good reason of course, as the man is the gold standard Read more […]

Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon (Profound Lore)

While space and the cosmos are becoming a more frequent source of inspiration for extreme metal, not every band seems to hit the mark. Much of the tech-sector provides a more sterile and pristine gaze Read more […]

Azarath – In Extremis (Agonia)

Zbigniew Robert Promiński, or more commonly known as Behemoth’s Inferno, is widely regarded as one of extreme metal’s most powerful drummers. He may not be as elaborate as some of his contemporaries, Read more […]

Helsott – The Healer (M-Theory Audio)

Helsott made their first real impression on the 2013 edition of the Paganfest North America tour and it was surely a favorable one. They followed it up the next year with their full-length debut, Woven, Read more […]

Harlott – Extinction (Metal Blade)

Third albums usually make or break careers in metal. Especially in the thrash realm, we all remember Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets, Among the Living… and, well Megadeth had their peaks before and Read more […]

Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic: Live DVD (Metal Blade)

No band has done more for “new” progressive metal than Between the Buried and Me. Progressive and/or prog has and never will be cool, but BTBAM has brought the style in front of unforeseen audiences Read more […]

Avelion – Illusion of Transparency (Revalve Records)

Without question, there’s been more electronic, futuristic, and dare we say, dance-y influences making their way into the modern metal quadrant. While some are hesitant to embrace those bands that dive Read more […]

Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Unique Leader)

Those ‘in the know’ are fully aware that the Italian heavy hitters are the place to go if you want scorching fast, technically-proficient (but not overbearing), visceral death metal. Bands like Hour Read more […]

Astral Doors – Black Eyed Children (Metalville Records)

Singer Nils Patrik Johansson gets around – his work heard for two decades plus between neoclassical progressive metal for Richard Andersson’s Space Odyssey, power/progressive/folk metal for Wuthering Read more […]

Mortör – Burn Up the Dead (CDN Records)

When’s the last time you listened to a death metal album and the first word that rolls off of your lips to describe it is “fun?” Peculiar as it may seem, that’s the best way to sum up Mortör’s Read more […]