Whipstriker – Merciless Artillery (Hells Headbangers)

Spreading their wares through many ‘old school’ split release methods (18 according to Metal-Archives since 2010), Brazilian act Whipstriker certainly subscribe to an underground, DIY philosophy in Read more […]

Eyes of the Sun – Chapter I (Blacklight Media)

Originally released back in 2013, Brooklyn’s Eyes of the Sun had a quiet reception for Chapter I. But with the band being picked up by Blacklight Media Records, it was high time to give the album a Read more […]

NovaReign – Legends (M-Theory Audio)

A new act from California, NovaReign have been behind the scenes for a number of years at this point, but with only a 2014 demo to their credit before this official debut through M-Theory Audio. Carrying Read more […]

Eleine – Until the End (Black Lodge Records)

Gothic metal has long survived on the ‘beauty and the beast’ vocal stylings of a strong female singer and male growler. The problem usually lies with the remainder of the music, which serves as background Read more […]

Pestilent Reign – Pyres (Rising Nemesis Records)

Grooves upon grooves upon grooves. There’s more to it than that, but Germany’s Pestilent Reign are very clearly all about indulging in some mid-tempo goodness. Following up two previous EPs, Pyres Read more […]

Johansson & Speckmann – From the Mouth of Madness (Soulseller Records)

Take two of the most prolific guys in the underground extreme metal scene, put them together and you get Johansson & Speckmann. From the Mouth of Madness marks the fourth full-length for the duo, and Read more […]

Twilight’s Embrace – Penance (Self-Released)

When you hear a name like Twilight’s Embrace, most consumers know they won’t be expecting an uplifting, happy power metal experience. And they would be correct – for this UK outfit swim in the gothic Read more […]

Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram (Century Media)

Always on the periphery of the firebrand Swedish black/death front, Necrophobic, for nearly 30 years and eight studio albums, have yet to produce their own Storm of the Lights Bane, although they’re Read more […]

Earthless – Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast)

Somewhat of a Karma to Burn-like situation here: An all-instrumental band enjoys success with the format, people start poking around, asking if they’d like to hire a singer, band gets signed to a large Read more […]

Night in Gales – The Last Sunsets (Apostasy)

The off-and-on close German cousins of Gothenburg, Night in Gales often held firm alongside their much more visible melodic death metal contemporaries. If it weren’t for a directional shift to thrash Read more […]

Corrupt Moral Altar – Eunoia (Self-Released)

Back in 2014, Corrupt Moral Altar blew the doors off the barn with their ripping debut Mechanical Tides. An inspired piece of grindcore that also took some nods from a few other genres such as sludge Read more […]

Straight Terror – Between the Lies (Self-Released)

South American metal keeps pumping strong – probably making up for lost time when proper access and exposure were limited due to affordability and adequate gear/recording access. Straight Terror hail Read more […]

Michael Schenker Fest – Resurrection (Nuclear Blast)

Master of bluesy, melodic, single-string oriented lead breaks since the 1970’s with the Scorpions and UFO, guitarist Michael Schenker possesses a legendary discography from that point forward. Be it Read more […]

We Sell the Dead – Heaven Doesn’t Want You and Hell Is Full (earMusic)

We Sell the Dead is a supergroup, so pardon the collective yawn that generally emanates regarding such a formation. Featuring guitarist Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), bassist Jonas Slättung (Drömriket), Read more […]

Climate of Fear – Holy Terror (Demons Run Amok Entertainment)

What’s heavier and angrier than regular old hardcore? The darkened variety that has cropped up in more recent years of course! Climate of Fear have taken to the aggressive and metallic end of the subgenre Read more […]

New Horizons – Inner Dislocation (Revalve Records)

A fervent tape trader during 1988-1995, opportunities arose for this scribe to take in the Italian power/progressive metal groundswell as acts like Eldritch, Labyrinth, and Rhapsody pushed the scene to Read more […]

Affasia – Adrift in Remorse (Transcending Records)

With the entire ‘blackgaze’ movement, it was only a matter of time before shoegaze elements started to trickle into other appropriate genres. Virginia’s Affasia apparently recognized the match with Read more […]

Thundermother – Thundermother (Despotz Records)

Bluesy hard rockers Thundermother almost faced the end in 2017. 4 of the 5 members parted ways, leaving only guitarist Filippa Nässil to pick up the pieces and find some new recruits. Rapidly, a new Read more […]

Eartheria – Awaken the Sun (Self-Released)

Atmosphere and melody in death metal can be a wonderful thing. There’s a sincerity that’s found with the heavier end of the extreme metal spectrum, and finding an equally genuine way of introducing Read more […]

Road to Jerusalem – Road to Jerusalem (ViciSolum Productions)

If one was to simply imagine the music that a combination of Per Møller Jensen (The Haunted), Andreas Holma (Hypocrisy), and Michael Skovbakke (Konkhra) would produce, classic rock/progressive rock is Read more […]

Spartan Warrior – Hell to Pay (Pure Steel Records)

Straight-forward in their traditional metal approach, Spartan Warrior is another resurrection from the NWOBHM 80’s clinging to that second chance ring given the niche appeal for the movement. Releasing Read more […]

Sacred Leather – Ultimate Force (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Entry points for the metal genre essentially form the foundation of our context and lexicon. Whether friends, family, or random circumstance introduce you to the power and aggression of the music, most Read more […]

Coldawn – …In the Dawn (Flowing Downward)

International blackgaze gets a go by way of Coldawn’s …In the Dawn debut. Spawned from the band Beyond the Dawn, who are not to be confused with Before the Dawn, Coldawn (which should be re-worded Read more […]

Divine Realm – Nordicity (Self-Released)

Instrumental metal act Divine Realm have slowly progressed from an early, one-man act into a full-fledged band and released both an EP and 2016’s full-length, Tectum Argenti. The Ontario-based band Read more […]

Krosis – Solem Vatem (Unique Leader)

Forget what you know about deathcore and djent. As clichéd as it might seem to say, Krosis have managed to do something that many bands of this style are unwilling to – think outside of the box. In Read more […]

Shakma – House of Possession (Duplicate Records)

Rearing back and lobbing thrash salvos of the old school variety, Norwegian trio Shakma live for an era where sophistication and crystal-clear production values take a back seat to pure aggression and Read more […]

On Thorns I Lay – Aegean Sorrow (Alone Records)

It appears woven into the DNA of forerunning Gothic doom bands to change their style. Quite hard to ponder very many who have stood firm (Novembers Doom? October Tide?), while it’s easy to reflect upon Read more […]

Thy Antichrist – Wrath of the Beast (Napalm)

Dallas-by-way-of-Columbia black metal troupe Thy Antichrist start Wrath of the Beast with a Spanish-styled acoustic guitar, perhaps signaling this isn’t your standard fare BM foray. (What actually is Read more […]

Thaurorod – Coast of Gold (Drakkar Entertainment)

What is a Thaurorod? Glad you asked… it’s a band name in Quenya, a fictional language spoken by elves in Tolkien’s books meaning ‘evil mountain’. Active since 2002 and releasing a series of Read more […]

Wake – Misery Rites (Translation Loss Records)

Slowly rising their way up the grind ranks over the past decade, Wake made a splash with their debut album, Sowing the Seeds for a Worthless Tomorrow, back in 2016. Returning now in 2018 and attempting Read more […]