Reviews

Meliah Rage – Idol Hands (Metal on Metal Records)

Boston-based thrash band Meliah Rage had their biggest impact during the late 1980’s – signed to Epic Records, touring with Metal Church, receiving modest video/radio/press buzz for their debut album Read more […]

Second to Sun – The Black (Self-Released)

In the tradition of odd pairings, certainly one would think groove and black metal to be two things that wouldn’t share much common ground. Groove metal is quite immediate and hook-based, leaning towards Read more […]

Fates Warning – Live Over Europe (InsideOut Music)

The legacy of Fates Warning cannot be denied for their impact on progressive metal. Be it the early John Arch efforts that may have been more intricate and Maiden-influenced on through to the Ray Alder Read more […]

Void of Silence – The Sky Over (Avantgarde)

Italy’s Void of Silence has employed four different vocalists across five studio albums. This is a good way to ensure fans never get used to one dude holding down the mic, eh? Two of Void of Silence’s Read more […]

Toxik Shokk – Story of Our Life (Self-Released)

Finally, an album cover that relates to this scribe’s bedroom during those adolescent and teenage years – Toxik Shokk capture the essence of key metal aesthetics through Story of Our Life as the boy Read more […]

Mordant Rapture – The Abnegation (The Artisan Era)

Merging together the forces of black and death metal with symphonic elements, Mordant Rapture are a fresh act out of California. Formed back in 2013, they’ve bided their time and allowed themselves Read more […]

ASG – Survive Sunrise (Relapse)

Several sides to the “riff rock” scenario, some concerning how to mash up a particular guitar tone to mask deficiencies, others, head toward whatever doom hill is closest, while a small segment, like Read more […]

Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay (FHED Records)

Blackened death metal is at its best when it embraces a more dark and sinister tone (as opposed to just outright death metal brutality). Let the music breathe a little bit instead of straight-ahead bashing Read more […]

Graviton – Per Erebus Ad Astra (Self-Released)

Measuring progress in the local scene isn’t easy – there are just so many external factors that take shape to elevate a band to that higher level of appeal. It’s usually a combination of tenacity, Read more […]

Atrocity – Okkult II (Massacre)

After getting a taste for Okkult II with the Masters of Darkness EP back towards the tail end of 2017, the day has arrived for the complete part II of the proposed trilogy of albums. Hence, the tone of Read more […]

Hegemone – We Disappear (Debemur Morti)

Post-metal has never lacked for repetition. Seriously — trudge back to those Isis and Neurosis glory records of yore and you’ll find that both bands loved to cycle certain parts for multiple revolutions. Read more […]

Vein – errorzone (Closed Casket Activities)

The reaches of metallic hardcore have been pushing in harder and heavier directions in recent years. Bands like Code Orange and Harms Way have been championing the cause as of late, something that one Read more […]

QFT – Live in Space (Despotz)

Linnéa Vikström has gained some attention from her work with Therion as a session and touring vocalist. It’s with this momentum that she has also grabbed a few members/ex-members of Dynazty to help Read more […]

Ephyra – The Day of Return (Volcano Records)

A band that has been sitting under the radar now for a few years, Ephyra are an Italian melodic death metal act with folk tendencies. The Day of Return is the band’s third release, and is the first Read more […]

Centaurus-A – Means of Escape (Self-Released)

Nine years is an eternity to metal consumers waiting for new material from their favored bands. Back in 2009, German act Centaurus-A released a debut album for Side Effects Explained on Listenable Records Read more […]

Vanhelga – Fredagsmys (Osmose)

Osmose can now lay claim to having two of the year’s best in suicidal black metal: Totalselfhatred’s Solitude and now Vanghelga’s Fredagsmys. Both albums are entities unto themselves, but the proliferation Read more […]

Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Orange Goblin’s evolution from thick-bearded stoner rockers to a burly, thunderous metallic ensemble is certainly commendable. Look at it this way: When a certain segment of bands has gone one way (back Read more […]

Khemmis – Desolation (20 Buck Spin)

Doomed heavy metal from Denver, Colorado – receiving rapturous praise from the underground for their first two albums Absolution and Hunted, it’s a prime-time spot for Khemmis to elevate their stature Read more […]

Bookakee – Ignominies (Transcending Records)

While the tag-line of being Canada’s answer to GWAR works in the sense of Bookakee’s live show, with costumes and gore galore, don’t expect them to be something musically similar. Instead, the act Read more […]

Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis (Dark Descent)

A name like Burial Invocation probably means you can assume there’s going to be some doomy stuff going on. The Turkey-based act certainly qualifies for this as you begin to look further into the album, Read more […]

Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine: Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv (Inside Out)

No stranger to releasing live albums at this point (particularly with much of the spectacle that many of Townsend’s one-off performances tend to generate), the latest in this line is special for a few Read more […]

Tad Morose – Chapter X (GMR Music Group)

Familiarity often breeds a new level of expectation – especially in a veteran outfit such as Tad Morose who have been together for decades, gone through two significant eras musically with previous singers Read more […]

Nerobove – Monuments to Our Failure (Self-Released)

Rebranding themselves after a 2012 start as See You Leather (clearly a silly play on a metal uniform staple), Sicilian, Italy’s Nerobove have issued a single and EP before this full-length Monuments Read more […]

Hyvmine – Fight or Flight (Seek and Strike)

In preparation for a nationwide summer tour in support of Angel Vivaldi, Hyvmine feel the need to have a new product to support the cause – which means the public will get to enjoy Fight or Flight. My Read more […]

Runescarred – We Are (Self-Released)

A union of two established outfits from the deceased Dead Earth Politics and regional heroes Southern Front, Runescarred are a progressive groove metal outfit from Texas aiming to come out of the gate Read more […]

Velvet Viper – Respice Finem (GMR Music Group)

Singer Jutta Weinhold has a solid metal history through her work with Zed Yago, solo efforts, and this act Velvet Viper. Resurrecting a new lineup for this second go around (her first in the early 90’s Read more […]

BattleroaR – Codex Epicus (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Epic metal and their power/traditional/heavy offshoots have been a mainstay across Greece for decades – artists from Manowar and Omen to Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, and Manilla Road gaining stellar support Read more […]

Ad Hominem – Napalm for All (Osmose)

Rumblings of fascism within Ad Hominem’s lyrics have existed for quite some time now, but that’s what you get when your lyrics tread the delicate line between individualism and political matters. Nevertheless Read more […]

Violent Life Violent Death – Come, Heavy Breath (Self-Released)

When dealing with a hardcore-based act, often the best descriptor that can be used is that the material is simply caustic. There’s no compromise, no poppy clean vocals (a la metalcore), and the material Read more […]

Mountaineer – Passages (Lifeforce)

Barely a year after their impressive Sirens & Slumber debut, California post-metal ensemble Mountaineer are back with their second foray, Passages. Written by guitarist Clayton Bartholomew over the span Read more […]