Reviews

Tarja – In the Raw (earMUSIC)

One of those names that really needs no introduction, Tarja Turunen is easily identifiable in the metal world with her time with Nightwish as well as her prolific solo career. Now with eight albums solo Read more […]

Crimson Moon – Mors Vincit Omnia (Debemur Morti Productions)

An oldy but a goldy the popular saying goes. Something well-established and often lacking in frills but solid all the same due, often, to sheer persistence. Mors Vincit Omnia has the gold down (seething Read more […]

Imperium Dekadenz – When We Are Forgotten (Napalm)

Long-standing masters of atmospheric black metal, Imperium Dekadenz have been slowly creeping up the ranks, particularly with their last two releases (that being Meadows of Nostalgia and Dis Manibvs). Read more […]

Into the Unknown – Breaking the Silence (Vigilante Records)

Growing out of a desire for a producer seeking out a pop singer to record a rock song and needing a guitarist to fill out the performance, Into the Unknown now is a going concern – recording a debut Read more […]

Everfrost – Winterider (Rockshots Records)

The sky is the limit it seems for diversity in the metal landscape. Artists keep pushing parameters and incorporating outside influences in the hope of establishing a unique niche in their chosen style. Read more […]

Entombed A.D. – Bowels of Earth (Century Media)

The question with Entombed releases for many years was “What type of Entombed will this album be?” Would it be death metal (probably not, as they’ve yet to truly return to those waters)? Would Read more […]

Victims of Contagion – Lamentations of the Flesh Bound (Satanath Records/Rebirth the Metal Productions)

Step back in time about 4 years ago and we had checked out Victims of Contagion’s first EP, Parasitic Unborn. It was a solid piece of tech-death that didn’t steer away from some lengthier songs, but Read more […]

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Sonata Arctica symbolizes a veteran band who establish a dedicated following in one musical direction – and through personnel changes and personal desires, steer their ship into a new arena midway through. Read more […]

Elvenking – Reader of the Ruins – Divination (AFM Records)

Ten studio albums in now, Italian folk power metal unit Elvenking seek to drive their creative force to another level – as Reader of the Ruins – Divination is the first chapter of a longer conceptual Read more […]

Saint Deamon – Ghost (Ram It Down Records)

Originating in 2006 with ex-Sinergy drummer Ronny Milianowicz developing this power metal outfit, Saint Deamon has been away from the studio scene for a decade now. Ronny left in 2011, as Jarle Byberg Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers (Napalm)

It doesn’t seem like Visions of Atlantis ever can catch a break. Going through many line-up changes over the years, the band’s most recent departure is that of male vocalist Siegfried Samer, though Read more […]

Mourn the Light/Oxblood Forge – Mourn the Light/Oxblood Forge (Self-Released)

Even in today’s digitally driven music scene, you still find bands willing to work together in old-school ways to get the word out for their sound. Case in point – this self-titled split EP between Read more […]

Grima – Will of the Primordial (Naturmatcht Productions)

Here in the DC area summer remains very much alive. Consider me caught by surprise when I stumbled upon the placid winterscape that adorns Will of the Primordial. The band name seemed familiar and after Read more […]

Horrific Demise – Excruciating Extermination (Comatose)

One could say that the heyday for brutal death metal was in the ‘90s. There was an abundance of the stuff (which could also make the case for why it diminished afterwards), full of rumbling grooves Read more […]

Ivory Tower – Stronger (Massacre Records)

A blast from the past here – German power/progressive metal band Ivory Tower hit the scene in 1996, issuing their first two album on Limb Music Products before shifting to Remedy Records in 2006 for Read more […]

Insurrection – Circles of Despair (Self-Released)

The best of melodic death/thrash can really get your adrenaline going. It’s got the fast riffs and frenetic energy that aim to barrel things over, while still providing a certain level of melody that Read more […]

Eternal Storm – Come the Tide (Transcending Obscurity)

It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve had any new music from Eternal Storm. After an impressive EP and solo track one year later, there had been about five years of silence until the announcement Read more […]

Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L. (Steamhammer/SPV)

Hard to believe Freedom Call are on album ten with M.E.T.A.L. and set to celebrate twenty years as a band together – but facts are facts. Right away in 1999 with their debut album Stairway to Fairyland, Read more […]

Sacred Reich – Awakening (Metal Blade)

Making a modest impression on the thrash scene during the late 80’s/early 90’s through their Ignorance debut album and subsequent follow-ups the Surf Nicaragua EP and The American Way full-length – Read more […]

Astralium – Land of Eternal Dreams (Rockshots Records)

Originally known as Black Roses before changing names, Italian group Astralium started in 2014 and over the course of the first few years established their presence locally through shows and festival appearances. Read more […]

Dialith – Extinction Six (Self-Released)

Blossoming from their debut EP in 2017 with Through Stone, Connecticut act Dialith place their own take on the symphonic metal genre by incorporating outside influences from the power and extreme fields. Read more […]

Nemesea – White Flag (Napalm)

After vocalist Manda Ophuis left the band after the release of the band’s fourth album, Uprise, things could have easily fallen into a slippery slope. Ophuis had been with the band for 14 years, and Read more […]

White Mantis – Sacrifice Your Future (Iron Shield Records)

On their Facebook page under the about section, German thrash band White Mantis describe themselves as ‘great for destroying your local disco’ plus ‘killing mutants in a post-apocalyptic death zone’. Read more […]

Mysterizer – Invisible Enemy (Inverse Records)

Forming out of the remains of a now deceased metal cover band, Finnish act Mysterizer released their debut EP Tales from the Mystery Days in 2018 before gaining the attention of Inverse Records. The follow-up Read more […]

Hemina – Night Echoes (Self-Released)

Progressive metal inherently brings out the best musicianship – challenging the listener to absorb ideas of a forward-thinking variety. Australian quartet Hemina since 2008 have been a part of that movement, Read more […]

Shadow of Intent – Melancholy (Self-Released)

One of the bigger names to grow out of the more recent ‘deathcore’ movement, Shadow of Intent haven’t ever really played it [deathcore] straight. Dosing the formula with some symphonic elements Read more […]

Hammerfall – Dominion (Napalm Records)

Decades ago, records like Glory to the Brave and Legacy of Kings established the resurrection of interest in classic, traditional/melodic metal – spearheaded by Hammerfall. Ascending to headlining status Read more […]

Wraith – Absolute Power (Self-Released)

An infamous underrated late 80’s album from power/thrash band Powermad had the same title as this one by this Indiana band Wraith – but that’s where the similarities end. Issuing a quick turnaround Read more […]

Wrvth – No Rising Sun (Unique Leader)

All things come to an end, either with a whimper or a bang. In the case of Wrvth, No Rising Sun gives notice that the sun has come to set on Wrvth itself with quite the depressive bang. In the four years Read more […]

Repent – Condemned to Fail (High Roller Records)

Spearheading the early 90’s wave of German thrash, Repent have only released three albums prior to Condemned to Fail – and this fourth full-length comes after a seven-year lapse between records. Undergoing Read more […]