Reviews

Invicta – Halls of Extinction (Self-Released)

Previously receiving praise from Kyle through his monthly Bandcamp column back in April 2018, Canadian thrash band Invicta return with a full-length outing for Halls of Extinction. The trio of musicians Read more […]

Vale of Pnath – Accursed (Willowtip)

Vale of Pnath have always walked a line that pulled together melodic death, tech, and black metal together in a full-speed ahead way. With their two previous full-lengths, they’ve rightfully acquired Read more […]

Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Epic doom isn’t a genre in metal for the faint of heart – especially given the work established by Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus throughout the 80’s, 90’s and current times. Canadian act Smoulder Read more […]

Strontium – Remains (Self-Released)

It’s always a joy to find bands that can hit one out of the park with their first release. Russia’s Strontium only has had three singles to their name prior to Remains (of which two songs are featured Read more […]

Warforged – I: Voice (The Artisan Era)

In its earliest incarnations, death metal was a blunt tool for aggression and annihilation. We’ve all seen it grow into somewhat more unexpected terrain as it evolved, and now Chicago’s Warforged Read more […]

Night Screamer – Dead of Night (Self-Released)

A picture can be worth a thousand words. This especially rings true in many forms of heavy metal. Take one look at the block style, pointy band logo and ensuing nightmare sky over desolate car in the desert Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Cathartic Demise (Self-Released)

Canada continues to be fertile ground for all types of metal – Kitchener, Ontario being home to the following quarter Cathartic Demise. Forming in 2017, they have released their debut, self-titled EP Read more […]

Paragon – Controlled Demolition (Massacre Records)

Purveyors of traditional power/speed metal since the early 1990’s, German act Paragon remain a relatively unknown entity stateside, as they’ve been on European labels like B.O. Records, Remedy Records, Read more […]

Idle Hands – Mana (Eisenwald)

It wasn’t all that long ago that Idle Hands dropped their first EP (summer 2018) to be precise, but they are already back at it again with their first full-length in the form of Mana. Said EP, Don’t Read more […]

Protector – Summon the Hordes (High Roller Records)

An 80’s band that straddled thrash/death lines, Protector were a part of the German underground scene that through tape trading built a following, issuing a series of demos/live tapes before their debut Read more […]

Axenstar – End of All Hope (Ram It Down Records)

The career arc of a metal band can be lightning quick – or slow and steady – depending on the driving force of the members, the songwriting, and the team they assemble around them. Swedish power metal Read more […]

Astral Doors – Worship or Die (Metalville Records)

Many hard rock and metal musicians cut their teeth on some form of Rainbow or Black Sabbath records. It’s inevitable given the impact of the discographies of both bands – as the younger players keep Read more […]

Osiah – Kingdom of Lies (Unique Leader)

While some will argue that the zenith of deathcore has come and gone, from a musical standpoint there are still bands that are taking the formula and making it stronger (and more palatable for the ‘dyed Read more […]

Hyperia – Fish Creek Frenzy (Self-Released)

Always on the quest for fresh blood, Hyperia from Calgary, Canada came across this scribe’s social media platform feeds and investigation took place to track down their debut three song EP, entitled Read more […]

Unfound Reliance – A Layered Mind (Rexius Records)

It’s always nice to see some of the younger upstarts following in the pathway of their elders when it comes to their musical geography. Particularly with a Swedish band that takes up the call from Gothenburg. Read more […]

Dead To A Dying World – Elegy (Profound Lore Records)

Even in the aftermath of extinction it is possible to find and experience the tangible joys of refinement. It’s not enough to have an idea (or in this case, a sound), but to continually refine and reshape Read more […]

Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods (Century Media)

Gimmicks are nothing new to music, and when employed tastefully, they can be an effective tool in generating some interest (or cause utter disaster when used as a crutch). Belzebubs are bound to generate Read more […]

Black Thunder – All My Scars (Club Inferno Ent.)

These days, musicians become enthusiastic regarding diverse influences coming together in their approach to specific styles. No longer is one required to stay in a particular lane – if a blast beat or Read more […]

Enforcer – Zenith (Nuclear Blast)

Evolution occurs in a veteran band naturally – musicians gain experience and mature, wishing to expand their horizons based on what they learn, what they see, and what they feel. In many metal genres, Read more […]

Uncured – Epidemic (Seek and Strike)

With a mix of genres that thrust Uncured into the modern end of the metal pool, it’s not to say that they aren’t trying their best to try to shake things up. What’s most surprising is how well all Read more […]

Amon Amarth – Berserker (Metal Blade)

If there’s a name in metal that many can recognize and associate it with some considerable consistency, Amon Amarth is going to be one of the first to be credited. They’ve made some huge strides in Read more […]

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes of Insanity (Metal Blade)

Upon hearing Fractal Universe’s debut Engram of Decline, back in 2017, it seemed as if the band had some potential behind them but the pieces seemed to fall short. Not in terms of their musical competency, Read more […]

Steel Prophet – The God Machine (Rock of Angels Records)

Secretly shrouding their new singer through a video teaser about a month or so before the album’s release, California power metal act Steel Prophet now has R.D. Liapakis in their ranks – most well-known Read more […]

Hypoxia – Abhorrent Disease (Selfmadegod Records)

If you want New York-styled death metal, where better to look than at its source? Though it may have dipped significantly over the years in quantity due to the rise of more technically-driven material, Read more […]

Altar of Oblivion – The Seven Spirits (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Danish metal may not per capita be as prevalent as activity from Sweden or Finland – but you can’t deny the impact of artists like Mercyful Fate and Volbeat on a popularity or influential standpoint. Read more […]

Dawn of Demise – Into the Depths of Veracity (Unique Leader)

For every high-class and fancy dish out there, there’s nothing wrong with a little meat & potatoes once in a while. You know what you are getting, but as they say, you can’t beat the classics. Dawn Read more […]

Vaura – Sables (Profound Lore Records)

Synthesis, the beauty that it is. To take from this and that and create something that is (ideally) greater than the sum of its parts (whether they are few or many). Even without considering the music Read more […]

Eugenic Death – Under the Knife (Heaven and Hell Records)

Astute listeners of a favored sub-genre in metal can tell when something stands out in a record or a band. Telltales signs can be songwriting acumen, proficiency at instrumentation, all the way through Read more […]

Applaud the Impaler – Ov Apocalypse Incarnate (Unique Leader)

There’s a certain rush that you can get from hearing heavy metal that goes at blazing fast speeds. Sometimes it is bound to become a bit of a whirlwind in its later execution, but that initial feeling Read more […]

Active Arson – Lucifer’s Grail (Self-Released)

Kudos to a newer thrash band like Active Arson citing influences beyond the Bay Area norm into artists like The Bangles, The Doors, and Autograph. Active since the fall of 2017, this Toronto quartet have Read more […]