Reviews

Coma Cluster Void – Thoughts from a Stone (Transition Loss)

Coma Cluster Void stirred up plenty of dissonant madness on their debut, 2016’s Mind Cemeteries. Conjuring up images and sounds of the most forward-thinking and crazed music out there (a la Pyrrhon Read more […]

Amberian Dawn – Darkness of Eternity (Napalm)

If there’s one thing to be said for Amberian Dawn, they certainly are prolific. With 8 full-length releases in the past ten years, they’ve been able to position themselves among the symphonic/power Read more […]

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm)

Without a row with his former record company leading up to the release of Wizard Bloody Wizard, one wondered if main Electric Wizard man Jus Oborn could get his surly bunch of doom-trodders back on the Read more […]

Annihilator – For the Demented (Silver Lining Music)

Churning along with steady output amid ever-evolving music industry changes, Annihilator has never been a trend setting band. Signing with Roadrunner during the second thrash wave of the late 80’s, their Read more […]

Batushka – Litourgiya (Metal Blade)

We’ll leave it to the better judgment of the experienced folks at Metal Blade as to why they’re issuing an album that was released two years ago. After all, the subject at hand, Poland’s Batushka, Read more […]

A Pale December – The Shrine of Primal Fire (Avantgarde)

Heralded as the intimate Agalloch taking on the melancholic Katatonia by Avantgarde, a label that knows quite a bit about unearthing such acts, Italy’s A Pale December also appear to be slightly enticed Read more […]

Ram – Rod (Metal Blade)

True metal bastions, defenders of the steel and possessors of one of the most effective single-syllable, three-letter names in metal, Sweden’s Ram first started to make inroads via 2012’s Death. Their Read more […]

Chaos Moon – Eschaton Mémoire (Blood Music)

Finland’s Blood Music releases music with such infrequency that they need to have a high rate of success. While this approach runs counter to that of many of metal’s larger labels, it does assure you’re Read more […]

Vhäldemar – Against All Kings (Fighter Music)

A Spanish heavy metal band, Vhäldemar are veterans at this point- together since 1999 and on their fifth studio full-length, Against All Kings. Previously signed to Arise Records early in their career, Read more […]

Entheos – Dark Future (Spinefarm)

Entheos hit the scene with a big splash back with their Primal EP back in 2015 due to the members involved. Last year, their first full-length The Infinite Nothing served to increase their visibility Read more […]

Hanging Garden – I Am Become (Lifeforce)

Hanging Garden knew of the fundamental risks associated with 2015’s experimental Blackout Whiteout. The Finns, while certainly one of their country’s better melodic death/doom bands, do not have the Read more […]

Sinsaenum – Ashes (earMUSIC)

Hard to avoid the world supergroup when it comes to Sinsaenum. Containing members/ex-members of Slipknot, Mayhem, Dragonforce, and Dååth (that’s not even the end of the list), each member of the band Read more […]

The Dark Element – The Dark Element (Frontiers Records)

Merging together the forces of guitarist Jani Liimatainen (Cain’s Offering/ex-Sonata Arctica) and ex-Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon, it’s clear from the start that there is going to be some hype around Read more […]

Genus Ordinis Dei – Great Olden Dynasty (Eclipse Records)

Italian symphonic melodeath act Genus Ordinis Dei may not fall squarely into what you expect them to sound like. Granted, all the boxes are checked in the symphonic and melodic death zones, but something Read more […]

Hobosexual – Monolith (Kitchenable Records)

Falling into that ‘is it metal’ category, Hobosexual themselves probably aren’t too concerned about the implications. They are too busy pushing out catchy and fuzzy riffs that transcend the metal/rock Read more […]

Destruction – Thrash Anthems II (Nuclear Blast)

Destruction re-recording old songs makes one wonder if/when Kreator or Sodom will ever do it, which would be cool, but of course, saturate the idea. Early Destruction albums were understandably raw, especially Read more […]

Michael Abdow – E.S.O. (Self-Released)

Those who have been keeping tabs on the live front for Fates Warning are probably more than aware that guitarist Michael Abdow has been filling that second axe slot since 2013 on the road. He’s also Read more […]

Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meæ (Debemur Morti)

In what could be Blut Aus Nord’s most debated album since 2006’s MoRT, Deus Salutis Meæ essentially flips the script from the band’s previous (and totally excellent) Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Read more […]

Serenity – Lionheart (Napalm)

Today’s metal landscape includes changing priorities and shifting lineups – rare is the day that one band makes it a decade plus without the wear and tear that album/tour cycles take. For power symphonic Read more […]

Desolate Shrine – Deliverance from the Godless Void (Dark Descent Records)

Talk about having a case of the greys. Deliverance from the Godless Void marks the third, grimy grey cover that has adorned their album covers. But with good reason nonetheless. Desolate Shrine have Read more […]

Fleurety – The White Death (Peaceville)

Always thought Department of Apocalyptic Affairs was one of the cleverer album titles in metal history; a bit surprised no one from Hollywood, as they are wont to do, hasn’t nicked the title for one Read more […]

Hyrgal – Serpentine (Naturmacht Productions)

Common sense indicates that since Hyrgal are a French black metal band, they are automatically good. This is not a fail-safe method in determining a band’s value, but given Naturmacht’s recent track Read more […]

Communic – Where Echoes Gather (AFM Records)

Ever wonder what happened to Norwegian act Communic following their steady release of output from 2005-2011? Releasing four albums in that time (the second Waves of Visual Decay an excellent power/progressive Read more […]

Blackwater – Weltgeist Corrupted (WOOAAARGH Records)

Taking the ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach to extreme music can be one that’s daunting and complicated to get right. Blackwater takes this approach to incorporate a wide swath of extreme Read more […]

GWAR – The Blood of Gods (Metal Blade)

So formidable is the brand of GWAR that it has survived the 2014 passing of its most visible (and valuable) member, Oderus Urungus, otherwise known as Dave Brockie. The band’s subsequent run of touring Read more […]

Nex – The World Collapses (Self-Released)

Always on the lookout for the next fix of death metal, it’s a good thing there’s never a shortage. The problem usually lies in finding something that hits all the right marks (including good songwriting) Read more […]

Signs of the Swarm – The Disfigurement of Existence (Unique Leader)

Another contestant in the ‘how brutal can you go’ game, Signs of the Swarm play deathcore the way that you tend to imagine it being played. The emphasis is completely tossed towards thick guitars Read more […]

Beyond Visions – Catch 22 (Bleeding Music Records)

Together for a decade, Swedish act Beyond Visions have released two demos and an EP prior to signing with Sliptrick Records for their debut full-length Your Face is Familiar in 2013. In the four-year interim Read more […]

Scour – Red EP (Housecore)

Got to hand it to Phil Anselmo: The man stays busy. He could easily remain at home, collecting Pantera royalties, hop on the nostalgia circuit and collect some easy bucks. Instead, Anselmo stays remarkably Read more […]

Moonspell – 1755 (Napalm)

Emboldened, perhaps, by 2015’s rather excellent Extinct, long-running Portuguese dark metal ensemble Moonspell have taken on the rather difficult task of releasing an album sung entirely in their native Read more […]