Reviews

Dead World Reclamation – Aura of Iniquity (Self-Released)

Sometimes, it only takes a great melody to get your full attention. Even better when said melody is what starts the album off. Dead World Reclamation all but takes off flying with energy with the beginning Read more […]

Capra – In Transmission (Metal Blade)

Caustic and abrasive. Those are the two best ways to describe Capra’s In Transmission. Forget all of the genres and labels; it really boils down to the emotion underneath it all with a release like Read more […]

Johan Kihlberg’s Impera – Spirit of Alchemy (Metalville)

The brainchild of drummer Johan Kihlberg, his version of Impera on this record Spirit of Alchemy contains some veteran professionals well-established for their abilities in the melodic hard rock and metal Read more […]

Hideous Divinity – LV-426 (Century Media)

With a number of high quality death metal releases in their back pocket at this point, Hideous Divinity is well-established as an act that can merge furious death metal speed with technical songwriting Read more […]

Wheel – Preserved in Time (Cruz del Sur Music)

Differing from the Finnish modern progressive act featured by our co-editor Kyle recently, these Germans have been around since 2009 (and in another incarnation Etherial Sleep before that) and play an Read more […]

Odd Dimension – The Blue Dawn (Scarlet Records)

Eight years removed from their last release The Last Embrace to Humanity, Italian progressive metal band Odd Dimension have retooled the lineup to hopefully gain more momentum despite the inactivity. Evolving Read more […]

Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Transcending Obscurity)

As it is often said with lots of death metal nowadays, it is important for a band to remember that death metal isn’t supposed to be sterile. There needs to be a certain level of darkness to it, and some Read more […]

Bodom After Midnight – Paint the Sky with Blood (Napalm)

When long-running melodic death act Children of Bodom called it quits, it was upsetting for many. But guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho then announced Bodom After Midnight, it signaled a start to new and Read more […]

Aggravator – Unseen Repulsions (Empire Records)

Together for thirteen years, Texas thrashers Aggravator aren’t exactly newcomers to the scene. Releasing a demo, two full-lengths and two EP’s previous to their latest product Unseen Repulsions, it’s Read more […]

Blackbriar – The Cause of Shipwreck (Self-Released)

Releasing three EPs over the last three years, Blackbriar has justly become a more prominent force within the symphonic metal realm due to their masterful use of fairytale-esque cinematic soundscapes and Read more […]

Silent Winter – Empire of Sins (Pride & Joy Music)

Certain predispositions exist when it comes to specific genres. For power metal, most ardent followers expect bombastic music chock full of uplifting riffs, speed, and choruses ready made for unison singing Read more […]

Imperia – The Last Horizon (Massacre Records)

Featuring a host of seasoned veterans in the gothic/symphonic metal community, Imperia on paper has all the tools to gain a decent foothold on the scene since their inception in 2003. Hopes held high when Read more […]

Sweet Oblivion Feat. Geoff Tate — Relentless (Frontiers)

No matter which side of the Queensrÿche fence you may reside on — the Geoff Tate-fronted Queensrÿche; or the Todd La Torre-led Quennsrÿche — there’s no doubt that both factions have been highly Read more […]

Avaland- Theater of Sorcery (Rockshots Records)

Considering the inspirational work of artists like Avantasia and Ayeron gaining critical and commercial acclaim, it’s not surprising to find younger musicians wanting to create their own take on the Read more […]

Lord – Undercovers Vol. 1 (Dominus Records)

Well-established as one of the premiere heavy/power metal acts in Australia, Lord always enjoy giving their fanbase interesting cover material throughout the years. It’s one thing to take on established Read more […]

Aphrodite – Orgasmic Glory (Fighter Records)

Bursting out of the gates with their appeasing 2019 debut Lust and War, Canadian trio Aphrodite return to impress through a primal speed metal platform on Orgasmic Glory. Sometimes as a listener in today’s Read more […]

Stranger Vision – Poetica (Pride & Joy Music)

Setting themselves up prior to release of this debut album Poetica with special covers issued online of favorites by Tears for Fears, In Flames, and David Bowie, Stranger Vision already prove to be an Read more […]

Shadowspawn – The Science of Disbelief (Emanzipation Productions)

With one previous EP and full-length behind them, Danish Shadowspawn return for their third release in The Science of Disbelief. If old school-influenced death metal is your jam, Shadowspawn bring a version Read more […]

Tides of Kharon – Titanomachy (Sliptrick Records)

Engaging a love of Greek mythology with hard hitting melodic death metal, Tides of Kharon on paper have a winning recipe possible for their second EP Titanomachy. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, the five-piece Read more […]

To the Grave – Epilogue (Unique Leader)

Epilogue operates in some very odd to describe territory in regard to its release. It contains a remixed and remastered version of the band’s 2019 release Global Warning, as well as a total of seven Read more […]

Sea of Snakes – World of Fire (Metal Assault Records)

The mesmerizing versatility of California bands assures plenty of music choices for the listeners. Always up for hearing fresh talent, World of Fire is a five-song debut EP from Sea of Snakes – taking Read more […]

Betrayal – Disorder Remains (Rising Nemesis)

Five years after their debut, Infinite Circles, German death metal band Betrayal is back with a new label and new album. Disorder Remains pulls from a number of different areas of extremity, with death Read more […]

While She Sleeps – Sleep Society (Spinefarm)

One piece that modern metal has going for it, is that there’s a lot of wiggle room. Bands are free to incorporate a number of ‘non-metal’ influences and give their sound a fresh twist, usually to Read more […]

George Tsalikis – Return to Power (Pure Steel Records)

Known to this scribe through his previous work in bands like Gothic Knights and Zandelle, vocalist George Tsalikis released his first solo album in 2016 with The Sacrifice. Five years later we have a new Read more […]

Intonate – Severed Within (Willowtip)

A few years back, Intonate unleashed their debut in the form of The Swerve. A twisting and otherworldly piece of tech/prog death that held equal ground in more dissonant waters. Since that time, the Read more […]

Evil Drive – Demons Within (Reaper Entertainment)

These days it’s apparent that cross pollination of genres appears to be the ticket to gaining a wider array of followers under the metal umbrella. Hailing from the fertile lands of Finland, Evil Drive Read more […]

Endseeker – Mount Carcass (Metal Blade)

With two punchy and satisfying full-length efforts behind them, Germany’s Endseeker decided to tweak things a little for their third offering. Shying away from some of the more progressive leanings Read more […]

Servants to the Tide – Servants to the Tide (No Remorse Records)

Paying homage to his heroes in epic doom metal, Servants to the Tide is a trio formed by guitarist/keyboardist/bassist Leonid Rubinstein, who recruited vocalist Stephan Wehrbein and drummer Lucas Freise Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined (Metal Blade)

A perpetual benchmark for brutality in the metal scene, Cannibal Corpse are still without a doubt the most instantly recognizable in extreme music. The band has weathered plenty of storms throughout their Read more […]

Septagon – We Only Die Once (Massacre Records)

Featuring members of acts like Atlantean Kodex and Them, Septagon are a five-piece outfit from Germany that journey into the speed/thrash terrain with their material. Previously a part of the Cruz del Read more […]