Reviews

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Scarlet Records)

This progressive/power metal act Noveria return for their third full-length in Aequilibrium, following up a conceptual record for Forsaken in which they tackled the five stages of grief due to the death Read more […]

Botanist – Ecosystem (Aural Music)

Seems it’s been a while since the ‘green metal’ act Botanist has popped back onto the radar, at least in comparison to the speed at which their first few releases came about. That said, 2017’s Read more […]

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Steamhammer/SPV)

Worry sets in as a veteran act like Edenbridge establishes themselves as a premiere act in the melodic/symphonic metal spectrum reaching 21 years as a group with their tenth studio album Dynamind. Rarer Read more […]

Hour of Penance – Misotheism (Agonia)

One of extreme metal’s reference points when it comes to unbridled brutality, there’s always something to be said for how utterly decimating that Hour of Penance can sound. They are one of the few Read more […]

The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism (Season Of Mist)

Before considering Cosmicism I’ve got to air a minor grievance with EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy. To be fair, that grievance isn’t with the album itself, which was stellar. No, it lies purely with Season Read more […]

Project Renegade – Order of the Minus (Self-Released)

Project Renegade first made a splash to this scribe when perusing Bandcamp for some new music and came across the Cerebra EP in 2017. Modern, alternative metal at its finest, the EP showcased some promise Read more […]

Savage Master – Myth, Magic & Steel (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Back in the 1980’s, traditional metal bands weren’t as afraid to captivate consumers with a strong visual/musical package to their style. It’s an aspect that resonates with US act Savage Master – Read more […]

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast)

Crazy to think that it’s been over 20 years at this point since Nile released Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka. It was a landmark album upon release for this scribe, as it’s combination of frenetic Read more […]

Une Misère – Sermon (Nuclear Blast)

Seeing an increasing crop of younger acts that deftly blur the lines between hardcore and metal has brought about some new potential to the scene. Given the more grounded in reality type ethos of hardcore Read more […]

Extinction – The Apocalypse Mark (Revalve Records)

Returning for a second time in 2014 after their initial mid 1990’s run, Extinction hail from Italy and straddle the lines of groovy old school death with thrash in terms of a style. Only releasing a Read more […]

Jinjer – Macro (Napalm)

Among the up-and-comers in metal within the last few years, Jinjer has seemed poised to make the jump into the next level with their consistent increases in quality from Cloud Factory to King of Everything Read more […]

Leprous – Pitfalls (Inside Out Music)

Norway has been a hotbed country not only for the black metal community during the 1990’s but blossomed into a healthy progressive rock/metal scene as well. Artists like Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Read more […]

Greedy Capitalist – Radical Denunciations (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Forming in Greece and moving to Mexico, Greedy Capitalist arrived on the scene in 2017 with their death/thrash musical cocktail and released their debut EP Filthy Tenacities in 2018 before signing to Sleaszy Read more […]

Turbokill – Vice World (Steamhammer/SPV)

This German metal unit formed in 2016 following singer Stephan Dietrich’s departure from Alpha Tiger – setting about his personal vision for a traditional metal style with modern aspects. Recruiting Read more […]

Rings of Saturn – Gidim (Nuclear Blast)

One of those bands that people tend to put into the love or hate category, there’s no doubt that the band has more or less stuck to their guns. They more or less exploded due to the technical craziness Read more […]

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Moderbolaget Records)

Nope, no growls. With that out of the way, opus 13 by the soon to be 30-year-old Opeth is a continuation and refinement of the band’s post-Watershed language. It’s longer yet more consistently Read more […]

Wind Rose – Wintersaga (Napalm)

Returning for their 4th effort, Wind Rose have been pushing forward their particular brand of Tolkien-inspired power/folk metal for a decade at this point. Taking the idea of Tolkien, and that of dwarfs Read more […]

Bodyfarm – Dreadlord (No Dust Records)

Bodyfarm has been slugging it out for years at this point, bringing their version of raging old school death metal worship to the table with consistent success. Coupling with this release was the unfortunate Read more […]

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Iron Shield Records)

Continuing to embrace their classic metal stance, Midnight Force return quickly with their sophomore album Gododdin. Pairing this style with lyrical content from the crusades, Roman campaigns on through Read more […]

Chaos Motion – Psychological Spasms Cacophony (Transcending Obscurity)

Much akin to the artwork that adorns Psychological Spasms Cacophony, there’s a lot going on with Chaos Motion’s debut, and it’s going to take some time and patience for it all to sink in. It’s Read more […]

Enemynside – Chaos Machine (Rockshots Records)

Italian thrash band Enemynside has had a lengthy career – starting in 1994 as Scapegoat, changing names in 1999 and recording three albums between 2003-2012 before taking a four-year break starting in Read more […]

Konkhra – Alpha and the Omega (Hammerheart)

Building themselves up over the course of six albums in about a 20 year run from 1990 to 2009, Konkhra was all about the death metal and the groove. Though they were never really particularly purveyors Read more […]

Eclipse – Paradigm (Frontiers Music)

Growing up in an era of melodic hard rock/ AOR being staples of this scribe’s youth, it’s evident that finding newer artists up to the level of quality issued in the 70’s and 80’s for this style Read more […]

Alcest – Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast)

More than ten years after the fact, the promotional picture of Alcest mainman Stéphane “Neige” Paut standing all singular and humble, head down and hands folded for the Souvenirs d’un autre monde Read more […]

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Napalm)

Taking the slow burn route, Kobra and the Lotus have been cultivating a following for a number of years at this point. Along the way, they’ve also taken a turn further towards hard rock, something that Read more […]

Metalite – Biomechanicals (AFM Records)

Metalite’s first release, 2017’s Heroes of Our Time, was a thoroughly impressive debut. They managed to capture the best parts of the modern metal sound (complete with bouncy, raging synths) and pair Read more […]

Golgotha – Erasing the Past (Xtreem Music)

Together two previous times during the 90’s and early 2000’s, Golgotha returned to the scene a third time in 2014 and have been active again ever since. Spending their early years on Repulse Records, Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – The Sea of Tragic Beasts (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been almost a given as Fit for an Autopsy has aged that each album is going to evolve the band in some way. From the very deathcore beginnings to their last full-length, The Great Collapse, which Read more […]

Ray Alder – What the Water Wants (Inside Out Music)

Most ardent followers of the progressive metal scene are familiar with Ray Alder – his work in Fates Warning legendary since replacing John Arch with their fourth album No Exit in 1987, and he’s also Read more […]

Nebulae – Pulse (Time to Kill Records)

Evident in the heavy music landscape today are artists who fuse diverse influences into this atomic explosion of sonic groove, pushing limits of intensity and somehow corralling the proceedings into a Read more […]