Reviews

Summoning – With Doom We Come (Napalm)

Summoning may never equal the dual greatness of Stronghold and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, but, they’ve finally come up with an album that can hang in the form of With Doom We Come. Yes, this is Read more […]

Ascending Dawn – Coalesce (Self-Released)

Groove-friendly progressive metal seems to be one the rise lately (one could even say djent-y), and even if Ascending Dawn’s Coalesce was initially released in 2014, it still fits in quite nicely with Read more […]

Mystic Prophecy –Monuments Uncovered (Massacre Records)

Veteran bands challenge themselves once establishing a proven formula to often stretch boundaries and inject vitality into the mix. Even as members come and go and the years fly by, those heightening aspects Read more […]

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (Nuclear Blast)

It’s as if time has stood still with Corrosion of Conformity. Sure, the Mike Dean-fronted albums had some pop and enjoyment (especially 2012’s self-titled foray), but the band is at their best with Read more […]

Frost Giant – The Harlot Star (Transcending Records)

For some reason there lingers a stigma that the American folk metal acts can’t be held up to the same standard as their European counterparts. In more recent years, that couldn’t be further from the Read more […]

Piercing Immortality – Systematic Global Poisoning (Self-Released)

Originally emerging as a solo project for guitarist Keith Pearson during the spring of 2016, Piercing Immortality has developed into a full-on group consisting of dedicated musicians across the Connecticut Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead (AFM Records)

Veteran bands are often in a tough spot when they lose an established vocalist, particularly one with the presence and power of Liv Kristine. But despite some tumultuous times in early 2016, Leaves’ Read more […]

Meden Agan – Catharsis (No Remorse Records)

An Ancient Greek name for ‘nothing in excess’, Meden Agan is a quintet that since arriving in 2005 has developed an interesting gothic/symphonic metal blend over the course of their history. They’ve Read more […]

Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits (eOne)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Grimmest Hits was a riffing off of ‘greatest hits’ and merely a collection of BLS’ strongest cuts. After all, Black Label Society has released 9 previous albums Read more […]

Master Sword – Shadow and Steel (Self-Released)

While many metal bands tackle fantasy lyrics, there aren’t a ton that really go after the video game market. While there have been more in recent years (such as Machinae Supremacy or Powerglove), it’s Read more […]

Hell Bent – Hell Bent (Self-Released)

When you look at a skull and bullet adorned cover, you know right away this self-titled effort from Providence, RI act Hell Bent isn’t going to be a subtle, serene outing. Featuring a plethora of talent Read more […]

Greytomb – Monumental Microcosm EP (Transcending Obscurity)

Clearly in the crosshairs of the metaphysical, existential and atmospheric, Greytomb is an Australian extreme metal trio who originally formed as Subterranean Drilling Machine in 2013. (Frankly, both names Read more […]

Jacobs Moor – Self (Self-Released)

Forming in 2010, Austrian act Jacobs Moor are a five-piece outfit that combine multiple sub-genres of groove, power, thrash, and progressive metal for this second full-length Self. Most notable within Read more […]

Haunt (U.S.) – Luminous Eyes (Shadow Kingdom)

Already ensconced as vocalist/guitarist of up-and-coming doomsters Beastmaker, Trevor William Church also has the musical heritage to draw from. His dad, Bill Church, manned the bass for ’70s rockers Read more […]

Scaphism – Unutterable Horrors (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

While the old school death metal attack is one that can be looked upon quite favorably, it can also be one that is found to be a bit predictable. Wad up some ‘80s/’90s influences into a ball and fire Read more […]

Ur – Black Vortex (Arachnophobia Records)

Pronounced “er” or “yer,” what Poland’s Ur lack in proper name definition, they make up for in the dissonant death metal department. Comprised of several seasoned vets from the Polish metal scene, Read more […]

AutomatoN – Sub Coma (Machine Man Records)

Those familiar with the underground cyber metal champion Nate Exx Gradowski (Isolated Antagonist, Demise and Domination) recognize his unique ability to harness the bleak atmosphere of Fear Factory’s Read more […]

Anvil – Pounding the Pavement (SPV)

Churning along steady and firm, Anvil are not an act to rest on their laurels. Guitarist/vocalist Lips and drummer Robb Reiner as childhood friends are now in their 60’s, releasing their 17th studio Read more […]

Moonshine Oversight – Vanishing Lines (Self-Released)

As reach expands globally, submissions increase to garner releases like this French quartet Moonshine Oversight. Forming in 2014, this progressive-oriented act dips their toes in a variety of platforms, Read more […]

Reverence – Foreverence EP (Razar Ice)

Some changes afoot for highly underrated American melodic/power metal unit Reverence, starting with the untimely passing of guitarist Pete Rossi followed by the induction of new singer Scott Oliva, who Read more […]

Nortt – Endeligt (Avantgarde)

The namesake band of Danish musician Nortt, Nortt purveys the sort of chamber, barely-there funeral doom that moves as slowly as you would imagine, if only to move even slower when the mood is right, er, Read more […]

Terra Incognita – Fragments of a Ruined Mind (Symmetric Records)

This Greek band recently fulfilled their promise of issuing a second full-length, as the Sign with Blood EP previously reviewed by this scribe set the stage for more of their traditional/power metal sound Read more […]

Ashley Worhol – Perception (Testament Designs)

First introduced to Ashley Worhol through Worhol’s latest video for the song “Already Forgotten,” which naturally led to checking out Worhol’s debut The Awakening (released earlier this year). Read more […]

Saintorment – Defective Mind (More Hate Productions)

Developing out of cover band roots in 2013, Latvian thrash unit Saintorment recorded a debut album Well of Sins in 2015 and even transformed the Frank Sinatra Christmas standard “Let It Snow” into Read more […]

Elvenking – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire (AFM Records)

Twenty years as a band is nothing to scoff at, and Elvenking reach that milestone for their ninth studio record Secrets of the Magick Grimoire. Coming off a career encompassing double live album/DVD The Read more […]

Black Path – Final Act: Martyr (Self-Released)

Sometimes death metal is at its most effective when it’s just straight shooting. Not caught up in putting too many bells and whistles into the mix, just punishing and aggressive. While Black Path has Read more […]

Odradek Room – A Man of Silt (Hypnotic Dirge)

When it comes to doom metal that’s sitting along the Hypnotic Dirge lines, it’s usually safe to assume that it’s not going to walk down the beaten path. Odradek Room settles in nicely with this Read more […]

Ignitor – Haunted by Rock & Roll (EMP Label Group)

Texas act Ignitor contains some interesting members with long ties to the history of the 80’s metal/hard rock scene. Guitarist Batlord (aka Stuart Laurence) and bassist Billy Dansfiell come from Agony Read more […]

Kassad – Faces Turn Away (Hypnotic Dirge)

An interesting perspective to view the cover of this album while listening to what lies within. With the bend in the cover, you can’t see what’s around the corner, and the same thing applies to Faces Read more […]

Mass Burial – Breeding Plagues (Immortal Souls Productions)

Enter the saw. Like many before them, and assuredly many to come, Spain’s Mass Burial take great joy in following the ‘left hand path’ that came before them. They’ve been at it for a few years Read more […]