Reviews

Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies (Willowtip)

Proof that not every ‘technical death metal band’ has to go for the modern approach, Contrarian have been making their marks in the more progressive waters of Death, Atheist, and Cynic for 5 years Read more […]

Darkwater – Human (Ulterium Records)

It’s been a relative eternity since the last Darkwater album Where Stories End at the tail end of 2010. Unclear as to why the long break occurred between records, as it appears that there haven’t been Read more […]

Black Therapy – Echoes of Dying Memories (Black Lion Records)

In a year that so far has held nothing back in terms of melodic death metal (from big acts like Soilwork to smaller ones such as Meadows End), Italy’s Black Therapy are now about to unleash their third Read more […]

Fallujah – Undying Light (Nuclear Blast)

With three superb releases that rightly got Fallujah plenty of credit for bringing a more emotional and atmospheric approach to death metal, the band’s fourth album was bound to be one of the most anticipated Read more […]

Warrior Path – Warrior Path (Symmetric Records)

An epic heavy/power metal band from Greece that features stellar support on the bass, keyboards, and vocal front from notable players, Warrior Path at its core developed as a lifetime project from guitarist Read more […]

Queensrÿche – The Verdict (Century Media)

Subsequent to the division of Geoff Tate and the rest of Queensrÿche in 2012, it’s been an uphill climb to reestablish the legacy and style of this veteran progressive metal outfit. There’s no questioning Read more […]

Equipoise – Demiurgus (The Artisan Era)

Usually, when the phrase ‘more is more’ is used, the excesses of a genre like symphonic metal come to mind. It’s a tricky place to operate in, as some bands end up bloating a runtime and plunking Read more […]

Ewigkeit – DISclose (D.T.M. Productions)

The increasing ubiquity of British multi-instrumentalist/vocalist James Fogarty is certainly not a bad thing. He’s in Norwegian avant-garde progenitors In the Woods for a reason — he’s an excellent Read more […]

Ghost Ship Octavius – Delirium (Mighty Music)

Starting over in certain genres of heavy metal is never easy. Following the demise of Nevermore, drummer Van Williams sought out the help of ex-God Forbid guitarist Matt Wicklund and vocalist/guitarist Read more […]

Misery Index – Rituals of Power (Season of Mist)

With Misery Index’s last album, The Killing Gods, it was clear that there was a shift in the band, from the usual death/grind into something more deathly (and with more melody). With a four year wait Read more […]

Indestructible Noise Command – Terrible Things (Self-Released)

Got thrash? Listening to Indestructible Noise Command gives you that exact rush and that pure essence of old school thrash. No death or black metal diversions, just straight-shooting and to the point. Read more […]

Organosyde – Kvlt of the Ziox (Self-Released)

With the sheer amount of HM-2 inspired death metal out there currently, some people are bound to get fatigued by it. It gets to the point where one begins to wonder why anyone should care about yet another Read more […]

Meadows End – The Grand Antiquation (Black Lion Records)

If there’s been one band in the melodeath arena that have been building themselves up blue-collar style over the years, Sweden’s Meadows End should receive the nod. The Grand Antiquation marks their Read more […]

Walls of Blood – Imperium (Metalville Records)

A project album where veteran guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, ex-King Diamond) enlisted the help of some premiere metal vocalists to flesh out his songwriting ideas (co-writes with Glen’s brother Read more […]

Death Tribe – Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment (Self-Released)

To really understand Death Tribe, one does need a bit of the backstory. Conceived while Anthony Kaoteon was living in war-torn Beirut, he fled to Dubai and further fleshed out the ideas with other people Read more […]

Overkill – The Wings of War (Nuclear Blast)

Mainstays Overkill have survived the trials and tribulations that come with decades in the scene better than most. When many abandoned the thrash flag for warmer, alternative pastures – they kept trudging Read more […]

Malevolent Creation – The 13th Beast (Century Media)

While they may not have had the celebrated legacy of other death metal acts like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, or even Obituary, Malevolent Creation have been nevertheless charging forward with new material Read more […]

Dream Theater – Distance Over Time (InsideOut Music)

Though by now you have likely been introduced via one of the three singles leading up to its release, to answer what is likely the biggest question many have: no, Distance Over Time is nothing like The Read more […]

Mark Morton – Anesthetic (WPP Records/Spinefarm)

Guitarist Mark Morton, revered for his work within Lamb of God, has finally released a solo effort in Anesthetic during the band’s recent downtime. In true solo release fashion, Mark Morton has assembled Read more […]

Nervous Impulse/Anüs/Unsu – Daily Grind (More Hate Records)

Sometimes it does seem like the best way to experience grindcore is in short doses. A 3-way split between grind acts often fits the bill, in giving each band about 10-ish minutes to show what they can Read more […]

Candlemass – The Door to Doom (Napalm Records)

Never say never when it comes to Leif Edling and Candlemass recording another album. Remember back in 2012 when he announced Psalms for the Dead would be the final studio record – the band content to Read more […]

Abyssic – High the Memory (Osmose Productions)

Some albums possess the enviable gift of enrapturing the listener on the first listen. That’s to say nothing of the album’s overall quality or its longevity, but only a comment on the album’s ability Read more […]

Rezet – Deal with It! (Metalville Records)

Thrash metal – a genre that blends together supreme energy and musical sophistication, pulling from various sub-genres of a primal nature – has gained quite a resurgence beyond it’s 80’s initiation. Read more […]

Review Face-off: In Flames’ I, The Mask (Eleven Seven Music/Nuclear Blast)

[9/10] If there’s been one band that has taken a beating from veteran fans for their post 2000 output, it’s got to be In Flames. But when a band’s sound takes such a drastically different turn over Read more […]

Demon Hunter – Peace (Solid State Records)

With the focus of the War release sharpening the blade of Demon Hunter’s heavier side, Peace is left to walk in more mellow and gentle territory. While there’s still a ton of the usual Demon Hunter Read more […]

Demon Hunter – War (Solid State Records)

Putting together one album is usually tricky enough, but putting out two releases side by side is something more rare – requiring a bit of cunning. With War and Peace releasing on the same day, the split Read more […]

Pounder – Uncivilized (Hells Headbangers Records)

Featuring members of Exhumed, Carcass, and Nausea, California act Pounder rear back into the revelry of metal’s early days with their down and dirty, traditional heavy metal and melodic hard rock style Read more […]

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Gates of Hell Records)

A decade into their career, German metal band Booze Control have evolved. Originally developing from an alcohol-oriented rock angle early in their career, watching Iron Maiden’s Beast over Hammersmith Read more […]

Anabasis – Of Conviction (Self-Released)

It’s a great feeling nowadays when you can dig out an independent release and they can stand neck and neck with the larger bands of a particular genre. Anabasis may be some young upstarts from Syracuse, Read more […]

Evil Conspiracy – Evil Comes (Sliptrick Records)

Admitting on their Facebook page difficulty in describing one’s own music, Swedish metal band Evil Conspiracy have been around since the early 2000’s and released four demos prior to their Prime Evil Read more […]