Reviews

Doro – Magic Diamonds: The Best of Rock, Ballads, & Rare Treasures (Rare Diamonds)

Surely, there’s not many metal fans that aren’t familiar with Doro Pesch at this point in time. She’s been living the metal life for decades now as the Metal Queen. But for those few that haven’t, Read more […]

Seraphic – Chrysalis (Self-Released)

Australian symphonic metal act Seraphic return with their second full-length with Chrysalis. Piggybacking off of their 2017 debut, Journey to Illumination, the title is suggestive that the band is in Read more […]

Once Awake – Bridgeburner (Self-Released)

Producing an explosive groove metal cocktail of influences that traverses everything from thrash, death, and metalcore, Once Awake from Norway made a stirring impression last year with their second album Read more […]

Spirit Adrift – Enlightened in Eternity (20 Buck Spin)

Neck-and-neck with Haunt in terms of productivity and their stake in the one-man-driving-force classic metal redux game, Spirit Adrift, namely, Nate Garrett, have reached an early career crossroads with Read more […]

Defecto – Duality (Black Lodge Records)

Making a strong impression a few years back with their last release Nemesis, Danish heavy metal act Defecto return with Duality – striding confidently into a multi-layered approach that can be melodic Read more […]

Of Feather and Bone – Sulfuric Disintegration (Profound Lore)

An interesting band to watch evolve, Of Feather and Bone have gone from humble beginnings as more of a hardcore/crust sound into more HM-2 territory on 2018’s Bestial Hymns of Perversion to 2020 and Read more […]

Wayfarer – A Romance with Violence (Profound Lore Records)

As the Navy saw fit to keep me in California for four years, I had multiple opportunities to drive across the whole of the American southwest. After reading about it extensively in undergrad for any number Read more […]

Puteraeon – The Cthulhian Pulse: Call from the Dead City (Emanzipation Productions)

Well, that title is a mouthful, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what the album is all about does it? The Cthulhian Pulse: Call from the Dead City is obviously an ode to HP Lovecraft, and it Read more […]

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast)

Arkansas act Pallbearer have made a solid connection in the metal scene through their melodic doom meets progressive rock/metal outlook over the course of their vast discography – including a mix of Read more […]

Swarmageddon – Inhuman (Self-Released)

One random gaze at that sci-fi artwork that adores Inhuman was enough to make this scribe decide to give it a clink in a recent Bandcamp search. If that was the initial buy-in, the opening buildup of Read more […]

Déluge – Ægo Templo (Metal Blade Records)

When you dive further into the post- scene, it’s a matter of atmosphere that really makes all of the difference. Bands with that ‘it’ factor tend to move up the ranks, while others are left behind Read more […]

Chrome Waves – Where We Live (Disorder Recordings)

Much to my great joy (…or despair) we did not have to wait seven years for a substantive follow up to A Grief Observed. First broadcast as incoming just as COVID shut down most aspects of the old functioning Read more […]

Omni Express – Florida Man (RealityFade)

Does the idea of synthwave slamming death metal get your attention? It probably should, though the initial thought to the concept is probably more like, “WTF,” than one of discovery and excitement. Read more […]

Wombripper – Macabre Melodies (Memento Mori)

Old school Swedish death metal by way of Russia. Wombripper return after a successful debut full-length in From the Depths of Flesh in 2018 with a second helping of pure SweDeath goodness. From the d-beat Read more […]

Shadowborn – Eclipse(D) (Self-Released)

Previously encountering Shadowborn through their debut EP End of an Age in 2018, this western New York band return for another release with the follow-up Eclipse(D). Incorporating a wide array of influences Read more […]

Godsnake – Poison Thorn (Massacre Records)

German act Godsnake focus on an addictive blend of power/thrash with plenty of melodic and modern groove elements for their debut full-length Poison Thorn. An obvious blend of influences from the US scene, Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – A Symphonic Journey to Remember (Napalm)

Having just released a live album at the beginning of 2019 (and following it up later in the year with studio album Wanderers), there’s got to be a good reason for Visions of Atlantis to pull out another Read more […]

Surma – The Light Within (Metal Blade)

A major pitfall with some symphonic metal acts is the ‘more is more’ concept. Make the songs bigger and more grandiose, because it needs to be epic right? Well, leave it to new act Surma, which features Read more […]

DGM – Tragic Separation (Frontiers Music)

Steadily supplying a heavy dose of melodic power/progressive metal, DGM have been a part of the scene since the mid-1990’s. Weathering natural lineup changes and growing cohesive as a unit, the quintet Read more […]

BleedSkin – Blood Reign (Self-Released)

Intense and primal death metal, without having to go ‘old school.’ If that’s enough to grab your attention, BleedSkin is an act you need to acquaint yourself with. This Belgian act has only one Read more […]

Countless Skies – Glow (Willowtip Records)

We’ve been following melodic death metal act Countless Skies since finding them on Bandcamp with their 2014 EP. Full length debut New Dawn was a potent piece of majestic melodeath back in 2016, but Read more […]

Mors Principium Est – Seven (AFM Records)

Paring themselves down to a duo after six highly acclaimed albums and lineup changes, Mors Principium Est stride into Seven with renewed focus over their established melodic death metal meets modern/progressive Read more […]

Perennial Quest – Perennial Quest (Self-Released)

This scribe feels fortunate that within the New England metal scene, there are many diverse options if you love melodic/power metal. Through this site we’ve talked about the work of artists like Thunderforge, Read more […]

Netherblade – Reborn (Dark Hammer Legion)

Pointy logos often exude a certain brand and ethos when it comes to metal. Italian quintet Netherblade since 2016 have been slicing and dicing their thrash brand through the underground – releasing two Read more […]

Insidious Disease – After Death (Nuclear Blast)

Insidious Disease is an all-star act through and through. Featuring members and ex-members from Dimmu Borgir, Susperia, Napalm Death, Morgoth, as well as drum extraordinaire Tony Laureano, there is a Read more […]

Nuclear Power Trio – A Clear and Present Rager (Metal Blade)

If an instrumental metal act consisting of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un isn’t considered a supergroup, then what possibly could be? Not only do they manage to run a big chunk of the Read more […]

Draconian – Under a Godless Veil (Napalm)

An act that within more recent times, has become one that doesn’t exactly drop new albums frequently, a fresh Draconian release tends to call for some celebration, in a gloomy fashion of course. The Read more […]

Solitary – The Truth Behind the Lies (Metalville)

Originating in the mid 1990’s when thrash was not necessarily the hot commodity in the underground, UK band Solitary have been slugging through the scene, releasing albums, EP’s, and a live record Read more […]

Carcass – Despicable (Nuclear Blast)

Surely, many folks in the metal community were upset when Carcass stated that their upcoming full-length release was going to be bumped back into 2021 due to the pandemic. But instead, we do get a few Read more […]

Mors Subita – Extinction Era (Out of Line Music)

Are you bummed out by many melodic death metal bands’ decision to take their sound and add more ‘pop’ elements to it? Do you yearn for something thrashier and heavier? Perhaps something more akin Read more […]