Reviews

Annihilator – Annihilator (Earache Records)

Armed with his usual bag of tricks and a reported 66 guitar solos (!), The Jeff Waters Band…er, Annihilator return with their 13th studio album in the form of plain ‘ole Annihilator. For someone who Read more […]

Witchery – Witchkrieg (Century Media Records)

This scribe remembers a time when the grand plan for Witchery was to release an album every year, which in this day and age, is unthinkable. They were on pace during the Restless and Dead/Dead, Hot, and Read more […]

The Chant – This Is the World We Know (Full Metal Records)

Awash with Paradise Lost/Katatonia melancholic splendor, Finland’s The Chant serve up one of those patented, shimmering Goth metal albums that while light in more places than one, carry a dense emotional Read more […]

Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality (Translation Loss)

Isis is gone, so someone has to pick up the slack. And while it’s easy to rattle off the usual suspects (Cult of Luna, Mouth of the Architect, etc.) as possible replacements, Rosetta, in their perpetual Read more […]

Masterplan – Time To Be King (AFM Records)

Tail firmly between its collective legs, Masterplan and quasi-legendary singer Jorn Lande have reunited for the Time To Be King album. Frankly, the band was on the right path with ex-Riot singer Mike Read more […]

The Breathing Process – Odyssey (Un)Dead (Candelight Records)

You know, Bleeding Through is at fault for this – don’t blame the symphonic black metal bands. The now beyond watered-down idea of merging black metal with hardcore has grown increasingly stale to Read more […]

Misery Index – Heirs to Thievery (Relapse Records)

One of the biggest workhorses in death metal, Misery Index return with yet another smattering of politically-charged tracks to smash your face in with. The riff-heavy four-piece from Maryland have always Read more […]

Enforcer – Diamonds (Heavy Artillery)

In the current metal market model, does any sub-genre really ever burn out or fade away? What becomes new usually means a return to the old, only with a change in the age of the players as well as taking Read more […]

Heaven Shall Burn – Invictus (Century Media Records)

Consistency is something that a great deal of bands lack. Whether it’s a drastic change of style that goes for the worse to complete stagnation, it sadly happens often these days. One such exception, Read more […]

Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy (Century Media Records)

Watching an act grow from infancy to headliner status without compromising their ideals or songwriting ethics remains a rarity in the metal genre. So often we hear the sounds of bands once living for the Read more […]

Skyforger – Kurbads (Metal Blade Records)

Since they have the capacity to choose just about any Pagan/epic/folk metal band, Metal Blade could have done a lot worse than Latvia’s Skyforger. After building a strong reputation while on Paragon Read more […]

Blaze Bayley – Promise and Terror (Candlelight Records)

I believe Blaze wasn’t given the right opportunity to shine during his brief time with Iron Maiden [were you listening to the same Virtual XI as I was? – ed.]. His impressive track record on his Read more […]

Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian (Nuclear Blast Records)

In line with Watain and Dark Fortress to supplant the old guard of black metal, Norway’s Keep of Kalessin haven’t as much made a step forward with Reptilian as a lateral move. Their Kolussus effort Read more […]

Tarot – Gravity of Light (Nuclear Blast Records)

Nothing elevates the profile of a group faster than when its main member joins a worldwide gothic/ symphonic success story such as bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala did in 2002 with Nightwish. As a result Read more […]

Dew-Scented – Invocation (Prosthetic Records)

When you highlight traditional German thrash, the trio of acts that come to mind regardless of order include Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. Instinctively taking the precursor British metal foundation Read more […]

Levi/Werstler – Avalanche of Worms (Magna Carta Records)

Not exactly the first place we’d run to when it comes to instrumental guitar shred albums, the duo of Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler of Atlanta-based modern death metallers Daath have pulled a fast one Read more […]

Cynic – Re-Traced (Season of Mist Records)

With a whole new generation now finally getting it, Cynic have gone from cult status to the veritable “it” band among the young, neo-prog crowd. Quite the change from a few years ago when it was Focus and Read more […]

Kivimesan Druidi – Betrayal, Justice, Revenge (Century Media Records)

Sometimes it’s good to know what to expect when going into an album. Sure, the occasional curveball or surprise is always a treat, but in the realm of epic/folk metal, straying from the course (which Read more […]

Mouth of the Architect – The Violence Beneath EP (Translation Loss)

Their one song “Quietly” (off of 2008’s Quietly) is still far and away the best thing Mouth of the Architect has done and if it was indicative of what the band can do, then we’re still listening. Read more […]

The Vision Bleak – Set Sail to Misery (Prophecy Productions)

Typically, hard-nosed Goth metal is a total non-entity, unless you’re still ranking Moonspell as a Goth metal band. For Germany’s The Vision Bleak,Set Sail To Misery serves as a reminder that you Read more […]

Watain – Lawless Darkness (Season of Mist Records)

Such anticipation for a new black metal album is typically reserved for so-called BM luminaries like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, not a gimmick-free, straight-to-the-point act such as Watain. Strange Read more […]

Avantasia – Angel of Babylon (Nuclear Blast Records)

Tobias Sammet certainly gets plenty of air time in the metal scene. First achieving worldwide success with his power metal act Edguy, Tobias expanded into the realm of all-star project status with Avantasia. Read more […]

Exodus – The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit B – The Human Condition (Nuclear Blast Records)

Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but Exodus (in their old age and infinite wisdom) have entered into the realm of predictability. From a mile away, we could have guessed as to how The Atrocity Read more […]

The Haunted – Road Kill DVD/CD (Century Media Records)

Would-be touring acts would be best be advised to either stay away from this DVD or take notes. Anyone thinking touring life is glamorous will be persuaded otherwise by Road Kill, primarily shot and directed Read more […]

Twilight – Monument To Time End (Southern Lord Records)

A great idea from the start, Twilight nearly burned out after its killer self-titled album from 2005. With members of Nachtmystium (who weren’t big back then), Xasthur (who were big back then), Krieg (kinda Read more […]

Dofka – Humanity Bleak (Self-Released)

Ardent followers in the power or traditional metal scenes are most familiar with guitarist Jim Dofka [I sure as hell am – ed.] and his instrumental expertise. Humanity Bleak resurrects his vocal-led Read more […]

Howl – Full of Hell (Relapse Records)

As raw and ragged as say, Kylesa, perhaps Lair of the Minotaur and Black Cobra, Providence, Rhode Island’s Howl manage to produce a relentless, plundering debut with Full of Hell. At this juncture, Read more […]

Van Canto – Tribe of Force (Napalm Records)

A Capella speed/ power metal from Germany here. Tribe Of Force represents Van Canto’s third full length, shifting to more original material and less of a reliance on cover versions. I know a lot of times Read more […]

Bison BC – Dark Ages (Metal Blade Records)

After creating a stir with 2008’s Quiet Earth, Vancouver’s Bison BC are back with the equally large-in-girth Dark Ages. And while there’s no real huge distinction between Dark Ages (what are Read more […]

The Ocean – Heliocentric (Metal Blade Records)

With broad, ambitious concepts that usually go beyond the atypical focus of the metalgaze genre, Germanys’ The Ocean always set themselves up for failure, yet usually emerged unscathed. The daring Precambrian from Read more […]