Reviews

Insomnium – One For Sorrow (Century Media Records)

Five albums in, and you know what you’re getting from Insomnium. The Finns have tweaked their melodic death metal formula ever-so-slightly since 2002’s marvelous Into the Halls of Awaiting, popping out Read more […]

Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street (Metal Blade Records)

Pledging a path unfamiliar to most in the music world, San Francisco sextet Hammers Of Misfortune align themselves to their own creative desires. For critics to pigeonhole their specific style is ludicrous. Read more […]

Trillium – Alloy (Frontiers Records)

American singer Amanda Somerville has been very active in the coaching, production and vocal realm for many of your favorite gothic and power metal artists through the years. Bands like Avantasia, Edguy, Read more […]

Archaios – The Distant (Dark Canvas Records)

Glad someone remembers Gothenburg melodic death metal pre-1996. And it’s a band from the Dominican Republic no less, although this isn’t your thrash-in-the-gutter because-we’re-from-a-Third-World-country Read more […]

Landmine Marathon – Gallows (Prosthetic Records)

Hard to separate Gallows from 2009’s Sovereign Descent, as Landmine Marathon’s crusty, early-90’s grind doesn’t have a great deal of room in which to maneuver, but there’s some rather head-bashing Read more […]

Anathema – Falling Deeper (KScope Records)

Big-time backers of Anathema we are, regardless of how little they want to do with metal. Falling Deeper is further indicative of that notion, being that the album features re-interpretations of the Read more […]

Isole – Born From Shadows (Napalm Records)

Arguably the next best option in Swedish doom metal next to Candlemass, Isole continue down the same cloaked-in-darkness road with their fifth album, Born From Shadows. Much like 2009’s quite solid Silent Read more […]

Old Silver Key – Tales of Wanderings (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

An Alcest/Drudkh combination had this scribe foaming at the mouth, or at least performing several cartwheels in the comfort of his own home (not really, but you get the idea). Two of black metal’s most Read more […]

Charred Walls of the Damned – Cold Winds On Timeless Days (Metal Blade Records)

When musicians establish a foothold in certain metal niches, their subsequent efforts often receive additional scrutiny. Take drummer Richard Christy, who many know for his latter work in Death, and Read more […]

The Atlas Moth – An Ache For the Distance (Profound Lore Records)

Always cool to see a band rebound from a subpar effort and churn out an album worth taking notice of. Such is the case for Chicago’s The Atlas Moth, who on their 2009 A Glorified Piece of Sky effort Read more […]

An Autumn For Crippled Children – Everything (ATMF Records)

Yeah, we struggled with the name too, thinking it was some good-for-nothing deathcore band or just some good-for-nothing band in general, yet there’s some serious value to what An Autumn For Crippled Children Read more […]

Voyager – The Meaning of I (Sensory Records)

Australia as a remote country certainly has produced its fair share of unique bands in the metal genre through the years, and believe it or not has quite a potent power/progressive metal scene. Names like Read more […]

3 – The Ghost You Gave To Me (Metal Blade Records)

The best band seemingly no one outside of metal knows about, 3’s superlative songwriting abilities and magnetic presence are ignited again on their fifth album, The Ghost You Gave To Me. Main dude Joey Read more […]

Redemption – This Mortal Coil (InsideOut Music)

Never understood what the fuss was over these guys, even though certain people on the staff (i.e. Donnelly) seem to think Redemption are the best prog metal thing going. They’re not, and while Blistering Read more […]

Generation Kill – Red White and Blood (Season of Mist Records)

The side-project of Exodus singer Rob Dukes, Generation Kill earmarks classic thrash/crossover, doing its best to not sound like Exodus, apparently. And they don’t, leaving that up to the retro thrash Read more […]

Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner Records)

Without Mike Portnoy (for better or worse) steering the DreamTheater ship, A Dramatic Turn of Events is the perfect opportunity for the emboldened progressive metallers to truly show their mettle. Read more […]

Threat Signal – Threat Signal (Nuclear Blast Records)

Caught in no-man’s land between Fear Factory-bred cyber metal and mortifying Linkin Park-styled rock, Canada’s Threat Signal can’t win for losing. It really boils down to the fact that singer Jon Read more […]

Machine Head – Unto the Locust (Roadrunner Records)

This very website you are so kindly reading was named after a Machine Head song back in 1998, so apparently, Machine Head isn’t taken lightly around here. We’d be singing a different tune if Rob Read more […]

Mastodon – The Hunter (Warner/Reprise Records)

If things were the way they’re supposed to be (as in, people still bought physical product and the industry wasn’t in the toilet), Mastodon would arguably be the scene’s commercial representative. Read more […]

Today Is the Day – Pain Is A Warning (Blackmarket Activities)

Lots of fight in left in Steve Austin, even after nine albums and several decades into Today Is the Day’s existence. Not even counting the band’s numerous lineup changes, of which for Pain Is A Warning enlists Read more […]

Single Bullet Theory – IV (Goomba Music)

The brainchild of former Pissing Razors guitarist Matt DiFabio, Single Bullet Theory is remarkably still afloat after 11 years in the American metal underground. Such a period of time is a death knell Read more […]

White Arms of Athena – Astrodrama (Prosthetic Records)

“Amalgam metal” should be the tag applied to everyone these days. Forget us somewhat-intelligent metal journalists coming up tags like, “Frost-bitten folk metal with a urban twist” or “Concrete-addled Read more […]

Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner Records)

Mikael Akerfeldt lives in the 70’s…everyone who follows Opeth knows that. Aside from the man’s very-public affinity for it, Opeth’s flirtations with 70’s prog has been an accessory to most of their studio Read more […]

Sabaton – World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea (Nuclear Blast Records)

Camouflage pants. Sabaton wears ‘em and wears ‘em well. Being that their profile has shot through the stratosphere in the last 18 months, a lot of people are getting used to seeing the Swedes and their Read more […]

Anterior – Echoes of the Fallen (Metal Blade Records)

You know, if this were 2003, people would be all over Anterior. They’re everything that stoked the fires of the new American metal movement (the band is British, though), possessing flashy leads, scream/shouted Read more […]

Textures – Dualism (Nuclear Blast Records)

Dualism is the right album for Textures to make at this point, as another album of None-era Meshuggah mimicking wouldn’t suffice. Instead, the band’s new singer (Daniel de Jongh) brings a drastically Read more […]

Falloch – Where Distant Spirits Remain (Candlelight Records)

Scotland’s Falloch is not to be confused with Agalloch, but it’s not bad company to be in. Perhaps it’s no strange coincidence that both bands hold up the atmospheric end of the metal bargain quite Read more […]

Saviours – Death’s Procession (Kemado Records)

Look at Saviours…getting down and rocking. It’s really not that hard, you know? And there’s no shortage of bands like the Oakland, CA-based crew, it’s just a matter of execution and not coming Read more […]

Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (Metal Blade Records)

Always nice to hear John Arch’s voice. It’s as helium-induced as ever, that’s for sure, something that’s immediately evident on Sympathetic Resonance, which sees the singer pair with former Fates Warning Read more […]

Century – Red Giant (Prosthetic Records)

We get it, Century – you’re pissed-off. Blistering gets PO’d too when things go wrong, like when there’s no Mt. Dew in the fridge or the Cleveland Browns decide it’s a good idea to lose teams Read more […]