Necronomicon – Return of the Witch (Napalm Records)

Primarily known by our neighbors up north in Canada (one of the numerous Canadian bands Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles championed), Necronomicon are bringing their brand of occult death metal to a Read more […]

This Or the Apocalypse – Haunt What’s Left (Good Fight Music)

This is 2010, right? Just checking. This Or the Apocalypse don’t seem to think so and that’s fine – there are hundreds of more worthy bands that are also stuck in a timewarp, but at least they have Read more […]

Istapp – Blekinge (Metal Blade Records)

“Icicle black metal.” Let’s run with it. Sweden’s Istapp (which stands for “icicle” in Swedish) may have one of the more unique names in black metal, yet they’re awfully adept at merging Read more […]

Serotonal – Monumental: Songs of Misery and Hope (Union Black)

Well, here’s a name we haven’t seen in a while: Darren White. The quasi-legendary first singer of Anathema has kept a low-profile since the demise of his post-Anathema The Blood Divine roughly a decade Read more […]

Helstar – Rising From the Grave (Metal Blade Records)

A compilation which essentially culls Helstar’s A Distant Thunder,Nosferatu, and their live album, Rising from the Grave proves why Texas has always been a hotbed for anything metal related from the Read more […]

Lamb of God – Hourglass (Epic Records)

Critically important to the American metal scene, Lamb of God are at the present time, the preeminent metal band in North America. They’ve done it the hard way, through relentless touring, raucous live Read more […]

Various Artists – ’96 – ’00: 20 Years of Century Media (Century Media Records)

The second installment in a series of four (Blistering also was way into the first go-round), ’96-’00: 20 Years of Century Media tackles the era that catapulted Century Media Records into the upper Read more […]

Sarah Jezebel Deva – A Sign of Sublime (Candlelight Records)

A Sign of Sublime…where to start. Deva clearly can’t carry an album herself, or she just was dealt some really bad material. It’s quasi Goth/symphonic metal at its most awkward, embellished with Read more […]

Fatal Embrace – The Empires of Inhumanity (Metal Blade Records)

A reach by anyone’s low standards, Germany’s Fatal Embrace may embody the raw feeling of mid-80’s thrash, but that doesn’t account for a sloppy, rather unmemorable display of Euro thrash metal. Read more […]

Grand Magus – Hammer of the North (Roadrunner Records)

In 2010, record labels are constantly reinventing themselves to keep up with consumer’s tastes. With the power more than ever at the pulse of your keyboard fingertips, the average fan isn’t blindly Read more […]

Lacrimas Profundere – The Grandiose Nowhere (Napalm Records)

Inexplicably, we skipped over Lacrimas Profundere’s 2008 effort, Songs For the Last View. Maybe it was because of our undivided attention toward the Summer Olympics of that year. Or not. Either way, Read more […]

Ozzy Osbourne – Scream (Sony Music)

Adding Firewind axe-slinger Gus G. to the ranks was probably the smartest thing Ozzy has done since…uh, yeah, scratch that. Ozzy hasn’t done anything smart in a long time, although getting the Greek Read more […]

Divinity – The Singularity (Candlelight Records)

Caught up in the swirl of Darkane, Meshuggah, and Strapping Young Lad, Canada’s Divinity are one of those bands with zero filter or clue when to lay off. When we say “lay off,” that means pulling Read more […]

Delain – Lucidity Reissue (Sensory)

Veritable big wheels on the commercial metal scene in their homeland of the Netherlands, Delain is gradually making inroads in North America, with the reissue of their 2006 debut Lucidity following up Read more […]

Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast (Nuclear Blast Records)

Soilwork doesn’t have to do much to appease people. Really, just load in some quasi-death metal riffs, make the verses brutal, and drop Speed Strid’s silky-smooth clean vocals into the mix and…there Read more […]

The Howling Wind – Into the Cryosphere (Profound Lore Records)

Black metal merged with sludge merged with To Mega Therion-era Celtic Frost…now that’s a concept we haven’t explored. The pair of Ryan Lipynksy (Unearthly Trance) and Tim Call (Aldebaran) do a dutiful, Read more […]

Ereb Altor – The End (Napalm Records)

Pretty obvious the era of Bathory Ereb Altor prefers, and it’s not the lo-fi, sword-brandishing era that everyone else seems to fancy. Taking direct cues from Quorthon’s Hammerheart and Twilight Read more […]

Whitechapel – A New Era of Corruption (Metal Blade Records)

Let’s be honest…if this were 2001, Whitechapel would be a nu metal band. They have six members, so the third guitarist would be probably serve as a DJ or second vocalist, plus their riffs (not all, but Read more […]

Yakuza – Of Seismic Consequence (Profound Lore Records)

Who knows where Yakuza fits in with the current metal scene and frankly, an album as strong as Of Seismic Consequence shall permanently place these Chicagoans on the fringe. As it should. More deep and Read more […]

Karma To Burn – Appalachian Incantation (Napalm Records)

Blistering wonders how Karma to Burn felt about the surge of instrumental rock/metal bands that hit a few years ago…perhaps we should ask. Considering KTB were pretty much the only band out there with Read more […]

The Last Felony – Too Many Humans (Lifeforce Records)

We busted out our “Beatdown Detector” for Too Many Humansconsidering well, The Last Felony is a deathcore band. And we scoured and scoured, not coming up with anything of the beatdown-variety, but Read more […]

Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels (Nuclear Blast Records)

Word to the wise: Don’t hook up with Manowar. They’re bona-fide career-killers, aside from being the one of the biggest jokes in all of metal. We say this because Rhapsody of Fire willingly put their Read more […]

Thulcandra – Fallen Angel’s Dominion (Napalm Records)

“Dissection-worship has never sounded so good.” If Blistering were in the press quote business, the above would be the most apt description of Thulcandra’s debut, Fallen Angel’s Dominion. There Read more […]

As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade Records)

Had this been five years ago, Blistering would have given this album a 5/10 just on the metalcore merit alone. You see, AILD used to bug the you-know-what out of this scribe, as did just about every metal Read more […]

Diabulus In Musica – Secrets (Metal Blade Records)

Here’s a bit of trivia for ya: Slayer’s Diabolus in Musica was originally titled Violent by Design. Not like it mattered, for it’s easily Slayer’s worst album to date, something Kerry King goes Read more […]

Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle Pt 2 (Century Media Records)

This should be the one that pulls Nachtmystium away from USBM altogether. Snippets and shards of black metal coated the band’s excellent 2008 Assassins: Black Meddle Pt 1, but with Addicts, any trace Read more […]

Edenbridge – Solitaire (Napalm Records)

Remember years ago when rarely a female singer cross into metal terrain? Sure, we cherish Doro Pesch and Leather Leone for their escapades, but the mid-to-late 90’s saw an explosion of femme fatale sirens Read more […]

Black Tusk – Taste the Sin (Relapse Records)

We’ve now hit the point where anything or anyone associated with Mastodon is supposed to be good, exalted, praised, etc. Well, that’s not how it works, as a lot of the bands in line with Mastodon’s Read more […]

Sabaton – Coat of Arms (Nuclear Blast Records)

One of the acts from Sweden gaining critical acclaim for their brand of traditional power metal with lyrical war themes is Sabaton. Coat of Arms represents their sixth album and biggest label development, Read more […]

Kingdom of Sorrow – Behind the Blackest Tears (Relapse Records)

One of the rare instances when a pairing does in fact, sound like the sum of its parts, Kingdom of Sorrow return with their second effort, Behind the Blackest Tears. The combo of Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) Read more […]