Overkill – Ironbound (E1 Music)

For the last 10 years or so, Overkill has usually elicited the “meh” response to a new album. Frankly, the band has never come anywhere remotely close to touching 1991’s Horrorscope and seemed Read more […]

Aosoth – Ashes of Angels (Agonia Records)

A collision between a handful of French black/death metal luminaries, Aosoth’s Ashes of Angels lives up to the collective promise of its ensemble. Boasting current (or ex?) Antaeus singer MkM in the Read more […]

Brainstorm – Memorial Roots (AFM Records)

When a power metal band starts to level off, it’s almost a career death knell. Once you’ve peaked and peaked early (read: Primal Fear, Evergrey, Sonata Arctica), getting that initial flair back is Read more […]

Weapon – Drakonian Paradigm (Ajna Offensive)

If anything, true black metal has gone away from its original function. One has to find it disconcerting that any Johnny Hardcore come-lately can lay some keyboard swaths over a beatdown and call it “black Read more […]

Exodus – Shovel Headed Tour Machine – Live At Wacken (And Other Assorted Atrocities) DVD (Nuclear Blast Records)

Not the slightest bit surprised this was an entertaining, multiple watch worthy visual – Gary Holt and co. haven’t slipped up since they came back in 2004 and they don’t appear to be ready to start. Read more […]

Suicidal Angels – Sanctify the Darkness (Nuclear Blast Records)

Part of the initial charm of early Sepultura was how little English Max Cavalera could speak, thus causing his enunciation to be forced and for the lack of a better term, awkward. It feels the same way Read more […]

Mnemic – Sons of the System (Nuclear Blast Records)

If you’re Mnemic and have all but tapped out the Euro industrial/cyborg style they’re often considered creators of, Sons of the System is the logical route. Whereas 2007’s Passenger toyed with Read more […]

The Kandidate – Until We Are Outnumbered (Napalm Records)

Fronted by ex-Hatesphere throatscraper Jakob Bredhal, one had to figure there was a certain degree of competency to The Kandidate’s Until We Are Outnumbered and there is, yes. But it’s not the jaw-dropping Read more […]

Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR (Century Media Records)

Following up the triumph that was 2004’s Mabool, Israel’s Orphaned Land have taken their good ‘ole time in releasing The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR. Granted, there must be about a thousand obstacles Read more […]

Worm Ouroboros – Worm Ouroboros (Profound Lore)

Another left-of-center offering from Profound Lore, San Francisco’s Worm Ouroboros unveil a brand of soothing spa-treatment metal that is simply awe-inspiring. As soft and tender as this debut is, it’s Read more […]

Fear Factory – Mechanize (Candlelight Records)

It’s hard to believe Mechanize is going to see the light of day considering the ridiculous legal wrangling over the Fear Factory name that has taken place the last 10 months. All of this is irrelevant Read more […]

Marionette – Enemies (Listenable Records)

Once past the Gothenburg melodic death metal explosion of the late 90’s/early 00’s, the scene has failed to produce a newcomer worthy of its predecessors. The vaunted melo-death style is now so bastardized Read more […]

Sybreed – The Pulse of Awakening (Listenable Records)

There’s little separating Sybreed from the Mnemics and Threat Signals out of the world. When you break it down, all three bands have the same thing in common: they have nauseatingly annoying clean Read more […]

Impetuous Ritual – Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence (Profound Lore)

How about this: “Like Portal, but not as awesome.” Or: “Portal’s long lost cousins, but not as awesome.” That might work. It’s a tall order to touch Portal’s sheer awesomeness and their Read more […]

Ihsahn – After (Candlelight Records)

Wasting little time after 2008’s immensely successful angL, former Emperor maniman Ihsahn returns with After. Continuing with the melodic, highly progressive model set forth on its predecessor, After sees Read more […]

Nazxul – Iconoclast (Moribund Records)

‘Tis a shame that symphonic black metal always gets sidestepped in favor of more primitive and “necro” flavorings. The style that Australia’s Nazxul and a select few (old Dimmu, Chthonic, Graveworm, Read more […]

Rape, Pillage, and Burn – Songs of Death/Songs of Hell EP (Ibex Moon Records)

More retro, more tossing it back to the “good ‘ole days.” Rape Pillage Burn manage to churn out a well-executed, albeit workmanlike EP in the form of Songs of Death/Songs of Hell. Hardly an original Read more […]

Halford – III: Winter Songs (Metal God Entertainment)

A most un-metal of holidays, Christmas is getting the album treatment from Rob Halford and that’s fine – it sure beats listening to Nostradamus. Don’t ask us why (perhaps it’s the egg nogg), but Read more […]

Hiems – Worship or Die (Moribund Records)

Forgotten Tomb needs to get on the follow-up to Negative Megalomonia and get on it fast. That shit is demoralizing. In its place is the side project from FT mainman Algol, in the form of Hiems. It has Read more […]

Rimfrost – Veraldar Nagli (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

No one exploits the thrash angle in black metal like they really should. Sure, there are some true black/thrashers (Auro Noir is always the first band to come to mind) and just about every BM band touches thrash, Read more […]

Impious – Death Domination (Metal Blade Records)

Who needs to physically exert themselves when you get wind of this aggressive cardio speed/death album from Sweden’s Impious? Their sixth studio platter, Death Domination doesn’t begin with an unassuming Read more […]

Satan’s Host – Power – Purity – Perfection…999 (Moribund Records)

Not so much an improvement over last year’s excellent Great American Scapegoat 666 as it is a lateral move, Colorado’s Satan’s Host return with another slab of Satan-loving extreme metal in the Read more […]

Elis – Catharsis (Napalm Records)

apalm Records continues to distance itself from bands like Elis, who represent the label’s halcyon days. Good days those were, but like anything, matters got a little glutted (seriously, how many female-fronted Read more […]

Brown Jenkins – Death Obsession (Moribund Records)

The last album in which has been a mostly-realized career (Angel Eyes is not something to be fucked with), Death Obsession sees Brown Jenkins continue down its wretched, uncomfortable path. The band Read more […]

Ruins – Front the Final Foes (Debemur Morti)

A bit taken aback as to how modern and ready to strike Front the Final Foes is. This, coming from a little-known duo from Tasmania, of all places. Ruins are more or less a less thrashy, more Euro version Read more […]

Way To End – Desecrated Internal Journey (Debemur Morti)

Reminiscent of the early, distressed works of Ephel Duath, Way to End make life difficult and complicated on Desecrated Internal Journey. It’s a hard listen that sputters along, lacking any real “wow” Read more […]

Revocation – Existence Is Futile (Relapse Records)

A more realized and healthy proposition over retro thrash, Boston’s Revocation display a virtual riff-o-rama on their Relapse debut, Existence Is Futile. Not only is this 11-song platter technically Read more […]

Suffocation – The Close of a Chapter: Live In Quebec (Relapse Records)

Here’s a shaky proposition: a death metal live album. Just about all of the big names have done one and they’ve all failed in their own right. Methinks no one is reaching for When Satan Lives over Legion or Entangled Read more […]

Otargos – Fuck God-Disease Process (Season of Mist/Underground Activists)

Not only is Fuck God-Disease Process the black metal album title of the year, it’s the black metal album title of the decade. We’ve waited nine long years for a title like this, so Otargos better Read more […]

Vetus Obscurum – Blood Revelations (Debemur Morti)

USBM of the Northwestern variety, meaning it’s not Wolves of the Throne Room, but yeah, there’s some parallels. Essentially the project of one Numinas (who also does time as drummer in American death Read more […]