Cianide – Unhumanized (Hell’s Headbangers)

Though they’ve managed to stay a bit more underappreciated and overlooked than some of their peers, Chicago’s Cianide have been delivering primitive death metal (laced with doom) for over 30 years Read more […]

In Mourning – Garden of Storms (Agonia)

In Mourning 2016’s Afterglow was such an immense, gratifying effort that it made whatever hum-drum over Opeth’s abandonment of Swedish progressive death metal to be moot. In Mourning, had, for all Read more […]

State of Deceit – Retribution (Self-Released)

The first release out of the gate for State of Deceit, Retribution attempts to shoehorn a number of more modern and classic influences into something that the band can call their own. Considering the Read more […]

Human Fortress – Reign of Gold (AFM Records)

The sixth studio album for Human Fortress, Reign of Gold finds the sextet firmly in control of their epic heavy metal leanings. Working with renowned producer Tommy Newton (who helped them when a Rock Read more […]

Depressed – Beyond the Putrid Fiction (Black Lion Records)

A Brazilian band that had a quick upstart and hiatus at the turn of the century, they got back together a few years back and released their debut album, Afterlife in Darkness, in 2015. Turning to the Read more […]

Fleshcrawl – Into the Catacombs of Flesh (Apostasy)

A German death metal act that blazed through the ‘90s and early ‘00s with numerous releases, it’s now been twelve years since the band’s eighth album in 2007’s Structures of Death. Given the Read more […]

Timeless Haunt – Haunted Symphony (Stormspell Records)

Mystery abounds in this Pennsylvania act named Timeless Haunt. Featuring drummer John Jesuele who is in Beyond Fallen, the five-piece deliver their debut EP Haunted Symphony which has among other things, Read more […]

Street Lethal – Welcome to the Row (Fighter Records)

Inspired by the Racer X album of the same name, Street Lethal started in 2014 on the streets of Barcelona, Spain – intent on delivering a hefty mix of speed/heavy metal. Outside of guitarist Criss, the Read more […]

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Self-Released)

Perpetually under-rated, in regards to some of the larger names within the power metal genre, Germany’s Thunder and Lightning have pumped out some consistently quality releases over the years. With Read more […]

Fen – The Dead Light (Prophecy)

Consider the three-way U.K. black metal battle between Fen, Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone to be won by Fen, who started decade with the winding, mountainous Epoch, followed it up with the serendipitous Read more […]

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Steamhammer/SPV)

Resolute in a traditional, old-school oriented Teutonic metal stance, Running Wild aim to please the faithful and themselves in delivering anthems from a powerful perspective and not really varying from Read more […]

Rhodium – Sea of the Dead (Sliptrick Records)

Appearing again quickly on the scene following their impressive Scream into the Void debut album, Rhodium signed with Sliptrick Records and issue their second full-length Sea of the Dead. Changes are afoot Read more […]

Strigoi – Abandon All Faith (Nuclear Blast)

Rising from the ashes of Vallenfyre, Strigoi is a two-piece act of Greg Mackintosh and Chris Casket that is meant to break more varied musical ground. Given that Vallenfyre was an exploration of death Read more […]

Meshiaak – Mask of All Misery (Mascot Records)

With a name derived from the Hebrew term for ‘messiah’, Meshiaak hail from the Melbourne, Australia metal scene and deliver a quite potent brand of melodic progressive thrash for their second album Read more […]

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (Lightning & Sons Records)

Coming out of the gates strongly, Bölzer set the metal world aflame with their EPs Aura and Soma. But things started down a more slippery slope when their first full-length, Hero, was released two years Read more […]

Sentient Horror – Morbid Realms (Redefining Darkness Records)

Doing their best to keep on a recording schedule with new releases every eighteen months, Sentient Horror are a New Jersey band living for the original Swedish / European death metal scene of the early Read more […]

Sun of the Dying – The Earth is Silent (AOP Records)

With winter coming closer with each passing day, it’s comforting to dive into the music of the season. Winter’s strongest pairing is that of doom and doom/death, with that cold and desolate feeling Read more […]

Continuum – Chronophobe (Self-Released)

Continuing to deliver an aural whirlwind of groove-based progressive thrash/death, Connecticut’s Continuum appease underground metal listeners who want dynamic variety and versatility when it comes to Read more […]

Thread of Omen – Confined Reality (Self-Released)

Harkening back to the times when it wasn’t such a dirty word to mix terms like melodic death metal and metalcore, there’s something distinctly late ‘90s/early 2000s about their particular sound, Read more […]

Stormwarrior – Norsemen (Massacre Records)

Together since 1998, German act Stormwarrior remain resolute in their power/speed metal platform. Evident through their logo, cover art, and imagery is an affinity for the Teutonic sound – high-pitched Read more […]

Crusadist – The Unholy Grail (Self-Released)

Appearing on this scribe’s radar screen due to guitarist Luke Sever of Opacia (previously covered on the site), he is also a member of Chicago-based metal act Crusadist. Forming in the summer of 2017, Read more […]

Teeth – The Curse of Entropy (Translation Loss)

It seems as if it’s been a hot minute since there’s been a real skrony, dissonant death metal album to sit down with. But just given the cover artwork of The Curse of Entropy, you know you are going Read more […]

Iapetus – The Body Cosmic (Self-Released)

2017’s The Road Home established Iapetus as an act that was capable of doing some pretty impressive stuff in the progressive/melodic death metal realm. Their ability to craft long-form songs that sucked Read more […]

Mind’s Cove – Drift (Revalve Records)

If you’ve read enough background sheets as a writer, you know that everyone has their own impetus to start something when it comes to recording music. Growing from a studio project in 2016 to an act Read more […]

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent)

One of the ‘big’ names in the underground old school death metal revival, it’s been a hot minute since the band released the buzzworthy Starspawn (2016 to be exact). Given the expansion of the genre, Read more […]

Abeyance – Portraits of Mankind (Sliptrick Records)

An Italian project started in 2016, Abeyance are aiming to blend old school melodic death metal with strong Swedish influences on their debut EP Portraits of Mankind. Carefully crafting this material over Read more […]

Warsenal – Feast Your Eyes (Svart)

Metal can mean many things to many different people. It’s a type of genre that expresses so many emotions of an aggressive, somber, or unbridled nature and channels those feelings in a healthy direction. Read more […]

Khrigarhieta – Khrigarhieta (Self-Released)

While the name Khrigarhieta may not mean much to many, when you add in that this is a solo effort from Theory in Practice’s Andreas Lyngmo, it may find more gravitas. While said act was always a bit Read more […]

Signum Regis – The Seal of a New World (Beyond the Storm Productions)

Slovakian quintet Signum Regis have been around since 2007, releasing five albums to date – including a self-titled debut with Göran Edman as a vocalist. Their latest studio record The Seal of a New Read more […]

Tygers of Pan Tang – Ritual (Mighty Music)

Tygers of Pan Tang today is vastly different in terms of musicians than in their NWOBHM heydays. Albums from the 80’s such as Wild Cat, Spellbound, and The Cage contained the work of vocalist Jess Cox Read more […]