Reviews

Dreadnought – A Wake in Sacred Waves (Sailor Records)

With their previous two releases, Dreadnought had already made a name for themselves with their ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach to metal. So many different styles, yet somehow it always Read more […]

Pänzer – Fatal Command (Nuclear Blast)

A shame former Accept guitarist Herman Frank is no longer a part of Pänzer; you know, the guy who wasn’t allowed anywhere near the songwriting process for the long-running German metal troupe. It was Read more […]

Through the Eyes of the Dead – Disomus (eOne)

Through the Eyes of the Dead was dabbling into deathcore before it was even named (much like Despised Icon). The act began with 2004’s The Scars of Ages, with flirted equally with death metal and melodeath Read more […]

Grave Pleasures – Motherblood (Century Media)

A common practice this grizzled metal journalist employs while reviewing albums is to listen to them several times in a given week, then come back days later to finish said review. It’s done to avoid Read more […]

Spectrum of Delusion – Esoteric Entity (Self-Released)

When it comes to the tech-death department, some of the best bands are the ones that are popping out directly onto Bandcamp and doing the independent thing. Labels have some of the leaders, sure, but Read more […]

Crypitus – Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World (Self-Released)

Vermont itself probably is best known for its mountains and snow-related events in the winter, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and lots of woods – but there is a bubbling interest in heavy music growing due Read more […]

Thanatotic Desire – With Murder in Mind (Dock Watch Hollow Entertainment)

A derivation of the Greek term for executing the primal urge of death, decay and destruction, Thanatotic Desire embrace a potent death/thrash metal blend on their second full-length With Murder in Mind. Read more […]

Bloodhunter – The End of Faith (Xtreem Music)

Some may think that the days of hard-hitting, brutal melodic death may be something more relegated to the past. After all, most think of the music and immediately move towards more modern (clean/harsh) Read more […]

Haemorrhage – We Are the Gore (Relapse)

The Spanish goregrind veterans of Haemorrhage are already up to their seventh album with We Are the Gore. Their first since 2011’s Hospital Carnage, the band has keep themselves busy with plenty of Read more […]

Jag Panzer – The Deviant Chord (SPV)

Thankfully resurrecting once again as an active band following a brief hiatus after their last studio record in 2011 The Scourge of the Light, Jag Panzer stride with veteran resiliency into The Deviant Read more […]

Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities (InsideOut)

Eternally beloved for those can’t-miss mid-’90s The Gathering albums (that would be Mandylion and Nighttime Birds), Dutch siren Anneke Van Giersbergen is a trailblazer. Flung into the metal scene when Read more […]

Devangelic – Phlegethon (Comatose Music)

In search of something brutal? Need something that will erase all the pain and agony of your day with sheer visceral carnage? Well, Devangelic are certainly in the market to help you out. The band’s Read more […]

Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (Artemisia)

Wolves in the Throne Room’s 2007 opus Two Hunters served as the ultimate career and sub-sub-genre jumpstart. Prior to that, Cascadian or “wooden” black metal was virtually nonexistent on these shores, Read more […]

Inverted Serenity – As Spectres Wither (Self-Released)

From the land of crazy and sometimes completely over the top tech death (we speak of Canada of course) comes Inverted Serenity. And while they might not make your head explode from the combination of Read more […]

Acephalix – Decreation (20 Buck Spin)

Acephalix have been making their way through the underground now for 10 years and two previous full-lengths. In addition, some of their members are involved with other deathly acts such as Vastum and Read more […]

Liar’s Tongue – Threat of Intellect (Self-Released)

Labels at this point when it comes to music can be quite difficult. What’s crossover thrash to one person could be metallic hardcore to another – never mind the straight-ahead versions of each. Which Read more […]

Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond (ViciSolum Productions)

After a significant absence up to the point of 2015’s return with The Great Bazaar, things are apparently moving along for the Subterranean Masquerade crew. Vagabond is only two years removed from their Read more […]

Necrovorous – Plains of Decay (Dark Descent)

Necrovorous has a 2006 demo entitled Revenge of the Booger. Now, juvenile humor has never fully been out of view in death metal. After all, the style was founded upon semi-comedic tales of zombies, splatter, Read more […]

Act of Defiance – Old Scars, New Wounds (Metal Blade)

Oftentimes, new bands have a problem standing out. Influences show too readily, or it’s an attempt to fit in and sound like a certain subgenre. But Act of Defiance’s debut, Birth and the Burial, Read more […]

Arkaik – Nemethia (Unique Leader)

Of the tech-death infused Unique Leader horde, Arkaik often stand out in their ability to take brutal compositions and bring in intricate playing that doesn’t take away from the menacing and blunt force Read more […]

Usnea – Portals into Futility (Relapse)

The full tap into blackened sludge is getting down to its last drop. You know, when you start smacking the bottle (cue inanimate object) to try and squeeze whatever iota of liquid is left. That’s the Read more […]

Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge (Svart)

The untimely 2016 passing of Juha Raivio’s significant other Aleah Starbridge has, obviously, had a lasting effect on the Swallow the Sun leader. The duo’s most-excellent Trees of Eternity project Read more […]

Rithiya Henry Khiev – The Finite Cycle (Self-Released)

Coming on my aural radar screen through his recruitment to Let Us Prey, guitarist Rithiya Henry Khiev has quite a pedigree in the progressive thrash/death fields through his work in Alterius and Mortis Read more […]

Buried Above Ground – Birth (Seek and Strike)

As a style, deathcore more or less came out and stagnated. As a shift away from more traditional death metal, many bands simply jumped on board with what bands like Carnifex and Whitechapel were doing Read more […]

Buried Realm – The Ichor Carcinoma (Self-Released)

When one reads the list of the guest appearances on The Ichor Carcinoma, it reads like a metal birthday party. Buried Realm mainman Josh Dummer enlisted a ton of metal talent for this debut, with just Read more […]

Slave One – An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach to Deceit (Dolorem Records)

The last time we checked in with French act Slave One was their previous album, Disclosed Dioptric Principles in early 2016. New year, new release – in the case of An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach Read more […]

Devastation – Signs of Life Reissue (Punishment 18 Records)

In the 1980’s when thrash first exploded, areas like San Francisco, New York, and Germany of course put the style on the map. Subsequently, a new generation from all parts of the globe felt the desire Read more […]

Archspire – Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist)

When it comes to tech-death, one band that’s normally right at the top of people’s lists is that of Archspire. Maybe it was the successful ‘stay tech’ campaign, but more likely it’s the band’s Read more […]

Air Raid – Across the Line (High Roller)

Frankly, there is no comparison between Air Raid’s new vocalist Fredrik Werner and their previous, Arthur Anderson. Anderson, nasally, thin and trebly, bore little conviction on the band’s 2014 Point Read more […]

Psy:code – MØRKE (Pavement Music)

Just a ton of different ideas going on with Psy:code’s third release, MØRKE. Death metal, hardcore, post-metal, groove metal, the list could continue on…Psy:code give it an honest shot at running Read more […]