Reviews

In the Presence of Wolves – Of Two Minds, Stage 1-2: The Ape and the Cage (Self-Released)

Lots and lots of progressive metal in the waters nowadays. The description sometimes leads to confusion, but relative newcomers In the Presence of Wolves easily fall under its ever-growing blanket. Following Read more […]

Entrails – World Inferno (Metal Blade)

One’s enjoyment of Entrails does often depend upon your ability to listen to Entombed cloning. After all, Entrails (and countless others) has made a career out of aping just about everything they could Read more […]

Danzig – Black Laden Crown (Nuclear Blast)

“It’s raw and natural-sounding,” he’ll say. “Just the way I like it.” That may become the running quote Mr. Glen Danzig will have to use when peppered with questions regarding the porous production Read more […]

Mutoid Man – War Moans (Sargent House)

Mutoid Man’s new War Moans is so good that it prompted this scribe to revisit their 2013 Helium Head offering, one that we were admittedly on the fence about. Perhaps it had more to do with the uneasiness Read more […]

Deus Ex Machina – A New World to Come (Self-Released)

Always pleasing to find yet another fresh melodic death metal band that’s happy to keep the tradition alive. Especially when they operate within the confines of the style but aren’t afraid to keep Read more […]

White Skull – Will of the Strong (Dragonheart Records)

Hitting the tenth studio album plateau, Italian power metal act White Skull have had chances to make their mark in the scene. After putting out two albums on Underground Symphony, their third effort in Read more […]

Panopticon – Kentucky Reissue (Nordvis Produktion / Bindrune Recordings)

Now through the glory days of the USBM movement (Leviathan, Xasthur, et al) and around the ill-begotten Cascadian/hipster push, the American black metal scene now belongs in the hands of Austin Lunn’s Read more […]

Gloom – Solaris (eOne)

It seems that the best path that one can take when it comes to direction is not to simply choose one. It may be hard at first to put the pieces together, and some bands continue to struggle with this, Read more […]

Valor – Arrogance: The Fall (Pitch Black Records)

Greece has been a steady supporter of heavy metal – giving rapturous response to Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, and Manilla Road among others through any ups, downs and twists of the genre. Shouldn’t Read more […]

Unleash the Archers – Apex (Napalm)

Journalists seek diamonds wherever they can find them – especially in a bountiful metal market place where weekly product hits the streets. Cultivating a healthy underground fanbase since 2007, Vancouver’s Read more […]

Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming (Self-Released)

A one-man atmospheric black metal band might have some shrugging their shoulders given the upsurge in recent years, but don’t be so quick judge based on one quick description alone. Despite the number Read more […]

Völur – Ancestors (Prophecy Productions)

Just feels like yesterday when we wrote-up Völur’s Disir album, one that was initially released by the band in 2014, then re-released by Prophecy last year. The Toronto-based trio demonstrated moments Read more […]

Primal Fear – Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany (Frontiers Records)

Going full force since 1997, it shouldn’t surprise many that Primal Fear are a reliable, well-oiled traditional power metal machine at this point in their career. Seven years removed from their first Read more […]

In Reverence – The Selected Breed (Non Serviam Records)

The simple notion of Swedish death metal alone is enough to cause some to grin/grimace, depending on your mood. But the artwork alone should be enough to sway the grimacing to give new upstarts In Reverence Read more […]

Corroded – Defcon Zero (Despotz Records)

A Swedish band who, to their credit or detriment, falls somewhere between groove-laden metal and FM radio bro-rock, Corroded gained notoriety in their homeland after the Swedish version of the “Survivor” Read more […]

Aether Realm – Tarot (Primitive Ways Records)

Having followed Aether Realm since the release of One Chosen by the Gods at the start of 2013, it seemed the band was destined for some great things. The singles that followed certainly gave the impression Read more […]

Unbowed – Through Endless Tides (Self-Released)

Last year, Unbowed released their last EP (Dogma), and showed some real signs of upping their game to the next level. Quickly they return to the fold with new full-length Through Endless Tides, which Read more […]

Nitrogods – Roadkill BBQ (SPV)

Firing up another set of classic-oriented hard rock ‘n’ roll tracks, German trio Nitrogods contains two members best known through the years for their work in Primal Fear with guitarist Henny Wolter Read more […]

Dead Asylum – Death Always Wins (Self-Released)

While many believe Toronto and Montreal are the hotbed Canadian scenes for metal, do not sleep on other parts of the country- for talent lurks in Vancouver too as evidenced by the work of Annihilator, Read more […]

Dødsengel – Interequinox (Debemur Morti)

The type of line-straddling, eclectic black metal Norway’s Dødsengel plays is akin to dangling a carrot in front of a horse – it’s worth pursuing, but can be a little unrewarding at times. For a Read more […]

Dawn of Ashes – Daemonolatry Gnosis (Metropolis Records)

Industrial/symphonic black metal act Dawn of Ashes have an intriguing backdrop to their history. Originally starting off as a harsh EBM band, they moved into the melodic death/black metal scene before Read more […]

Cryonic Temple – Into the Glorious Battle (Scarlet Records)

Prolific in their underground days (who makes seven demo releases in four years now?), Cryonic Temple bounced in the 2000’s between three labels with four albums, of which their second full-length Blood, Read more […]

Sollertia – Light (Apathia)

The re-emergence of seminal Norwegian avant-garde outfit …In the Woods has brought into focus the talents of their new singer, Britain’s James Fogarty. Already a semi-known commodity because of his Read more […]

Displeased Disfigurement – Origin of Abhorrence (CDN Records)

For those seeking the almighty slam, Canadian label CDN Records has become more of a standby recently, attaining slam from ‘round the globe. Recent acquisition Displeased Disfigurement hails from South Read more […]

Suffocation – …of the Dark Light (Nuclear Blast)

Fun to picture the various “old-guard” death metal bands sitting around in a room, collectively asking “Can you believe we’re still going?” What was once thought a young man’s game, death metal Read more […]

Conjonctive – In the Mouth of the Devil (Tenacity Music)

If there’s one saving grace you can usually rely on with metalcore/deathcore, it’s that the Europeans seem to have a more eloquent grasp on it than we have in the States. It’s less of a blunt object Read more […]

Voice of Ruin – Purge and Purify (Tenacity Music)

After a full-length that may not have been taken too seriously, being that the title was Morning Wood and some of the tracks included “Welcome to the Stud Farm” and “Big Dick,” they’ve ramped Read more […]

Divinity – The Immortalist (Self-Released)

It’s wise these days when performing an advanced form of technical metal to deliver product in smaller doses. Over the past five years, Divinity has done just that – releasing a three-part EP series Read more […]

Mastercastle – Wine of Heaven (Scarlet Records)

Changing up the guitar-hero oriented power metal formula can be a daunting task, especially when releasing five studio albums to build your following. It’s like taking a noted fastball pitcher and suddenly Read more […]

Lying Figures – The Abstract Escape (Rain Without End)

This doesn’t happen very often, but this scribe had to hit “pause” on the Lying Figures track “Monologue of a Sick Brain.” Reason being, pre-recorded, laughing voices placed so promptly in the Read more […]