Reviews

Defy the Tide – Soteria (Self-Released)

Enjoying the growth of an independent metal artist on the rise, it’s invigorating to know that talent lurks beyond label product thrust forth from every corner of the globe these days. With members from Read more […]

Lacerta – Lacerta (CDN Records)

Talk about knowing your audience! The artwork of Lacerta’s self-titled, sophomore effort has just about anything a death metal fan could imagine: huge beasts, skulls, aliens, cosmos, cult-ish followers, Read more […]

Vomit Remnants – Hyper Groove Brutality (Unique Leader)

Sometimes your work is cut out for you on a release like Hyper Groove Brutality. The title pretty much tells you exactly what to expect. Of course, some bands blow things out of proportion and leave Read more […]

Demon Hunter – Outlive (Solid State)

While many bands of the metalcore ilk have fallen apart and vanished, Demon Hunter has managed to keep pace and stay viable – all while being one of Christian metal’s flagbearers. Though one could Read more […]

Mourners Lament – We All Be Given (Hammerheart)

Their name taken from the Opeth song “Harvest,” where Mikael Åkerfeldt gracefully croons “mourner’s lament but it is me who is the martyr,” Mourners Lament are a Chilean death/doom ensemble Read more […]

Arthemis – Blood – Fury – Domination (Scarlet Records)

Since 1999 guitarist Andrea Martongelli has kept Arthemis chugging along- amid lineup shuffles and a bevy of label deals. In fact, this eighth studio album Blood – Fury – Domination is the second go Read more […]

Valborg – Endstrand (Lupus Lounge)

There may be no better endorsement than ex-Celtic Frost/current Triptykon leader Tom G. Warrior stating Valborg are “abundantly original and unique.” It’s not every day Mr. Tom G. outwardly praises Read more […]

SkeleToon – Ticking Clock (Revalve Records)

Born as a Kiske-era Helloween tribute band, Italian act SkeleToon evolved into an original band as singer Tomi Fooler assembled the best musicians he knew from live shows through the years. Issuing their Read more […]

Of Fire – Death Do Us All (Self-Released)

Swedish death metal bands have certainly acquired a share or two in the market, but how many of them can say that none other than Tomas Skogsberg discovered them? Of Fire was initially given guidance Read more […]

Imber Luminis – Nausea (Naturmacht Productions)

If Metal Archives is to be believed (and it usually is), then Belgian musician Déhà has been in well over a dozen projects or bands before his 31st birthday. While we cannot verify the quality of said Read more […]

None – None (Hypnotic Dirge)

None is a Pacific Northwestern band playing black metal. That should give you a pretty good indication of what the band is starting with, at least. But it may not, in fact, give you the whole picture. Read more […]

Slagmaur – Thill Smitts Terror (Osmose)

Norwegian black or extreme metal may not whip up the same kind of maelstrom as it did 20 years. That’s what happens when your core bands age, break up or change their sound. What the scene did, however, Read more […]

Warbringer – Woe to the Vanquished (Napalm Records)

Thrash in its fourth decade has never been stronger – debate may waver on a physical sales perspective, but for the legions who love seeing their favorite bands in clubs, theaters, or large festival gatherings, Read more […]

Pokerface – Game On (M&O Music)

Blame it on Lady Gaga, but there was some trepidation before a reluctant click on the mouse brought up a video from Pokerface. Alas, all of those fearful hesitations were easily quelled with a few seconds Read more […]

Bereft – Lands (Prosthetic)

Not to be confused with the Bereft featuring current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, The Faceless and Intronaut, this Bereft calls Madison, WI home. Does this mean they should be called “Bereft (WI)?” Read more […]

Pillorian – Obsidian Arc (Eisenwald)

Yeah, of course, it’s a bummer Agalloch are no more. Anytime a beloved underground band bites the dust it’s a downer, but such is life. No point in dwelling on it. After a brief Internet back-and-forth Read more […]

The Crawling – Anatomy of Loss (Grindscene Records)

Doom death metal is always there for those looking for something with a bit of the morose but still offering an occasional jolt of musical electricity. The Crawling is the genre’s latest production, Read more […]

We Ride – Empowering Life (Victory Records)

Perhaps it was the introduction of metalcore, but material that was truly hardcore in the US seemed to die down a bit over the last decade or so. Granted, some big names and veterans still persist, along Read more […]

Replacire – Do Not Deviate (Season of Mist)

Boston-based extreme act Replacire first arrived onto the scene with an independently released album entitled The Human Burden (available on Bandcamp). Those who stumbled upon it surely heard some promise Read more […]

Dead Earth Politics – The Mobius Hammersmith EP (Pavement)

An unsigned band for seriously way too long, Austin’s Dead Earth Politics have been snatched up by Pavement Music for the re-release of their 2016 The Mobius Hammersmith EP. Routinely cited as one of Read more […]

Extremity – Extremely Fucking Dead (20 Buck Spin)

Never at a loss for sludgy, slimy death metal, still more bands continue to pop up to push the filthy style forward. New upstarts Extremity aren’t as new as you may think, containing members from more Read more […]

Bare Infinity – The Butterfly Raiser (Blackdown Music)

After an initial offering back in 2009 and a subsequent revamping of the band back in 2014, the road forward may not have been the easiest to the Greek symphonic metal act Bare Infinity. But those who Read more […]

Saturn – Beyond Spectra (Rise Above Records)

Even when 70’s proto-metal, doom, and boogie/stoner rock wasn’t in vogue for much of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Rise Above as a label and taste-maker has been the reliable constant, staying the Read more […]

The Obsessed – Sacred (Relapse)

A brief history lesson on The Obsessed: Formed in the mid-’70s by undisputed doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, the band would record a series of demos and a full-length in 1985 before fellow doomsters Read more […]

Cut Up – Wherever They May Rot (Metal Blade)

To this scribe, there’s nothing more timeless than well-written, balls-to-the-wall death metal. Not the type of stuff you have to sit around and dissect the influences or the technical patterns or the Read more […]

Ghost Bath – Starmourner (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)

Over/under on the actual number of enunciated, “sung” words on Starmourner? Eh, that’s a tough one, but let’s try to get away from the pot-shots on Ghost Bath…they’ve had enough of those already. Read more […]

Troubled Horse – Revolution on Repeat (Rise Above Records)

Ask your average musician what they would call their music, and you’ll get a wide array of answers. Chances are, though, most hate being boxed into specific categories. Tags often come with prejudgement Read more […]

Iapetus – The Long Road Home (Self-Released)

Indeed, rare is the act that can entertain and hold the listener’s attention over the course of 75-minutes of music. Even more rare when said act is of the less established variety. But ultimately, Read more […]

Buckshot Facelift – Ulcer Island (Paragon Records)

Cutting their teeth over a number of years at this point with smaller releases, Buckshot Facelift have also undergone some evolution to match it. Consisting of members now also involved in Artificial Read more […]

Atlas Pain – What the Oak Left (Scarlet Records)

Gaining access to newer bands across the metal landscape pleases this scribe to no end – always digging deep to not only focus on output from veteran artists, but unearthing the latest groups from all Read more […]