Reviews

Goregang – Neon Graves (Transcending Obscurity)

What happens when you get two dudes that play a lot of extreme metal together and have them start another group with just the two of them? Goregang is the product of Taylor Nordberg and Jeramie Kling Read more […]

Seraph in Travail – Lest They Feed Upon Your Soul (Self-Released)

Seraph in Travail navigated through the sometimes tricky waters of symphonic black/death metal with ease on their 2015 debut, Bring Forth Death. They upped the ante the following year with a more polished Read more […]

Agnostic Priest – Final Stand (Self-Released)

Oakland, California is home to Agnostic Priest – a crossover speed/thrash band who have issued a series of demos in 2017 leading up to the latest recording Final Stand. In theory, seven songs plus an Read more […]

Murg – Strävan (Nordvis Produktion)

Always a pleasure when something effortlessly conjures an experience you can lose yourself in. Every genre (metal or otherwise) has those experiences on occasion and for you, dear listener, Strävan is Read more […]

Calamity – Kairos (Self-Released)

Considering the origins of this Puerto Rico thrash act contain references to bands like Slayer and Metallica (being a cover band of the latter called Silent Screams of the former), curiosity abounds as Read more […]

War Curse – Eradication (Svart Records)

Hailing from the Cincinnati/Hamilton/Dayton, Ohio area – War Curse made quite an impression through their debut Final Days EP back in 2015 with this scribe. Probably because the band willingly intertwine Read more […]

Depraved Murder – Manifestation (Comatose Music)

There’s a certain comfort in knowing that if it says Comatose Music on it, you know you are going to get something heavy. Depraved Murder hail from the Indonesian brutal death metal scene, and you can Read more […]

Myrath – Shehili (earMusic)

In today’s metal landscape, incorporating part of your native heritage can distinguish bands easier than ever – especially if you come from an unlikely country that doesn’t have as prevalent of a Read more […]

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork (The Artisan Era)

One of the tech death genre’s more unsung heroes over the years, Inanimate Existence have spent plenty of their time calculating and plotting new moves that fit into their musical wheelhouse. While Read more […]

Starkill – Gravity (Self-Released)

Going back and listening to Starkill’s first album, Fires of Life, it’s hard to imagine the trajectory that they would take with each successive album – leading to their fourth release, Gravity. Read more […]

Mental Cruelty – Inferis (Unique Leader)

For whatever reasoning, for every bludgeoning ass-kicker death or tech death metal release that Unique Leader puts out, they seem content to match it with a generic, deathcore act of the week. This time Read more […]

Abnormality – Sociopathic Constructs (Metal Blade)

One of the major keys to being a successful death metal band is being able to make things as brutal as possible, all while maintaining some sort of hook for the listener to grab ahold of. Abnormality Read more […]

All Things Fallen – All Things Fallen (Self-Released)

Feeling the need to release more music to the public, Markus Sigfridsson (best known for his work in Darkwater, Harmony and 7Days) put together All Things Fallen – tackling guitars, bass, keyboards, Read more […]

Invicta – Halls of Extinction (Self-Released)

Previously receiving praise from Kyle through his monthly Bandcamp column back in April 2018, Canadian thrash band Invicta return with a full-length outing for Halls of Extinction. The trio of musicians Read more […]

Vale of Pnath – Accursed (Willowtip)

Vale of Pnath have always walked a line that pulled together melodic death, tech, and black metal together in a full-speed ahead way. With their two previous full-lengths, they’ve rightfully acquired Read more […]

Smoulder – Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Epic doom isn’t a genre in metal for the faint of heart – especially given the work established by Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus throughout the 80’s, 90’s and current times. Canadian act Smoulder Read more […]

Strontium – Remains (Self-Released)

It’s always a joy to find bands that can hit one out of the park with their first release. Russia’s Strontium only has had three singles to their name prior to Remains (of which two songs are featured Read more […]

Warforged – I: Voice (The Artisan Era)

In its earliest incarnations, death metal was a blunt tool for aggression and annihilation. We’ve all seen it grow into somewhat more unexpected terrain as it evolved, and now Chicago’s Warforged Read more […]

Night Screamer – Dead of Night (Self-Released)

A picture can be worth a thousand words. This especially rings true in many forms of heavy metal. Take one look at the block style, pointy band logo and ensuing nightmare sky over desolate car in the desert Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Cathartic Demise (Self-Released)

Canada continues to be fertile ground for all types of metal – Kitchener, Ontario being home to the following quarter Cathartic Demise. Forming in 2017, they have released their debut, self-titled EP Read more […]

Paragon – Controlled Demolition (Massacre Records)

Purveyors of traditional power/speed metal since the early 1990’s, German act Paragon remain a relatively unknown entity stateside, as they’ve been on European labels like B.O. Records, Remedy Records, Read more […]

Idle Hands – Mana (Eisenwald)

It wasn’t all that long ago that Idle Hands dropped their first EP (summer 2018) to be precise, but they are already back at it again with their first full-length in the form of Mana. Said EP, Don’t Read more […]

Protector – Summon the Hordes (High Roller Records)

An 80’s band that straddled thrash/death lines, Protector were a part of the German underground scene that through tape trading built a following, issuing a series of demos/live tapes before their debut Read more […]

Axenstar – End of All Hope (Ram It Down Records)

The career arc of a metal band can be lightning quick – or slow and steady – depending on the driving force of the members, the songwriting, and the team they assemble around them. Swedish power metal Read more […]

Astral Doors – Worship or Die (Metalville Records)

Many hard rock and metal musicians cut their teeth on some form of Rainbow or Black Sabbath records. It’s inevitable given the impact of the discographies of both bands – as the younger players keep Read more […]

Osiah – Kingdom of Lies (Unique Leader)

While some will argue that the zenith of deathcore has come and gone, from a musical standpoint there are still bands that are taking the formula and making it stronger (and more palatable for the ‘dyed Read more […]

Hyperia – Fish Creek Frenzy (Self-Released)

Always on the quest for fresh blood, Hyperia from Calgary, Canada came across this scribe’s social media platform feeds and investigation took place to track down their debut three song EP, entitled Read more […]

Unfound Reliance – A Layered Mind (Rexius Records)

It’s always nice to see some of the younger upstarts following in the pathway of their elders when it comes to their musical geography. Particularly with a Swedish band that takes up the call from Gothenburg. Read more […]

Dead To A Dying World – Elegy (Profound Lore Records)

Even in the aftermath of extinction it is possible to find and experience the tangible joys of refinement. It’s not enough to have an idea (or in this case, a sound), but to continually refine and reshape Read more […]

Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods (Century Media)

Gimmicks are nothing new to music, and when employed tastefully, they can be an effective tool in generating some interest (or cause utter disaster when used as a crutch). Belzebubs are bound to generate Read more […]