Reviews

Sojourner – The Shadowed Road (Avantgarde)

Having Øystein Garnes Brun (Borknagar) and Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath) respectively mix and master your album doesn’t necessarily ensure greatness, but, if you’re going to put two dudes Read more […]

Axegressor – Bannerless (Brutal Records)

Content to drink your beers while unleashing the thrash beast from within, Axegressor have been parading their wares since 2006, releasing an EP and three previous full-lengths, including Last from 2014 Read more […]

Oracle – Into the Unknown (Rain Without End)

Lest we ever underestimate the pliability of underground metal and its resident acts, here is Alabama-based Oracle, a decidedly Scandinavian-sounding melodic death/black metal band. Sure, there is no “Alabama Read more […]

Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality (Dark Descent)

With as much old school flavored death metal comes through the pipes nowadays, it takes some effort and skill to stand out in the pack. Though it’s something that Skeletal Remains has been able to do Read more […]

Crisix – Against All Odds (Listenable Records)

Crisix have made decent in roads with their crossover thrash sound since their 2008 inception. Winning the Wacken Metal Battle the following year, after two albums they signed with Listenable Records and Read more […]

Evil Hunter – Evil Hunter (Fighter Records)

Seasoning improves the chances of an upstart act making a splash in a scene overpopulated with bands at this point. When musicians have already recorded albums and toured the globe, they know what the Read more […]

Against Evil – All Hail the King (Self-Released)

India has made strides thanks to internet culture to improve their metal scene – international touring acts like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica and others planning tours and festival action on the Read more […]

Runelord – A Message from the Past (Stormspell Records)

These days, musicians with unlimited creativity can find like-minded people through the internet and execute songs at their convenience. Especially prevalent in the traditional, classic, or epic/power Read more […]

Kaos Reign – Epiphany (Self-Released)

Connecticut’s Kaos Reign is what you might call a jack of all trades. Their sound isn’t really rooted in one specific region of metal, but instead happy to pilfer and redesign things that they clearly Read more […]

Sentient Horror – The Crypts Below (Redefining Darkness Records)

Two schools of approach to death metal these days – go balls out on the technical spectrum for maximum shock and awe factors or revert to the early days where the HM-2/ Sunlight Studio sound of Sweden Read more […]

Afterlife Symphony – Lympha (Revalve Records)

An Italian symphonic metal group, Afterlife Symphony present their third full-length with Lympha. The group has cited that this album marks a bit of a sound-change for the band, with the more progressive Read more […]

Galvanizer – Sanguine Vigil (Everlasting Spew Records)

The latest entry into the old school death metal worship competition is that of Finland’s Galvanizer. A few demos and an EP under their belt, Sanguine Vigil marks their full-length debut for Everlasting Read more […]

Rocka Rollas – Celtic Kings (Stormspell Records)

Knowing when your energy has been expended to its fullest extent is rare in the music industry. For vocalist/guitarist Cederick ‘Ced’ Forsberg, he has so many different bands and projects going you’d Read more […]

Replicant – Negative Life (PRC Music)

It doesn’t take much to predict what Replicant are all about given the tantalizing and otherworldly cover of Negative Life. The New Jersey dissonant death metal squad of Replicant have brought their Read more […]

Cave Bastard – The Bleak Shall Devour the Earth (Accident Prone Records)

One of the more interesting bands names to be churned out recently, Cave Bastard is a California-based metal act that takes hints and cues from a number of different sounds within the extreme scene. They Read more […]

Napalm Death – Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs (Century Media)

A band as prolific as Napalm Death is bound to end up with some leftovers along the way. Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs is not a new album per say, but includes all of the rarities, bonus tracks, Read more […]

Messa – Feast for Water (Aural Music)

Italy’s Messa is quite prone to hopping all over the place, defining and un-defining themselves at the same time. In earnest, they’re a jazz/lounge act honeymoon as a sludge doom band, those beefy Read more […]

Fleshworks – Engine of Perdition (Apostasy Records)

Sometimes it takes but a few mere seconds to understand the goals of bands within the metal scene. That’s not an insult by any regard, as bands that favor this approach often can produce a singular Read more […]

Borealis – The Offering (AFM Records)

Once establishing a style, the hope in power/progressive metal is to continual challenge or refine dimensions so that every release contains songwriting that excites or commands listener attention. That Read more […]

Augury – Illusive Golden Age (The Artisan Era)

Often cited by today’s tech death extremists as a major influence, Canada’s Augury seemed to be getting just as much praise (if not more so than) when they were inactive as they did while they produced Read more […]

Mors Subita – Into the Pitch Black (Inverse Records)

Championing the frenetic melodic death metal that came to power in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s, Mors Subita walk in the grounds of a number of both Finnish and Swedish bands before them. Into the Pitch Read more […]

Eldritch – Cracksleep (Scarlet Records)

No doubt the musical development of Italy’s Eldritch is a study in longevity and embracing outside influences while never losing the crux of one’s style. Originally more of a power/progressive metal-oriented Read more […]

Godthrymm – A Grand Reclamation (Transcending Records)

Really, only good things can come from a union featuring four cagey U.K. doom vets with bands such as Anathema, My Dying Bride and Solstice on their resume. Such is the story behind the recently-christened Read more […]

Kosmogyr – Eviternity (Self-Released)

One of those ‘only in today’s world’ type of releases, the two piece of Kosmogyr are from the Czech Republic and China. One imagines a lot of file trading over the Internet to bring this vision Read more […]

The Absence – A Gift for the Obsessed (M-Theory Audio)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Floridian melodeath champs of The Absence. They’ve brought out a single or two here and there, but they’ve largely been out of the loop since 2011’s Read more […]

Auri – Auri (Nuclear Blast)

One of those ‘metal by association’ type releases, Auri does not fall anywhere near descriptions like “heavy” or “aggressive.” The band is a 3-piece, with Nightwish’s Troy Donockley and Read more […]

Demonical – Chaos Manifesto (Agonia)

It turns out Centinex bassist Martin Schulman can have his cake and eat it, too. He formed Demonical in 2006 right after Centinex’s initial breakup a year prior. Demonical subsequently churned out a Read more […]

Shadowrise – Shadowrise (Painted Bass Records)

First encountering Shadowrise two years ago with their Escape from Shadow Island release on Bandcamp, it was clear there was some potential in the band’s ability to string together several genres of Read more […]

Onirism – Falling Moon (Naturmacht)

The creation of a gentleman by the name of Antoine Guibert, who goes by the stage name Vrath, Onirism is a celestial black metal outfit, leaning — as expected — on symphonic elements. Formed in 2014, Read more […]

Critical Mess – Human Præy (Metalville Records)

Critical Mess is a new band with a no-frills, take no prisoners approach to death metal. The German act features ex-Cripper vocalist Britta Görtz among their ranks, with Human Præy being their first Read more […]