Reviews

Lesser Glow – Nullity (Pelagic Records)

Boston’s sludge mavens Lesser Glow return with the hotly anticipated Nullity, an introspective concept record about humanity’s parasitic existence on the planet. This theme, combined with such hard-hitting Read more […]

Double-Review: Gnaw Their Tongues and Golden Ashes

Golden Ashes – In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Night (Oaken Palace) Gnaw Their Tongues – I Speak the Truth, yet With Every Word Uttered, Thousands Die (Consouling Sounds) No matter the state Read more […]

Denied – The Decade of Disruption (Sweaa Records)

Changes have been afoot in the Denied camp since their last release from 2018 Freedom of Speech – which was well-received by this scribe for its heavy, melodic meets power/thrash tendencies a la Primal Read more […]

Sinister – Deformation of the Holy Realm (Massacre)

Nothing seems to hold Sinister down, or even weather them in the slightest. Deformation of the Holy Realm is their 14th album in over a 30 year span. An impressive feat by all rights, but what’s more Read more […]

Afterimage – Temperance (Krispy Krumble Records)

We often start our musical journey during high school or college, formulating bands based on mutual interests and broadening our horizons. Such is the case for Afterimage – meeting up in 2016 at Keene Read more […]

Chugger – Of Man and Machine (WormHoleDeath)

In the accurate band description through name, Chugger totally nails it. They are a Swedish groove metal band that, you guessed it, spends a lot of time in the mid-tempo range. Of Man and Machine is Read more […]

Haken – Virus (InsideOut Music)

Embracing the pushing boundaries outlook of progressive rock/metal, Haken appeal to a multitude of musicians and fans of both genres. Fresh off the road for a North American stint supporting Devin Townsend Read more […]

Post Mortal Possession – Catacombs of Bedlam (Lord of the Sick Recordings)

Brutal death metal is a field that sometimes revels in the excesses. Bands attempt to be completely over-the-top and abrasive as possible, trying to get that ‘siiiiiiick’ tone that one-ups the brutality Read more […]

Currents – The Way it Ends (SharpTone Records)

There’s something to be said for a metalcore act who is able to make the genre work for them. Perhaps it’s because they aren’t content to simply churn out the same Killswitch/All That Remains type Read more […]

Tyrant – Hereafter (Shadow Kingdom Records)

One of the early pioneers of US heavy metal from California, Tyrant developed a cult following through two Metal Blade releases in the 80’s – Legions of the Dead and Too Late to Pray before fading Read more […]

END – Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face (Closed Casket Activities)

Given the current state of the world today, sometimes it’s nice to vent some of those frustrations while listening to something that is equally hostile. Enter END, who have returned for their first Read more […]

Violent Hammer – Riders of the Wasteland (Hells Headbangers)

Amidst all the pristine and clean sounding metal records of today, sometimes we need that raw, unbridled attack that transports sound and time. Such is the case here in Violent Hammer – a Finnish death Read more […]

Sorcerer – Lamenting of the Innocent (Metal Blade)

Supreme heavy metal records take an equal amount of right place, right timing, and the right circumstances to all come together. For Swedish epic doom metal act Sorcerer, their early demos of the 80’s Read more […]

Stargazery – Constellation (Pure Steel Records)

Five years have passed since the last Stargazery album, and outside of vocalist Jari Tiura and guitarist Pete Ahonen, a whole new lineup for the Constellation record. Drummer Ilkka Leskelä joined in 2017, Read more […]

Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy (Pure Steel Records)

Founded in 1985, Ancient Curse return for their third full-length in The New Prophecy, more than two decades removed from their last effort Thirsty Fields. Although there isn’t much explanation in my Read more […]

Old Roger’s Revenge – Vengeance of Blackbeard (Pavement Entertainment)

Ahoy matey! Italy’s Old Roger’s Revenge just released their debut offering Vengeance of Blackbeard, and you could be hard-pressed to find a more suitable record for pillaging and laying waste to coastal Read more […]

Ironstone – Prophecy (Self-Released)

Even in these tumultuous, stay home/stay safe pandemic times, those who want to seek out music as an escape and lifestyle can find plenty of new content within a few keystrokes. Hailing from Bendigo, Australia Read more […]

Bleed from Within – Fracture (Century Media)

Who says you can’t teach an old genre new tricks? Modern metal act Bleed from Within have returned for their latest full-length record with Fracture and it takes some old elements of metalcore and gives Read more […]

Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut (Napalm)

As Alestorm’s sixth album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut isn’t out to set into stormy waters. Instead, it’s more akin to a vacation on a tropical paradise. Alestorm continue to be the leaders of Read more […]

Grave Digger – Fields of Blood (Napalm Records)

Completing the epic Highlands/ Scottish history trilogy of albums that includes 1996’s Tunes of War and 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again, Grave Digger arrive at Fields of Blood, the 20th studio record Read more […]

Paralysis – Mob Justice (Self-Released)

Crossover thrash has been a staple of the scene since the 80’s – acts willing to combine the ferocity of hardcore with the stomp and power of thrash. Hailing from New Jersey, Paralysis have been working Read more […]

Witchcraft – Black Metal (Nuclear Blast)

Known at this point in the game for their take on the Sabbath formula for doom, the band’s first output in four years is one that is going to subvert expectations. First off, while the title is Black Read more […]

Dead City Crown – Our Blood Apocalyptic (Self-Released)

In what seems to be turning into a yearly tradition in the spring, New Jersey’s Dead City Crown have triumphantly returned with their latest EP, Our Blood Apocalyptic. The band’s Sweden/Finland by Read more […]

Ancillotti – Hell on Earth (Pure Steel Records)

Ancillotti is an Italian heavy metal act that is truly a family affair – considering 75% of the lineup is brother, brother and son with guitarist Luciano Toscani the lone solider not named Ancillotti. Read more […]

Mazzeri – Mazzeri (Self-Released)

Celebrating life since 2017. French act Mazzeri approach the doom genre with a progressive, left-field slant on their self-titled debut album. Sparse background information indeed regarding the four-piece, Read more […]

Henry Kane – Age of the Idiot (Transcending Obscurity)

When it comes to deathgrind, you don’t come into it seeking something artistic and fancy. It just needs to rip, tear, and blast away to satiate that primal urge for aggression. That’s exactly what Read more […]

Gomorra – Divine Judgement (Noble Demon)

Featuring Destruction guitarist Damir Eskic, Gomorra is a five-piece Swiss band balancing out a mix of heavy and power/thrash aspects on their debut full-length record Divine Judgement. It’s always helpful Read more […]

Oxidize – Dark Confessions (Wormholedeath)

Starting in 2017 with the goal of putting together a band with musicians of similar tastes, Oxidize develop a melodic metal sound with traditional and power roots on their debut album Dark Confessions. Read more […]

Feleth – Depravity (DeadPop Records)

A fresh act onto the extreme metal scene, Feleth come to us from Norway with their first offering in Depravity. There’s a bit of a hodgepodge when it comes to the band’s sound, but for the most part Read more […]

Mad Hatter – Pieces of Reality (Art Gates Records)

Returning with their second full-length Pieces of Reality, Swedish power metal band Mad Hatter aren’t resting on their creative laurels and got to work quickly on the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled Read more […]