Reviews

Obituary – Obituary (Relapse)

Bands go with a self-titled album because they either can’t think of a title, or they are so confident in a particular selection of songs, that they feel their band name provides enough representation. Read more […]

Ignea – The Sign of Faith (Self-Released)

Rare is the band that finds an avenue that best serves them so quickly into their profession. Ignea is a new name on the block, though the act was around for a few years prior as Parallax and have put Read more […]

Tumourboy – Damaged System (Witches Brew)

Always appreciative to hear metal from exotic locales, and given the government restrictions for decades towards the genre, it’s satisfying to finally enjoy a quartet such as Tumourboy, hailing from Read more […]

Severpull – Divided by Two (Killtone Records)

Brought to this scribe’s attention through ex-Heathen/Vicious Rumors guitarist Ira Black while posting on Facebook, Sacramento, California’s Severpull started in 2014 and after a few lineup changes Read more […]

netra – Ingrats (Hypnotic Dirge)

Add to the classification scheme that of “urban black metal.” The French one man black metal project netra has been engaging in this category for two previous full-length albums, and Ingrats marks Read more […]

Hark – Machinations (Season of Mist)

Metal loves a good second chance. Ozzy got his after leaving Black Sabbath; same goes for Ronnie James Dio after Rainbow, then Black Sabbath, which technically would be a third chance. Then there’s Mustaine Read more […]

Striker – Striker (Record Breaking Records)

Internet technology ignited the global impact of the music industry since the late 1990’s – empowering musicians to take more control of their music, their brand, and their promotional impact. Edmonton, Read more […]

Lantern – II: Morphosis (Dark Descent)

Curious what the definition of “Finnish old-school death metal” is? Then have a gander at Lantern. Formed in 2007, Lantern is the product of Cruciatus (guitars, bass, drums) and Necrophilos (vocals). Read more […]

Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion (Inverse Records)

Mustering up along the same blurred progressive metal/melodic death metal lines as Mercenary, Damnation Plan have sought to sync both sides of the equation into their sound. It’s been 4 years since Read more […]

Thobbe Englund – Sold My Soul (Metalville Records)

Choosing to leave Sabaton as their grueling 200 date plus a year road schedule and success ramps up may seem insane, yet personal priorities change as guitarist Thobbe Englund wastes no time writing and Read more […]

Deathwhite – For a Black Tomorrow (Self-Released)

After two EPs, the time has finally come for the mysterious American three-piece of Deathwhite to take the jump into full-length waters. Solitary Martyr saw the band spread their wings sonically, as well Read more […]

Edenbridge – The Great Momentum (SPV)

Longtime veterans of the symphonic metal scene, Edenbridge never really reached the levels of say, Nightwish or Within Temptation, but have nonetheless carried on with their particular version of the genre. Read more […]

Benighted – Necrobreed (Season of Mist)

There are some bands within the metal scene that can be reliably called upon to offer some of the extreme’s most intense and frantic offerings. Benighted have long earned a spot on that short list, Read more […]

Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)

Somewhat of the unsung band from the New Wave of American Metal movement (whatever happened to that term?), Darkest Hour have notched their ninth album with Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora. Their Read more […]

Sunless – Urraca (Self-Released)

Last we saw Sunless was after an early 2016 demo, a two song release that took the dissonant death metal vibes and progressive/post influences and blurred them into a slurry. One year later, the band Read more […]

Serenity in Murder – The Eclipse (Oyster Brothers Records)

It’s often noted how strong the Japanese market is for metal on the fan-side of things, but the number of international metal exports from the country seem to be few and far between. Some notable ones Read more […]

Reaping Asmodeia – Impuritize (Prosthetic)

The name of the game in the last few years has really shifted into how much cross-pollination a band can handle while drafting a cohesive product. Hit has many of those genre tags as possible without Read more […]

Anomalie – Visions (Art of Propaganda)

Released at the tail-end of 2015, Anomalie’s Refugium was a masterful display of melody-happy post-black metal. (Frankly, calling the band “post-black metal” may be a disservice.) Main dude Marrok Read more […]

Lock Up – Demonization (Listenable)

You have to forgive the instant feeling of malaise that is associated with extreme metal supergroups. Only in rare cases are they of significance, like Bloodbath and the group in question, Lock Up. Created Read more […]

Norrsköld – Withering Virtue (Rexius Records)

A number of bands in the last year or two have decided that modern melodic death metal is just well, too modern. Instead, bands are choosing to go back to the roots of the genre, where an almost icy feel Read more […]

Carnal Decay – You Owe You Pay (Rising Nemesis Records)

Dying Fetus anyone? As one of the larger perpetrators of the groovy death metal with a bit of a hardcore influence (Despised Icon comes into play here as well) most that venture down this path share some Read more […]

Zerozonic – Zerozonic (Self-Released)

Featuring BloodRedThrone guitarist Daniel Olaisen, Zerozonic is an outfit from Norway that since their inception in 2004 have developed an explosive groove/thrash metal cocktail. Privy to a couple of their Read more […]

Sinister – Syncretism (Massacre Records)

A staple in the death metal genre for over 25 years at this point, Sinister is a band that has had their ups and downs. Nothing too extreme in either direction, but after three rock solid albums (from Read more […]

Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven (Season of Mist)

There’s a perfectly good reason Mayhem plucked guitarist Teloch from the realms of obscurity to replace master-pro Blasphemer: his riffs can twist and bend much like his predecessor. Now, evoking weird Read more […]

Pyogenesis – A Kingdom to Disappear (AFM)

One thing’s for certain with Germany’s Pyogenesis: They stick out like a sore thumb. In a career marked by seismic shifts in sound, going from death/Goth to pop/rock in the ’90s, then taking a hiatus Read more […]

Bloodbound – War of Dragons (AFM Records)

Certain themes resonate in specific sub-genres of metal. Just as anti-religious or violent themes matter in the extreme facets, so do battles, wars, and fantasy/mythology topics for power metal. Bloodbound Read more […]

Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence (Nuclear Blast)

One would have to be living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean to not have heard the hubbub about Suicide Silence’s change in direction and the fan backlash for going against the grain and taking Read more […]

Crystal Viper – Queen of the Witches (AFM Records)

Establishing a foothold in the traditional heavy metal scene through five studio albums while touring fifteen countries, Crystal Viper from Poland took a break following 2013’s Possession effort, due Read more […]

Within the Ruins – Halfway Human (eOne)

Within the Ruins’ last album, Phenomena, saw the band putting some distance between themselves and their deathcore brethren. Breakdowns and chugging still being a part of the band’s sound, but it Read more […]

Akoma – Revangels (Massacre Records)

At the surface and sheer selling point level, Revangels seems to have a lot of stuff going for it. There’s a song that features ex-Leaves’ Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine, a recording/production by Alexander Read more […]