Reviews

Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin (Napalm Records)

Excelling at striking imagery in a tightly packaged power metal style, Powerwolf have ascended to one of the top draws in Europe these days – beyond chart topping activity through their last effort Blessed Read more […]

Parius – The Eldritch Realm (Self-Released)

Admittedly, when seeing the flashy cover art (with a sense of pulpiness to it) and hearing the initial old school horror feel that accompanied it, there were a few seconds where it felt that perhaps the Read more […]

Hadal Maw – Charlatan (Self-Released)

Ever continuing in their quest to further identify themselves, Hadal Maw have undergone some changes with each release. While their latest release Charlatan doesn’t make such huge steps as its predecessor Read more […]

The Lion’s Daughter – Future Cult (Season of Mist)

While it’s harder and harder to get a classification of ‘forward-thinking,’ it’s usually worth the effort to continue to track down bands that are worthy of such an accomplishment. The Lion’s Read more […]

Black Absence – Beyond the Light (Self-Released)

A healthy part of the active western MA heavy music scene, Black Absence have been making steady progress in developing their own style of melodic, modern/groove-oriented thrash based on their two previous Read more […]

Extremity – Coffin Birth (20 Buck Spin)

After making their first mark last year with the Extremely Fucking Dead EP last year, it’s right back into the saddle again for Extremity. Coffin Birth marks their first full-length album, and given Read more […]

The Agony Scene – Tormentor (Outerloop)

2018 has been quite the year for returns from some of the more underrated acts of the 2000s. We just had Bleeding Through and Light this City return 2 months ago, and now The Agony Scene is back to make Read more […]

Jungle Rot – Jungle Rot (Victory Records)

Consistency is the name of the game for veteran death metal act Jungle Rot. Slow and steady often wins the race even if the records come out every two to three years – as they were one of the impressive Read more […]

Troops of Doom – Fear (Raw Skull Recordz)

There’s something about the darker and angrier side of hardcore that sustains itself, regardless of the times. Even if it’s not something that’s particularly en vogue, the demand for it persists, Read more […]

Iron Hunter – Mankind Resistance (Fighter Records)

Chances are, band monikers give listeners a glimpse into style expectations – especially if you have been in the metal realm longer than a decade. Iron Hunter from Spain stand tall in a basic heavy/harmonic Read more […]

Depths of Hatred – Bloodguilt (Prosthetic)

If one is going to play death metal, the all-in method is one that always is in style. No matter what tags you want to place in front of it, delivering a visceral and assaulting release is bound to net Read more […]

Sathanas – Necrohymns (Transcending Obscurity)

The fact that Pennsylvania’s Sathanas has been rocking their brand of blackened thrash since their formation in 1988 (30 years!) and this is their 10th album should tell you something about them. This Read more […]

Shylmagoghnar – Transience (Napalm)

After generating a bit of underground buzz with their first release, Emergence, Shylmagoghnar have crossed their way into the ‘big leagues’ with Napalm Records handling their second release. While Read more […]

Null’O’Zero – Instructions to Dominate (Rock of Angels Records)

Aiming to set themselves apart from the pack, Greek metal quintet Null’O’Zero certainly have a start in name alone. Active since 2012, they’ve released an EP Under Blood Red Sky and signed with Rock Read more […]

Flynn Effect – Monument (Self-Released)

Upon listening to Flynn Effect’s previous release, Obsidian, it came across as having a solid base to work with. The songs were enjoyable, and dipped outside some of the usual gothic/symphonic range, Read more […]

Obscura – Diluvium (Relapse)

It seems like it has been a long-time coming, but we’ve finally reached the fourth album in Obscura’s conceptual unit, a time period that begin with 2009’s Cosmogenesis. Over the span of these albums, Read more […]

Rhodium – Scream into the Void (Self-Released)

What’s awesome about the global metal scene today is the ability to reach out and literally touch someone when in need of the best musicians to execute your ideas. Case in point – the following Greek Read more […]

Drowned – 7th (Greyhaze)

The title, as appropriate, indicates this is Drowned’s seventh full-length, a Brazilian band who hasn’t enjoyed much fanfare or exposure in these parts. By today’s standards, they’re a bit of an Read more […]

Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile, Back in the Garage (Frontiers Records)

Best known for his work in Rainbow, MSG, Impellitteri, and Alcatrazz, it’s amazing how well Graham Bonnet has held up vocally at 70. Self-taught and James Dean-like for his style, record to record you Read more […]

Engulf – Gold and Rust (Everlasting Spew)

How much of an impression can a short little 3-song EP really leave? One-man band Engulf (helmed by Hal Microutsicos) does his best to imprint a masterful one on the second EP of a proposed trilogy with Read more […]

Those Who Bring The Torture – Pain Offerings (Iron, Blood & Death Corp)

The long-standing Swedish death metal act Those Who Bring The Torture aren’t going to surprise many when releasing a new album. While the act has had some shifts over the years (they did start as a Read more […]

Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy (Metal Blade Records)

Determined to establish their brand of melodic metal/hard rock to every market possible, Kissin’ Dynamite starts anew with Metal Blade for most territories (Sony Music for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) Read more […]

Morrow – The Weight of These Feathers (Self-Released)

Something that the ‘non-metal folk’ don’t often grasp is that many times there’s beauty to be had in extremity. There’s an atmospheric side to metal, something that Morrow already have a firm Read more […]

Arthedain – Infernal Cadence of the Desolate (Naturmacht)

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Arthedain, like many newer and/or younger and/or fresher bands, haven’t quite mastered the art of a “song.” When you are capable as such writing riffs and melodies Read more […]

Ravage – The Derelict City (Self-Released)

Serving a two-fold purpose to test drive new material to make up for the long gap between releases over their career while also get some fresh product out as the band tours Europe for a month with fellow Read more […]

Finnr’s Cane – Elegy (Prophecy)

Elegy, the third album from Canada’s Finnr’s Cane, presents a familiar scenario for wooden, atmospheric black metal. There is the demonstrable foray into the forest, replete with folk stylings and Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Unburied (Metal Blade Records)

A compilation of tracks hidden away from the public during the recording sessions for the Undead and Unborn albums, Six Feet Under unleash Unburied – a relatively quick affair given the fact that you Read more […]

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

Immortal, to the frustration of many, quickly stalled out after the release of 2009’s All Shall Fall. Several theories exist as to why, none of which are important at this juncture since Abbath has gone Read more […]

Fading Bliss – Journeys in Solitude (Malpermesita Records)

Hate to generalize, but anyone within an earshot of the depressive/melancholic rock and/or metal frame is a fan of The Cure. The Robert Smith-led bunch helped pave the way for sad-man music, conjuring Read more […]

Hidden Intent – Fear, Prey, Demise (Scarlet Records)

Unapologetic regarding their unwavering affinity for the 80’s-throwback thrash stance to their style, Hidden Intent from Australia have accomplished a fair amount in establishing themselves worldwide Read more […]