Reviews

Omni Express – Florida Man (RealityFade)

Does the idea of synthwave slamming death metal get your attention? It probably should, though the initial thought to the concept is probably more like, “WTF,” than one of discovery and excitement. Read more […]

Wombripper – Macabre Melodies (Memento Mori)

Old school Swedish death metal by way of Russia. Wombripper return after a successful debut full-length in From the Depths of Flesh in 2018 with a second helping of pure SweDeath goodness. From the d-beat Read more […]

Shadowborn – Eclipse(D) (Self-Released)

Previously encountering Shadowborn through their debut EP End of an Age in 2018, this western New York band return for another release with the follow-up Eclipse(D). Incorporating a wide array of influences Read more […]

Godsnake – Poison Thorn (Massacre Records)

German act Godsnake focus on an addictive blend of power/thrash with plenty of melodic and modern groove elements for their debut full-length Poison Thorn. An obvious blend of influences from the US scene, Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – A Symphonic Journey to Remember (Napalm)

Having just released a live album at the beginning of 2019 (and following it up later in the year with studio album Wanderers), there’s got to be a good reason for Visions of Atlantis to pull out another Read more […]

Surma – The Light Within (Metal Blade)

A major pitfall with some symphonic metal acts is the ‘more is more’ concept. Make the songs bigger and more grandiose, because it needs to be epic right? Well, leave it to new act Surma, which features Read more […]

DGM – Tragic Separation (Frontiers Music)

Steadily supplying a heavy dose of melodic power/progressive metal, DGM have been a part of the scene since the mid-1990’s. Weathering natural lineup changes and growing cohesive as a unit, the quintet Read more […]

BleedSkin – Blood Reign (Self-Released)

Intense and primal death metal, without having to go ‘old school.’ If that’s enough to grab your attention, BleedSkin is an act you need to acquaint yourself with. This Belgian act has only one Read more […]

Countless Skies – Glow (Willowtip Records)

We’ve been following melodic death metal act Countless Skies since finding them on Bandcamp with their 2014 EP. Full length debut New Dawn was a potent piece of majestic melodeath back in 2016, but Read more […]

Mors Principium Est – Seven (AFM Records)

Paring themselves down to a duo after six highly acclaimed albums and lineup changes, Mors Principium Est stride into Seven with renewed focus over their established melodic death metal meets modern/progressive Read more […]

Perennial Quest – Perennial Quest (Self-Released)

This scribe feels fortunate that within the New England metal scene, there are many diverse options if you love melodic/power metal. Through this site we’ve talked about the work of artists like Thunderforge, Read more […]

Netherblade – Reborn (Dark Hammer Legion)

Pointy logos often exude a certain brand and ethos when it comes to metal. Italian quintet Netherblade since 2016 have been slicing and dicing their thrash brand through the underground – releasing two Read more […]

Insidious Disease – After Death (Nuclear Blast)

Insidious Disease is an all-star act through and through. Featuring members and ex-members from Dimmu Borgir, Susperia, Napalm Death, Morgoth, as well as drum extraordinaire Tony Laureano, there is a Read more […]

Nuclear Power Trio – A Clear and Present Rager (Metal Blade)

If an instrumental metal act consisting of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un isn’t considered a supergroup, then what possibly could be? Not only do they manage to run a big chunk of the Read more […]

Draconian – Under a Godless Veil (Napalm)

An act that within more recent times, has become one that doesn’t exactly drop new albums frequently, a fresh Draconian release tends to call for some celebration, in a gloomy fashion of course. The Read more […]

Solitary – The Truth Behind the Lies (Metalville)

Originating in the mid 1990’s when thrash was not necessarily the hot commodity in the underground, UK band Solitary have been slugging through the scene, releasing albums, EP’s, and a live record Read more […]

Carcass – Despicable (Nuclear Blast)

Surely, many folks in the metal community were upset when Carcass stated that their upcoming full-length release was going to be bumped back into 2021 due to the pandemic. But instead, we do get a few Read more […]

Mors Subita – Extinction Era (Out of Line Music)

Are you bummed out by many melodic death metal bands’ decision to take their sound and add more ‘pop’ elements to it? Do you yearn for something thrashier and heavier? Perhaps something more akin Read more […]

Demonical – World Domination (Agonia)

With Centinex back and fully operational, it’s a bit of a wonder why Demonical continues. Started in 2006 by then-former Centinex bassist Martin Schulman, Demonical ably plugged any holes left by the Read more […]

Counting Hours – The Will (The Vinyl Division)

The worship and subsequent execution of the classic Katatonia Discouraged Ones sound is something not taken lightly ‘round these parts, or, for this particular webzine. Being that Discouraged Ones is Read more […]

Fortress Under Siege – Atlantis (Rock of Angels Records)

A consistent purveyor of power/progressive metal bands since this scribe’s tape trading heyday of the late 80’s/early 90’s, another Greek act comes to the mix with the sextet Fortress Under Siege. Read more […]

Hexx – Entangled in Sin (High Roller Records)

Early purveyors in the Bay Area speed/power metal movement during the No Escape/Under the Spell discography of 1984-86, Hexx would mutate into a death metal style for two EP’s and the Morbid Reality Read more […]

Scardust – Strangers (M-Theory Audio)

There’s always chatter about how metal is churning out ‘more of the same’ or that the progressive tag isn’t really ‘progressive’ anymore. If you fall into either of those jaded camps, you Read more […]

I Am Your God – The Resurrection (Out of Line Music)

There’s always a little bit of space to check out an act that manages to pull off some convincing melodic death metal. I Am Your God hail from Finland, and manage to tap into the energy that the genre Read more […]

Lonewolf – Division Hades (Massacre Records)

A long-running staple of the French heavy metal scene for decades, Lonewolf returns for their tenth studio record Division Hades. Choosing to mark this special occasion in a band’s career, those consumers Read more […]

Armored Saint – Punching the Sky (Metal Blade)

In an enviable position of releasing albums on their own timetable, Armored Saint seemingly fly under the radar for a straight-ahead metal band. Talent unquestionable (Metallica at various points in the Read more […]

SpellBook – Magick & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Risking a name change after being together since 2007 as Witch Hazel, releasing three independent albums from 2012-2018, SpellBook is now the new moniker for this proto-metal style act from Pennsylvania. Read more […]

Arsebreed – Butoh (Brutal Mind)

It’s been a long time since Arsebreed came out swinging with a new record. Their debut, Munching the Rotten, was released in 2005. So it almost seems like a bit of a treat to not only get a new release Read more […]

Devin Townsend – Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (InsideOut Music)

Continuing the line of exceptionally well done live albums, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 sits as another success for Devin Townend and company. Captured during his winter 2019 tour in Europe Read more […]

Vhäldemar – Straight to Hell (Fighter Records)

Returning for their sixth studio album Straight to Hell are the power metal crusaders from Spain, Vhäldemar. Sticking to a tried and true formula filled with epic battle-laden, wizard/majestic themes Read more […]