Reviews

Poison Pill – Poison Pill (Sliptrick Records)

Shrouded in secrecy and mystery, very little is known regarding the Nordic metal act Poison Pill. Choosing to base themselves on music and words over faces and names, this scribe has no idea who is in Read more […]

Dimevision Vol. 2 – Roll With It or Get Rolled Over (Metal Blade)

Guitarist Dimebag Darrell’s shocking murder is a date that many of us older metalheads still have fresh in our minds, even if it’s been well over a decade at this point. The first Dimevision, released Read more […]

Blackfinger – When Colors Fade Away (M-Theory Audio)

An apt title coming from Eric Wagner, wouldn’t you say? The former Trouble vocal overlord has presided over some of doom’s most iconic moments, mutating his voice to suit the mood, which, as suggested, Read more […]

Game Over – Claiming Supremacy (Scarlet Records)

Aiming to conquer the galaxy and play louder/faster than everyone else (thought the latter was a Motörhead mantra?), Italian thrashers Game Over waste no time capitalizing on recent tour runs across mainland Read more […]

Beyond God – Dying to Feel Alive (Painted Bass Records)

Perhaps it’s just a personal perspective, but seeing a name like Beyond God tends to bring to mind something that’s more brutal and death metal-like. So some may be a bit surprised to hear that Beyond Read more […]

Chaotic Remains – We Are Legion (Mighty Music)

As more raw and/or necro styles of black metal come to the fore, symphonic black metal keeps getting the cold shoulder. One cannot help but remember the fuss it caused as the century turned over, with Read more […]

Thantifaxath – Void Masquerading as Matter (Dark Descent)

It’s been three years since Thantifaxath crawled out from their abyss and delivered a powerful debut in the form of Sacred White Noise. The Canadian act took black metal and added the same levels of Read more […]

Serenade – Onirica (Revalve Records)

Amid the sea of female-fronted heavy metal acts, there’s a vast majority that spend too much time with the vocal aspect and forget that the music behind it is just as important as a solid voice out front. Read more […]

Witchery – I Am Legion (Century Media)

Last year’s In His Infernal Majesty’s Service saw Witchery regain their once-vaunted thrash stride. For roughly a decade, the Swedes had fallen back to the thrash pack, their output no longer prolific, Read more […]

Niviane – The Druid King (Pitch Black Records)

Fueling a new breed of American power metal, Niviane (pronounced nih-vy-anne) hail from Sacramento, California and started in the fall of 2014. The quintet has taken a couple of years to assemble the right Read more […]

Primal Fear – Best of Fear (Frontiers)

Tremendous appreciation all around for Primal Fear, who, for 20 years now, have done pretty much one thing, but have done it so well that they’re now easily in league with Hammerfall and Stratovarius, Read more […]

Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Unique Leader)

Tech-death squad Oblivion first unleashed their particular sound on 2013’s Called to Rise. Unfortunately, the balance of tech dazzle to meat & potatoes riffing was a little skewed to the tech side, Read more […]

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis (Napalm)

If there’s a band that can pull off the ‘old is new again’ sound, it’s certainly Cavalera Conspiracy. The band that reunited Iggor and Max has always had the potential to circle back to the early Read more […]

Desecrated Grounds – Lord of Insects (Self-Released)

As complicated as the metal landscape seems with specific categorization and subsets within those categories, rest assured there are bands like Desecrated Grounds that prefer to keep it heavy and straightforward. Read more […]

Sorxe – Matter & Void (Prosthetic)

It’s been cited many times, but stoner doom and sludge (like many metal elements simply taken at face value) can have a limited range and scope. There’s only so many ways one can arrange those Sabbath-y Read more […]

Tarja – from Spirits and Ghosts: Score for a Dark Christmas (earMUSIC)

When it comes to metal music around the holidays, fans don’t have a ton of options. Admittedly, a more jovial holiday such as Christmas doesn’t really mesh well with the ideology and ethos of heavy Read more […]

Edge of Haze – Deluge (Self-Released)

Three years removed from their second release, Illumine, Edge of Haze has returned for their third offering. Three years is a decent chunk of time between releases, and as expected the band has taken Read more […]

Arrayan Path – Dawn of Aquarius (Pitch Black Records)

Epic/power metal with modest European flair and American-oriented finesse, Arrayan Path have a steady stream of output in their career – Dawn of Aquarius as their sixth studio record and fifth over the Read more […]

Masqued – The Light in the Dark (Sleaszy Rider Records)

A sextet of musicians from the Houston, Texas area, Masqued contains some veterans within the underground metal scene, especially to those who follow power, progressive or thrash. Guitarist Eric Halpern Read more […]

Atoll – Fallout Frenzy (Gore House Productions)

Sometimes one needs to simply drop everything and just slam. When done well, there’s a visceral energy that comes from the pulsating grooves and utter devotion to brutality. Atoll return with their Read more […]

Toothgrinder – Phantom Amour (Spinefarm)

Toothgrinder’s last effort, Nocturnal Masquerade, seemed to be a band in transition. After the frenzied Schizophrenic Jubilee, the introduction of more melody and clean vocals made for a polarizing Read more […]

Almanac – Kingslayer (Nuclear Blast)

Historical themes seem tailor-made to the metal landscape – evident from Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden in the early days on through to God Dethroned and Hail of Bullets today. Tackling the fight for Read more […]

Isolated Antagonist – Oblivion (Bluntface Records)

Taking the early days of the industrial metal movement to heart, Isolated Antagonist have made their way into the metal realm through two previous efforts, including last year’s Affirmation of Entropy. Read more […]

Sparzanza – Announcing the End (Despotz)

One of those hard rock/metal hybrids that one can’t really view the line between, Sweden’s Sparzanza have a sound that’s both modern and classic all at once. When listening to their eighth release, Read more […]

Nullingroots – Into the Grey (Prosthetic)

Last year we investigated Nullingroots’ previous effort, Take Care, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise within the blackgaze front. It seems we weren’t the only ones to take notice of the promising, Read more […]

Talv – Entering a Timeless Winter (Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum)

Chamber black metal, not to be confused with atmospheric black metal or anything in the same orbit, is practically formless. Somewhere, buried deep within outrageously hazy guitars, are the drums, which Read more […]

Despite Exile – Relics (Lifeforce)

Disdain, or even fervent dislike for deathcore among those who brand themselves as “true metal” remains at peak levels. We’re certainly not going to venture into questioning and overanalyzing the Read more […]

The Unguided – And the Battle Royale (Napalm)

It seemed as if history was repeating itself last year with The Unguided, with clean vocalist/guitarist Roland Johansson leaving the act (just as with Sonic Syndicate back in the day). So it was with Read more […]

Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell (Rockshots Records)

Brazilian power metal band Dark Avenger are back for a second go-around. The first incarnation from 1993-2005 produced two full-lengths, a demo, and an EP. Active again since 2009, they’ve issued their Read more […]

The Modern Age Slavery – Stygian (Inner Strength Records)

Seems like deathcore bands seem to take a beating most times from the truer-than-thou cult, but mostly for fair reason. When a band focuses on only one or two aspects (ie: being brutal, and tossing in Read more […]