Reviews

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Frontiers Music)

Mere weeks prior to the release of the latest Pretty Maids album, word came out that vocalist Ronnie Atkins is dealing with lung cancer. Hopefully it will not derail the work on Undress Your Madness, as Read more […]

Warbell – Plague (Self-Released)

Four years removed from their debut, Havoc, the Polish melodic death metal act Warbell has returned to engage in more fury with Plague. With Havoc flying a bit under the radar, Warbell none the less pulled Read more […]

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (High Roller Records)

Pittsburgh, PA is home to mighty sports franchises such as the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins – beyond a decent local metal scene. Legendry are another band to investigate – epic metal their forte Read more […]

Dawn of Disease – Procession of Ghosts (Napalm)

Germany’s Dawn of Disease has been dabbling further into the melodic sweet spot with their brand of death metal with their last two albums, most notably with 2017’s Ascension Gate. But the leaps and Read more […]

Vukari – Aevum (Vendetta Records)

Once upon a time, Vukari was an accidental discovery for yours truly. Though release in mid-2016, Divination didn’t cross my path till somewhere in early 2017. It was something of a revelation, an extremely Read more […]

Steinbock – Till the Limit (Art Gates Records)

Thunderbolts in the band logo make for a strong initial metal presence – and that’s what you have for the heavy/thrash four-piece Steinbock here on Till the Limit, their debut full-length. This act Read more […]

Apotheus – The Far Star (Black Lion Records)

Emerging from Portugal, Apotheus blends progressive and melodic death metal platforms on this sophomore album The Far Star. Forming in 2008, the band released their debut EP A Quest to Remain in 2011, Read more […]

1349 – The Infernal Pathway (Season of Mist)

While Massive Cauldron of Chaos was a solid album, the decision to dress that album in a white cover, while no doubt an act of some internalized rebellion against expectations, was nevertheless off-putting. Read more […]

Vision Divine – When All the Heroes Are Dead (Scarlet Records)

Splitting his time between Labyrinth and Vision Divine, guitarist Olaf Thörsen finally returns to his solo project turned fully active act for the first album in seven years for When All the Heroes Are Read more […]

Shadecrown – Riven (Inverse)

Melodic death metal with a touch of doom is something that DR always craves for, and Shadecrown did it quite well on their full-length debut Agonia. Over the course of the last three years, they’ve Read more […]

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Self-Released)

Coming four years later than their impressive sophomore effort, Sleep at the Edge of the Earth, New England’s Wilderun have returned with yet another magnum opus in the form of Veil of Imagination. Read more […]

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Metal Blade)

Those ardent followers of metal know Angel Witch is one of the premiere bands in the NWOBHM movement – their self-titled debut from 1980 a classic for many in the traditional sector. Only guitarist/vocalist Read more […]

Gospel of the Witches – Covenant (Aural Music)

Four years removed from their potent debut in Salem’s Wounds, the Karyn Crisis/Davide Tiso group of Gospel of the Witches has finally come back for more. One of the strongest points of their debut was Read more […]

Blackhearth – Blackhearth (Sliptrick Records)

A multi-faceted heavy metal project from Spain, Blackhearth contains six members and on their self-titled debut album combines interests in ambient and progressive textures with conventional traditional Read more […]

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Scarlet Records)

This progressive/power metal act Noveria return for their third full-length in Aequilibrium, following up a conceptual record for Forsaken in which they tackled the five stages of grief due to the death Read more […]

Botanist – Ecosystem (Aural Music)

Seems it’s been a while since the ‘green metal’ act Botanist has popped back onto the radar, at least in comparison to the speed at which their first few releases came about. That said, 2017’s Read more […]

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Steamhammer/SPV)

Worry sets in as a veteran act like Edenbridge establishes themselves as a premiere act in the melodic/symphonic metal spectrum reaching 21 years as a group with their tenth studio album Dynamind. Rarer Read more […]

Hour of Penance – Misotheism (Agonia)

One of extreme metal’s reference points when it comes to unbridled brutality, there’s always something to be said for how utterly decimating that Hour of Penance can sound. They are one of the few Read more […]

The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism (Season Of Mist)

Before considering Cosmicism I’ve got to air a minor grievance with EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy. To be fair, that grievance isn’t with the album itself, which was stellar. No, it lies purely with Season Read more […]

Project Renegade – Order of the Minus (Self-Released)

Project Renegade first made a splash to this scribe when perusing Bandcamp for some new music and came across the Cerebra EP in 2017. Modern, alternative metal at its finest, the EP showcased some promise Read more […]

Savage Master – Myth, Magic & Steel (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Back in the 1980’s, traditional metal bands weren’t as afraid to captivate consumers with a strong visual/musical package to their style. It’s an aspect that resonates with US act Savage Master – Read more […]

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast)

Crazy to think that it’s been over 20 years at this point since Nile released Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka. It was a landmark album upon release for this scribe, as it’s combination of frenetic Read more […]

Une Misère – Sermon (Nuclear Blast)

Seeing an increasing crop of younger acts that deftly blur the lines between hardcore and metal has brought about some new potential to the scene. Given the more grounded in reality type ethos of hardcore Read more […]

Extinction – The Apocalypse Mark (Revalve Records)

Returning for a second time in 2014 after their initial mid 1990’s run, Extinction hail from Italy and straddle the lines of groovy old school death with thrash in terms of a style. Only releasing a Read more […]

Jinjer – Macro (Napalm)

Among the up-and-comers in metal within the last few years, Jinjer has seemed poised to make the jump into the next level with their consistent increases in quality from Cloud Factory to King of Everything Read more […]

Leprous – Pitfalls (Inside Out Music)

Norway has been a hotbed country not only for the black metal community during the 1990’s but blossomed into a healthy progressive rock/metal scene as well. Artists like Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Read more […]

Greedy Capitalist – Radical Denunciations (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Forming in Greece and moving to Mexico, Greedy Capitalist arrived on the scene in 2017 with their death/thrash musical cocktail and released their debut EP Filthy Tenacities in 2018 before signing to Sleaszy Read more […]

Turbokill – Vice World (Steamhammer/SPV)

This German metal unit formed in 2016 following singer Stephan Dietrich’s departure from Alpha Tiger – setting about his personal vision for a traditional metal style with modern aspects. Recruiting Read more […]

Rings of Saturn – Gidim (Nuclear Blast)

One of those bands that people tend to put into the love or hate category, there’s no doubt that the band has more or less stuck to their guns. They more or less exploded due to the technical craziness Read more […]

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Moderbolaget Records)

Nope, no growls. With that out of the way, opus 13 by the soon to be 30-year-old Opeth is a continuation and refinement of the band’s post-Watershed language. It’s longer yet more consistently Read more […]