Reviews

Ancient Ascendant – Raise the Torch (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Entombed’s 1993 Wolverine Blues was the approximate moment when rock and roll became comfy bedfellows with death metal. Before, death metal lacked swagger or even humor. It was (deathly) serious and Read more […]

Crypt Rot – Embryonic Devils (Southern Lord)

Running across an extreme metal act that doesn’t immediately label itself as one thing or another is becoming more and more rare in these times. Many bands see fit to copy what’s directly in front Read more […]

Tehom – The Merciless Light (Blood Harvest)

This probably matters to weak-of-brain journalists like yours truly, but Sweden’s Tehom only have a Myspace page to their online presence. Really, it’s a commendable approach; a veritable middle-finger Read more […]

Pyramaze – Contingent (Inner Wound Recordings)

Back on a regular every other year recording schedule, things are indeed on the upswing in the Pyramaze camp. Hot off their impressive 2015 Disciples of the Sun album and a Progpower USA appearance last Read more […]

Vandroya – Beyond the Human Mind (Inner Wound Recordings)

Always a pleasant treat to find a band that comes from out of nowhere and impresses you. Though certainly not for some, as Vandroya released their first full-length (One) in 2013 after a number of years Read more […]

Adamantine – Heroes & Villains (Allegiance Recordings)

Adamantine – a term meaning rigid or unyielding, yet this scribe can’t see it without thinking instead of Wolverine’s claws. Though technically that would still work in terms of the claws. Regardless, Read more […]

Life of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm)

Life of Agony came through the gates hard with their unique debut River Runs Red back in 1993. Taking hardcore, sludge, and punk influences with knack for melodies – many have sung the album’s praises Read more […]

Heart Attack – The Resilience (Apathia Records)

When needing more groove or modern thump to a tried and true sub-genre such as thrash comes into play, many European acts get it. Meaning – they know how to create strong melodic hooks and penetrating Read more […]

Fjoergyn – Lvcifer es (Lifeforce)

The point of avant-garde black metal is to not make things easy. “Difficult” wouldn’t be the right word, for that insinuates the music is subpar; “not easy” is perhaps the way to go. If bands Read more […]

Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian Live DVD (Metal Blade)

Metal historians remember childhood favorites, etching iconic, page turning albums deep in the hopes that somehow, someway they can relive and possibly experience specific lineups at a reunion show or Read more […]

Noumena – Myrrys (Haunted Zoo Productions)

Surely the scholars of the melodic death metal scene are righteously frustrated by the state of Noumena. They’ve consistently put out some of the strongest work within the mournful side of the melodic Read more […]

Dust in Mind – Oblivion (darkTunes Music Group)

What happens when you combine the industrial metallic rhythms of Pain with some of the gloom of Katatonia and add some early Lacuna Coil to it? You probably end up with something that sounds a bit like Read more […]

MindMaze – Resolve (Inner Wound Recordings)

Ideally melodic power/progressive metal should encourage exploration of creative ideas and thoughts, executing them in an interesting way every time. Musicians gain life experience, improving abilities Read more […]

Profanity – The Art of Sickness (Apostasy Records)

Everyone loves a comeback, right? In the case of Germany’s Profanity, it’s been 17 years since the band released a full-length album (the last one came at the turn of the century with Slaughtering Read more […]

DeathAwaits – Solve Coagula (Sliptrick Records)

With all the material that’s out there, it’s never surprising to initially discover a band only to find out they’ve been putting some serious time in beforehand. Case in point with the French act Read more […]

Blood Feast – The Future State of Wicked (Hells Headbangers)

Roaming the East Coast with a potent thrash attack, many of this scribe’s high school alums got into Blood Feast on name alone – Kill for Pleasure as intoxicating an album title as Kill ‘Em All. Read more […]

Labyrinth – Architecture of a God (Frontiers)

It used to be difficult not to mention Labyrinth without Rhapsody of Fire. At the dawn of the new century, the two represented the cream of the crop in terms of Italian power metal, which by then, was Read more […]

Dante’s Theory – Amut (Self-Released)

Not exactly a hotbed for metal, but one that has been seeing a surge in recent years is that of Singapore (particularly for death metal). Usually when one does think of the Asian sector, it’s for more Read more […]

Travel Amygdala – Regeneration (Self-Released)

Adversity strikes in every facet of life – how people respond determines positive or negative outcomes. Take Massachusetts act Travel Amygdala. Since the previous This Is Nothing single, only bassist/vocalist Read more […]

Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy (Profound Lore)

Poised to become this year’s Nails (i.e. the “hip” brazen new extreme metal band on the block), Maryland/Pennsylvania death-noise mongers Full of Hell do appreciate brevity like Nails, as so reflected Read more […]

Aborted Fetus – The Art of Violent Torture (Comatose Music)

With a well-established sound from the get-go, derivative as it may be, no one is looking for Aborted Fetus (yes, Aborted and Dying Fetus paint you a good picture) to be the genre’s next benchmark for Read more […]

Miserium – Ascension (Nail Records)

Thanks to the proliferation of social media newsgroups, musical discoveries globally can be instantaneous. Take Miserium – a Hungarian band that has been active for a decade, issuing a couple of EP’s, Read more […]

Ides of Gemini – Women (Rise Above)

Dominated by the haunting, high-rising vocals of Sera Timms, Ides of Gemini appear to be a good match for Lee Dorrain’s Rise Above Records. Dorrain’s knack for signing up-and-coming female-fronted Read more […]

Helioss – Antumbra (Apathia Records)

When discussing symphonic black/death metal bands, often the genre gets dumped on a bit for going overboard with the theatrics without the rest of the band keeping pace. For having grandeur without soul, Read more […]

Shores of Null – Black Drapes for Tomorrow (Spinefarm/Candlelight)

As a fresh act that comes out of the middle of nowhere and hits a sound that’s both unique and fascinating on your debut, where do you go from there? A question that had to plague the minds of the Italian Read more […]

Fractal Universe – Engram of Decline (Kolony Records)

Rising up from nowhere with their first 2015 EP, Boundaries of Reality, Fractal Universe began to catch some buzz and since signed with Kolony Records. Debut effort Engram of Decline is now just around Read more […]

Coltsblood – Ascending (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

It hasn’t quite come to roost, but wouldn’t it be cool to see a little competition between Conan (the band) and Coltsblood? Both are from Liverpool, shared bassist/vocalist John McNulty, play an unsophisticated Read more […]

Body Count – Bloodlust (Century Media)

Metal has always enjoyed a love/hate relationship with rap. From the street-level jams of classic Biohazard to the funked-out stylings of Mordred (the first band of this ilk), metal and rap can coalesce Read more […]

Outrun the Sunlight – Red Bird (Self-Released)

There’s basically two schools of thought when it comes to instrumental metal. There’s the over-the-top, shred-centered and technical “wow” bands and there’s the atmospheric types. Both also Read more […]

Fumigation/The Path to R’lyeh – Invasion (CDN Records)

Always a good way to introduce oneself to fresh acts, a good split EP can give you two new bands (or sometimes, even more) to investigate further. Invasion does exactly that, bringing about some exposure Read more […]