Reviews

Manetheren – The End (Avantgarde Music)

Last heard from via 2012’s Time, U.S. black metal outfit Manetheren have since jumped from French label Debemur Morti to Avantgarde Music, a move typically reserved for European bands. And that’s where Read more […]

Galactic Empire – Galactic Empire (Rise Records)

It’s safe to say that the metal world and the nerd world aren’t as disconnected as some outside the genre seem to think. The fact that it’s taken this long to get a full-blown Star Wars metal cover Read more […]

Antropomorphia – Sermon ov Wrath (Metal Blade)

Three years following up their last album (Rites ov Perversion), Antropomorphia rolls out some of the usual tropes for their latest, Sermon ov Wrath. Just as before, you see that nudity runs supreme on Read more […]

Valfreya – Promised Land (Self-Released)

It could be said that Valfreya’s second full-length, Promised Land, was a long time coming. Their previous album, Path to Eternity, was released back in 2012 after all. But thankfully, Promised Land Read more […]

Gape – Exploit the Moist (CDN Records)

Sometimes you just have to chuckle and grin a little bit about the absurdity of brutal death metal lyrics. Either the excessive amount of gore, sex, or both. In the case of Tasmanian act Gape, it’s Read more […]

Steel Messiah – Of Laser and Lightning (Self-Released)

A German four-piece forming in 2014, Steel Messiah champion the ideals of 80’s-oriented classic metal on their first five song foray Of Laser and Lightning. It’s fairly clear right out of the gate Read more […]

Once Human – Evolution (earMUSIC)

Once Human jumped right into the fray with their first release, The Life I Remember. With the pedigree of Logan Mader on guitar (ex-Machine Head, ex-Soulfly), it was an impressive debut that straddled Read more […]

Hadal Maw – Olm (EVP Recordings)

Taking the tried and true approach to refining one’s sound is often a worthy venture. Having spent some time initially focusing before their debut, 2014’s Senium, the band once more took their time Read more […]

Fairytale – Battlestar Rising (Art Gates Records)

Straight heavy metal with loads of deadpan humor from Germany… no folks, we aren’t taking in the latest Helloween album. It’s the third record Battlestar Rising from Fairytale, a new band to these Read more […]

Persefone – Aathma (ViciSolum Productions)

While some bands crank out new content every year or two like clockwork, other bands go at their own pace. It’s a strategy that requires payoff each time, since it’s an extended wait for each new Read more […]

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems (Witherfall Music LLC)

A collective brainchild of members with ties to past and present outfits like Iced Earth, Circle II Circle, and White Wizzard among others, Witherfall began writing for this album Nocturnes and Requiems Read more […]

Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light (Prosthetic)

We could spend this entire review extolling the virtues of Junius’s simply unsurpassed Reports from the Thresholds of Death. Released in 2011, the album was a marvel because of its delicate simplicity, Read more […]

The Evil Dead – Earth Inferno (Witches Brew)

Original takes on well-established heavy music platforms appear harder and harder due to the sheer volume of bands and releases these days. One group aiming to shake things up in the blackened traditional Read more […]

Cynic – Uroboric Forms – The Complete Demo Recordings (Century Media)

While the current status of Cynic remains fluid (neither Paul Masvidal or Sean Reinert have made a definitive statement in well over a year), the band’s highly-regarded demo period is getting its just Read more […]

Gutted – Martyr Creation (Xtreem Music)

There’s always a place for those albums that serve no point but to knock you over and steamroll through an entire album. Most often this comes from the brutal death sector, and Hungary’s Gutted have Read more […]

King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering (Relapse)

Feel the drone…but not that kind of “drone.” On King Woman’s quite enticing first proper full-length album Created in the Image of Suffering (their first for Relapse, too), an endless drone of Read more […]

Epitaph – Sinner Waketh (Dark Symphonies)

There’s always a moment of hesitation when something is presented as Swedish death metal. There’s just so much of it out there that the palette has been satiated (or abused depending on the perspective). Read more […]

Grafvitnir – Obeisance to a Witch Moon (Daemon Worship Productions)

One look at the cover of Grafvitnir’s latest album, Obeisance to a Witch Moon, should give the listener some idea of what is to be discovered in the following nine tracks, black metal with no compromise. Read more […]

Ghost Avenue – Impact (Pitch Black Records)

Scandinavian countries have a wide array of appeal in most heavy metal sub-genres. Although best known for their extreme death/black acts, there’s usually a percolating melodic or musicianship quality Read more […]

The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy (Season of Mist)

It was only a matter of time before a larger metal independent like Season of Mist snapped up The Great Old Ones after the release of their 2014 mammoth Tekeli-li. Sure, the band is French and black metal, Read more […]

Desecrate the Faith – Unholy Infestation (Comatose Music)

Brutal death metal 101. On their second album, Desecrate the Faith display all of the facets you’ve come to know and love/loathe about brutal death metal. Suffocation, Defeated Sanity, Disgorge, and Read more […]

Ex Deo – The Immortal Wars (Napalm)

After two albums of Roman-themed death metal, it seemed the days of Ex Deo were numbered. The band called an indefinite hiatus back in 2014 but then just over a year ago announced that the Kataklysm side-project’s Read more […]

Last Leaf Down – Bright Wide Colder (Lifeforce)

With shoegaze and its subsequent string of metal-infiltrating bands, the matter (or question) is not of quality, but how far down into the emotional doldrums can we go before it turns trite? The whole Read more […]

Gothic – Demons (Loud Rage Music)

A Romanian band initially hitting the scene in the ‘90s with one album before falling off the map (Touch of Eternity), Gothic then made their return a few years ago with Expect the Worst. Now the uniquely Read more […]

5Rand – Sacred/Scared (My Kingdom Music)

Proposing a modern thrash meets melodic death metal sound, Italian act 5Rand formed in 2012, slowly developing their style to finally release this debut full-length Sacred/Scared. They say you have a lifetime Read more […]

Order to Ruin – Lunar Asylum (Self-Released)

Seems like it was just yesterday that Order to Ruin’s Where Future Shadows Unfold came across the speakers, and already we have a follow-up by the name of Lunar Asylum. With the energy and sounds of Read more […]

Visionatica – Force of Luna (Dr. Music Records)

Have we reached a point where there’s just too much to consume? Access to music and new bands is stronger than it’s ever been, but that also makes it harder for a specific band to stand out among Read more […]

In Thousand Lakes – Age of Decay (Xtreem Music)

When folks seem to grump about bands that play melodic death metal, it’s often due to the commercialization that followed after the initial successes of bands like At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, and Read more […]

Immolation – Atonement (Nuclear Blast)

The proliferation of “weird” death metal bands owe a significant debt of gratitude to New York’s Immolation. Since their 1991 Dawn of Possession debut and 1996 Here in After follow-up, Immolation Read more […]

Rebel Wizard – Triumph of Gloom (Prosthetic)

Whenever a new subgenre tag is introduced, you can almost picture lackey journalists (like this one) rubbing their hands together in anticipation of ways to use it. That’s how dependent upon descriptors Read more […]