Reviews

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Certified doom legend Leif Edling may no longer be the face of Avatarium (that falls onto singer Jennie-Ann Smith), but his stamp, evidently, is all over the band’s third album, Hurricanes and Halos. Read more […]

Ray Suhy – Fulmination (Cessation Engine Records)

Guitarist Ray Suhy continues to add more notches to his belt, being of East of the Wall, Cannabis Corpse, and Six Feet Under, to divulge a quick resume. His new instrumental solo album, Fulmination, should Read more […]

Overkhaos – Beware of Truth (Rockshots Records)

Wishing to supply readers with bio context proves difficult when researching Italian progressive metal band Overkhaos. Be it sparse information at best – or conveyed in their native tongue – guessing Read more […]

Cold Insight – Further Nowhere (Naturmacht/Rain Without End)

The unaware (this scribe included) may think this is a brand-new album, with no indication from Naturmacht/Rain Without End that this is actually a nice little reboot/proper release from 2011. No worries Read more […]

Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade)

With all of the bands that try to put together new sounds and new landscapes, nothing seems to be shocking anymore. We are all privileged enough to live in an age where hybrid crossover material is quickly Read more […]

Concordea – Over Wide Spaces (Self-Released)

When background information regarding Russian act Concordea includes descriptive language of ‘anxious presentiment’ and ‘airy keyboard roulades’, rest assured the aim is high for developing their Read more […]

Iced Earth – Incorruptible (Century Media)

Much like Dave Mustaine is Megadeth or Jeff Waters is Annihilator, Jon Schaffer is Iced Earth. Although it is exciting to hear his side venture with Hansi of Blind Guardian for Demons & Wizards once in Read more […]

Tombs – The Grand Annihilation (Metal Blade)

Frankly, nothing Tombs does stands out. They don’t have a gimmick, nor the technical prowess of their peers, they’re not inflammatory in the press, and leader Mike Hill could probably pass you by on Read more […]

Cenotaph – Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions (Hammer Muzik)

One of those bands that have been content to follow their own schedule, Turkey’s Cenotaph continue to carry the brutal death metal torch. Their sixth full-length (as a reference, their first one came Read more […]

Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (Relapse)

Having attained that legendary status in death metal long ago, there’s really not much needed to introduce a band like Dying Fetus. They’ve got an established sound, they’ve stuck with it, and only Read more […]

Mirrors of Obsidian – From One Form (Neohuman Records)

If you are going to go about doing extreme metal with plenty of chaos and vitriol, you may as well go to one of the ultimate sources for that sort of thing. Hence the Irish act Mirrors of Obsidian went Read more […]

Wrath of Belial – Bloodstained Rebellion (Self-Released)

Melodic death metal at the more extreme end isn’t as common as it used to be. Many go the modern route, and many take the nostalgic route back towards Gothenburg. But some bands stay the more brutal Read more […]

Broken Hope – Mutilated and Assimilated (Century Media)

Despite it being almost thirty years since the band’s inception, Broken Hope has somehow never really gotten the prestige nor acclaim of their veteran peers (Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Obituary). Seemingly Read more […]

Endon – Through the Mirror (Hydra Head)

Here’s a good one: The antics of Endon singer Taichi Nagura were so unruly and “dangerous,” that folks in Japan started avoiding their shows out of fear for their safety. It’s much like those crazed, Read more […]

Helslave – Divination (Black Market Metal)

It’s sometimes mentioned here at DR that an EP is an excellent way to consume more extreme material with its condensed length. It’s also a nice starter for some acts, or a way to keep eyes focused Read more […]

Necrot – Blood Offerings (Tankcrimes)

After marching through a few demos in recent years, California’s Necrot have unleashed a full-length offering. Forging a name for themselves in the worship of the old school of death metal, you can Read more […]

Hour of 13 – Salt the Dead: The Rare and Unreleased (Shadow Kingdom)

Hour of 13 finds itself in the terribly difficult position of having to replace an imitable lead singer. That person would be Phil Swanson, the leather-Ozzy-lunged vocalist who helped guide the band to Read more […]

Rhapsody of Fire – Legendary Years (AFM Records)

Coining the term ‘Hollywood Metal’ (or cinematic if you prefer), the current incarnation for Rhapsody of Fire felt the need to revisit their 1997-2002 material, using the latest recruits on vocals Read more […]

The Summoned – Sessions (Self-Released)

It’s no secret much of the staff on this site prefer bands proficient and forward thinking at their craft – propelling metal and its offshoots into mind-altering terrain. Hailing from northern Massachusetts, Read more […]

Eoront – Another Realm (Code666)

Score another for Russian black metal in 2017. The first was Grima, whose Tales of the Enchanted Woods is, for lack of a better term, “enchanting.” The same applies for their countrymen Eoront and Read more […]

Logic of Denial – Aftermath (Comatose Music)

Brutal, slamming death metal with a lofty concept? Always worth a shot – certainly a nice break from the usual subjects. Italian death metal squad Logic of Denial have brought forth a concept album Read more […]

Insatia – Phoenix Aflame (Pitch Black Records)

American/Canadian power metal act Insatia first dipped their toes in the water with 2013’s Asylum Denied. While it slipped below the radar of this scribe, it clearly made an impact – signing with Read more […]

Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment (Nuclear Blast)

Municipal Waste and Tankard have the same problem: Both aren’t allowed to be serious. For Tankard, their otherwise brilliant invention of “alcohol metal” has enabled them a steady and long career, Read more […]

Schammasch – The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite (Prosthetic)

At this point in the game, there’s probably no person into the metal scene that doesn’t recognize Schammasch as an ever-changing force. Just their last triple-album (Triangle) alone saw them venture Read more […]

Jorn – Life on Death Road (Frontiers)

Always mixed sentiment on Jorn Lande, whether it’s because of his snarled David Coverdale-on-Ronnie James Dio vocals, his unabashed Dio worship (see his tribute album shortly after RJD’s passing), Read more […]

Apocalypse Orchestra – The End is Nigh (Despotz)

Something off the beaten path is already a step in the right direction for a newer act. All too often, bands aren’t willing to spread their wings until later on, once word has gotten around. Swedish Read more […]

Adrenaline Mob – We the People (Century Media)

Powering through the tragedy of drummer AJ Pero’s death, Adrenaline Mob felt enough time has passed to develop and release this third full-length We the People. The quartet features Symphony X singer Read more […]

Blind Revision – Of White and Grey (Self-Released)

Blind Revision’s first EP, Fight or Flight, seemed to hint at a band that could go on to do bigger and better things. An energetic mix of progressive material that teeter-tottered on the metal/rock Read more […]

Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna (Avantgarde Music)

Hitting it out of the park with their debut, U.M.A., the cosmic themed black metal group Progenie Terrestre Pura had no trouble coming up with a sci-fi vibe that perfectly suited the jaw-dropping artwork Read more […]

Divine Element – Thaurachs of Borsu (I, Voidhanger)

When one happens to think of I, Voidhanger Records, the first thought is that of more avant-garde and forward-thinking black metal. Therefore, it was initially odd to see a Viking-themed band hit the Read more […]