Reviews

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (Divebomb Records)

Consisting of Andrew D’Cagna as the sole musician/songwriter in the studio, many are probably familiar with his work in other acts like Brimstone Coven and Icarus Witch on the short list – but Ironflame Read more […]

Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (Xanthros Music)

Another act who has been sitting somewhat quietly over the last few years, NYC’s Grey Skies Fallen makes their return, six years following The Many Sides of Truth. Just like with previous releases, Read more […]

Sepultura – Quadra (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves from Brazil as the premiere underground/extreme metal act, Sepultura never remained stagnate album to album. Consistently incorporating diverse influences throughout their career, Read more […]

Mære – I (Lavadome Productions)

With I as the title, this is the first output from the German act Mære, who feature in the their ranks some ex-members of Ingurgitating Oblivion. But don’t expect a tech-fest, as Mære is one of those Read more […]

Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering (Nuclear Blast)

Hard to believe it’s already been five years since Sylosis’ last release, Dormant Heart. In the meantime, and probably somewhat responsible for the lack of material, guitarist/vocalist Josh Middleton Read more […]

Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger (Time to Kill Records)

Originating in Rome, Italy in 2017, Soul Dragger released their debut EP Before Chaos the following year, setting the stage for their debut self-titled full-length record on Time to Kill Records. Combining Read more […]

Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will (Unique Leader)

Looking back at Krosis’ last album, Solem Vatem, it was a bit of an underrated gem. Some may have gotten scared off by the ‘deathcore’ tag, but those who decided to check it out anyway were privy Read more […]

Assassin – Bestia Immundis (Massacre Records)

Part of the original German thrash wave of the 1980’s, Assassin released two albums through Steamhammer in the 1980’s before breaking up in 1989. Finally deciding to reunite in 2002, they’ve released Read more […]

Kreator – London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse (Nuclear Blast)

Capturing another headlining set in the UK to support their last studio album Gods of Violence, Kreator have only increased their razor-sharp thrash over the years by adding these melodic/traditional hooks Read more […]

Sons of Apollo – MMXX (InsideOut Music)

There is something to be said for taking things that normally never traffic together and synthesizing them into something ‘new’. That’s not only the essence of progressive music, but the interactions Read more […]

Nightfear – Apocalypse (Fighter Records)

Based in Madrid, Spain, Nightfear is a heavy metal band that have been together since 2008 and released two previous albums with Inception in 2012 and Drums of War in 2015. Naturally going through a few Read more […]

Thoren – Gwarth II (Drylands Records)

Originally split apart from being one release (to aid in the digestion process), Gwarth II is the second half of 2018’s equally mind-bloggingly dissonant and technical release. Instrumental music that Read more […]

Various Artists – Metal Assault Mixtape Volume 2 (Metal Assault Records)

Curator Andrew Bansal has his hands in numerous waters through his metal endeavors – band manager, concert promoter, merchandise man on the road, website owner/writer, and now running his own record Read more […]

Nero di Marte – Immoto (Season of Mist)

It’s been a long six years since the Italian monstrosity known as Nero di Marte wreaked havoc across my 2014 with Derivae. A lot has happened in that time for yours truly and no doubt for the band as Read more […]

Serenity – The Last Knight (Napalm Records)

Continuing a look back to their roots of their melodic power/symphonic metal style, Austria’s Serenity place emphasis on bold hooks from both the musical and vocal horizons for their seventh studio album Read more […]

RavenWord – Transcendence (Rockshots Records)

If the name and cover art weren’t clues, RavenWord are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, and bring that gothic atmosphere into the symphonic metal realm. A bit of backstory details a journey Read more […]

Svart Crown – Wolves Among the Ashes (Century Media)

If there was a defining label that could be given to Svart Crown’s last album, 2017’s Abreaction, it was that of experimentation. It was a more controlled beast than that of Profane, and it saw them Read more […]

Lonescar – Lust for the End (Self-Released)

The Lone Star state has a potent metal scene – and Lonescar are another act to put on that map for this full-length Lust for the End. Together since 2012 with two previous EP’s under their belts, its Read more […]

Bütcher – 666 Goats Carry My Chariot (Osmose Productions)

Blazing a trail with their ideal blackened speed/heavy metal cocktail, Belgian act Bütcher optimize a take no prisoners sonic output for their second album 666 Goats Carry My Chariot. There’s no mystery Read more […]

Leeched – To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse (Prosthetic)

Two years ago, Leeched simply leapt into the fray of corrosive anger with You Took the Sun When You Left and caused some righteous carnage. For the band’s first full-length, there was a lot of identity Read more […]

Azoth – Magnitude of Extinction (Vigor Deconstruct)

Sometimes a release opts to ease the listener into the experience with a lengthy, slow-burning swell. Sometimes a release opts to cleave the listener in two getting straight to business. Magnitude of Extinction, Read more […]

Slave One – Omega Disciples (Dolorem Records)

It’s been three years since Slave One’s EP An Abstract and Metaphysical Approach to Deceit, and four since their first full-length. In today’s modern death metal landscape and shortening attention Read more […]

Porta Nigra – Schöpfungswut (Soulseller Records)

In the last year of my life as an undergraduate I leaned heavily into the world of foreign film, particularly of the French variety. I tend to prefer experiences that are both emotionally and spiritually Read more […]

vvilderness – Dark Waters (Self-Released)

It’s safe to say that at this point, it can be thrown out there that if you have even any passing interest in the post-metal scene you can count on any material that includes vvildr (aka Ferenc Kapiller) Read more […]

Hounds – Warrior of Sun (Punishment 18 Records)

Together since 2016, Hounds are a heavy/power metal act with the spirit of 70’s/80’s influence coursing through their veins on this album Warrior of Sun. The quintet possesses a twin guitar and keyboard Read more […]

Malicious Inc. – Red Flag (Sliptrick Records)

Channeling confusing or potentially destructive emotions can be healthy in a metal context – cleansing the mental palate so to speak. UK act Malicious Inc. have chosen to do so through this debut five Read more […]

Coffin Curse – Ceased to Be (Memento Mori)

Chilean metal duo Coffin Curse will give you the chills with their first full-length. After several demos and a split, the band has finally given their first offering of pummeling death metal for the malignant Read more […]

Quasarborn – A Pill Hard to Swallow (Self-Released)

Forming from the ashes of Space Eater, Quasarborn have been together since 2016, a Serbian quartet that live for a bit of technicality against their melodic thrash ways for album two A Pill Hard to Swallow. Read more […]

Svarttjern – Shame Is Just A Word (Soulseller Records)

Here in the NOVA area winter is more of a baleful glance than it is ever a serious threat. So it’s always refreshing to encounter new solid black metal experiences during the winter to remind me that Read more […]

Delain – Apocalypse & Chill (Napalm)

While there’s been some material from Delain in the four years following 2016’s Moonbathers, such as last year’s Hunter’s Moon EP, there’s been a bit of a wait for a new full-length for the band. Read more […]