King Witch – Under the Mountain (Listenable Records)

Within Edinburgh, Scotland resides King Witch, a four-piece outfit that since 2015 deliver their take on doom meets heavy metal. Releasing a debut EP for Shoulders of Giants in the fall of the same year, Read more […]

Battlesoul – Sunward and Starward (CDN)

Whether it’s a drum machine or real person hitting the skins on Sunward and Starward is perhaps best debated at another time (we say it’s a drum machine; the band lists personnel stating otherwise), Read more […]

Nightshade – 1426 (Marked Man Records)

When looking at styles that continue to be stuck in the mud with a sound and direction, deathcore has been a perpetual offender. But for every band that continues to churn out the same ole chuggy, breakdown Read more […]

Letters from the Colony – Vignette (Nuclear Blast)

There’s not quite as much risk-taking in the metal world today as there should be. Young bands emulate the sounds that came before them, hoping to grasp onto their target audience, while veteran acts Read more […]

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – The Age of Absurdity (Nuclear Blast)

Practically a household name (in metal terms), Phil Campbell is best known for his work in Motörhead, earning the title as the longest-serving member next to Lemmy Kilmister, a feat not to be taken lightly Read more […]

Skyward – Seeking the Heavens (Self-Released)

Certain signs point to obvious categories in the metal realm. Take the winged warrior adorning the cover of Skyward on this four-song EP Seeking the Heavens – if you add in the sword cutting through Read more […]

Harakiri for the Sky – Arson (Art of Propaganda)

Ever since their debut Aokigahara, Harakiri have been rapidly expanding their audience, and for good reason. A tough nut to crack in terms of classification, it’s only become more difficult as the band Read more […]

Dream Tröll – The Witch’s Curse (Self-Released)

Sparse information exists when scouring the internet regarding this UK group. According to their own Facebook page, inspiration travels from the metal genre, and to all the metal clichés that they still Read more […]

Apathy Noir – Black Soil (Artnoir Productions)

Every bit as bleak and desolate as you’d expect given the grey cover art, Apathy Noir have returned with another outing of deathly doom metal. Multi-instrumentalist Viktor Jonas continues to lead the Read more […]

Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath (Metal Blade)

It’s always easy to make a solid first impression in heavy metal. The follow-up product however can show a group’s true worth – as they often say you have a lifetime to create those first batch of Read more […]

Genocide Pact – Order of Torment (Relapse)

Relapse used to have the market cornered when it came to bands like D.C.’s Genocide Pact, a savagely heavy death/doom band. The label has done an excellent job of diversifying its roster the last decade-plus, Read more […]

Apophys – Devoratis (Ultimate Massacre Productions)

After bringing forth an enjoyably no-frills death metal release back in 2015 with their debut, Prime Incursion, the Dutch act of Apophys have returned with their follow-up. Devoratis is the type of album Read more […]

Blame – Almanac (Self-Released)

Perhaps due to sheer volume, or the need to perpetually raise the bar when it comes to brutality, it seems there aren’t quite as many albums in extreme metal that jump out and grab the listener by the Read more […]

Pestilence – Hadeon (Hammerheart)

Hadeon marks the second comeback attempt for Pestilence, who for whatever reason, was dissolved in 2014 after the Obsideo album. (Mainman Patrick Mameli replacement band Neuromorph never quite got off Read more […]

Silent Descent – Turn to Grey (Self-Released)

As we walk further into the digital and electronic age, it seems more metallic acts are beginning to embrace the times. UK-based Silent Descent has been implementing turntables and trance into their modern Read more […]

Heavatar – Opus II: The Annihilation (earMusic)

A side venture for those who don’t quite get Van Canto’s a cappella metal (we do), Heavatar features lead VC throat Stefan Schmidt, alongside drummer Jörg Michael (ex-Stratovarius and literally 85 Read more […]

Eynomia – Break Free (Pure Legend Records)

It’s natural that symphonic rock/metal has established itself worldwide thanks to the success of European bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, and Delain – enough so that American artists Read more […]

Kantica – Reborn in Aesthetics (Revalve Records)

After forming back in 2014 and overcoming some line-up changes, Italian symphonic metal squad Kantica present their first full-length release, Reborn in Aesthetics. With so many similar bands in the genre, Read more […]

Rumahoy – The Triumph of Piracy (Napalm)

At first glance, there’s no doubt that the cynicism meter is going to go off the charts for a band like Rumahoy. A pirate themed band on Napalm Records, after all, will immediately draw comparisons Read more […]

NMK – Ravenous Spectre (Self-Released)

Hailing from Peru, NMK is the latest melodic death act to unleash their debut album to the masses. Three years in the making, Ravenous Spectre takes cues from bands such as Carcass, At the Gates, and Read more […]

Death Keepers – Rock This World (Fighter Records)

Born to the scene in late 2011, Spain’s Death Keepers aim to keep the 80’s heavy metal sound alive. Releasing an EP in 2013 with On the Sacred Way, they’ve had time to develop their material and Read more […]

Aerith – Aerith (Self-Released)

One of those ‘popping out from the middle of nowhere’ type of releases, Aerith does still come with a pedigree behind it. California’s Aerith consists of Aborted drummer Ken Bedene, alongside Frank Read more […]

Iron Will – Life Is Your Labyrinth (Iron Rise Records)

This Boston-based traditional metal act Iron Will contain a couple of Ravage members for those familiar to the former Metal Blade power/thrash band – vocalist Al Ravage playing drums, while guitarist Read more […]

Chasing Ghosts – These Hollow Gods (Mighty Music)

A dark, atmospheric rock band from the U.K., Chasing Ghosts — to no surprise whatsoever — cull influences from Anathema and Paradise Lost, the latter being of the most significance here. At the turn Read more […]

Walk in Darkness – Welcome to the New World (Self-Released)

First introduced to Walk in Darkness through a random find on Bandcamp last February for the release of their debut, In the Shadows of Things, the band has returned exactly one year later with their follow-up. Read more […]

Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins – Pawn and Prophecy (Frontiers Records)

Beyond the experience present, Symphony X bassist Mike Lepond knows the metal genre inside and out. So much so he assembles all the right musicians to carry out his songwriting visions, as Pawn and Prophecy Read more […]

Grave Spirit – The Beast Unburdened By Flesh 7″ EP (Iron Bonehead)

An introductory EP/7-inch. Always a good idea, especially when you’re a niche, undeniably raw (and new) band such as Grave Spirit. The debate over whether to release albums anymore intensifies, although Read more […]

Noturnall – 9 (Rockshots Records)

Containing players past and present with known entities such as Primal Fear, Angra, and Shaman, Brazilian progressive metal band Noturnall certainly gain a head start over most newcomers since their 2013 Read more […]

Knife the Glitter – Knife the Glitter (Party Smasher Inc)

Sometimes albums that have a lengthy gestation period never see the light of day. But if they do arrive, they have fans that have been waiting rabidly with massive expectations, or worse yet, fans that Read more […]

Order to Ruin – Return to Ceyrior VII (Self-Released)

A band that has been quite consistent in their melodic death songwriting, Order to Ruin have managed to put out a new release every year since 2012. With Return to Ceyrior VII being well, their seventh Read more […]