Virulent Depravity – Fruit of the Poisoned Tree (The Artisan Era)

As much as this scribe enjoys a solid tech-death pummeling, much of what’s been coming through the gates lately hasn’t stood up as well. Not quite a slump per say, but it just seems like much is ‘going Read more […]

Hammerdrone – Dark Harvest (Self-Released)

Whatever happened to good, old meat & potatoes melodic death metal? No excesses, no modern trimmings – just solid melodies and well, actual death metal. As the shift towards integration with keyboards Read more […]

Holy Martyr – Darkness Shall Prevail (Dragonheart Records)

Enduring twenty plus years together in an epic heavy metal style forging a path of cult-appeal deserves kudos for sticking to what appeals to your head and heart as musicians. Italian band Holy Martyr Read more […]

Ember Falls – Welcome to Ember Falls (Spinefarm)

It’s not so often anymore that you hear about a band getting signed off of one single, but that’s precisely what happened to Ember Falls in joining with Spinefarm Records. Welcome to Ember Falls being Read more […]

Sawthis – Babhell (Mighty Music)

After three albums that have gone rather under the radar, the Italian squad of Sawthis are back for a fourth helping with Babhell. Their first album under the Mighty Music flag has some definite appeal Read more […]

Black Mirrors – Funky Queen (Napalm Records)

From an A&R standpoint, it’s fair to wonder why metal labels sign out-and-out rock bands but offer them up to heavier audiences. The experiment has been going on for several years now and still, not Read more […]

Trollfest – Helluva (NoiseArt)

When it comes to the absurd, not too many can pull it off with more finesse than that of Trollfest. The antics, the goofiness, and the sometimes off-kilter compositions, Trollfest sits slightly above Read more […]

King of Asgard – Taudr (Trollmusic)

After three impressive albums with Metal Blade, Swedish blackened Viking outfit King of Asgard have moved over to Trollmusic for the release of Taudr. Such a move could be a detriment to the band’s visibility Read more […]

Sinner – Tequila Suicide (AFM Records)

Mat Sinner keeps himself busy as wise musicians need to making a living in today’s ever-evolving industry. Beyond Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, and his Rock Meets Classic activities, he’s returned to Read more […]

Coldfells – Coldfells (Bindrune Recordings/Eihwaz Recordings)

“Anguish aplenty,” in its not-so-subtle fashion, is one of the many descriptors used for Coldfells’ self-titled debut. The product of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Carey (Nechochwen, End, Infirmary), Read more […]

Svart Crown – Abreaction (Century Media)

Underground extreme metal charmers Svart Crown make the jump onto one of metal largest labels, Century Media with their fourth album Abreaction. Coming almost 5 years after their third album, Profane, Read more […]

Deficiency – The Dawn of Consciousness (Apathia Records)

The umbrella of modern thrash often lends itself into either more commercially-viable waters or that of heavier death metal influences. This of course, begs the question, why not both? French thrashers Read more […]

Pallbearer – Heartless (Profound Lore)

Hype has yet to get the best of Pallbearer. The Little Rock, AR doom/progressive metal collective have cultivated a devoted cult and critical following, one that has exalted all facets of their work. They’re Read more […]

Sons ov Omega – Reign (Black Lion Productions)

One of the go-to labels for sleeper hits over the past two years has been Black Lion Records. Building a base of extreme metal acts (Hyperion, Mist of Misery, and Wormlight…to name a few), more seem Read more […]

Vangough – Warpaint (Self-Released)

Three-piece progressive bands in the heavy realm rely on strong musicianship and intuitive sensibilities to fill the gaps where large groups can add that extra power player in the mix. From Rush to King’s Read more […]

Wolfheart – Tyhjyys (Spinefarm Records)

The Finnish word for ‘emptiness’, Wolfheart’s third studio platter Tyhjyys continues the quest to reach the deepest, darkest, and emotional recesses of the quartet – as vocalist/guitarist Tuomas Read more […]

Cirith Gorgor – Bi Den Dode Hant (Hammerheart Records)

Playing the devils music for over two decades is no easy feat but Cirith Gorgor have stayed true to the left hand path for a while now. Last year they released the excellent Visions of Exalted Lucifer Read more […]

Asylum – Psalms of Paralysis (Metal Rising Records)

How tough it is to be an upcoming band nowadays amid the sea of competition. While there’s only so much that can be done within the confines of the metal realm, it doesn’t stop some from trying to Read more […]

Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (Bindrune Recordings)

I think anyone who has heard of Falls of Rauros knows they are a special band, and if you haven’t, it’s time to get acquainted and Vigilance Perennial is the perfect place to begin. I first heard Read more […]

Hyborian – Hyborian Volume I (The Company)

Usually stoner/sludge bands have a tendency to keep this scribe on the backpedal, due to spending too much time playing fuzzed-out, psychedelic riffs that provide little/no energy and meander like crazy. Read more […]

Craven Idol – The Shackles of Mammon (Dark Descent)

Bands will often try to fool listeners by verbally maneuvering their albums into fresh and/or original territory, only for folks to wise up and realize such is not the case. Thankfully, there is no illusion Read more […]

1476 – Our Season Draws Near (Prophecy Productions)

Stalwart German label Prophecy Productions wisely re-released 1476’s first three albums last year, subsequently introducing the Salem, MA outfit to a wider portion of the metal underground. The band’s Read more […]

Tethra – Like Crows for the Earth (Sliptrick Records)

Born in 2008, Italian quintet Tethra deliver a striking brand of depressive doom/death on their second full-length Like Crows for the Earth. Only vocalist Clode Tethra remains from the original lineup, Read more […]

Mordbrand – Wilt (Carnal Records)

Lots of Swedish death metal coming through the pipelines as of late, though it’s not too far from the norm in recent years. With everyone seemingly wanting to get in on the action, it can make for some Read more […]

Damnations Day – A World Awakens (Sensory Records)

Australian melodic metal act Damnations Day have made impressive in roads outside of domestic borders following the release of their 2013 Invisible, The Dead debut album. Especially opening for Accept Read more […]

Earth Rot – Renascentia (Self-Released)

What happens when you take your standard, HM-2 Swe-death worshipping band and combine it with some black metal influences? Ask the Aussies in Earth Rot if you are looking for more information, as their Read more […]

Code – Lost Signal (Agonia)

Because Code changed their sound so drastically, perhaps not even they know what to do with their career, or even their back catalog, for that matter. Lost Signal is an EP consisting of three songs from Read more […]

Without Waves – Lunar (Prosthetic Records)

Challenging parameters within the constructs of metal has been ongoing for decades. Now that everything has been done as far as being faster, louder, extreme, atmospheric, symphonic, cinematic, or serene Read more […]

Flaming Wrekage – From Flesh to Dust (Self-Released)

When asked the question, to thrash or to groove, the answer of course is, why not both? Such seems the mentality of the up-and-comers in Australia’s Flaming Wrekage. Their second album, coming after Read more […]

Creeping Fear – Onward to Apocalypse (Dolorem Records)

Sometimes (brutal) death metal is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s reliable, you know it tastes good, but ultimately it’s just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It gets the job done, Read more […]