Reviews

Chuggernaut – Kodiak (Self-Released)

Self-proclaimed as ‘regressive metal’, Boston’s Chuggernaut (what a cool band name!) live for the almighty riff on their latest EP release Kodiak. Evolving since their 2013 beginnings through lineup Read more […]

Kvlt of Eblis – Templo de la Serpiente Negra (Morbid Skull Records)

Somewhere in a dark place in 1996 a group is together making music for dark magics and to explore one esoteric path or another. Only instead of 1996 it’s 2018 and it’s Kvlt of Eblis and their debut Read more […]

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

It’s been a while since Ancestors has been putting out new material. Six years to be precise, from 2012’s In Dreams and Time. The band’s unique blend of doom, psychedelia, prog, post-rock and more Read more […]

Liberatia – The Keeper (Self-Released)

Aiming to play sick shows and deliver great music, Liberatia are a younger quartet from British Columbia – homeland to Unleash the Archers and Annihilator among others. Since forming in the fall of 2013, Read more […]

Tragedy of Mine – Tenebris (Out of Line Music)

With so many bands reaching back to the ‘good old days,’ particularly in death metal, there’s also a portion that like to reach back to the glory days of metalcore. Tragedy of Mine has a clear admiration Read more […]

Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze (Nuclear Blast)

The two-piece act Mantar have been making some waves over the past two releases. Joining on with Nuclear Blast for their second release, Ode to the Flame, The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze keeps with the Read more […]

Manes – Slow Motion Death Sequence (Debemur Morti Productions)

The gradual pulse of the unfamiliar washes over me once again and with it comes a world of surprise. On the one hand, a band with a couple decades of history behind it continuing to produce quality work. Read more […]

The Eternal – Waiting for the Endless Dawn (Inverse)

The alluring Aussies have long been on the radar, but never quite in clear focus, if you catch our drift. They’ve certainly run with the right crowd, so to speak, coming up on now-defunct Finnish label Read more […]

Mob Rules – Beast Reborn (Steamhammer/SPV)

Hand picking their latest second guitarist Sönke Janssen because of his studies and skills under the tutelage of main axe man Sven Lüdke, the German melodic power metal act Mob Rules strides again to Read more […]

Hespera – In Absence (Seeing Red Records)

When a group of musicians get together and on a debut EP manage to ensnare both Bjorn Strid of Soilwork and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, formerly of Soilwork), one gets the sense that there must be some strong Read more […]

Gourmand – Blossoming from the Grave (Self-Released)

A bit of an odd name with Gourmand, though being a connoisseur of death metal would admittedly make a lot of sense. The Kansas City-based act began their mission two years ago, with a full length debut Read more […]

Cast the Stone – Empyrean Atrophy (Agonia)

A band that was launched in 2002, released an album in 2005 (Dark Winds Descending) and proceeded to fall out of view for 13 years, you’d have to forgive the average metal-goer if they thought Cast the Read more […]

Subtype Zero – The Astral Awakening (Seeing Red Records)

Previously known for the past five years as Cringe, this five-piece wisely changed their moniker to a much more appropriate Subtype Zero for this new full-length The Astral Awakening. Before even pressing Read more […]

Stillbirth – Annihilation of Mankind (Unique Leader)

When it comes to the extreme, slam and grind acts are the ones that perpetually push the envelope. Many view them as bouts of musical endurance that don’t sit much higher than noise, while others gravitate Read more […]

Beyond the Black – Heart of the Hurricane (Napalm)

Building up a formidable reputation in the symphonic metal scene, Germany’s Beyond the Black have previously released two albums on smaller labels, and now find themselves among the Napalm elite. With Read more […]

Dismal – When Light Left Us (Self-Released)

As the way these name changes tend to go, Pennsylvania-based Burn the Empire decided to adopt the name of Dismal after their last full-length release (The Iconoclast). With the accompanying name change, Read more […]

Images of Eden – Soulrise (Pavement Entertainment)

Amidst inevitable priority shifts, Images of Eden continually have developed their style even as the releases come on a five year or more clip. Gordon Tittsworth remains the lone constant from their origins Read more […]

Haunt – Burst into Flame (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Originating as a solo project from Beastmaker guitarist/vocalist Trevor William Church to exercise his heavy metal leanings, Haunt issued an EP last year Luminous Eyes independently, making waves enough Read more […]

Sear Bliss – Letters From The Edge (Hammerheart Records)

I stumbled upon this album initially in a magazine ad, quite taken by the album cover. Being unfamiliar with the band and only partially reading the bulk of the ad, I confused Letters From The Edge with Read more […]

Leeched – You Took the Sun When You Left (Prosthetic)

You can tell that Leeched aren’t going to bring much happiness and rainbows based on the title of this alone (that and their EP, Nothing Will Grow from the Rotten Ground). Consider Leeched marketing Read more […]

Primal Fear – Apocalypse (Frontiers Records)

Twenty years together as a group – it’s hard to fathom that back in 1998, the self-titled debut from Primal Fear hit the market at a time when traditional/power metal was in need of a kick start. Surviving Read more […]

Crawl – Rituals (Transcending Obscurity)

You can’t keep a good dog down, but sometimes you can teach them a few new tricks from time to time. Crawl is the latest batch of Swedes to hit up what their elders accomplished so well about 30 years Read more […]

Insignium – Infamie und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes sich erhebt (Apostasy Records)

Out the gate I suppose an administrative note is in order: Infamie und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes sich erhebt is a mouthful and hereafter shall be referred to as Infamie. That being said, if no-frills black Read more […]

Night Demon – Live Darkness (Century Media/ Shadow Kingdom Records)

Arguably the hardest touring band in traditional metal, Night Demon live for putting on mesmerizing performances of both the small club and large festival variety. Building a faithful core of followers Read more […]

Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers (Transcending Obscurity)

It is a failure on my part that I do not know more about Portugal beyond its once legendary status as colonial power. Throughout 2018 so far I’ve taken a few steps to rectify that failure: I began the Read more […]

Crossfaith – Ex Machina (UNFD Records)

While it hasn’t really come across this scribe’s email box before, Crossfaith have been a growing act in the modern metal scene, with Ex Machina being the band’s fifth release to date. Taking the Read more […]

Rithiya Henry Khiev – Eviscerated Realm (Self-Released)

Returning quickly after his debut EP offering The Finite Cycle, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Rithiya Henry Khiev took his head and heart into a pure instrumental outing for the follow up Eviscerated Read more […]

Murdered – Killed to Death (CDN Records)

When it comes to slam, many often cite the absurdity of it all as a reason to dismiss it. The big, massive riffs and indecipherable gurgles and burps that constitute the vocal range are indeed a roadblock Read more […]

Descent – Towers of Grandiosity (Redefining Darkness Records)

Falling directly in line with the growing mass that are taking the Entombed/Dismember crunch of the early ‘90s and applying it in a more punk/hardcore direction (a la Nails), Descent is the latest band Read more […]

Witchfyre – Grimorium Verum (Fighter Records)

With a name that screams metal, Witchfyre from Spain reside in that speed/heavy platform for their first full-length Grimorium Verum. Together since 2011, the quintet has released a single and Legends, Read more […]

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