Metalian – Vortex (High Roller Records)

Metal tends to be a labor of love – the genre not for the weak of heart and mind, sacrifice and paying dues a part of the process on the journey to discovery. Grit and determination often separate the Read more […]

Civil Offence – Entrenched Warfare (Self-Released)

Always on a quest to feature metal bands in all locales, New Zealand is home to Civil Offence – a quartet that started in 2017 and have released their debut EP for Entrenched Warfare. Originating from Read more […]

Hollow Haze – Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas (Frontiers Music)

A second coming for Hollow Haze – as founding guitarist Nick Savio disbanded the progressive metal band after six albums in 2015 to join Fabio Lione in Eternal Idol, leaving after their debut album The Read more […]

Baroness – Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns)

My initial introduction to Baroness came in the Spring of 2010 while the band was on tour with Valient Thorr, Between The Buried And Me, and Mastodon. Barring the concerns Baroness faced during that era Read more […]

Turilli/Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Nuclear Blast)

Innovation breeds imitators. Especially prevalent in the metal genre – once someone takes off to critical acclaim and commercial success, impressionable musicians flock to said band(s) and siphon off Read more […]

Hyvmine – Retaliation (Seek and Strike)

Hyvmine seem to be on a persistent course to get their name out there. Last year they released their first full-length album, Earthquake, an EP, and a single at the end of the year. Now they are back Read more […]

Disentomb – The Decaying Light (Unique Leader)

It’s beginning to feel like 2019 is the year that slam-based bands are deciding to jump outside the usual boundaries. Ingested has been slowly injecting more straight death metal into their mix, Vulvodynia Read more […]

Anger Machine – Trail of the Perished (Self-Released)

Founded in 2015 through musical academy work, Anger Machine reside in the Netherlands and released their debut Unbreakable EP in the fall of 2016. Going through natural growing pains in terms of recordings, Read more […]

Zephyra – Fall. Rise. Conquer. (Self-Released)

Back in 2016, Zephyra came out from nowhere and unleashed a thrilling modern melodic death metal album in the form of As the World Collapses. They followed it up with a single (“The Darkest Black”) Read more […]

Demiurgon – The Oblivious Lure (Everlasting Spew)

Sometimes a band’s just gotta go fast! Bands like Origin and The Kennedy Veil did well to mix in primal death metal brutality while cranking up the tempos to furious rates. It offers a rush of adrenaline Read more […]

Morbid Cross – Disciples of the Goat (Self-Released)

Bringing the metal back from Vineland, New Jersey, Morbid Cross have been together since 2009 – releasing an EP in 2015 entitled Practice What You Preach (not a cover of the Testament classic) before Read more […]

Brand of Sacrifice – God Hand (Unique Leader)

One could probably make the argument that a brutal death metal band is a bit more fitting of a venue for making songs about the Berserk manga than say, Battle Beast or Beast in Black, given its violent Read more […]

Kryptos – Afterburner (AFM Records)

Ascending to new heights through each record, Kryptos help put Indian heavy metal on the map through their steady discography and potent live performances – being the first band from their country to Read more […]

Blind Cross – Merciless Time (Pure Steel Records)

A new melodic power metal project with members from Germany and the United States, Blind Cross features vocalist Juan Ricardo of Sunless Sky and Wretch joining ex-Mind Odyssey guitarist Rocco Stellmacher, Read more […]

Immortal Bird – Thrive on Neglect (20 Buck Spin)

It seems it’s taken forever to get to this point – an Immortal Bird full-length! After two excellent EPs in the last six years (starting with 2013’s Akrasia), it seems the band was finally ready Read more […]

Imago Imperii- Fate of a King (Self-Released)

Born to forge metal based on stories and myths of the past, Imago Imperii hail from Bologna, Italy and have been a part of the power/epic scene since 2011. They’ve released a demo, EP and full-length Read more […]

Bullet – Live (Steamhammer/SPV)

Live albums aren’t necessarily in vogue like the 70’s and 80’s for heavy metal – but there are artists still intent on marking their career with them. We all have our favorites (Iron Maiden – Read more […]

Ecliptic Vision – Ecliptic Vision (Self-Released)

Coming back for a second full-length helping is Syracuse, New York-based Ecliptic Vision, following up on 2016’s Dissimilar Dimensions (they did also put out an EP the following year). What really stood Read more […]

Vulvodynia – Mob Justice (Lacerated Enemy)

Back in 2016, Vulvodynia went just about as far into slam/brutal death metal as one could go. Psychosadistic Design was a monstrous release – one that didn’t really advance the genre, but it did everything Read more […]

Birdflesh – Extreme Graveyard Tornado (Everlasting Spew)

One of the more revered names in grind, it’s been a while since we’ve heard much from the Birdflesh camp. While they’ve been involved in a few recent splits, 2008’s The Farmer’s Wrath is the Read more […]

Burial Remains – Trinity of Deception (Transcending Obscurity)

One of those albums that you simply know what’s coming as soon as the chunky, HM-2 buzzsaw kicks in on the first second, Burial Remains has their work cut out for them on Trinity of Deception. It’s Read more […]

Putrified J – The Deep End of Horror (Comatose Music)

Let’s not kid ourselves – brutal death metal and slam exist for one sole purpose: to inundate the listener with sonic brutality. It’s barbaric and over-the-top and leaves little room for subtlety. Read more […]

Opacia – On Blackest Wings (Self-Released)

Genre melding has been a stock method to incorporate diverse influences – and hopefully attract a wider reach for a following. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Opacia since 2015 have been parading their Read more […]

Helenium – The Elements (Self-Released)

Perhaps recognizable to DR frequenters due to her being the lead singer of power/symphonic act Persona, Helenium is Jelena Dobric’s solo debut. A five-track EP based around the natural elements (Aether, Read more […]

Bloodred Hourglass – Godsend (Out of Line Music)

With a continued shift from more modern act into pure melodic death metal, Bloodred Hourglass’ fourth album is for those who enjoy the heavier side of the genre. Much like previous album, Heal, they Read more […]

Martyrium – Children Scream for Mercy (Australis Records)

Underground metal has many pockets of appeal, often due to the need to express oneself against the daily toil or social/political frustrations existent in a specific country/territory. Hailing from Chile Read more […]

Ketzer – Cloud Collider (Metal Blade)

Because of their Satanic black/thrash beginnings, Germany’s Ketzer took it on the chin for 2016’s change-in-direction Starless. Many accused the Germans of jumping on the Tribulation post-metal bandwagon, Read more […]

Aggravated Nuisance – Deadly Forces (Self-Released)

Crossover thrash hasn’t been relegated to an East Coast/West Coast impact stateside – it’s blossomed to Oklahoma as well, in part thanks to bands like Aggravated Nuisance. Starting in 2017, Deadly Read more […]

Howling Sycamore – Seven Pathways to Annihilation (Prosthetic Records)

An assembly of high caliber metal musicians of diverse genres, Howling Sycamore delivers intriguing progressive metal in relatively quick fashion since their 2016 inception. Their self-titled debut album Read more […]

Critical Mess – Man Made Machine Made Man (Metalville)

Just slightly over a year ago, Critical Mess made their debut with Human Præy, which was defined by its go for the throat approach to modern death metal. It was brutal and stuck to the usual marks, but Read more […]

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