Reviews

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cypress Ave. (Napalm)

Stretching boundaries keeps musicians creative output from stagnation. Which to Kansas’ The Midnight Ghost Train includes the refusal to hold themselves back from boxed in categorical restraints. Their Read more […]

Blurring – Cloud Burner (Self-Released)

You can rely upon a release that starts with a clip stating, “I will fucking bash you in the face” to be caustic. Such is the case for the newest EP from this Rochester, NY act Blurring, who all but Read more […]

Gravesite – Neverending Trail of Skulls (Xtreem Music)

One thing that’s certain – Neverending Trail of Skulls is a pretty killer album title. Surprised no one (at least to this scribe’s knowledge) has scooped that up as a band name to be honest. Brutal, Read more […]

Exit Eden – Rhapsodies in Black (Napalm)

Taking the combined power of four female vocalists and integrating the idea that one can turn pop songs into occasionally bombastic, pure symphonic metal, Exit Eden sits in an area that one might call Read more […]

Prong – Zero Days (SPV)

In an effort to make up for the long distance that previously accumulated between studio albums, Prong are cranking them out on an annual basis. This was somewhat the norm for bands in the ’70s and even Read more […]

Paganizer – Land of Weeping Souls (Transcending Obscurity)

There’s not a soul that is seemingly more committed to the worship of old school death metal than Rogga Johansson. One of metal’s most prolific names, it’s high time that he returned to one of his Read more […]

Xanthochroid – Of Erthe and Axen Act I (Erthe and Axen Records)

While it’s been five years since the self-proclaimed ‘cinematic black metal’ act Xanthochroid released the well-received Blessed He with Boils, they sure do know how to stage a commanding return. Read more […]

Warbeast – Enter the Arena (Housecore)

Vocalist Bruce Corbitt’s recent esophageal cancer diagnosis has put a premature end to Warbeast’s career, one that formed out of Texas Metal Alliance in 2008. Corbitt, to most punters’ eyes and ears, Read more […]

On Top – Top Dollar (Horror Pain Death Gore Productions)

Certain themes remain consistent for this power trio On Top from Downington, PA. Active since 2008, outside of their debut demo Another Night of Sleaze in 2009, their subsequent EP/album output has had Read more […]

Beneath – Ephemeris (Unique Leader)

Returning after 2014’s The Barren Throne, the Icelandic death metal squad of Beneath is now ready to unleash their third outing of brutal death metal. Some notable changes have occurred, with the band Read more […]

Devil Electric – Devil Electric (Kozmik Artifactz)

Last year’s The Gods Below EP showed that this Australian stoner/doom act had some potential as they continued to grow. It wasn’t long after they released their EP that they were already signed to Read more […]

The Lurking Fear – Out of the Voiceless Grave (Century Media)

Having leant his voice to a handful of utterly influential, genre-defining melodic death metal (and d-beat) albums, Tomas Lindberg has his pick of the litter for projects. At the Gates is back in action, Read more […]

Stay Ugly – The Life and Near Deaths of King Fowley (Burning Horse Media)

The best people and musicians in metal strike that adequate balance for quality, conviction, passion, and truth. King Fowley has lived for metal (and music) in general since childhood, so given his always Read more […]

Dzö-nga – The Sachem’s Tales (Avantgarde Music)

That would be pronounced “zone-gah” and evidently, it’s the name of a cryptid or demon that is said to haunt the mountain Kangchenjunga. (Thanks Metal Archives, as usual.) Essentially a one-man project Read more […]

Eshtadur – Mother Gray (Bleeding Music Records)

Always on the hunt for more melodic death/thrash that has no problems going straight for the throat but utilizing a bit of melody, Eshtadur’s Mother Gray certainly seemed to fit the billing. Staying Read more […]

Encyrcle – Burning Child (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Embracing an evil slice of the heavy/speed metal platform, Danish act Encyrcle made impressive inroads through their 2015 self-titled debut album on Unspeakable Axe Records. While preparing for the proper Read more […]

Nostoc – Ævum (Self-Released)

Somewhere between early Cynic (i.e. Focus) and Gojira lies Costa Rica’s Nostoc. Now, the idea of a metal band from Costa Rica trying to break through isn’t lost on us; the same applies for the just-as-good Read more […]

HeadCrusher – Death Comes with Silence (Self-Released)

Texas-based extreme metal crew HeadCrusher may leave you with a case of head-scratching after you begin listening to their latest album Death Comes with Silence. Not in a bad way mind you, but in the Read more […]

Seven Spires – Solveig (Black Ray Music Group)

Aiming to expand the symphonic metal genre through film score, power, extreme, and classical/orchestral nuances, Seven Spires has made quite an impact on the current metal marketplace through their impressive Read more […]

Anasarca – Survival Mode (Sevared Records)

Do you enjoy ‘90s death metal? The kind that put brutality in the forefront whenever possible and tossed in just enough melody to keep it from being a snooze? Then Anasarca’s Survival Mode is worth Read more […]

Bloodrainbow – Upheaval (Neverheard Distro)

A band trying to merge Floridian death metal brutality with Scandinavian melody, Hungary’s Bloodrainbow have a more unique take than you might initially think. That also might be due to the fact that Read more […]

Suffering Hour – In Passing Ascension (Blood Harvest)

Death metal, or subterranean death metal for that matter, is without a real guitar hero. Obviously, the style doesn’t call for it, having become the murky, ugly stepbrother to a sound that was already Read more […]

Accept – The Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast)

The resurrection of Accept passed the point of validity once Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad received rapturous response on a fan level – beyond the critics that have been clamoring the veteran band’s Read more […]

Ye Banished Privateers – First Night Back in Port (Napalm)

Rewind two decades ago and the whole “pirate” thing was a joke. Founded and subsequently cornered by Hamburg metal outfit Running Wild, “pirate metal” was a one-band pursuit for such a significant Read more […]

Hero’s Last Rite – Wasted Prayer (Self-Released)

The Canadian thrash attack continues with Hero’s Last Rite – active for almost a decade with two previous albums under their belt (this scribe privy to the second The Mirror’s Face back in 2014), Read more […]

Jeopardy – You’re Doing It Wrong (Self-Released)

Coming on my aural landscape due to guitarist John ‘Boozer’ Short and his work at Promotorhead Enterainment for Vermont shows, it’s exciting to hear a crossover thrash quartet embody a sense of fun Read more […]

Vaiya – Remnant Light Reissue (Nordvis Produktion / Bindrune Recordings)

Bust out your stopwatches, for here’s a band who is coy enough to release an album with three songs that are exactly 13 minutes long apiece. You could almost see the chopping, editing, alterations and Read more […]

Protean Collective – Collapse (Self-Released)

Melding together and eclectic progressive metal environment influence-wise, Boston’s Protean Collective make an immediate impression – they certainly mesmerized this scribe when watching the band open Read more […]

NYN – Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt (Vmbrella)

One could probably just call the latest NYN album “Chaos” and be done with it. Of all the albums in recent memory, this one is just about as chaotic you can get with technical death metal and still Read more […]

Flynn Effect – Obsidian (Self-Released)

The Flynn Effect states that since the 1930s, the IQ of the world has increased to this date. While one might scratch their head at this given some of the state of the world affairs, we aren’t here Read more […]

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