Reviews

Imperia – Flames of Eternity (Massacre Records)

Despite a discography that includes four previous full-length releases before Flames of Eternity, they were an act that never seemed to garner much attention from this scribe. But after checking out an Read more […]

Sisters of Suffocation – Humans are Broken (Napalm)

Brutal death metal act Sisters of Suffocation have been making greater strides with each release since 2016’s Brutal Queen. Their latest full-length Humans are Broken sees them making another leap, Read more […]

Ravager – Thrashletics (Iron Shield Records)

There’s little question what genre German act Ravager belong to based on this album title, eh? Forming in late 2014 and issuing their first EP Alarm Clock Terror in 2016, they signed with Iron Shield Read more […]

Avantasia – Moonglow (Nuclear Blast)

Spending almost twenty years putting out these albums, what Tobias Sammett of Edguy originally saw as a side outlet concept one-off effort with Avantasia has now blossomed into a full-fledged operation Read more […]

Onydia – Reflections (Revalve Records)

A debut album that manages to push a band further away from the norm is always worth an look or two. Onydia strive to take elements of progressive metal and the operatic/symphonic metal overtones and Read more […]

The Three Tremors – The Three Tremors (Steel Cartel)

Clichés abound in the best heavy metal circles. Louder-faster-stronger. Go big or go home. We want our music so powerful that it can leap tall buildings and crush all naysayers oblivious to its subtle Read more […]

Brick by Brick – Hive Mentality (Upstate Records)

A singular focus can often grant some great opportunities if pointed in the right direction. For upstate NY’s Brick by Brick, that potent angle is that of aggression. The band’s seventh album, Hive Read more […]

Minors – Abject Bodies (Holy Roar Records)

What does it mean to really be bleak and destructive? Is it something that is peppered with explosive riffs and noisy, rattling of drums and vocals? Or is it something that makes you want to swirl around Read more […]

Hiss from the Moat – The Harrier (M-Theory Audio)

Italy’s Hiss from the Moat may not be the most active band in the extreme scene (it’s been six years since their first full-length Misanthropy) but it has been an interesting evolution. Starting out Read more […]

Yerûšelem – The Sublime (Debemur Morti Productions)

Darkened streets lit largely by distant neon underneath one oppressive night sky or another are exactly the kind of backdrop you can expect to conjure while listening to The Sublime. The new work of Blut Read more […]

Continuum – Designed Obsolescence (Unique Leader)

A stacked line-up doesn’t always mean that the band will deliver the goods. But in the case of Continuum, their 2015 debut The Hypothesis hit all the marks for the tech death genre. It may have taken Read more […]

Lord Divine – Facing Chaos (Fighter Records)

When looking into background information on Argentina’s Lord Divine, some interesting aspects crop up. The progressive metal sextet has been together since late 2002, releasing four previous full-lengths Read more […]

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Napalm)

Now three years removed from their last effort Moonbathers, Delain is back to give listeners a taste of new material with the Hunter’s Moon EP. Concluding the ‘moon’ trilogy (Lunar Prelude-Moonbathers-Hunter’s Read more […]

Hellnite – Midnight Terrors (Sliptrick Records)

A heavy metal project born in Mexico and now residing in Canada, Hellnite started as a thrash band in 2010, releasing their Manipulator EP in 2013. Mastermind Paolo Belmar felt the need to incorporate Read more […]

Black Mass – Warlust (Iron Shield Records)

Purveyors of thrash since 2012 and hailing from Boston, MA – Black Mass have been a mainstay in a thriving New England metal scene. Releasing three demos, an EP and full-length in the six years, they’ve Read more […]

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)

Who doesn’t like a good hodge-podge every once in a while? Of course, there has to be a sense of direction to it in order for it to work, but a collection of different influences can provide a more Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights (Napalm)

Now almost 20 years in, symphonic metal torchbearers Visions of Atlantis are finally releasing their first live album. Why they hadn’t released one earlier is anyone’s guess, but perhaps it was due Read more […]

Crystal Lake – Helix (Sharptone Records)

Making a bit of a name for themselves within the metalcore scene in more recent years, Japanese act Crystal Lake’s most recent album Helix has been out in their own country since 2018 but caught the Read more […]

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde Music)

Even if you are coming into Forgotten Paths like yours truly with no previous experience with Saor, a lot is revealed by the album cover and its title. The winter woods laid bare of foliage before distant Read more […]

Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist (Self-Released)

Death metal with a big alien on the cover – no, this isn’t a new Hypocrisy album (no matter how much we are longing for one). Backstabber are a Canadian band that focus more on a death/thrash hybrid Read more […]

6th Counted Murder – Individual (Sliptrick Records)

A conceptual effort taking real-life stories and adapting them into the storyline of a psychopathic loner and serial killer, Italian band 6th Counted Murder want to blaze their own trail with this second Read more […]

Xenoblight – Procreation (Out of Line Music)

Somewhere at the crossroads of death, thrash, black, and groove sits Xenoblight. Their debut release Procreation getting down with some nitty gritty riffing that seems to ping-pong back and forth between Read more […]

A Novelist – Folie (Self-Released)

Tech without being ‘tech?’ Such a statement comes to mind when listening to Folie, the second full-length from A Novelist. Without a doubt, the progressive and technical flourishes on the album would Read more […]

Hollow – Between Eternities of Darkness (Rockshots Records)

During the late 1990’s, power metal came back on the scene, thanks to bigger labels taking a chance on bands like Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Stratovarius, and Kamelot and making an impression first in Read more […]

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear (AFM Records)

Cranking out a mix of sturdy melodic metal with power, traditional, and hard rock inflections, Herman Frank keeps the machine moving for his fourth outing Fight the Fear. There’s no sense in really spinning Read more […]

Tribe of Pazuzu – Heretical Uprising (Self-Released)

What’s one way to get some people excited about a new death metal group? Get together some of its strongest players on your album of course! Mainman Nick Sagias (ex-Pestilence, Soulstorm) managed to Read more […]

Astronoid – Astronoid (Blood Music)

So panoramic and full is the sound of Boston’s Astronoid that you’re almost compelled to think they’re one of Devin Townsend’s creations or proteges. Not every Johnny-come-lately can create albums Read more […]

Oblivion – Oblivion (Self-Released)

Now six years removed from their 2013 debut, Called to Rise, California tech-death crew Oblivion bring forth a self-titled release for the third time around. Where 2017’s The Path Towards… saw the Read more […]

Critical Defiance – Misconception (Unspeakable Axe Records)

A hotbed in metal as of late has been South America. Beyond the fervent fanbase and infamous Rock in Rio festivals from Brazil, there has been a solid movement for the bands pushing their creative forces Read more […]

Hostilian – Catalyst (Self-Released)

In 2017, Indian metal act Hostilian hit the ground running with their first EP, Monolith. The band’s knack for piling together some thick grooves and tasty riffs made the debut an enjoyable one, and Read more […]

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