Reviews

Havok – Conformicide (Century Media)

The retro thrash movement was a war of attrition. As per metal’s habit, too many of the same-minded bands came looking for the same thing: old-time thrash glory. And when these bands started to flood Read more […]

Demonic Resurrection – Dashavatar (Demonstealer Records)

No doubt one of the first names that comes to mind when discussing the Indian metal scene, Demonic Resurrection have seen some rising stock over the course of their first four releases, most notably 2014’s Read more […]

Vetrar Draugurinn – I (Self-Released)

Vetrar Darugurinn, Icelandic for The Winter Ghosts, is a new band comprised of some established players in the scene. Most notably, Eric Hazebroek (Stream of Passion and others) and Marjan Welman (Autumn) Read more […]

Cellador – Off the Grid (Scarlet Records)

US power metal struggled to maintain any foothold in the scene after an active 80’s market, probably due to the alternative/extreme factions that grabbed underground attention outside of major media Read more […]

Grima – Tales of the Enchanted Woods (Naturmacht Productions)

Let us not lose sight of the fact Grima are from Russia, giving them perhaps the most enticing black metal angle of them all in that they’re really from the deep woods. They’re not a bunch of suburbanites Read more […]

Saille – Gnosis (Code666)

Just a big shoulder shrug with this one. Belgium black metallers Saille are more or less one of those bands who can kill you with their ferocity while at the same time making you forget you even listened Read more […]

Nightrage – The Venomous (Despotz)

While not quite a melodic death metal institution, Nightrage are, for all intents and purposes, one of the last pure-breds of the style. Guided solely by guitarist/primary songwriter Marios Iliopoulos, Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – The Great Collapse (eOne)

Going back to hearing the first moments of “The Conqueror” from Fit for an Autopsy’s debut, The Process of Human Extermination, it was quite clear that this was an angry band. And in the best of Read more […]

Voidthrone – Spiritual War Tactics (Self-Released)

There’s been a celebration of the dissonance found within the extreme genres as of late. The Deathspell Omega, Gorguts, and Ulcerate influences have birthed some rather exceptional fruits because of Read more […]

The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy (Nuclear Blast)

Dutch act The Charm The Fury made their mark on the world with an EP and album to their name before Nuclear Blast scooped them up for their second full-length, the upcoming The Sick, Dumb & Happy. While Read more […]

Memoriam – For the Fallen (Nuclear Blast)

The 2015 death of drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns ended Bolt Thrower’s career. Although Bolt Thrower hadn’t released a new album since 2005’s Those Once Loyal, respect and praise for the band Read more […]

Condemned – His Divine Shadow (Unique Leader)

Yet another death metal act coming out of the hot bed of California (and hence tied to Unique Leader), Condemned are back for their third full-length album. This release comes six years after their second Read more […]

Sanctuary – Inception (Century Media)

Much like the Star Wars saga where the beginning occurs later in the release cycle, Washington power metal act Sanctuary release a compilation of their pre-Refuge Denied album demos decades after their Read more […]

Evocation – The Shadow Archetype (Metal Blade)

Always a bit of an underdog in the scene, Evocation got their start in the Swedish death metal business as it was starting to get hot, only to vanish after two demos in the early ‘90s. Much like a number Read more […]

Fen – Winter (Code666)

Fen are never at a loss for ideas. The band’s simply brilliant 2013 Dustwalker as a starting point, the Brits have emerged as the most daunting and dare we say, “progressive,” of the front of black Read more […]

Obituary – Obituary (Relapse)

Bands go with a self-titled album because they either can’t think of a title, or they are so confident in a particular selection of songs, that they feel their band name provides enough representation. Read more […]

Ignea – The Sign of Faith (Self-Released)

Rare is the band that finds an avenue that best serves them so quickly into their profession. Ignea is a new name on the block, though the act was around for a few years prior as Parallax and have put Read more […]

Tumourboy – Damaged System (Witches Brew)

Always appreciative to hear metal from exotic locales, and given the government restrictions for decades towards the genre, it’s satisfying to finally enjoy a quartet such as Tumourboy, hailing from Read more […]

Severpull – Divided by Two (Killtone Records)

Brought to this scribe’s attention through ex-Heathen/Vicious Rumors guitarist Ira Black while posting on Facebook, Sacramento, California’s Severpull started in 2014 and after a few lineup changes Read more […]

netra – Ingrats (Hypnotic Dirge)

Add to the classification scheme that of “urban black metal.” The French one man black metal project netra has been engaging in this category for two previous full-length albums, and Ingrats marks Read more […]

Hark – Machinations (Season of Mist)

Metal loves a good second chance. Ozzy got his after leaving Black Sabbath; same goes for Ronnie James Dio after Rainbow, then Black Sabbath, which technically would be a third chance. Then there’s Mustaine Read more […]

Striker – Striker (Record Breaking Records)

Internet technology ignited the global impact of the music industry since the late 1990’s – empowering musicians to take more control of their music, their brand, and their promotional impact. Edmonton, Read more […]

Lantern – II: Morphosis (Dark Descent)

Curious what the definition of “Finnish old-school death metal” is? Then have a gander at Lantern. Formed in 2007, Lantern is the product of Cruciatus (guitars, bass, drums) and Necrophilos (vocals). Read more […]

Damnation Plan – Reality Illusion (Inverse Records)

Mustering up along the same blurred progressive metal/melodic death metal lines as Mercenary, Damnation Plan have sought to sync both sides of the equation into their sound. It’s been 4 years since Read more […]

Thobbe Englund – Sold My Soul (Metalville Records)

Choosing to leave Sabaton as their grueling 200 date plus a year road schedule and success ramps up may seem insane, yet personal priorities change as guitarist Thobbe Englund wastes no time writing and Read more […]

Deathwhite – For a Black Tomorrow (Self-Released)

After two EPs, the time has finally come for the mysterious American three-piece of Deathwhite to take the jump into full-length waters. Solitary Martyr saw the band spread their wings sonically, as well Read more […]

Edenbridge – The Great Momentum (SPV)

Longtime veterans of the symphonic metal scene, Edenbridge never really reached the levels of say, Nightwish or Within Temptation, but have nonetheless carried on with their particular version of the genre. Read more […]

Benighted – Necrobreed (Season of Mist)

There are some bands within the metal scene that can be reliably called upon to offer some of the extreme’s most intense and frantic offerings. Benighted have long earned a spot on that short list, Read more […]

Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)

Somewhat of the unsung band from the New Wave of American Metal movement (whatever happened to that term?), Darkest Hour have notched their ninth album with Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora. Their Read more […]

Sunless – Urraca (Self-Released)

Last we saw Sunless was after an early 2016 demo, a two song release that took the dissonant death metal vibes and progressive/post influences and blurred them into a slurry. One year later, the band Read more […]

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