Reviews

Arduini / Balich – Dawn of Ages (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Tongue-twisting name aside, Arduini / Balich is the marriage between a progressive metal forerunner (Victor Arduini, ex-Fates Warning), and one of doom’s best pure singers (Brian “Butch” Balich, Read more […]

Grimgotts – Part Man, Part Beast, Part Dragon (Self-Released)

One band that’s spent plenty of time in our Sifting Through Bandcamp pages is that of the UK’s Grimgotts. After completing two EPs just in 2016 alone, they’ve now delivered their first offering Read more […]

Torrefy – The Infinity Complex (Self-Released)

Originating in 2011 and hailing from western Canada, Torrefy take many elements outside the thrash realm to concoct their own progressive brew on this second full-length The Infinity Complex. Admirable Read more […]

Armored Saint – Carpe Noctum (Metal Blade)

In a rare personal note, this scribe has the same hairstyle as Armored Saint singer John Bush. Us gents with a shaved head (out of necessity, mind you), tend to have a habit of rubbing each other’s bald Read more […]

Ekpyrosis – Asphyxiating Devotion (Memento Mori)

Always fun to learn a new word here and there – take the term Ekyprosis, for instance. It refers to a Stoic belief that the universe was in a fiery cycle of birth, cooling, and rebirth. Sounds pretty Read more […]

So This is Suffering – Palace of the Pessimist (Unique Leader)

As the resident staffer when it comes to tech death – any new release from Unique Leader gets viewed with some anticipation. Even when, in this case, when it was clear that So This is Suffering was Read more […]

Seven Kingdoms – Decennium (Self-Released)

Fulfilling the promise of releasing their fourth full-length in the first quarter of the new year, Florida’s Seven Kingdoms continue to be a consummate power metal heavy hitter – striding valiantly Read more […]

Cultural Warfare – Future Kill EP (M-Theory Audio)

A bit hard to see where Cultural Warfare’s Future Kill EP fits at the moment. Had it been released seven or eight years ago, it would have been neck-and-neck with the Johnny-come-thrash-lately’s who Read more […]

Maze of Sothoth – Soul Demise (Everlasting Spew Records)

Italian death metal you say? With a precedent of bands that come from the region playing fast as all get out death metal (Hour of Penance, Hideous Divinity, Fleshgod Apocalypse) with a flair for the technical, Read more […]

Annihilator – Triple Threat (UDR)

One disc of Annihilator’s Triple Threat is an album with acoustic renditions of the band’s classic songs. Ponder if Exodus or Testament could do something similar. (Maybe Testament.) The novelty of Read more […]

Blood Region – For All the Fallen Heroes (Inverse Records)

Brandishing their own tag-line of ‘Korpi-Metal’ (your guess as good as mine what that means), the Finnish band Blood Region on their third EP For All the Fallen Heroes appears to embrace a variety Read more […]

Evil Force – Banging on the Pentagram (Witches Brew)

Landlocked between Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia is the South American country Paraguay – home to the following thrash band Evil Force. Active for 12 years, they’ve put out a steady swath of demos, Read more […]

Battle Beast – Bringer of Pain (Nuclear Blast)

When a band loses their main songwriter, often it’s sink or swim time. While some cannot reach their former heights, others make lemonade out of lemons and come out stronger. When Battle Beast lost Read more […]

Wrath of Echoes – A Fading Bloodline (PRC Music)

Oftentimes the best way to keep the darkness at bay is to embrace it, a theme that is common to many doom metal bands. Particularly the doom/death variety, that establish a bleak yet somehow inviting Read more […]

Soen – Lykaia (UDR Music)

Let’s not beat around the bush: Soen are the composite of Opeth and Tool. There’s no getting around it based on their third album, Lykaia. The Opeth connection remains former drummer Martin Lopez, Read more […]

Draugurinn – Myrkraverk (Nordvis Produktions)

Beneath the darkest roots of black metal lies a musical form similar yet sonically differing from the blasted satanic blasphemy, that music form would be dark ritual ambience. This form of music almost Read more […]

The Brood – The Truth Behind (Give Praise Records)

In a genre often noted more for its abrasion and intensity rather than subtlety, grind doesn’t need to use melodies or intricate patterns to get a point across. It’s a gut-punch, a quick reflex, and Read more […]

Grand Massive – III (Metalville)

Fret not German bands who want to sound American: It’s not your fault your home country has the most unflinching rules in all of metal. As it has been pointed out to this scribe and uttered elsewhere Read more […]

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel (Nuclear Blast)

Old reliable Overkill pumps out studio albums on a 2-3 year schedule these days – never letting up on the blue collar, New Jersey thrash they dole out in massive supply. Wherever you got in the green Read more […]

AfterTime – World We’ve Lost (Self-Released)

With some notable exceptions, the symphonic metal game has largely been a European one. While North America usually focuses more on the abrasive acuities in metal, there’s always room for more US-based Read more […]

Epoch – Sacrosanct (Lavadome Productions)

Oftentimes, a self-released effort may not get the attention it rightly deserves despite best intentions. There’s simply too much out there and things get spread undeniably thin. So one tends to be Read more […]

Habitual Sins – Personal Demons (Pure Steel Records)

Consisting of veteran Pittsburgh tri-state area musicians best known for previous work in Icarus Witch, Order of Nine, and Dofka, Habitual Sins aims to keep the US metal movement alive and kicking through Read more […]

Ambivalence – Hyena’s Breath (PRC Music)

As silly and simplistic as it may sound, often brutal death metal is all about the riffs. There’s no point in trying to out-brutal the next band around (though it doesn’t stop plenty from trying), Read more […]

Weltesser – Crestfallen (Prosthetic)

Doom’s ugly, dreary underbelly is represented rather well by Floridian newbies Weltesser on their Crestfallen debut. They read like a sludge band who nearly bored themselves to death playing sludge, Read more […]

Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry (Relapse)

Timely given our current political landscape (you won’t find such discussions on these pages, though), Iron Reagan’s Crossover Ministry serves to press many hot-topic buttons. Punk-on-metal with commentary Read more […]

Brutal Unrest – Trinitas (Hammerheart)

Death metal can be a fickle beast. There’s a bounty of bands trying to play it, but there’s only so many that come across as compelling – particularly with so many attempting to play within the Read more […]

Conjuring Fate – Valley of Shadows (Self-Released)

Originally formed in 2005 through guitarist Phil Horner and vocalist Tommy Daly, Conjuring Fate are an Irish quintet who’ve taken their time assembling the right players to execute their power/traditional Read more […]

Emptiness – Not for Music (Season of Mist)

There are no extra scene points awarded for being weird. If that were the case, then outfits like Arcturus, Solefald, and Vulture Industries would be atop the metal heap, while so-called “regular” Read more […]

The Ominous Circle – Appalling Ascension (20 Buck Spin)

The cloaked visages, a ritualized intro track, the use of darkened schemes on the cover art, and the band’s name all point towards one thing – more death metal of the cavernous type. Appalling Ascension Read more […]

Enemy Remains – No Faith in Humanity (Self-Released)

When it comes to modern metal, it’s getting to the point where it’s almost as hard to classify as progressive. Well, maybe not quite to that level yet, but it paints a broad stroke. One that can Read more […]

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