Reviews

UnCrowned – UnCrowned (Self-Released)

Encompassing a wide swath of modern influences, UnCrowned are a new act from the UK that seem to revel in grooves and heaviness. But given the ‘modern’ tag, there’s also a more melodic side to the Read more […]

Power Theory – Force of Will (Pure Steel Records)

Adapting to the trials and tribulations of a music career, perseverance usually prevails as the strongest people survive to develop respect and admiration. Power Theory come to their fourth studio album Read more […]

Lunarsea – Earthling/Terrestre (Punishment 18 Records)

Having been around for most of the current decade, Italian act Lunarsea has been waving the flag for melodic death metal for a while. Earthing/Terrestre is their fourth full-length to date, but the first Read more […]

Shuulak – Citrinitas (Self-Released)

Releasing their third EP in consecutive years, Dutch act Shuulak appear very focused on consistently pumping out new material to never lose a foothold in the scene. Citrinitas contains four tracks and Read more […]

Oni – Alone (Metal Blade)

There’s always something to be said for ‘trimming the fat’ of an album. Oni’s debut in 2016, Ironshade, had glimmers of great potential, but found itself bogged down in some lengthy tracks and Read more […]

Stormburner – Shadow Rising (Pure Steel Records)

If you’ve been around the scene long enough, familiar names pop up in new places. Swedish metal band Stormburner may be a new outfit releasing their debut full-length for Shadow Rising, but they contain Read more […]

Misery Loves Co. – Zero (Black Lodge)

Once on the cutting-edge of new metal sounds (notice the use of “new” versus “nu”), Sweden’s Misery Loves Co. represented a new way to approach metal, particularly in the industrial vein. Their Read more […]

Burning Shadows – Beneath the Ruins (Rafchild Records)

It’s amazing the resolve and passion many musicians have for a specific brand of metal despite the obstacles and battles to achieve any level of success. Take the case of Maryland power metal band Burning Read more […]

Cianide – Unhumanized (Hell’s Headbangers)

Though they’ve managed to stay a bit more underappreciated and overlooked than some of their peers, Chicago’s Cianide have been delivering primitive death metal (laced with doom) for over 30 years Read more […]

In Mourning – Garden of Storms (Agonia)

In Mourning 2016’s Afterglow was such an immense, gratifying effort that it made whatever hum-drum over Opeth’s abandonment of Swedish progressive death metal to be moot. In Mourning, had, for all Read more […]

State of Deceit – Retribution (Self-Released)

The first release out of the gate for State of Deceit, Retribution attempts to shoehorn a number of more modern and classic influences into something that the band can call their own. Considering the Read more […]

Human Fortress – Reign of Gold (AFM Records)

The sixth studio album for Human Fortress, Reign of Gold finds the sextet firmly in control of their epic heavy metal leanings. Working with renowned producer Tommy Newton (who helped them when a Rock Read more […]

Depressed – Beyond the Putrid Fiction (Black Lion Records)

A Brazilian band that had a quick upstart and hiatus at the turn of the century, they got back together a few years back and released their debut album, Afterlife in Darkness, in 2015. Turning to the Read more […]

Fleshcrawl – Into the Catacombs of Flesh (Apostasy)

A German death metal act that blazed through the ‘90s and early ‘00s with numerous releases, it’s now been twelve years since the band’s eighth album in 2007’s Structures of Death. Given the Read more […]

Timeless Haunt – Haunted Symphony (Stormspell Records)

Mystery abounds in this Pennsylvania act named Timeless Haunt. Featuring drummer John Jesuele who is in Beyond Fallen, the five-piece deliver their debut EP Haunted Symphony which has among other things, Read more […]

Street Lethal – Welcome to the Row (Fighter Records)

Inspired by the Racer X album of the same name, Street Lethal started in 2014 on the streets of Barcelona, Spain – intent on delivering a hefty mix of speed/heavy metal. Outside of guitarist Criss, the Read more […]

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Self-Released)

Perpetually under-rated, in regards to some of the larger names within the power metal genre, Germany’s Thunder and Lightning have pumped out some consistently quality releases over the years. With Read more […]

Fen – The Dead Light (Prophecy)

Consider the three-way U.K. black metal battle between Fen, Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone to be won by Fen, who started decade with the winding, mountainous Epoch, followed it up with the serendipitous Read more […]

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Steamhammer/SPV)

Resolute in a traditional, old-school oriented Teutonic metal stance, Running Wild aim to please the faithful and themselves in delivering anthems from a powerful perspective and not really varying from Read more […]

Rhodium – Sea of the Dead (Sliptrick Records)

Appearing again quickly on the scene following their impressive Scream into the Void debut album, Rhodium signed with Sliptrick Records and issue their second full-length Sea of the Dead. Changes are afoot Read more […]

Strigoi – Abandon All Faith (Nuclear Blast)

Rising from the ashes of Vallenfyre, Strigoi is a two-piece act of Greg Mackintosh and Chris Casket that is meant to break more varied musical ground. Given that Vallenfyre was an exploration of death Read more […]

Meshiaak – Mask of All Misery (Mascot Records)

With a name derived from the Hebrew term for ‘messiah’, Meshiaak hail from the Melbourne, Australia metal scene and deliver a quite potent brand of melodic progressive thrash for their second album Read more […]

Bölzer – Lese Majesty (Lightning & Sons Records)

Coming out of the gates strongly, Bölzer set the metal world aflame with their EPs Aura and Soma. But things started down a more slippery slope when their first full-length, Hero, was released two years Read more […]

Sentient Horror – Morbid Realms (Redefining Darkness Records)

Doing their best to keep on a recording schedule with new releases every eighteen months, Sentient Horror are a New Jersey band living for the original Swedish / European death metal scene of the early Read more […]

Sun of the Dying – The Earth is Silent (AOP Records)

With winter coming closer with each passing day, it’s comforting to dive into the music of the season. Winter’s strongest pairing is that of doom and doom/death, with that cold and desolate feeling Read more […]

Continuum – Chronophobe (Self-Released)

Continuing to deliver an aural whirlwind of groove-based progressive thrash/death, Connecticut’s Continuum appease underground metal listeners who want dynamic variety and versatility when it comes to Read more […]

Thread of Omen – Confined Reality (Self-Released)

Harkening back to the times when it wasn’t such a dirty word to mix terms like melodic death metal and metalcore, there’s something distinctly late ‘90s/early 2000s about their particular sound, Read more […]

Stormwarrior – Norsemen (Massacre Records)

Together since 1998, German act Stormwarrior remain resolute in their power/speed metal platform. Evident through their logo, cover art, and imagery is an affinity for the Teutonic sound – high-pitched Read more […]

Crusadist – The Unholy Grail (Self-Released)

Appearing on this scribe’s radar screen due to guitarist Luke Sever of Opacia (previously covered on the site), he is also a member of Chicago-based metal act Crusadist. Forming in the summer of 2017, Read more […]

Teeth – The Curse of Entropy (Translation Loss)

It seems as if it’s been a hot minute since there’s been a real skrony, dissonant death metal album to sit down with. But just given the cover artwork of The Curse of Entropy, you know you are going Read more […]

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