Reviews

Sertraline – Clouded Minds & Silver Lines (Self-Released)

Falling into the ever-expanding well of progressive metal, Sertraline find themselves in a unique position with their latest EP, Clouded Minds & Silver Lines. This is a positive aspect, as a few listens Read more […]

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black (Metal Blade Records)

Legacy artists from any metal era wishing to relive glory days with a new generation of fans discovering their sound can be a slippery slope – especially when they decide to record a new studio album. Read more […]

Tulip – High Strangeness (Self-Released)

First appearing on the DR radar with their self-titled EP, Tulip initially grabbed attention due to their ability to create something that sounded modern in tone within the symphonic metal genre. There Read more […]

Axel Rudi Pell – Sign of the Times (Steamhammer/SPV)

Revered as a German icon for the melodic heavy metal/hard rock genre on guitar, Axel Rudi Pell has his formula down pat when it comes to studio records. As well he should – Sign of the Times being his Read more […]

Nomad – Love, Death and Melody (Self-Released)

Witnessing this Connecticut act a couple of times over the years in local clubs, Nomad finally completed a full-length record for Love, Death and Melody. An extensive history dating back to the 1990’s Read more […]

Lovebites – Electric Pentagram (JPU Records)

Lovebites returns for their third slice of frenetic neo-classical power metal with Electric Pentagram. The Japanese 5-piece is notable for their decidedly energetic take on the genre, with sometimes borders Read more […]

Michael Abdow – Heart Signal (Couch Cat Records)

Following up the very impressive E.S.O. instrumental album, Michael Abdow on his fourth full-length Heart Signal continues to push his impressive blend of progressive, ambient, and eclectic influences Read more […]

Live Burial – Unending Futility (Transcending Obscurity)

Sometimes a title and an album cover give you a solid indication of what you can expect when you listen. Unlike books, with metal albums you can often judge by the cover. Unending Futility is not what Read more […]

Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow (Napalm)

The post-2000’s resurrection of thrash took place for a couple of reasons – the cancer benefit for Chuck Billy Thrash of the Titans where the old guard got back together in the Bay Area, plus the evolution Read more […]

I Am Destruction – Nascency (Unique Leader)

Blurring the lines somewhere between deathcore and brutal death metal, I Am Destruction give us their first full-length in Nascency. Originally a one-piece act of Stephan Mashburn, the band has since Read more […]

Green Carnation – Leaves of Yesteryear (Season of Mist)

Green Carnation’s acrimonious, sudden 2007 split couldn’t have come at a worse time. Touring in support of their excellent 2006 Acoustic Verses, which was preceded by the even-more-excellent The Quiet Read more […]

Gloom – Awaken (Slovak Metal Army)

The number of bands playing a more traditional form of gothic metal isn’t nearly as high as it used to be in the 2000s. Then it was propelled by bands like HIM, Sentenced, Charon, and others – many Read more […]

Shadow Killer – Dark Awakening (Stormspell Records)

The fourth album from Northern California power/progressive metal force Shadow Killer, Dark Awakening continues to develop the four-piece as far as incorporating a style that is mighty, majestic, heavy, Read more […]

HyperioN – Into the Maelstrom (Fighter Records)

Previously impressing this scribe through their debut record Dangerous Days, HyperioN return with a follow-up effort for Into the Maelstrom that aims to the quintet’s impeccable blend of heavy metal Read more […]

Unmerciful – Wrath Encompassed (Willowtip)

One of those band names that is seemingly a perfect description of the music at hand, Unmerciful is back for another round of genuine brutal death metal with their third album, Wrath Encompassed (an equally Read more […]

Aether Realm – Redneck Vikings from Hell (Napalm)

Having followed Aether Realm since One Chosen by the Gods, it’s been fascinating to watch how the band has evolved over the course of the past decade. OCBTG served as a solid introduction to a band Read more […]

The Ditch and the Delta – The Ditch and the Delta (Prosthetic)

Salt Lake City, home to phenomenal bands such as Cult Leader and the sorely missed SubRosa, has yet again produced another collective of musicians who push the boundaries of what sludge metal can be. Read more […]

Mortician – Titans (Pure Underground Records)

Originally around during the 1980’s, Austrian traditional heavy metal band Mortician have been much more active on the release front since their resurrection in 2009. Titans is the group’s third full-length, Read more […]

Khemmis – Doomed Heavy Metal (Nuclear Blast)

In the spirit of ZZ Top’s Fandango!, Colorado doom/traditional metal band Khemmis felt now is the right opportunity to release a six-song record of cover tracks, one original previously available on Read more […]

Kill Ritual – The Opaque and the Divine (Dissonance Productions)

Following the demise of Imagika in 2010, guitarist Steve Rice started Kill Ritual and went in a bit heavier direction stylistically – embracing more of his power/thrash desires. Now up to their fifth Read more […]

Katatonia – City Burials (Peaceville)

Coming off of The Fall of Hearts back in 2016, Katatonia sent some ripples through the metal community when the noted that the band was going to be taking a break. Some certainly wondered if the band Read more […]

Talion – Wretched Gift of Life (Self-Released)

Previously appearing on the site with their 2016 EP Eyes of the King, Pittsburgh’s Talion at that point in time had more of a power/semi-doom metal template that definitely needed a little spit shine Read more […]

Vader – Solitude in Madness (Nuclear Blast)

Vader’s consistency has proven to be a double-edged sword. As the first Polish extreme metal band to break onto the international stage, Vader is certifiable legends and pioneers, a fact that should Read more […]

Fallen Arise – Enigma (Rock of Angels Records)

Formed in 2009 by keyboardist Gus Dibelas, Fallen Arise is a Greek act fusing together elements of symphonic and gothic metal. Recording their first EP Eternal in 2012, they signed to Noisehead Records Read more […]

Wolfheart – Wolves of Karelia (Napalm)

Productivity emanates from the work of Finnish extreme metal band Wolfheart. Vocalist/ guitarist Tuomas Saukkonen leads the quartet from a melodic death/blackened platform – arriving already at their Read more […]

Solothus – Realm of Ash and Blood (20 Buck Spin)

A warrior stands apart from a massive pile of corpses – likely slain foes – while death beckons him to meet the noose. Who else is there to vanquish but the self after having conquered all else? Perhaps Read more […]

Babylonfall – Collapse (Inverse)

The first full-length from this Finnish act, Collapse hits right in the melodic death metal sweet spot. Babylonfall have an understanding about what the genre is all about and have poured it into this Read more […]

Ulcerate – Stare into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti Productions)

If there’s one name that’s increasingly become synonymous with dissonance and atmosphere in death metal, Ulcerate can lay claim to it. Over the last decade, their releases have resulted in a clashing Read more […]

Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier (Debemur Morti)

Not too often something from Southeast Asia, in particular, Indonesia, graces this site, so it’s probably a wise move to pay attention if the stalwart Debemur Morti is releasing it. Pure Wrath is the Read more […]

Double Review: Serpent Column’s Endless Detainment and Departure Chandelier’s Dripping Papal Blood

Other than both of these releases falling somewhere under the long shadow that black metal casts as a genre-tag, these albums do not share much in common. One is an ancient Greek fever dream and the other Read more […]

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