Whitechapel – The Valley (Metal Blade)

Whitechapel’s 2016 release Mark of the Blade caused some controversy for adding some clean vocals into the mix and a mild attempt to change some formatting, though much of the album still catered to Read more […]

Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host (PRC Music)

In the age of death metal bands generally swerving in two directions – hyper-tech wizardry or old school imitation/worship, Accursed Spawn bows to neither of these on their full-length debut. While Read more […]

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (AFM Records)

Ever-evolving from a traditional/classic power stance during their beginnings and now incorporating some bombastic, symphonic, and orchestral flourishes, Bloodbound have steadily ascended to the heads Read more […]

Witherfall – Vintage (Century Media)

In preparation for a special European run with Sonata Arctica where both bands will be performing eclectic and acoustic-driven sets, Witherfall decided to release a special EP that represents a mixture Read more […]

Childrain – The Silver Ghost (Graviton Music Services)

One of those bands that manage to accumulate a few releases without much attention but keep plugging away, The Silver Ghost is the fourth album for Spain’s Childrain. With a sound that easily falls Read more […]

Reckless Force – A Distant Planet (Self-Released)

Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, Reckless Force is made up of four dudes who love to party and play heavy metal. Formed in May 2012, the band spent its early years living up to its name, earning Read more […]

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

Aephanemer’s full-length debut, 2016’s Memento Mori, worked because the band was able to consistently provide epic melodies that riveted the listener from beginning to end. For the band’s second Read more […]

Eternity’s End – Unyielding (Ram It Down Records)

We all have our opinions regarding power metal – certain distinctions exist between the German/European model which tends to favor uplifting melodies, twin guitar/keyboard synchronization and double Read more […]

King Apathy – Wounds (Lifeforce Records)

Change can be a phenomenal thing. Change driven by purpose can be even moreso. While the ecological inclination of King Apathy isn’t new by any stretch, it is nevertheless refreshing to see it so front Read more […]

Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (Self-Released)

Yearning to establish one’s own presence in a flooded scene, Red Cain have steadily made an impression through their influence blend for progressive metal and alternative/gothic music since their inception Read more […]

Nightrage – Wolf to Man (Despotz)

In an age where most of the forefathers of melodic death metal have messed with their formula and moved on to different pastures (be they for better or worse), one band that continues to wave the flag Read more […]

Marianas Rest – Ruins (Inverse Records)

The soul-crushing sound of doom comes at you with full force with the return of Finland’s Marianas Rest. The band’s 2016 debut, Horror Vacui, showed them emerging as a promising new act and Ruins Read more […]

Obscuring Veil – Fleshvoid To Naught (I, Voidhanger Records)

Another few months pass by and we find ourselves in the throws of another album by the ever-prolific Matron Thorn, this time in the body of Obscuring Veil. Rest assured, dear listener, it shares much of Read more […]

Ashen Horde – Fallen Cathedrals (Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records)

Seems it’s been a while since we’ve seen a full-length from the ‘progressive black metal’ act in Ashen Horde. The last full offering, Nine Plagues, was in 2015 – though 2017 saw the two-track Read more […]

Drawn Into Descent – The Endless Endeavour (Avantgarde Music)

The liminal space – the space of transition. Here in the NCR that’s currently the fringe area between the forward jump of the clock and the first day of spring. Winter, as has been said, is dying. Read more […]

Wreck-Defy – Remnants of Pain (Self-Released)

When developing a project or band entity, sometimes it helps to have notable musicians in the fold to raise awareness and improve chances of curiosity leading to more exposure. Wreck-Defy from Thunder Read more […]

Threatpoint – Salvation (Self-Released)

Bringing their brand of groove-oriented heavy/thrash metal to the masses on a DIY basis, Threatpoint have been a solid entity since their start in 2012. Continually releasing new product and touring wherever Read more […]

Omicida – Defrauded Reign (Self-Released)

Juxtaposing taglines such as pure old-school thrash metal against a modern-day marketplace, Omicida formed in 2014 because of two ex-White Wizzard members in drummer Giovanni Durst and guitarist Erik Kluber. Read more […]

Forever Still – Breathe in Colours (Nuclear Blast)

In looking back at Forever Still’s debut, 2016’s Tied Down, one of the things that made it special was how emotionally raw it was. You could listen to it and be pulled in by the genuine power the Read more […]

Final Cut – Jackhammer (Art Gates Records)

An apt title for the second full-length of Swiss quintet Final Cut – Jackhammer does its job in pulverizing the masses through a pounding blend of varied old school thrash influences from America and Read more […]

The Flaying – Angry, Undead (PRC Music)

A usual hotbed for technically-inclined death metal, Canada has no shortage of extremity within their ranks. Quebec’s The Flaying entered their first album into the fray back in 2014 with Unhope. While Read more […]

Ex Libris – ANN – Chapter 2: Anastasia Romanova (Self-Released)

Last summer, Ex Libris kicked off their ambitious trilogy ANN, with the first chapter devoted to Anne Boleyn. This second chapter takes place in a different period of history, with the band turning their Read more […]

Signs of Human Race – Inner Struggle of Self-Acceptance (Sliptrick Records)

One of the best aspects of seeking out new music is the exposure to that diamond in the rough that you otherwise may not hear. For instance, progressive /avant-garde metal is not necessarily the widest Read more […]

Týr – Hel (Metal Blade)

Triumphant through perseverance, Faroe Islands act Týr are legitimate headliners thanks to a consistent record/tour/record/tour schedule – especially from Ragnarok to Valkyrja where there were five Read more […]

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Nuclear Blast)

With the success of Bringer of Pain and the previous split with former songwriter/guitarist Anton Kabanen firmly in the rearview, Battle Beast have been riding high for the past two years. Some significant Read more […]

SkeleToon – They Never Say Die (Scarlet Records)

A concept power metal album about The Goonies movie from the 1980’s? Why not, in a landscape where fantasy, sci-fi, or battle tested warriors can also become popular subject matter in this genre. SkeleToon Read more […]

Iron Savior – Kill or Get Killed (AFM Records)

Certain institutions in metal establish their trade early and usually make minor modifications, but only to fine-tune what the listeners love and appreciate about the artists. Case in point: Iron Savior. Read more […]

Venom Prison – Samsara (Prosthetic)

Gaining plenty of well-deserved buzz after their 2016 debut Animus, did their fair share of global touring. Now three years later, they do what any other band that is hungry does – release an album Read more […]

Putrefied Corpse – Left to Rot (Xtreem Music)

Within the bands harkening back to an old school sound, the first thing that comes to mind is Entombed/Dismember retreads. But some bands are realizing that maybe it isn’t worth it to copy the same Read more […]

Forged in Black – Descent of the Serpent (Fighter Records)

Wisely changing their name from Merciless Fail who were together from 2007-13, Forged in Black come from the UK, having released a self-titled full-length plus three EP’s independently prior to signing Read more […]

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