Darkthrone – Old Star (Peaceville)

The way Fenriz talks sometimes, you’d think Darkthrone would go as far back as the stone age if they could, an indication of how backward-looking (not forward-thinking) the long-running Norwegians have Read more […]

Organectomy – Existential Disconnect (Unique Leader)

Organectomy managed to pull off a surprise upset with their utterly bludgeoning yet still memorable Domain of the Wretched debut. They were able to take the massive sound of slamming death metal and make Read more […]

Atlas Entity – Beneath the Cosmic Silence (Self-Released)

It’s a rare thing to get that ‘woodsy’ metal feeling from a progressive death metal band. The type of thing that makes you recall albums very early in the Opeth discography (say Morningrise), or Read more […]

Dreams in Fragments – Reflections of a Nightmare (Rockshots Records)

What’s most intriguing regarding the symphonic metal scene are the varied directional shift bands can achieve depending on their influences and output. For every Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Delain, Read more […]

Chaos Magic – Furyborn (Frontiers)

With a first album that was done in collaboration with Timo Tolkki four years ago, Chaos Magic returns for a second album that is meant to have vocalist Caterina Nix stand up on her own along with songwriter/guitarist Read more […]

Majesty – Legends (Napalm)

For decades considered Germany’s answer to Manowar, Majesty are up to their ninth album with Legends. Probably best known on European shores due to their long-term record deals with Massacre and NoiseArt, Read more […]

The Lord Weird Slough Feg – New Organon (Cruz Del Sur Music)

An American benchmark in the true metal scene, The Lord Weird Slough Feg aren’t content to release an album until its necessary and right in their world. So much so that for their tenth studio album Read more […]

Eternal Breath – World of Chaos (Sliptrick Records)

Natural evolution takes place in any band from its debut record to the follow-up. At least one hopes that you’ve learned, gained knowledge and experience while breaking free from your direct influences, Read more […]

Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura (Scarlet Records)

It’s always helpful to have a certain amount of street cred when developing a newer band these days. Forming in 2018, Moonlight Haze contains members and ex-members of Temperance, Elvenking, Sound Storm, Read more […]

Nitrogods – Rebel Dayz (Massacre Records)

There’s nothing quite like straightforward, hard rock ‘n’ roll. Especially when you have seasoned players in the mix like ex-Primal Fear members guitarist/vocalist Henny Wolter and drummer Klaus Read more […]

Andavald – Undir Skyggðarhaldi (Mystíkaos)

Sunspots. A fascinating phenomenon. Temporary moments of cool within the workings of the sun that appear dimmer than the remainder of the sun’s surface. Cool, of course, in comparison only to the rest Read more […]

Chronoform – From the Void (Inverse)

Full of modern grooves but an old school metal bite, Finland’s Chronoform fall into some territory that feels familiar yet different somehow. From the Void is the band’s debut full-length, and it Read more […]

This Gift is a Curse – A Throne of Ash (Season of Mist)

It’s been four years since This Gift is a Curse released their second album, All Hail the Swinelord. An album packed to the brim with malevolence and brutality, the swirling mix of different genres Read more […]

Act of Destruction – Beyond Eternity (Self-Released)

Chicago has consistently had a thriving heavy music scene – names like Trouble, Zoetrope, Znowhite on through to Novembers Doom and High Spirits making inroads in their respective genres. Act of Destruction Read more […]

Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion (Frontiers Music)

A metal project consisting of ex-Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate and DGM mastermind Simone Mularoni plus Italian musicians Emanuele Casali on keyboards and Paolo Caridi on drums, Sweet Oblivion could Read more […]

Hate – Auric Gates of Veles (Metal Blade)

Following up on 2019’s Tremendum, Poland’s Hate returns for their eleventh album with Auric Gates of Veles. With their previous output being a step above some of their older material, it seems things Read more […]

Consummation – The Great Solar Hunter (Profound Lore)

“Deep I each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something that cannot be fled nor hid from.” Daunting words and the core concept (whether intended or not) at the heart of Read more […]

Nucleus – Entity (Unspeakable Axe)

Skrony, cavernous death metal is an area that now seems to have arguably peaked back a year or two ago in terms of seeing just wave upon wave of the stuff. The weird, off-kilter sound that merged everything Read more […]

Merging Flare – Revolt Regime (Ram It Down Records)

Although eight years have passed between albums, it’s not like guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen has been idle in the down time from Merging Flare. If you follow the power and symphonic metal scenes, you’ll Read more […]

Serpent of Gnosis – As I Drink from the Infinite Well of Inebriation (1126 Records)

Pooling together some collective resources from Job for a Cowboy and The Black Dahlia (and including some previous intermingling between some of them in Goratory) means that many will be quick to check Read more […]

Sinmara – Hvísl Stjarnanna (Ván Records)

The shadowy figured adoring the cover of Hvísl Stjarnanna is the band’s namesake, Sinmara. It also well-encapsulates the experience to be found within the album proper: her and the blade Lævateinn Read more […]

The Rods – Brotherhood of Metal (Steamhammer/SPV)

Veteran musicians consistently worry about relevance as changes, time, and experience occur within their preferred style of music. Especially in traditional or straightforward genres, where any variance Read more […]

Diviner – Realms of Time (Ulterium Records)

Reuniting members of InnerWish at various stages of that Greek band’s career, early vocalist Yiannis Papanikolaou along with current drummer Fragiskos Samoilis became part of Diviner – a newer power/heavy Read more […]

Ingested – Call of the Void (Unique Leader)

Much of the time, when a band puts out an EP, it’s more or less a ‘stopgap’ release – something to keep the band out on the road with new material until they can pull together their next full release. Read more […]

Verwoed – De Val (Argento/Sentient Ruin)

The biggest knock against De Val unfortunately has nothing to do with the music it contains and everything to do with the timing of its release, rolling out alongside two of the brightest burning stars Read more […]

Infrared – Back to the Warehouse (Self-Released)

Raiding the vaults of older material in preparation for a new studio album in 2020, Ottawa’s Infrared with Back to the Warehouse record an EP of four originals plus an older Iron Maiden cover. Those Read more […]

Blazon Stone – Hymns of Triumph and Death (Stormspell Records)

A side project of Ced Forsberg, Blazon Stone is an obvious tribute to the German pirates of metal Running Wild. Seemingly ubiquitous in terms of ideas and executing them, Hymns of Triumph and Death is Read more […]

Kval – Laho (Hypnotic Dirge Records)

While early Spring may bring the thaw its mid and late Spring that anchors the bloom and coloring of the waking world. Finnish artist Kval and his second album Laho is a fitting musical accompaniment to Read more […]

Beheaded – Only Death Can Save You (Agonia)

While Beheaded has never really been one of the most noted death metal bands in existence, they have always been one of the most dependable. While they had a bit of a lull in the earlier part of the decade, Read more […]

Species – The Monument of Envy (Self-Released)

Seek metal globally and it can appear – sometimes within your social media feeds as this Polish thrash trio Species has with their debut EP The Monument of Envy. A relatively fresh band as they formed Read more […]

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