Reviews

Continuum – Designed Obsolescence (Unique Leader)

A stacked line-up doesn’t always mean that the band will deliver the goods. But in the case of Continuum, their 2015 debut The Hypothesis hit all the marks for the tech death genre. It may have taken Read more […]

Lord Divine – Facing Chaos (Fighter Records)

When looking into background information on Argentina’s Lord Divine, some interesting aspects crop up. The progressive metal sextet has been together since late 2002, releasing four previous full-lengths Read more […]

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Napalm)

Now three years removed from their last effort Moonbathers, Delain is back to give listeners a taste of new material with the Hunter’s Moon EP. Concluding the ‘moon’ trilogy (Lunar Prelude-Moonbathers-Hunter’s Read more […]

Hellnite – Midnight Terrors (Sliptrick Records)

A heavy metal project born in Mexico and now residing in Canada, Hellnite started as a thrash band in 2010, releasing their Manipulator EP in 2013. Mastermind Paolo Belmar felt the need to incorporate Read more […]

Black Mass – Warlust (Iron Shield Records)

Purveyors of thrash since 2012 and hailing from Boston, MA – Black Mass have been a mainstay in a thriving New England metal scene. Releasing three demos, an EP and full-length in the six years, they’ve Read more […]

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)

Who doesn’t like a good hodge-podge every once in a while? Of course, there has to be a sense of direction to it in order for it to work, but a collection of different influences can provide a more Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark Live @ Symphonic Metal Nights (Napalm)

Now almost 20 years in, symphonic metal torchbearers Visions of Atlantis are finally releasing their first live album. Why they hadn’t released one earlier is anyone’s guess, but perhaps it was due Read more […]

Crystal Lake – Helix (Sharptone Records)

Making a bit of a name for themselves within the metalcore scene in more recent years, Japanese act Crystal Lake’s most recent album Helix has been out in their own country since 2018 but caught the Read more […]

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde Music)

Even if you are coming into Forgotten Paths like yours truly with no previous experience with Saor, a lot is revealed by the album cover and its title. The winter woods laid bare of foliage before distant Read more […]

Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist (Self-Released)

Death metal with a big alien on the cover – no, this isn’t a new Hypocrisy album (no matter how much we are longing for one). Backstabber are a Canadian band that focus more on a death/thrash hybrid Read more […]

6th Counted Murder – Individual (Sliptrick Records)

A conceptual effort taking real-life stories and adapting them into the storyline of a psychopathic loner and serial killer, Italian band 6th Counted Murder want to blaze their own trail with this second Read more […]

Xenoblight – Procreation (Out of Line Music)

Somewhere at the crossroads of death, thrash, black, and groove sits Xenoblight. Their debut release Procreation getting down with some nitty gritty riffing that seems to ping-pong back and forth between Read more […]

A Novelist – Folie (Self-Released)

Tech without being ‘tech?’ Such a statement comes to mind when listening to Folie, the second full-length from A Novelist. Without a doubt, the progressive and technical flourishes on the album would Read more […]

Hollow – Between Eternities of Darkness (Rockshots Records)

During the late 1990’s, power metal came back on the scene, thanks to bigger labels taking a chance on bands like Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Stratovarius, and Kamelot and making an impression first in Read more […]

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear (AFM Records)

Cranking out a mix of sturdy melodic metal with power, traditional, and hard rock inflections, Herman Frank keeps the machine moving for his fourth outing Fight the Fear. There’s no sense in really spinning Read more […]

Tribe of Pazuzu – Heretical Uprising (Self-Released)

What’s one way to get some people excited about a new death metal group? Get together some of its strongest players on your album of course! Mainman Nick Sagias (ex-Pestilence, Soulstorm) managed to Read more […]

Astronoid – Astronoid (Blood Music)

So panoramic and full is the sound of Boston’s Astronoid that you’re almost compelled to think they’re one of Devin Townsend’s creations or proteges. Not every Johnny-come-lately can create albums Read more […]

Oblivion – Oblivion (Self-Released)

Now six years removed from their 2013 debut, Called to Rise, California tech-death crew Oblivion bring forth a self-titled release for the third time around. Where 2017’s The Path Towards… saw the Read more […]

Critical Defiance – Misconception (Unspeakable Axe Records)

A hotbed in metal as of late has been South America. Beyond the fervent fanbase and infamous Rock in Rio festivals from Brazil, there has been a solid movement for the bands pushing their creative forces Read more […]

Hostilian – Catalyst (Self-Released)

In 2017, Indian metal act Hostilian hit the ground running with their first EP, Monolith. The band’s knack for piling together some thick grooves and tasty riffs made the debut an enjoyable one, and Read more […]

Beast in Black – From Hell with Love (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves in 2017 with Berserker, Beast in Black feel the slate is now clean to delve into what they do best. Combining a rich love of melodic power metal with 80’s and dance/keyboard style Read more […]

Steve Dadaian – Follow the Light (Self-Released)

When it comes to instrumental music, it’s sometimes seen as a niche market. The type of thing that only appeals to other guitar players/musicians. While some have had some wider success, the usual Read more […]

Frenzy – Blind Justice (Underground Power Records)

Melding together their affinities for traditional heavy metal and comic books/graphic novels, Frenzy create a throwback edge to their songwriting on Blind Justice that should find favor globally. Born Read more […]

Ad Patres – A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments (Xenokorp)

Back in 2013, a little known French death metal act called Ad Patres managed to impress with their variety of straight-ahead brutal death metal that captured the essence of the genre without having to Read more […]

Within Temptation – Resist (Spinefarm)

Resistance to change can stagnate any veteran band. It’s a catch-22 scenario – hopefully your built-in audience is willing to climb aboard as you sail into new horizons, or you catch enough newcomers Read more […]

Humanity Delete – Werewolves in the Iron Sky (Iron, Blood and Death Corporation)

As the saying goes, another month, another death metal release from the ineffable Rogga Johansson. This release comes in the form of Humanity Delete, which was founded back towards the turn of the century Read more […]

Soen – Lotus (Silver Lining Music)

To watch Soen build themselves up over the previous three albums to their latest, Lotus, has been an interesting progression. From the Tool-inspired beginnings to more diversified prog with Lykaia and Read more […]

Steel Engraved – Steel Engraved (Rock of Angels Records)

German heavy metal has certain standby elements that make things distinctive from other scenes. Beyond those hooks, synchronized stage moves, and melodies, the sense of community is second to none- fellow Read more […]

Soulmass – The Weakness of Virtue (Self-Released)

Upon queueing up the tracks of The Weakness of Virtue, there was a moment of daunting pause looking at the overall length. A doom/death release with 68-minutes of material, bookended by cuts that went Read more […]

Vandor – In the Land of Vandor (Self-Released)

In a novel approach to the power metal genre, Swedish band Vandor proudly proclaim their debut full-length In the Land of Vandor contains recordings the way it should be. No Autotuning, no melodyne, real Read more […]

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