Reviews

Ancient Bards – Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2) (Limb Music)

Certain constants are necessary for the best aspects of symphonic power metal to not only entertain but thrive. The narrative themes must have the proper cinematic/theatrical authenticity – the choirs Read more […]

Incite – Built to Destroy (Minus Head Records)

Sometimes it’s just all about the groove. Incite have been doing the groovy, thrash metal act for quite some time now and Built to Destroy is the band’s first release in three years. With the modern Read more […]

Trollfest – Norwegian Fairytales (NoiseArt)

At this point, does anyone really walk into a Trollfest album and expect anything but a fun experience? Each album seems to up the goofy antics of the band, as well as the striking songwriting implementations Read more […]

Carrion Mother – Nothing Remains (Ordo MCM)

Winter wails around us and the furious dumpster fire that many parts of 2018 resembled seem fully poised to continue throughout 2019. It is the worst of times, it is the best of times. Leave it to a five Read more […]

We Are the Catalyst – Ephemeral (Ferocity Records)

Growing and building momentum over their last two releases, particularly on 2016’s Elevation, We Are the Catalyst find themselves in a good spot moving into album number three, Ephemeral. Where Elevation Read more […]

Corroded – Bitter (Despotz Records)

It’s interesting to hear sounds that seem to be popular in the ‘mainstream/commercial’ angle of heavy music stateside given an overseas perspective from musicians. Take the case of Swedish quartet Read more […]

Syth – Road to Infinity (Self-Released)

In looking at the history of Glasgow, UK metal band Syth, it’s evident that they understand how to pick themselves up and move forward through adversity. Breaking up a couple of times due to member shifts, Read more […]

Helevorn – Aamamata (Solitude Productions)

While Helevorn have gained an underdog status for their committed to making albums at their own pace, it has always come with the notion that when they have a new release, it will be worth the wait. Previous Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – The End of Chaos (AFM Records)

When looking at the history of Arizona’s Flotsam and Jetsam, they could have been the next ‘big’ thing in the speed/thrash scene during the 1980’s. When Jason Newsted gained the bassist slot of Read more […]

Ossuarium – Living Tomb (20 Buck Spin)

Having begun to generate some attention with a 2017 demo and a split last year with Draghkar, Portland’s Ossuarium are set to release their first full-length, Living Tomb, with the backing of extreme Read more […]

Omgeving – Wijde Wijdte (Hypnotic Dirge)

Omgeving is an experimental project from Franck Johanson (of the thrash band Distillator) that attempts to do a number of different things and combine them into a fluid experience. Being on the Hypnotic Read more […]

Astrophobos – Malice of Antiquity (Triumvirate Records)

January, the morning-after month that carries with it the great joy of nursing whatever hangover the previous year left behind and doing it in one of the most featureless and unpleasant months imaginable. Read more […]

Psython – The Last Days of the Good Times (Self-Released)

With a motto of ‘Write:Record:Practice:Play’, it’s hard not to admire the creative energy and output of UK act Psython this early into their career. Forming in 2014, they’ve released a full-length Read more […]

The Heard – The Island (Despotz)

While some may initially throw their arms up in the air in fury at the prospect of another doomy occult rock/metal band with a female vocalist, The Heard has some finer points to them. For one, they are Read more […]

Brave – The Calm – The Storm (Self-Released)

Brave, in all their years dating back to even the Arise From Thorns days, have been a hard band to classify. Sure, you can take the lazy route and just slap the term progressive on there but there’s Read more […]

Vistery – Death is Dead (Self-Released)

Well-done and impactful death metal is always something that will get you to call attention to the world around you. It’s a wake-up call that energizes and gets you out of whatever funk is going on Read more […]

Leach – Hymns for the Hollow (Self-Released)

Promoting a proactive music program through the schools at a younger age, Sweden as a result has a multitude of strong musicians seasoned at an earlier curve than other, less fortunate territories. Taking Read more […]

The Crown Remnant – The Wicked King Part II (Self-Released)

In heavy metal’s ability to stick outside of societal norms, its nice that we can experience solid concept albums, and in the case of The Crown Remnant, we can even experience a series of albums that Read more […]

Carnal Forge – Gun to Mouth Salvation (ViciSolum Productions)

Has it really been 12 years since Carnal Forge’s last full-length, Testify for My Victims? Of course, the band ceased to be for a few years in that period, and released a few songs here and there but Read more […]

Building Chaos – Bourbon Times (Self-Released)

Welcoming variety and versatility on the site, Greek band Building Chaos certainly embrace a musical stew array of influences on their latest full-length album Bourbon Times. Active since 2005 and releasing Read more […]

Malum Sky – Diatribe (Sliptrick Records)

Progressive metal in today’s landscape certainly evolves based on the advances in technology, musicianship, and structure. While decades ago Dream Theater and Symphony X may have been the benchmarks, Read more […]

Fallcie – Born Again (Self-Released)

A Russian groove metal/metalcore act, Fallcie sit on ground that is pretty well covered. But with only a previous single and EP to their name, they’ve managed to bring in an element that is oft-neglected Read more […]

Endolith – Chicxulub: The Fossil Record (Rob Mules Records)

One of the biggest perks of writing is getting that release that knocks you flat on your back from out of nowhere every once in a while. Endolith are a progressive metal act from Norway with a 2016 release Read more […]

Necronomichrist – Necronomichrist (Self-Released)

Hailing from Athol, Massachusetts and in existence since 2006, Necronomichrist have released two full-lengths and an EP over the course of their history – with this second, self-titled EP their first Read more […]

Burning Witches – Burning Witches + Buried Alive (Nuclear Blast)

This Swiss traditional metal act Burning Witches has been gaining momentum following their release last year with Hexenhammer – their second album and first for Nuclear Blast. Seems only fitting that Read more […]

Ravenous Death – Chapters of an Evil Transition (Memento Mori)

When there’s death in the name of the band, it does tend to give away a bit of what sound they are going for, and Mexico’s Ravenous Death is no exception. A relatively new act onto the scene, though Read more […]

Rise to Fall – Into Zero (Self-Released)

A band that has showed some continued growth over the years with each successive release, Italy’s Rise to Fall have been sowing the seeds to make a name for themselves. Playing the sort of modern melodic Read more […]

Ars Magna Umbrae – Lunar Ascension (I, Voidhanger Records)

Even with a small army it would be near impossible to cover every album that emerges over the course of a given year in a timely fashion. Better late than never, however, particularly in a case like Lunar Read more […]

Nailed to Obscurity – Black Frost (Nuclear Blast)

There’s something to be said about slow, steady progress when working up the metal ranks. The thought of ‘overnight sensation’ (a great Motörhead album from 1996) rarely occurs in this genre – Read more […]

Vile Apparition – Depravity Ordained (Memento Mori)

An Australian death metal band just birthed in 2017, Depravity Ordained marks the first full-length for the fledgling act. Though the members are experienced, and the band was partly formed from the ashes Read more […]

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