Reviews

Xenobiotic – Mordrake (Unique Leader)

After being snagged by Unique Leader following their first full-length, Prometheus (of which they reissued later that year), Xenobiotic returns with their sophomore effort. With a few line-up changes Read more […]

Serious Black – Suite 226 (AFM Records)

Establishing themselves quickly through three studio albums in three years, Serious Black as veteran musicians know that quality and productivity can aid the cause in credibility, especially given the Read more […]

Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast)

Suicide Silence certainly had their work cut out for them after the very critical reception to 2017’s self-titled release. It was ambitious, and saw the band wanting to step out of their deathcore roots. Read more […]

Colosso – Apocalypse (Transcending Obscurity)

Max Tomé is a man with a plan. Name your 4-song EP Apocalypse? Check. Each track alludes to a Horseman from the Book of Revelations a.k.a. the World’s Longest Acid Trip? Check. Utilize different vocalists Read more […]

God Dethroned – Illuminati (Metal Blade)

With their last album, The World Ablaze, God Dethroned officially wrapped up their impressive trilogy of WWI-themed albums. So what’s a band called God Dethroned to do? Jump back into the flames of Read more […]

Anvil – Legal at Last (AFM Records)

Those familiar with these Canadian legends are well aware of their stance on marijuana – a song like “Smokin’ Green” from 1996’s Absolutely No Alternative made that clear. So when you look at Read more […]

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy (Napalm)

Continuing ever-onwards in their journey to carve out their own niche within the symphonic metal crowd, Diabulus in Musica seem to always be eager to try to change things up and add more variety to the Read more […]

Former Worlds – Iterations of Time (Self-Released)

After teasing the metal community with a promising EP called Photos of Eve IX-XVI back in 2017, Former Worlds have now graced us with their debut full-length Iterations of Time. The band certainly took Read more […]

Edgeflame – Bludgeon the Incarnated (More Hate Productions)

Formed in 2010, Turkish act Edgeflame have been hustling away in the underground – releasing a demo and three full-lengths prior to this fourth album Bludgeon the Incarnated. Only rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Read more […]

Ad Vitam Infernal – Infernal Comedy (Lavadome Productions)

Reaching deep into that old school well, Ad Vitam Infernal also aren’t going to be what you picture when you think about ‘old school’ death metal. Instead, while there’s a reverence and go-for-the-throat Read more […]

Ironflame – Blood Red Victory (Divebomb Records)

Consisting of Andrew D’Cagna as the sole musician/songwriter in the studio, many are probably familiar with his work in other acts like Brimstone Coven and Icarus Witch on the short list – but Ironflame Read more […]

Grey Skies Fallen – Cold Dead Lands (Xanthros Music)

Another act who has been sitting somewhat quietly over the last few years, NYC’s Grey Skies Fallen makes their return, six years following The Many Sides of Truth. Just like with previous releases, Read more […]

Sepultura – Quadra (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves from Brazil as the premiere underground/extreme metal act, Sepultura never remained stagnate album to album. Consistently incorporating diverse influences throughout their career, Read more […]

Mære – I (Lavadome Productions)

With I as the title, this is the first output from the German act Mære, who feature in the their ranks some ex-members of Ingurgitating Oblivion. But don’t expect a tech-fest, as Mære is one of those Read more […]

Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering (Nuclear Blast)

Hard to believe it’s already been five years since Sylosis’ last release, Dormant Heart. In the meantime, and probably somewhat responsible for the lack of material, guitarist/vocalist Josh Middleton Read more […]

Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger (Time to Kill Records)

Originating in Rome, Italy in 2017, Soul Dragger released their debut EP Before Chaos the following year, setting the stage for their debut self-titled full-length record on Time to Kill Records. Combining Read more […]

Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will (Unique Leader)

Looking back at Krosis’ last album, Solem Vatem, it was a bit of an underrated gem. Some may have gotten scared off by the ‘deathcore’ tag, but those who decided to check it out anyway were privy Read more […]

Assassin – Bestia Immundis (Massacre Records)

Part of the original German thrash wave of the 1980’s, Assassin released two albums through Steamhammer in the 1980’s before breaking up in 1989. Finally deciding to reunite in 2002, they’ve released Read more […]

Kreator – London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse (Nuclear Blast)

Capturing another headlining set in the UK to support their last studio album Gods of Violence, Kreator have only increased their razor-sharp thrash over the years by adding these melodic/traditional hooks Read more […]

Sons of Apollo – MMXX (InsideOut Music)

There is something to be said for taking things that normally never traffic together and synthesizing them into something ‘new’. That’s not only the essence of progressive music, but the interactions Read more […]

Nightfear – Apocalypse (Fighter Records)

Based in Madrid, Spain, Nightfear is a heavy metal band that have been together since 2008 and released two previous albums with Inception in 2012 and Drums of War in 2015. Naturally going through a few Read more […]

Thoren – Gwarth II (Drylands Records)

Originally split apart from being one release (to aid in the digestion process), Gwarth II is the second half of 2018’s equally mind-bloggingly dissonant and technical release. Instrumental music that Read more […]

Various Artists – Metal Assault Mixtape Volume 2 (Metal Assault Records)

Curator Andrew Bansal has his hands in numerous waters through his metal endeavors – band manager, concert promoter, merchandise man on the road, website owner/writer, and now running his own record Read more […]

Nero di Marte – Immoto (Season of Mist)

It’s been a long six years since the Italian monstrosity known as Nero di Marte wreaked havoc across my 2014 with Derivae. A lot has happened in that time for yours truly and no doubt for the band as Read more […]

Serenity – The Last Knight (Napalm Records)

Continuing a look back to their roots of their melodic power/symphonic metal style, Austria’s Serenity place emphasis on bold hooks from both the musical and vocal horizons for their seventh studio album Read more […]

RavenWord – Transcendence (Rockshots Records)

If the name and cover art weren’t clues, RavenWord are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, and bring that gothic atmosphere into the symphonic metal realm. A bit of backstory details a journey Read more […]

Svart Crown – Wolves Among the Ashes (Century Media)

If there was a defining label that could be given to Svart Crown’s last album, 2017’s Abreaction, it was that of experimentation. It was a more controlled beast than that of Profane, and it saw them Read more […]

Lonescar – Lust for the End (Self-Released)

The Lone Star state has a potent metal scene – and Lonescar are another act to put on that map for this full-length Lust for the End. Together since 2012 with two previous EP’s under their belts, its Read more […]

Bütcher – 666 Goats Carry My Chariot (Osmose Productions)

Blazing a trail with their ideal blackened speed/heavy metal cocktail, Belgian act Bütcher optimize a take no prisoners sonic output for their second album 666 Goats Carry My Chariot. There’s no mystery Read more […]

Leeched – To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse (Prosthetic)

Two years ago, Leeched simply leapt into the fray of corrosive anger with You Took the Sun When You Left and caused some righteous carnage. For the band’s first full-length, there was a lot of identity Read more […]

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