Artillery – The Face of Fear (Metal Blade)

Danish act Artillery deliver melodic power/thrash with finesse and deeper attention to catchy hooks than most bands within their genre. During their 1980’s, they developed a cult-like appeal through Read more […]

Décembre Noir – Autumn Kings (Lifeforce)

If the utilization of a clipboard was such a thing during review writing (is it?), then we’d be checking off nearly all the proverbial boxes for Germany’s Décembre Noir. Bred from the hallowed school Read more […]

Antimatter – Black Market Enlightenment (Music in Stone)

Conversation has already begun among the DR staff regarding our best-of the decade lists, of which should be out and about around this time next year. (Mark your calendars!) Indeed thousands of albums Read more […]

Sarah Longfield – Disparity (Season of Mist)

While she might not be a household name per say, Sarah Longfield has managed to build up a solid following over the years on YouTube and has been garnering media favor for her skills as a musician. Most Read more […]

Sylent Storm – Sylent Storm (Stormspell Records)

There’s something magical about the power trio format in metal. Stripped down to its essence, all parties are on top of their musical game to fill out the sound. Oregon act Sylent Storm are a three-piece Read more […]

Witherfall – A Prelude to Sorrow (Century Media)

Dealing with tragedy has been a mainstay of Witherfall over the past two years. Losing their drummer Adam Paul Sagan in 2016 to cancer, vocalist Joseph Michael also took on the unenviable task of replacing Read more […]

Frosttide – Decedents – Enshrined (Out of Line Music)

Coming in with a sound similar to acts like Wintersun or Brymir, Frosttide have been executing symphonic melodic death metal for close to a decade at this point. They’ve released two full-length albums, Read more […]

Hissing – Permanent Destitution (Profound Lore)

One of those cases where both the band name and cover art speak volumes about what you are about to hear, Hissing sounds exactly like the name implies. The music doesn’t speak to notable riffing and Read more […]

Temtris – Rapture (Battlegod Productions)

Australia has been a hotbed in the metal landscape for multiple genres in the past decade or so. You are seeing acts gain bigger market share due to consistent record label output and worldwide festival/touring Read more […]

Dysmorphic – An Illusive Progress (Unique Leader)

Another case of ‘man, it’s been a while,’ Dysmorphic haven’t been heard of since 2013’s A Notion of Casuality. Their brand of extremity is one that manages to embrace both the technical and Read more […]

Reich of Shadows – Fortune’s Hand (Self-Released)

These days you don’t need to form and finish a project/band with members all in your local area. Case in point: Reich of Shadows, starting with main man Cody Pelchat as songwriter, bassist, and guitarist Read more […]

Moths – Moths (Self-Released)

Coming to this scribe’s attention due to bassist Weslie Negrón, formerly with thrash band Zafakon, Moths started in 2016 to blend together two seemingly divergent sub-genres in heavy music: progressive Read more […]

Accept – Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 (Nuclear Blast)

Documentation of a special one-off headlining set at the premiere global metal festival Wacken, it makes sense that Accept tackle a bit of the past and present in this two-hour set for Symphonic Terror Read more […]

Corpsessed – Impetus of Death (Dark Descent)

Time sure flies by sometimes. It’s already been four years since Corpsessed unearthed their first full-length, Abysmal Thresholds. Notable for their ability to possess that old school sound without Read more […]

Amiensus/Oak Pantheon – Gathering II (Self-Released)

For the second time, Minnesota’s strongest black metal forces have combined to give us a sweet sampling of what they do best, with Gathering II. Both acts known for their ‘not so by the books’ approach Read more […]

Jose Rubio – Forbidden Dreams (Fighter Records)

Mainly known as a guitarist with heavy/power metal acts like War Cry, Nova Era, and Evil Hunter among others, Jose Rubio also enjoys delivering instrumental metal efforts – of which Forbidden Dreams Read more […]

Darkest Horizon – Aenigmata (Self-Released)

German symphonic death metal act Darkest Horizon has been slowly building up their repertoire over the last decade, accumulating two EPs and a previous full-length (2014’s The Grand Continuum) in the Read more […]

Chrome Division – One Last Ride (Nuclear Blast)

Leather-clad and ready for more boozing and cruising, Chrome Division felt the time to retire is now, just after celebrating their 15th anniversary together as a band. Reuniting with their first singer Read more […]

Second to Sun – The Walk (Self-Released)

Talk about one hell of a turn-around. Second to Sun just released their last full-length record back in May, and now here we are already talking about its successor in November (though admittedly they Read more […]

Lividity – Perverseverance (Metal Age Productions)

It has been a long time coming since brutal death metal act Lividity has popped out a new release. Nine years in fact, discounting any live/split/compilation type of material that is. But Perverseverance Read more […]

Anneke van Giersbergen – Symphonized (InsideOut Music)

Between her time in The Gathering, her many, many guest spots and collaborations, and her own solo work, Anneke van Giersbergen has built up quite an impressive selection of material. In fact, it’s Read more […]

Triple Kill – Age of Rebellion (Self-Released)

Consistency is the name of the game in metal these days. Frequency helps through live presence, social media awareness, and hopefully strong product in the form of new music. Melbourne, Australia’s Triple Read more […]

Corpsefucking Art – Splatterphobia (Comatose Music)

Never a band to take themselves too seriously (something extreme music could use more of), Corpsefucking Art deliver just the type of blood-soaked brutality that you would expect with their fifth full-length Read more […]

Unearth – Extinction(s) (Century Media)

The long-time purveyors of combining metallic riffing with thunderous breakdowns, Unearth have had a few years between their last album, 2014’s Watchers of Rule, and now. But that time (mostly) spent Read more […]

Skull Pit – Skull Pit (Metal Blade Records)

Crossing New York and Tokyo lines for membership, this cross-continental unit Skull Pit has a mainline goal to reclaim their youth when 70’s hard rock and NWOBHM/heavy metal also reigned the underground Read more […]

Lectern – Deheadment for Betrayal (Via Nocturna)

Last we checked in with the Italian death metal crew of Lectern, they had released their 2016 album, Precept of Delator. Two years later, they are still keeping the Floridian brutality alive with their Read more […]

Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns (Prosthetic)

Ever the forward-movers when it comes to their sound and direction, even if you can still hear only a few moments and know what band you are listening to, it’s also a testament to Psycroptic’s legacy Read more […]

Burning Witches – Hexenhammer (Nuclear Blast)

Breaking down stereotypes isn’t easy even within the metal landscape. At this point, it shouldn’t matter what gender is playing and performing in this style – the proof should lie in the output, Read more […]

Devouring Star – The Arteries of Heresy (Dark Descent)

While conventional wisdom holds to not judge a book by its cover, metal albums aren’t books and the cover is often quite indicative of what the listener can expect to find within. Fog-laced forests adorn Read more […]

Striker – Play to Win (Record Breaking Records)

Planting seeds through incessant touring across North America and Europe, Striker are a rare breed who feel very self-contained in their activities. Their DIY philosophy negates any need for a record label Read more […]

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