Reviews

Brymir – Wings of Fire (Out of Line Music)

It seems Brymir seems to go dormant for a bit, blast up from out of nowhere and deliver an epic piece of melodic death metal and disappear once more. It took 5 years to follow up 2011’s debut Breathe Read more […]

Once Awake – Inside the Storm (Reaper Entertainment)

Norway may be best revered in metal circles for its blackened contributions during the 1990’s explosion, but there has always been a healthy domestic output in other sub-genres. Once Awake from Bergen Read more […]

Arrival of Autumn – Harbinger (Nuclear Blast)

Time to hop in the ole time machine once again! But instead of zipping back to the seemingly usual timezone of Swedish death metal, we are setting the course for the USA back in the mid 2000s. If your Read more […]

Orpheus Omega – Wear Your Sins (EVP Recordings)

Despite the ‘near and dear’ nature of melodic death metal to the scribes of this site, it’s also a genre that has had its fair share of underwhelming releases as bands continue to solder on. It Read more […]

Aether Void – Curse of Life (Revalve Records)

Forming from the dissolved No Way Out, Aether Void began in the fall of 2017, going into more of a classic meets modern heavy metal platform on this debut full-length Curse of Life. Gaining two members Read more […]

Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light (Relapse)

An intriguing act for a variety of reasons, if primarily for the vacuum they are filling, Philadelphia’s Devil Master is, at the present time, one of the scene’s most heaped-upon newbies. Formed in Read more […]

Enterprise Earth – Luciferous (eOne)

When it comes to deathcore, there is an acknowledgement that the music is going to go down one direction, and ignore some other ones. With a pile of bands gravitating towards the heaviest, most brutal Read more […]

Brutus – Nest (Sargent House)

Examples of bands with the drummer as frontman/woman are few and far between unless we want to dial up early Deceased and Exciter and surely a handful of others that are eluding this scribe’s brain. Read more […]

Parallel Minds – Every Hour Wounds…The Last One Kills (Pitch Black Records)

France may have sat in the shadows of metal landmark bands – but it’s obvious that the success of Gojira changed that mindset over the past decade. Parallel Minds aim to carve their own niche in the Read more […]

Chrome Waves – A Grief Observed (Disorder Recordings)

A lot happens in seven years in any facet of the world: societal interests, cultural inclinations, political traumas. On a personal level those changes can manifest many times fold in comparison. Seven Read more […]

Magic Circle – Departed Souls (20 Buck Spin)

Witnessing the band live opening for Attacker at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester, MA, Magic Circle have been building a cult-like following since their inception in 2011. They’ve released a single, two Read more […]

Silver Bullet – Mooncult (Reaper Entertainment)

Originating as Dirge Eternal in 2008, this symphonic heavy metal band developed inspiration from horror movies to base their lyrical content around. Certain member changes dramatically increased the stage Read more […]

Drowning Ares – Nocturna (Self-Released)

Coming to this scribe’s attention due to guitarist/vocalist Navid Rashid, who may be best known to our readers for his work with the progressive metal act Iris Divine, Drowning Ares consists of four Read more […]

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel (Self-Released)

Quite the journey for this quintet West of Hell – originally developing in New Zealand in the early 2000’s, they transplanted themselves in Vancouver, BC Canada in 2009 due to struggles finding the Read more […]

Truth Corroded – Bloodlands (Unique Leader)

It’s been a while since Australian act Truth Corroded has delivered some new material. Six years in fact, since they bulldozed through with 2013’s The Saviors Slain. Said release didn’t really Read more […]

Rage of Light – Imploder (Napalm)

No stranger to these pages at DR, Rage of Light have been harnessing the power of melodic death metal and trance over the course of several singles and 2016’s Chasing a Reflection. While other acts Read more […]

Anthem – Nucleus (Golden Robot Records)

Anthem hail from Japan, and probably will gain only a cursory glance from our North American readers as far as name recognition even though they’re on the cusp of celebrating their 35th anniversary together Read more […]

Red Handed Denial – Redeemer (Self-Released)

Executing a follow-up concept to their previous EP, 2016’s Wanderer, Red Handed Denial take a more unique approach to progressive metal with their latest effort Redeemer. The seeming culmination of Read more […]

Mosh-Pit Justice – Fighting the Poison (Punishment 18 Records)

Upholding thrash ethics on moniker alone, Bulgaria’s Mosh-Pit Justice subscribe to a steady ascending in the underground through their recordings. Three full-lengths on three different labels since their Read more […]

Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost (Scarlet Records)

Returning for a second full-length after last year’s debut The Fallen King, Italian power metal band Frozen Crown subscribe to many benchmarks of the Euro-sound that put Sonata Arctica on the map and Read more […]

Whitechapel – The Valley (Metal Blade)

Whitechapel’s 2016 release Mark of the Blade caused some controversy for adding some clean vocals into the mix and a mild attempt to change some formatting, though much of the album still catered to Read more […]

Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host (PRC Music)

In the age of death metal bands generally swerving in two directions – hyper-tech wizardry or old school imitation/worship, Accursed Spawn bows to neither of these on their full-length debut. While Read more […]

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (AFM Records)

Ever-evolving from a traditional/classic power stance during their beginnings and now incorporating some bombastic, symphonic, and orchestral flourishes, Bloodbound have steadily ascended to the heads Read more […]

Witherfall – Vintage (Century Media)

In preparation for a special European run with Sonata Arctica where both bands will be performing eclectic and acoustic-driven sets, Witherfall decided to release a special EP that represents a mixture Read more […]

Childrain – The Silver Ghost (Graviton Music Services)

One of those bands that manage to accumulate a few releases without much attention but keep plugging away, The Silver Ghost is the fourth album for Spain’s Childrain. With a sound that easily falls Read more […]

Reckless Force – A Distant Planet (Self-Released)

Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, Reckless Force is made up of four dudes who love to party and play heavy metal. Formed in May 2012, the band spent its early years living up to its name, earning Read more […]

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

Aephanemer’s full-length debut, 2016’s Memento Mori, worked because the band was able to consistently provide epic melodies that riveted the listener from beginning to end. For the band’s second Read more […]

Eternity’s End – Unyielding (Ram It Down Records)

We all have our opinions regarding power metal – certain distinctions exist between the German/European model which tends to favor uplifting melodies, twin guitar/keyboard synchronization and double Read more […]

King Apathy – Wounds (Lifeforce Records)

Change can be a phenomenal thing. Change driven by purpose can be even moreso. While the ecological inclination of King Apathy isn’t new by any stretch, it is nevertheless refreshing to see it so front Read more […]

Red Cain – Kindred: Act I (Self-Released)

Yearning to establish one’s own presence in a flooded scene, Red Cain have steadily made an impression through their influence blend for progressive metal and alternative/gothic music since their inception Read more […]

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