Dire Peril – The Extraterrestrial Compendium (Divebomb Records)

Those well ingrained in the underground power metal scene probably know guitarist Jason Ashcraft for his work in Helion Prime and vocalist John Yelland for his other act Judicator. Dire Peril is another Read more […]

Nattravnen – Kult of the Raven (Transcending Obscurity)

A death metal duo that combines two equally prolific players, namely Kam Lee and Jonny Petterson, Nattravnen could have easily just been a ‘here and gone’ release with the quantity of material both Read more […]

Obscenity – Summoning the Circle (Apostasy Records)

Sometimes a good taste of classic death metal is all that’s required to get the bones rattled and energized. Germany’s Obscenity have been in the thick of this sort of material for almost 30 years Read more […]

Adamantis – Thundermark (Self-Released)

Crafting a brand of old school driven power metal, Adamantis hail from Massachusetts – the five-piece consisting of members from Europe and America, opening horizons for a diverse set of influences. Read more […]

Thoren – Gwarth I (Drylands Records)

Occasionally, there are instrumental releases that makes one question the necessity of vocals in extreme music. Thoren, which features members/ex-members of avant-garde extreme heavyweights Imperial Triumphant Read more […]

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Comatose Music)

Brutal death metal underdogs Mass Infection have always operated more in the shadows than they should likely be. While there’s nothing in the formula that others haven’t provided as well, they have Read more […]

Ashes of Ares – Well of Souls (Rock of Angels Records)

Five years removed from the self-titled debut album for Ashes of Ares, general life situations arise to change up many aspects of the group. While Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales remain the main components Read more […]

Azusa – Heavy Yoke (Solid State)

As far as supergroup-type events go, you’d be hard-pressed not to have heard some of the rumblings of Azusa, which features two members of Extol (Christer Espevoll and David Husvik), along with Dillinger Read more […]

Cattle Decapitation – Medium Rarities (Metal Blade)

As the cleverly titled name implies, this release from Cattle Decapitation isn’t a new release, but a compilation of rare and demo tracks that chronicle the band’s existence as a whole. The type of Read more […]

Baring Teeth – Transitive Savagery (Translation Loss)

2014’s Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins made Baring Teeth one of the extreme metal acts to follow if you enjoyed the ‘weird’ aspects of the genre. The mind-bending and normally unpredictable route made Read more […]

Pandemic – Deaf Nite (Self-Released)

Another discovery through social media (YouTube this time), Polish thrash band Pandemic started in 2015 and have released their debut four-song EP with Deaf Nite. It’s always intriguing to hear newer Read more […]

Ævangelist – Matricide In The Temple of Omega (I, Voidhanger Records)

Whew. The maelstrom is vast and it is relentless. Likewise is Matricide In The Temple of Omega, the second album released by the exceptionally prolific Matron Thorn under his Ævangelist banner this year. Read more […]

For I Am King – I (Redfield Records)

For I Am King had a good thing going with their debut release, Daemons. It was clear that they had studied all of the best of the melodic death metal sound (and some metalcore as well) and had taken the Read more […]

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 […]

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