Reviews

Oblivion – Oblivion (Self-Released)

Now six years removed from their 2013 debut, Called to Rise, California tech-death crew Oblivion bring forth a self-titled release for the third time around. Where 2017’s The Path Towards… saw the Read more […]

Critical Defiance – Misconception (Unspeakable Axe Records)

A hotbed in metal as of late has been South America. Beyond the fervent fanbase and infamous Rock in Rio festivals from Brazil, there has been a solid movement for the bands pushing their creative forces Read more […]

Hostilian – Catalyst (Self-Released)

In 2017, Indian metal act Hostilian hit the ground running with their first EP, Monolith. The band’s knack for piling together some thick grooves and tasty riffs made the debut an enjoyable one, and Read more […]

Beast in Black – From Hell with Love (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves in 2017 with Berserker, Beast in Black feel the slate is now clean to delve into what they do best. Combining a rich love of melodic power metal with 80’s and dance/keyboard style Read more […]

Steve Dadaian – Follow the Light (Self-Released)

When it comes to instrumental music, it’s sometimes seen as a niche market. The type of thing that only appeals to other guitar players/musicians. While some have had some wider success, the usual Read more […]

Frenzy – Blind Justice (Underground Power Records)

Melding together their affinities for traditional heavy metal and comic books/graphic novels, Frenzy create a throwback edge to their songwriting on Blind Justice that should find favor globally. Born Read more […]

Ad Patres – A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments (Xenokorp)

Back in 2013, a little known French death metal act called Ad Patres managed to impress with their variety of straight-ahead brutal death metal that captured the essence of the genre without having to Read more […]

Within Temptation – Resist (Spinefarm)

Resistance to change can stagnate any veteran band. It’s a catch-22 scenario – hopefully your built-in audience is willing to climb aboard as you sail into new horizons, or you catch enough newcomers Read more […]

Humanity Delete – Werewolves in the Iron Sky (Iron, Blood and Death Corporation)

As the saying goes, another month, another death metal release from the ineffable Rogga Johansson. This release comes in the form of Humanity Delete, which was founded back towards the turn of the century Read more […]

Soen – Lotus (Silver Lining Music)

To watch Soen build themselves up over the previous three albums to their latest, Lotus, has been an interesting progression. From the Tool-inspired beginnings to more diversified prog with Lykaia and Read more […]

Steel Engraved – Steel Engraved (Rock of Angels Records)

German heavy metal has certain standby elements that make things distinctive from other scenes. Beyond those hooks, synchronized stage moves, and melodies, the sense of community is second to none- fellow Read more […]

Soulmass – The Weakness of Virtue (Self-Released)

Upon queueing up the tracks of The Weakness of Virtue, there was a moment of daunting pause looking at the overall length. A doom/death release with 68-minutes of material, bookended by cuts that went Read more […]

Vandor – In the Land of Vandor (Self-Released)

In a novel approach to the power metal genre, Swedish band Vandor proudly proclaim their debut full-length In the Land of Vandor contains recordings the way it should be. No Autotuning, no melodyne, real Read more […]

The Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure (Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records)

There is a grand tradition in the world of traditional rock music that carried on into its many metallic offshoots: the concept album. A set of songs that work together to tell a single but not always Read more […]

Devil’s Mirror – Devil’s Mirror (Self-Released)

Although a relatively new band since forming in the summer of 2017, guitarist/vocalist Corey Tourigny and drummer Troy Hanks have played previously together in the 1990’s with the Massachusetts melodic Read more […]

Toby Knapp – Blizzard Archer (Moribund Rockers!)

Touted as “the greatest instrumental rock guitar album in decades,” Toby Knapp’s seventh solo album, Blizzard Archer, may not hit that unattainable target, but it does reaffirm his status as one Read more […]

Brave the Waters – Chapter II: Days of Solitude (Self-Released)

Back in 2015, Brave the Waters gave us some solitude and reflective space in Chapter I and laying the groundwork for future material. Now four years later, the Buckshot Facelift/Grey Skies Fallen duo Read more […]

Evergrey – The Atlantic (AFM Records)

Swedish power/ progressive metal band Evergrey have always been a forward thinking, emotionally connected group. Their music embodies the crest of beauty and aggression, tenderness and power – using Read more […]

Mastiff – Plague (APF Records)

One has to admire the utter slurry that Mastiff’s sound represents. An English act that seems completely focused on providing some of the grittiest and most snarling stuff you can think of, their sound Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow is Forced into the Light (Century Media)

Last we heard from Swallow the Sun, it was in the form of a mammoth-sized triple release, Songs of the North in 2015. Since then lead songwriter/guitarist Juha Raivio lost his partner Aleah Stanbridge Read more […]

Malamorte – Hell for All (Rockshots Records)

A side project for Lord Vampyr – vocalist of the same namesake band with six albums – Malamorte explores more of a straightforward heavy metal angle compared to his industrial, gothic, and black leanings. Read more […]

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 […]

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