Nasty – Maximizing Aggressive Energy

Pushing their brand of visceral metallic hardcore for well over a decade now, Belgium’s Nasty know how to bring sonic rage to the table. Particularly with their latest effort (and first for Century Read more […]

Amaranthe – Manifest (Nuclear Blast)

No doubt about it, Amaranthe has been moving modern metal forward since the release of their self-titled debut in 2011. Taking an idea that shouldn’t have worked – utilizing three vocalists and merging Read more […]

Válvera – Cycle of Disaster (Brutal Records)

Arising in 2010 to release two albums (the latter of which Back in Hell their first English-only), Brazilian band Válvera deliver an intriguing mix of old school and new/modern aspects to their thrash Read more […]

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Worlds Away (Cyber Proxy Records)

While not entirely a new release from Lindsay Schoolcraft, Worlds Away represents a rather unique way of celebrating her musical past (10 years and counting). Mostly consisting of songs she has done throughout Read more […]

Psychosomatic – The Invisible Prison (Nefarious Industries)

Crossover thrash has been a staple of the scene since the 1980’s. Combining the aspects of punk, hardcore, and metal into a form that oozes energy and aggression into often quick hitting songs, acts Read more […]

Fires in the Distance – Echoes from Deep November (Prosthetic)

Unsigned bands take heed: Write, record and make every effort to release a professional sounding (and looking) album, then your chances of getting signed increase exponentially. Case in point, Connecticut’s Read more […]

The Ocean – Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade)

The sludgy post-metal act of The Ocean [Collective] finally finishes up their trip through time that began with Precambrian in 2007 and serves as a direct follow up to Phanerozoic I back in 2018 with this Read more […]

Second to Sun – Leviathan (Self-Released)

Second to Sun have been an interesting act to watch grow and evolve. While it was only two years ago when The Black first hit this scribe’s ears, the band has been quick to release material (The Walk Read more […]

September 2020 Rapid Fires

And so brings in the fall. Despite all of the COVID concerns, there’s a wealth of releases hitting the market as of now. Which means there’s never a lack of things to cover within the DR pages. This month Read more […]

Demolizer – Thrashmageddon (Mighty Music)

Familiar with this Danish thrash act’s debut EP Ghoul from 2018, they’ve signed with Mighty Music and released a full-length follow-up in Thrashmageddon. Curious to know if the band has tightened up Read more […]

Proscription – Conduit (Dark Descent Records)

Christbutcher, probably best known for his work with Finnish act Maveth, needed a new deathly vehicle after said act was finished. Enter Proscription, an even darker death metal entity with some blackened Read more […]

AfterTime – The Farthest Shore (Self-Released)

Minnesota-based symphonic metal band AfterTime leapt right into the fray with their 2017 debut EP, World’s We’ve Lost. One could hear the influences of the big acts within the European market (Nightwish, Read more […]

Rope Sect – The Great Flood (Iron Bonehead)

For the sake of comparison, Germany’s Rope Sect are essentially next-door neighbors to Grave Pleasures. Both occupy the rather niche death rock sphere but come at it from different angles. Where Grave Read more […]

The Ocean – Flowing Through Geological Time

The Ocean has been connecting their brand of sludgy, post-metal to Earth’s history for much of their career. Whether it was through the geological time scale, such as Precambrian and the band’s upcoming Read more […]

Raven – Metal City (Steamhammer/SPV)

Changes afoot in the Raven camp – out of necessity though, as long-time drummer Joe Hasselvander suffered a heart attack that put him on the sidelines during the touring cycle for the last studio album Read more […]

…And Oceans – Cosmic World Mother (Season of Mist)

After succumbing to both a questionable change in direction come 2002’s Cypher, followed by a full-on name change to Havoc Unit, Finnish black metal ensemble …And Oceans are making up for lost time Read more […]

Scordatura – Mass Failure (Gore House Productions)

The Scottish brutal death metal squad has been a consistent one. Knowing how to press down on the more aggressive and snarling aspects of the genre without it becoming ludicrous or silly, the band’s Read more […]

Song Premiere: Hateful’s “The Irretrievable Dissolution Process on the Shores of Time”

We at DR are stoked to premiere a new slab of death metal to help get you through the workweek. This one comes from the Italian act Hateful, who will release Set Forever On Me on September 25 through Read more […]

Kataklysm – Unconquered (Nuclear Blast)

Ever the consistent ones when it comes to death metal, a fresh batch of Kataklysm at this point is all but certain to satiate the need for some heaviness combined with just enough melody. The band’s Read more […]

Sinsid – Enter the Gates (Pitch Black Records)

Previously less than impressed with Mission from Hell the debut album from Norway traditional metal act Sinsid, this scribe is always willing to give bands multiple chances. Hence we have the follow-up Read more […]

Hinayana – Cosmic Explorers

We at DR have been making it a habit to keep up with the death doom act Hinayana. The band’s first demo held promise (then comprised solely of Casey Hurd), and 2018’s Order Divine capitalized on it Read more […]

Gaerea – Limbo (Season of Mist)

It hardly seems as though two years have passed since Unsettling Whispers held court throughout the summer of 2018. Such time has passed, however, and Gaerea has blossomed from practitioners of the void Read more […]

Nasty – Menace (Century Media)

Some albums are just meant to bring about some rage and anger, or at least allow one to vent those particular emotions. Nasty has been cultivating hardcore and beatdown vibes in their music for quite Read more […]

SUMAC – May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey)

We thought 2019 was a terrible year. Everyone looked forward to 2020, filled with promises of a clean slate, and look where we are right now. An economically debilitating pandemic, ongoing quests for racial Read more […]

From the Depth – Moments (Rockshots Records)

Back story always has context – perseverance can prevail and showcase grit and character for many musicians. In the case of Italian power metal act From the Depth, their start as a cover band in 2008 Read more […]

Amaranthe – Going Viral

With new management, a new label, and a new album in tow, there’s a lot of excitement in the Amaranthe camp. Even in light of rescheduled and/or cancelled tours across the globe, the band has been staying Read more […]

Metalhead Box – July 2020

As the summer continues to burn by, I have adjusted to living in a new apartment but maintaining the same institutions in life (life, class, and the eternal call of the Navy). It is fortunate then that Read more […]

August 2020 Album of the Month: Unleash the Archers’ Abyss

Unleash the Archers has been gaining the favor of the metallic masses (and DR) for quite some time. Apex was a shining beacon of thrilling heavy metal, and follow up Abyss takes all of the pieces of their Read more […]

Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media)

True slaves to the grind, Napalm Death is a name that should automatically garner some respect for their pioneering and chaotic sound, with numerous classic records in their back catalog. The band’s Read more […]

Cobra Spell – Love Venom (Self-Released)

When the iconic Alice Cooper suggests you follow your dreams to make music together, you should listen. That fuels the auspicious start of Cobra Spell – a European/ American unit that features members Read more […]

Fight the Fight – Deliverance (Metal Blade/Blacklight Media)

As metal continues to evolve and diversify itself, the crossover potential sometimes leaps off the page with the right combination of elements. Fight the Fight is a Norwegian act that manages to provide Read more […]