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 […]

Carnation – Where Death Lies (Season of Mist)

Again, an eye-catching display of color from Carnation for their second slab of old school death metal goodness. Just as the cover catches your eye, the band is very good at catching your ears as well. Read more […]

Dead Lord – Surrender (Century Media)

Reveling in that 70’s landscape when bluesy, melodic hard rock and twin-guitar harmonies became a staple of the Thin Lizzy catalog, Swedish band Dead Lord return for their fourth studio album Surrender. Read more […]

Kataklysm – Still Conquering

Incredible to think that Kataklysm has been forging ahead for almost 30 years at this point. The band is approaching their 14th full-length in Unconquered at the end of this month, and it’s a suitable Read more […]

Redemption – Alive in Color (AFM Records)

Developing a strong discography of power-driven progressive metal since 2001, Redemption have been a favorite of the ProgPower USA festival audience. So it’s not surprising that given the opportunity Read more […]

Voracious Scourge – In Death (Massacre Records)

Voracious Scourge is a name that just sounds brutal. Having witnessed their 2018 EP, Our Demise, It’s a fitting description. In Death is their full-length debut, and showcases exactly what a meeting Read more […]

Winter’s End – Align with the Sea

Boston-based symphonic metal band Winter’s End have been away for four years between releases – but there has been no shortage of activity. Three of the five members have changed – and work took Read more […]

Noumena – Anima (Haunted Zoo Productions)

Truly one of metal’s great mysteries is how Noumena is perpetually left in the dark by much of the metal underground, after producing some of the finest melodeath/doom of the ‘00s (both Absence and Read more […]

Spectrum of Delusion – Neoconception (The Artisan Era)

Coming out of the gates hot with their scorching debut Esoteric Entity three years ago, Spectrum of Delusion have gained some favor since. Establishing connections with one of the major players in the Read more […]