Sifting Through Bandcamp – February 2021

Even though February is a few days shorter than the rest of the months, there’s no shortage of quality metal output to find on the Bandcamp platform. So for those of us in the north, bundle up and get Read more […]

Durbin – The Beast Awakens (Frontiers Music)

Best known to the general public as bringing the ‘metal’ back as a singer on American Idol season ten, vocalist James Durbin has flown the flag for the classic elements of the genre even if he was Read more […]

Malice Divine – Malice Divine (Self-Released)

Just as the icy and cold cover art would lead you to believe, Malice Divine is a meloblack band that hails from Canada by plays by way of Scandinavia. The (mostly) one-man act of Ric Galvez (ex-Astaroth Read more […]

Empyrium – Uber den Sternen (Prophecy)

An intriguing band to watch as they shifted from melodic black metal to integrating more and more dark folk influences into their sound. Their last album, 2014’s The Turn of the Tides, was almost entirely Read more […]

Human Fortress – Epic Tales & Untold Stories (Massacre Records)

Striking hot after 2019’s Reign of Gold success, German band Human Fortress release a double disc of previously unreleased new/rare songs and greatest hits for Epic Tales & Untold Stories. The sextet Read more […]

Moonspell – Hermitage (Napalm)

A band that has been dwelling in gothic darkness for almost 30 years, Moonspell has also managed to try new things and experiment a bit. To that end, Hermitage feels like another new step for the band. Read more […]

Crystal Viper – The Cult (Listenable Records)

Master Polish metal act Crystal Viper have been delivering their brand of heavy/power metal since 2003. Through their seven previous studio albums they’ve consistently refined and evolved as a band sonically Read more […]

Anneke van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies are the Brightest (InsideOut)

The ever-busy Anneke van Giersbergen seems to have a lot of releases, bands, and even guest vocal appearances that she is juggling. This solo effort is one that should stand out though, due to the fact Read more […]

Sirenia – Riddles, Ruins & Revelations (Napalm)

Once establishing a specific style or sound, artists often in the metal camps lean one of two ways album to album. Either content to churn out more of the same with little spices of flavor to differentiate Read more […]

Iotunn – Access All Worlds (Metal Blade)

Just as the name would imply (old Norse for “Giant”), Iotunn deliver a massive debut with Access All Worlds. Jón Aldará (Hamferd, Barren Earth) sits at the vocal position while a progressive and Read more […]

Todd La Torre – Rejoice in the Suffering (Rat Pak Records)

Best known for years as replacing Geoff Tate in Queensrÿche, vocalist Todd La Torre has been hard at work compiling material for his debut solo record Rejoice in the Suffering. Collaborating with longtime Read more […]

Summoning the Lich – United in Chaos (Prosthetic)

If power metal bands can sing about fantasy, then why not some more death metal ones too? Summoning the Lich take their inspiration from Lord of the Rings, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons Read more […]

Jarhead Fertilizer – Product of My Environment (Closed Casket Activities)

In a quick, hot take it seemed like the logo and design of this one was going to lead it into stoner doom territory. That couldn’t have been further from the truth, as Jarhead Fertilizer are an amalgamation Read more […]

Epica – Omega (Nuclear Blast)

Ever the beacon when it comes to top-shelf symphonic metal, Epica always seem to find a way to live up to their name with their grandiose and bombastic sound. Even though it’s been five years since Read more […]

Souls of Diotima – Janas (Diotima Records/ Rockshots Records)

Weaving together an interesting musical cocktail of sub-genres across the metal landscape, Italian act Souls of Diotima feel very comfortable expressing their style as ‘Mediterranean Metal’ for this Read more […]

Profaned – Surreal Existence (Self-Released)

Starting out of a love for dramatic, melodic heavy metal, Swedish duo Profaned consists of multi-instrumentalist Henrik Wesström and vocalist Thomas Clifford (Throne of Heresy, Abscession). Beginning Read more […]

InHuman – InHuman (Self-Released)

At this stage in the game, when most think of a symphonic metal act that doesn’t shy away from extremity, Epica is the first that will come to mind. But InHuman are quickly looking to change that notion Read more […]

Everdawn – Cleopatra (Sensory)

As a journalist its important to remain impartial when bands fracture due to personal, creative, or business decisions. Everdawn is a New Jersey-based symphonic metal band featuring three former members Read more […]

Wrathrone – Eve of Infliction (Great Dane Records)

Originally appearing on this scribe’s aural radar through their debut album Born Beneath, Wrathrone are a Finnish act that blend together a solid old school Swedish death metal approach with some traditional/rock Read more […]

Korpse – Insufferable Violence (Unique Leader)

The problem when it comes to many slam or brutal death metal bands is that it just becomes one-note and boring the long it goes on. There’s a visceral feeling to it all, but many in the genre operate Read more […]

Innersphere – Omfalos (Slovak Metal Army)

Innersphere is a melodic death metal band from the Czech Republic. Omfalos is their second full-length album, following up on a previous EP and 2018’s Amnesia. While it doesn’t really ever color Read more […]

Einherjer – Headed North

In existence for close to 30 years now, Einherjer was one of the first names to really carry the torch for Viking metal, fusing black and folk together with traditional heavy metal influences to create Read more […]

January 2021 Album of the Month: Tribulation’s Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

The first of our picks for the new year, Tribulation reigned supreme with their newest offering Where the Gloom Becomes Sound. Continuing to polish their gloomy, gothic atmosphere combined with NWOBHM, Read more […]

Screams of Hockomock – Morbid Curiosity (Self-Released)

A treasure trove of talent lurks in New England when it comes to all styles of metal. When looking into the melodic death template from the Boston area, it’s time to check out Screams of Hockomock. Active Read more […]

Ephemerald – Between the Glimpses of Hope (Inverse)

A new band within the symphonic/melodic death metal ranks, Ephemerald takes a straight-ahead approach without abandoning the ‘epic’ qualities of acts like Wintersun (or to a lesser extent Brymir). Read more […]

Angelus Apatrida – Angelus Apatrida (Century Media)

Well-established in most parts of the world for their brand of thrash metal, Spain’s Angelus Apatrida may not be a household name in North America currently. They’ve yet to tour here despite being Read more […]

Gravesend – Methods of Human Disposal (20 Buck Spin)

Intriguing how more bands based in NYC are using the locale as a direct inspiration for their music. Imperial Triumphant uses the seedy underbelly as its inspiration, and though in a different way, Gravesend Read more […]

Durbin – Raise Your Swords

Most music followers probably know of vocalist James Durbin through his weekly exposure through season ten of American Idol. Educating the public to his love of heavy metal music to a wider commercial Read more […]

February 2021 Rapid Fires

In the midst of regularly cleaning out snow this winter, it’s nice to get some music in to warm up the brain after a good chill. Since we have plenty of music hitting our inbox, we use the Rapid Fire Read more […]

The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Self-Released)

The Lylat Continuum is a new band from Colorado that certainly falls within the realm of progressive death metal. But before you begin to think about a more tech-y affair, know that this will be of more Read more […]

A Scent Like Wolves – Mystic Auras (We Are Triumphant)

When metalcore blew up in the early 2000s it was all over the place. While that eventually died down, the sound itself stuck around, with some of the veteran acts continuing along, paving the way for Read more […]