Carnation – Iron Disciples

When it comes to the new crop of old school death metal bands, few are more exciting than Carnation. From their colorful artwork to their addictive and fun riffs, they bring a certain flair to their version Read more […]

Ascension of the Watchers – Apocrypha (Dissonance Productions)

The dreamy gothic project of Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) and John Bechdel (Killing Joke) has been floating around now for over 15 years at this point, even if there hasn’t been much physical material Read more […]

Winter’s End – Into the Sea (Self-Released)

Now more than ever, independent bands feel like they are in a race against time to keep up with the plethora of releases from signed acts these days. Before you know it, years pass, and people wonder ‘whatever Read more […]

Brick – Done Counting My Scars (Sliptrick Records)

Scandinavia has a plethora of amazing musicians and metal bands – especially over the past four decades. Add Swedish sextet Brick as another act to keep an eye on. Done Counting My Scars is their second Read more […]

Tallah – Matriphagy (Earache)

What’s old is nu again right? In a rather interesting turn of events, there have been more bands taking direct influence from the nu metal style, and surprisingly making it something more tolerable. Read more […]

Winter’s Verge – The Ballad of James Tig (Pride & Joy Music)

A veteran of the melodic power metal scene since 2005, Winter’s Verge have released four studio albums and three EP’s, spanning labels from Limb Music to Massacre Records, as well as recently going Read more […]

Devildriver – Dealing with Demons I (Napalm)

Coming off of the intriguing Outlaws ‘Til the End covers release back in 2018, Devildriver comes back with the first half of a two part offering with Dealing with Demons I. This far into the Devildriver Read more […]

The Arson Choir – A World of Monsters

A relatively fresh act from California, The Arson Choir put out their first release back in 2017 with Trophy Nation. A bit of noise, a bit of mathcore, and a whole lot of energy, the band is back with Read more […]

Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota (Naturmacht Productions)

The malleability of black metal is, at this point, I suspect well understood. As I noted in my 2018 best of, it was fascinating then that you could ostensibly have Imperial Triumphant’s Vile Luxury and Read more […]

The Arson Choir – Invisible Monsters (War Against Records)

Bands that operate within the noisier segment of the extreme metal community often get ignored because of the noise. Even most of the most extreme fans want to hear a little bit of melody, whether they Read more […]

Night – High Tides -Distant Skies (The Sign Records)

Gravitating towards a proto-metal meets classic rock sound with numerous 70’s-inspired trademarks, Night hail from Sweden and have been establishing their style through a series of singles, albums, and Read more […]

Uada – Djinn (Eisenwald)

In truth, Djinn’s announcement earlier in the year set it up as one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. This, despite both the generally low bar set by the 2020 experience and Uada’s somewhat Read more […]

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Celebrating 10 Gothic Years

Earlier this year, Lindsay Schoolcraft announced her departure from Cradle of Filth. But she’s also been working on her own for a while, and last year’s Martyr was an excellent example of her gothic Read more […]

Second to Sun – Shrouded in Darkness

Considering the band’s more groove metal take on black metal in their inception, they’ve grown further and further into dark and icy black metal waters with each release. Leviathan, as their newest Read more […]

Amiensus – Abreaction (Transcending Records)

Amiensus have been an interesting band to watch as they have evolved since 2013’s riveting Restoration debut. What is of particular interest, is how they have managed to move into various directions, Read more […]

Vanishing Point – Dead Elysium (AFM Records)

Australian progressive metal act Vanishing Point move at their own comfortable pace. Understandable as a veteran band, who juggle normal family, life, and work responsibilities while also putting out high Read more […]

Höstblod – Dikter om döden (Self-Released)

A landscape drawn in black and white featuring a becalmed lake and a host of trees either evergreen or unburdened with the signs of summer life. Unsurprisingly there is black metal within – equally unsurprising Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – September 2020

The fall season is starting to kick in already, and while maybe people didn’t get as much of a chance to head out this spring and summer – it’s nearing time to start watching the leaves fall, and listen Read more […]

Synthetic – Clepsydra: Time Against Infinity (ROAR! Rock of Angels Records)

Surfacing to this scribe back in 2016 by finding their debut, Here Lies the Truth, on Bandcamp, it’s been a minute since we’ve heard any new music from the UK-based melodic death metal act. Their Read more […]

Silius – Worship to Extinction (Rock of Angels Records)

Moving from Massacre to Rock of Angels Records for album two, Austrian thrash band Silius return with Worship to Extinction, determined to prove that their brand of modern groove-oriented meets traditional Read more […]

Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment (Metal Blade)

What else can really be said about Anaal Nathrakh when it comes to their unabashedly caustic approach to extreme metal? The band came into a formula that worked really well for them ages ago (and one Read more […]

Airforce – Strike Hard (Pitch Black Records)

Originally active in the late 80’s, Airforce are an old school metal act from the UK with ex-Iron Maiden drummer Doug Sampson in their ranks. Resurrecting themselves after a seven-year break in the early Read more […]

Raven – Heavy Lifting

Those familiar with traditional heavy metal already know the story of Raven – and probably have ingested those early 80’s classic records from Rock Until You Drop, Wiped Out, and All for One numerous 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]