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 […]

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 […]

Anaal Nathrakh – An Era of Endarkenment

In a year that seems to be intent in bringing about Armageddon all on its own, who better to release an album than the swirling masters of chaos in Anaal Nathrakh? Seemingly hitting the nail on the head 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 […]