Cattle Decapitation – End of the Anthropocene

Over the course of this decade, few have managed to impress within the death metal scene more than Cattle Decapitation. As they moved further from straight grind and upped the ‘death’ quotient, more Read more […]

Unfathomable Ruination – Enraged and Unbound (Willowtip)

Now that we are coming towards the end of it, 2019 has been quite a solid year for death metal. A number of bands have really stepped up their game and provided potent examples of how one can be undeniably Read more […]

Dizastra – Elder Sun (Self-Released)

Combining a love of thrash and black metal, Montreal act Dizastra came to fruition in 2014, their namesake derived from Middle French and Old Italian words that mean ‘bad star’ for which ancient civilizations Read more […]

Avatarium – The Fire I Long For (Nuclear Blast)

Vibrant times for doom metal these days. Always lurking beneath the surface during thrash and death metal heydays of the 80’s and 90’s, whether it’s the incessant inspiration of Black Sabbath and Read more […]

Vesperith – Vesperith (Svart)

Music, in all of its forms, is meant to make the listener feel something. In the case of much of the more extreme metal scene, it’s a vehicle for delivering riffs. High-energy material that fuels the Read more […]

Sodom – Out of the Frontline Trench (Steamhammer/SPV)

One of the big three in the Teutonic thrash heydays (Destruction and Kreator helming the other mantles), Sodom are an institution for their militant-oriented lyrical content and equally vicious potency Read more […]

Treasonist/Y-Incision – Mechanical Perdition (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

Are you a slave to the grind? If so, you’ll probably be pleased to come across this split of Treasonist and Y-Incision, two grinding death metal bands with some similarities and differences in their Read more […]

Obsequiae – The Palms of Sorrowed Kings (20 Buck Spin)

There is a medieval bent to Minneapolis’s Obsequiae, but, frankly, you sometimes forget it’s there considering how elegant and, dare we say, “overflowing” their guitar melodies are. Formed in 2007, Read more […]

Crystal Viper – Tales of Fire and Ice (AFM Records)

A staple of the Polish heavy metal scene, Crystal Viper arrive at an interesting crossroads with their seventh studio album for Tales of Fire and Ice. Originally delving more into a traditional approach Read more […]

Necronomicon – Unus (Season of Mist)

Necronomicon have been out doing their blackened death metal shtick for over 30 years now – an impressive feat for an act that doesn’t exactly fly on top of every extreme metal fan’s radar. Their Read more […]

Cortége – Tolling the Bells

“If Earth and Pink Floyd teamed up and did a soundtrack for David Lynch” is how Austin duo Cortége describes themselves. You could see why: Their cinematic sound is stretched across a variety of genres, Read more […]

October 2019 Album of the Month – Insomnium’s Heart Like a Grave

There are few bands that can pull off sweeping melodies as consistently as Insomnium. It’s been a trademark of theirs from the onset, and even with a plethora of releases under their belt, they still Read more […]

Hideous Divinity – Simulacrum (Century Media)

Growing in name as one of Italy’s finest when it comes to extreme metal, Hideous Divinity have been consistently upping their game with each release. Their last album, Adveniens, saw them make good Read more […]

Hanging Garden – Into That Good Night (Lifeforce)

Given that a lot of us writer-types will be in full reflection mode as 2019 and the decade wind down, albums like Hanging Garden’s excellent 2013 At Every Door will come back into view. A hearty, thoroughly Read more […]

R.U.S.T.X – Center of the Universe (Pitch Black Records)

Originally known as Flames in Ice in 2003, Cyprus band R.U.S.T.X have been a live staple ever since – opening performances for acts like Omen, Ross the Boss, and Bonfire as well as performing at festivals Read more […]

Blind Guardian – Basking in Twilight

Given the high quality and nature of the material that Blind Guardian has been delivering to fans across the globe for over 30 years now, to have had a project in the works for over 20 years means it has Read more […]

Spoil Engine – Renaissance Noire (Arising Empire)

Developing their chops in the 90’s Belgian underground hardcore scene, Spoil Engine are a four-piece act that bridge a heavy, modern aspect to their sound with that hardcore aesthetic plus groove-enhanced Read more […]

Eleine – All Shall Burn (Black Lodge Records)

Eleine left quite an impression with their sophomore effort, Until the End, last year. A rock-solid combination of gothic metal atmosphere, soaring symphonics, and more heaviness than you may have expected Read more […]

Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid (Transcending Obscurity)

You know what they say, “too much Rogga, not enough time.” Well, maybe not everyone says it, but there’s no doubt that there’s plenty of Rogga Johansson material for those who are hankering for Read more […]

Project Renegade – The New Order

Project Renegade initially impressed DR with their first outing, Cerebra, in terms of their clear vision and presentation of their take on the modern metal template. They have now released their first Read more […]

Hyperborea – Umbra (Art Gates Records)

Arising during the government upheaval of the late 90’s, Bulgarian death metal band Hyperborea took influences from their first wave of metal domestic scene along with a love for international death/thrash Read more […]

Second to Sun – Legacy (Self-Released)

Russia’s very prolific Second to Sun (they did record two full-lengths last year alone) are back with a full-length in 2019. If last year’s releases were anything to judge the band by, it’s that Read more […]

Edenbridge – Hunting the Mind

Attentive to satisfying the creative beast within ten albums deep into their career, Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge feel the need to stretch in a natural way record to record. You wouldn’t Read more […]

Despised Icon – Purgatory (Nuclear Blast)

With 2016’s Beast quickly reestablishing the Canadian pioneers of deathcore as a vital force to be reckoned and a massive comeback in its own right, the band took their time in formulating the follow-up Read more […]

Denner’s Inferno – In Amber (Mighty Music)

There’s no question when it comes to early guitar influencers from the 1980’s, especially in the classic/epic/traditional mold, most are familiar with the work of Michael Denner. His playing/ songwriting Read more […]

Mimesis – (Re)start

There’s been a steady stream of content and information divulged from New England’s Mimesis since the announcement of their band last year. But we are only now hearing the first completed notes of the Read more […]

Novembers Doom – Nephilim Grove (Prophecy Productions)

Fresh onto newer label pastures with Germany’s Prophecy Productions following a long-run from the mid-2000’s with The End Records, Novembers Doom at this point of their thirty-year career want to continue Read more […]

Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence (Season of Mist)

There’s doom, there’s funeral doom, and then there’s Esoteric. A release by the band tends to have the wait (from the last release) and the weight (in content) to nearly register as a major life Read more […]

Abigail Williams – Veil of Darkness

An ever-present force in US black metal for over a decade, Abigail Williams has also not been without its trials and tribulations. A few band shake-ups along the way, and lots of turnover among the ranks Read more […]

Ex Libris – ANN – Chapter 3: Anne Frank (Self-Released)

The final portion of Ex Libris’ intensive trilogy following three “Anns” throughout history, this time we come the closest to the present day with that of Anne Frank. Where Anne Boleyn and Anastasia Read more […]

Schammasch – Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records)

Dense. Exacting. Crafted to match a well defined vision from which it refuses to waiver. That is the experience Hearts of No Light brings to the table. For Switzerland’s Schammasch, that vision is in Read more […]