Igorrr – Listening vs. Hearing

In the landscape of extreme music, there’s plenty of different directions that it has gone, but few sound as unique as that of Igorrr. Combining death metal, baroque, breakcore, and even Middle Eastern Read more […]

Raider – Guardian of the Fire (Self-Released)

Waterloo, Canada is home to Raider – a five-piece outfit together since 2017 who have released a demo in 2018 Urge to Kill setting the stage for this full-length Guardian of the Fire. Finally securing Read more […]

Cabal – Drag Me Down (Long Branch Records)

Back in 2018, Cabal released their first full-length, Mark of Rot. While the Danes could provide something that was intensely heavy, it also felt rather one-dimensional in tone. It relied on that super Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – March 2020

With much of the country (and the world) holding down in quarantine, there’s more time than usual to check out what’s going on in the music world. Bandcamp being no exception here, with a bounty of new Read more […]

Ivanhoe – Blood and Gold (Massacre Records)

Throwing listeners a curve ball, German progressive metal act Ivanhoe for their eighth studio album Blood and Gold decide to keep things very short and sweet in terms of their songwriting and performances. Read more […]

White Stones – Kuarahy (Nuclear Blast)

The bassist for Opeth, Martin Mendez, comes front and center with White Stones. Given Opeth’s turn towards progressive rock over the years, White Stones allows Mendez (and company) to shift things back Read more […]

The Metalhead Box – January & February 2020

Time flies. As February came and went with nary a bit of notice and March is now halfway done, why not combine the two months in one overview? Solid months all in all though there is a particular item Read more […]

Ihsahn – Telemark (Candlelight/Spinefarm)

Ihsahn still gets pelted with questions — 19 years and seven solo albums after the fact — of a possible new Emperor studio album. The man is so calm and understanding about the whole thing; it’s Read more […]

Myrkur – Folkesange (Relapse)

Not one to really keep to the black metal boundaries and traditions, it’s probably less surprising to hear that Myrkur is going into the ‘total folk’ waters for her latest release Folkesange than Read more […]

Imonolith – The Reign Begins

Due to the high frequency of ‘big metal names’ involved (among them ex/members of Devin Townsend Project and Threat Signal), there’s been a lot of eyes on Imonolith since the band was first announced. Read more […]

Master Boot Record – Floppy Disk Overdrive (Metal Blade)

There’s a part of this scribe that sees the cover and thinks, “There are some young-uns reading this site that probably don’t even know what a floppy disk is.” But then again, for those people, Read more […]

Grindpad – Violence (Iron Shield Records)

Dutch for ‘gravel path’, Grindpad are a quintet of musicians that straddle the crossover thrash/death style – together since 2006 and releasing four previous EP’s from 2008-2017 before finally Read more […]

Deathwhite – Treading Funeral Grounds

Of the newer breed of doomy acts within the metal sphere today, Deathwhite surely comes to mind as being one of the strongest (and growingly more revered). There’s a good reason for this – the band Read more […]

Awenden – Golden Hour (Self-Released)

One of my great longings as 2019 drew to a close was the palpable dearth of new entries in the Cascadian fold. The genre featured heavily in my summary of the 2010s and if the present album is any indication, Read more […]

Irist – Order of the Mind (Nuclear Blast)

Not sure how they keep doing it lately, but Nuclear Blast has been doing a bang-up job of finding fresh bands that move things in a fresh direction for metal – who are also releasing their first material Read more […]

Runescarred – Minor Progressions

For Texas act Runescarred, they’ve established a diverse sound rather quickly since their inception in 2017. Releasing a three-song EP in 2018 with We Are, the group eventually expanded to the current Read more […]

Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion (Metal Blade)

Those familiar with the name Igorrr already know that it’s wise to expect the unexpected. The nature of the music itself, as evidenced with their last album Savage Sinusoid, is that it will hop all Read more […]

Kvaen – The Funeral Pyre (Black Lion)

Kvaen, the one-man project of The Duskfall and Autumn Death’s Jakob Björnfot, is like Deströyer 666 and Dissection speeding down a highway on their motorcycles, each armed with scythes, rifles and Read more […]

Izthmi – The Arrows of Our Ways (Within the Mind Records)

One of the hallmarks of the metal landscape across the 2010s was the regular and surprising combining of old forms into, if not entirely new, somewhat new ways. Behind all the genre revivals was the regular Read more […]

Black Phantom – Zero Hour Is Now (Punishment 18 Records)

A solo project of Mesmerize bassist Andrea Tito, Black Phantom blossomed into a five-piece outfit and delivered their debut album Better Beware! in 2017. The follow-up Zero Hour is Now contains nine tracks Read more […]

Michael Alago – Breathing Music

Everyone tends to look directly at the bands, but how are those bands that everyone loves so much found? Michael Alago spent 25 years in A&R, discovering bands and making notable signings like Metallica Read more […]

March 2020 Rapid Fires

Uncertainty and panic, at least in some form, has enveloped parts of the world, but the metal release schedule soldiers on. Perhaps with the recent quarantines and social distancing measures put in place, Read more […]

Fluisteraars – Bloem (Eisenwald)

Flowers on a black metal album cover is like George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer wearing JNCO jeans. They’re unlikely, if not frowned upon bedfellows. (Anyone who was a serious metalhead in the 1990s Read more […]

Imonolith – State of Being (Self-Released)

Considering the involvement of so many top tier musicians involved in Imonolith (RVP and Beav from Devin Townsend Project and Jon Howard of Threat Signal, among others), it’s easy to see why the modern Read more […]

Wake – Devouring Ruin (Translation Loss Records)

Wake’s new LP Devouring Ruin is straight-up filthy. The band blurs the the lines of genre pigeonholing by taking bits from grind, death metal, to blackgaze and arranges them in unpredictable ways. “Dissolve Read more […]

Death the Leveller – II (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Back in 2017 this Irish epic doom metal band Death the Leveller came out with a self-titled EP of crushing material – combining elements of Primordial, Grand Magus, and Solitude Aeturnus beyond aspects Read more […]

Lurker of Chalice – Tellurian Slaked Furnace (Nuclear War Now! Productions)

Despite a fond history with Leviathan, my own history with Jef Whitehead’s other seminal project is filled with a litany of mistakes. I do believe I looked the Lurker of Chalice LP in the face a dozen Read more […]

Heaven Shall Burn – No Truth Without Sacrifice

Long have Heaven Shall Burn putting out their particular message to the metal masses. Over twenty years and now nine albums, in fact. Their aggressive form of metalcore always stuck to the heavier end Read more […]

Hemotoxin – Restructure the Molded Mind (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Hailing from the Bay Area, Hemotoxin have already made quite the impression through their first two full-lengths Between Forever…and the End from 2013 and its follow-up Biological Enslavement in 2016. Read more […]

Brain Stem – Symptoms of Annihilation: Stage 2 (Self-Released)

The sound of Canada’s Brain Stem might not be the first thing that you think of in terms of death metal. While the country may be known for the more techy stuff, Brain Stem own much of their sound to Read more […]

Master Boot Record – Metal Goes Chiptune

Making a vast library of music incredibly quickly, Master Boot Record has been routinely releasing new music over the last few years – be it in the form of albums or cover songs. But this week is something Read more […]