Nomvdic – Euphoric Emotions

Tough times all around for musicians here in 2020. When we first spoke to Nomvdic about their upcoming, first full-length album Euphoria, it was back in mid-March. Since then, the band’s album was Read more […]

Nomvdic – Euphoria (Forerunner Recordings)

While some associate metalcore with being a genre that’s stagnant and complacent (one that would easily be stretched to much of the musical landscape), there’s some impressive bands that have popped Read more […]

Virtual Symmetry – Exoverse (Self-Released)

Ambitious is the Swiss-Italian progressive metal outfit Virtual Symmetry, releasing a full-on eight song concept record of their own accord with Exoverse, encompassing time travel and a hero’s journey Read more […]

Bellower – Legendary Bones (Self-Released)

Witnessing Bellower’s debut performance in western MA years back, anticipation has been on high for the quintet’s debut offering. Consisting of musicians with ties to numerous outfits like Thunderforge, Read more […]

Carach Angren – Franckensteina Strataemontanus (Season of Mist)

Your thoughts on Carach Angren and what they have done with their last few releases probably puts you on one side of the fence or the other. They have really upped their symphonic elements and dove headfirst Read more […]

Invictra – Chaos Theory (Self-Released)

Appeasing the groove-laden modern thrash/heavy metal legions of the underground through 2018’s full-length The World Game (previously covered by this scribe on this very site), expectations are high Read more […]

Shed the Skin – The Forbidden Arts (Hells Headbangers)

Straight-up, no frills death metal. A treat that we seem to get less and less of nowadays. Maybe due to that, when it comes it feels even more enjoyable. Shed the Skin have unveiled their third album, Read more […]

Northern Crown – In a Pallid Shadow (Self-Released)

Establishing a multi-faceted sound that may be epic doom metal on the surface but also contains plenty of progressive and straight rock aspects, Northern Crown from Florida possess solid musicianship and Read more […]

Between the Buried and Me – The Silent Circus Remix/Remaster (Craft Recordings)

Between the Buried and Me continues to celebrate its twentieth anniversary as a band, and is now following up the stellar remix/remaster of its eponymous debut by giving the same treatment to their storied Read more […]

Destruction – Agony and Ecstasy

When life throws lemons, many individuals make lemonade. Case in point – the COVID-19 pandemic that took over the world by the spring of 2020 – essentially shutting down the live music business for Read more […]

The Metalhead Box – May 2020

We arrive anew in a new month and a new set of opportunities to be devastated by the work of the good folks over at The Metalhead Box. Much closer to the pre-COVID timelines (and not obstructed by my own Read more […]

Amiensus/Adora Vivos – Split (Self-Released)

Amiensus has never shied away from shorter releases, and most importantly, they always seem to deliver a consistently high quality, even if it’s just for a song or two (check out their Gathering releases Read more […]

Chasing Ghosts – Bring Me Suffering (Self-Released)

Chasing Ghosts first brought us These Hollow Gods two years ago, carrying with them the rich tradition of UK doom with them. The influences of their homeland were apparent, but they also were able to Read more […]

Song Premiere: ORCumentary’s “The Time of the Orc Has Come”

Start off your Fourth of July weekend (for those of us in the States that is) with a fresh track from Connecticut’s ORCumentary. “The Time of the Orc Has Come” is the first single from the one-man band’s Read more […]

Inexorum – Moonlit Navigation (Gilead Media)

The two-man melodic black metal act Inexorum made a solid mark with their debut, Lore of the Lakes, back in 2018. Using the Scandinavian meloblack and death metal sound as their launching point, it gave Read more […]

Imperivm – Holy War (Revalve Records)

Power metal as a genre gives everyone a feeling of unity, strength, and often time travel either forward or back in history. Italian act Imperivm for instance embrace Latin/Ancient Roman ‘nicknames’ Read more […]

Medicated – Descension (Self-Released)

Nothing better than randomly clicking on a cool piece of artwork on Bandcamp and finding a crown jewel of a band. Medicated is a Finnish melodic death/thrash act that popped out a few EPs around ten years Read more […]

Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed (Napalm Records)

Celebrating 15 years together as a group, German power metal veterans Powerwolf are one of the most successful bands in their genre across Europe and other parts of the globe. Reaching the top of music Read more […]

Dead Rhetoric Halfway Through 2020 Best-of

Hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2020! As always, we at DR have gathered our thoughts about the state of metal and mustered up a list of our very favorite releases for the year to date Read more […]

Somniate – The Meyrinkian Slumber (Lavadome Productions)

It’s nice when you get to the point with some smaller labels that you can have a sense of trust that something will be a strong release, even when it’s not necessarily your ‘go-to’ style. In this Read more […]

Entera – Hate Factory (Self-Released)

German melodic thrash trio Entera pump out some old school tracks on their fifth studio album Hate Factory. Starting out in 1990, they’ve had quite a few members through their thirty year history (including Read more […]

Afterimage – Executing Temperance

Forming at college and gelling together through a mixture of college house parties and outside New England gigs, Afterimage developed an engaging progressive rock/metal sound that incorporates a mixture Read more […]

Pale Divine – Consequence of Time (Cruz del Sur Music)

Together twenty-five years, doom metal veterans Pale Divine have expanded to a quartet lineup for their sixth studio album Consequence of Time. Fortunately for drummer Darin McCloskey and vocalist/guitarist Read more […]

Unborn Suffer – Commit(ment to) Suicide (Selfmadegod Records)

Things generally aren’t going to be moving in the right direction when the first name that pops up in one’s memory when hearing a band is that of Moritician (for this scribe at least). Sadly, that’s Read more […]

Insatanity ‘Hymns of the Gods Before’ CD Giveaway!

We are stoked to be giving away a copy of death metal stalwarts Insatanity’s Hymns of the Gods Before CD to one (1) lucky winner. Here are the details: Insatanity is a cult Blackened Death Metal band Read more […]

Carnifloor – Engulfed in Gold (Rotten Music)

Stumbling upon this one on Bandcamp recently, Carnifloor is a one-man brutal slamming death metal act that may feature the prerequisite illegible band logo and gory cover, but don’t get the wrong initial Read more […]

Velkhanos – The Wrath (Art Gates Records)

Fresh blood always invigorates the metal scene. Velkhanos are a five-piece combo coming out of Spain, together since 2018 and releasing their debut full-length for The Wrath. Considering many artists enjoy Read more […]

Paradise Lost – Solidity and Grace

Over the course of sixteen studio albums and thirty plus years as a band, Paradise Lost have gained appeal and support from the death/doom and gothic communities in metal due to their originality and steady Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – June 2020

The Bandcamp world continues to turn rapidly, and it’s a particularly important time as delays with physical media have become more evident. A quick stream/download from Bandcamp is all that it takes Read more […]

Kenziner – Phoenix (Pure Steel Records)

Ardent metalheads probably know Kenziner best for their late 90’s albums with Stephen Fredrick on vocals – who would move on to Firewind shortly thereafter. Guitarist Jarno Keskinen resurrected the Read more […]

Re-Armed – Ignis Aeternum (Black Lion Records)

Re-Armed have been playing the symphonic melodeath game for a while now, forming back in 2001 and releasing their first full-length back in 2012. Fast-forward to the present and the band has hit their Read more […]