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Catalyst Crime – Catalyst for Change

A few years back, the band Catalyst Crime was announced and featured some key names from scene.  Established vocalist Zoë Marie Federoff (Insatia), drummer Gerit Lamm (Xandria), and Jonah Weingarten Read more […]

Blood Red Throne – Skepticism in Death

Reliable in a groovy brand of old school death metal that combines US aggression with European musicianship and finesse sensibilities, Blood Red Throne have reached their tenth studio album for Imperial Read more […]

Illyrian – Crushing Dark Souls

Evolving out of the ashes of Hellborn Death Engines in 2015 into Illyrian, this Canadian act from Calgary infuses a thrash platform with some intricate progressive, groove, and death inflections. Previously Read more […]

Paradox – Power Through Heresy

Normally we don’t experience sequels three decades plus away from the original product – in any art form. Such is the case here though for German speed/melodic thrash band Paradox. Their second album Read more […]

SkyEye – Soldiers in Command

Quickly striking while the iron is hot from their debut full-length Digital God, SkyEye signs with Reaper Entertainment for their new record Soldiers of Light. Upping their collective game in all departments Read more […]

Malison – Reborn for Metal

Delivering a style of heavy metal that incorporates facets of thrash, power, neoclassical, and modern touches, Malison from San Diego, California creates a style that is quite energetic, melodic, and fascinating. Read more […]

The Agonist – Fragile Extremity

With a stream of high-quality releases, The Agonist has been known for a while to be an act that’s tough to pigeonhole.  For all of their extremity and musicianship, there’s a certain level of grace Read more […]

Cognizance – Upheaving Brutality

A band that really took the time to build themselves up over the years, Cognizance released a number of short EPs and singles before jumping into full-length waters.  That said, they recently released Read more […]

Wage War – Going Manic

Florida act Wage War has been raising their own particular flag of metalcore for over a decade at this point.  Their newest album, the recently released Manic, isn’t afraid of stepping out of the genre Read more […]

Crisix – Enjoy a Slice

Continually impressing audiences with their brand of thrash since their start in 2008, Spain’s Crisix have been climbing up the ranks through their energetic records and powerful live presence. During Read more […]

Infected Rain – Tour Mantras

Really hitting their stride and making an even bigger name for themselves following the release of their fourth album (and first for Napalm Records) in 2019 with Endorphin, Infected Rain has finally made Read more […]

September 2021 Rapid Fires

Welcome to the fall, where there are even larger piles of metal to go through, and a number of releases end up falling (no pun intended) to the wayside.  At least we can check off a few more releases Read more […]

Rage – Ready for Resurrection

An institution of the German metal scene, Rage may not necessarily be as well known in North America as they are in other parts of the world. Do not discount their vast discography though – fueled with Read more […]

Brainstorm – Metal Outlaws

Returning for their thirteenth studio album Wall of Skulls, Brainstorm has nothing to prove to the metal community regarding the quality of their output. Striving to maintain consistency in their heavy Read more […]

Killing – Revel in Madness

Many revered aspects of the metal genre go through specific waves of popularity and decline. For those that love thrash, the 80’s to early 90’s were a peak period – only to wane a bit in the mid Read more […]

Infex – Exile of the Wicked

The Bay Area thrash movement continually fuels followers and musicians through its savage songwriting and primal rage momentum. Infex is a quartet from Vallejo, California that have been delivering their Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil – Putting in the Work

Rivers of Nihil’s last album, Where Owls Know My Name, sent well-deserved shockwaves through the metal scene due to its combination of impressive heaviness and genuine emotional output.  Praised by Read more […]

Edge of Paradise – Finding Strength in the Unknown

An up and coming band within the modern metal scene, Edge of Paradise have been scrappy in getting their name around.  Instead of bending to the current trends, they established their vision and built Read more […]

Doro – We Are All We Need

Delivering melodic heavy metal material since the early 1980’s, Doro Pesch has been through the ups and downs, trials and tribulations of this genre we all hold near and dear to our hearts. Celebrating Read more […]

Employed to Serve – Ready to Conquer

Rising UK act Employed to Serve has worked their way up the ranks on a slowly but surely basis.  We are now approaching the release of the band’s fourth album, Conquering, through Spinefarm Records.  Read more […]

Charlotte Wessels – Building a New Mythology

While the name Charlotte Wessels is bound to draw an instant thought of Delain in many a metalhead’s mind, earlier in this year it was announced that Delain was going to be Martijn Westerholt’s solo Read more […]

Seven Spires – Silver Linings Over Black Clouds

COVID-19 wreaked havoc over the metal industry – shutting down touring and festival opportunities on an unprecedented global scale. Seven Spires felt the squeeze more than most – lining up two significant Read more […]

Toxic Ruin – Obliteration of Nightmares

Hailing from Wisconsin, Toxic Ruin have been establishing themselves with a potent fusion of thrash/death since the early 2010’s. Releasing a previous album and EP, they signed with M-Theory Audio and Read more […]

Beyond Grace – Intellectual Brutality

Death metal act Beyond Grace made some waves a few years back with their debut Seekers.  Eloquent and thought-provoking metal that was still just as heavy as the rest of the pack, but gave listeners a Read more […]

Aborted – A Cult Classic

The fun-loving, crazed members of Aborted are never ones to slouch. Having really hit a stride in the last decade with their bludgeoning yet memorable approach to extreme metal, we are approaching the Read more […]

Warkings – Mounting a Revolution

Seeking the soundtrack to your next major battle?  Or perhaps just longing for a catchy sing-a-long you can raise a fist (or a sword) to?  Warkings have you covered with both angles, with their recently Read more […]

Portrait – When None Becomes One

Establishing themselves in a heavy metal world since 2006, Swedish act Portrait move valiantly into their fifth album At One with None. Consistently striving to add new textures to the heavy metal platform, Read more […]

August 2021 Rapid Fires

The fall release season is at our door once again, and as it can be expected, there’s a ton of new releases hitting our inbox for the fall. Tours seem to be lining up as well, hopefully new COVID variants Read more […]

Spirit Adrift – Effective in Efficiency

Grabbing influences from numerous 70’s/80’s artists across the classic rock, metal, psychedelic, and southern rock scenes, Spirit Adrift have made a steady impression moving up the ranks for their Read more […]

Tuesday The Sky – An Open Horizon

Guitarist Jim Matheos is probably best known for his work in the progressive metal and rock fields. From Fates Warning and OSI to Arch/Matheos, he’s made landmark albums that have influenced countless Read more […]

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