Features

Flotsam and Jetsam – Out for Blood

Pioneers during the 1980’s for US thrash, especially developing a semi-progressive meets melodic angle through classic records like Doomsday for the Deceiver and No Place For Disgrace – Flotsam and Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp May 2021

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a breather with articles. Took a month away from Bandcamp in April as it can be a challenge in the whole ‘sifting’ part of the process in finding new acts. But here we are Read more […]

Frozen Crown – Arise from the Beyond

Developing a confident, diverse brand of power metal, Italian act Frozen Crown arrive at a critical third album juncture in their career. Winterbane delivers on its dynamic promise to entertain – showcasing Read more […]

Vexed – Anger as a Tool to Bring Happiness

New modern metal upstarts Vexed are making some noise in a big way. Their brutally heavy debut, Culling Culture, was recently released on Napalm Records. Mixing together massive grooves, playful guitarwork, Read more […]

Scar of the Sun – Onward and Upward

Seemingly the epitome of an act having to work their way through the ranks to achieve a larger success, Greek act Scar of the Sun have slowly risen through the ranks, with their third release (over the Read more […]

Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen – Rays of Progressive Light

Known as one of the founders of Finnish act Amorphis, Esa Holopainen has been a fixture in heavy metal for over thirty years. But Silver Lake the first time he ventures out on his own for a solo project. Read more […]

May 2021 Rapid Fires

As we move further into spring, a nice bit of warmer weather offers some encouragement, as does a number of bigger tours being announced in the past few weeks (Gojira, Megadeth). Hopefully the momentum Read more […]

Burning Witches – Heroes Channeling the North

Never surrendering and focused on the goal of bringing old school heavy metal to the masses, Burning Witches continue to move forward no matter what obstacle or challenge lay before them. The Witch of Read more […]

Ghost Iris – Progression and Regression

With a sound that’s both immediate and visceral, Ghost Iris take an energetic approach to modern metal. Driving grooves and breakdowns, occasionally proggish riffs, and soaring clean vocal choruses. Read more […]

Vulture – Running with the Phantom

Rich in 80’s themes of speed, thrash, and horror, German act Vulture live and breathe for heavy metal. The imagery, the lyrical content, the passion for the genre all come through their three albums Read more […]

Conclave – Fragile Decay

Veterans of the New England heavy music scene with ties to diverse acts like Warhorse and Desolate, Conclave have established themselves as a potent force with their brand of doom/sludge metal. Unafraid Read more […]

One Hundred Thousand – A Journey Around the Zodiac

Coming in with a conceptual release centered around the zodiac signs for their second album, New Jersey’s One Hundred Thousand have a veritable bounty of fresh ideas. Their proggy sound manages to grab Read more […]

Diamante – Independence and Dreams

Truly coming in hot with her debut, Diamante captured an older spirit of hard rock and found a way to twist and tweak it into something more modern. Some big touring opportunities followed her debut, Read more […]

Evile – Sent from Below

Back again after a prolonged absence, Evile are the premiere UK thrash band from the second generation of acts that hit the scene. After four albums on Earache, they’ve now signed with Napalm Records Read more […]

Arion – A Modern Evolution

Over the course of the last decade, Arion has evolved from a power metal act to a more modern one. Their latest album, Vultures Die Alone, really augments these changes and crafts a musical experience Read more […]

Skarlett Riot – Stronger and Stronger

Four years after their impressive Regenerate, Skarlett Riot has returned and once again upped the heaviness and intensity of their music. Invicta balances visceral riffing and screaming vocals with some Read more […]

Sumo Cyco – The Initiation Process

A band built on the DIY process and building themselves one show/fan at a time, Sumo Cyco has been an act that has put in a lot of work since their inception. With their third album on the horizon, they Read more […]

Artillery – Firing High

Healthy times for those who love the power of thrash metal. Plenty of releases and bands to choose from on an annual basis between the newer breed and the old guard of artists. A reliable staple in the Read more […]

Poverty’s No Crime – Nothing to Hide

Active since the early 1990’s, Poverty’s No Crime have built a steady following for their brand of melodic progressive metal. With their last member changes occurring twenty years ago, it’s obvious Read more […]

Viral – Solid as Steel

Sweden has always been a hotbed for heavy metal – even in its purest form. Names like Hammerfall, Wolf, and Enforcer have penetrated the international landscape. Aiming their sights on pushing their Read more […]

Hideous Divinity – Isolation Songs

With four full-length albums and now and EP in their back pocket, Hideous Divinity have made quite a name for themselves in the death metal community. Dark, brutal, and with a sweeping balance of technical Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Slice the Dark Blade

Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario Canada, Cathartic Demise strive to level listeners with a progressive brand of thrash metal that encompasses elements of the past and present. Following up an impressive Read more […]

Devil Sold His Soul – Emotion and Loss

Metalcore act Devil Sold His Soul has recently put out their latest full-length, and first in almost ten years, with Loss. An album that sees the return of original vocalist Ed Gibbs as he sings along Read more […]

Helstar – The Sky’s the Limit

When it comes to traditional, US power metal forged in the 1980’s but continually evolving naturally, there’s nothing quite like Helstar to treasure. We all have our favorites in the catalog – some Read more […]

Motorhead – Live and Loud

Even six years removed from legendary vocalist Lemmy Kilmister’s passing, Motorhead is still a name that is abuzz in the hard rock and heavy metal community. One of the first acts that come to mind Read more […]

April 2021 Rapid Fires

Are we slowly getting things back to normal? There’s been a few concert announcements made for later in the year at this point. Curious to see if they will stick around or just end up being cancelled Read more […]

Septagon – The Chalice of Madness

Rare is the day that a German thrash band will play in a melodic, semi-progressive manner with obvious US influences. That’s what we have here with Septagon – featuring current or ex-members of acts Read more […]

Metalite – Virtual Reality

A rising force in modern metal since their debut a few years back with Heroes in Time, Metalite has championed a sound that was equally rooted in electronic and trance music as much as it was heavy metal. Read more […]

Memoriam – The Battle Matches on

Old school as it gets, UK death metal band Memoriam have now released four albums in five years. Delivering a pummeling brand of riffs, gruff growls, and intertwining a bit of doom and melody into the Read more […]

Capra – Voices for the Unheard

Controlled chaos is a phrase that accompanies a number of bands. New act Capra really captures that quality, with thundering riffs that dig into a multitude of genres for inspiration alongside vocals Read more […]