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Crystal Viper – Keep the Flame Burning

Recording a new studio album quicker than anticipated when the pandemic shut down all touring, travel, and live show opportunities in early 2020, Poland’s Crystal Viper grabbed the creative bull by the Read more […]

Ronnie Atkins – A Therapeutic Shot

Best known for his work since the early 80’s with Danish melodic metal/hard rock act Pretty Maids, singer Ronnie Atkins found out last year that he had incurable stage four cancer. In a race against Read more […]

As Everything Unfolds – Committed to Art

Generating a fair bit of buzz for themselves across two smaller releases in the past few years, As Everything Unfolds partnered up with Long Branch Records for the release of their upcoming full-length Read more […]

Above Snakes – Bringing Adrenaline

After staying in the shadows of other bands, eventually the duo of Johnny Skulls and Dax Dabs decided it was time to do their own thing. Forming Above Snakes to fuel their own creative desires, and fleeing Read more […]

Sanguisugabogg – Covered in Gore

A real up-and-coming act within the extreme metal scene, Sanguisugabogg is an act that has more going on below the surface than what many will expect. For an act that sounds so extreme, there’s a number Read more […]

Issa – Queen of Hooks

A force to be reckoned within the melodic rock front, Issa is coming up on the release of her sixth full-length album in a span of ten years. Combining just the right amount of heavy riffs, soaring vocal Read more […]

Profaned – Summoning Ancient Dreams

These days thanks to affordable home studios and file sharing/ social media capabilities, productivity and connection to the right musicians can pay dividends for fresh output. Case in point: Swedish heavy Read more […]

Summoning the Lich – Fantasy & Death

With inspiration from a number of fantasy series behind them, Summoning the Lich take massive storytelling and world-building efforts and bring it into a throttling death metal experience. Adding to the Read more […]

Marianas Rest – A Celebration of Sadness

Slowly moving up the ranks since their formation in 2013, Marianas Rest capture that dreary, melancholic vibe that pulls us towards melodic death/doom metal. Jumping over to Napalm Records for their third Read more […]

Sorizon – Arise with Thanatos

Developing a musical stew that is progressive with power, extreme, and melodic elements within their metal platform, Sorizon have been active for over a decade showing their songwriting and recording skills Read more […]

Dvne – Crafting Sci-fi Landscapes

An exciting aspect of metal is the idea that an album can take you on a journey. Tying in a concept to all of it, and really playing up the dynamics – without falling prey to genre confines – is often Read more […]

The Crown – Hammering to Destroy

Originating in 1990 as Crown of Thorns and evolving into The Crown by 1998, this Swedish outfit continually strives for balance in terms of their melodic death/thrash attack. For their latest album Royal Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – February 2021

Even though February is a few days shorter than the rest of the months, there’s no shortage of quality metal output to find on the Bandcamp platform. So for those of us in the north, bundle up and get Read more […]

Tantivy – Throwing Daggers in the Night

Those who think the traditional heavy metal scene is stagnant and that there is no new blood circulating the landscape need to dig deeper into what’s out there. All across the globe, far and wide we Read more […]

Anneke van Giersbergen – Breaking through the Dark

A well-established veteran in the scene due to her work with bands like The Gathering and most recently VUUR, Anneke van Giersbergen has a rich history at this point with solo albums and even guest appearances Read more […]

Moonspell – Isolation and Loneliness

Now approaching 30 years as a band, Portugal’s Moonspell have been an act to watch when it comes to the dark and gothic side of the genre. While the band has continued to grow and evolve, they haven’t Read more […]

Einherjer – Headed North

In existence for close to 30 years now, Einherjer was one of the first names to really carry the torch for Viking metal, fusing black and folk together with traditional heavy metal influences to create Read more […]

Durbin – Raise Your Swords

Most music followers probably know of vocalist James Durbin through his weekly exposure through season ten of American Idol. Educating the public to his love of heavy metal music to a wider commercial Read more […]

February 2021 Rapid Fires

In the midst of regularly cleaning out snow this winter, it’s nice to get some music in to warm up the brain after a good chill. Since we have plenty of music hitting our inbox, we use the Rapid Fire Read more […]

Lake of Tears – Cosmic Seclusion

Intertwining a mix of gothic, progressive, and post-metal/rock styles, Lake of Tears has been marching to their own accord since the 1990’s. We all have our favorite records in the discography – this Read more […]

Iotunn – Venturing to New Worlds

It’s always nice to find a new band that wants to embrace the boundaries and try to experiment. Newcomers Iotunn have an epic sound that falls under the umbrella of progressive, but outside of that, Read more […]

Epica – A Cyclic World

One of the leading acts when it comes to symphonic metal, Epica have made a name for themselves built around bombastic and vibrant dyamics, intelligent songwriting and lyrics, as well as an appeal that Read more […]

Angelus Apatrida – Brotherhood, Tolerance, and Unity

Steadily making headway as one of the new breed of thrash acts since 2000, Spain’s Angelus Apatrida are a vicious four-piece that fuse together a love of the various influences past and present to create Read more […]

Warzaw – Freewheel Burning

Containing members with ties to stoner, doom, and groove metal acts like Shotgun Rodeo and Pelagic in the past, Warzaw is a potent four-piece from Norway determined to deliver high energy heavy metal with Read more […]

Daughter Chaos – Beyond Captivity

Forming out of the ashes of Armageddon, Daughter Chaos contains a strong trio of musicians well versed in the art of delivering melodic death metal with power and progressive touches. Their debut self-titled Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp January 2021

Yet another new year is getting underway, so it’s always good to take a gander over at Bandcamp to see which acts have resolved to put out some new material to start things off with a metallic bang, as Read more […]

Conviction – Emotional Communion

Hailing from France, Conviction lives for the origins of doom metal in their influences and sound. Injecting their epic riffs and deliberate, slow tempos with a sense of melody not only in the vocal presentation Read more […]

Tribulation – The Sound of Gloom

Notably picking up steam with each new release, the unique and evolving sound of Tribulation has no doubt been at least somewhat involved with the band’s lauded approach. A feeling of melancholy permeates Read more […]

Therion – The Leviathan Approaches

A band that has always moved forward to the beat of their own drum, Therion has built up quite a discography over the 30+ years they have been around for. Evolving and twisting their sound, and challenging Read more […]

Michael Schenker Group – Inner Strength for Infinite Creativity

Best known for his melodic and unique guitar play, emotive lead breaks, and stellar hooks/compositions, Michael Schenker has been a part of the music scene now for over fifty years. Inspiring countless Read more […]