Pharaoh – Rise and Ride

Active since the late 90’s, Pharaoh developed their power metal sound during a period when that style fell out of favor outside of the diehards, bands struggling to gain a foothold in the United States Read more […]

Helloween – Pumpkins Aligned

Next to the classic lineups of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden coming back together during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the most welcome reunion metalheads clamored for globally took place a couple Read more […]

Crypta – Ultimate Echoes

Unleashing a fury of death metal with blackened, thrash, and melodic textures, Crypta arrives on the scene with quite an established legacy through previous work. Bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Read more […]

Living Dead Girl – Dark yet Feminine

Headed up by Molly Rennick, Living Dead Girl is a new band that attempts to bridge two very different worlds. That of heavy metal and pop music. Their debut album, Exorcism, goes from heavy, driving Read more […]

Fear Factory – Continuing to Disrupt the System

After a massive, years-long battle to settle the Fear Factory name, the band’s latest release Aggression Continuum is finally going to see the light of day. Even that hasn’t been without its setbacks Read more […]

Stormruler – Burning Souls

Sometimes an album just happens to meet its audience by sheer happenstance. St Louis-based Stormruler put out their debut effort with no fuss only to be quickly snatched up by Napalm Records. Said album, Read more […]

Herman Frank – Unique Voice

Guitarist Herman Frank continues to crank out his brand of straight-ahead heavy metal with power and energy of men half his age (he’s in his early 60’s). Two for a Lie is the fifth album under the Read more […]

Go Ahead and Die – Old School Music, Current Message

A fresh act with an old school mentality, Go Ahead and Die is going to come across the radar of many metal fans due to the father/son collaboration between Max Cavalera and son Igor Amadeus Cavalera. Read more […]

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 […]