Napalm Death -Spectrum of Extremity

An absolute pillar in the extreme community, Napalm Death has a long history of being at the forefront of heavy metal.  They have been a force that also was never content to simply retread the same sonic Read more […]

Silverlane – Arising like Leviathan

Originally known as The Rising Force from 1996-2005 before having to change names for obvious reasons, Silverlane have been out of the spotlight since releasing their second album Above the Others in 2010. Read more […]

Voivod – Anarchy Reigns

Visionaries setting the bar high from Canada, Voivod have seen a resurgent interest in their brand of avantgarde heavy metal. Evolving from a thrash base, these gentlemen have never been afraid to embrace Read more […]

Immolation – Haunting and Pummeling

New York death metal mainstays Immolation have championed the sound for over 30 years at this point, providing a unique voice within the extreme music landscape.  With an identifiable sound that has influenced Read more […]

Ilium – Lead with Power

Twenty years in the books for Australian outfit Ilium – featuring guitarist Jason Hodges and guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Adam Smith, along with a strong guest support cast that includes at this time Read more […]

Allegaeon – Always Learning, Always Growing

After 5 albums that have had a very solid science backing behind them, lyrically, Allegaeon is trying things a bit differently for their sixth album, Damnum.  With a shift away from direct science-y lyrics Read more […]

Silent Skies – Hard Hitting Emotions

Silent Skies, composed of Vikram Shankar and Tom Englund, released a beautiful album in the form of Satellites back in 2020.  While not metallic in the least, focusing on gentle, melancholic piano and Read more […]

Warzaw – Sending Their Regards

Bringing the spirit, attitude, and fun of classic heavy metal/hard rock to the underground, Warzaw are a quartet of Norwegian musicians that seek to deliver material that makes you smile, headbang, and Read more […]

Battle Beast – Breaking the Rules

One of modern metal’s more upbeat and entertaining offerings, Battle Beast deliver solid material that makes you want to raise a fist, sing a long with a chorus, and move around a bit.  It’s a formula Read more […]

Kandia – A Fresh Start

Having a past that dates back to 2007, the husband and wife combination of Nya Cruz and André Da Cruz of Kandia have provided a unique musical landscape that merged together grooves with more ethereal Read more […]

Shield of Wings – Unfinished Abstractions

Always seeking out more gems in the independent metal scene, we welcome the opportunity to take in Midwest act Shield of Wings. Incorporating a symphonic metal base with aspects of melodic, folk, and death Read more […]

Wreck-Defy – Cannons of Catharsis

Wasting no time getting down to business, the fourth Wreck-Defy album The World Enslaved is another solid hour-long record full of tasty thrash, filled with melodies, hooks, and slightly progressive/technical Read more […]

Venom Prison – Music That Resonates

One of the more notable bands to come up in the more recent years with some absolutely devastating records is that of Venom Prison. They have merged a hardcore/punk ethos successfully with the bludgeoning Read more […]

SETYØURSAILS – A Personal Nightfall

A fairly new act from Germany, SETYØURSAILS manages to make some waves because of their combination of vicious metal energy with more melodic injections that can lean into some pop flavors.  It’s a delicate Read more […]

January 2022 Rapid Fires

Officially into 2022, after yet another long year.  Shows are back, sort of at least, and music keeps churning out all over the place.  Eager to see if the quality matches the quantity, but as it usually Read more […]

Memory Garden – Distrust of the Messenger

Epic doom as a genre already has a cult-like status and following across the globe. Add in some melodic and old school power touches, and you have the makings of Memory Garden. Together now for almost Read more […]

Age of Athena – Welcome to Oblivion

New acts pop out of the woodwork each and every day, but it’s rare to find an act that immediately finds it’s own sound and embraces that direction.  Age of Athena are a new act that manages to combine Read more […]

Power Paladin – Riding the Quest for Steel

Aiming to strike at the hearts of all who love fantasy, magic, and power metal, Power Paladin seemingly have come out of nowhere and made a decent impact to start the year in their debut album With the Read more […]

Psychoprism – Letting Opportunity Knock

Five years after their debut album Creation, Psychoprism returns with another stellar neoclassical-fueled power/progressive metal offering for R.I.S.E. (short for Resistance in Systematic Evolution). Expect Read more […]

Shot Down Twice – Energy Injection

Fusing together a killer blend of classic hard rock with bluesy, metal, and groove-oriented aspects is Canadian act Shot Down Twice. Releasing their second, self-titled EP, one can expect a musical stew Read more […]

Kissin’ Dynamite – Lovin’ the Road

Embracing a fun-loving sound that contains lots of 80’s melodic hard rock/metal traditions, Kissin’ Dynamite are one of the younger bands from Germany that have ascended the ranks for prime-time touring Read more […]

Manimal – All About Honesty

Conveying a tough as nails attitude and presentation, Swedish group Manimal aims to appease the ardent heavy metal followers who enjoy traditional and power aspects put into a modern production and tonality Read more […]

Solarus – Triumph Through Tragedy

Canada has an immense multitude of talent across the metal spectrum – Solarus being one of the best acts when you want soaring melodic power metal with progressive, modern, and symphonic aspects. Continuing Read more […]

Wilderun – New Horizons Ahead

A lot to discuss with Wilderun since the last time we spoke with them before the release of their previous album, Veil of Imagination.  Since that time, the band has been signed by Century Media Records Read more […]

Eternity’s End – As Embers Fade

Taking power/progressive metal to intricate levels of neoclassical / shred measures, Eternity’s End arrive at their third album for Embers of War. Combining a love of fantasy, science fiction, and horror Read more […]

December 2021 Rapid Fires

And so we’ve reached the end of yet another year. One that has been a year of continued lockdowns and health precautions, but at least at this point we are beginning to get somewhat back into the swing Read more […]

Infected Rain and Heidi Shepherd – Emerging from Chaos

With a successful fall US tour in the rearview, things haven’t ended for the pairing of Butcher Babies’ Heidi Shepherd and Infected Rain.  Just recently, a video was released for “The Realm of Chaos,” Read more […]

Victory – Cutting Right to the Bone

A steady staple of the melodic hard rock/heavy metal scene during the late 1980’s, German act Victory made a mark through stellar records like Culture Killed the Native and Temples of Gold. Although Read more […]

Matt Coe Best-of 2021

The emotional and personal climate of 2021 still hung low due to the swirling impact of COVID-19. Even with vaccines available, the ability for bands to play live was sparse at least in the first half Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2021

While it was a pleasure to see live shows return in 2021, the real bread-and-better of 2021 came via album releases. The glut of new LPs brought forth a near-dizzying array of worthy selections. Therefore, Read more […]

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