Phantom Elite – The Race to the Top

A few years back, Phantom Elite emerged with a powerful debut in the form of Wasteland. While it tended to be associated with symphonic metal, it was a far heavier beast and managed to walk its own unique Read more […]

Frozen Soul – Feel the Cold

Frigid death metal that cakes the soul in ice. A brutal description, but one that’s fitting for recent upstarts Frozen Soul. Taking the groovy and bludgeoning old school approach that emphasizes songwriting Read more […]

Accept – Relevant Past, Present, and Future

The Accept train keeps on moving. Five albums deep into their resurrection starting with Blood of the Nations back in 2010, these gentlemen keep the pedal to the metal, never stopping in their quest to Read more […]

2020 Album of the Year: Unleash the Archers’ Abyss

In a chaotic year that was full of disasters and misfortune, there was also a great deal of music to be had. With no touring in sight, there’s a world of music to digest and enjoy. In case you missed Read more […]

Wreck-Defy – Substance & Integrity

On the surface, Wreck-Defy seems like a project assembling some great talent from the thrash scene. Members past and present have had ties to Megadeth, Testament, and Annihilator among others. But Wreck-Defy Read more […]

Gama Bomb – Stirring the Savage Seas

Irish thrash band Gama Bomb keep kicking rear ends and also having fun doing it on their seventh studio album Sea Savage. Now aligning to Prosthetic Records, they have not wavered in their intensity and Read more […]

December 2020 Rapid Fires

Alas, it’s almost the end of 2020 already. While many of us have definitely been counting down the hours until we reach the new year, it’s gone by surprisingly quick considering the amount of quarantine/quiet Read more […]

Communic – Leaving a Legacy

Masters of a moody mix of melodic power and progressive metal that can be heavy and atmospheric/serene all within the same composition, Norwegian trio Communic have often drawn parallels to acts like Nevermore Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp Best-of 2020

With more time than normal this year, it was great to get back into the habit of making sure Sifting Through Bandcamp had a normal monthly release. Even greater was seeing Bandcamp itself offering up Read more […]

Iron Savior – Energy Overhang

When it comes to steady German power metal with equal aspects of speed and traditional nuances, it’s hard not to place Iron Savior as one of the premiere groups. Immediately impressive out of the gate Read more […]

Countless Skies – Afterglow

We’ve had our eyes and ears on Countless Skies since their first EP on Bandcamp in 2014. Watching the band transform from their more traditional melodeath beginnings to their current status with second Read more […]

Matthew Bowling Best-of 2020

2020. The Year of Plague. It is likely that this year and the COVID experience will be a watershed moment for the world in ways similar to World War II – an event seared into the fabric of society. A Read more […]

Soilwork – A Taste of the Atlantic

After releasing several singles over the course of the earlier part of 2020, Soilwork announced that they would be putting together an EP with said tracks and two additional ones. With the title track, Read more […]

Matt Coe Best-of 2020

2020 will go down as a year in history humanity will not soon forget. Unlike events that only affected a small part of the world, COVID-19 has infiltrated all parts of the globe – causing deaths well Read more […]

Pyramaze – Confidence and Comfort

“There’s not a lot of professional keyboard players who grew up in Montpelier, Vermont.” That is quite the calling card for Jonah Weingarten, who many of you may know from his versatile work in Read more […]

Stälker – Conjuring Majik

New Zealand isn’t world-renowned for their metal scene, but that’s where a band like Stälker hopes to change things up. Especially for those that love their heavy music fast and furious, featuring Read more […]

Kyle McGinn Best-of 2020

No doubt, 2020 has been a tough and challenging year. Lots of crazy stuff going on in the world, and a few personal health things too, made the year one that is going to stick with me for quite some time. Read more […]

Amahiru – East Meets West

Taking fun modern metal music and combining it with some eastern flair, Amahiru is a fresh spark of musical inspiration. While it’s not too far outside the wheelhouse of the norm, those little tweaks Read more […]

David E. Gehlke Best-of 2020

Look at it this way: The pandemic and subsequent quarantining allowed us to listen to more music than ever before. Such silver linings may be hard to pinpoint in an otherwise unusual year, but that’s Read more […]

Hatebreed – Positivity and Aggression

An instantly recognizable name in the metal and hardcore scene, Hatebreed have long been champions of aggressive music with a positive and inspiring message. Brutal riffs meant to get your body moving, Read more […]

Perennial Quest – The Circuits Twist Again

Elevating an uplifting brand of power metal to heroic heights, Perennial Quest as a sextet deliver impressive songs filled to the brim with soaring vocal melodies and equally energetic tempos, plus those Read more […]

Eleine – Empowerment and Honesty

An act that this scribe has found to be one of the more original sounding forces in the gothic/symphonic soundscape, Eleine has also been skyrocketing their way up the metal ladder in recent years. With Read more […]

Sodom – Aggressive as Possible

Returning with a powerful record Genesis XIX, Sodom are not content to rest on their past potent discography. They continually prove their veteran status in the metal realm, choosing to be as pure and Read more […]

Accuser – Smooth Contamination

For their twelfth studio album, German thrash act Accuser decided to go the self-titled route. Which makes sense – long-time guitarist René Schütz returns to the lineup after a decade-long absence, Read more […]

Sanctuary – Revisiting the Dark Mirror

‘Past tense to future tense let history unfold / so ends a decade now what will the nineties hold?’. An interesting sentiment originally delivered in 1990 that could easily hold true of today’s virus Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – November 2020

As usual, this is the last traditional Bandcamp column of the year, as the December one always focuses on the best offerings from Bandcamp in of the current year. So let’s go out with a bang here in November, Read more […]

Angelica – Safe Harbor

Enjoying the exploration of her melodic rock/AOR tastes, The Murder of My Sweet singer Angelica Rylin returns with her second solo album All I Am. Aligning with fellow member Daniel Flores and other musicians Read more […]

My Dying Bride – Dark, Shadowy Journeys

One of the biggest names when it comes to doom and gloom, My Dying Bride have long established themselves as a band that does things in their own fashion. The sense of longing and despair that their music Read more […]

Cadaver – Passion for the Extreme

There’s been a few iterations of Cadaver over the years, since the beginnings of death metal, and the most recent incarnation has stemmed from mainman Anders Odden joining forces with drummer Dirk Verbeuren Read more […]

November 2020 Rapid Fires

The end of the year is starting to get closer in sight, which means we have to get our ears on as many of the 2020 releases as possible before the new year begins. With so much new music in 2020, it’s Read more […]

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