Reviews

Hatebreed – Weight of the False Self (Nuclear Blast)

Not much of an introduction needed for a band like Hatebreed. Practically synonymous with hardcore due to their presence in the scene for over 20 years at this point, not to mention vocalist Jamey Jasta’s Read more […]

Harlott – Detritus of the Final Age (Metal Blade)

Finishing off a trilogy of records and starting with a clean slate, Australian thrash unit Harlott approaches their fourth record Detritus of the Final Age fresh and open to new possibilities. Choosing Read more […]

Hanging Fortress – Darkness Devours (Redefining Darkness Records)

Death metal, doom, and…hardcore? If you think that one of those three shouldn’t be in the mix, perhaps you should give Hanging Fortress a few moments to convince you otherwise. The band’s directly Read more […]

Amahiru – Amahiru (earMusic)

Amahiru is a new band comprised at its core of Frédéric Leclercq and Saki (Mary’s Blood), attempting to take a more traditional metal base and incorporate some eastern/oriental flair to it. Rounding Read more […]

Averlanche – Life’s Phenomenon (Concorde Music Company)

Combining a wonderful melodic mix of gothic, symphonic, and power metal influences, Finnish act Averlanche take a host of influential groups from their domestic scene and develop quite a catchy debut effort Read more […]

Stälker – Black Majik Terror (Napalm)

Often regarded in it’s own sub-genre, speed metal contains a distinct energy and precision that feels like the songs at any second could go off the rails – only to be railed in by a catchy scream or Read more […]

Lie in Ruins – Floating in Timeless Streams (Dark Descent)

As a band that has been slowly but surely generating some Finnish death metal over the years, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that it’s been six years since their sophomore effort, Towards Read more […]

Glorious Depravity – Ageless Violence (Translation Loss Records)

What’s not to love about some good, old-fashioned American death metal? The type that stands as being brutal in tone, with a distinctive early ‘90s feeling to it, where the intention was to pummel Read more […]

War Agenda – Propaganda (Great Dane Records)

The second album Propaganda from German thrash band War Agenda comes with some lineup changes. Understandable given the five-year break after their Night of Disaster debut – but fear does set in when Read more […]

Shores of Null – Beyond the Shores: On Death and Dying (Spikerot Records)

Interestingly, for their third full-length album, Shores of Null have gone route that few dare to travel. The road of the one-song album. Beyond the Shores is a 38-minute monster of a track that goes Read more […]

Accuser – Accuser (Metal Blade)

German groove/thrash metal act Accuser have been a steady force in their scene – evolving from their more straight-ahead roots of the late 80’s into this amalgamation of influences in the present. Read more […]

Cadaver – Edder & Bile (Nuclear Blast)

An early Norwegian act to enter the death metal scene back in late ‘80s, Cadaver has had a few iterations over it’s lifetime. A brief stint as Cadaver Inc at the turn of the century, as well as a Read more […]

Eleine – Dancing in Hell (Black Lodge)

Continuing to march ahead with a gothic/symphonic template that sits head and shoulders above their peers, Eleine returns with their third full-length effort in Dancing in Hell. It could be said that Read more […]

Adamantis – Far Flung Realm (Self-Released)

Transition appears to be a theme for Massachusetts-based power metal act Adamantis. Following the release of their debut Thundermark EP in 2018, they would lose their vocalist and bassist – setting the Read more […]

Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero (Nuclear Blast)

If Killer Be Killed isn’t a supergroup, than what possibly is? Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato, and Troy Sanders, along with drummer Ben Koller, comprise the band, and Reluctant Hero is their second release, Read more […]

Angelica – All I Am (Frontiers Music)

Best known for her work in the cinematic/modern metal act The Murder of My Sweet, vocalist Angelica Rylin also enjoys singing melodic rock/AOR-oriented material. Her first solo album Thrive hit the streets Read more […]

Contrarian – Only Time Will Tell (Willowtip)

Contrarian have been moving forward with their particular brand of progressive/technical death metal for three previous albums at this point. A quick return after last year’s Their Worm Never Dies, Read more […]

Concede – Indoctrinate (Petrichor Records/Napalm Records)

In a world that’s often chaotic and stressful, sometimes a bit of musical catharsis is necessary to lift one’s spirits after a ‘day.’ Noisy and frantic acts within the grindcore spectrum revel Read more […]

Black Fate – Ithaca (Rockshots Records)

Onto album four with a thirty-year history for Black Fate, that’s not necessarily surprising for most Greek bands in the metal realm. Considering the struggle to keep steady lineups due to required military Read more […]

Toxaemia – Where Paths Divide (Emanzipation Productions)

Thirty years is a hell of a long time to be sitting on a full-length debut. But after releasing a demos and 7” EPs between 1989 and1992, Toxaemia called it a day. Reforming in 2017, the band now almost Read more […]

Vision Serpent – Call of the Void (Self-Released)

A staple of the Dutchess County, NY metal scene, Vision Serpent have steadily increased their profile and following, gaining many opening slot duties for killer bands like Children of Bodom, Dark Tranquillity, Read more […]

Revolting – The Shadow at the World’s End (Transcending Obscurity)

Old school Swedish death metal. Rogga Johansson. Does anything else really need to be said? Truth be told, it’s a valid description for followers of the genre at this point. Revolting delivers exactly Read more […]

Dark Quarterer – Pompei (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Gradually developing their own sound after years of playing and rehearsing a mixture of progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal covers, Dark Quarterer are probably not as well known to North American Read more […]

Soulburn – Noa’s D’ark (Century Media)

An extreme metal entity that garnered some initial buzz due to having Asphyx members (as well as Rogga Johansson) in its 2013 line-up. From that particular period, only guitarist Eric Daniels remains, Read more […]

Glacier – The Passage of Time (No Remorse Records)

We all know that in the history of heavy metal, certain acts made underground inroads but never sprouted to the big leagues. Oregon act Glacier achieved cult status through their self-titled EP of 1985, Read more […]

Ghostkid – Ghostkid (Century Media)

A new band from ex-Eskimo Cowboy member Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler, Ghostkid represents a trip into accessible darkness. Meaning that while there’s a metallic element within (mostly of the modern Read more […]

Thrust – The Helm of Awe (Pure Steel Records)

Old school mavens of the Metal Massacre series of records for Metal Blade may remember this Chicago band appearing on Volume IV with “Thruster” – attaining a deal with the label for their debut full-length Read more […]

Melodius Deite – Elysium (Art Gates Records)

Rare to hear symphonic-oriented power/progressive metal from Thailand, but that’s what we have here in Melodius Deite. Previously known as Melodius on their debut album Dream On from 2008, they transformed Read more […]

Dark Tranquillity – Moment (Century Media)

If Dark Tranquillity has been able to do one thing in the 2000s, it that they find a way to consistently put forth captivating new material that, to quote their track, “Therein,” ‘was different, Read more […]

Kallias – The Fourth Phase (Self-Released)

Instrumental acts tend to usually go in one way or another. It’s a cerebral shredfest or a moody, atmospheric journey. Kallias swings much closer to the former than the latter, with an aggressive sound Read more […]

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