Fall and Resist – Darkness of Now (Self-Released)

Often well-established genres within metal garner more respect in the hands of musicians from remote parts of the world. Although metalcore became a US staple during the late 90’s/early 2000’s thanks Read more […]

Soulfly – Totem (Nuclear Blast)

Evolution has been a constant in the world of Max Cavalera. A pure lover of all forms of heavy music (and beyond), listeners have come to expect progression record to record, no matter what outfit or configuration Read more […]

H.E.A.T. – Force Majeure (earMusic)

While other parts of the world slowly lost interest in catchy, melodic heavy metal that intertwines 80’s influences from the AOR/Sunset Strip world, Scandinavian territories grabbed the mantle to produce Read more […]

Krisiun – Mortem Solis (Century Media)

Thirty-two years together as brothers (actual siblings, not figuratively speaking), Brazilian extreme death metal act Krisiun haven’t let a pandemic slow down the speedy brand of music that has been Read more […]

Castrator – Defiled in Oblivion (Dark Descent)

First popping onto the radar with their No Victim EP back in 2015, it’s been seven years since we’ve heard anything from the international death metal act Castrator.  A few line-up changes along the way Read more […]

Venus – Project Lamda (Self-Released)

Can’t really be surprised these days that the fusion of sci-fi, horror, and progressive thrash are colliding to make for intriguing collaborations. Greek duo Venus takes all these aspects to heart in Read more […]

Witchery – Nightside (Century Media)

Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a group, Witchery never wavered from a sound that has been a culmination of blackened thrash with speedy, punk, and primitive inflections. When other artists may refine, Read more […]

Red Handed Denial – I’d Rather Be Asleep (Self-Released)

Continuing to grow and build upon each release, Red Handed Denial have returned for their follow up to 2019’s excellent Redeemer with a new full-length effort in I’d Rather Be Asleep.  With an established Read more […]

Idol Throne – The Sibylline Age (Stormspell Records)

Not very often you hear a US metal act from Indiana that intertwines influences from power metal, thrash, neoclassical and traditional spectrums while also incorporating specific aspects of 90’s progressive Read more […]

Shadow Work – Disillusioned (Self-Released)

Anyone remember the band Swarmageddon and their stunning 2020 debut, Inhuman?  If not, the first order of business is to do that, as its one of the strongest hidden gems in melodic death metal that has Read more […]

Future Palace – Run (Arising Empire)

In the last few years, modern metal has reveled in trying new things and combining different sources in order to have a fresh sound that feels metallic, yet isn’t afraid of crossing over and dabbling in Read more […]

Raptore – Blackfire (Dying Victims Productions)

Previously coming on this scribe’s listening radar through their Rage n’ Fever debut album a few years back, Argentina’s Raptore have had a few lineup changes (plus moving to Spain) which explains Read more […]

Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting (Season of Mist)

What happens when you take a band that’s already noted for being bleak and gloomy and have them record during a global pandemic?  The answer is clearly not sunshine and rainbows with a title like Grey Read more […]

Among These Ashes – Dominion Enthroned (Alone Records)

The brainchild of guitarist Richard Clark, Among These Ashes is a five-piece outfit from the Detroit area featuring notable musicians with ties to acts like Battlecross, Traveler, and Finality among others. Read more […]

Reeking Aura- Blood and Bonemeal (Profound Lore)

Too many cooks spoil the broth? In the case of NY/NJ’s six-hydra-headed Reeking Aura, twelve hands only turned the soup into a festering concoction of death metal goodness. Conceived around 2019 with the Read more […]

Darkane – Inhuman Spirits (Massacre)

Sweden’s Darkane has always been caught in the margins: Not melodic enough for the In Flames and Dark Tranquillity crowd and not breaching the technical walls to run with Meshuggah’s forever swelling Read more […]

Farewell to Fear – Polarity (Crusader / Golden Robot Records)

Aiming to bring a mixture of alternative/90’s-oriented metal influences to a modern audience while also throwing a few outside brash (and thrash) elements to the table, Farewell to Fear have been making Read more […]

Source of Rage – Witness the Rage (Metalville Records)

Rarely in today’s metal landscape do you find a melodic death metal act with three brothers together – but that’s the case here for German quartet Source of Rage. Guitarist Oliver Roffmann is the Read more […]

Sinner – Brotherhood (Atomic Fire Records)

Not many bands can say they have a forty-year recording history – well, that’s the case now for German heavy metal act Sinner through this latest record Brotherhood. The 18th studio album, bassist/vocalist Read more […]

Highway Sentinels – The Waiting Fire (Louder Than Loud Records)

The evolution of projects has multiplied exponentially due to musicians possessing the tools at their own disposal to create music remotely, piece things together, and come off sounding as professional Read more […]

Infinity Dream – Memories (Metal Assault Records)

Having released their debut album Memories in early April, Infinity Dream may appear as relative newcomers on the scene, however the band was formed in 2019 and features established heavy metal veterans Read more […]

Hatriot – The Vale of Shadows (Massacre Records)

Now establishing a proven formula without the ‘Zetro’ affiliation when Cody Souza took over on vocals for his father for the last Hatriot album From Days unto Darkness, the quartet now feels intent Read more […]

Hissing – Hypervirulence Architecture (Profound Lore)

Seattle’s blackened death metal outfit Hissing is back with their sophomore LP Hypervirulence Architecture, and sure enough, it’s twice as pissed, twice as claustrophobic, and twice as mind-numbing and Read more […]

Denied – Humanarchy (Sweea Records)

Certain artists elevate interest as a writer due to previous discography already making that indelible impression. Such is the case for Swedish thrash/heavy metal band Denied – receiving great marks Read more […]

Critical Defiance – No Life Forms (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Hot on the heels of an adrenaline-oriented debut album with Misconception, Chilean thrash quintet Critical Defiance feel no need to lay off the accelerator for this second record No Life Forms. And that Read more […]

Imperial Triumphant – Spirit of Ecstasy (Century Media)

“For generations, the reaching skyline of New York City has been a symbol of man’s constant effort in reshaping the Earth”. The same can be said for NYC avant-garde mavens Imperial Triumphant and their Read more […]

Destination Onward – The Story of Fates Warning by Jeff Wagner (FYI Press)

When looking at the premiere outfits in progressive metal, the triad of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Fates Warning can not be denied for their influence, global following, and decades of presence within Read more […]

Battering Ram – Second to None (Uprising! Records)

Small town wonders often become workhorses in the arts and entertainment industry – relishing the opportunity to deliver stronger output due to an underdog mentality status. Forming in 2017 in a mining Read more […]

Altaria – Wisdom (Reaper Entertainment)

A vital part of the melodic metal scene during the 2000’s, Finnish act Altaria released five albums between 2003-2009 before going their separate ways. A decade later they would reunite, with Reaper Read more […]

Worwyk – Dark Embrace (Schnozz Records)

The main project of guitarist Tom Vitacco for 30 + years, Worwyk originated in the late 80’s as a full band but became more of a home recording outfit from 1990 onward – as Dark Embrace is the twelfth Read more […]

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