Reviews

Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion (eOne)

Crowbar leader Kirk Windstein spent two years recording this solo album Dream in Motion between tours and over the holidays. As one would expect, these ten songs showcase different angles to the man’s Read more […]

Blasphemer – The Sixth Hour (Candlelight)

You can usually count on death metal of the Italian variety to give you a good knock in the teeth. Blasphemer is an act that has been a part of the scene for quite some time (1998 to be specific), even Read more […]

Amberian Dawn – Looking for You (Napalm)

Amberian Dawn have become a force over the last decade within the symphonic metal genre, previously releasing no less than 8 albums in a span of 10 years. All competent releases for sure, but it wasn’t Read more […]

Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond The Dark (Blood Music)

As with any year there will unfortunately be releases that slip through the cracks relative to their release, particularly with those released after the September/October ‘season of plenty’. Walk Beyond Read more […]

Temperance – Viridian (Napalm)

Firmly entrenched in the melodic modern metal scene, Temperance made a bold impression expanding as a vocal triad for their fourth studio album Of Jupiter and Moons. Now having the time to assimilate their Read more […]

svrm – Занепад (Vigor Deconstruct)

New year, old joys. Case in point, this joyous EP release by Ukrainian solo act svrm. Firmly entrenched in the Drudkh take on black metal, this is straight forward, melodic, and often melancholic. Занепад Read more […]

Elegy of Madness – Invisible World (Pride & Joy Music)

Moving onto Pride & Joy Music for their fourth studio album Invisible World, Italian symphonic metal sextet Elegy of Madness appear confident that their commercial-oriented style is catching a buzz through Read more […]

Konvent – Puritan Masochism (Napalm)

Sometimes, it feels that the sluggish pace of death/doom is completely at odds with our increasingly fast-paced, modern world. But that’s also what gives it a particular charm. With the doom genre, Read more […]

Defiled – Infinite Regress (Season of Mist)

Japanese extreme act have made it a habit of setting themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Many bands like to use a blitzkrieg of speed to impress the listener, with their ability to simply finesse Read more […]

Invictus – Eden (Iron Shield Records)

Germany continues to be a thriving marketplace for homegrown talent in heavy metal – Invictus another act from Bavaria that focuses on developing powerful music based on their 80’s influences for this Read more […]

Sylvaine/Unreqvited – Time Without End (Prophecy)

Sometimes the job of a split EP is simply to introduce the listener to a band that maybe they heard before. Or to drop off a few tracks that didn’t quite make it to the last full-length. But in the Read more […]

Veritates – Killing Time (Pure Steel Records)

Delivering power metal without the clichés, German act Veritates issue a debut album for Killing Time that should cement the quartet in a scene desperate for more ‘meat and potatoes’ bands. Because Read more […]

Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music)

In high times and low times, Annihilator has been pushing out new studio albums since the late 80’s – churning along a steady following that appreciates their metal style. Jeff Waters is always good Read more […]

Blackguard – Storm (Self-Released)

There was a time around the turn of the 2010s when it seemed like Blackguard was going to take the world by storm (pun intended). Firefight was a solid sophomore effort, they were touring like crazy, Read more […]

Mystic Prophecy – Metal Division (Rock of Angels Records)

Steady as ever, Mystic Prophecy has been a part of the metal scene for almost twenty years, releasing nine studio albums plus a special covers tribute record in the process. Metal Division follows suit Read more […]

Mark Morton – Ether (Rise Records/BMG)

Last year, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton released his first solo effort, Anesthetic. It was interesting, particularly when he moved further from what could have been Lamb of God-esque material, even Read more […]

Bonded – Rest in Violence (Century Media)

Leaving a prominent German thrash act such as Sodom already gives you a head start when developing a new act – and such is the case for Bonded. Former members guitarist Bernd Kost and drummer Markus Read more […]

Victorius – Space Ninjas from Hell (Napalm)

Easily the most blatant case of ‘you know exactly what you are getting into’ so far in 2020, no one is going to walk into Victorius’ latest release and scratch their heads at the absurdity of it Read more […]

Hyperia – Insanitorium (Sliptrick Records)

Establishing themselves quickly with last year’s Fish Creek Frenzy debut EP (previously reviewed on this site), Hyperia waste no time getting a full-length follow-up for Insanitorium to the public. Gaining Read more […]

Odious Mortem – Synesthesia (Willowtip)

As the death metal community continues to rage on further into the depths of extremity, going in more tech-riddled or old school worshipping forms, it’s nice to have those bands that have been ‘away’ Read more […]

Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy (Metal Blade)

Ascending to a well-regarded label like Metal Blade thanks to the underground push and support of Hells Headbangers for the previous three full-lengths, it’s evident Midnight climb the metal path on Read more […]

Kaoteon – Kaoteon (Self-Released)

Lots of productivity from Anthony Kaoteon and company in the last two years. First there was the last Kaoteon album, Damnatio Memoriae, in 2018 and then last year Kaoteon released an album under the Death Read more […]

Wormhole – The Weakest Among Us (Lacerated Enemy)

It’s easy for the average metal fan to potentially pass over Wormhole if they don’t bother to check what’s below the surface. The slammy font used for their name, the sci-fi death metal cover (and Read more […]

Diabology – Nobody Believes Me (Self-Released)

Channeling their youthful angst, teenagers Diabology have primal instincts at the ready for their debut full-length Nobody Believes Me. Calling Los Angeles, California home, the quartet appear intent on Read more […]

Lotus Thief – Oresteia (Prophecy)

Now three albums deep into their discography, Lotus Thief have made a name for themselves as an avant garde, thinking person’s music. Their previous efforts have managed to defy a quick and simple classification Read more […]

Snorlax – II (Brilliant Emperor Records)

It’s been a bit since this scribe has been engaging in some cavernous, evil-sounding death metal, and Snorlax seemed like a solid entry point back into some gritty adventures with their latest release, Read more […]

Hazzerd – Delirium (M-Theory Audio)

Canadian thrash has been a staple in this scribe’s listening habits ever since the 1980’s when Sacrifice, Voivod, Exciter, and Razor released records. Hazzerd from Calgary made a solid impact in 2017 Read more […]

Unreqvited – Mosaic II: la déteste et la détresse (Prophecy)

At its best, post-black metal has that transformative ability to lull you away into an ambient realm. Canadian act Unreqvited have been making their claim to this notion since 2016, and Mosaic II is their Read more […]

Mindless Sinner – Poltergeist (Pure Steel Records)

Achieving cult-status in the mid to late 1980’s through three EP/full-length releases, Sweden’s Mindless Sinner returned in 2015 to the prestigious Keep It True Festival in Germany, recording a new Read more […]

Ether Coven – Everything is Temporary Except Suffering (Century Media)

Sludgy riffs can be entirely oppressive and violent if need be. But far too many bands forget that they can be just as suffocating in a depressive sense as well. Something that Ether Coven show with Read more […]

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