Trail Of Tears – Winds of Disdain (The Circle Music)

It’s been a long, arduous return for Norwegian gothic/symphonic metal pioneers Trail of Tears. Probably best known for their discography in the 2000’s on Napalm Records, they would break up in 2013 Read more […]

Red Handed Denial – A Journey Through Virtual Dystopia (Paid Vacation Records)

Perpetually underrated act Red Handed Denial has been around for well over a decade, delivering a potent mix of immediate hooks and complex instrumentation. A modern mix of those elements that took from Read more […]

Esodic – De Facto De Jure (Self-Released)

Distinctive elements can be key to establishing your own niche, even if it’s in well-regarded subgenres of metal such as thrash or death metal. Drummer Zed Amarin has been a part of Esodic since 2003, Read more […]

Kerry King – From Hell I Rise (Reigning Phoenix Music)

Debate already came through all sides of the internet when hearing that Slayer disbanded and guitarist Kerry King would assemble a new band to continue forward under his own moniker. Ok. So let’s just Read more […]

Grin Cynic – Grin Cynic (Pavement Entertainment)

Stories often help sell brands – and bands. In the case of Grin Cynic, they started in the late 1990s through singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Lee, making noise in their home area of Orlando, Florida Read more […]

Elvellon – Ascending in Synergy (Napalm Records)

Symphonic metal doesn’t appear to be wavering in popularity or global impact these days. Hailing from Germany, Elvellon steadily have been rising through the ranks from their debut Spellbound EP release Read more […]

Gatecreeper – Dark Superstition (Nuclear Blast)

It’s a story as old as time. How many artists have you seen in the metal landscape that make impressive debut records, transitions in the second full-length, only to release a premiere product for the Read more […]

Cognitive – Abhorrence (Metal Blade)

With well over a decade of brutality under their belts, and three years distance from their fourth album, Matricide, New Jersey’s Cognitive return for a new outing with a new label in tow. Known to these Read more […]

Demon – Invincible (Frontiers Music)

Another UK band celebrating their 45th anniversary, Demon has evolved from their traditional heavy metal/hard rock roots that put them on the map in the early years to more of a diverse act that includes Read more […]

Soulline – Reflections (Massacre Records)

Previously privy to the last album Screaming Eyes back in 2022, Soulline returns with another record in Reflections. This Swiss unit chose to tackle various troubled and problematic issues concerning the Read more […]

Baron – Beneath the Blazing Abyss (Transcending Obscurity)

How a band evolves is always of interest to this scribe. To understand the volcanic death metal of seemingly newcomers Baron, one needs to go back in time a bit. Granted, their first self-titled EP from Read more […]

Sonic Universe – It Is What It Is (earMusic)

A ‘supergroup’ tag can get banded about rather liberally in the music business. We all know that if like-minded musicians have the ambition, desire, and resources available, they’ll make music together. Read more […]

Orion Child – Aesthesis (Art Gates Records)

Versatility allows bands to stand out amongst their peers, especially in the modern scene. Orion Child embraces that statement for their fourth album Aesthesis. The sextet arrived on the scene in the mid-2000s, Read more […]

Bat – Under the Crooked Claw (Nuclear Blast)

Two-thirds of Municipal Waste participates in another active outfit for Bat – already on the radar screen of this scribe for their last EP Axestasy. With plenty of downtime to work out new songs, the Read more […]

Anette Olzon – Rapture (Frontiers Music)

Best known to our readership for her time in Nightwish, Anette Olzon continues to develop her talent through other outlets since her departure from that group. One-half of the dynamic duo The Dark Element Read more […]

Belushi Speed Ball – Stellkira (Self-Released)

This Kentucky crossover thrash act possesses an intriguing name – Belushi Speed Ball referencing infamous comedian John Belushi and his tragic overdose cocaine/heroin combination often referred to as Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Killing For Revenge (Metal Blade Records)

OK. So there has been a lot, and I do mean A LOT of talk regarding Chris Barnes’ vocals. Hey, I get it. Quite frankly he sounded terrible on the last two studio albums for Six Feet Under with Torment in Read more […]

Freedom Call – Silver Romance (Steamhammer/SPV)

They may not have invented ‘happy metal’, but most power metal experts know that when it comes to this specific niche in this sub-genre, the poster act that aligns to the uplifting melodies or ability Read more […]

Ammonoid – Pierce the Veil (Self-Released)

Originating as a recording project back in 2022, Ammonoid contains members from an international landscape. Guitarist Vinaya Saksena from the East Coast has previous experience in groups like Critical Read more […]

My Silent Wake – Lost in Memories, Lost in Grief (Ardua Music)

Twelve albums into their career, UK quartet My Silent Wake capably infuse doom metal with gothic and death inflections for Lost in Memories, Lost in Grief. Living in melancholic splendor, the eight tracks Read more […]

Mob Rules – Celebration Day – 30 Years of Mob Rules (Steamhammer/SPV)

Compilation albums used to serve two purposes in an artist’s career. First, to provide a welcome break in the normal record/tour/record cycle, and second, to get one record closer to finishing out a Read more […]

Violet Eternal – Reload the Violet (Rockshots Records)

Continental divides no longer pose an issue when the desire to create music trumps everything. Violet Eternal consists of Japanese guitarist Jien Takahashi and Italian vocalist Ivan Giannini – the former Read more […]

Togenashi Togeari – Togeari (Universal Music)

Admittedly, not the most metallic looking cover art in the world but then again the music isn’t the most metallic either. Nonetheless, Togenashi Togeari (トゲナシトゲアリ) have been a band on this Read more […]

Amiensus – Reclamation part 1 (M-Theory Audio)

Re-emerging after four years, with 2020’s Abreaction being their last release, Amiensus also sport a new label in tow. Always an exciting act due to their innovative approach to darkness, operating in Read more […]

The Ghost Inside – Searching for Solace (Epitaph)

Now four years removed from their self-titled album, The Ghost Inside return while looking ahead to expand their sonic palate. Searching for Solace continues the band’s energetic and abrasive approach Read more […]

Tombstoner – Rot Stink Rip (Redefining Darkness Records)

Not very often do you see two sets of brothers joining together for a band – but that’s what we have here from Staten Island, NY for Tombstoner. Arriving on the scene in 2019, the quartet create an Read more […]

Accept – Humanoid (Napalm Records)

A household name in the traditional metal scene, Accept continues to execute in their own lane – trends be damned. With guitarist Wolf Hoffmann at the helm, the intercontinental group of musicians in Read more […]

Disbelief – Killing Karma (Listenable Records)

Comfortably cruising along since arriving on the scene in 1990, German band Disbelief has been a steady force for the underground metal movement. North America may remember this act best during the mid-2000’s, Read more […]

Mære – .​.​.and the Universe Keeps Silent (Transcending Obscurity)

The further we’ve delved into our personal journey with music, the more unsettling an album is, the more it attracts. Creativity, surprise, and downright frightening vibes are all elements that can make Read more […]

High On Fire – Cometh the Storm (MNRK Heavy)

Nuclear war, natural disasters, population unrest, the storm inches its’ way closer to doom humanity than ever before. And what better band to provide the soundtrack than High on Fire with their latest Read more […]

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