Reviews

BlackBeer – Take the Freedom (Pure Steel Records)

An international mix of musicians congregating together in France, BlackBeer pay tribute to an era of melodic hard rock/metal that most who grew up in the 80’s remember vividly. Coming together last Read more […]

Visions of Atlantis – Pirates (Napalm Records)

While many musicians stateside have been gravitating towards symphonic/ power metal over the past few years, European acts spearheaded the movement in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Austria’s Visions Read more […]

Graham Bonnet Band – Day Out in Nowhere (Frontiers Music)

The desire to develop new material continues to fuel vocalist Graham Bonnet even in the twilight years of his long musical career. Hard to believe the man is 74 years young, possessing the multi-octave Read more […]

Tank – Filth Hounds of Hades (High Roller Records) reissue

Another act in the flurry of UK activity that made the New Wave of British Heavy Metal a standout component to the history of this genre, Tank embrace a power trio format during their early 80’s development. Read more […]

Echo Rhythm – The Program (Self-Released)

The brainchild of ex-Eternal Essence members Greg Rosenblit and Josh Adams, Echo Rhythm is an instrumental progressive outfit containing a mixture of metal, rock, and ambient influences for this debut Read more […]

Disquiet – Instigate to Annihilate (Soulseller Records)

With a resume that includes representing the Netherlands in the Wacken Metal Battle back in 2012, Dutch act Disquiet deliver a melodic brand of thrash pulling from Bay Area and European influences for Read more […]

Depressed Mode – Decade of Silence (Inverse Records)

A reference to the ten years of absence as a group, Finnish act Depressed Mode delivers a mighty symphonic death/doom metal platter for this third record Decade of Silence. Established in 2005 by composer, Read more […]

The Damnnation – Way of Perdition (Soulseller Records)

Although OSDM from newer artists is all the rage in 2022, there’s been a healthy contingent carving out old school thrash presently as well. Add Brazilian trio The Damnnation to that list – in three Read more […]

Mental Care Foundation – III (Reaper Entertainment)

Developing around the bars and pubs of Kokkola, Finland, Mental Care Foundation got their start in 2003, slugging out Pantera and Slayer covers – issuing two albums and a single in 2012 before going Read more […]

Motor Sister – Get Off (Metal Blade Records)

Expanding beyond the Mother Superior covers vibe of the debut album Ride back in 2015, Motor Sister now tackle fresh, original material for the sophomore effort Get Off. Containing dual vocalists with Read more […]

Space Vacation – White Hot Reflection (Pure Steel Records)

Musicians currently wrestle with whether to release albums during the throes of a global pandemic or wait until the major wave subsides. Makes sense as disposable income can be tight for many – and usually Read more […]

Hagalas – As A Unit (Inverse Records)

The art of creating songs has shifted over the years. So it’s nice to hear when bands in modern times still get together in person, step up in a musical man-cave, start playing to see what comes out Read more […]

RF Force – RF Force (Black Lion Records)

Privy to discovering new talent is a great perk on the media front. Especially for us old-timers who not only look forward to veteran artists putting out new material, but also being on the ground floor Read more […]

Dawohl – Leviathan (Dolorem Records)

Simmering slowly in the French scene, Dawohl began in 2009, releasing their first EP Potestas.Ratio.Iustitia in 2014 for Trendkill Records. Only vocalist Maxime Guillemain remains from those early days, Read more […]

Tysondog – Midnight (From the Vaults)

Avid cult listeners to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement probably remember this UK act Tysondog for their two albums on Neat Records, 1984’s Beware of the Dog and 1986’s follow-up Crimes Read more […]

Crashdiet – Automaton (Crusader / Golden Robot Records)

Concocting a mixture of heavy metal and melodic, sleaze-oriented hard rock, Scandinavia at the turn of the century developed a youthful affinity for bringing both styles together to create a fresh take Read more […]

Miseration – Black Miracles and Dark Wonders (Massacre Records)

Best known for their work over the years in acts like Scar Symmetry and Solution .45, the duo of musicians that comprises Miseration return after a decade-long absence in the studio for Black Miracles Read more […]

LionSoul – A Pledge to Darkness (Rockshots Records)

This scribe has a soft spot for power metal – groups like Helloween, Gamma Ray, Lost Horizon, Iron Savior permanent staples in the playlists when needing that uplift energy charge. Italian quintet LionSoul Read more […]

Undeath – It’s Time…To Rise from the Grave (Prosthetic Records)

Purity in old school death has come back in vogue – it’s as if you need 15-20 years to truly spawn renewed interest in an original style. Undeath are a western NY band that live for the days when Cannibal Read more […]

Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set (Self-Released)

Starting in 2007 as Mellotrön, Detroit, Michigan is the home of progressive metal quintet Imminent Sonic Destruction. Still in the same incarnation as those original days, they’ve released two full Read more […]

Taliesin – Faceless (Self-Released)

The background story behind Australian progressive metal act Taliesin and the seven-year journey from recordings to release date with Faceless is a fascinating one. Initial sessions occurred in a two-month Read more […]

Skull Fist – Paid in Full (Atomic Fire Records)

The fourth record Paid in Full for Canadian act Skull Fist is a transitional one – as long-time second guitarist Jonny Nesta stepped away last year after his decade long tenure in the group. Coming off Read more […]

Mirror – The Day Bastard Leaders Die (Cruz del Sur Music)

Paying homage to classic heavy metal of the NWOBHM and 70’s proto-rock variety, Mirror started in 2015 – developing two albums for Metal Blade and Bad Omen Records before signing with Cruz Del Sur Read more […]

Credic – Vermillion Oceans (Black Lion Records)

An interesting Walt Disney quote appears in the press release for Southern German melodic death metal act Credic for their latest album Vermillion Oceans. ‘For every laugh, there should be a tear’ Read more […]

Survival Instinct – Fatal Venin (Personal Records)

Certain acts impress immediately on name and cover art alone – before even pressing play, expectations resonate clearly what you’ll get. Such is the case for Survival Instinct – a band from Quebec, Read more […]

Abstracted – Atma Conflux (M-Theory Audio)

Taking a moniker from a Scar Symmetry song (Pitch Black Progress the album in question), Brazilian act Abstracted began in 2014 – fleshing out their lineup over the years while recording a debut EP Ophidian Read more […]

Sleepless – Host Desecration (Metal Warrior Records)

You don’t often hear a trio of musicians carving out a semi-technical form of traditional metal, but that’s what we have here in Portland, Oregon act Sleepless. Two of the members have seasoning in Read more […]

Crisix – Full HD (Listenable Records)

Never stopping in their quest to bring crossover thrash to as many patrons that globally will allow, Crisix returns for Full HD, the fifth studio album quickly on the heels of last year’s The Pizza EP. Read more […]

Zafakon – Aftermath (Self-Released)

Fortunate to follow the progress of this Puerto Rico quartet over the years through their first two albums War as a Drug in 2013 and Release in 2015, Zafakon continually expand and adjust on their death/thrash Read more […]

Incite – Wake Up Dead (Atomic Fire Records)

Pedigree plays a part in often establishing credibility – especially in an underground, niche genre as metal can be. Featuring Richie Cavalera on vocals, we all know the work of his stepfather Max between Read more […]

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