Reviews

Fallen Sanctuary – Terranova (AFM Records)

The evolution of this act from a mutual love of late 90’s/early 2000’s European-style power metal into a full outfit is what we have here for Fallen Sanctuary. Vocalist Georg Neuhauser (Serenity) and Read more […]

Devil’s Train – Ashes & Bones (Rock of Angels Records)

Back for a third platter with a new bassist and guitarist in tow, Devil’s Train contains many familiar players for those who love heavy, power, and speed metal. Drummer Jörg Michael cut his teeth on Read more […]

Entrails – An Eternal Time of Decay (Hammerheart Records)

Originally developing their death metal material in that first wave of the 1990’s, Entrails went to rest towards the end of that decade. Guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist resurrected the band in 2008, signing Read more […]

Nightbearer – Ghosts of a Darkness to Come (Testimony Records)

Fruitful times for OSDM these days – almost like clockwork passing the torch down from forefathers to newcomers, people are cranking out straightforward riffs embellished with HM-2 pedal urgency, summoning Read more […]

Intoxicated – Watch You Burn (Seeing Red Records)

Recording this album Watch You Burn in the same rehearsal studio in Tampa that Morbid Angel called home for years (now reconverted to Candor Recording) – Intoxicated contains members with affiliations Read more […]

Wicked Stone – Synergy (Hard to Stay Quiet Records)

The parallel development of music in the US and UK markets is intriguing – oceans apart but often similar in the sense of continually morphing and exploring new trends/sounds hoping for that ‘next Read more […]

Exocrine – The Hybrid Suns (Unique Leader Records)

Advanced musicianship at dizzying speeds can lead many to check out early when it comes to the tech death revolution in metal. Others can’t get enough of the movement – which brings us to French quartet Read more […]

Civil War – Invaders (Napalm Records)

Although six years may seem like a long time between studio records, there’s been a few key shifts in the lineup of Civil War plus normal worldwide events that justify this absence. New singer Kelly Read more […]

Consecration – Cinis (Redefining Darkness Records)

Specific countries develop distinct qualities when it comes to metal. The bleak, grey atmosphere often appears in the UK as an example – perfect for a fusion of death and doom to coexist. Consecration Read more […]

Monasterium – Cold Are the Graves (Nine Records)

Belief in a common goal allows artists to achieve a unifying template which can convince listeners to attach easier to their output. In the case of Monasterium, this Polish quartet worship at the altar Read more […]

Kreator – Hate Über Alles (Nuclear Blast)

Masters of thrash Kreator may take a little longer to release studio albums than in the 80’s and 90’s – but that’s only due to a vigorous worldwide touring and festival schedule that keeps the Read more […]

Wind Rose – Warfront (Napalm Records)

Creating a category all their own, Italian quintet Wind Rose deliver dwarven power metal – chock full of folk spirit and fantasy, Tolkien, and Warhammer themes for album number five in Warfront. Raising Read more […]

Inanimate Existence – The Masquerade (The Artisan Era)

Productive since 2011, California act Inanimate Existence live for a blend of progressive-oriented technical death metal that has received critical praise as well as building a legion of followers. The Read more […]

Sole Syndicate – Into the Flames (Scarlet Records)

When it comes to blending influences from across continents, many Scandinavian artists place special care and concern to service the needs of the songs first and foremost. Place Sole Syndicate in this Read more […]

Temple of Void – Summoning the Slayer (Relapse)

Another entry in the thriving Midwest metal movement, Michigan quintet Temple of Void have been developing a hefty discography in the death/doom realm since arriving on the scene in 2013. A part of underground Read more […]

Seventh Wonder – The Testament (Frontiers Music)

Active since 2000, Swedish progressive metal masters Seventh Wonder continually impress as creative musicians striving to develop material that balances intricate musical parts with proper phrasing and Read more […]

Carried by VI – Metempsychosis (Self-Released)

Establishing themselves in 2017, Connecticut act Carried by VI as a band travel across various metal and hardcore platforms style-wise when engaging with their material. Metempsychosis is the latest EP Read more […]

Deep Sun – Dreamland – Behind the Shades (Massacre Records)

Choosing to change out aspects of the lineup, sound, songwriting tactics, and even band logo, Swiss symphonic metal/rock band Deep Sun arrive at a new juncture in their career with this third album Dreamland Read more […]

The Cross – Act II: Walls of the Forgotten (Pitch Black Records)

Recognized as Brazil’s first doom metal band, The Cross’ origins date back to 1990 – developing a couple of demos before a twenty-year hiatus stalled momentum. They’ve been active on the recording Read more […]

All Things Fallen – Shadow Way (Blackoak Records)

It’s always helpful to have specific bullet points to get a leg up on the plethora of releases flooding the scene these days. In the case of Swedish progressive metal artists All Things Fallen, it’s Read more […]

Michael Schenker Group – Universal (Atomic Fire Records)

Productive with continuous recording output much like a man half his age, guitarist Michael Schenker is a legend not content to rest on his classic discography. After three Temple of Rock albums and two Read more […]

Shed the Skin – Thaumogenesis (Hells Headbangers Records)

Cleveland, Ohio is home to a strong metal scene – of all types, traditional to thrash, power to extreme, and all points in between. Shed the Skin hail from these parts, releasing their fourth album Thaumogenesis Read more […]

Maniac Abductor – Damage Is Done (WormHoleDeath)

Previously under the microscope for their debut album Casualties of Casualty back in the May 2019 Rapid Fire column, Maniac Abductor return for the second full-length Damage Is Done. A quintet well-versed Read more […]

Crematory – Inglorious Darkness (Napalm Records)

German veterans Crematory have been an institution in the gothic metal movement since the early 90’s (Awake from 1997 a personal favorite of this scribe). Evolving over the last decade with industrial Read more […]

Decapitated – Cancer Culture (Nuclear Blast)

Polish band Decapitated have certainly had their share of trials and tribulations (literally) over their career. Car accidents that led to severe injuries and the death of drummer Vitek, plus arrests and Read more […]

Circle of Silence – Walk Through Hell (Massacre Records)

Downtime allows for deeper focus on the finer details when it comes to recording – especially in the case of German power metal outfit Circle of Silence for this fourth album Walk Through Hell. Choosing Read more […]

Spheric Universe Experience – Back Home (Uprising! Records)

Celebrating twenty years as a group, the past decade has been fairly inactive for Spheric Universe Experience as far as studio work. The individual members pursued other side projects and did a European Read more […]

Symphonity – Marco Polo: The Metal Soundtrack (Limb Music)

What’s a symphonic epic power metal-oriented act to do when they want to develop a concept record for their third full-length? In the case of Symphonity, you reach back to the most famous traveler in Read more […]

Selfgod – Born of Death (Black Death Production)

Every band has a story. All of them are unique, of course. Selfgod guitarist/band leader Serge Streltsov has one that is profound. Born in Ukraine, and immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Serge Read more […]

Anvil – Impact Is Imminent (AFM Records)

Ardent metalheads probably remember the album title here as the fourth full-length for perennial thrash legends Exodus when they moved up the ranks to Capitol Records back in the early 90’s – but here Read more […]

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