Reviews

Kings of Mercia – Kings of Mercia (Metal Blade Records)

Never one to slow down in the creativity department, Jim Matheos may consider Fates Warning his main outlet over the decades, but he’s also added projects like Tuesday the Sky plus Arch/ Matheos to the Read more […]

SpellBook – Deadly Charms (Cruz del Sur Music)

Incorporating a healthy mix of 70’s rock with the purity of metal at its essence, SpellBook from York, PA conjure up a sweet style for their second album Deadly Charms. The band soldier forward, the Read more […]

Razor – Cycle of Contempt (Relapse Records)

Canadian speed thrashers Razor released an onslaught of material during their first run in the 1980’s to early 90’s – seven albums plus an EP to be exact between 1984-1991. Since that time, the band Read more […]

Gurd – Hallucinations (Massacre Records)

Since the mid-90’s Swiss act Gurd has been an active part of the groove/thrash metal scene, attaining more worldwide attention in the 1997-2000 period during their time on Century Media when albums like Read more […]

Algebra – Chiroptera (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Reliable when it comes to a brand of semi-technical thrash metal with progressive and extreme nuances, Swiss act Algebra return for their fourth album in the uniquely titled Chiroptera (an order of mammals Read more […]

Sinnery – Black Bile (Exitus Stratagem Records)

Together for a decade, Sinnery hail from Israel fueled with the hatred for most things outside of metal on this second full-length Black Bile. They’ve had the opportunity to tour plus play festivals Read more […]

Mentalist – Empires Falling (Mentalist Records/ Pride & Joy Music)

With a split country affiliation as far as the musicians between Germany and Sweden, Mentalist is a quartet that contains a prominent drummer in the power metal circles with ex-Blind Guardian’s Thomas Read more […]

Battlesword – Towards the Unknown (MDD Records)

A slow, steady output of releases seems to be the work philosophy for German quintet Battlesword. Active since 1999, they’ve put forth a mix of three full-lengths, one demo and a maxi-single, arriving Read more […]

Assimilator – Assimilator (Self-Released)

Rising out of the remnants of Death on Fire, Assimilator is a four-piece outfit from Indiana – wasting no time establishing themselves through a self-titled debut album. Diverse influences allow the Read more […]

Allen/ Olzon – Army of Dreamers (Frontiers Music)

Russell Allen and Anette Olzon are premiere singers well-established in the hard rock/metal scene, especially through their work over the years with Symphony X for the former and ex-Nightwish for the latter. Read more […]

I AM – Eternal Steel (MNRK Heavy)

Genre blending has provided plenty of dynamic fuel to the fire in the heavy music industry as of late. Drawing influence from 80’s hardcore/crossover as much as thrash, death, and Southern groove/stomp, Read more […]

The Erinyes – The Erinyes (Frontiers)

Probably an instant selling point with fans up to date with the symphonic metal realm based on the members involved, The Erinyes merges three up and coming vocalists in that Frontiers-type of supergroup Read more […]

Trauma – Awakening (Massacre Records)

Best known for Cliff Burton’s presence in the demo stages prior to joining Metallica, Trauma released Scratch and Scream their debut album in 1984 on Shrapnel Records before breaking up a year later. Read more […]

Revocation – Netherheaven (Metal Blade)

The eighth studio album Netherheaven comes at a transitional time for Boston-based act Revocation. Known best for intertwining aspects of thrash and death metal in a technical/progressive way, parting Read more […]

Under the Oak – Rattus Norvegicus (WormHoleDeath)

Under the Oak hail from Norway, a scene with a proven history of fantastic bands across all platforms of the metal / hard rock landscape. Slugging it out in a variety of tribute/original acts over the Read more […]

Blind Guardian – The God Machine (Nuclear Blast)

Seven years may seem like an eternity to most metalheads between studio records – but it’s not as if Blind Guardian has been sitting away on the sidelines during that time. They released a triple live Read more […]

Trial (Swe) – Feed the Fire (Metal Blade)

Previously spending a decade known as Trial, these Swedes added (Swe) to their moniker in 2017 as a difference maker to the other acts known as that common name over the years. Five years removed from Read more […]

Warforged – The Grove | Sundial (The Artisan Era)

When a band announces ‘the beginning of a new era’ after parting ways with a crucial member of the act, there’s always two ways it can go.  The bold claim can be stated, but it ends up being a false declaration Read more […]

Asylum – Tyrannicide (Self-Released)

Active since 2012, Australian trio Asylum assault the senses with their primal brand of chunky, riff-oriented thrash. Previously releasing two studio EP’s Slaughterhouse in 2013 and Concealed Death in Read more […]

Box – Cherry Blossoms at Night (Miserable Pyre of Secrets)

The eclectic side of music is one that has tickled this writer’s fancy. From Öxxö Xööx, Igorrr, Aenaon, and the many styles of Ulver, music that lives in its own proverbial zip code without a care Read more […]

Death Scythe – Killing for Pleasure Forever (Self-Released)

These days its common to hear of bands taking a second crack at developing their style and brand appeal. Death Scythe belongs in that camp – originally around during the early 2000’s, releasing two Read more […]

Eaten by Sharks – Eradication (Self-Released)

Shark metal?  Admittedly drawn to this one due to the name of the band – it’s one of those things you have to verify for yourself to see what it sounds like.  Eaten by Sharks could be something that Read more […]

Mantic Ritual – Heart Set Stone (M-Theory Audio)

Back for a second go around after releasing their Executioner debut album in 2009 for Nuclear Blast and touring with Rotting Christ, Destruction, and Enforcer among others, Heart Set Stone is a six-song Read more […]

Defacing God – The Resurrection of Lilith (Napalm)

A new face on the Napalm Records label, Defacing God are a melodic death/black metal band that formed back in 2015.  Their full-length debut, The Resurrection of Lilith centers on the titular female demon Read more […]

Parasite Inc. – Cyan Night Dreams (Reaper Entertainment)

It’s always exciting to take in bands hailing from rich, fertile soil in all genres of heavy metal such as Germany. Subscribing to an assaultive form of melodic, groove-oriented death metal, Parasite Read more […]

Absolute Darkness – Failure of State (Self-Released)

Combining death/thrash influences, Bay Area band Absolute Darkness arrived on the scene in 2015. They’ve released two albums to date before this third effort Failure of State. Changes abound in the four-year Read more […]

Santa Cruz – The Return of the Kings (M-Theory Audio)

Sometimes bad press can pay dividends to establishing the brand of a band. Earlier this year, Finnish hard rock / metal band Santa Cruz made viral waves over a Whiskey-A-Go-Go show where the band was heavily Read more […]

Amken – Passive Aggression (Massacre Records)

European thrash has blistering appeal, often injecting different levels of finesse and proficiency into the expected speedy riffs, gang vocals, and steady, pummeling tempos. Throwing their hat into the Read more […]

Anthea – Tales Untold (Rockshots Records)

Making a strong impression with their symphonic metal debut album Illusion in the fall of 2020, California’s Anthea did not waste any time writing, recording and releasing the follow-up record for Tales Read more […]

Tomb of Finland – Across the Barren Fields (Uprising! Records)

Together for over a decade, Tomb of Finland issues a third studio album for Across the Barren Fields as they continue to strengthen a doom/death metal style with plenty of melancholic, melodic touches. Read more […]

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