Reviews

Exhorder – Mourn the Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)

Metal as a music genre courses through your veins usually from childhood and continues into adulthood. Some may take brief reprieves from the culture and lifestyle – but for many musicians, the power Read more […]

No One Knows What the Dead Think – No One Knows What the Dead Think (Willowtip)

Being touted as the next iteration of legendary act Discordance Axis (not to mention the Gridlink connection) means that there are definitely some grind fans who are chomping at the bit to hear this one. Read more […]

Urkraft – Our Treacherous Fathers (First Force Music)

Talk about a blast from the past! Danish act Urkraft stems back to the 1990s, and had three releases on Earache Records in the mid-2000s. But the band disappeared following that span of releases, never Read more […]

Vintersea – Illuminated (M-Theory Audio)

It was just two years ago that Vintersea made a splash with their full-length debut, The Gravity of Fall. One of the best at blurring the lines between genre that particular year, they left a strong impression Read more […]

Divided Multitude – Faceless Aggressor (Ram It Down Records)

Active since 1995, Norwegian progressive metal act Divided Multitude have been on a roller coaster with record labels in their career. No less than four previous labels put out their work, and only Fireball Read more […]

The Agonist – Orphans (Rodeostar Records)

With any release from The Agonist, there’s never a lack for musical diversity. The band, from its infancy, has been all about cultivating a musical landscape that was meant to stand out from the rest Read more […]

Tungsten – We Will Rise (Arising Empire Records)

When you’re the ex-drummer of Yngwie Malmsteen and Hammerfall, and your sons light the fire to form a new band based on their songwriting, it’s obvious that Tungsten would take shape and become a living, Read more […]

Mgła – Age of Excuse (Northern Heritage Records)

While many across the US (yours truly included) celebrated/embraced a day away from the rat race, a surprise dropped without warning. Mgła, the laser-focused practioners of caustic, melodic black metal, Read more […]

Driving Force – All Aboard (Self-Released)

Switzerland has had a history of solid melodic hard rock/metal bands since the days of Krokus, Celtic Frost, Coroner, and Gotthard among others. Driving Force aim to stake their claim from this country Read more […]

Demonhead – Black Devil Lies (Self-Released)

Forming in 2007 and heavily punk/metal crossover influenced at the start, Australian act Demonhead have transformed in their twelve-year history into more of a thrash/traditional metal montage with melodic/stoner Read more […]

In Thousand Lakes – Evolution (Xtreem Music)

In Thousand Lakes made quite a return with 2017’s Age of Decay, the band’s first full-length in almost 20 years (yes, there was an EP in 2014 too). Catchy melodic death metal that capitalized on the Read more […]

Visceral Disgorge – Slithering Evisceration (Agonia)

Some may remember Visceral Disgorge due to their 2011 debut, Ingesting Putridity, which stood to many as a high-quality piece of brutal death metal. But an eight year absence (some of this due to the Read more […]

Michael Schenker Fest – Revelation (Nuclear Blast)

The old guard musicians in hard rock/metal aren’t getting any younger. When something works better than planned such as the reunion of key singers for guitarist Michael Schenker in his post-UFO/Scorpions Read more […]

Nemesis Alpha – Eternal Machines (Sliptrick Records)

One-man act Nemesis Alpha truly impressed with a rich melodeath treat in the form of the self-titled debut two years ago. Rudy Leal hit the sweet spot between more modern approaches to the genre while Read more […]

Fathom Farewell – Consume the Earth (Self-Released)

Admittedly critical of anything coming across in bio sheets/ background info for promos with the ‘metalcore’ tag, sometimes you just press onward to judge every effort on its own merit. Case in point Read more […]

Workshed – Workshed (Rise Above Records)

What happens when you first gained attention for the early years of a pretty well-respected and known doom/stoner metal band from the UK, then seemingly fade into obscurity for 20 + years? Well, in the Read more […]

Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light (Dark Descent Records)

They say you have a lifetime to present your debut record – but what happens if you make a splash right out of the gate? Does it ramp up the pressure personally and professionally to outdo that effort? Read more […]

Piranha – First Kill (Non Stop Music Records)

No less than seven bands have appeared according to Metal Archives under this moniker – but it’s probably rare to have two bands from Switzerland use the same name. This Piranha hail from Staufen, Read more […]

Imagika – Only Dark Hearts Survive (Dissonance Productions)

A product of a tumultuous domestic scene where metal received better critical acclaim and support overseas than in the United States, Imagika made a series of albums during the mid-1990’s to late 2010 Read more […]

Endseeker – The Harvest (Metal Blade)

For all of the old school inspired death metal acts that pop up incessantly, one of the deciding factors is whether they nail the guitar tone. The HM-2 tone, when done correctly, is a beast in and of Read more […]

Eschaton – Death Obsession (Unique Leader)

Eschaton came out stomping and pounding on their Unique Leader debut, Sentinel Apocalypse. It’s been four years since that point, but the New England-based act is back once again with Death Obsession. Read more […]

Mizmor – Cairn (Gilead Media)

Certain bands tend to bind themselves to moments in times (with albums and songs this is even more true). For Mizmor’s previous release Yodh that moment of binding was driving through the voids of central Read more […]

Thicket – Descend into Darkness (Self-Released)

There’s something about younger bands releasing EP’s these days – putting their heart and soul (and production funds) into shorter bursts of material to keep the interest afloat on a quicker schedule. Read more […]

Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony – Signs of Wings (Frontiers Music)

Years in the making behind the scenes, renowned producer, guitarist and songwriter Sascha Paeth decides the time is now to launch a new band in Masters of Ceremony. Assembling a seasoned mix of veterans Read more […]

Cognizance – Malignant Dominion (Prosthetic)

After a large number of single track and EP releases over the past six years, England’s Cognizance is finally bringing forth their first full-length effort. The band has been championed by the underground Read more […]

Knaaves – The Serpent’s Root (Confluence Records)

Dark and oppressive hardcore isn’t exactly something that’s shooting its way to the top of the music scene currently, but it is something that’s a welcome sight to this scribe. Knaaves previously Read more […]

Disillusion – Liberation (Prophecy Productions)

Thirteen years is a long time to wait for a new album. Beyond that, when one considers the number that didn’t care for Disillusion’s change of direction with their second album Gloria, it compounds Read more […]

RAM – The Throne Within (Metal Blade)

Continuing their heavy metal ways since 1999, RAM remain resolute to their ideals of what the style should be all about. Conviction – strength – power – as well as the right imagery and attitude Read more […]

Grim Reaper – At the Gates (Dissonance Productions)

The will to survive, thrive, and be productive reigns supreme in the life of vocalist Steve Grimmett. Even when losing a limb due to diabetes and having surgery in South America while on tour to support Read more […]

Vitriol – To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media)

For all of the great advances in death metal that we’ve seen over the past decade, from technical advances to somber atmosphere, there’s sometimes that you just want to be smashed in the face by it. Read more […]

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