Reviews

Threshold – Dividing Lines (Nuclear Blast)

One of the most underrated bands in progressive metal to these ears remains UK’s Threshold. Active since the late 80’s, their discography contains a wide array of melodic material featuring solid songwriting/musicianship Read more […]

Enemy Eyes – History’s Hand (Frontiers Music)

The 100th official release associated with vocalist Johnny Gioeli, his work is well known in the rock/metal circles. Be it Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell, Crush 40, or his own solo ventures, globally people Read more […]

Steelwings – Still Rising (Pure Steel Records)

Part of the first wave of Swedish heavy metal during the early 80’s, Steelwings released four demos and a single before arriving at their self-titled debut album in 1989. Then a prolonged hiatus ensued, Read more […]

Leather – We Are the Chosen (Steamhammer/SPV)

Arriving at the third studio album as Leather, vocalist Leather Leone dug down deep for We Are the Chosen to hold nothing back in hopes of captivating the legions who love her powerhouse pipes over the Read more […]

Mantric Momentum – Trial by Fire (Frontiers Music)

Originally developing as a singles-oriented outfit full of guest musicians to support guitarist Christer Harøy’s songwriting with Jacob Hansen, Mantric Momentum soon shifted into a full-album deal for Read more […]

Detraktor – Full Body Stomp (Massacre Records)

Beyond advancing up the label ranks from Violent Creek with their debut album Grinder to Massacre Records for Full Body Stomp, German thrash group Detraktor also had a bit of a shuffle in instrumentation/players Read more […]

Freternia – The Final Stand (Rock of Angels Records)

First awareness for Swedish power metal act Freternia to this scribe came back in 2002, when their second album A Nightmare Story came out on Spanish label Arise Records. Seemingly falling off the radar, Read more […]

Doomsday – Depictions of Chaos (Creator-Destructor Records)

Developing a love of crossover thrash from the Bay Area, Doomsday formed in 2018 to include members from various hardcore / metal outfits – pumping out a steady set of material in the form of an EP, Read more […]

Soul Grinder – Anthems from the Abyss (MDD Records)

When aiming to establish reliability or consistency in the metal realm, it helps to have a healthy, creative impulse to grind out the material, release it, plus perform on any live stage that will potentially Read more […]

Scattered Storm – In This Dying Sun (Blood Blast Distribution)

Fresh off their debut EP release Oblivion from last year, Scattered Storm of El Paso, Texas returns for their second EP In This Dying Sun. Together for three years, they’ve added bassist Brian Fausnaugh Read more […]

Nicklas Sonne – Resonance (Prime Collective)

Already establishing himself within the progressive metal world through his work in Defecto, guitarist/vocalist Nicklas Sonne has assembled songs that didn’t necessarily fit that mold to issue his first Read more […]

Empire Drowns – Nothing (Uprising! Records)

A quintet that features members/ex-members of acts like Withering Surface, Saturnus, A Sun Traverse, Meridian, and Ukraft, Empire Drowns started in 2011 and released their debut EP Bridges in 2013. Nine Read more […]

Warkings – Morgana (Napalm Records)

For the fourth album in five years Morgana, Warkings have added a female Sorceress Morgana Le Fay as another voice to the adventurous power metal template. A sister of Arthur and mistress of the lost souls, Read more […]

Detherous – Unrelenting Malevolence (Redefining Darkness Records)

The amalgamation of various extreme genres to create an explosive sound has been a part of the metal scene since the fertile 80’s. In the case of Canadian act Detherous, the death/thrash union is of Read more […]

Xentrix – Seven Words (Listenable Records)

One of the breakouts during the late 80’s UK thrash push thanks to their dynamite debut album Shattered Existence in 1989, Xentrix moved through the 90’s shifting into left-field parameters in terms Read more […]

Them – Fear City (Steamhammer/ SPV)

Already establishing a reputation for taking King Diamond-influenced metal into a bit more of a heavier/modern direction, the stage was set after completing a trilogy of records to possibly start a new Read more […]

Dragonhammer – Second Life (My Kingdom Music)

Familiar with the last two studio releases from this Italian power metal act, Dragonhammer returns for Second Life – their fifth record and first in five years. Struggling in the past to move away from Read more […]

Iron Flesh – Limb After Limb (War Anthem Records)

Quickly establishing an active profile on the recording front since arriving on the scene in 2017, French death metal act Iron Flesh combine a sinister mix of classic 90’s HM-2 driven European influences Read more […]

Edge of Haze – The Convoy of Ruin (Darkening Tone Records)

Contemporary developments in the progressive metal landscape have broadened horizons – incorporating numerous outside influences that color styles in bold, fresh directions. Finnish act Edge of Haze Read more […]

Project Pain – Faster Disaster (FA Studio Records)

Dutch act Project Pain delivers a steady diet of speedy riffs, spirited leads, vicious vocals containing the right mix of angst/melody, as well as a rock-solid rhythm section foundation on this fourth Read more […]

Ninth Realm – A Fate Unbroken (Mercenary Press)

Forged by the union of heavy metal and high fantasy during college, Ninth Realm began in 2018, releasing a debut demo the following year with Gates of Tythorin. Filling out the current lineup in 2020, Read more […]

TAVYRN – Fire in the Sky (Self-Released)

Thanks to some friends, a few years ago I was made aware of a hidden gem of an ’80s rock ’n’ roll band called Nightrider. The band formed in 1980 in Nashua, N.H., and wrote and recorded a collection Read more […]

Acid Witch – Rot Among Us (Hells Headbangers Records)

With the days getting shorter, the leaves starting to turn and a chill in the air as the temps begin to drop, ushering in fall and the spooky season, you should always be on the lookout for a new Halloween Read more […]

Sodom – 40 Years at War – The Greatest Hell of Sodom (Steamhammer/SPV)

Milestones in metal deserve celebrations – especially in the case of veteran artists who now have a forty-year history as German thrashers Sodom recently passed. What makes 40 Years at War – The Greatest Read more […]

Defleshed – Grind Over Matter (Metal Blade)

The speedy death/thrash unit Defleshed delivered a punishing brand of material over the course of their initial run during the 1990’s-early 2000’s. By the fall of 2005 six months after the release Read more […]

Despised Icon – Déterré (Nuclear Blast)

After a short touring window because of the pandemic following their 2019 album release Purgatory, the Canadian deathcore veterans Despised Icon didn’t rest when it comes to creative endeavors. Thus Read more […]

Victoria K – Kore (Rockshots Records)

It shouldn’t be surprising now to see symphonic rock/metal spreading beyond its European beginnings into a global phenomenon. That’s why you hear an act from Australia like Victoria K come into the Read more […]

White Skull – Metal Never Rusts (Rock of Angels Records)

An appropriate album title never rang truer than this one for Italian power metal veterans White Skull. Active in the scene since the late 80’s, Metal Never Rusts is the eleventh studio platter for the Read more […]

Iron Allies – Blood In Blood Out (AFM Records)

Anticipation hit peak levels upon announcements for well over a year at the union of two ex-Accept members forming a new outfit for Iron Allies. Not like we haven’t been hearing killer records as of Read more […]

Sede Vacante – Conium (Scarlet Records)

Always a hotbed for symphonic, gothic-influenced heavy metal, European band Sede Vacante since 2015 has been putting their stamp on those styles. With band members assembled across Finland and Greece, Read more […]

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