Kaivs – Horrend (Independent)

It’s always fun to come across a band with a large amount of potential. We used to do this via tape trading in the old days. Now, it’s more scouring Bandcamp/Spotify/etc. to unearth something new. Read more […]

Non Est Deus – Legacy (Noisebringer Records)

If Noise doesn’t sound familiar, well, there’s a lot you’ve been missing. That was a confusing statement, wasn’t it? We’re not referring to the word as a noun, but in the form of the artist who Read more […]

Avarice – Avarice (Uprising! Records)

With an original run under their belts as teenagers from 2006-08, Danish band Avarice returned in 2021 – delivering the Reborn in Blood EP that impressed the media as well as Uprising! Records who would Read more […]

The Arcane Order – Distortions from Cosmogony (Black Lion Records)

Much akin to founder Flemming C. Lund’s underrated act Autumn Leaves, The Arcane Order has been a melodic death metal band that swerves hard into the death metal part of the genre – with The Arcane Order Read more […]

Metal Church – Congregation of Annihilation (Rat Pak Records)

Long-time followers of Metal Church would understand if leader Kurdt Vanderhoof didn’t feel he had anything left in the creative tank for this veteran outfit. Especially given the loss of two pinnacle Read more […]

Trespass – Wolf At Your Door (From the Vaults)

Best known in circles for their NWOBHM single “One of These Days”, Trespass still glides along with vocalist/guitarist Mark Sutcliffe at the helm for Wolf at the Door. The quartet consists of older Read more […]

Stormage – Ashes of Doom (El Puerto Records)

Many ardent listeners in power metal notice distinctions even within that category depending on how the musicians choose to approach their sound, tones, and influences. In the case of German quartet Stormage, Read more […]

The Ironfist – Tyrant’s Return (Sliptrick Records)

Incorporating a NWOBHM style into blackened thrash angles, Singapore act The Ironfist unleash Tyrant’s Return – the fourth studio album and third in the last three years. When given the opportunity Read more […]

Prydain – The Gates of Aramore (Limb Music)

Inspiration comes in many forms. For guitarist Austin Dixon, formerly of power metal act Sonic Prophecy, the desire to achieve an artist driven project album a la Avantasia or Star One set the stage for Read more […]

Vomitory – All Heads Are Gonna Roll (Metal Blade Records)

The original run for Swedish death metal act Vomitory went from the late 80’s until 2013 – with eight fine studio albums assaulting the airwaves. Most ardent followers have their favorites (put Blood Read more […]

Olkoth – At the Eye of Chaos (Everlasting Spew Records)

Newcomers Olkoth have been teasing listeners for a while now with their brand of blackened death metal, starting with a well received demo back in 2019 that piqued more than a few ears. A single “Eidolon Read more […]

Cattle Decapitation – Terrasite (Metal Blade Records)

Editors note: Introducing our latest wordsmith Stephen Calligan Cattle Decapitation is a group that is ever in metamorphosis; much like the concept thrust forth on the cover of their latest album Terrasite. Read more […]

Moonreich – Amer (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions)

The nation of France has given us a plethora of varied metal black acts to enjoy over the years. Blut Aus Nord immediately comes to mind as one of the best both historically and currently, along with a Read more […]

Bloody Nightmare – Pillars of Chaos (Fighter Records)

South America has been an underground hotbed when it comes to heavy metal as of late. Hailing from Bogota, Columbia, Bloody Nightmare started their ascension in 2013, releasing a demo and single before Read more […]

Terrifier – Trample the Weak, Devour the Dead (Empire Records)

Vancouver, Canada’s Terrifier returns to the scene six years after their previous release Weapons of Thrash Destruction (reviewed by this scribe for the site), modified to a power trio lineup from a Read more […]

dEMOTIONAL – Scandinavian Aftermath (AFM Records)

In today’s modern metal marketplace, exposure is king. The court of public opinion has more weight than ever – especially through the social media/ streaming options available to all at their fingertips. Read more […]

Speedwhore – Visions of a Parallel World (Dying Victims Productions)

Originally active from 2006-2013 as Speed Whöre (umlauts add that extra sinister touch), German band Speedwhore produce a primal, raw blackened thrash sound on their second-full length Visions of a Parallel Read more […]

Frozen Soul – Glacial Domination (Century Media)

It must seem like this Texas death metal act shot out of a cannon in terms of underground success in such a short period of time. Arriving on the scene in 2018, their debut demo Encased in Ice got the Read more […]

Craving – Call of the Sirens (Massacre Records)

Sporadic releases usually occur in the metal realm for a variety of plausible reasons: lineup shifts, business turmoil, general work/life issues, coupled with a global pandemic for the first time in our Read more […]

Tardigrade Inferno – Arrival of a Train (Self-Released)

Unique amalgamations of influences these days can pay huge dividends in separating artists from the pack. Russian band Tardigrade Inferno has developed an intriguing blend of avant-garde metal that they Read more […]

Darklon – The Redeemer (No Remorse Records)

If there’s a specific country perfect for epic heavy/power metal to develop from, that would be Greece. The history/mythology base alone ideal for lyrical content – inspiring musicians to craft sturdy Read more […]

Hasard – Malivore (I, Voidhanger Records)

The journey of an artist, and what leads to an epic breakthrough, can be important to understand to see how we’ve arrived at this moment in time. The story of the eclectic composer known as Hazard is Read more […]

Heir To Madness – Nightflyers (Self-Released)

Probably not as rare a story to hear as most in the music world when it comes to the latest album release for Texas-based progressive metal/rock act Heir to Madness. Under the helm of Jason Wiscarson, Read more […]

Magick Touch – Cakes & Coffins (Edged Circle Productions)

Power trio lineups present unique possibilities as far as putting the focus on the abilities of the musicians on hand. Less is more they say – building that musical telepathy to know where to take basic Read more […]

Ascended Dead – Evenfall of the Apocalypse (20 Buck Spin)

Death metal is a genre with many faces, certainly being a major reason of why it’s so attractive. When it comes to the heavier variety, this scribe prefers a hefty bite, big memorable riffs, and a large Read more […]

Mystic Prophecy – Hellriot (Rock of Angels Records)

Reliable purveyors in the power, speed, thrash-oriented metal realm, Mystic Prophecy show no signs of putting the creative accelerator on cruise control. Even through inevitable lineup changes, record Read more […]

Screamin’ Demons – The New Era (Pure Steel Records)

Although a new band in essence, Screamin’ Demons contains three-fifths of its members who have been a part of the iconic Italian metal act Death SS. Founded in 2021 by bassist Andy Barrington, the sound Read more […]

Nightmarer – Deformity Adrift (Total Dissonance Worship)

Dissonance and death metal go together like chocolate and peanut butter; a devilishly delicious combination that is impossible to get enough of, unless your taste buds/ear drums are grossly miscalculated. Read more […]

Godsnake – Eye For An Eye (Massacre Records)

It’s exciting for writers to chart the development of a band over the course of years – even if its in the early stages of one’s career. Already privy to Godsnake’s debut album Poison Thorn released Read more […]

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods – Rejecting Obliteration (Prosthetic)

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods last album, Nightmare Withdrawals, resonated with its ability to come up with something entirely caustic and dissonant, and not sound like the growing number of Gorguts/Ulcerate Read more […]

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