Temperance – Diamanti (Napalm)

Idle time in the hands of musicians usually proactive on the road means you might as well get down to business and write another album, right? Such is the case for Italian modern melodic heavy metal quintet Read more […]

Repentance – Volume I: Reborn (Noble Demon)

A Chicago-based modern thrash act starting up in 2018 and featuring Shaun Glass (ex-Broken Hope/ex-Soil), the band put out a full-length in 2020 entitled God for a Day.  With the title Volume I: Reborn, Read more […]

Khemmis – Deceiver (Nuclear Blast)

Steadily gaining critical acclaim and furthering reach across the doom/heavy metal platform, Khemmis arrives at their fourth album for Deceiver. Thematically channeling issues of brokenness, mental health, Read more […]

Hollow -Tower (Rockshots Records)

Delving into the world of inner and outer freedom, belonging and transcendence, Tower is the fourth album from Hollow – the Swedish power/progressive metal act lead by Andreas Stoltz. Originally a part Read more […]

The Browning – The End of Existence (Spinefarm)

The Browning have always been a band with a unique sound and twist, no matter your thoughts on their output.  The combination of deathcore heaviness with EDM/trance/electronic elements have brought the Read more […]

Victory – Gods of Tomorrow (AFM Records)

Active since the mid 1980’s when guitarist Herman Frank stepped away from Accept, Victory has been a melodic heavy metal staple in the European scene – although relegated to more of a cult status stateside Read more […]

Unanimated – Victory in Blood (Century Media)

One of those cult acts associated with the early days of the Gothenburg scene, Unanimated never really reached that same level as their peers in say In Flames or At the Gates.  But the band made some Read more […]

Of Mice & Men – Echo (Sharptone Records)

An amalgamation of metal, rock, and hardcore, it’s hard to really place Of Mice & Men into a simple, defining category.  Even between shifts in albums, merging between heavier moments and more melodic Read more […]

Eternal Evil – The Warriors Awakening Brings the Unholy Slaughter (Redefining Darkness Records)

There’s something to be said for teenage angst, rebellion, and the need for self-expression. Especially relevant in heavier genres of metal – where you can hear a purity and singular vision for destruction Read more […]

Imminence – Heaven in Hiding (Arising Empire)

Tossing the metalcore label on a band like Imminence seems to ignore some major facets of the band’s sound.  Most have a pretty standard understanding of what the term means, and such a description Read more […]

E-Force – Mindbender (Mighty Music)

Probably best known for his work during 1994-2001 with Canadian legends Voivod, vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest started E-Force after his time in the group. Currently issuing their fifth full-length Mindbender, Read more […]

Eldritch – EOS (Scarlet Records)

This scribe has a long history listening to Italian progressive/power metal outfit Eldritch. Discovering the band in the early 90’s during the demo stage of 1991’s Reflection of Sadness and the promo Read more […]

The Lurking Fear – Death, Madness, Horror, Decay (Century Media)

The Lurking Fear first released Out of the Voiceless Grave four years ago.  A supergroup of Swedish death metal, with members from At the Gates, Disfear, Skitsystem, and The Haunted (among others), it Read more […]

NorthTale – Eternal Flame (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves as an international force in the power metal movement, NorthTale burst onto the scene for their first album Welcome to Paradise in 2019. A mix of Swedish and American musicians Read more […]

Aephanemer – A Dream of Wilderness (Napalm)

More.  More.  More.  That’s the first thing that comes to mind with Aephanemer’s third effort, A Dream of Wilderness.  With two solid melodeath outings under their belts, and 2019’s Prokopton Read more […]

Exodus – Persona Non Grata (Nuclear Blast)

The old business model of touring to fuel album sales, then get back in the studio to crank out a new album quickly, is gone. These days for heavy metal, bands can go on the road for an album for years Read more […]

Vomit the Soul – Cold (Unique Leader)

Despite having been around since 2000, Cold is only the third full-length from Italian band Vomit the Soul, and the first that they have released since 2009.  Despite the usual sound of Italian death Read more […]

Hypocrisy – Worship (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been eight years since Hypocrisy’s last effort, End of Disclosure.  Mainman Peter Tagtgren is quite the busybody when it comes to the metal scene (most notably with his other band Pain), and Read more […]

Tower – Shock to the System (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Hailing from New York City, Tower delivers the power and the glory of straight-ahead heavy metal for their second album Shock to the System. The first album in five years for the group, the global pandemic Read more […]

Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between the Lines (Eclipse Records)

Developing an alternative, edgy hard rockin’ sound from Buffalo, NY, Hearts & Hand Grenades started in 2012 as a cover band to evolve into an original act. Garnering the attention of Goo Goo Dolls Read more […]

Obscura – A Valediction (Nuclear Blast)

When it comes to the tech death genre, Obscura is always going to come to mind as one of the leaders in the field, with an extensive list of releases that pushed the genre forward, particularly early efforts Read more […]

Bonded – Into Blackness (Century Media)

Wasting no time releasing the second album Into Blackness after issuing last year’s Rest in Violence debut, German thrashers Bonded aim to prove that seasoning and experience pay dividends once again Read more […]

Ültra Raptör – Tyrants (Fighter Records)

Embracing the wild chaos and insanity of speed/heavy metal and themes of fantasy, sci-fi, and old-school American comic books, Canadian band Ültra Raptör came into existence (umlauts and all). Especially Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – Moonflowers (Century Media)

The perpetually gloomy Swallow the Sun have been purveyors of beauty in darkness for quite some time.  As they have gotten more expansive with elements of heavy and quiet, it’s made for some very compelling Read more […]

David Reece – Blacklist Utopia (El Puerto Records)

Reliable for his potent vocal delivery in a myriad of melodic hard rock and heavy metal styles, David Reece is enjoying these current times as he returns from last year’s tremendous album Cacophony of Read more […]

Aeons Abyss – Terror Manifest (Self-Released)

Forming out of a pure love for old-school US death metal, Aeons Abyss as a duo (with no relation even though they share the O’Brien last name with Paul on vocals and Steve on guitar/bass) have made incremental Read more […]

Deceased – Thrash Times at Ridgemont High (Hells Headbangers Records)

Curators of a great amalgamation of what makes underground metal special, Deceased beyond their original work always comes up with some of the best covers in all heavy genres. The title of this record Read more […]

Pathology – The Everlasting Plague (Nuclear Blast)

An act that tended to put out some extraordinarily heavy slamming death metal, Pathology’s last album (2019’s fittingly titled Reborn to Kill) was a real breath of fresh air.  Effectively balanced Read more […]

Fearout – Bleedthrough (Inverse Records)

Well-respected for its influx of hard rock/metal musicians, we have another Finnish act to delve deep into for the debut album Bleedthrough of Fearout from Helsinki. Pouring through the recording multiple Read more […]

U.D.O. – Game Over (AFM Records)

The German tank plows forward, even in an eighteen-month pandemic that stalled numerous touring and festival opportunities. Game Over is the seventeenth studio record for U.D.O. – a total band effort Read more […]

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