Blame Zeus – Laudanum (Self-Released)

Previously coming to our attention through their Bandcamp analysis of their second album Theory of Perception in 2017, Portugal’s Blame Zeus released Seethe in the last quarter of 2019 on Rockshots Records. Read more […]

PassCode – Groundswell (Universal)

Still riding a bit high from the band’s US debut shows in early September, it felt right to give PassCode’s most recent EP Groundswell a chance to shine on it’s own. A four song release, their second EP Read more […]

Tomb Mold – The Enduring Spirit (20 Buck Spin)

This review was a particularly difficult one to write, and that’s likely to be a similar response to sitting down and fully appreciating what Tomb Mold have crafted with The Enduring Spirit. Thus far, Read more […]

Beyond Shadows – Beyond Shadows (Self-Released)

Being an ardent follower of the underground scene throughout the 80’s and 90’s, this scribe got the fortunate opportunity to take in many new artists trudging through the demo stages in hopes of honing Read more […]

Asinhell – Impii Hora (Metal Blade Records)

While writing material for 2021’s Servant of the Mind album, guitarist/frontman of Volbeat Michael Poulsen had a few death metal riffs that obviously did not fit the Danish mainstay act – so he saved Read more […]

Altarage – Worst Case Scenario (Doomentia Records)

When traversing to the realm of highly experimental death metal, it’s best to resist preconceived notions of typical meaty death metal. It is experimental, after all, so there’s an incalculable level Read more […]

Nervosa – Jailbreak (Napalm Records)

The implosion of any band lineup can take a toll mentally as well as physically. To survive this happening twice over the past five years could be catastrophic for most – but not in the case of Prika Read more […]

Sinnery – Below the Summit (Exitus Stratagem Records)

Smartly following up last year’s great Black Bile album, Israeli band Sinnery serve listeners a five-track EP in Below the Summit. There’s a sense of urgency tempered with finesse, sophistication, Read more […]

Sodomisery – Mazzaroth (Testimony Records)

The name Sodomisery ringed a slight bell when the wife mentioned that their new album would be right up my alley. Maybe the name being an odd and interesting play on words was what stuck in the brain. Read more […]

Deathblow – Rotten Trajectory (Sewer Mouth Records)

Although there are plenty of Deathblows across the globe of the death, gothic, or doom variety, this specific Deathblow hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally formed as a cover band, they changed Read more […]

Uada – Crepuscule Natura (Eisenwald)

When it comes to workhorse bands in the black metal scene, it’s hard to out hustle Portland’s Uada. Constantly touring with diverse packages, these fellows have managed to grow their following exponentially. Read more […]

Night in Gales – The Black Stream (Apostasy Records)

Within melodic death metal circles, those truly in the know have Night in Gales near the top of the most influential and finest of the many acts the genre has to offer. Nary setting a foot in the wrong Read more […]

Cannibal Corpse – Chaos Horrific (Metal Blade Records)

One of the premiere acts in the death metal genre, Cannibal Corpse didn’t neglect the time away from the stage when locked away working on their previous record Violence Unimagined from 2021. Instead, Read more […]

Terra Builder – Solar Temple (Transcending Obscurity)

Who doesn’t love unfiltered aural onslaughts that overwhelm and leave complete annihilation in their wake? Swifties, perhaps? Pay no mind to that nonsense; what we have here may make their eardrums collapse Read more […]

Blackbriar – A Dark Euphony (Nuclear Blast)

Of all the acts that weren’t getting signed over the last decade, Blackbriar certainly stood up as one of the most consistently headscratching. A beautiful, gothic-drenched symphony that dreamt up whimsical Read more […]

Broken By the Scream – Whitewater Park (Tokuma Japan Communications)

One of the most intriguing oddities from the Japanese metal scene in the last decade, Broken by the Scream launched in 2016 and have three full-length albums to their credit, not to mention a few EPs, Read more […]

Kerrigan – Bloodmoon (High Roller Records)

It’s always interesting to look at the origins of new bands, as they sprout up in so many different ways. In the case of German act Kerrigan, the duo behind the instruments/vocals already had another Read more […]

Mercenary – Soundtrack for the End Times (NoiseArt Records)

Sometimes it takes a lot of patience to be a metal fan. Some bands may dole out new songs on the regular, but sometimes you might just have wait…and wait…and wait some more. Such is the case for fans Read more […]

Farscape – Purged and Forgotten (Dying Victims Productions)

Ten years beyond this Brazilian quartet’s last studio outing, Farscape returns with the appropriately titled Purged and Forgotten as they probably seem like an outside, looking in underground act when Read more […]

Never Obey Again – The End of An Era (Scarlet Records)

Modern metal has taken on influences from a broad range of styles – bringing acts like Spiritbox and In This Moment to healthy headlining status as the next generation to keep the movement alive. Newcomers Read more […]

Death Dealer Union – Initiation (Napalm)

When you hear a band that settles into the ‘modern metal’ category, there are certain things you expect. Leave it to freshly minted Death Dealer Union to manage to subvert those expectations by bringing Read more […]

Thorn – Evergloom (Transcending Obscurity)

The year of death/doom continues on, friends. This time around, the featured act is Arizona’s Thorn; the solo project of Brennen Westermeyer, who also plies his trade in the grindcore arena with the Read more […]

Gory Blister – Reborn from Hatred (Eclipse Records)

Active since 1991, Italian technical death metal trio Gory Blister show no signs of deceleration when it comes to musically enticing material for this latest album Reborn from Hatred. Receiving stellar Read more […]

Wormhole – Almost Human (Season of Mist)

Continuing to gurgle along through sci-fi soundscapes that insidiously blur the lines between technical and slamming death metal, Wormhole have reached their third full-length offering with Almost Human Read more […]

Crazy Mad Ride – Life, Liberty, Death (Sliptrick Records)

Georgia is home to strong sports teams like the Georgia bulldogs in college football as well as the Atlanta Braves for professional baseball – yet not necessarily as well known for its metal bands. Maybe Read more […]

Mortal Factor – Where To From Here? (Darkstorm Records)

Swiss band Mortal Factor began in 2003, playing over 130 shows together since their inception. Over the years they’ve issued a demo, a split release with Brazilian thrash band Hicsos, plus a full-length Read more […]

Cryptopsy – As Gomorrah Burns (Nuclear Blast)

Believe it or not, As Gomorrah Burns is the first full-length Cryptopsy album in over a decade, coming off of 2012’s self-titled effort. They kept themselves busy with the two The Book of Suffering EPs Read more […]

Huronian – Beyond Frozen Heights (Gruesome Records)

Born in 2020, Italian quartet Huronian set a course to recreate the glory days of melodic death metal with blackened elements. Issuing a self-titled EP that included a Dissection cover, their debut album Read more […]

Contorsion – The Children of the Snake (Self-Released)

Contorsion is a Swiss act with plenty of history – forming in 2004, they’ve released a demo, three full-lengths, and an EP prior to this latest six-song EP outing The Children of the Snake. Latest Read more […]

GridLink – Coronet Juniper (Willowtip)

Back in 2014, we thought we had heard the last of grindcore outfit GridLink. Longhena was stated to be the band’s swansong, and it was an incredible way for a band to go out. Weaving together raging, frantic Read more […]

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