Reviews

Power Paladin – With the Magic of Windfyre Steel (Atomic Fire Records)

Releasing a debut full-length on an upstart label can be a risky proposition for both band and record company – but considering the quality of Iceland act Power Paladin and the people behind Atomic Fire Read more […]

Battle Beast – Circus of Doom (Nuclear Blast)

Now six albums deep into their discography, Finland’s Battle Beast have made a name for themselves in the combination of pure heavy metal intertwined with that of some pop and rock influences.  Their Read more […]

Kandia – Quarternary (Frontiers)

Portugal’s Kandia have been pushing alternative metal output since 2007, with two previous full-lengths to their name.  Recently signing with Frontiers for their third effort, Quarternary, it seems the Read more […]

SETYØURSAILS – Nightfall (Napalm)

In more recent years, the merging of elements of multiple genres has led to some exciting prospects.  Particularly when bands take a metallic base and include more nonmetallic elements.  SETYØURSAILS Read more […]

Bleeding Zero – Pain and Fiction (Revalve Records)

Bleeding Zero is an Italian trio of musicians who aim for a multi-genre approach to their sound for this debut full-length Pain and Fiction. Encompassing everything from gothic and symphonic metal to classical Read more […]

Needless – The Cosmic Cauldron (Uprising! Records)

Parallels exist between the vast universe available to express a variety of thoughts and emotions in the realms of heavy metal and science fiction. Choosing to blend the two together in a conceptual album, Read more […]

Enterprise Earth – The Chosen (MNRK Heavy)

One interesting bit in the last few years is seeing how some deathcore acts have evolved from simply firing away breakdowns and occasionally obnoxious vocals, into something more mature and more balanced.  Read more […]

Crystal Throne – Crystal Throne (Self-Released)

A progressive heavy metal act from France, Crystal Throne started in 2019 as a union between vocalist Terry DeFire and guitarist Max Waynn. Fleshing out the lineup as a quartet, this self-titled debut Read more […]

Arctic Plateau – Songs of Shame (Shunu Records)

Circa 2012, Italian post-rock and shoegaze outfit Arctic Plateau scored an unheralded gem in the form of their second studio album, The Enemy Inside. Main dude and sole songwriter Gianluca Divirgilio assembled Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – Oh What the Future Holds (Nuclear Blast)

After delivering one of the best albums of the past decade two years ago with The Sea of Tragic Beasts, of course the expectations are high for Fit for an Autopsy’s follow-up.  Oh What the Future Holds Read more […]

Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (BottledHead Records)

Four seems to be a primary driver in the eyes of Boston’s Soul Remnants. Releasing albums on a four-year clip, their fourth full-length Raising the Sacrificial Dagger sees the quintet reverting to their Read more […]

In Mourning – The Bleeding Veil (Dalapop)

With Opeth seemingly forever lost to 1970s prog-rock meandering and indulgence, the Swedish progressive death metal mantle is up for grabs. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher since 2012’s The Weight of Read more […]

Magnum – The Monster Roars (Steamhammer/SPV)

We don’t cover hard rock/metal acts that have a fifty(!) year history very often on this site – especially still driving forward through two original members since their 1972 inception as UK act Magnum Read more […]

Wilderun – Epigone (Century Media)

Just after the release of their third album, Veil of Imagination, one of metal’s most puzzling unsigned acts finally landed a label home at Century Media Records.  So despite three albums of excellent Read more […]

Dark Millennium – Acid River (Massacre Records)

Originally developing their doom/death metal platform in the early 90’s, German act Dark Millennium split after two albums in 1993 – resurrecting in 2016 with their third album Midnight in the Void. Read more […]

Infected Rain – Ecdysis (Napalm)

All eyes in the modern metal community seem to be gazing upon Infected Rain lately.  After signing with Napalm Records for their fourth album, Endorphin, they managed to turn more heads.  Couple it with Read more […]

Kontact – First Contact (Temple of Mystery Records)

Featuring members of Traveler and Blackrat, Kontact is a new Canadian act from Calgary, Alberta that traverses a progressive meets traditional stance with left field quirks and sci-fi/ancient atmosphere Read more […]

Solarus – A Dance with Tragedy (Self-Released)

Arriving at the critical third album juncture for a career, Solarus have already established a faithful following through their previous two records Reunion from 2017 and Darkest Days in 2019. Establishing Read more […]

Wreck-Defy – The World Enslaved (Doc Gator Records)

Wasting no time getting down to more recording, guitarist Matt Hanchuck as the driving force behind Canadian thrash outfit Wreck-Defy assembled more killer musicians for this fourth album The World Enslaved. Read more […]

Iron Fate – Crimson Messiah (Massacre Records)

This German outfit has been around since 2005, yet only released one album in 2010 with Cast in Iron prior to this second full-length Crimson Messiah. The quintet possesses a sound that crosses paths with Read more […]

Wombbath – Agma (Transcending Obscurity)

Always a band that has had some solid credibility and backing when it comes to old school Swedish death metal, Wombbath does something a bit unexpected with their latest release, Agma.  Namely, they keep Read more […]

Memory Garden – 1349 (No Remorse Records)

Forming in 1992, Swedish act Memory Garden entered the scene with their classic power/doom edge at a time when more extreme genres of metal were all the rage. Developing a cult appeal through their discography, Read more […]

Thalarion – Dying on the Scorched Plains (Uprising! Records)

Slovakia is one of the smallest countries in central Europe: a mere shadow to neighbors like Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Ukraine. Which makes Thalarion special – an act from this territory making Read more […]

Dystopica – Perception (Self-Released)

Hailing from Trumbull, CT (a part of Fairfield County), Dystopica is a newcomer to the scene releasing their debut six-song EP Perception. Coming to my attention due to guitarist Robert Muller’s involvement Read more […]

Three Dead Fingers – All Worlds Apart (Art Gates Records)

Always excited to chart progress in acts previously under the microscope at this site, Three Dead Fingers returns following up their debut album Breed of the Devil with All Worlds Apart – signing a new Read more […]

Rage of Light – Redemption (Self-Released)

Rage of Light has had their fingers on the trance/cyber metal pulse since their inception with Chasing a Reflection, an EP that brought together some melodic death metal heaviness with futuristic, electronic Read more […]

Age of Wolves – Age of Wolves (Pitch Black Records)

Although a relatively new outfit since forming in 2019, Canadian rockers Age of Wolves have almost a century of music-making experience in their ranks. This debut self-titled record contains eight tracks Read more […]

We Are the Catalyst – Perseverance (Self-Released)

An appropriate album title if there ever was one, We Are the Catalyst continue to weather all the storms that are tossed their way (such as the Pledge Music debacle).  2019’s Ephemeral was a modern metal Read more […]

Manimal – Armageddon (AFM Records)

Establishing a foothold in the heavy/power metal scene since forming twenty years ago, Manimal continues to uphold a well-established sound on their fourth album release Armageddon. The quartet executes Read more […]

The Rods – Let Them Eat Metal (High Roller Records)

In the early development of hard rock and heavy metal, bands had to get product out on an annual basis to fuel the marketplace for bigger tours, possible radio airplay, and develop a global following. Read more […]

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