Reviews

Temple of Dread – Hades Unleashed (Testimony Records)

Three albums in three years – not the norm in today’s metal scene, but a welcome sight for German death metallers Temple of Dread. Gaining acclaim for their previous two outings Blood Craving Mantras Read more […]

Tombstoner – Victims of Vile Torture (Redefining Darkness Records)

Initially just scanning the name quickly, this one was skipped over due to thinking it was a doomy, stoner act. Turns out, Tombstoner is very much not of that ilk and instead plays some straight up death Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – 20 Years of Gloom, Beauty, and Despair: Live in Helsinki (Century Media)

COVID shut down a lot of tours really quick last year. One such tour was Swallow the Sun’s international tour to celebrate their twentieth anniversary as a band. The band did manage to get about half Read more […]

Ankhara – Premonición (Art Gates Records)

Back for a second go around after disbanding in 2004, Ankhara hails from Spain and live within a traditional power metal spectrum for this fifth studio record Premonición. Four-fifths of the lineup continues Read more […]

SkyEye – Soldiers of Light (Reaper Entertainment)

Turning tragedy into triumph with their debut album Digital God being pirated by an outside account on Bandcamp to gaining a new label deal for Reaper Entertainment on their second album Soldiers of Light, Read more […]

Fell Harvest – Pale Light in a Dying World (Self-Released)

COVID-19 certainly has thrown its share of curveballs into millions of lives. For doom metal outfit Fell Harvest, vocalist/bassist Joseph Fell suffered lung damage from contracting the virus – forcing Read more […]

Powerwolf – Call of the Wild (Napalm Records)

Through tenacious drive, dependable discography, and memorable live performances, Powerwolf has ascended to the top of the charts as well as the hearts of the faithful followers in their power metal niche. Read more […]

Ingested – The Surreption II (Unique Leader)

Continuing the pathway that the band opened up early in 2021 with a remastered/rerecorded version of their first demo in Stinking Cesspool of Liquefied Human Remains, The Surreption II celebrates the 10th Read more […]

Death Tribe – Beyond the Red Light District: A Canal Experiment (Blood Blast)

Anthony Kaoteon’s Death Tribe released an interesting debut two years ago (Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment) which straddled the line among different extreme metal factions in a unique way. Read more […]

Mourn The Light – Suffer, Then We’re Gone (Argonauta Records)

Steady output equals prime real estate in the hearts and minds of your fanbase. In an era where many major bands take three to five years between releases due to the wider touring windows (which generate Read more […]

Thelemite – Thelemism (Sleaszy Rider)

Superlatives often get thrown around when trying to garner buzz or hype surrounding an upcoming release. The problem is – when choosing to swing for the fences, a label or PR firm better hope the product Read more […]

Necrogod – In Extremis (Transcending Obscurity)

Another month, another Rogga Johansson release! Never one to rest, it does seem as if the pandemic has allowed the already prolific death metal fiend to become even more prolific. In Extremis is the Read more […]

Dialith – Atrophy (Self-Released)

Choosing to issue a series of EP’s to satiate the appetite of Dialith followers after the outstanding support for their 2019 album Extinction Six, Atrophy is the first of a projected three EP’s that Read more […]

Domination Campaign – Onward to Glory (Prosthetic)

Originally intended as a solo effort for Psycroptic frontman Jason Peppiatt, Domination Campaign expanded its membership to include fellow Psycroptic drummer Joe Haley and thus Onward to Glory was written. Read more […]

Times of Grace – Songs of Loss and Separation (Wicked Good/ADA)

Ten years ago, Times of Grace released their debut album, which offered the first collaboration between Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach since Leach had initially left Killswitch Engage. It offered a different Read more […]

Eradicator – Influence Denied (Metalville)

Ideally the development of a band takes specific stairstep maneuvers. The best lineup in place, proper studio recordings, live work, signing with a label, refine, improve and continue to elevate your status Read more […]

Wizardthrone – Hypercube Necrodimensions (Napalm)

A joint effort between members of Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Aether Realm and more – on top of guest appearances with members from Swallow the Sun, Dark Fortress, and Wilderun – means that this is going Read more […]

I Abyssick – Ashes Enthroned (Sleaszy Rider)

Calling Greece home, I Abyssick are a newer quartet of musicians that formed in 2017, recording their debut album Ashes Enthroned over the past several years and finally making a deal with Sleaszy Rider Read more […]

Loch Vostok – Opus Ferox – The Great Escape (ViciSolum Productions)

A steady force in the Swedish progressive metal scene, Loch Vostok has an impressive, versatile discography since their beginnings in the early 2000’s. Solid records like Reveal No Secrets from 2009 Read more […]

Inhuman Architects – Paradoxus (Vicious Instinct Records)

Aliens and extreme metal tend to go together like peanut butter and jelly (or chocolate, if you prefer). The big purple alien and theme, not to mention the name of the Portuguese band, definitely gives Read more […]

Cognitive – Malevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction (Unique Leader)

An act that has perpetually managed to one-up themselves while staying true to their roots, Cognitive have been a joy to watch as they release each new album. 2018’s Matricide was their last release, Read more […]

Axel Rudi Pell – Diamonds Unlocked II (Steamhammer/SPV)

Consciously deciding to record this second volume of special covers Diamonds Unlocked II, Axel Rudi Pell has been a steady part of the melodic hard rock and heavy/power metal scene for over thirty-two Read more […]

Space Chaser – Give Us Life (Metal Blade)

Next to America, German thrash has always been a mainstay in this scribe’s listening playbook. Excitement always enters when finding another group from this land – as you have here for Space Chaser. Read more […]

Anthropophagus Depravity – Apocalypto (Comatose)

Doesn’t take an expert to figure out what’s going to come out of the speakers when you see the combination of Comatose Music and an Indonesian brutal death metal act – let’s be honest, how many Read more […]

Helloween – Helloween (Nuclear Blast)

Metalheads dream, scheme, and debate lists of the past, present and future in every category imaginable. Considering the ever-evolving nature of humans, relationships, and priorities, musicians often capture Read more […]

Witch Vomit – Abhorrent Rapture (20 Buck Spin)

Building up a bit of a cult following within the underground community, Witch Vomit has released two previous full-lengths and a few shorter releases over their almost 10 year existence to date. Abhorrent Read more […]

Solar Haze – The Solar Age (Metal Assault Records)

Southern California act Solar Haze lives for a heavy sound that straddles the fence of stoner rock and heavy metal for The Solar Age. The three-piece execute material bringing a host of older influences Read more […]

Shadow Kingdom – Eyes of Pain (No Dust Records)

When life throws curveballs in the game of life, you learn to adjust and move forward, however you can. In the case of Milford, CT’s Shadow Kingdom, member changes and a pandemic may have slowed down Read more […]

Laurenne/Louhimo – The Reckoning (Frontiers)

An exciting combination of Finnish female vocalists, Netta Laurenne (Smackbound) and Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast) make for a dynamic pair. Considering how both enjoy singing in a style that brings forward Read more […]

Lycanthro – Mark of the Wolf (Alone Records)

Charting progress can be subjective, especially when it comes to music. Fortunate to hear this Canadian power metal group Lycanthro right away from their self-titled demo in 2017 into the follow-up Four Read more […]

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