Crucifist – Demon Haunted World (Profound Lore Records)

The fraction of the underground that enjoys sloppy death metal (read: Autopsy, Abcess, early Venom, et al) will no doubt fall prey to Crucifist. It’s loose and jagged, featuring Danny Lilker of Brutal Read more […]

Defiance – The Prophecy (Candlelight Records)

More retro thrash, but this stuff is actually authentic. As part of the third or fourth tier of Bay Area thrash bands, Defiance made only a slight dent with 1988’s Product of Society, an album that Read more […]

Gorgoroth – Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt (Regain Records)

Truth be told, the last two Gorgoroth albums (2003’s Twilight of the Idols and ‘06’s Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam) weren’t all that great. Sure, the drumming of Satyricon’s Frost on Ad Majorem… was Read more […]

Arch Enemy – The Root of All Evil (Century Media Records)

Many still hold Johan Liiva-era Arch Enemy near and dear, not budging from the stance that the lanky Swede is the definitive voice for Arch Enemy. This scribe has always been in both camps – Liiva’s Read more […]

The 11th Hour – Burden of Grief (Napalm Records)

Lots of luminaries from the Dutch metal scene here, but 11th Hour isn’t worth going bananas about – it’s a bit here and there, but nowhere really important. It’s slow doom, not funeral doom, but Read more […]

Barren Earth – Our Twilight EP (Peaceville Records)

Seriously…keep this vintage Sentenced/Amorphis stuff coming. We can’t get enough here. With members of Kreator, Swallow the Sun, Moonsorrow and an ex-Amorphis dude in its ranks, Barren Earth recreates Read more […]

Secrets of the Moon – Privilegivm (Lupus Lounge)

Long considered the only relevant German black metal band (what ever happened to Agathodaimon, by the way?), Secrets of the Moon made some serious inroads two years ago with Antithesis, a charming display Read more […]

The Cleansing – Poisoned Legacy (Deepsend Records)

In one of the more unique situations with a death metal act like Denmark’s The Cleansing, the current vocalist Toke Eld doesn’t sing on this debut album Poisoned Legacy due to a police matter. Following Read more […]

Dethklok Metalocalypse – Deth Album II (Adult Swim)

Funny how a cartoon death metal band is better than a lot of… you know, actual death metal bands. Even with that, it’s hard to justify what qualifies as death metal nowadays, so maybe Dethklok isn’t Read more […]

Portal – Swarth (Profound Lore Records)

It’s a warped, disturbing sound emanating from Portal. They’ve always gone this route, these lunatic Australians, and it has netted some utterly messed-up results, especially 2007’s Outre, which Read more […]

Hypocrisy – A Taste of Extreme Divinity (Nuclear Blast Records)

Far and away the best Hypocrisy since their glorious self-titled album from 1999, A Taste of Extreme Divinity is the summation of everything Hypocrisy does well and really, there’s a lot Tagtgren and Read more […]

Axxis – Utopia (AFM Records)

A two decade-long career plus a recent opening jaunt with two premiere power acts across Europe (the late 2007/ early 2008 extravaganza with Gamma Ray and Helloween) means very little to a fickle North Read more […]

Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse Records)

Lots of fuss over these guys and it’s totally warranted. Rarely does a band justify the hype generated by the press, but then again, we’ve propped up a lot of bands that sank faster than they could Read more […]

Saviours – Accelerated Living (Kemado Records)

A band where the stoner tag doesn’t apply – no friggin’ way – Saviours kick out the jams in a High on Fire frenzy, with a tad more aplomb and NWOBHM sensibilities. Yet, don’t overlook the thrash Read more […]

Children of Bodom – Skeletons In the Closet (Spinefarm/Universal Records)

Cover albums…how friggin’ overdone are they? Like, way overdone, so much so, that’s it’s become a prerequisite of sorts. Not like Bodom cares – they’ve been tacking on covers to Japanese Read more […]

Immortal – All Shall Fall (Nuclear Blast Records)

Back after a seven-year absence, Immortal return to defend the realm of Blashyrkh – and do they ever. Do take stock in the high rating and the fact we’re not tempering our enthusiasm for this reunion Read more […]

Belphegor – Walpurgis Rites – Hexenwahn (Nuclear Blast Records)

Gotta hand it to these Austrians – they’re awfully productive, as it feels like last year’s Bondage Goat Zombie (great title, by the way) is still fresh in a lot of our minds. The short lag time Read more […]

Fool’s Game – Reality Divine (Cruz del Sur Music)

By no means a sure-thing, Reality Divine looked good from the start. Boasting members of Pharaoh, Manticora, and Ark, the brainchild of guitarist Matt Crooks holds the grand flag of melodic metal high, Read more […]

Death Angel – Sonic German Beatdown DVD (Nuclear Blast Records)

Wildly energetic for a veteran thrash band, the live platform has proven to be Death Angel’s bread and butter, with Sonic German Beatdown merely reinforcing that notion. As nostalgic as the band’s Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – Njord (Napalm Records)

Quite the flurry from the Leaves’ Eyes camp in the last several months, eh? Njord (the band’s third full-length) is following up the We Came With the Northern Winds/En Saga I Belgia DVD and the My Read more […]

Despised Icon – Day of Mourning (Century Media Records)

Four years ago, deathcore or anything being played by Despised Icon or Ion Dissonance was happenin’. As the far-distant cousin to metalcore, the early forays of both Canadian bands were exciting and Read more […]

Tenet – Sovereign (Century Media Records)

Every time Steve “Zetro” Souza opens his mouth, all this scribe can hear is, “Used to do the monkey, but now it’s not cool. The twist and mash potato, are no exception to the rule.” Unless Read more […]

A Storm of Light – Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Neurot Recordings)

A tell-tale sign of just how widespread Neurosis’ influence and reach has become, A Storm of Light emerges as more restrained Neurosis, on Neurosis’ label, with Neurosis’ visual dude (Josh Graham) Read more […]

3 Inches of Blood – Here Waits Thy Doom (Century Media Records)

Being a product of the 1980’s underground movement in my teen developing years, Canada’s 3 Inches of Blood speak to core concepts of battles, witches, hammers and other destructive lyrical themes on Here Read more […]

Megadeth – Endgame (Roadrunner Records)

Megadeth Mach 28…and counting. Dave’s revolving door will never end and apparently, neither will his jabs at Metallica that just so happen to coincide with the release of one of his albums. The thing Read more […]

The Gates of Slumber – Hymns of Blood and Thunder (Rise Above/Metal Blade Records)

Throughout metal’s long-standing history, two aspects that remain exhilarating are the power of creativity and the chemical component of how musicians interact and engage in their craft. Indianapolis, Read more […]

Black Dahlia Murder – Deflorate (Metal Blade Records)

As is the case with most North American death metal bands, album #4 is where stagnation sets in…kinda like making that big indentation on the couch with the means of never moving (ref: Cannibal Corpse, Read more […]

Shrinebuilder – Shrinebuilder (Neurot Recordings)

A combination that just makes sense: Wino + Neurosis + Om + Melvins. All serve their own purpose/function in their own right, but fall from the same wall ‘o sound tree. And what could have been a sonic Read more […]

Shadows Fall – Retribution (Everblack Industries/Ferret)

Back to ripping it out…a wise move for Shadows Fall, who floundered in major label land with Threads of Life. For a band that in just about every aspect is better than Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, Read more […]

Therion – The Miskolc Experience (Nuclear Blast Records)

Only fitting that Christofer Johnsson and co. team up with a full-sized orchestra. Take that, S&M-era Metallica! But seriously, as the last proper release with the now-departed Niemann brothers (Kristian Read more […]