Grave Digger – Ballads Of A Hangman (Napalm Records)

Long, long, long-running German power metallers Grave Digger have always been a bit of choice commodity in trad metal circles. The X-factor with the band has always been singer Chris Boltendahl, whose Read more […]

Dimension Zero – He Who Shall Not Bleed (Candlelight Records)

Sure, Dimension Zero’s melodic death metal approach isn’t going to split the world in two. And yeah, they trace over familiar path once tread by At the Gates, In Flames, and the like, but wow, He Read more […]

Darkane – Demonic Art (Nuclear Blast Records)

Once regarded as the future of melodic death metal, Sweden’s Darkane have never gotten their just due. Without the pop measures that In Flames and Soilwork so readily adopted, the quintet (who comprise Read more […]

Sylosis – Conclusion Of An Age (Nuclear Blast Records)

nitially, Conclusion of An Age rubbed this scribe the wrong way. You know, kinda how deathcore or cop-out thrash does to just about anyone, but repeated inspections reveal a band teetering on thrash Read more […]

Saxon – Into the Labyrinth (SPV Records)

Not even two years removed from the excellent Inner Sanctum, long-running NWOBHM act Saxon return with Into the Labyrinth and it’s business as usual for Biff and the gang. More arena-ready than ever, Read more […]

Sepultura – A-Lex (SPV Records)

With little or no staying power to the Derrick Green era, Sepultura finds itself with a perpetual uphill battle, made all the more daunting now the band is totally Cavalera-less. Sure, new drummer Jean Read more […]

Satyricon – The Age of Nero (Koch Records)

Never one to stand still, Satryicon mainman Satyr (aka Sigurd Wongraven) has made another personal affront to moving his dastardly duo forward with The Age of Nero. Sure, a rehash of 2006’s gleaming Now, Read more […]

Christ Inversion – Christ Inversion (Housecore Records)

Phil Anselmo post-Pantera has been a mess. Outside of Down’s capable, but hardly world-beating III from 2007, the man’s work in the awful Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem has been pretty below Read more […]

Deadlock – Manifesto (Lifeforce Records)

In theory, an album like Manifesto belongs in the garbage can. It’s over-polished, uniformly produced, and blatantly formulaic. Purveying the brand of modern melodic death metal that Scar Symmetry Read more […]

Kivimetsan Druidi – Shadowheart (Century Media Records)

Pagan metal bands…they don’t die, they multiply. The year has seen a rash of bands emerge in this realm that gives weigh to the notion that this trend is sure to die out in no time. That’s just Read more […]

Dodsferd – Death Set the Beginning Of My Journey (Moribund Records)

That horseshit saying that black metal is supposed to have no rules is rarely applied when discussing the bulk of current BM bands. The scene is so fragmented and divided, it doesn’t really matter who Read more […]

Opeth – The Roundhouse Tapes DVD (Peaceville)

In the live setting, Opeth are pretty stationary, but man, that Mikael Akerfeldt sure is a hoot on the mic! But no, seriously, the band can faithfully recreate their deep and often challenging brand of Read more […]

Behemoth – Ezkaton EP (Metal Blade Records)

Odd sight seeing the Poles on Metal Blade, this, after an immensely successful run on Century Media where the band for all intents and purposes, was shot into the extreme metal stratosphere. Now on a much Read more […]

Kreator – Hordes of Chaos (SPV Records)

Not too enthused about having to give this an 8/10, especially considering how monumental and fresh 2001’s Violent Revolution and 2005’sEnemy of God were. Yet, here are Mille and the gang, back Read more […]

Nevermore – Year of the Voyager DVD (Century Media Records)

In a career spanning nearly 15 years, this is the first proper visual documentation of Nevermore and true to form, it’s top-notch, supremely-performed and captivating across the board. From strictly Read more […]

Six Feet Under – Death Rituals (Metal Blade Records)

Isn’t it strange how different the career paths of Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under are? Seriously, wasn’t Barnes and co. supposed to be the break out, massively commercial death metal band? And wasn’t Read more […]

Beneath the Massacre – Dystopia (Prosthetic Records)

Deathcore is still getting a fair amount of air time, which means that its time is almost up and thank Sweet Jesus for that. While we’re at it, it’s probably important to pick up on the bands that Read more […]

Arch Enemy – Tyrants of the Rising Sun – Live In Japan DVD (Century Media Records)

The first territory to embrace post-Carcass Michael Amott and Arch Enemy, it is only fitting our neighbors in the land of the rising sun get the live concert DVD treatment from the Swedes. Professionally Read more […]

Suspyre – When Time Fades… (Sensory)

The type album that can really make one sour on progressive metal,When Time Fades…, the third offering from New Jersey progsters Suspyre is as vanilla as they come, made all the more tepid by the fact Read more […]

Samothrace – Life’s Trade (20 Buck Spin)

Some lightbulb had to have gone off in the collective brain of Samothrace, as this might be the first legitimate combo of sludgy, c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g to a s-t-a-n-d-s-t-i-l-l doom that is so melodically competent, Read more […]

Total Fucking Destruction – Peace, Love, and Total Fucking Destruction (Enucleation Records)

Grind doesn’t have a great deal of actual characters, save for Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway and the man and band in question, Rich Hoak and Total Fucking Destruction. Hoak, already a grind veteran Read more […]

Hirax – Thrash and Destroy DVD (Selfmadegod Records)

One of the few bands that were still plugging thrash before the current revitalization, Los Angeles-based Hirax are rightfully reaping the rewards of this second wave. While they never cracked the upper-tier Read more […]

Dead Shape Figure – The Grand Karoshi (Season of Mist Records)

Recalling a time when Hatesphere was actually writing melodic, knife-in-the-throat thrash (i.e. Bloodred Hatred), Finland’s Dead Shape Figure eschew the trappings of new/old-school thrash for the razor-sharp Read more […]

Enslaved – Vertebrae (Nuclear Blast Records)

The great thing about Enslaved Mach II is that they’re toying with us and laughing all the way to the golden halls of Valhalla. Actually no, they abandoned that Viking nonsense for something more intellectual, Read more […]

Gamma Ray – Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (SPV Records)

Kai Hansen and the gang keep rolling, just like their now partners in crime, Helloween. The two are forever linked, but let’s just focus on Gamma Ray at the time being and their marvelous 2-CD/DVD live Read more […]

Obituary – Left to Die EP (Candlelight Records)

Rejuvenated after their signing with Candlelight for last year’s Xecutioner’s Return album, long-running Florida death metallers Obituary hit us with another slab of no-frills death metal in the Read more […]

Intronaut – Prehistoricisms (Century Media Records)

Considered by many to be the band that holds up the progressive end of the metalgaze spectrum, Intronaut are still hovering around that area of proficiency manned by Isis, Cult of Luna, and Mouth of the Read more […]

Cradle of Filth – Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder (Roadrunner Records)

It’s somewhat remarkable how Dani Filth has kept this training rolling amidst constant lineup changes and focus shifts. Seriously, the band has yet to have the same lineup from album to album, but here Read more […]

Caina – Temporary Antennae (Profound Lore Records)

The brainchild of one Andrew Curtis-Brignell, Caina is an elusive, daringly complex combo of black metal, post-rock, and experimental that is another in a long line of bands that have come to define Read more […]

October Falls – The Womb of Primordial Nature (Moribund Records)

The career path of October Falls (the one-man project of Mikko Lehto) has taken the band from basic, somewhat unremarkable acoustic-driven folk metal to the more aggro, dense exploitation of epic melodic Read more […]