U.D.O. – We Are One (AFM Records)

Collaborating with the German Armed Forces Concert Band (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr), We Are One represents a union of orchestra and metal through 15 original tracks, an outing of grand proportions on all Read more […]

Rumahoy – Time II: Party (Napalm)

Sometimes, it’s nice to sit back and put something on that is a blast to listen to. There’s no really deep meaning behind it, but it’s fun and it takes you out of whatever stresses happen to be Read more […]

Osyron – Foundations (SAOL / The Orchard)

Forming in 2012, Canadian act Osyron is a progressive metal quintet with a mixture of North American and European influences who have released two previous full-lengths with Harbringer in 2013 and Kingsbane Read more […]

Poltergeist – Feather of Truth (Massacre Records)

Back in the 1980’s, another Swiss thrash troop making a minor mark on the scene would be Poltergeist. Their first two albums Depression and Behind My Mask came out during the early days of Century Media Read more […]

Lantern – Dimensions (Dark Descent)

After a little bit of a quiet period in the last three years (though they did put out a 2 song EP in 2019), Lantern is back for their third full-length with Dimensions. Having established themselves for Read more […]

Nomvdic – Euphoria (Forerunner Recordings)

While some associate metalcore with being a genre that’s stagnant and complacent (one that would easily be stretched to much of the musical landscape), there’s some impressive bands that have popped Read more […]

Virtual Symmetry – Exoverse (Self-Released)

Ambitious is the Swiss-Italian progressive metal outfit Virtual Symmetry, releasing a full-on eight song concept record of their own accord with Exoverse, encompassing time travel and a hero’s journey Read more […]

Bellower – Legendary Bones (Self-Released)

Witnessing Bellower’s debut performance in western MA years back, anticipation has been on high for the quintet’s debut offering. Consisting of musicians with ties to numerous outfits like Thunderforge, Read more […]

Carach Angren – Franckensteina Strataemontanus (Season of Mist)

Your thoughts on Carach Angren and what they have done with their last few releases probably puts you on one side of the fence or the other. They have really upped their symphonic elements and dove headfirst Read more […]

Invictra – Chaos Theory (Self-Released)

Appeasing the groove-laden modern thrash/heavy metal legions of the underground through 2018’s full-length The World Game (previously covered by this scribe on this very site), expectations are high Read more […]

Shed the Skin – The Forbidden Arts (Hells Headbangers)

Straight-up, no frills death metal. A treat that we seem to get less and less of nowadays. Maybe due to that, when it comes it feels even more enjoyable. Shed the Skin have unveiled their third album, Read more […]

Northern Crown – In a Pallid Shadow (Self-Released)

Establishing a multi-faceted sound that may be epic doom metal on the surface but also contains plenty of progressive and straight rock aspects, Northern Crown from Florida possess solid musicianship and Read more […]

Between the Buried and Me – The Silent Circus Remix/Remaster (Craft Recordings)

Between the Buried and Me continues to celebrate its twentieth anniversary as a band, and is now following up the stellar remix/remaster of its eponymous debut by giving the same treatment to their storied Read more […]

Amiensus/Adora Vivos – Split (Self-Released)

Amiensus has never shied away from shorter releases, and most importantly, they always seem to deliver a consistently high quality, even if it’s just for a song or two (check out their Gathering releases Read more […]

Chasing Ghosts – Bring Me Suffering (Self-Released)

Chasing Ghosts first brought us These Hollow Gods two years ago, carrying with them the rich tradition of UK doom with them. The influences of their homeland were apparent, but they also were able to Read more […]

Inexorum – Moonlit Navigation (Gilead Media)

The two-man melodic black metal act Inexorum made a solid mark with their debut, Lore of the Lakes, back in 2018. Using the Scandinavian meloblack and death metal sound as their launching point, it gave Read more […]

Imperivm – Holy War (Revalve Records)

Power metal as a genre gives everyone a feeling of unity, strength, and often time travel either forward or back in history. Italian act Imperivm for instance embrace Latin/Ancient Roman ‘nicknames’ Read more […]

Medicated – Descension (Self-Released)

Nothing better than randomly clicking on a cool piece of artwork on Bandcamp and finding a crown jewel of a band. Medicated is a Finnish melodic death/thrash act that popped out a few EPs around ten years Read more […]

Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed (Napalm Records)

Celebrating 15 years together as a group, German power metal veterans Powerwolf are one of the most successful bands in their genre across Europe and other parts of the globe. Reaching the top of music Read more […]

Somniate – The Meyrinkian Slumber (Lavadome Productions)

It’s nice when you get to the point with some smaller labels that you can have a sense of trust that something will be a strong release, even when it’s not necessarily your ‘go-to’ style. In this Read more […]

Entera – Hate Factory (Self-Released)

German melodic thrash trio Entera pump out some old school tracks on their fifth studio album Hate Factory. Starting out in 1990, they’ve had quite a few members through their thirty year history (including Read more […]

Pale Divine – Consequence of Time (Cruz del Sur Music)

Together twenty-five years, doom metal veterans Pale Divine have expanded to a quartet lineup for their sixth studio album Consequence of Time. Fortunately for drummer Darin McCloskey and vocalist/guitarist Read more […]

Unborn Suffer – Commit(ment to) Suicide (Selfmadegod Records)

Things generally aren’t going to be moving in the right direction when the first name that pops up in one’s memory when hearing a band is that of Moritician (for this scribe at least). Sadly, that’s Read more […]

Carnifloor – Engulfed in Gold (Rotten Music)

Stumbling upon this one on Bandcamp recently, Carnifloor is a one-man brutal slamming death metal act that may feature the prerequisite illegible band logo and gory cover, but don’t get the wrong initial Read more […]

Velkhanos – The Wrath (Art Gates Records)

Fresh blood always invigorates the metal scene. Velkhanos are a five-piece combo coming out of Spain, together since 2018 and releasing their debut full-length for The Wrath. Considering many artists enjoy Read more […]

Kenziner – Phoenix (Pure Steel Records)

Ardent metalheads probably know Kenziner best for their late 90’s albums with Stephen Fredrick on vocals – who would move on to Firewind shortly thereafter. Guitarist Jarno Keskinen resurrected the Read more […]

Re-Armed – Ignis Aeternum (Black Lion Records)

Re-Armed have been playing the symphonic melodeath game for a while now, forming back in 2001 and releasing their first full-length back in 2012. Fast-forward to the present and the band has hit their Read more […]

Falconer – From a Dying Ember (Metal Blade)

Probably wasn’t a surprise that once Falconer retired from the stage with their ProgPower USA appearance in September 2015 that the inevitable studio demise would be forthcoming. Wanting to go out on Read more […]

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel (20 Buck Spin)

After three previous EPs over the past decade, California’s VoidCeremony have entered their own cosmic realm of death with their first full-length effort, Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Read more […]

Black Knight – Road to Victory (Pure Steel Records)

Cranking twin guitar harmonies against steady rhythms, solid in the pocket tempos, and soaring vocals – the essence of traditional heavy metal will never die as long as bands like Black Knight continue Read more […]