Reviews

Sabaton – The War to End All Wars (Nuclear Blast)

Naturally continuing their historical war-theme exploration of World War I, The War to End All Wars is the sequel to The Great War – Sabaton comfortably establishing their niche as a firm leader in the Read more […]

Crowbar – Zero and Below (MNRK Heavy)

The embodiment of crushingly heavy, Crowbar have firmly established credibility through their consistent studio outings, as well as providing the legions of metalheads globally with head leveling performances Read more […]

Midnight Bullet – Hostile Resistance (Inverse Records)

The deeper the band gets into their career, channeling newer twists to a proven style or formula can be the challenge to keep listener interest while satisfying personal creative endeavors. Finnish act Read more […]

Serious Black – Vengeance Is Mine (AFM Records)

Losing vocalist Urban Breed via social media messaging, it’s a crucial juncture in the career for Serious Black. Recruiting the next singer launches fifth studio record Vengeance Is Mine into a critical Read more […]

Eyes of the Living – Fear Comes Knocking (Blood Blast Distribution)

Calling Philadelphia, PA home, Eyes of the Living as a quartet have a steady, blue collar work ethic when it comes to thrash since their inception in 2016. Sharing the stage with notables like Gojira, Read more […]

Artisan – The Stain of Life (SubLevel Records)

Originally releasing a demo in 2003 only to fade quietly into oblivion, Artisan return to a scene well equipped to handle their brand of progressive-oriented melodic thrash on this debut album The Stain Read more […]

Crusade of Bards – Tales of the Seven Seas (Rockshots Records)

Pirate metal from a symphonic platform, Spain’s Crusade of Bards take the style to the hilt – right down to including a ship-oriented band logo. Forming in 2016, Tales of the Seven Seas is the follow-up Read more […]

Dissentience – Empire Anatomy (Self-Released)

The level of professionalism and execution on the DIY/independent circuit for heavy metal often stands on a similar scale to what’s being released by the top sellers on conventional labels like Nuclear Read more […]

Hammerfall – Hammer of Dawn (Napalm Records)

Veterans of a traditional power metal style that is cut from the 80’s culture, Hammerfall strides valiantly into their twelfth studio record for Hammer of Dawn. Consistently surrounding themselves with Read more […]

Vio-lence – Let the World Burn (Metal Blade)

Standouts in the late 80’s/early 90’s Bay Area second wave of thrash, Vio-lence made a mark through their Eternal Nightmare debut album and potent follow-up Oppressing the Masses. Although breaking Read more […]

Martyr – Planet Metalhead (Animated Insanity Records)

Many remember the underground movement of the 1980’s aiding the cause to put heavy metal on the map from all regions of the globe. Dutch act Martyr released a series of demos during the early 80’s Read more […]

Shield of Wings – Unfinished (Elderpath Records)

Although together since the mid 2000’s, Illinois symphonic/gothic metal act Shield of Wings has gone through a major overhaul in terms of lineup. Their debut EP Solarium came out in 2011, the band going Read more […]

Spirits of Fire – Embrace the Unknown (Frontiers Music)

Best known for his work in Savatage, Metalium, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, guitarist Chris Caffery returns for his second Spirits of Fire record Embrace the Unknown. The follow-up to their self-titled Read more […]

Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord – Human Heredity (Pride & Joy Music)

Displaying a prowess for neoclassical power metal from Poland, multi-instrumentalist Boguslaw Balcerak has been developing his work under the Crylord banner since 2009. Releasing two albums to date, Human Read more […]

Theandric – Flight Among the Tombs (Self-Released)

In 2011 vocalist/bassist Paul Tiseo began writing songs under the Theandric banner, hoping to develop his vision into a full-fledged band. It may have taken a few years while Paul handled all the instrumentation Read more […]

Re-Machined – Brain Dead (Pride & Joy Music)

Germany has always been a pivotal part of the metal movement – never turning its back on the classic and traditional forms of heavy metal when other parts of the world went alternative or extreme in Read more […]

Hath – All That Was Promised (Willowtip)

New Jersey’s Hath left quite an impact with their full-length debut, Of Rot and Ruin.  Featuring some expansive growth from their earlier EP, it masterfully took elements of death and black metal, not Read more […]

Lesson in Violence – The Thrashfall of Mankind (Iron Shield Records)

Born in the summer of 2019 paying homage to the classic Exodus song, Lesson in Violence hails from Bavaria – a five-piece outfit that aligns in a straightforward, pounding style for this debut album Read more […]

Saxon – Carpe Diem (Silver Lining Music)

Considering the two significant life events swirling about while Saxon recorded their 23rd studio album, it’s not ironic that they chose Carpe Diem (Latin for ‘seize the day’) as the title to capture Read more […]

Quickstrike – None of a Kind (Rockshots Records)

Thanks to the proliferation of documentaries, bio pictures, and spotlight on the roots of classic hard rock/metal, a bevy of younger musicians feel inspired to take that plunge into developing original Read more […]

Allegaeon – Damnum (Metal Blade)

Perpetual champs of technically proficient but entirely catchy and memorable death metal, Allegaeon return with their sixth album in the form of Damnum.  But those thinking that the band would eventually Read more […]

Evergrey – Live: Before the Aftermath (AFM Records)

Seventeen years beyond the band’s last double album/ video set A Night to Remember, Swedish veterans Evergrey felt the need to capture another concert in Gothenburg for Live: Before the Aftermath. Recorded Read more […]

Tymo – The Art of a Maniac (Self-Released)

The Canadian metal scene has blossomed beyond Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver in the current era. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta we have Tymo before us, a four-piece thrash outfit now on their third album Read more […]

Powertryp – Midnight Marauder (Rafchild Records)

Embracing a long-running power/speed platform with old school values and traditions at the helm, Powertryp have been slugging their way up the German underground scene since 2010. Releasing their debut Read more […]

Mass Worship – Portal Tombs (Century Media)

Bleak, desolate, abrasive, and oddly enticing.  Such are the descriptors that come with an album like Portal Tombs.  A few years after their self-titled debut, Swedish act Mass Worship have returned Read more […]

Golgothan – Leech (Lacerated Enemy)

Louisiana-based Golgothan have been wading through the death metal bogs for a number of years, releasing a series of EPs since 2014, but Leech marks their first full-length album.  Leech is one of those Read more […]

Bloodywood – Rakshak (Self-Released)

Rap and metal have had an entangled relationship with a number of bands over the years, for better or worse (depending on the act in question).  So it’s not a new (or nu) concept to have the two intermingle, Read more […]

Freaks and Clowns – We Set the World on Fire (Metalville)

Dropping a third album in four years, Swedish band Freaks and Clowns subscribes to a strike while the iron is hot philosophy when it comes to writing and recording. The quintet contains three members of Read more […]

Gunjack – The Third Impact (Self-Released)

Always willing to expose our readers to the underground scene globally, we have the third full-length album from Italian heavy metal act Gunjack, appropriately titled The Third Impact. The trio started Read more […]

Immolation – Acts of God (Nuclear Blast)

Champions of New York death metal for over 35 years at this point, Immolation have certainly made their mark on the scene.  If there’s one lasting monument, it’s that no one else really sounds like them, Read more […]