Reviews

Reeking Aura- Blood and Bonemeal (Profound Lore)

Too many cooks spoil the broth? In the case of NY/NJ’s six-hydra-headed Reeking Aura, twelve hands only turned the soup into a festering concoction of death metal goodness. Conceived around 2019 with the Read more […]

Darkane – Inhuman Spirits (Massacre)

Sweden’s Darkane has always been caught in the margins: Not melodic enough for the In Flames and Dark Tranquillity crowd and not breaching the technical walls to run with Meshuggah’s forever swelling Read more […]

Farewell to Fear – Polarity (Crusader / Golden Robot Records)

Aiming to bring a mixture of alternative/90’s-oriented metal influences to a modern audience while also throwing a few outside brash (and thrash) elements to the table, Farewell to Fear have been making Read more […]

Source of Rage – Witness the Rage (Metalville Records)

Rarely in today’s metal landscape do you find a melodic death metal act with three brothers together – but that’s the case here for German quartet Source of Rage. Guitarist Oliver Roffmann is the Read more […]

Sinner – Brotherhood (Atomic Fire Records)

Not many bands can say they have a forty-year recording history – well, that’s the case now for German heavy metal act Sinner through this latest record Brotherhood. The 18th studio album, bassist/vocalist Read more […]

Highway Sentinels – The Waiting Fire (Louder Than Loud Records)

The evolution of projects has multiplied exponentially due to musicians possessing the tools at their own disposal to create music remotely, piece things together, and come off sounding as professional Read more […]

Infinity Dream – Memories (Metal Assault Records)

Having released their debut album Memories in early April, Infinity Dream may appear as relative newcomers on the scene, however the band was formed in 2019 and features established heavy metal veterans Read more […]

Hatriot – The Vale of Shadows (Massacre Records)

Now establishing a proven formula without the ‘Zetro’ affiliation when Cody Souza took over on vocals for his father for the last Hatriot album From Days unto Darkness, the quartet now feels intent Read more […]

Hissing – Hypervirulence Architecture (Profound Lore)

Seattle’s blackened death metal outfit Hissing is back with their sophomore LP Hypervirulence Architecture, and sure enough, it’s twice as pissed, twice as claustrophobic, and twice as mind-numbing and Read more […]

Denied – Humanarchy (Sweea Records)

Certain artists elevate interest as a writer due to previous discography already making that indelible impression. Such is the case for Swedish thrash/heavy metal band Denied – receiving great marks Read more […]

Critical Defiance – No Life Forms (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Hot on the heels of an adrenaline-oriented debut album with Misconception, Chilean thrash quintet Critical Defiance feel no need to lay off the accelerator for this second record No Life Forms. And that Read more […]

Imperial Triumphant – Spirit of Ecstasy (Century Media)

“For generations, the reaching skyline of New York City has been a symbol of man’s constant effort in reshaping the Earth”. The same can be said for NYC avant-garde mavens Imperial Triumphant and their Read more […]

Destination Onward – The Story of Fates Warning by Jeff Wagner (FYI Press)

When looking at the premiere outfits in progressive metal, the triad of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Fates Warning can not be denied for their influence, global following, and decades of presence within Read more […]

Battering Ram – Second to None (Uprising! Records)

Small town wonders often become workhorses in the arts and entertainment industry – relishing the opportunity to deliver stronger output due to an underdog mentality status. Forming in 2017 in a mining Read more […]

Altaria – Wisdom (Reaper Entertainment)

A vital part of the melodic metal scene during the 2000’s, Finnish act Altaria released five albums between 2003-2009 before going their separate ways. A decade later they would reunite, with Reaper Read more […]

Worwyk – Dark Embrace (Schnozz Records)

The main project of guitarist Tom Vitacco for 30 + years, Worwyk originated in the late 80’s as a full band but became more of a home recording outfit from 1990 onward – as Dark Embrace is the twelfth Read more […]

Ironflame – Where Madness Dwells (High Roller Records)

Andrew D’Cagna is quite the active musician in the heavy metal community. He’s been a part of Brimstone Coven for eleven years, Icarus Witch for five, plus working on a black metal project Nechochwen Read more […]

Greylotus – Dawnfall (The Artisan Era)

Encompassing a wide array of progressive, technical, death, and outside the box influences to create a metallic stew that’s equally diverse as it is expansive, Greylotus as a five-piece outfit comes Read more […]

Torturized – Aftermath (Apostasy Records)

Artwork can paint a visual montage that gives insight into what music listeners can expect when checking into a release. In the case of German act Torturized, the stunning array of colors and images set Read more […]

Holy Dragons – Jörmungandr – The Serpent of the World (Pitch Black Records)

Not often do we get metal from Kazakhstan (a former Soviet Republic landlocked in central Asia and partly in Eastern Europe), but that’s the case with long running heavy/power metal group Holy Dragons. Read more […]

Haunt – Windows of Your Heart (Iron Grip/ Church Recordings)

When a musician sets a lofty goal like releasing twenty albums within the same framework as Trevor William Church has for Haunt, it’s evident he’s well on his way as Windows of Your Heart is the seventh Read more […]

0N0 – Unwavering Resonance (The House of What You See)

It’s refreshing to come across something that’s fresh. Being a huge fan of industrial music and doom metal, I’ve heard some of 0N0’s stuff here and there, but never dove in for unknown reasons. Read more […]

Horizon Ignited – Towards the Dying Lands (Nuclear Blast)

Melodic death metal has been a foothold in the hearts of most scribes for this site – there from the infancy of the style in the 1990’s captivating listeners worldwide. Makes sense that as the pioneers Read more […]

In Slumber – While We Sleep (War Anthem Records)

Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while – In Slumber. With their last release being 2009’s Arcane Divine Subspecies, it’s been 13 years. Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s now 2022, and the Austrians Read more […]

Municipal Waste – Electrified Brain (Nuclear Blast)

Veterans at this point of the crossover party thrash movement, Municipal Waste get down to business with their addictive riffs, seething vocals, variant tempos from groove to warp speed abilities and deliver Read more […]

A Lie Nation – Sociopathology (Inverse Records)

A slow and steady workload can often produce strong results as musicians gain confidence and experience at their craft. Finnish act A Lie Nation started in 2009 from a garage band fusion of two other groups Read more […]

Protector – Excessive Outburst of Depravity (High Roller Records)

Originally based in Germany and transplanted in Sweden since their reformation in 2011, Protector are another of the original thrash guard that continue to produce primal music for their underground hordes. Read more […]

Cellar Stone – Rise & Fall (Rock of Angels Records)

The wealth of material sculpted, molded, and developed into albums during the pandemic reaches historic levels unheard of previously in the industry. Working on the music for the second Cellar Stone album Read more […]

Misgivings – Misgivings (Dolorem Records)

What a long trip it’s been for French death metal band Misgivings to arrive at this self-titled debut album. Originating in 1991, they released four demos between 1994-2006, plus a split ten-inch vinyl Read more […]

Chaos Frame – Entropy (Pure Steel Records)

It’s always a welcoming experience to chart the evolution of an act previously gaining coverage for this site to see development and growth. Seven years removed from last album Paths to Exile, Chaos Read more […]