Reviews

Unto Others – Strength (Roadrunner)

After justly storming the metal world with their debut EP and full-length Mana, the then-named Idle Hands were renamed as Unto Others as well as picked up by Roadrunner Records.  Strength is the much-anticipated Read more […]

Hunted – Deliver Us (Pitch Black Records)

Back after a decade-long plus break from the studio, UK band Hunted have a lot to prove on their second album Deliver Us. Blending a musical stew of power/progressive heavy metal influences from North Read more […]

Cognizance – Upheaval (Prosthetic)

After a wealth of smaller releases, Cognizance finally unleashed their first full-length in 2019 with Malignant Dominion.  Being able to blast out tech flourishes over a few songs is one thing, but the Read more […]

Leprous – Aphelion (InsideOut Music)

Stellar musicians know how to challenge themselves the deeper they develop their career. Leprous may have begun as a progressive metal/rock act, but over the last few records they’ve added more atmospheric, Read more […]

Insomnium – Ardent Moon (Century Media)

Leave it to Insomnium to take advantage of the global sorrow and gloom that enveloped the world due to the COVID outbreak and turn it into something very Insomnium-like and depressive.  Ardent Moon is Read more […]

Anette Olzon – Strong (Frontiers)

Certainly no stranger to the metal scene, with her accomplished work alongside Nightwish, and currently with The Dark Element, Anette Olzon has also been hard at work as a solo artist.  Strong is her Read more […]

Vulvodynia – Praenuntius Infiniti (Unique Leader)

Waiting patiently to climb up the extreme metal ladder, Vulvodynia have also made a compelling evolution in their sound from their very slam-driven brutal death metal beginnings.  Their 2019 release, Read more […]

Portrait – At One with None (Metal Blade)

Development in a long career of metal bands usually takes a specific track. Showcasing energy and influences early on through the first couple of albums, only to shed a collective skin to subscribe to Read more […]

Crimson Fire – Another Dimension (No Remorse Records)

Always a stronghold for traditional/power metal artists, Crimson Fire is one of the domestic talents from Greece. Together since 2004, they’ve released two albums to date and shared the stage with bands Read more […]

Rivers of Nihil – The Work (Metal Blade)

After the release of their third album, Where Owls Know My Name, Rivers of Nihil became a very buzzworthy act.  For good reason, with their seemingly uncanny ability to merge pulverizing death metal with Read more […]

Malison – Death’s Embrace (Metal Assault Records)

Those who believe there’s nothing exciting about the current breed of heavy metal artists parading their wares haven’t done the right research or investigation. Combining an infectious form of traditional Read more […]

Mysterizer – The Holy War 1095 (Rockshots Records)

Quickly making an impression with their melodic heavy metal style with Scandinavian flair, Mysterizer aligns with Rockshots Records after an impressive debut album on Inverse Records Invisible Enemy that Read more […]

Carcass – Torn Arteries (Nuclear Blast)

Rightfully, Carcass shook the metal world significantly with their last album, the return effort Surgical Steel.  Many have looked at it as a reunion album done right, and it’s hard not to agree.  Read more […]

Tuesday the Sky – The Blurred Horizon (Metal Blade)

Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos acknowledges flexing his creative itch in a multitude of ways beyond his main act. Over the years he’s developed work with OSI, Arch/Matheos, and this outlet Tuesday Read more […]

Toxic Ruin – Nightmare Eclipse (M-Theory Audio)

Steady growth in terms of band chemistry, songwriting abilities, and instrument proficiency can pay dividends in the long run. People tend to notice on all fronts – including industry outlets, as Wisconsin Read more […]

Charlotte Wessels – Tales from Six Feet Under (Napalm)

Working independently through Patreon, Charlotte Wessels has been releasing one song per month directly to fans.  But for those who couldn’t sign onto Patreon or perhaps were not aware, the former Delain Read more […]

Spirit Adrift – Forge Your Future (Century Media)

Studying at the altar of heavy metal and doom, Spirit Adrift have made a healthy ascent into the hearts of many music mavens (and critics) through their previous discography. Now officially a part of the Read more […]

Apophis – Excess (Massacre Records)

Originating as a thrash band under the Raise Hell moniker (different from the Swedish act from the late 90’s/early 2000’s on Nuclear Blast), by 1990 these Germans changed names to Apophis as well as Read more […]

Sun of the Suns – TIIT (Scarlet Records)

Naming an album after a Sumerian word and roughly translating to a concept in which human’s DNA is modified to create a superior being, TIIT ensures this Italian band Sun of the Suns aren’t going to Read more […]

Edge of Paradise – The Unknown (Frontiers)

Edge of Paradise’s last album, Universe, really saw them come into their own musically.  The brand of modern metal with some nods towards electronic, industrial, and rock really settled into place for Read more […]

Book of Numbers – Magick (Pride & Joy Music)

From the desert terrain of Phoenix, Arizona we have Book of Numbers – originating in 2019 as a Black Sabbath tribute band, evolving into an original outfit for this debut album Magick. Amongst the ranks Read more […]

Diatryma – The Tormentor (Self-Released)

Forming in 2015 with brothers Theo and Alex Härkesjö, Diatryma are a Swedish quartet that straddle the thrash and death genres with this full-length The Tormentor. After issuing their debut Mental Chains Read more […]

Aborted – ManiaCult (Century Media)

After moving into more textured and atmospheric horrorscapes for their last album, 2018’s TerrorVision, bring back a wealth of variety for their latest full-length in ManiaCult.  Certainly, Aborted Read more […]

Kiko Shred’s Rebellion – Rebellion (Pure Steel Records)

Actively playing in bands for twenty-two years, Kiko Shred set about his own solo career in 2015. Rebellion is the fourth release for Kiko Shred’s Rebellion – a quartet containing solid players of Read more […]

The Rods – Rock Hard reissue (High Roller Records)

One of the originators of the hard rock/heavy metal scene in upstate New York, The Rods made a solid impression on the European and American scenes during the early 80’s. Cousins with Ronnie James Dio, Read more […]

Beyond Grace – Our Kingdom Undone (Prosthetic)

The UK’s Beyond Grace made a lasting impression a few years back with their first full-length, Seekers.  A death metal album that captured both ferocity and intelligence, both musically and lyrically, Read more […]

Infex – Burning in Exile (Self-Released)

Growing up in California with a steady diet of early thrash, Infex arose in 2010 intent on putting their own stamp on things. Solidifying their first lineup in 2012 prior to releasing the debut Circle Read more […]

Lower 13 – Embrace the Unknown (Pure Steel Records)

Infusing a mixture of classic power/true metal influences with a bit of modern aggression and melodic finesse, Lower 13 hail from a fervent Cleveland metal scene, releasing three studio albums to date Read more […]

Act of Denial – Negative (Crusader Records)

Melodic death metal with Bjorn Strid on vocals.  That’s generally all it takes to pique this scribe’s interest.  Strid is just such a natural fit to aggressive and energetic melodic death metal that Read more […]

Prestige – Reveal the Ravage (Massacre Records)

Resurrecting after a late 80’s/early 90’s initial run that included three albums, Prestige is a part of a burgeoning Finnish thrash movement that contained acts like Stone, Airdash, and National Napalm Read more […]