Cathartic Demise – In Absence (Self-Released)

Spotting talent in its infancy for the metal realm and watching it blossom has been one of the greatest joys writing about the underground scene for decades. Searching for newer bands and exposing them Read more […]

The Very End – Zeitgeist (Apostasy Records)

Now nine years removed from their last effort, Turn Off the World, The Very End finally returns with a new album in tow (along with some new band members as well). The Björn Gooßes-led (ex-Night in Read more […]

FireWing – Resurrection (Massacre Records)

A new symphonic metal act with members from Brazil and the US, FireWing issues a debut album in Resurrection featuring two mystical creatures (Ember and Vishap) blending different mythologies into a new Read more […]

Sacred Oath – Return of the Dragon (Angel Thorne Music)

Well known for their US power roots from the 1980’s, Sacred Oath have ventured around different genre landscapes over the past decade – incorporating modern hard rock aspects especially through 2015’s Read more […]

Malformity – Monumental Ruin (Unspeakable Axe)

Another one of those ‘really long time in the making’ type of albums, Malformity initially got together back in 1991 and then called it quits a few years later. They reformed in 2014 and popped out Read more […]

Monarch – Future Shock (Self-Released)

In the four years between albums, Monarch and its members have not been resting on their accomplishments. Winning Wacken Metal Battle USA in 2019, they got to play Wacken Open Air that summer in Germany Read more […]

Nordgeist – Frostwinter (Kunsthall Produktionen)

A new one-woman solo act within the black metal scene, Frostwinter is the full-length debut from the Siberian Nordgeist. With four tracks hitting around 50-minutes in length, one can get a pretty good Read more […]

Primitai – Violence of the Skies (Rock of Angels Records)

Well aware of this UK act and their fine work over the past few years (reviewing the last two efforts in full or Rapid Fire columns here on this site), expectations are high that Violence of the Skies Read more […]

Tetrarch – Unstable (Napalm)

Coming in with some buzz from their debut with 2017’s Freak, Tetrarch make their sophomore effort now backed with Napalm Records. Championing a sound that holds its roots in nu metal might put the band Read more […]

Crystal Winds – Return to the Dark Age (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Originating in 1999 and releasing their first demo Scepters of Eternity in 2004, Crystal Winds disbanded later that year and reunited in 2013. They since recorded a self-titled EP for Eat Metal Records Read more […]

Bushido Code – The Ronin (Upstate Records)

Hailing from Pennsylvania and arising in 2017 from a healthy hardcore scene, Bushido Code evolved into a crossover thrash sound that bridges elements of both along with death metal. Releasing two EP’s Read more […]

Exterminated – The Genesis of Genocide (Comatose)

More or less the ‘book judged by cover and is accurate’ piece with this one. Exterminated is a brutal death metal band from the Philippines and it’s every bit as savage and uncompromising as you Read more […]

Bewitcher – Curse Be Thy Kingdom (Century Media)

Making a pact with the devil in the metal realm can pay dividends – such is the case with Oregon act Bewitcher. Forming in 2013 originally as a duo and expanding to a three-piece, they’ve released Read more […]

Dead World Reclamation – Aura of Iniquity (Self-Released)

Sometimes, it only takes a great melody to get your full attention. Even better when said melody is what starts the album off. Dead World Reclamation all but takes off flying with energy with the beginning Read more […]

Capra – In Transmission (Metal Blade)

Caustic and abrasive. Those are the two best ways to describe Capra’s In Transmission. Forget all of the genres and labels; it really boils down to the emotion underneath it all with a release like Read more […]

Johan Kihlberg’s Impera – Spirit of Alchemy (Metalville)

The brainchild of drummer Johan Kihlberg, his version of Impera on this record Spirit of Alchemy contains some veteran professionals well-established for their abilities in the melodic hard rock and metal Read more […]

Hideous Divinity – LV-426 (Century Media)

With a number of high quality death metal releases in their back pocket at this point, Hideous Divinity is well-established as an act that can merge furious death metal speed with technical songwriting Read more […]

Wheel – Preserved in Time (Cruz del Sur Music)

Differing from the Finnish modern progressive act featured by our co-editor Kyle recently, these Germans have been around since 2009 (and in another incarnation Etherial Sleep before that) and play an Read more […]

Odd Dimension – The Blue Dawn (Scarlet Records)

Eight years removed from their last release The Last Embrace to Humanity, Italian progressive metal band Odd Dimension have retooled the lineup to hopefully gain more momentum despite the inactivity. Evolving Read more […]

Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Transcending Obscurity)

As it is often said with lots of death metal nowadays, it is important for a band to remember that death metal isn’t supposed to be sterile. There needs to be a certain level of darkness to it, and some Read more […]

Bodom After Midnight – Paint the Sky with Blood (Napalm)

When long-running melodic death act Children of Bodom called it quits, it was upsetting for many. But guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho then announced Bodom After Midnight, it signaled a start to new and Read more […]

Aggravator – Unseen Repulsions (Empire Records)

Together for thirteen years, Texas thrashers Aggravator aren’t exactly newcomers to the scene. Releasing a demo, two full-lengths and two EP’s previous to their latest product Unseen Repulsions, it’s Read more […]

Blackbriar – The Cause of Shipwreck (Self-Released)

Releasing three EPs over the last three years, Blackbriar has justly become a more prominent force within the symphonic metal realm due to their masterful use of fairytale-esque cinematic soundscapes and Read more […]

Silent Winter – Empire of Sins (Pride & Joy Music)

Certain predispositions exist when it comes to specific genres. For power metal, most ardent followers expect bombastic music chock full of uplifting riffs, speed, and choruses ready made for unison singing Read more […]

Imperia – The Last Horizon (Massacre Records)

Featuring a host of seasoned veterans in the gothic/symphonic metal community, Imperia on paper has all the tools to gain a decent foothold on the scene since their inception in 2003. Hopes held high when Read more […]

Sweet Oblivion Feat. Geoff Tate — Relentless (Frontiers)

No matter which side of the Queensrÿche fence you may reside on — the Geoff Tate-fronted Queensrÿche; or the Todd La Torre-led Quennsrÿche — there’s no doubt that both factions have been highly Read more […]

Avaland- Theater of Sorcery (Rockshots Records)

Considering the inspirational work of artists like Avantasia and Ayeron gaining critical and commercial acclaim, it’s not surprising to find younger musicians wanting to create their own take on the Read more […]

Lord – Undercovers Vol. 1 (Dominus Records)

Well-established as one of the premiere heavy/power metal acts in Australia, Lord always enjoy giving their fanbase interesting cover material throughout the years. It’s one thing to take on established Read more […]

Aphrodite – Orgasmic Glory (Fighter Records)

Bursting out of the gates with their appeasing 2019 debut Lust and War, Canadian trio Aphrodite return to impress through a primal speed metal platform on Orgasmic Glory. Sometimes as a listener in today’s Read more […]

Stranger Vision – Poetica (Pride & Joy Music)

Setting themselves up prior to release of this debut album Poetica with special covers issued online of favorites by Tears for Fears, In Flames, and David Bowie, Stranger Vision already prove to be an Read more […]