Diamante – Independence and Dreams

Truly coming in hot with her debut, Diamante captured an older spirit of hard rock and found a way to twist and tweak it into something more modern. Some big touring opportunities followed her debut, Read more […]

Evile – Hell Unleashed (Napalm)

Revitalizing the thrash scene in the UK, Evile established a chunky, rhythmic sound filled with power and precision on their four previous albums for Earache. Following the contract’s completion, they Read more […]

Scar of the Sun – Inertia (Napalm)

One of those bands that boggle this scribe’s mind that it has taken three full-lengths to come across them, given the sheer volume of melodeath and modern metal that DR tends to cover. That aside, Sccar Read more […]

Vexillum – When Good Men Go to War (Scarlet Records)

More often than ever musicians combine two (or more) sub-genres in the metal platform due to diverse influences, hopeful to generate a wider array of followers. When done convincingly, the results can Read more […]

Bloody Hell – The Bloodening (Rockshots Records)

It’s not very often you hear of a band taking an extended hiatus to work with a children’s heavy metal band that does 80’s covers in child-friendly Finnish lyrics for educational purposes – but Read more […]

Autumn Bride – Undying (Stamping Ground Records)

Originating as a side project in 2016 with members from death/thrash act Days of Loss and an Iron Maiden tribute band, Austria’s Autumn Bride quickly gathered momentum as a symphonic metal quartet with Read more […]

Osiah – Loss (Unique Leader)

Osiah laid some pretty solid groundwork with their second album, Kingdom of Lies, back in 2019. It fell into some deathcore clichés, but the overall strengths of it pushed the album above many in the Read more […]

Sonic Desolution – Explorer (GMR Music)

Sometimes it’s great to have a curve ball in terms of musical output even from seasoned musicians associated mostly in the hard rock/metal fields. Such is the case for Sonic Desolution – a Swedish Read more […]

In Asymmetry – Ashes of Dead Worlds (Comatose)

Brutal, technical death metal featuring drummer extraordinaire Darren Cesca (Deeds of Flesh, Goratory, etc) and former Inanimate Existence/The Kennedy Veil vocalist Taylor Wientjes – sign this scribe Read more […]

Conclave – Dawn of Days (Argonauta Records)

In the five-year interim between full-lengths, Conclave have undergone a lineup change with second guitarist Terry Savastano leaving, acquiring Chris Giguere and signing with overseas label Argonauta Records Read more […]

Feed Them Death – Negative (Brucia Records)

While the complaint of death metal bands becoming sterile in their quest for technicality can be a genuine concern at times, there’s also a growing underbelly that is happy to throw you right into eerie Read more […]

Ghost Iris – Comatose (Long Branch Records)

Interesting to see how a term like metalcore has evolved over the years. It used to really be a pretty specific quality, but as it has grown over the years it covers a wider (and arguably more genuinely Read more […]

Nexus Opera – La Guera Granda (The Great Call to Arms) (Revalve Records)

Named as a ‘connection opera’ between the present (the band’s music) and the past (history, characters, and real events), Italian act Nexus Opera originally started in the early 2000’s, split in Read more […]

Diamante – American Dream (Self-Released)

Quickly establishing herself as a force within the hard rock world with her 2018 debut Coming in Hot, Diamante makes her independent return with American Dream. Championing a sound that has some clear Read more […]

My Refuge – The Anger Is Never Over (Pride & Joy Music)

An Italian power metal group originating in 2010 as a solo project from guitarist Mauro Paietta, My Refuge released two EP’s before signing with Bakerteam Records for 2015’s A Matter of Supremacy debut Read more […]

Sumo Cyco – The Initiation Process

A band built on the DIY process and building themselves one show/fan at a time, Sumo Cyco has been an act that has put in a lot of work since their inception. With their third album on the horizon, they Read more […]

Skarlett Riot – Invicta (Despotz)

Back in 2017, Skarlett Riot released their second full-length, Regenerate, which saw them expanding their sonic palette and incorporating a more metallic base to their sound. It was a potent release that Read more […]

Velvet Viper – Cosmic Healer (Massacre Records)

Singer Jutta Weinhold with the latest Velvet Viper album Cosmic Healer embodies the metal for life motto. You can’t say many metal singers at 73 are still cruising along – the third record for this Read more […]

Sumo Cyco – Initiation (Napalm)

With all forms of music, there’s a certain level of homogeneity that comes up due to the sheer number of bands/artists trying to squeeze into a somewhat defined sound. No one is going to accuse Canadian Read more […]

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 […]

Artillery – Firing High

Healthy times for those who love the power of thrash metal. Plenty of releases and bands to choose from on an annual basis between the newer breed and the old guard of artists. A reliable staple in the 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 […]

Poverty’s No Crime – Nothing to Hide

Active since the early 1990’s, Poverty’s No Crime have built a steady following for their brand of melodic progressive metal. With their last member changes occurring twenty years ago, it’s obvious 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 […]

Song Premiere: Millstone’s “Everything is as it Should Be”

We at DR are happy to showcase the ripping third single from Siberian metal act Millstone in the form of “Everything is as it Should Be.” The song comes from their upcoming release, Isle, which is being 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 […]