Lycanthro – Fighting the Good Fight

Ottawa, Canada may not be as well-revered as a metal hotspot compared to Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, but its home to upstart act Lycanthro. The quartet have carved out a power metal style that dips Read more […]

Nephren-Ka – From Agony to Transcendence (Dolorem Records)

Sometimes one can get immune to the death metal gimmick. The excessive brutality and jackhammering sounds can make one not so impressed by the overall heft and weight of a particular release after many Read more […]

Hiraes – Solitary (Napalm)

Formed from the remains of long-running melodic death metal act Dawn of Disease (all of them sans for the vocal position, in fact), Hiraes is a new band that also plays melodic death metal albeit in a Read more […]

Hammer King – Hammer King (Napalm)

Continuing to fly the flag for power metal, Hammer King since 2015 have been steadily gaining traction for a tried and true, anthem-oriented style that usually goes down a storm across mainland Europe. Read more […]

Light the Torch – You Will Be the Death of Me (Nuclear Blast)

2018’s Revival was the first release for the act under the Light the Torch moniker (after two releases as Devil You Know), and likewise the band took advantage of the situation to tweak their sound a Read more […]

Lucifer’s Hammer – The Trip (High Roller Records)

Taking their name from a Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle novel from 1977, Lucifer’s Hammer comes from Chile, establishing a traditional heavy metal pedigree since 2012. They’ve recorded a demo, EP and Read more […]

Crypta – Echoes of the Soul (Napalm Records)

Originally developed as a side project only to transform into a fully active unit, Crypta is a quartet of musicians with previous ties to acts like Nervosa and Burning Witches among others. Although having Read more […]

Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality (20 Buck Spin)

One strong point to Cerebral Rot’s debut, outside of the disgusting yet memorable death metal riffing, was that of using some vivid colors on their art. The same can be applied to their second album Read more […]

Hannes Grossmann – Away from the Light

A name at this point rather known to many within the extreme metal scene, Hannes Grossmann has been a part of many influential acts, from Necrophagist and Obscura to Alkaloid and more – not even including Read more […]

June 2021 Rapid Fires

Summer is so close it can be tasted, and the promise of leaving the house this year is much higher. So be it metal or no, it’ll be nice to get into the sun and get plenty of fresh air – be it some live Read more […]

The Absence – Coffinized (M-Theory Audio)

After storming back through the gates with comeback album, 2018’s A Gift for the Obsessed, The Absence has returned for more melodic death metal glory with their fifth overall album in Coffinized. It’s Read more […]

Witch Cross – Angel of Death (High Roller Records)

Probably best known these days for their 1984 debut Fit for Fight album, Danish group Witch Cross developed a cult following for their NWOBHM-influenced heavy metal style. Active again since 2011, Angel Read more […]

Svn.Seeker – Means to an End (Self-Released)

Thankfully reaching out to this CT act through Instagram, Svn.Seeker (pronounced Sun.Seeker) have been together since 2017 and finally releases their debut EP in Means to an End. The four-piece contains Read more […]

This Ending – Needles of Rust (Black Lion Records)

Five years now removed from their third full-length, Garden of Death, the Swedish melodic death metal purists of This Ending are back with another round of the good stuff. And by good stuff, of course Read more […]

Light the Torch – Musicians and Best Friends

Frequently cited as a supergroup, the members of Light the Torch have been through a lot together. Legal battles over previous moniker Devil You Know, in addition to personal problems, such as guitarist Read more […]

May 2021 Album of the Month – Sumo Cyco’s Initiation

Just squeezing through tough competition with Alluvial and Frozen Crown, Canadian act Sumo Cyco snag album of the month for their energetic and fun Initiation. An album that twists and turns, sticks in Read more […]

Alustrium – A Monument to Silence (Unique Leader)

Gaining some buzz a bit later on than other Pennsylvanian acts Rivers of Nihil and Black Crown Initiate, Alustrium made 2015’s A Tunnel to Eden an independent release worth seeking out for those into Read more […]

Graywitch – Rise of the Witch (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Greece and Cyprus are the homelands for this power metal outfit Graywitch – forming in October 2018 and releasing their debut full-length with Rise of the Witch. Those in the know when it comes to this Read more […]

Wanderer – Liberation from a Brutalist Existence (Entelodon Records)

Abrasive, crusty, and thick as hell. That’s one way to describe the Minnesota-based Wanderer on their corrosive debut, Liberation from a Brutalist Existence. Dipping their toes into a bit of everything Read more […]

Olorin – Through Shadow and Flame (Rafchild Records)

Those familiar with Lord of the Rings know Olorin as the old name of Gandalf the wizard. Well, it’s also the namesake for this Illinois doom metal band. Together since 2009, they’ve released a self-titled Read more […]

Pharaoh – Rise and Ride

Active since the late 90’s, Pharaoh developed their power metal sound during a period when that style fell out of favor outside of the diehards, bands struggling to gain a foothold in the United States Read more […]

Terravoid – Ectogenesis (Liminal Spaces Distribution)

Sometimes the best projects or bands take time to ruminate before coalescing into proper form. Beginning in the mind of vocalist Oliver Palmquest from death metal band Phidion in 2009, a decade would pass Read more […]

Sunken State – Solace in Solitude (Self-Released)

South African act Sunken State bring with them a modern slant to groove, death, and thrash with their debut full-length, Solace in Solitude. Formed back in 2018, they have previously released an EP but Read more […]

Plaguestorm – Purifying Fire (Noble Demon)

It’s no secret that many writers of this site have a strong affinity for melodic death metal. Coming from the start of the scene in the 1990’s with the work of At the Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity Read more […]

Exsanguination – Spectral Hymns (Horror Pain Gore Death)

Next in line with Swedish death metal worship is that of Massachusetts’ Exsanguination. Their debut full-length, Spectral Hymns, does everything that you would expect a release like this to do. It Read more […]

Helloween – Pumpkins Aligned

Next to the classic lineups of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden coming back together during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the most welcome reunion metalheads clamored for globally took place a couple Read more […]

Fear Factory – Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast)

Unfortunately, at this point there’s not much that can be done to separate the issues surrounding Aggression Continuum from the music. With a series of events including a massive legal tie-up due to Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Blood in the Water (AFM Records)

Grasping attention from a second generation of thrash followers who weren’t born during the band’s initial ascension from Metal Blade to Elektra/MCA major label ranks, Flotsam and Jetsam prove their Read more […]

Kalah – Human (Self-Released)

Having already introduced themselves with their first EP only in February of this year, modern metal act Kalah strikes while the iron is still hot with this second 4 song offering. Clearly a very productive Read more […]

Silver Talon – Decadence and Decay (M-Theory Audio)

Garnering acclaim for their 2018 Becoming a Demon debut EP (this scribe was definitely impressed), Silver Talon signed with M-Theory Audio and unleashes their first full-length for Decadence and Decay. Read more […]

Path of Destiny – The Seed of All Evil (Apostasy)

German melodic death metal band Path of Destiny has been championing that old school feel for 10 years at this point, and The Seed of All Evil is their third album. Five years removed from Dreams in Splendid Read more […]