Killing – Revel in Madness

Many revered aspects of the metal genre go through specific waves of popularity and decline. For those that love thrash, the 80’s to early 90’s were a peak period – only to wane a bit in the mid Read more […]

Spiritbox – Eternal Blue (Rise Records)

If there has been a big moving band in the metal scene in the last year or two, it’s definitely Spiritbox.  Comprised of former Iwrestledabearonce members Courtney LaPlante and Mike Stringer, the groovy Read more […]

Black Mass – Feast at the Forbidden Tree (Redefining Darkness Records)

Staples of the Boston metal scene, Black Mass possess the fervent passion and tenacity to claw their way up the ranks. Previously reviewing 2019’s second album Warlust that kept an 80’s thrash base Read more […]

Employed to Serve – Conquering (Spinefarm)

When you listen to metalcore, do you wish that it would slide further into heaviness instead of working the same ole pop metal catchy chorus cliché?  Employed to Serve are quite willing to cater to your Read more […]

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 […]

Song Premiere: Monument of Misanthropy’s “A Man with a Special Qualification”

Up for a good bludgeoning?  We are premiering a battering ram of a track from the upcoming Monument of Misanthropy album, Unterweger, called “A Man with a Special Qualification,” and it’s surely qualified 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 […]

Edge of Paradise – Finding Strength in the Unknown

An up and coming band within the modern metal scene, Edge of Paradise have been scrappy in getting their name around.  Instead of bending to the current trends, they established their vision and built Read more […]

August 2021 Album of the Month – The Night Flight Orchestra’s Aeromantic II

This one probably comes as no surprise to any avid DR reader, as any new Night Flight release seems to hit in everyone’s sweet spot even if it doesn’t resemble metal in the least.  There’s something to 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 […]

Doro – We Are All We Need

Delivering melodic heavy metal material since the early 1980’s, Doro Pesch has been through the ups and downs, trials and tribulations of this genre we all hold near and dear to our hearts. Celebrating 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 […]

Employed to Serve – Ready to Conquer

Rising UK act Employed to Serve has worked their way up the ranks on a slowly but surely basis.  We are now approaching the release of the band’s fourth album, Conquering, through Spinefarm Records.  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 […]