Skarlett Riot – Stronger and Stronger

Four years after their impressive Regenerate, Skarlett Riot has returned and once again upped the heaviness and intensity of their music. Invicta balances visceral riffing and screaming vocals with some 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 […]

Viral – Solid as Steel

Sweden has always been a hotbed for heavy metal – even in its purest form. Names like Hammerfall, Wolf, and Enforcer have penetrated the international landscape. Aiming their sights on pushing their 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 […]

Hideous Divinity – Isolation Songs

With four full-length albums and now and EP in their back pocket, Hideous Divinity have made quite a name for themselves in the death metal community. Dark, brutal, and with a sweeping balance of technical Read more […]

Cathartic Demise – Slice the Dark Blade

Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario Canada, Cathartic Demise strive to level listeners with a progressive brand of thrash metal that encompasses elements of the past and present. Following up an impressive Read more […]