Eleine – Empowerment and Honesty

An act that this scribe has found to be one of the more original sounding forces in the gothic/symphonic soundscape, Eleine has also been skyrocketing their way up the metal ladder in recent years. With Read more […]

Communic – Hiding from the World (AFM Records)

Two schools of thought these days in the heavy metal community reign supreme. One is, once establishing a formula or style, sticking to the platform and embellishing things as necessary (or as your fanbase Read more […]

Mutual Hostility – Sacred Propaganda (Cult of Parthenope)

A breeding ground for aggression, sometimes it’s not about standing out when it comes to death metal, so much as being able to capture a certain element well. Mutual Hostility are a new American death Read more […]

Sodom – Genesis XIX (eOne)

Even veteran bands sometimes suffer numerous lineup changes as priorities change or chemistry wanes – such is the case for German thrash act Sodom over the past few years. Steady throughout it all has Read more […]

Humanity is Cancer – Humanity is Cancer (Redefining Darkness Records)

An intriguing backstory with this one, as the songs were actually all written a few years ago but the band was put on hold by Redefining Darkness label owner Thomas Haywood as he began to get the label Read more […]

Niviane – The Ruthless Divine (Pure Steel Records)

They often say you have a lifetime to develop your first set of material – yet the true test of a band’s worth is when you come out with a second record in a shorter, finite time period. California’s Read more […]

Morphogenetic Malformation – Into the Odiousness (RealityFade)

RealityFade seems to be an up-and-coming label for those who are interested in getting their eardrums pulverized by some extraordinarily brutal death metal. The latest release comes from Morphogenetic Read more […]

Xeno – Sojourn (Art Gates Music)

Progressive metal with light jazz, death, and djent elements properly puts Xeno in rarified air stylistically. This Dutch act released their debut album Atlas Construct in 2016, and in the four years between Read more […]

Depravity – Grand Malevolence (Transcending Obscurity)

Australian brutal death metal band, Depravity, have created quite a buzz in the underground metal scene over the past few years. Signed to the well-respected, India-based record label Transcending Obscurity, Read more […]

Accuser – Smooth Contamination

For their twelfth studio album, German thrash act Accuser decided to go the self-titled route. Which makes sense – long-time guitarist René Schütz returns to the lineup after a decade-long absence, Read more […]

Them – Return to Hemmersmoor (Steamhammer/SPV)

The final installment of an album trilogy, the story of K.K. Fossor returns to his roots embarking on a merciless campaign of revenge in the Hemmersmoor mire. Which for Them makes sense that this would Read more […]

Descend to Acheron – The Transience of Flesh (Petrichor)

A new brutal death metal act from Australia, Descend to Acheron bring forth their first release with The Transience of Flesh. First and foremost, this release is intent on giving the listener a bludgeoning Read more […]

Sanctuary – Revisiting the Dark Mirror

‘Past tense to future tense let history unfold / so ends a decade now what will the nineties hold?’. An interesting sentiment originally delivered in 1990 that could easily hold true of today’s virus Read more […]

Sifting Through Bandcamp – November 2020

As usual, this is the last traditional Bandcamp column of the year, as the December one always focuses on the best offerings from Bandcamp in of the current year. So let’s go out with a bang here in November, Read more […]

Soilwork – A Whisp of the Atlantic (Nuclear Blast)

It seems that Soilwork has been releasing a song or two here and there throughout 2020, which culminates in the release of this 5-song EP, A Whisp of the Atlantic. Though tough to really label it as such, Read more […]

Cidesphere – Dawn of a New Epoch (Testimony Records)

Considered one of Turkey’s most respected underground bands, Cidesphere began in 1998, releasing a split album in 2000 with Suicide before their first full-length in 2002 entitled Interment. They would Read more […]

Jinjer – Live in Melbourne (Napalm)

Just when you thought that live albums were becoming a thing of the past thanks to things like YouTube, we go and get into a pandemic, where live music is nonexistent and fans are left yearning for an Read more […]

My Dying Bride – Macabre Cabaret (Nuclear Blast)

Earlier this year, My Dying Bride dropped an impressive release of doom in the form of The Ghost of Orion. One of the band’s strongest releases in recent memory, it was an exercise in misery and melancholy, Read more […]

Celestial Season – The Secret Teachings (Burning World Records)

Classic, European doom continues to make the rounds in 2020. It’s important to make the distinction between this doom and that doom only because there’s proper cause for confusion — not all sound Read more […]

Angelica – Safe Harbor

Enjoying the exploration of her melodic rock/AOR tastes, The Murder of My Sweet singer Angelica Rylin returns with her second solo album All I Am. Aligning with fellow member Daniel Flores and other musicians Read more […]

Hatebreed – Weight of the False Self (Nuclear Blast)

Not much of an introduction needed for a band like Hatebreed. Practically synonymous with hardcore due to their presence in the scene for over 20 years at this point, not to mention vocalist Jamey Jasta’s Read more […]

Harlott – Detritus of the Final Age (Metal Blade)

Finishing off a trilogy of records and starting with a clean slate, Australian thrash unit Harlott approaches their fourth record Detritus of the Final Age fresh and open to new possibilities. Choosing Read more […]

Hanging Fortress – Darkness Devours (Redefining Darkness Records)

Death metal, doom, and…hardcore? If you think that one of those three shouldn’t be in the mix, perhaps you should give Hanging Fortress a few moments to convince you otherwise. The band’s directly Read more […]

Amahiru – Amahiru (earMusic)

Amahiru is a new band comprised at its core of Frédéric Leclercq and Saki (Mary’s Blood), attempting to take a more traditional metal base and incorporate some eastern/oriental flair to it. Rounding Read more […]

Averlanche – Life’s Phenomenon (Concorde Music Company)

Combining a wonderful melodic mix of gothic, symphonic, and power metal influences, Finnish act Averlanche take a host of influential groups from their domestic scene and develop quite a catchy debut effort Read more […]

My Dying Bride – Dark, Shadowy Journeys

One of the biggest names when it comes to doom and gloom, My Dying Bride have long established themselves as a band that does things in their own fashion. The sense of longing and despair that their music Read more […]

Stälker – Black Majik Terror (Napalm)

Often regarded in it’s own sub-genre, speed metal contains a distinct energy and precision that feels like the songs at any second could go off the rails – only to be railed in by a catchy scream or Read more […]

Lie in Ruins – Floating in Timeless Streams (Dark Descent)

As a band that has been slowly but surely generating some Finnish death metal over the years, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that it’s been six years since their sophomore effort, Towards Read more […]

Glorious Depravity – Ageless Violence (Translation Loss Records)

What’s not to love about some good, old-fashioned American death metal? The type that stands as being brutal in tone, with a distinctive early ‘90s feeling to it, where the intention was to pummel Read more […]

War Agenda – Propaganda (Great Dane Records)

The second album Propaganda from German thrash band War Agenda comes with some lineup changes. Understandable given the five-year break after their Night of Disaster debut – but fear does set in when Read more […]

Cadaver – Passion for the Extreme

There’s been a few iterations of Cadaver over the years, since the beginnings of death metal, and the most recent incarnation has stemmed from mainman Anders Odden joining forces with drummer Dirk Verbeuren Read more […]