January 2022 Rapid Fires

Officially into 2022, after yet another long year.  Shows are back, sort of at least, and music keeps churning out all over the place.  Eager to see if the quality matches the quantity, but as it usually Read more […]

Psychoprism – R.I.S.E. (Pure Steel Records)

Establishing themselves in a US progressive/power metal field with solid musicianship principles, Psychoprism from NY/NJ returns for their sophomore full-length R.I.S.E. five years after their Pure Steel Read more […]

Warzaw – Black Magic Satellite (Self-Released)

Honoring the promise mentioned in their last interview on Dead Rhetoric that a new album was in the offing sooner rather than later, Norwegian metal act Warzaw capitalize on their debut Werewolves on Wheels Read more […]

Memory Garden – Distrust of the Messenger

Epic doom as a genre already has a cult-like status and following across the globe. Add in some melodic and old school power touches, and you have the makings of Memory Garden. Together now for almost Read more […]

Power Paladin – With the Magic of Windfyre Steel (Atomic Fire Records)

Releasing a debut full-length on an upstart label can be a risky proposition for both band and record company – but considering the quality of Iceland act Power Paladin and the people behind Atomic Fire Read more […]

Battle Beast – Circus of Doom (Nuclear Blast)

Now six albums deep into their discography, Finland’s Battle Beast have made a name for themselves in the combination of pure heavy metal intertwined with that of some pop and rock influences.  Their Read more […]

Kandia – Quaternary (Frontiers)

Portugal’s Kandia have been pushing alternative metal output since 2007, with two previous full-lengths to their name.  Recently signing with Frontiers for their third effort, Quaternary, it seems the Read more […]

Age of Athena – Welcome to Oblivion

New acts pop out of the woodwork each and every day, but it’s rare to find an act that immediately finds it’s own sound and embraces that direction.  Age of Athena are a new act that manages to combine Read more […]

SETYØURSAILS – Nightfall (Napalm)

In more recent years, the merging of elements of multiple genres has led to some exciting prospects.  Particularly when bands take a metallic base and include more nonmetallic elements.  SETYØURSAILS Read more […]

Bleeding Zero – Pain and Fiction (Revalve Records)

Bleeding Zero is an Italian trio of musicians who aim for a multi-genre approach to their sound for this debut full-length Pain and Fiction. Encompassing everything from gothic and symphonic metal to classical Read more […]

Power Paladin – Riding the Quest for Steel

Aiming to strike at the hearts of all who love fantasy, magic, and power metal, Power Paladin seemingly have come out of nowhere and made a decent impact to start the year in their debut album With the Read more […]

Cruz Del Sur Music CD Giveaway!

We are stoked to be giving away CDs from Cruz Del Sur Music and their Gates of Hell Records sub-label. One (1) lucky winner will be able to get their hands on the latest from New York City retro-metal Read more […]

Needless – The Cosmic Cauldron (Uprising! Records)

Parallels exist between the vast universe available to express a variety of thoughts and emotions in the realms of heavy metal and science fiction. Choosing to blend the two together in a conceptual album, Read more […]

Enterprise Earth – The Chosen (MNRK Heavy)

One interesting bit in the last few years is seeing how some deathcore acts have evolved from simply firing away breakdowns and occasionally obnoxious vocals, into something more mature and more balanced.  Read more […]

Psychoprism – Letting Opportunity Knock

Five years after their debut album Creation, Psychoprism returns with another stellar neoclassical-fueled power/progressive metal offering for R.I.S.E. (short for Resistance in Systematic Evolution). Expect Read more […]

Crystal Throne – Crystal Throne (Self-Released)

A progressive heavy metal act from France, Crystal Throne started in 2019 as a union between vocalist Terry DeFire and guitarist Max Waynn. Fleshing out the lineup as a quartet, this self-titled debut Read more […]

Arctic Plateau – Songs of Shame (Shunu Records)

Circa 2012, Italian post-rock and shoegaze outfit Arctic Plateau scored an unheralded gem in the form of their second studio album, The Enemy Inside. Main dude and sole songwriter Gianluca Divirgilio assembled Read more […]

Shot Down Twice – Energy Injection

Fusing together a killer blend of classic hard rock with bluesy, metal, and groove-oriented aspects is Canadian act Shot Down Twice. Releasing their second, self-titled EP, one can expect a musical stew Read more […]

Fit for an Autopsy – Oh What the Future Holds (Nuclear Blast)

After delivering one of the best albums of the past decade two years ago with The Sea of Tragic Beasts, of course the expectations are high for Fit for an Autopsy’s follow-up.  Oh What the Future Holds Read more […]

Soul Remnants – Raising the Sacrificial Dagger (BottledHead Records)

Four seems to be a primary driver in the eyes of Boston’s Soul Remnants. Releasing albums on a four-year clip, their fourth full-length Raising the Sacrificial Dagger sees the quintet reverting to their Read more […]

Kissin’ Dynamite – Lovin’ the Road

Embracing a fun-loving sound that contains lots of 80’s melodic hard rock/metal traditions, Kissin’ Dynamite are one of the younger bands from Germany that have ascended the ranks for prime-time touring Read more […]

In Mourning – The Bleeding Veil (Dalapop)

With Opeth seemingly forever lost to 1970s prog-rock meandering and indulgence, the Swedish progressive death metal mantle is up for grabs. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher since 2012’s The Weight of Read more […]

Magnum – The Monster Roars (Steamhammer/SPV)

We don’t cover hard rock/metal acts that have a fifty(!) year history very often on this site – especially still driving forward through two original members since their 1972 inception as UK act Magnum Read more […]

Manimal – All About Honesty

Conveying a tough as nails attitude and presentation, Swedish group Manimal aims to appease the ardent heavy metal followers who enjoy traditional and power aspects put into a modern production and tonality Read more […]

Wilderun – Epigone (Century Media)

Just after the release of their third album, Veil of Imagination, one of metal’s most puzzling unsigned acts finally landed a label home at Century Media Records.  So despite three albums of excellent Read more […]

Dark Millennium – Acid River (Massacre Records)

Originally developing their doom/death metal platform in the early 90’s, German act Dark Millennium split after two albums in 1993 – resurrecting in 2016 with their third album Midnight in the Void. Read more […]

Solarus – Triumph Through Tragedy

Canada has an immense multitude of talent across the metal spectrum – Solarus being one of the best acts when you want soaring melodic power metal with progressive, modern, and symphonic aspects. Continuing Read more […]

Infected Rain – Ecdysis (Napalm)

All eyes in the modern metal community seem to be gazing upon Infected Rain lately.  After signing with Napalm Records for their fourth album, Endorphin, they managed to turn more heads.  Couple it with Read more […]

Kontact – First Contact (Temple of Mystery Records)

Featuring members of Traveler and Blackrat, Kontact is a new Canadian act from Calgary, Alberta that traverses a progressive meets traditional stance with left field quirks and sci-fi/ancient atmosphere Read more […]

Wilderun – New Horizons Ahead

A lot to discuss with Wilderun since the last time we spoke with them before the release of their previous album, Veil of Imagination.  Since that time, the band has been signed by Century Media Records Read more […]

2021 Album of the Year: Helloween’s Helloween

It’s that day again! The first day of a brand new year, full of anticipation of what’s to come (and really, what is to come given the past few years).  But now we take one look back at 2021 before moving Read more […]