July 2021 Rapid Fires

Each month continues to look more and more optimistic for the return of music, mostly as we have known it. More shows, and of course, plenty more releases to check out and absorb. This month we look Read more […]

SkyEye – Soldiers of Light (Reaper Entertainment)

Turning tragedy into triumph with their debut album Digital God being pirated by an outside account on Bandcamp to gaining a new label deal for Reaper Entertainment on their second album Soldiers of Light, Read more […]

Fell Harvest – Pale Light in a Dying World (Self-Released)

COVID-19 certainly has thrown its share of curveballs into millions of lives. For doom metal outfit Fell Harvest, vocalist/bassist Joseph Fell suffered lung damage from contracting the virus – forcing Read more […]

Powerwolf – Call of the Wild (Napalm Records)

Through tenacious drive, dependable discography, and memorable live performances, Powerwolf has ascended to the top of the charts as well as the hearts of the faithful followers in their power metal niche. Read more […]

Ingested – The Surreption II (Unique Leader)

Continuing the pathway that the band opened up early in 2021 with a remastered/rerecorded version of their first demo in Stinking Cesspool of Liquefied Human Remains, The Surreption II celebrates the 10th Read more […]

Requiem – Collapse into Creative Freedom

Swiss veterans Requiem have been pulverizing their listeners with a fierce style of death metal since 1997. Familiar with a mix of old school veterans from the North American and European scenes, these Read more […]

Death Tribe – Beyond the Red Light District: A Canal Experiment (Blood Blast)

Anthony Kaoteon’s Death Tribe released an interesting debut two years ago (Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment) which straddled the line among different extreme metal factions in a unique way. Read more […]

Mourn The Light – Suffer, Then We’re Gone (Argonauta Records)

Steady output equals prime real estate in the hearts and minds of your fanbase. In an era where many major bands take three to five years between releases due to the wider touring windows (which generate Read more […]

Neonfly – A New Future

Intent on expanding upon a burgeoning fanbase excited by their melodic power metal ways established on the first two albums Outshine the Sun and Strangers in Paradise, Neonfly have been quiet on the release Read more […]

Thelemite – Thelemism (Sleaszy Rider)

Superlatives often get thrown around when trying to garner buzz or hype surrounding an upcoming release. The problem is – when choosing to swing for the fences, a label or PR firm better hope the product Read more […]

Necrogod – In Extremis (Transcending Obscurity)

Another month, another Rogga Johansson release! Never one to rest, it does seem as if the pandemic has allowed the already prolific death metal fiend to become even more prolific. In Extremis is the Read more […]

Wizardthrone – Necrodimensional Reality

What ever happened to that intriguing combination of raging fury, bombastic keyboards, and elegant melodies that defined the early 2000s, particularly in black and death metal? A question that some tend Read more […]

June 2021 Album of the Month – Fear Factory’s Aggression Continuum

An album that has been stuck, itching to come out for several years now – at times questionable if it could be released, Fear Factory finally make their return with Aggression Continuum. A release that Read more […]

Backlash – World Domination

While many look to the East Coast and West Coast as prominent epicenters for metal markets stateside, musicians often applaud the strong Midwest circuit for support. Hailing from Illinois, Backlash have Read more […]

Dialith – Atrophy (Self-Released)

Choosing to issue a series of EP’s to satiate the appetite of Dialith followers after the outstanding support for their 2019 album Extinction Six, Atrophy is the first of a projected three EP’s that Read more […]

Domination Campaign – Onward to Glory (Prosthetic)

Originally intended as a solo effort for Psycroptic frontman Jason Peppiatt, Domination Campaign expanded its membership to include fellow Psycroptic drummer Joe Haley and thus Onward to Glory was written. Read more […]

Space Chaser – Dealing with Dystopia

Subscribing to a precise thrash mold that takes from more Bay Area influences while not forsaking aspects of punk, hardcore, or extreme metal, Space Chaser have been steadily gaining an underground buzz Read more […]

Times of Grace – Songs of Loss and Separation (Wicked Good/ADA)

Ten years ago, Times of Grace released their debut album, which offered the first collaboration between Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach since Leach had initially left Killswitch Engage. It offered a different Read more […]

Eradicator – Influence Denied (Metalville)

Ideally the development of a band takes specific stairstep maneuvers. The best lineup in place, proper studio recordings, live work, signing with a label, refine, improve and continue to elevate your status Read more […]

EP Stream: World Below’s Dereliction

It’s Wednesday, and you’ve still got half the week to go. If you need a little anger management to make it through, we have you covered with a pissed-off EP stream of Philadelphia, PA’s World Below. Read more […]

Laurenne/Louhimo – Musical Empowerment

With just their own main bands (and outside projects), Netta Laurenne and Noora Louhimo are powerhouse vocalists. In teaming up for a collaborative metal album, they have managed to raise the stakes even Read more […]

Wizardthrone – Hypercube Necrodimensions (Napalm)

A joint effort between members of Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Aether Realm and more – on top of guest appearances with members from Swallow the Sun, Dark Fortress, and Wilderun – means that this is going Read more […]

I Abyssick – Ashes Enthroned (Sleaszy Rider)

Calling Greece home, I Abyssick are a newer quartet of musicians that formed in 2017, recording their debut album Ashes Enthroned over the past several years and finally making a deal with Sleaszy Rider Read more […]

Loch Vostok – Opus Ferox – The Great Escape (ViciSolum Productions)

A steady force in the Swedish progressive metal scene, Loch Vostok has an impressive, versatile discography since their beginnings in the early 2000’s. Solid records like Reveal No Secrets from 2009 Read more […]

Inhuman Architects – Paradoxus (Vicious Instinct Records)

Aliens and extreme metal tend to go together like peanut butter and jelly (or chocolate, if you prefer). The big purple alien and theme, not to mention the name of the Portuguese band, definitely gives Read more […]

At the Gates – Ongoing Nightmares

A band that has thrived on being experimental throughout their years, despite the massive impact of Slaughter the Soul, At the Gates post-comeback have been really doing their best to avoid redundant waters. Read more […]

Svn.Seeker – Traversing a Fragile Life

Discovering a melodic death metal act in my home state of Connecticut, Svn.Seeker are a newer quartet that are gaining traction due to their impressive musicianship and stellar blend of influences. Pulling Read more […]

Cognitive – Malevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction (Unique Leader)

An act that has perpetually managed to one-up themselves while staying true to their roots, Cognitive have been a joy to watch as they release each new album. 2018’s Matricide was their last release, Read more […]

Axel Rudi Pell – Diamonds Unlocked II (Steamhammer/SPV)

Consciously deciding to record this second volume of special covers Diamonds Unlocked II, Axel Rudi Pell has been a steady part of the melodic hard rock and heavy/power metal scene for over thirty-two Read more […]

Space Chaser – Give Us Life (Metal Blade)

Next to America, German thrash has always been a mainstay in this scribe’s listening playbook. Excitement always enters when finding another group from this land – as you have here for Space Chaser. Read more […]

Anthropophagus Depravity – Apocalypto (Comatose)

Doesn’t take an expert to figure out what’s going to come out of the speakers when you see the combination of Comatose Music and an Indonesian brutal death metal act – let’s be honest, how many Read more […]