Helloween – Pumpkins Aligned

Next to the classic lineups of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden coming back together during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the most welcome reunion metalheads clamored for globally took place a couple Read more […]

Plaguestorm – Purifying Fire (Noble Demon)

It’s no secret that many writers of this site have a strong affinity for melodic death metal. Coming from the start of the scene in the 1990’s with the work of At the Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity Read more […]

Exsanguination – Spectral Hymns (Horror Pain Gore Death)

Next in line with Swedish death metal worship is that of Massachusetts’ Exsanguination. Their debut full-length, Spectral Hymns, does everything that you would expect a release like this to do. It Read more […]

Fear Factory – Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast)

Unfortunately, at this point there’s not much that can be done to separate the issues surrounding Aggression Continuum from the music. With a series of events including a massive legal tie-up due to Read more […]

Flotsam and Jetsam – Blood in the Water (AFM Records)

Grasping attention from a second generation of thrash followers who weren’t born during the band’s initial ascension from Metal Blade to Elektra/MCA major label ranks, Flotsam and Jetsam prove their Read more […]

Kalah – Human (Self-Released)

Having already introduced themselves with their first EP only in February of this year, modern metal act Kalah strikes while the iron is still hot with this second 4 song offering. Clearly a very productive Read more […]

Silver Talon – Decadence and Decay (M-Theory Audio)

Garnering acclaim for their 2018 Becoming a Demon debut EP (this scribe was definitely impressed), Silver Talon signed with M-Theory Audio and unleashes their first full-length for Decadence and Decay. Read more […]

Path of Destiny – The Seed of All Evil (Apostasy)

German melodic death metal band Path of Destiny has been championing that old school feel for 10 years at this point, and The Seed of All Evil is their third album. Five years removed from Dreams in Splendid Read more […]

Interloper – Search Party (Nuclear Blast)

Modern progressive act Interloper seem to have been putting the finishing touches on their debut album, Search Party, for what seems a minute. But it’s finally here, and the name seems appropriate, Read more […]

Mother of All – Age of the Solipsist (Black Lion Records)

A new Danish act, Mother of All is a death metal band that thrives on using different parts of the extreme scene to their advantage. Not something that’s particularly unheard of in this day and age, Read more […]

Desaster – Churches Without Saints (Metal Blade)

Although the albums come out more sporadically, German blackened/thrash outfit Desaster are reliable in terms of sheer quality release to release. Outside obligations growing deeper into adult lives explains Read more […]

Blazon Rite – Endless Halls of Golden Totem (Gates of Hell Records)

Musicians have been resourceful when getting around COVID-related restrictions – especially if you were planning to record a full-length in a proper studio, as Blazon Rite’s originally put on the docket Read more […]

Go Ahead and Die – Go Ahead and Die (Nuclear Blast)

Certainly, when the name Cavalera comes up it’s bound to pique the interest of a large amount of metal fans. A collaborative effort between Igor Amadeus Cavalera and his father Max, coupled with the Read more […]

Living Dead Girl – Dark yet Feminine

Headed up by Molly Rennick, Living Dead Girl is a new band that attempts to bridge two very different worlds. That of heavy metal and pop music. Their debut album, Exorcism, goes from heavy, driving Read more […]

Reject the Sickness – While Our World Dissolves (WormHoleDeath)

Driving home a musical cocktail of melodic death metal, thrash and metalcore, Belgian group Reject the Sickness whet this scribe’s appetite for their sound based on the previous 2019 EP The New Chapter. Read more […]

Fluids – Not Dark Yet (Hells Headbangers)

Carrying on the tradition of fuzzed up, barbaric, and filthy death metal (a la Mortician), Fluids return with their third effort in Not Dark Yet. With this old school type of goregrind assault, you don’t Read more […]

Crimson Dimension – Crimson Dimension (Spread Evil)

Blackened progressive metal is a moniker you don’t hear too often. Yet according to Finnish Crimson Dimension, this is what their self-titled debut EP contains. Or perhaps I should call it their debut Read more […]

Deadtide – The Rabbit Hole (Self-Released)

Having caught Deadtide a few times live at this point over the years, it’s been nice to see their growth within the melodic death metal spectrum. The New York/New Jersey-based act has always embraced Read more […]

Living Dead Girl – Exorcism (Self-Released)

It’s always a nice feeling to come across artists that are willing to stretch or completely breakdown genre boundaries and experiment a bit. While some may find Living Dead Girl to be a polarizing experience, Read more […]

Iron Jaws – Declaration of War (Pure Steel Records)

Intertwining a combination of heavy metal and speed influences from the 80’s, Iron Jaws from Italy are a five-piece outfit who have been producing their style since 2006. Issuing two albums to date with Read more […]

Fear Factory – Continuing to Disrupt the System

After a massive, years-long battle to settle the Fear Factory name, the band’s latest release Aggression Continuum is finally going to see the light of day. Even that hasn’t been without its setbacks Read more […]

Stormruler – Burning Souls

Sometimes an album just happens to meet its audience by sheer happenstance. St Louis-based Stormruler put out their debut effort with no fuss only to be quickly snatched up by Napalm Records. Said album, Read more […]

Paradox Community – Omega (Self-Released)

Intertwining a mix of progressive, rock, and metal styles, Paradox Community are a power trio from Germany who have been playing in their current lineup since 2007. Obviously having years of seasoning Read more […]

Eternal Struggle – Year of the Gun (Upstate Records)

Hardcore is always at its best when it provides that immediate, pissed-off energy. Israeli act Eternal Struggle find themselves able to provide plenty of volatile and caustic energy on their debut full-length Read more […]

Through the Oculus – Through the Oculus (Metal Assault Records)

Through the Oculus is a new metal act hailing from California, and their self-titled effort is also their debut. While there’s a number of acts at this point that are carefully balancing a line between Read more […]

Hellryder – The Devil Is A Gambler (Rock of Angels Records)

A German supergroup featuring former or current members of acts like Grave Digger, Orden Ogan, Bonfire, Freedom Call, Domain, and Xandria, Hellryder feel the need to get back to the roots of heavy metal Read more […]

Herman Frank – Unique Voice

Guitarist Herman Frank continues to crank out his brand of straight-ahead heavy metal with power and energy of men half his age (he’s in his early 60’s). Two for a Lie is the fifth album under the Read more […]

Burning Witches – The Witch of the North (Nuclear Blast)

Subscribing to a steady release schedule should keep Burning Witches top of mind in developing reliable output that metalheads of the current generation may not be used to. Despite lineup changes, injuries, Read more […]

Worm Shepherd – In the Wake of Sol (Unique Leader)

American death metal act Worm Shepherd have no problem mixing together plenty of diverse elements. Their debut album, In the Wake of Sol, mercilessly attacks the listener with influences from all across Read more […]

Nergard – Eternal White (Pride & Joy Music)

Beginning in 2010 as a studio project for Norwegian musician Andreas Nergård, the two Nergard albums to date have assembled renowned musicians to execute the man’s symphonic metal vision. Artists like Read more […]

The Ember The Ash – Fixation (Prosthetic)

One of the more intriguing black metal combinations, due to its rather unorthodox merging, is that of black metal and metalcore. Unlikely bedfellows, but there are some acts that have tried to hit the Read more […]