November 2021 Rapid Fires

By the next time we have to write one of these Rapid Fire columns, we will have wrapped up all of the best albums of the year for 2021.  Crazy to think how incredibly fast this year has gone in hindsight, Read more […]

Of Mice & Men – Echo (Sharptone Records)

An amalgamation of metal, rock, and hardcore, it’s hard to really place Of Mice & Men into a simple, defining category.  Even between shifts in albums, merging between heavier moments and more melodic Read more […]

Eternal Evil – The Warriors Awakening Brings the Unholy Slaughter (Redefining Darkness Records)

There’s something to be said for teenage angst, rebellion, and the need for self-expression. Especially relevant in heavier genres of metal – where you can hear a purity and singular vision for destruction Read more […]

Imminence – Heaven in Hiding (Arising Empire)

Tossing the metalcore label on a band like Imminence seems to ignore some major facets of the band’s sound.  Most have a pretty standard understanding of what the term means, and such a description Read more […]

E-Force – Mindbender (Mighty Music)

Probably best known for his work during 1994-2001 with Canadian legends Voivod, vocalist/bassist Eric Forrest started E-Force after his time in the group. Currently issuing their fifth full-length Mindbender, Read more […]

Eldritch – EOS (Scarlet Records)

This scribe has a long history listening to Italian progressive/power metal outfit Eldritch. Discovering the band in the early 90’s during the demo stage of 1991’s Reflection of Sadness and the promo Read more […]

The Lurking Fear – Death, Madness, Horror, Decay (Century Media)

The Lurking Fear first released Out of the Voiceless Grave four years ago.  A supergroup of Swedish death metal, with members from At the Gates, Disfear, Skitsystem, and The Haunted (among others), it Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – Blooming in Misery

Consistently bringing some of the most gloomy and sorrow-filled musical landscapes to the metal world, Swallow the Sun aren’t a band to sing about happy topics.  But their ability to make riveting and Read more […]

NorthTale – Eternal Flame (Nuclear Blast)

Establishing themselves as an international force in the power metal movement, NorthTale burst onto the scene for their first album Welcome to Paradise in 2019. A mix of Swedish and American musicians Read more […]

Aephanemer – A Dream of Wilderness (Napalm)

More.  More.  More.  That’s the first thing that comes to mind with Aephanemer’s third effort, A Dream of Wilderness.  With two solid melodeath outings under their belts, and 2019’s Prokopton Read more […]

Hypocrisy – Worship and Devotion

With a history spanning 30 years at this point, Hypocrisy stand as a veteran force within death metal.  Masters of being able to craft aggressive, full-on death metal with copious melodies and memorable Read more […]

Exodus – Persona Non Grata (Nuclear Blast)

The old business model of touring to fuel album sales, then get back in the studio to crank out a new album quickly, is gone. These days for heavy metal, bands can go on the road for an album for years Read more […]

Vomit the Soul – Cold (Unique Leader)

Despite having been around since 2000, Cold is only the third full-length from Italian band Vomit the Soul, and the first that they have released since 2009.  Despite the usual sound of Italian death Read more […]

NorthTale – An Eternal Warning

Establishing himself as a journeyman guitarist sharing the stage with bands like Cellador, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle, and U.D.O. among others, guitarist Bill Hudson felt it was Read more […]

Hypocrisy – Worship (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been eight years since Hypocrisy’s last effort, End of Disclosure.  Mainman Peter Tagtgren is quite the busybody when it comes to the metal scene (most notably with his other band Pain), and Read more […]

Tower – Shock to the System (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Hailing from New York City, Tower delivers the power and the glory of straight-ahead heavy metal for their second album Shock to the System. The first album in five years for the group, the global pandemic Read more […]

Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between the Lines (Eclipse Records)

Developing an alternative, edgy hard rockin’ sound from Buffalo, NY, Hearts & Hand Grenades started in 2012 as a cover band to evolve into an original act. Garnering the attention of Goo Goo Dolls Read more […]

October 2021 Album of the Month – Omnium Gatherum’s Origin

Perennial melodeath champions here at DR, Omnium Gatherum have been incredibly consistent for well over a decade at this point.  They understand how the genre works, and make some of the most gorgeous Read more […]

Beast In Black – A Cyberpunk Connection

Elevating themselves quickly as favorites in the melodic power metal field, Beast in Black issues a third album with Dark Connection that features a lot of affinity for 80’s sci-fi/cyberpunk movies as Read more […]

Obscura – A Valediction (Nuclear Blast)

When it comes to the tech death genre, Obscura is always going to come to mind as one of the leaders in the field, with an extensive list of releases that pushed the genre forward, particularly early efforts Read more […]

Bonded – Into Blackness (Century Media)

Wasting no time releasing the second album Into Blackness after issuing last year’s Rest in Violence debut, German thrashers Bonded aim to prove that seasoning and experience pay dividends once again Read more […]

Ültra Raptör – Tyrants (Fighter Records)

Embracing the wild chaos and insanity of speed/heavy metal and themes of fantasy, sci-fi, and old-school American comic books, Canadian band Ültra Raptör came into existence (umlauts and all). Especially Read more […]

Exodus – Let the Beatings Continue

Outside of the big four of thrash, many will place Exodus on that pinnacle tier for their contributions to the movement in terms of discography, energy, aggression, and overall blistering live performances. Read more […]

Fathom Farewell – Beware of Kraken

Encompassing an array of influences across the metalcore and modern/alternative rock landscape, Boston based act Fathom Farewell have been making an impression not only across the New England scene but Read more […]

Swallow the Sun – Moonflowers (Century Media)

The perpetually gloomy Swallow the Sun have been purveyors of beauty in darkness for quite some time.  As they have gotten more expansive with elements of heavy and quiet, it’s made for some very compelling Read more […]

David Reece – Blacklist Utopia (El Puerto Records)

Reliable for his potent vocal delivery in a myriad of melodic hard rock and heavy metal styles, David Reece is enjoying these current times as he returns from last year’s tremendous album Cacophony of Read more […]

Aeons Abyss – Terror Manifest (Self-Released)

Forming out of a pure love for old-school US death metal, Aeons Abyss as a duo (with no relation even though they share the O’Brien last name with Paul on vocals and Steve on guitar/bass) have made incremental Read more […]

Obscura – Colliding Stars

A beacon of the progressive, technical death metal scene, Obscura are about to present their fifth album to the world in the form of A Valediction.  Lots of new stuff this time around, such as a new label, Read more […]

Bryan Eckermann – Plague Bringers CD Bundle!

We are stoked to be giving away a CD bundle from prolific melo-death/black metal artist Bryan Eckermann to one (1) lucky winner. Bryan’s latest effort is Plague Bringers, which serves as Part II to Read more […]

Deceased – Thrash Times at Ridgemont High (Hells Headbangers Records)

Curators of a great amalgamation of what makes underground metal special, Deceased beyond their original work always comes up with some of the best covers in all heavy genres. The title of this record Read more […]

Pathology – The Everlasting Plague (Nuclear Blast)

An act that tended to put out some extraordinarily heavy slamming death metal, Pathology’s last album (2019’s fittingly titled Reborn to Kill) was a real breath of fresh air.  Effectively balanced Read more […]