Nordic Union – Talent Personified

One of the highlights in the modern music era is the proliferation of talented musicians combining their skillsets to offer the public more recordings than ever before. Nordic Union started in 2016, putting Read more […]

Black Magnet – Body Prophecy (20 Buck Spin)

Industrial metal and electronic/synth music in general hold a special place in this writer’s musical landscape. That late 80s/early 90s vibe of industrial metal’s prime still sounds just as beautifully Read more […]

Psycroptic – Divine Council (Prosthetic Records)

Two decades active in their technical death metal ways, Psycroptic continues to evolve as options, inspiration, and new tools come into the mix. For this latest album Divine Council, beyond the supplemental Read more […]

Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army (Metal Blade)

Undisputed leaders in the Viking-oriented melodic death metal scene, Amon Amarth conjure up those old school battlefields where swords, shields, and mighty warriors battled for pride, freedom, and territory. Read more […]

StormbounD – December (Self-Released)

Marketing in the modern music industry has changed compared to the early practices of radio play, physical sales, and then hitting the road. These days singles and videos can make modest in roads, setting Read more […]

Aquila – The Great Fire (Self-Released)

Previously gracing a Sifting Through Bandcamp column back in July 2020 for their Jewel of the Empire’s Crown EP, Ontario’s Aquila returns with another four-song EP for The Great Fire. Victim to the Read more […]

Toxik – Heavier Yet Still Cynical

Just before online media consumption usurped the old-fashioned in print marketplace, this scribe used to be a co-editor for a few years in the late 90’s/early 2000’s at Snakepit magazine. Unearthing Read more […]

Fall and Resist – Darkness of Now (Self-Released)

Often well-established genres within metal garner more respect in the hands of musicians from remote parts of the world. Although metalcore became a US staple during the late 90’s/early 2000’s thanks Read more […]

Soulfly – Totem (Nuclear Blast)

Evolution has been a constant in the world of Max Cavalera. A pure lover of all forms of heavy music (and beyond), listeners have come to expect progression record to record, no matter what outfit or configuration Read more […]

Jeff Wagner – Destination: Onward and Beyond

It’s been an honor to know music appreciator, journalist, and friend Jeff Wagner since the late teens as we both were contributors to Curious Goods fanzine during the late 80’s/early 90’s. He has Read more […]

July 2022 Rapid Fires

The July 2022 edition of Rapid Fires, our short review column, contains a wide array of bands, from blazing Australian death/thrash, symphonic power metal, progressive metal and everything in between. Read more […]

H.E.A.T. – Force Majeure (earMusic)

While other parts of the world slowly lost interest in catchy, melodic heavy metal that intertwines 80’s influences from the AOR/Sunset Strip world, Scandinavian territories grabbed the mantle to produce Read more […]

Krisiun – Mortem Solis (Century Media)

Thirty-two years together as brothers (actual siblings, not figuratively speaking), Brazilian extreme death metal act Krisiun haven’t let a pandemic slow down the speedy brand of music that has been Read more […]

Castrator – Defiled in Oblivion (Dark Descent)

First popping onto the radar with their No Victim EP back in 2015, it’s been seven years since we’ve heard anything from the international death metal act Castrator.  A few line-up changes along the way Read more […]

Tomb of Finland – Prepare for Entombment

Finnish metal encompasses a wide array of influences – the common thread throughout most of the bands is this purity and sensibility regarding the channeling of emotions through musical passages that Read more […]

Venus – Project Lamda (Self-Released)

Can’t really be surprised these days that the fusion of sci-fi, horror, and progressive thrash are colliding to make for intriguing collaborations. Greek duo Venus takes all these aspects to heart in Read more […]

Witchery – Nightside (Century Media)

Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a group, Witchery never wavered from a sound that has been a culmination of blackened thrash with speedy, punk, and primitive inflections. When other artists may refine, Read more […]

Red Handed Denial – I’d Rather Be Asleep (Self-Released)

Continuing to grow and build upon each release, Red Handed Denial have returned for their follow up to 2019’s excellent Redeemer with a new full-length effort in I’d Rather Be Asleep.  With an established Read more […]

Horizon Ignited – Flames Burning Bright

Many listeners within the melodic death metal community desire new blood to push the scene forward. For those who love a classic mix of the 1990’s early days with the finesse and energy of the present, Read more […]

Idol Throne – The Sibylline Age (Stormspell Records)

Not very often you hear a US metal act from Indiana that intertwines influences from power metal, thrash, neoclassical and traditional spectrums while also incorporating specific aspects of 90’s progressive Read more […]

Shadow Work – Disillusioned (Self-Released)

Anyone remember the band Swarmageddon and their stunning 2020 debut, Inhuman?  If not, the first order of business is to do that, as its one of the strongest hidden gems in melodic death metal that has Read more […]

Future Palace – Run (Arising Empire)

In the last few years, modern metal has reveled in trying new things and combining different sources in order to have a fresh sound that feels metallic, yet isn’t afraid of crossing over and dabbling in Read more […]

Denied – Swirling in Madness

Many artists remember their final gigs before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the entertainment industry. In the case of heavy/thrash metal act Denied, they would play one show in March 2020 three months Read more […]

Among These Ashes – Breaking Free

Today’s marketplace makes it difficult to stand out in the heavy metal landscape – especially if you are fresh to the scene. Quality often wins out in the end – and that’s the case here for Michigan Read more […]

Raptore – Blackfire (Dying Victims Productions)

Previously coming on this scribe’s listening radar through their Rage n’ Fever debut album a few years back, Argentina’s Raptore have had a few lineup changes (plus moving to Spain) which explains Read more […]

Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting (Season of Mist)

What happens when you take a band that’s already noted for being bleak and gloomy and have them record during a global pandemic?  The answer is clearly not sunshine and rainbows with a title like Grey Read more […]

Among These Ashes – Dominion Enthroned (Alone Records)

The brainchild of guitarist Richard Clark, Among These Ashes is a five-piece outfit from the Detroit area featuring notable musicians with ties to acts like Battlecross, Traveler, and Finality among others. Read more […]

H.E.A.T. – Rising with Force

Proving that quality melodic hard rock and heavy metal doesn’t have any expiration date, H.E.A.T. are one of the premiere artists resurrecting the love of these styles over the past couple of decades. Read more […]

Reeking Aura- Blood and Bonemeal (Profound Lore)

Too many cooks spoil the broth? In the case of NY/NJ’s six-hydra-headed Reeking Aura, twelve hands only turned the soup into a festering concoction of death metal goodness. Conceived around 2019 with the Read more […]

Darkane – Inhuman Spirits (Massacre)

Sweden’s Darkane has always been caught in the margins: Not melodic enough for the In Flames and Dark Tranquillity crowd and not breaching the technical walls to run with Meshuggah’s forever swelling Read more […]

Farewell to Fear – Polarity (Crusader / Golden Robot Records)

Aiming to bring a mixture of alternative/90’s-oriented metal influences to a modern audience while also throwing a few outside brash (and thrash) elements to the table, Farewell to Fear have been making Read more […]