Accept – Musical Outlaws

Photo: Christoph Vohler When it comes to classic, traditional heavy metal, a staple in any discography has to be Accept. Beyond the benchmark albums (Breaker, Restless and Wild, Balls to the Wall, Metal Read more […]

Verberis – The Apophatic Wilderness (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

New Zealand is way more than Hobbitses and the home of the mighty Pūteketeke. It’s also a hotbed for innovative extreme metal, and we’re all the better for it. An understated favorite of this scribe Read more […]

Praying Mantis – Defiance (Frontiers Music)

Originating as Junction in 1973, a year later Praying Mantis would be a more fitting moniker for this UK act featuring the brothers Tino and Chris Troy who maintain the quality output as they celebrate Read more […]

Full of Hell – Coagulated Bliss (Closed Casket Activities)

Full of Hell is full of surprises for their newest record Coagulated Bliss. From the colorful artwork mistaken for an AI rendering at first, to the lyrical themes that Dylan Walker explored this time around Read more […]

Ravage – Beware of the Spider

In the early 2000’s, this scribe caught Ravage at a live show opening for Lizzy Borden at a venue called Jarrod’s Place in Attleboro, Massachusetts – striking a friendship with the band that continues Read more […]

Kickin Valentina – Star Spangled Fist Fight (Mighty Music)

Atlanta, Georgia is home to Kickin Valentina – a four-piece band who incorporate a mix of sleazy hard rock with bluesy and heavy metal touches for their fourth album Star Spangled Fist Fight. Signing Read more […]

A Neverending John’s Dream – Coming Back to Paradise (Pride & Joy Music)

Sometimes we take our time to gain proper confidence in our abilities not just as a musician, but also in other extensions such as singing and songwriting. Such is the case for drummer Joan M. Heredia Read more […]

Inter Arma – New Heaven (Relapse)

I need to get something off of my chest first: why is Virginia’s finest band, Inter Arma, so criminally overlooked? They’ve been at it since 2006 and yet the group’s pretty much stayed below the radar Read more […]

Suldusk – Pushing Through Musical Boundaries

Setting the underground abuzz with a potent debut back in 2019 entitled Lunar Falls, Suldusk has come a long way in the past five years. Starting off as a one-woman effort from Emily Highfield, the years Read more […]

Bloody Falls – Amartia (Art Gates Records)

No one can deny the depth of quality Finland has brought in all facets of the metal genre – as numerous artists have their music processed on a global scale of influence. As such, ears perk up when taking Read more […]

Necrot – Lifeless Birth (Tankcrimes)

The Bay Area may be well known for its active thrash scene, but there is also quite a potent death metal movement brewing about – especially when you look at the development of Oakland’s Necrot. Forming Read more […]

Loch Vostok – Opus Ferox II -Mark of the Beast (ViciSolum Productions)

Ambitious in execution, Swedish progressive metal act Loch Vostok continues the Opus Ferox trilogy that started in 2021 with the stellar Opus Ferox – The Great Escape record, issuing the sequel Opus Read more […]

SETYØURSAILS – Overcoming Demons

SETYØURSAILS left a major impression with their previous album, Nightfall. A personal album that was able to hit a variety of sonic tones and avoided any one genre in particular. With their new album, Read more […]

Sarcasm – Mourninghoul (Hammerheart Records)

Active in the early 90s, Swedish band Sarcasm released a series of demos to establish their brand of death metal before dissolving in 1994. A short-lived reunion in 1997 did not last – putting the group Read more […]

Ghost Kill – Ghost Kill (Self-Released)

In modern times, YouTube can feel a bit daunting. But sometimes it reaps some fantastic rewards, in the case of fresh act Ghost Kill, whom this scribe managed to discover through their recent “Heartbreak” Read more […]

Ingested – The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams (Metal Blade)

Continuing along as one of the modern extreme metal acts that seem to be able to balance the line to appeal to both deathcore and death metal purists, Ingested have designed a visceral formula that provides Read more […]

Leaves’ Eyes – Of Myths and Legends

Returning triumphant after 2020’s The Last Viking, symphonic metal act Leaves’ Eyes this time takes a turn towards the mystical and magical with their new album, Myths of Fate. Not a concept album this Read more […]

Attacker – The God Particle (Cruz del Sur Music)

While many bands who started in the 80s that reformed decades later still chase former glory, other artists such as Attacker prove that they still can write, record, and issue relevant material to the Read more […]

ALMONDot – 鋼鉄 – Koutetsu (Sony)

Adding into the list of Japanese acts that continue to defiantly blur the genre lines and the expectations associated with them is the industrial metal act ALMONDot. Comprised of literal teenagers, the Read more […]

Imminence – The Black (Believe)

One of those bands that completely throws genre boxes out of the way, Imminence have been hard at work to carve out their own niche within heavy music for over a decade now. Merging together a sound that Read more […]

Disbelief – War of the Mind

Photo: Axel Jusseit A staple of the German metal scene, Disbelief have been plugging away since 1990 combining aspects of groove, sludge, thrash and death into their sound. Killing Karma is the group’s Read more […]

Spider Kickers – Necrosupper (Sleaszy Rider Records)

Another legendary band from the underground thrash/death movement, Greek quartet Spider Kickers have been ‘kicking’ (pun intended) around since 1986 – releasing a series of demos before The Northwest Read more […]

Extinct – Incitement of Violence (MDD Records)

Twenty-one years into the scene, German thrashers Extinct stick to a ‘less is more’ output when it comes to their discography. Incitement of Violence is the group’s second album, with previous recordings Read more […]

Benighted – Ekbom (Season of Mist)

A staple in the brutal death metal and grind arenas for their ability to bring utter chaos and intensity to all that they do, Benighted, much like a number of bands that released music at the onset of Read more […]

Týr – Prepare for the Next Battle

Photo: Gaui H. When it comes to a traditional brand of progressive folk metal, there’s nothing quite like the aural, out of body experience pouring through the discography of Týr. Active since 1998, Read more […]

Avralize – Freaks (Arising Empire)

It’s tough to make a mark on the modern music scene, tougher still to do so with a unique sound. Germany’s Avralize have seemingly come out of nowhere to accomplish both of these things with their debut, Read more […]

Boundaries – Death is Little More (3DOT Recordings)

Connecticut-based metalcore act Boundaries have had two previous full-length efforts under their belts, but it seems the best was yet to come in their case. Their third album, Death is Little More, the Read more […]

SETYØURSAILS – Bad Blood (Napalm)

2022 gave us the impressive sophomore effort from SETYØURSAILS titled Nightfall, which seemed to pull them directly into the radar of many as it was their first release through Napalm Records. Unabashedly Read more […]

Vicinity – Passengers in Life

Photo: Daniel Almli & Steffen Normark Progressive metal has always been a constant staple in this scribe’s life – branching off from artists like Fates Warning, Queensrÿche and Dream Theater into Read more […]

Protosequence – Bestiary (Lacerated Enemy Records)

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, Protosequence is a quartet originally hitting the scene in 2014, releasing a series of singles and EPs over that time to finally reach a debut full-length for Read more […]

Witch Vomit – Funeral Sanctum (20 Buck Spin)

Old school death metal has returned to the forefront of appeal – not just due to the consistent offerings from the originators of the movement, but a current crop of acts putting forth memorable records Read more […]