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BELL WITCH – MIRROR REAPER

BELL WITCH - MIRROR REAPER (Profound Lore Records) Honestly, doom metal is not the genre I immediately gravitate toward as a metal fan. My tastes tend to include the frenetic, fast, overpowering, and bombastic. So as I volunteered to take on the latest album from...

ANGUIS DEI – AD PORTAS SERPENTIUM

ANGUIS DEI - AD PORTAS SERPENTIUM (Svart Records) Okay, here we go. So, I was fairly nervous listening to this band for the first time. Here's my deal with Black Metal bands (keep in mind, I'm being very light-hearted when I say this, so this isn't to be taken...

SECURE – CHASING RAINBOWS

SECURE - CHASING RAINBOWS (self released) We don't get many bands from Russia, but when we do, it's usually a good one. Such is the case with Secure's newest EP Chasing Rainbows. It's a surprising blend of emo- style metal and a little bit of Devon Townsend; nothing...

REVENGER – THE NEW MYTHOLOGY VOL. 1

REVENGER - THE NEW MYTHOLOGY VOL. 1 (self released) It's nice to know that in a world where more strings equals apparently heavier music, there's a metal band who keeps it real. I did a little homework on this and I can say, Vancouver's Revenger really improved their...

DARK HOUND – DAWNING

Quick, when you think Nashville, what comes to mind? Country music? That crappy TV show? How about heavy metal? That's exactly what we're about to talk about, as Dark Hound are set to release their second full-length album titled Dawning in January 2018, after their...

DEUCE – INVINCIBLE

DEUCE - INVINCIBLE (Better Noise Records) Who remembers Hollywood Undead? I know I'm not the only one who still jams to them every once in a while - my cousin and I used to jam to them while rolling around in my '07 Scion TC, midnight blue with super dark tinted...

HAMKA – MULTIVERSAL

HAMKA - MULTIVERSAL (Fighter Records) This one surprised me right away. I hate to say it, but I let my first impressions get the better of me. I try not to read the press release or look at the photos/videos beforehand as not to let any of it cloud my objectivity. I...

ACCUSER – THE MASTERY

German metalers Accuser (stylized Accu§er) are back yet again after being in a constant songwriting mode all over the past year. Together with long time producer Martin Buchwalter, this songwriting mode has culminated into their newest album The Mastery, due out...

TERMINAL FUNCTION – KRAKSTÖREN EP

Technical death metallers Terminal Function have gone smaller with the release of their newest EP Krakstören. Described as "aggressive and progressive," the band had set out to write shorter, more explosive songs. With there being only three tracks to discuss (it is...

HAMFERD – TAMSINS LIKAM

Hamferð refers to an apparition: the image of a person facing death, appearing before his or her loved ones as an omen. The doom metal group is set to release the third part of their self-described "reverse chronological saga" on January 12, 2018. From the bio given...

GENUS ORDINIS DEI – GREAT OLDEN DYNASTY

Coming from Italy, symphonic death metal pioneers Genus Ordinis Dei have done it again with the release of their second full-length album Great Olden Dynasty via Eclipse Records. These ten tracks combine traditional death metal with bits of symphony and theatricality,...

SUFFER IN SILENCE – BEAUTIFUL LIES

SUFFER IN SILENCE - BEAUTIFUL LIES (Sliptrick Records) When I think of the words "melodic death metal," or when a band presents themselves as such, they're not what I was imagining. "Melodic" implies a melody, and most of the time there is none. Such is the case with...

TEEMU AND THE DEATHBLOWS – KEEP IT IN THE DARK

TEEMU AND THE DEATHBLOWS - KEEP IT IN THE DARK (Svart Records) Exploding onto the scene after releasing just a few self recorded songs on the internet, Teemu and the Deathblows are set to release their debut album Keep it in the Dark digitally on December 8, and on...

A PALE DECEMBER – THE SHRINE OF PRIMAL FIRE

A PALE DECEMBER - THE SHRINE OF PRIMAL FIRE (Avantgarde Music) The first full-length album from Italian black metalers A Pale December, The Shrine of Primal Fire has arrived to grace our ear holes after two years of waiting. The band looks up to several different...

HYPERION – DANGEROUS DAYS

HYPERION - DANGEROUS DAYS (Fighter Records) On November 22, Italian metallers Hyperion  released Dangerous Days via Fighter Records in an attempt to recreate the pure, classic, typical heavy metal sound of the '80s in the vein of bands like Judas Priest, Annihilator,...

LIONHEART – WELCOME TO THE WEST COAST II

LIONHEART - WELCOME TO THE WEST COAST II About a year ago, a largely known California hardcore band, Lionheart, announced that they would be parting ways as a band, and would not continue to make music. For those people who groove to hardcore music, you most likely...

THE LAST OF LUCY – ASHVATTHA

THE LAST OF LUCY - ASHVATTHA (Self Released) I love my editor. To paraphrase the words of Mister Universe (if you're a Firefly fan), she always brings me the very best violence. The Last Of Lucy are from Huntington Beach, California. If there's one thing I've learned...

HORNWOOD FELL – MY BODY, MY TIME

HORNWOOD FELL - MY BODY, MY TIME (Avantgarde Music) Italian rockers Hornwood Fell have recently released their third full-length album My Body, My Time via Avantgarde Music, and this third effort marks a bit of a change in the bands sound, most notably in the vocals....

INSECT DEATH – PERPETUATING IDIOCY

INSECT DEATH - PERPETUATING IDIOCY (ZERO BUDGET RECORDS) The Minnesota based grindcore project, Insect Death released their album Perpetuating Idiocy  last year, and it kind of fell under the radar. The pet project of Will Maravelas (We Are Legion, Chalice of...

AFTER THE MINOR – THE DECADENCE…THE DECAY…

AFTER THE MINOR - THE DECADENCE...THE DECAY...  America's high five once again has metal bragging rights with Flint natives After the Minor's release of their sophomore album The Decadence...the Decay.  This album dropped a couple of months ago (August) and I'm...

SOUND STORM – VERTIGO

SOUND STORM - VERTIGO (Rockshots Records) Listen to the first couple tracks of Vertigo, and you'll easily figure out what Torino, Italy's Sound Storm is going for; all out, in your face cinematics, and at least in part, they succeed! The album starts off with a nice,...

CARDIANT – MIRRORS

CARDIANT - MIRRORS (Inverse records) Looking at the album cover, you'd never suspect that Finland's Cardiant would sound like anything but Green Jelly (Jello?). I like being surprised like that. In fact, these guys don't sound anything like that at all! If I had to...

HARD ACTION – HOT WIRED BEAT

HARD ACTION - HOT WIRED BEAT (SVART RECORDS) Finnish action rockers Hard Action are set to release their second full-length album Hot Wired Beat on December 1st via Svart Records, aiming to outdo themselves in every way from their first release Sinister Vibes which...

DESOLATE SHRINE – DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID

DESOLATE SHRINE - DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID Finnish death metallers Desolate Shrine released their fourth full-length album Deliverance from the Godless Void on November 10, attempting to erase the line between death metal and doom metal. Dear readers, let us...

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