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PALLBEARER – HEARTLESS

Ahh, these crazy cats from Arkansas.  Pallbearer released its much awaited album Heartless courtesy of Profound Lore Records/20 Buck Spin on March 21st…  and by the grace of the gods, it is one powerful album.  I have been a fan of these dudes since I heard their 2014...

LOATHFINDER – THE GREAT TIRED ONES

Dropping April 30th, Poland’s own Loathfinder is set to release their new EP, The Great Tired Ones, via indy label Godz ov War. Loathfinder is an acquired taste among metal bands, definitely unique in their sound, bringing their own flavor of sludge metal in these...

IN DEATH – THE DEVIL SPEAKS

Australian death metal band In Death are set to release their new album, The Devil Speaks, on April 21st. Upon hitting play, it is apparent that the title fits. The opener, "Malignancy Eradicated", is tight but once the second track “The Pitfalls of Immortality”...

DEAD EARTH POLITICS – THE MOBIUS HAMMERSMITH

Progressive power thrash Texans Dead Earth Politics released their third album of a three year trilogy, The Mobius Hammersmith, on March 3rd and it is crystal clear how they’ve been voted best Austin band four years running. Bridging sub-genres of metal, to create an...

ENRAGEMENT – BURNED, BARREN, BLOODSTAINED

  Enragement is back on the scene after their last full-length release in 2014 titled Omnimalevolence of Man. Their new album, Burned, Barren, Bloodstained will be released on June 9th courtesy of Inverse Records.   Burned, Barren, Bloodstained immediately lures you...

VARAHA – VARAHA

Chicago has one of the best, yet overlooked metal music scene.  There are so many talented artists out there working their asses off to create their views of beauty, sorrow, angst, or whatever through music.  It is all within reach of music fans; as long as one is...

GRA – RAMSVARTA TANKAR

A new era brings a new single as GRA reveals a new lineup and direction to the world, “Ramsvarta Tankar” is a dark and haunting tune paired with a sick cover of Lord Belial’s “Osculum Obscenum”. GRA is revitalized with new members Natt (guitar) and Vediger (bass)...

ORDOXE – TOWARDS ETERNITY

Ordoxe, a black metal band hailing from Quebec, is soon to release their Horror Pain Gore Death debut album, Towards Eternity. Formed in 1989, Ordoxe is certainly a testament to the roots of black metal, with its doomy sound, grim psychescapes, and excessive tremolo...

WITHOUT WAVES – LUNAR

I have a little bit of history with Without Waves. A couple years back, I was helping co-host the Rock in Chicago podcast, where we interviewed many of Chicago’s local music scene, ranging from punk, to indie, to metal. For one show, we had Without Waves in the studio...

EPI-DEMIC – MALFORMED CONSCIENCE

Canadian trio, Epi-Demic, is back with a vengeance. Following up their 2015 collaboration with fellow Canadian rockers Solanum, and their 2011 album Madess, Epi-Demic’s new album Malformed Conscience will not leave metal lovers with much to be desired. If you’re a fan...

MURKOCET – DIGGING MERCY’S GRAVE

Cutthroat American heavy metalers Murkocet self released their debut album Digging Mercy's Grave on January 14th.  Murkocet delivers a highly aggressive and unrelenting sound with a catchy melodic groove. What do you get when you cross the raw grit of Lamb of God and...

CRY MY NAME – REFLECTIONS

German metalcore quintet, Cry My Name, is scheduled to release their new album, Reflections, April 21st, courtesy of Bastardized Recordings. Fueled by aggressive hardcore beats, angry riffs, hard chorus hooks, and roller-grooves, Cry My Name, is fresher and more...

MORDBRAND – WILT

From the darkest and dankest depths of Swedish black metal emerges Mordbrand and their first album Wilt courtesy of underground metal label Carnal Records. Wilt, released on February 24th, showcases diverse death metal mastery. Wilt starts off a bit 'slow', not in...

BEAR MACE – BUTCHERING THE COLOSSUS

The Windy City's mysterious five-headed beast known as Bear Mace self-released their full length album, Butchering the Colossus, on March 1st. The origin of Bear Mace dates back to 2012 when vocalist Lord Devourer and guitarist Crossbow Death became engaged in a...

BEAST MODULUS – BEING

Brooklyn, New York's grooving math metal masters, Beast Modulus, are primed and ready to release their six track album, Being, on March 30th.  Building upon the acclaimed 2015 release of their self-titled EP, Beast Modulus has turned up the sonic fury to overload and...

MOONLIGHT PROPHECY – ETERNAL OBLIVION

Southeastern Pennsylvania neoclassical progressive project, Moonlight Prophecy will soon self release their EP, Eternal Oblivion, on April 15th. Written, performed, and produced by Lawrence Wallace, Eternal Oblivion has an enormous sound, despite it being a one man...

KALOPSIA – ANGELPLAGUE

New Jersey’s death metal band Kalopsia is soon to release their new album Angelplague courtesy of Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on March 31st. Using sharp high vocals, crushing gutterals, and every range in between, the vocals in Angelplague are sure to hook you...

BEHIND THE SUN – POST SOLIS

South Carolina progressive metal quartet, Behind the Sun, released their debut EP Post Solis on March 10.  Despite the newness to the scene, Behind the Sun’s Post Solis is complex yet easy to take in; the vast intricacies completely unexpected from a debut EP. ...

GORESOERD – ANTIKEHA

Estonia’s grindcore masterminds Goresoerd released their fourth full length album, Antikeha, earlier this month courtesy of Inverse Records. An amalgam of guttural vocals, guitars that range from shrieking highs to djent lows, and a rhythm section that is equally as...

WAN – WAN WAY TO HELL

Sweden's throwback black metal miscreants WAN released their third album, Wan Way to Hell, on February 10th courtesy of Carnal Records.  WAN formed in 2009 with the intent to bring metal back to its roots - raw, filthy, and in the gutter with a twist of punk mixed in...

CRAVEN IDOL – THE SHACKLES OF MAMMON

  London’s Craven Idol is simply put old school cool.   Their second album, The Shackles of Mammon, is a trip back in time when thrash and black metal were in their infancy and metal was as heavy as it gets.  The Shackles of Mammon, available April 14th, will be...

DECREPIT THRONE – TRAITOR’S GRAVE

Decrepit Throne is a black metal band reigning from North Carolina/New Jersey. With classical black metal tremolo picking, raw vocals (Ron Kaiser), and at times, almost thrash metal guitar riffs (Gregory Maupin), Decrepit Throne’s new album,Traitor’s Grave, is a must...

RETURN TO VOID – RETURN TO VOID

RETURN TO VOID - RETURN TO VOID Finland's own Return to Void's story began in 2015, when Markku Pihlaja (vocals), Saku Hakuli (guitar), and Pasi Hakuli (bass) started playing acoustic versions of Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) solo material under the name Dick &...

CRUCIFY THE FAITH – NEW BREED

CRUCIFY THE FAITH - NEW BREED Every now and then you come across an album or a single that just digs itself into your brain in a way that you just cannot get tired of hearing it, that is Crucify the Faith’s EP New Breed.  Released on February 28th, the melodic...

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