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DHARA – DHARA

dhärä is a brand spanking new progressive rock band hailing from New York in a similar vein to bands like Animals As Leaders or Polyphonia. Foregoing a vocalist, they rely on their musicianship to speak for itself.  And son-of-a-bitch does it speak for itself!...

PORTRAIT – BURN THE WORLD

Lying somewhere between Iron Maiden and In Flames there is Portrait and with their new release Burn the World they show while similar to other power metal bands, they stand aside on their own 2 feet with head's held high. Crisp slashing guitars, soaring vocals and...

BYZANTINE – THE CICADA TREE

The cicada, an insect with a 17 year lifespan, spends the majority of its life laying dormant underground; only emerging to morph, mate, give birth, and die.  July 28th the cicada cycle began again with the release of The Cicada Tree by metal aficionados Byzantine;...

IN OTHER CLIMES – PARTY ANIMAL ADVISORY

France based hardcore group In Other Climes will be releasing a 7” titled Party Animal Advisory (Explicit Lifestyle) on August 18th, courtesy of Bastardized Recordings. This two-tracked release truly personifies the outgoing, reckless spirit that In Other Climes...

CANYON OF SKULL – THE DESERT WINTER

Austin, TX based instrumental doom metal duo Canyon of Skull will be releasing their sophomore album, The Desert Winter on August 19th. Let me start off by just saying this album is not for the faint of heart. "The Desert Winter" is a relentless, cold, heavy track...

CRIMFAL – AMAIN

There are two types of epic death metal bands, pure ragers with sick musicianship and theatrical bands (also usually with sick musicianship) that blend nontraditional influences in their music (be that a pirate theme, sci-fi fantasy themed albums, celtic/folk...

DETHRONE THE SOVEREIGN – HARBINGERS OF PESTILENCE

Progressive metal band Dethrone the Sovereign released their debut album, Harbingers of Pestilence, on July 27th. If I could describe this release shortly, I’d say Dethrone the Sovereign is Born of Osiris’ cooler older brother. Easily compared, but yet oh so...

HORRIFIC – YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

Old school Heavy Metal? Punk? Thrash? Maybe a little Death Metal? If you answered yes to any of the above, then the answer is here, and you have it all in the re-release of YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. Coming back with Slasher Dave’s only full-length release once again, it’s...

TYRANNOSORCERESS – SHATTERING LIGHTS CREATION

Black metal from the ground up is Texas grown Tyrannosorceress with their concise new entry to the world of ritualistic black metal. Shattering Lights Creation is a bold, stream lined, beast of an album filled with some insane bass work, great guitar play, and a...

SAMADHI SITARAM – KALIYUGA BABALON

Russian conceptual metal band Samadhi Sitaram recently released their newest full length album Kaliyuga Babalon courtesy of Sliptrick Records. This band definitely falls under conceptual with their music, but it's done in a pretty cool way. A mix of somewhat nu-metal...

PLANET EATER – BLACKNESS FROM THE STARS

Canadian based metal band Planet Eater recently released their newest full length album Blackness From The Stars, on August 4th, and I could tell from the first 15 seconds, this was gonna be a good one. The first thing I have to commend these guys on is their unique...

FONTAINE – VOLUME ONE

FONTAINE is an upcoming act fresh out of Sheffield, England, ready to mark their own unique and charmingly odd stamp on the music world.  A slick and stylish blend of influences crafting a style fans of artists like Beck, Bjork, Depeche Mode, etc. will love at first...

HEXENKLAD – SPIRIT OF THE STONE

Hexenklad is a bizarre blend of folk and black metal that just works somehow, like if a Druid and a Paladin did the fusion dance, this band would be their theme music. Don't get it twisted - Celtic metal is very much a thing I'm aware of but this is in its own...

ALL OUT WAR – GIVE US EXTINCTION

Coming August 11th, All Out War drops their 6th album Give Us Extinction - another tome to add to their growing library of NYC hardcore based works. On top of their 11 new original tracks, they've also included a shout out to fellow hardcore heavyweights Nausea with a...

PRAISE THE FLAME – MANIFEST REBELLION

Manifest Rebellion is a fresh take on the black metal scene of yesteryear. While it has plenty of fresh elements to it,  there's no denying the influence of old school greats like Death, Kreator or Venom. It's a bit of a fresh drink of water in the fact that it's...

DAWN PATROL – THE DAWN OF STEEL

I don't really have much to say here, Dawn Patrol dropped this album over a year ago and it still doesn't have any traction. The press kit has one song in it which would be fine if this was a preview to a new album... but it's not. However I'm not so easily dissuaded...

CEMETERY URN – CEMETERY URN

  Cemetery Urn's self-titled album is their third tryst together in the grim world of death/black metal. The former members of bands like Abominator and Destroyer 666 have unleashed one hell of a slam salvo onto the music scene with this one. Most notably here...

MORDENIAL – THE PLAGUE

Mordenial's sophomore effort The Plague has just dropped and it's lit, fam. A metal trio who aren't strangers to the struggle and come-up hustle. When drummer Fiebig also stepped up to handle vocal duties a la Hail The Sun style, Mordenial was truly born with 2015's...

DEATH THE LEVELLER – DEATH THE LEVELLER

  DEATH THE LEVELLER - DEATH THE LEVELLER Out of Ireland comes Death The Leveller, a band that labels themselves as doom metal, although, I have a hard time agreeing with it. They have some of the markers of doom metal - dropped tuned, slow, sullen riffs and...

FVNERAL FVKK – LECHEROUS LITURGIES

Type O Negative meets Ghost. One thing I really like about doom metal is, no matter the band, you'll never reeeeally be able to get used to the singer, if it's done right. It's just never going to sound right.  I'm all for that, I've never been one for symmetry. On...

GODHEAD MACHINERY – OUROBOROS

GODHEAD MACHINERY - OUROBOROS (Inverse Records) Yaaaay! Another Swedish black metal band! So I'm going to tell you a story. Way back in November of 1993, I had a paper route. And, when you're a kid, you WANT to make some cash, but you're not really a fan of the whole...

NEXION – NEXION

Born among the cold fury and paralyzing darkness of an Icelandic winter, Nexion has come to unleash the musical forces of the occult upon us all. Nexion takes crafting devastating brutal death metal very seriously as we see across the tunes that craft their debut...

PERISHED – KARK

  This will actually be quite a short review, as I don't really have a whole lot to say about it! Perished was a band back in the 90's who had some success- enough to sign to Solistitium Records anyway. They did okay in Norway, and then they pretty much vanished...

IN THIS MOMENT – RITUAL

Apart from having toured with these guys in 2008, which was before they adopted their current stage show, I've only actually seen IN THIS MOMENT once. But unlike the group of people who like to label themselves as "true" metalheads, I actually like their stuff, on and...

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