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Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Release date: September 18, 2020Label: Century Media Records Napalm Death released their first record in more than five years towards the end of 2020. Although it’s unmistakably Napalm Death, this record is far from predictable. Backlash Just Because is raucous, quirky and discordant and ultimately catchy-as-anything rampaging noise. Contagion presents a more stripped-down Napalm Death. It’s chocked […]

Joyce Manor – Songs from Northern Torrance

Release date: May 29, 2020Label: Epitaph Joyce Manor albums have always have always been about energy and feeling. Songs from Northern Torrance sounds like a punk rock demo tape from the early aughts. These songs evoke small venues, parking lots and basements. Check out the anti-authoritarian anger on the crowd favorite, House Warning Party. DFHP […]

Enslaved – Utgard

Release date: October 2, 2020Label: Nuclear Blast Enslaved has released their fifteenth record, Utgard. Talk about prolific. Although is full of brutality and devilish screams, Enslaved delves into atmospheric and progressive passages and captivating clean vocal hooks, making Utgard accessible to a broader audience. Fires in the Dark sets the tone for the record and […]

The Menzingers – From Exile

Release date: September 25, 2020Label: Epitaph The Menzingers, like the rest of us, have been stuck at home a lot during this past year. Thankfully, they made the best of the downtime. The band re-recorded their 2019 album Hello Exile and reimagined the 12 tracks for a new stripped-down record, From Exile. I’m a sucker for angsty songs about breaking […]

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

Release date: October 23, 2020Label: Nuclear Blast Pallbearer has mastered plodding, mournful, and heavy doom. Forgotten Days is full of all the super-catchy guitar harmonies, chunky riffs, soaring vocals, and haunting atmosphere you’d expect. The lyrics of Forgotten Days delve into the unknown lurking in the shadows of the mind. Have a healthy dose of […]

Mastodon – Medium Rarities

Release date: September 11, 2020Label: Reprise Records Mastodon released Medium Rarities to satisfy fans during a long gap between full-length records. This record includes a couple of new tracks, instrumental versions of their hits, some live tracks and a couple of B-sides. Fallen Torches is powerful and probably the best track on the whole album […]

Deftones – Ohms

Release date: September 25, 2020Label: Reprise Records If you like early 2010’s Deftones, you’re going to like Ohms. Genesis starts off full of hazy crushing glory. The chorus for Ceremony will stick with you for days. Urantia satisfies the way that only a Deftones song can – it begins with a jagged riff that’s reminiscent […]

Bambara – Stray

Release date: February 14, 2020 Label: Wharf Cat Records Another weird band from Athens, GA – Bambara hangs out in the dark, cold alleys of rock-n-roll. They stalk and prowl like Nick Cave and constantly threaten danger and violence. Even the song titles reflect their commitment to the “dark side.” Miracle is slow and skulking and hits you with […]

Maudiir – Le Temps Peste

Release date: February 2, 2020 Label: Self-Released Maudiir is a one-man black/thrash metal project that has emerged from the underbelly of Montreal. The opening track, Product, is intense and dark. From the album emerge influences drawn from 80s thrash, black metal, and punk. Abuse the Used is hauntingly dark, corrosive, and galloping. It seems that Maudiir is an outlet for […]

Itus – Primordial

Release date: March 13, 2020 Label: Self-Released Toronto’s ITUS is the latest in Canadian doom featuring heavy, brooding and psychedelic tones meshed with horror-inspired sounds. Primordial paints the mood like a classic horror creature reveal. It’s reminiscent of Celtic Frost. Abrasive and plodding, Primordial accentuates the brutality of man with dark riffage. Atmospheric and energetic, Cloud Reader contains clean vocals […]

Higher Power – 27 Miles Underwater

Release date: January 24, 2020 Label: Roadrunner Records You can tell that Higher Power grew up listening to alternative rock and grunge. 27 Miles Underwater sounds more like 1995 than anything else that’s been released in 2020. To say that this is a period-piece would be unkind but a lot of these riffs DO sound familiar. […]

Kirk Windstein – Dream in Motion

Release date: January 24, 2020 Label: Entertainment One Crowbar vocalist and guitarist, Kirk Windstein has released a solo record. In fact, Dream in Motion sounds a lot like Crowbar but slower and darker. Windstein’s voice reminds me of the deep south, whiskey, and cigarettes. The title track is easily the best on the album, channeling darkness and and infectious hooks […]

Holy Fawns – The Black Moon (EP)

Release date: January 17, 2020 Label: Triple Crown Records Clocking in at a svelte and efficient three songs, The Black Moon is a ferocious and ethereal EP interspersed with guitar crunch. It’s full of the atmospheric shoegaze touches and dreamy interludes that balance Holy Fawns’ harsher side. They punctuate the melodic moments with throat-shredding screams, […]

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettal EP

  Release date: January 17, 2020 Label: ATO Records Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have always been influenced by metal. Now with their new EP Mettal, they’re showing off fascinating interpretations metal classics. Mettal features covers of Battery by Metallica, Seasons In The Abyss by Slayer and Holy Wars…Punishment Due by Megadeth. This shreddy flamenco take on […]

Sun Below – Volume III

Release date: October 31, 2019 Label: Self-Released Sun Below is a heavy stoner/doom power trio from Toronto. Playing a signature brand of self-described “Sativa rock”, a combination of fuzz, volume, and heavy grooves, Sun Below seeks to spread their loud, heavy, and smoky sound to the masses. Green Visions chugs and churns with massive grooves at […]

The Flaying – Angry, Undead

Release date: March 22, 2019 Label: PRC Music The Flaying is a death metal band hailing from Quebec City. They unleashed Angry, Undead in 2019 and the album has been generating some buzz. The album churns out death metal jams with blood-spraying savagery. Place Du Parvis is a ripper that knocks the wind out of you […]

Prong – Age of Defiance

Release date: November 29, 2019 Label: Steamhammer Heavy metal legends, Prong, have released a new EP titled Age of Defiance. This EP is likely a teaser to tide fans over until they release their next full-length. The record includes two new tracks and three live tracks. The title track is pulsing stomp that is met with […]

The Spiral Electric – Self-Titled

Release date: March 29, 2019 Label: Self-Released The Spiral Electric describe themselves as ” a new psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, bringing a mixture of roaring guitars and orbiting synthesizer not heard this side of the galaxy since HAL 9000 dropped acid with Brian Jones in the windmills of your mind.” Equal parts heavy and dreamy, […]

Messora – The Door

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Self-Released Messora has released a solid chunk of metalcore that grooves. Although the Montreal-based band is described as a trio, The Door is central member and founder Zach Dean’s album. Dean performs guitar and vocals, and does so with intensity. Although the metalcore genre is often not particularly unique or interesting, […]

Agnostic Front – Get Loud

Release date: November 8, 2019 Label: Nuclear Blast Get Loud! is the twelfth release from hardcore legends, Agnostic Front. Even after all this time, I still think vocalist, Roger Miret, has one of the most unique deliveries in the genre. At this point, you kind of know what you’re getting…energetic and in-your-face hardcore. Spray Painted Walls stomps into the […]

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Century Media Records Heart Like a Grave is full of “Finnish melancholy, drawing inspiration from some of the bleakest tales, lyrics, and poems of the north.” For the most part, the quintet effectively balances between memorably light and dark moments. Insomnium delivers some truly gorgeous and devastating passages, alternating between symphonic fragility and […]

Third Chamber – Harvesting Our Decay

Release date: November 22, 2019 Label: Self-Released Third Chamber makes death a primary ingredient in their melting pot of metal. Hints of grindcore and hardcore also stand out among politically charged lyrics. Harvesting Our Decay is not music for the soft. The title track stirs together hammering riffs with a heavy dose of blast beats. For a self-released debut, the production […]

Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions

Release date: September 27, 2019 Label: Entertainment One U.S. If you’ve been living under a rock, Creeping Death have been carrying the mantle of old-school death metal since 2015. Consider Wretched Illusions a war cry. The band emerges from their underground cave to murder ear drums on Ripping Through Flesh. Bloodlust Contamination crashes through your speakers with in your face […]

Counterparts – Nothing Left to Love

Release date: November 1, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records In a genre full of narcissistic machismo and chest-pounding, Counterparts sets themselves apart from the pack with introspective looks at human faults and truth. That’s not to say that the sound is soft. The eagerly anticipated Nothing Left to Love  is full of innovative plays on hardcore and […]

Exmortus – Legions of the Undead

Release date: October 25, 2019 Label: Exmortus Music/M-Theory Audio Oh, the horror! Exmortus is celebrating the coming of Halloween with a horror-themed EP titled Legions of the Undead. The thrashers include two new tracks – Legions of the Undead & the Evil Dead- inspired Swallow Your Soul. In addition, you get covers of Danny Elfman’s Beetlejuice theme, Bernard Hermann’s iconic Psycho Theme, and the 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s haunting Night […]