Category Metal

Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven are often categorized as black metal and vocalist George Clarke’s vocals would fit with any band in the genre. But to shoehorn Deafheaven into such a confining label is a disservice. On Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, Deafheaven dabbles in shoegaze, post-rock, and even balladry. The album opens with You Without End. Spoken word and piano give way […]

Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

Black Fast– Spectre of Ruin Release date: 2018Jul13 Label: Entertainment One Black Fast’s mission is simple: play fast, destructive, and heavy metal. Spectre of Ruin is a sneaky pick for best heavy metal album of 2018. Black Fast can best be described as thrash metal and the album art provides a pretty accurate description of what […]

Impending Doom – The Sin and Doom Vol. II

Impending Doom– The Sin and Doom Vol. II Release date: 2018Jun22 Label: Entertainment One Rating: 4/5 Impending Doom is a Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. Despite the baggage and preconceptions that come with such a description, Impending Doom’s sound places them among some of the best in their genre. The Sin and Doom Vol. II […]

YOB – Our Raw Heart

YOB– Our Raw Heart Release date: 2018Jun8 Label: Relapse Records Rating: 4/5 I’m admittedly late to the game with YOB. The Eugene, Oregon doom band released their first full-length album in 2001 but all I knew of them was the Red Fang cover of Dawn Rising featuring vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt. YOB recently released Our Raw Heart […]

Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back

Orange Goblin– The Wolf Bites Back Release date: 2018Jun15 Label: Universal Music Operations Limited Rating: 4/5 Although Orange Goblin doesn’t do much that hasn’t already been done by other artists in the doom genre, they have a formula that works.  The Wolf Bites Back would be an excellent soundtrack for you and your friends if you happen to be […]

King Heavy- Guardian Demons

King Heavy– Guardian Demons Release date: 2018Jun22 Label: Cruz del  Sur Rating: 4.5/5 My first exposure to Chile’s King Heavy was from their self-titled release in 2015. They’ve only gotten better. Guardian Demons crashes the gates with thick, dirty doom, a sign of things to come. Doom Shall Rise with sinister riffage and epic drums. Fucking right! Come My […]

Green Desert Water- Solar Plexus

Green Desert Water– Solar Plexus Release date: 2018Apr27 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3.5/5 Green Desert Water hail from Spain with their potent blend of blues-tinged desert rock. Open Your Wings uplifts with mellow desert sounds. The Deepest Sea moves with a fast, dirty swagger with strong vocals. Mother Moon echoes Deep Purple with cock-sure drums and filthy licks […]

Pallbearer- Dropout EP

Pallbearer– Dropout EP Release date: 2018Apr13 Label: Profound Lore Rating: 3/5 I was thrilled at first to see new material from Pallbearer. However, I feel that this is an uninspiring effort. The strongest track is I Saw The End, which is a radio edit as well. The other tracks are unmemorable. I personally prefer their […]

Chrch- Light Will Consume Us All

Chrch– Light Will Consume Us All Release date: 2018May11 Label: Neurot Recordings Rating: 5/5 Infinite is a symphony of crashing drums plodding to woeful bass that intensifies toward the middle. Portals evokes darkness and dread, sinful hooks and thundering drums. Aether seduces the heart with melancholic riffs and soft vocals that induce tears. A profound release that speaks […]

Witch Mountain- Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain– Witch Mountain Release date: 2018May25 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Witch Mountain return with a new vocalist (Kayla Dixon) and bass guitarist (Justin Brown). Midnight strikes with precise bluesy riffs. Mechanical World evokes an ominous dystopian landscape, blasted to pieces. “Burn You Down!“ they chant, as the villagers charge to a thunderous bass. Hellfire singes the […]

Sleep- The Sciences

Sleep– The Sciences Release date: 2018Apr20 Label: Third Man Records Rating: 5/5 I heard Sleep for the first time when Holy Mountain got frequent airplay on Native Metal (hosted by William Strausser). The Sciences mimics a space launch with clicks and pops. Marijuanaut’s Theme hits with lazy, hazy rips. Sonic Titan bests the original, slow and deep. Antarcticans Thawed takes the mind to […]

Empress- Reminiscence

Empress– Reminiscence Release date: 2018Feb12 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Empess are comprised of members of Seer and Craters, inspired by obscure (to me) doom group Elder. The Offering is a wall of sound unto itself, raw and visceral. Immer projects eeriness flowing into thick bass hits. Baptizer is fucking killer, starting off with dank bass echo giving way to dirty […]

Jess and the Ancient Ones- The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Jess and the Ancient Ones– The Horse and Other Weird Tales Release date: 2017Dec01 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4.5/5 Jess and the Ancient Ones remain one of my favorite bands of the modern era. Death Is The Doors is complimented with  a kaleidoscope of garage-y rock. Shining is full of swagger, unbelievably catchy. I adore the […]

TROLL- S/T

TROLL–S/T Release date: 2018Mar16 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4.5/5 Self-titled debut from Portland Oregon’s TROLL that reads like folklore. The Summoning/Troll brings a troll forth through the swamp, dredged by swampy hooks. Melodic sludge comes to mind on The Witch, leading into the muddy stomp of An Eternal Haunting. Infinite Death storms the gate with epic blues-tinged riffs, showcasing […]

Black Sabbath- The End: Live in Birmingham

Black Sabbath– The End: Live in Birmingham Release date: 2017Nov17 Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Rating: 4/5 Recorded on February 4, 2017, this is the final live album from Black Sabbath and possibly their last release ever. It’s fitting that it was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Honestly, every single track is amazing as it is […]

Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard

Electric Wizard– Wizard Bloody Wizard Release date: 2017Nov11 Label: Rise Above Rating: 4/5 Electric Wizard return with their first new release since 2012’s Legalize Drugs & Murder EP. See You In Hell plods with foreboding vocals peppered with  sinister bass. Necromania is an up-tempo ode to fornicating with the deceased. How else to describe it? Hear The Sirens Scream […]

Motörhead – Under Cover (Silver Lining Music Ltd)

Compilation of covers over the years made by the Heavy Metal legends. Covers range from David Bowie to Metallica. They have that classic Motörhead sound and do justice to the originals. Play: 1,2,3,5,6,7 FCC: 11 RIYL: Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Kyuss

Royal Thunder – WICK

Royal Thunder return with their third full-length. With their crunchy riffs and the powerful vocals of frontwoman Mlny Parsonz, Royal Thunder are the kind of metal band that you don’t have to be a metal fan to enjoy, and this album continues their run of great albums proving them to be one of the most […]

Lucifer’s Chalice- The Pact

Lucifer’s Chalice– The Pact Release date: 2017Sep29 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 3.5/5 Lucifer’s Chalice hail from the UK with a strong occult influence spread over four tracks.Hung at the Crossroads brings demented thrash set to a tale of murder and intrigue. The Pact conveys a twisted sense of urgency set against thunderous bass. Full Moon […]

Howling Giant- Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP

Howling Giant– Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP Release date: 2017Aug25 Label: self Rating: 4.5/5 Follow-up to Part 1 from nearly a year ago. Henry Tate drones slightly, giving way to a thick, psychedelic essence. The Pioneer has sabbath-esque hooks, pleasing the ears. Visions of lush, mellow guitars, set to a gentle breeze. The Forest Speaks softly with […]

Doom Side of the Moon- Self-Titled

Doom Side of the Moon– Doom Side of the Moon Release date: 2017Aug04 Label: self-released Rating: 5/5 Doom Side of the Moon, led by members of The Sword and additional musicians, is a metallized version of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon.  Speak to Me conjures grittiness, increasing in intensity with each note. Breathe (In […]

Tusmørke- Hinsides

Tusmørke– Hinsides Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Rating:  5/5 Hjemsøkte Hjem is an ethereal amalgamation of woodsy folk and punk unlike anything else I’ve heard. I Feel Like Midnight throws in some funk to compliment sounds of woodland animals. Rykende Ruin lifts your spirits with somber riffs straight from 1973. Lyssky Drom reaches out and […]

Beastmaker- Inside The Skull

Beastmaker– Inside The Skull Release date: 2017May19 Label: Rise Above Rating: 3.5/5 Beastmaker hail from Fresno, CA with this follow-up to Lusus Naturae, released just last year. Evil One lives up to its’ name, reminiscent of tracks from Electric Wizard and Uncle Acid. Now Howls The Beast lunges for the throat with sinister, foreboding vocals set […]

Sabbath Assembly- Rites of Passage

Sabbath Assembly– Rites of Passage Release date: 2017May12 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4/5 Sabbath Assembly hail from TX and NYC with a potent mix of occult rock. Shadows Revenge takes no prisoners with dark, foreboding riffs set to thick, rolling drums. Angel’s Trumpets is soft, melodic with dark, dirty bass licks.  Does Love Die is full of harmonic […]

Medusa1975- Rising From The Ashes

Medusa1975– Rising From The Ashes Release date: 2017Apr21 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Medusa1975 represents the evolution of Medusa, an obscure proto-metal group out of Colorado formed in the 1970s. Armageddon opens with somber notes, picking up in the middle with a punishing bass/guitar attack. Rage On is a lazy afternoon stoner jam. Indeed, man. Fall […]