Category Metal

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 […]

Haunt- Mind Freeze

Haunt– Mind Freeze Release date: 2020Jan10 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 This is the third release from Haunt, who are heavily influenced by traditional hard rock. Light the Beacon sets it off with thrashing old school swagger. Mind Freeze takes one back in time with a fast paced guitar/drum attack. Tracks that stood out to […]

Den- Iron Desert

Den– Iron Desert Release date: 2019Nov22 Label: Corpse Flower Rating: 3/5 Den hail from Chicago. Pyrite stomps along with sludgy notes. Svalbard slows the pace with soft, sorrowful noise. Bone & Flies focuses more on the soft, atmospheric side of their footprint. Iron Desert is a somber piece that ties together elements of their sound. […]

Monolord- No Comfort

Monolord– No Comfort Release date: 2019Sep20 Label: Relapse Rating: 5/5 Monolord hail from Gothenburg, Sweden. The Bastard Son evokes a sinister plod. It’s one of my favorite tracks. The Last Leaf is a stone groover. Larvae bleeds of harmony and sorrow. Skywards is unabashed bluesy. Alone Together feels so profound that I can’t do it […]

Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts

Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts Release date: 2019Oct25 Label: Southern Lord Rating: 4.5/5 It’s best close your eyes and perhaps pack a bowl before diving into this journey. Frost covers an aural landscape of warm, lush instrumentation. Kingdoms emphasizes soft dulcet-like notes that ripple forth. Ampliphaedies burrows deep into the soul, inspiring feelings of sorrow. Ascension completes […]

Child Bite- Blow Off The Omens

Child Bite– Blow Off The Omens Release date: 2019Nov22 Label: Housecore Rating: 4/5 Long awaited fifth release from Child Bite and the first that I’ve listened to (I’m pathetic). Mock Ecstasy roars out the gate with fast, dirty guitar. Vexed Life catches my attention with a touch of dry desert licks. They All Look Away […]

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 […]

Breath After Coma – Woke Up in Babel

Release date: April 5, 2019 Label: Ikaros Records The Athens 4 piece band, Breath After Coma carry influences, which vary from the garage revival of the 00’s to modern rock and roll, with characteristic riffs and mind boggling energy.  Woke up in Babel is engraved musically and lyrically with their own distinctive sound and character. Opening track […]

Gatecreeper – Deserted

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Gatecreeper’s new album Deserted is a furious mix of snarling guitars and driving, rhythmic pummeling. The band takes death metal from its 80’s Floridian roots and 90’s Swedish expansion straight into the here and now. Deserted comes out swinging with with super gross death metal that’s best played with the volume turned […]

The Number 12 Looks Like You – Wild Gods

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Overlord Records The fact that I listened to this band when they were in their prime dates me. It’s been a decade since we’ve heard new music from mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You, but Jesse Korman and company are back to melt faces. Last Laugher is prog-rock for […]

Cortege- Capricorn

  Cortege– Capricorn Release date: 2019Sep27 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Cortege is a duo from Austin, TX with a strong focus on atmospheric, instrumental drone-doom. Each track is unique, building upon the last. Aurora ripples gently against the shore, whistling and flourishing. The Watch gurgles to life with somber strums and sorrowful noise. Occultation rumbles softly. Capricorn expresses […]

Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue

Release date: August 23, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records Easily one of the most exciting young hardcore bands in the world, Knocked Loose just released A Different Shade of Blue. This album is as heavy and as aggressive an album as you can find. Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory is full of anger and chunky breakdowns. Seriously, the […]

Monolord – No Comfort

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Monolord is the band I’ve listened to the most in the last year…by a long shot. Playing a fuzzy brand of doom that channels Black Sabbath, the band releases their Relapse Records debut this week. It’s fun to see a band you love progress from album […]