Category Metal

Demonio- Electric Voodoo

Demonio– Electric VoodooRelease date: 2021Dec18Label: self-releasedRating: 4/5 Demonio hail from Italy and their sound has been described as psychedelic doom. From the Grave is chock full of distorted fuzz. Acid’s Dream is sonically similar to a certain Monster Magnet track, which I enjoy. Tracks that stood out were Evil Pleasures, Ritual of the Knife and […]

Crone Visions – Devour EP

Crone Visions– DevourRelease date- 2021Dec10Label: Seeing RedRating: 4/5 Crone Visions hail from New Hampshire and their sound has been described as “doomgaze” or doom crossed with shoegaze. Wilt is the kind of track that you want to nod your head to with each drumbeat. Seven of Swords is kind of melodic, with crashing drums. Sleeping […]

Monolord- Your Time To Shine

Monolord– Your Time To ShineRelease date- 2021Oct29Label: Relapse RecordsRating: 4.5/5 This is the latest album from Monolord, who hail from Sweden. I enjoyed their prior release, No Comfort so it was only fitting to give this a spin. The Weary thunders out of the gate with a discordant soundscape. Tracks that I enjoyed were I’ll […]

Hammerdrone – A Trinity of Rage

Release Date: December 14, 2021 Record Label: Self-released Aggressive, heavy, and hauntingly melodic in places, A Trinity of Rage incorporates a variety of black and progressive metal influences to present an EP that pushes the boundaries while also embracing the roots of old-school, melodic death metal origins. A Trinity of Rage is a concept album […]

Bone Tower – We All Will Die One Day

Release date: 11/5/2021 Label: No Funeral Records From the artist: “Both sonically and lyrically, We All Will Die One Day represents a collective status of disarray. Challenging speed and complex rhythms serve to accelerate unfavorable emotions to the forefront of your mind. A raw and unfiltered byproduct of mental health in disarray and unfocused aggression, […]

Quicksand – Distant Populations

Release Date: September 24, 2021 Label: Epitaph Quicksand, continues their post-hardcore renaissance. After lying dormant for 22 years, this is the second Quicksand record in 4 years. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound, with 11 concise songs that are sonic jewels. The band doesn’t waste a single note. Its gripping lyricism and raw […]

Full of Hell – Garden of Burning Apparitions

Release Date: October 1, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Twelve songs in 21 minutes. This one comes at you fast and furious. Likely, the bands most extreme release to date, Garden of Burning Apparitions incorporates elements grindcore, noise, hardcore, death metal, and industrial music and reconstitutes them as something sinister, sharp, and dark. Checking in at […]

The Blood of Christ – The Lonely Flowers of Autumn

Release Date: August 21, 2021 Label: CDN Records Canadian death metallers The Blood of Christ are reissuing their early 1990’s demos from “The Lonely Flowers Of Autumn” (1995). These are rough mixes of blackened death metal hybrid that sound similar to a mashup of Carcass and Enslaved. The lyrics are more abstract and poetic than […]

Tommy Dahill – E Pluribus Unum

Label: Self-released Self-described as Alaska DeathMetalBanjo Trance, Tommy Dahill plays heavy delta blues but as he describes it, his music sounds more like Booker White playing with the Minutemen. The music is simple – many of the songs share notes and chords but it’s an interesting listen to be sure. Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7 […]

Stonemongers- Join the Trip!

Stonemongers– Join the Trip!Release date: 2021Jul07Label: Self-releasedRating: 4/5 Stonemongers hail from Russia and play music that reminds me personally of bands like Nebula and Fu Manchu. Fuck, we got on wrong planet struts with commanding riffs set against an avant-garde soundscape. It’s just all over the place but I love it. Cryogen takes you straight […]

Turnstile – Love Connection (EP)

Release Date: June 28, 2021 Label: Roadrunner Records I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Turnstile is currently one of the hottest bands in the country. Prior to the release of their full-length record this month, they simultaneously released a four-track EP and a short-film. There’s something here for everyone. Fans of Tame Impala […]

Reality Grey – Beneath this Crown

Release Date: May 7, 2021 Label: Self-Released Reality Grey delivers metalcore that will destroy your speakers. They blend brutal and aggressive metal with sweet melodies. Kings of Nothing begins with a groovy and brutal intro with crazy riffs, gives way to a “spacey” interlude with a fusion guitar solo. Preachers of Hatred may be the […]

Red Fang – Arrows

Release Date: June 4, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Red Fang, the stoner rock quartet from Oregon, released their fifth full-length record in June. Stoner rock bands are seemingly a dime a dozen these days. However, Red Fang consistently deliver their distinctive brand of grungy, sludgy stoner rock. You might have to brush the grit off […]

The Armed – Ultrapop

Release date: April 16, 2021Label: Sargent House  I was doing work the other night and a song came up in one of my New Release playlists that immediately caught my attention. It sounded like Broken Social Scene teamed up with Converge and recorded an album during a pandemic while doing lots of Crossfit. The band […]

Gojira – Fortitude

Release date: April 30, 2021Label: Roadrunner Records Gojira, the socially-conscious metal giants, have released the much-anticipated Fortitude. The opening track, Born for One Thing, is absolutely obliterating. The grooves stand out. Amazonia, if you didn’t guess by the song title, takes a strong stance against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the killing of life […]

Jess and the Ancient Ones- Vertigo

Jess and the Ancient Ones– VertigoRelease date: 20210521Label: Svart RecordsRating: 4/5 If you’re not familiar with Jess and the Ancient Ones, you will be after hearing this. Burning of the Velvet Fires kicks things off with melodic, mid-tempo beats. Talking Board is full of contagious guitar riffs set against mesmerizing vocals. I love the opening […]

Robots of the Ancient World- Mystic Goddess

Robots of the Ancient World– Mystic GoddessRelease date: 20210521Label: Small StoneRating: 5/5 Robots of the Ancient World hail from Portland, Oregon. Surprised I hadn’t heard of them until now. Mystic Goddess pops and hisses into a melodic soundscape. Wasteland throws in a touch of blues and reminds me of an Orchid track. Agua Caliente moves […]

Bongzilla- Weedsconsin

Bongzilla– WeedsconsinRelease date: 20210420Label: Heavy Psych SoundsRating: 5/5 Bongzilla return with their first brand new release since 2005’s Amerijuanican. Wonder what’s taken them so long? Sundae Driver is dominated by thick, filthy riffs and much like the strain, hits right in the middle. Free The Weed plays like a slog through a swamp, echoing their […]

The Ghost Inside – The Ghost Inside

Release date: June 5, 2020Label: Epitaph A Ghost Inside released a self-titled album last year, their first since a tragic 2015 bus accident that took the life of both drivers, their drummer’s leg and resulted in extensive physical and mental injuries for each band member. Over the past six years, the band has slowly been forging […]

Touche Amore – Lament

Release date: October 9, 2020Label: Epitaph Too heavy for pop punk and not heavy enough for hardcore, Touche Amore are genre misfits. Jeremy Bolm’s lyrics are never short on emotion and his vocals fall somewhere between hardcore and emo. A jarring contrast when paired with shoegaze guitars. Touche Amore‘s last record, Stage Four, was all about Bolm […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]