Category Metal

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 […]

Temple Of Void- The World That Was

Temple of Void– The World That Was Release date: 2020Mar27 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 4/5 Temple of Void return with their first full album since 2017. A Beast Among Us roars along with foreboding drumbeats layered with muddy licks. Self-Schism drips with grungy bass. A Single Obolus serves as a brief respite from the darkness. Leave The Light […]

Trivium – What the Dead Men Say [Roadrunner]

Highly melodic, dark and syncopated. Definitely within the Zeitgesit of metal today that one should check out just for the rhythms.

Dirt Woman- The Glass Cliff

Dirt Woman– The Grass Cliff Release date: 2020Mar13 Label: Grimoire Records Rating: 5/5 Dirt Woman hail from Ocean City, Maryland, forming in 2017. Lady of the Dunes greets the ears with an intoxicating haze of thundering drums. Creator drips with a sinister drone. Sleep and Electric Wizard come to mind due to the commanding influence […]

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 […]

Elder- Omens

Elder- Omens Release date: 2020Apr24 Label: Armageddon Label Rating: 5/5 I’ve been spinning a lot of Elder lately in anticipation for this new release. Omens starts off with a spacey intro before delving into a soft layered tapestry of calming grooves. The doomy In Procession showcases urgent drumbeats complimented by a touch of blues in […]

Death the Leveller- II

Death the Leveller– II Release date: 2020Mar13 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 3.5/5 Death the Leveller hail from Dublin, Ireland and play traditional doom metal. The Hunt Eternal plods with a vengeance, juxtaposed against pained vocals. The Golden Bough is rife with tender melody. I love this one. The Crossing is intertwined with layers of […]

Radian- Chapters

Radian– Chapters Release date: 2020Feb07 Label: Self-released Rating: 4.5/5 Radian hail from Akron, Ohio with a mix of sludge and doom elements. Stonier is a filthy, sinister burner. Nothing Gets Through bludgeons your skull with killer riffage. Beast crawls inside of you with infectious thumps. Hearts of Metropolis is an epic mass of crashing drums […]

Freeways- True Bearings

Freeways– True Bearings Release date: 2020April04 Label: Temple of Mystery Rating: 5/5 Freeways hail from Brampton, Ontario. Eternal Light, Eternal Night sets it off with a surefire guitar/bass attack. Sorrow (Was Her Name) stomps through the snow with pounding drums. The 1970s vibe is clearly alive here. True Bearings hits with an urgency, with a […]

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 […]