Category Metal

Mountain Dust – Seven Storms

Release date: May 18, 2018 Label: Relapse Records Montreal’s Mountain Dust recently released an opus entitled Seven Storms. The band  differentiates themselves from many in the herd with diverse instrumentation and songwriting prowess. Seven Storms is rooted in heavy rock from the late ’60s and early ’70s; however, their sound also references spaghetti Westerns –  […]

Torche – Admission

Release date: July 12, 2019 Label: Relapse Records I think for many people Torche is one of those bands they’re  aware of without knowing much of their material. Admission may be the album that changes that for a lot of people. The band has long been reluctant to call themselves metal but they certainly play enough slow and sludgy […]

He is Legend – White Bat

Release date: June 28, 2019 Label: Spinefarm Records He is Legend is criminally underrated. Like a good bottle of whiskey, they get better with age. After nearly 15 years since their first record, the band has released White Bat. While He is Legend isn’t traditional heavy metal, they bring rock-n-roll swagger and their sound is best described as Hollywood […]

Jimbo – Where the Vultures Gather (EP)

Release date: July 12, 2019 Label: Self-Released First off…great band name. Jimbo is a Canadian band that blends psychedelic rock with 90s grunge. Where the Vultures Gather has a radio-friendly sound but that doesn’t mean the band is pulling punches. Mama Wawa is a fuzzy stoner/psych track that will peel the paint off the walls. Pyretherin is less aggressive but moves […]

Dub Trio – The Shape of Dub to Come

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: New Damage Records Dub Trio is composed of three studio musicians who have released a string of records that redefine the term “dub.” The band started as a dub experiment and each successive album has been heavier and heavier. The Shape of Dub to Come finds the band dipping into the regions […]

Lord Dying -Mysterium Tremendum

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Entertainment One Lord Dying is back! After four long years, the band is back to tell us more about death, mortality, and what awaits us on the other side. The guitars on this album are absolutely stunning and nail the balance between pummeling riffs proggy interludes that so many bands strive […]

Wykan – Brigid: Of The Night (EP)

Release date: June 7, 2019 Label: Self-Release  Based out of Montreal, Wykan provides a heady brew of what could be described as blackened doom. As a story, this 3-song EP is about the Celtic Goddess known as Brigid. The  three songs are a historical take on ceremonies and festivities based on her deity representation and relationship […]

Haze Mage- Chronicles

Haze Mage– Chronicles Grimoire Recordings 2019Apr19 4/5 Haze Mage hail from Maryland, playing stoner doom with cannabis and fantasy themes. Title track sparks the mind with slow, hazy licks ala Monster Magnet. Storm Blade charges furiously, blistering drumwork. Bong Witch tempts with sultry, stripped-down riffs. Priest of Azatoth opens with foreboding vocals cut with precise beats. […]

Full of Hell – Weeping Choir

Release date: May 17, 2019 Label: Relapse Records  Full of Hell brings us a new album combining grindcore with death metal riffing. Burning Myrrh was the first single released off the album and the band takes themes of religion and hatred and sets them ablaze. On Haunted Arches, Full of Hell unleashes an insane mix of crushing drums and organized chaos. Thundering […]

Helms Alee – Noctiluca

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Sargent House  Shortly after the release of Stillicide, I got to see Helm’s Alee open for The Melvin’s. They stole the show. If this band isn’t on your radar, you’re making a big mistake. With Noctiluca, we see Helms Alee stretching their limbs and showing us new wrinkles to their sound that we’ve not heard before. […]

Puppy – The Goat

Release date: January 25, 2019 Label: Spinefarm Records Juxtapositions. A skull, serpentine candle holders, a bone, incense, and crystals juxtaposed on a bright pink background. Never judge a book by it’s cover. Going in, I expected doom and sludge; however, Puppy delivers something much more surprising. Make no mistake, The Goat is metal. Many of the riffs on The Goat sound […]

Dizzy Mystics -Wanderlost

Release date: May 3, 2019 Label: Self-Release Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, Dizzy Mystics serves up, Wanderlost. This debut album is best described as psychedelic rock seasoned liberally with dashes of funk and metal. The musicianship on this album is indeed dizzying.  Letter opens the album with intense groove. The Frequent See, Consistent Seas exemplifies the surprising catchyness and melody buried beneath […]

A Wake in Providence – The Blvck Sun/The Blood Moon

Release date: March 29, 2019 Label: Outerloop Records Following a brief acoustic intro, A Wake in Providence go right to work.  This album is heavy. Like…really heavy. At times, The Blvck Sun/The Blood Moon pummels you like a ton of bricks with guttural growls and heavy break downs before shifting gears at break-neck speed to wraith-like shrieks and technical […]

Moon Tooth – Crux

Release date: March 29, 2019 Label: Static Records There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Moon Tooth’s sophomore release over recent weeks. It’s rare to find a band that you can say has a truly original sound but Moon Tooth approaches that mark. Although, there are elements of sound that sound familiar, Moon Tooth’s particular combination of musical ingredients is truly […]

Sludgehammer – Antechamber

Release date: April 12, 2019 Label: Self-Release Heavy and groovy, Sludgehammer could be described as equal parts Soilwork/Sepultura/Pantera. A young band, Sludgehammer, plays brings a unique brand of death metal that’s heavy on the grooves. Antechamber is the band’s debut EP and opens with a killer single, No Control. The track is full of aggressive drumming and equally ferocious riffs […]

Cardinal’s Folly/Lucifer’s Fall- Split

Cardinal’s Folly/Lucifer’s Fall- Split Release date: 2019Mar22 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4/5 I never would have expected to see a release like this with 3 tracks from Cardinal’s Folly (Finland) and 2 tracks from Lucifer’s Fall (Australia). Walvater! Proclaimed plods to thundering, foreboding riffs. Spiritual North is crushing, merciless doom. Sworn Through Odin & Satan’s […]

Getaway Van- S/T

Getaway Van– S/T Release date: 2019Feb23 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Intro mainlines mud, grungy vox. Comin’ Back fires on all cylinders, stoner haze. Follow Me romps through the desert, bluesy riffs. Ugh pulls it back into self-loathing gen x mush. Blacktop Mistress hits you hard, dagger licks dripping with swagger. So Long takes one to […]

TROLL- Legend Master

TROLL– Legend Master Release date: 2019Apr12 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 5/5 I’m delighted to see a new slab from TROLL! The Flight of the Dragonship plots a course of smokey, trippy riffage. Legend Master Book I:Proverbs of Hell cuts to the core, dire dystopic noise. Legend Master Book II: Three Evil Words slows to a […]

Seer- Vol.6

Seer– Vol.6 Release date: 2019Feb09 Label: Artofact Rating: 4/5 Newest release from Vancouver’s Seer. Oath of Exile whispers, cascading into dark, piercing bass. Iron Worth Striking indeed, thundering through the snow. Seven Stars, Seven Stones, upon a throne one sat, surrounded with raucous riffs. Frost Tulpa plods softly. As The Light Fades, the darkness surrounds. […]

Gatekeeper- Grey Maiden

Gatekeeper– Grey Maiden Release date: 2019Feb22 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4/5 Gatekeeper currently hail from Vancouver, BC. Grey Maiden seems inspired by classic heavy metal, a burner all the way. Tale of Twins has a load of thunderous hooks. Moss is sorrowful, soft strums and echoing bass.  Richard III builds upon that theme, tuned further down at the start, breaking […]

Blood of the Sun- Blood’s Thicker Than Water

Blood of the Sun– Blood’s Thicker Than Water Release date: 2018Oct19 Label: Listenable Rating: 4.5/5 Keep The Lemmys Comin’ kicks out the thundering riffs with desert swagger. My Time scorches the slick pavement in a cocksure manner. Livin’ For The Night, blunt in mouth, girl on your arm, tearin’ up the town. Air Rises As […]

High on Fire- Electric Messiah

High on Fire– Electric Messiah Release date: 2018Oct05 Label: Entertainment One Rating: 4/5 It was a busy 2018 for Matt Pike, with new releases from Sleep and High on Fire. Spewn From The Earth roars forth with thundering drums. Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil is full of sinister earth-shattering bass licks. Electric Messiah wrecks the soul with rapid fire […]

Sundrifter- Visitations

Sundrifter- Visitations Release date: 2018Oct19 Label: Small Stone Rating: 3/5 Sundrifter hail from Boston, Mass. Sons of Belial spaces out with thunderous drums. Death March plods angrily. Til You Come Down, with dirty, cosmic bass licks. Feels repetitive. Sky Peoples Son builds intensity with burnout riffage. Fire In The Sky and I Want To Leave […]

Witchthroat Serpent- Swallow the Venom

Witchthroat Serpent– Swallow The Venom Release date: 2018Nov23 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4/5 Witchthroat Serpent hail from Toulouse, France. Feu sacré sears the soul. Lucifer’s Fire rages, bleaker than fuck. Pauper’s Grave plods eerily in unison. The Might of the Unfall is fierce with thunderous riffs. Scorpent Serpion is infectious, thumping the eardrums. Red Eye […]

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats- Wasteland

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats– Wasteland Release date: 2018Oct16 Label: Rise Above Records Rating: 5/5 Uncle Acid return to torment ears and minds. I See Through You with urgent, dystopic beats. Shockwave City, an earth-shattering ride through a sea of trash and vermin. Blood Runner moves to pulsating drumbeats.  There’s No Return from hazy, eerie riffs. […]