Category Metal

Danny Elfman – Big Mess

Release Date: June 11, 2021 Label: Anti- From the promoter: After releasing a series of singles over the past few months, Danny Elfman is announcing his first solo album in thirty-seven years today, titled Big Mess. A slow burning track, True faces down hopelessness and despair head on. Elfman’s vocals are gritty and growling here, […]

Famyne- II: The Ground Below

Famyne– II: The Ground BelowRelease date: 2022May13Label: SvartRating: 4/5 Famyne hail from Canterbury, Kent, England. This is the first time I’ve heard of them. Solid Earth crushes it with head-banging riffage, ala Black Sabbath. Opening of Gone is very familiar and the atmosphere is soft and melodic. Other tracks that stood out were Once More […]

Ghost- Impera

Ghost– ImperaRelease date: 2022March11Label: Concord/Loma VistaRating: 4/5 Ghost return with their long-awaited (at least by me) follow up to Prequelle. The track Imperium opens things on a soft note. Kaisarion moves with a punk-like feel in spots. Lyrics of Call Me Little Sunshine beckon one to embrace the morning star. Hunter’s Moon conveys the thoughts […]

Thūn- II

Thūn– IIRelease date: 2022Jul01Label: Eat Lead and DieRating: 4/5 Thūn is a collective featuring Jon Higgs and Hugo Wilkinson (MONSTERWORKS), James Knoerl (GARGOYL) and guest guitarist Karl Sanders (NILE). Their sound has been described as epic death metal. Where All Truths Lie delivers with a raw, sustained attack. Look to the Sea has an obvious […]

STÖNER- totally…

STÖNER– totally…Release date: 2022May06Label: Heavy Psych SoundsRating: 5/5 I fucking love STÖNER. This is their follow up to “Stoners Rule“(June 2021). If you’re familiar with Brant Bjork (Kyuss; Fu Manchu) and/or Nick Oliveri (Kyuss; Queens of the Stone Age), you can’t miss this one. Party March thunders out the gate to get ya in the […]

Converge – Bloodmoon: 1

Release Date: November 19, 2021 Label: Epitaph “Something grander than the typical four-piece Converge” says Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon in reference to the inspiration that eventually bloomed into Bloodmoon: I. This record features guitarists and vocalists Chelsea Wolfe, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man), and Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe). The title track is haunting and features […]

Cauchemar- Rosa Mystica

Cauchemar– Rosa MysticaRelease date: 2022May16Label: Temple of MysteryRating: 5/5 Cauchemar hail from Montreal, Quebec. I reviewed their last release from 2016, Chapele Ardente and it blew me out of the water at the time. They’ve only gotten a hell lot better since. Rosa Mystica was recorded at No Man’s Land studio in Gatineau, QC. Jour […]

Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon

Release Date: March 26, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Dream Weapon is Genghis Tron’s first release in 11 years. Gone is the screaming, the blast beats and Nintendocore. Instead, we get sparse electronica post-rock. Traditionalists will be disappointed but this record represents an impressive progression. Pyrocene is sinister and pulsating industrial rock. A clear progression from […]

Fulanno- Nadie está a salvo del mal

Fulanno– Nadie está a salvo del mal (No one is safe from evil)Release date: 2022Feb18Label: Helter Skelter/Regain RecordsRating: 5/5 Latest release from Argentinian stoner-doom group Fulanno. Fuego en la Cruz plods along to ominous doom notes. Los Eligados thunders along with ominous licks, reminiscent of Uncle Acid. After listening through, the tracks that made an […]

Wolves in the Throne Room – Primordial Arcana

Release Date: August 20, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Wolves in the Throne Room have stretched the genre of black metal with an atmospheric sounds and lyrics that are nature-reverent and frankly quite progressive. Band members aren’t covered in corpse paint and they eschew much of the bombastic clichés that often define the genre. Mountain Magick […]

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 […]