After a mercifully brief hiatus, Sweden’s favourite retro-stoners Graveyard are back with their fifth offering Peace. A very strong contender for album of the year, it knocks every other “summer soundtrack” flat.
Throwing a saxophone in for the sake of it doesn’t make a technical death metal record automatically better, as Burial in the Sky, unfortunately, found out with their latest release, Creatio Et Hominus.
Violent By Design is a short but joyful foray into slam/deathcore’s blissful bloodshower. Give Eye Of The Destroyer a spin, and may you unsuspecting fans be won over by the guys’ intensity and enthusiasm.
Out now on Transcending Obscurity Records, Sadistik Forest offer up a feast of tantalising brutality with their third full-length record, Morbid Majesties. We advise you to dig in!
Throughout this album, we are offered glimpses of what Dying Awkward Angel could be if they allowed more melody into their guitar-led, mid-paced sound.
“Burn You Down” is the strongest track overall. It plods and gallops with enough room to let Kayla work her magic within the rhythmic framework. This is the equivalent of musical ecstasy. This is Witch Mountain at their best.
Pathological Rites, a reissue of the early-‘90s demo releases of Finland’s Carnifex provides an amusing diversion into proto-death metal nostalgia.
There is a band, their name The Zealots, and their new album Only Rocks Live Forever is fire emoji. How fire emoji? Like… three in a row, 100 underlined. They are a legit “rock band”. Remember those?
I, The Mapmaker deliver a solid set of songs on their debut EP but, listen closely and you'll hear a band who are full of interesting ideas for the future.
After a four-year hiatus, Orange County metalcore legends Bleeding Through are back, and in a BIG way, with their new album Love Will Kill All.
On The Body’s latest release, they seem to be continuing down even more deviant avenues, exploring the wider gamut of genres contained under the pop umbrella.
Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Panic Blooms is simultaneously brilliant and frustrating; an album that promises so much, containing some genuinely wonderful moments, yet falling slightly short of greatness.
Ember showcases a new side to the band, one with layered vocals and a more complex sound.
With all the furore surrounding Richie Sambora's return to Bon Jovi for their recent Hall Of Fame induction, here's hoping this gem of an album doesn't fly under the radar of rock fans.
With their second EP, Into the Dying of Time, Edmonton’s Valyria strike an ideal balance between the heaviness and groove of melodeath and the hooks of power metal to deliver a release with real promise.
Mainstream British quintet Seasons turn a new page with the release of third EP Chapters
Thrashist Regime have packed their second album Carnival Of Monsters with songs about the A-Team, X-COM, zombies, ants invading Antarctica… and a breathtaking array of riffs and solos.
De Profundis’ The Blinding Light of Faith is a confident, well-produced death metal record, which is also full of quality melodic riffs reminiscent of classic metal.
Ihsahn’s newest release, Ámr, continues his musical journey, delving into rock, electronica, new wave and synthpop influences, resulting in something far transcending mere guitar-driven metal. An engaging, provocative listening experience.
Herephemine, The Ever Living’s debut album, is a pulsing, living organism with a beautiful soundscape that straddles the line between post-metal and experimental doom.