Napalm Death meets Anaal Nathrakh and Fukpig - three of Birmingham’s finest show they are Born to Murder The World.
New Gods, out September 7th on The End Records, is the newest release from Canadian trio Cauldron, and it’s another solid entry in their catalogue of straightforward, unpretentious classic heavy metal.
Nottingham tech-metal chaps The Five Hundred are a beast of a band but does their debut album Bleed Red match the standard of their previously released EP's?
Spain’s Empty balance desolation and aggression beautifully on Vacio (Osmose Productions), an album that is at once a pleasure and a torture to listen to.
Recorded live in Paris on December 7, 2017 — the final night of Alice Cooper’s enormously successful Paranormal world tour, A Paranormal Evening at The Olympia Paris is fresh and ferocious — a relevant and raw, career-spanning collection.
Rainier Fog puts it all on the line; chugging guitars, pounding bass riffs, killer drums and signature William DuVall/Jerry Cantrell high/low harmonic choruses that can be called nothing but classic Alice in Chains.
In The Whale, a dynamic duo from Colorado, just released their fifth EP Dopamine and have amazed us with their sound. Heavy, high-powered and loud, you get a hefty dose of rock in five solid tracks with an acoustic taste at the end of the record.
Mixed and mastered by Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore), the self-titled, full-length debut record from Belmont is an explosive collection — one bursting with heart-stopping urgency.
If we were to describe Mantar’s new Nuclear Blast release The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze in terms of baseball, we would say that they emphatically knocked it out of the park. It’s searingly brutal.
Manes now live life as an art-fused experimental rock outfit that is quite hard to pin down. The latest offering, Slow Motion Death Sequence, is listenable and flows well, but it might struggle to find a market.
Dee Snider’s first metal album is a lot of fun. Thought there are hard-hitting tracks and classic Dee vocals, overall it falls a little short of the mark.
Uniform put out stomping industrial riffs with a twist of melody. The Long Walk is an album that revels in its humanity, as pained, flawed, and contradictory as that spirit is.
Void Ritual’s Death is Peace represents the sharp end of grief, the white-hot anger that broils and writhes and lashes out, and yet is tempered by the depressing fact of one’s own inevitable demise.
Maybe As It Is do have good intentions with the style and sound change on record number three, but something about The Great Depression - out August 10th on Fearless Records - feels insincere.
A good progressive technical death metal record, Aethereus’ Absentia is only lacking in truly memorable riffs.
Japanese dance/metalcore act Crossfaith dive into their usual EDM/metalcore blend with their fifth album, “Ex Machina“ and, while occasionally on-point, the album suffers overall from too many forgettable moments.
Threnody is the latest release for Rottweiler Records’ extreme metal act Death Requisite. The first three songs of this EP are full performances, with the last three being instrumental versions of the first half.
Halestorm are in fine form, and Vicious has all the elements to make it go down as a modern classic.
If the artwork turns you off, this record was never intended for you. If you’re on board with it, then Pink Mass’ Necrosexual is one of the most invigorating and vital extreme metal records to be released in recent times.
Skeletonwitch’s Devouring Radiant Light comfortably straddles multiple genres of extreme metal while still effectively retaining appeal to fans within each of those sub-genres; a mature expression overall, but lacking some of the grit of prior offerings.