Dramatic and infectious, Crossing Eternity’s debut The Rising World, out via Rockshots Records, is an impressive yet humbling experience for even the most jaded music listener.
This record is living proof that artists like Trent Reznor are willing to push the envelope, experiment and push the boundaries of what is considered the norm in any genre of music.
Though it’s unlikely anyone who has come this far with Hundredth will be taken aback by Ultrarare’s tangential direction, it’s still magnificent to see a band break with their past so boldly.
Khemmis have achieved a fine balance between the swaggering melodic styles and thunderous rhythms of Iron Maiden and the abyssal emotional depths of YOB on Desolation, bringing the listener an album that feels confident and assured.
Fans who love Swedish death metal might have some remote interest, but there’s little about The Great Desolation that brings anything special to Swedeath in 2018.
Out on Rottweiler Records this Friday the 13th(!), R.A.I.D’s debut record, The Strong Survive, is a fantastic mix of metallic hardcore that blends high-energy tempos, hammering drums and massive, catchy riffs.
Northern Chaos Gods may be a “safe” album, playing purely to the strengths of the Immortal legacy, but don’t take it as a negative criticism: this is still a monster of a record.
Mike Scheidt has turned his recent and terrifying experiences into an incredible work of heartfelt music. Our Raw Heart is an accomplished album from YOB, sure to keep resonating with listeners for years to come.
And All Will Be Desolation, the second full-length release by Allfather, who hail from Kent in the UK, is a rallying cry and a targeted piece of aggression.
Blurring sensuality and surrealism, Kontinuum’s new album, No Need to Reason, out via Season of Mist, creates a warm, inviting atmosphere that belies its post-metal foundations.
On Ultra-Nihilism, Cape Town’s Skedel have managed to solve a mystery that has plagued many for over two decades: why have no bands ever successfully and entirely bridged the gap between black metal and industrial?
From the ashes of Dead Earth Politics rises Runescarred (surely named after one of Dead Earth Politics’ tracks?). The band’s debut EP, We Are, is a blast from start to finish.
DevilDriver rope in some of their metal buddies to give some Outlaw Country classics a bit of a metal makeover. How’s the end result? Read our thoughts here...
Dartford post-hardcore three-piece Tailblock attempt to take off with the release of sophomore EP Think Or Be.
Black Flame (via Music For Nations) stays true to the sound that gave Bury Tomorrow their reputation, elevating everything they’ve done to date a notch or two resulting in a must-listen and potential album of the year.
In short, With Inexorable Suffering is a good album; it is violent, passionately played, vigorous, and authentic.
It could be the cohesive gel of performing with a band, or the combination of Zebo Adam (Russkaja) and Kurt Ballou (Converge) coming on board, twiddling knobs at the recording desk, but the upshot is a far more cohesive record than Devil is Fine.
Some death metal is exhilarating, filled with excellent riffs, powerful groove and vocals straight from the fiery pits of Hell. Unfortunately, the sophomore effort from US trio Construct of Lethe – Exiler – is none of the above.
Furious and Untamed is an apt name for their latest EP, and Chilean underground metallers Atomicide live up to it! This is a two-track that comes storming out of the gates at 100mph and never slows down – both to its advantage and detriment.
The short and nasty of it is that this album has enough grit and groove throughout the whole recording while making your ears happy and enriching your soul.