Album Review: Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore

I’m not gonna use the C-word in this review, you know the one that rhymes with Schmarkass. Haemorrhage has been around long enough at this point that we don’t need to go slinging around reductive musical comparisons. We Are The Gore is the newest splatterfest from the long-time Spanish goregrind practitioners and, it delivers the…

Album Reviews: Riot – Army of One and Through the Storm (Re-issues)

            Artist: Riot Albums: Army of One and Through the Storm Reviewed By: Todd Naevestad There’s something to be said about the old becoming new again. Videogames are getting HD re-releases. Childhood movies are getting remakes. And weird 90’s fashion is coming back in vogue. Music is much the same…

Album Review: Exit Eden – Rhapsodies in Black

Band: Exit Eden Album: Rhaposdies in Black Release Date: August 4, 2017 Label: Napalm Records By: Todd Naevestad I go through a lot of trouble to keep up this metalhead persona, but there are just some days I just want to kick back and jam to some terrible pop music. Where no one else can…

Album Review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

Band: Insatia Album: Phoenix Aflame Review By: Todd Naevestad Most metal fans, I believe, recognize that it is the new bands that continue to push our favorite genes and subgenres into new and interesting territory. The young bloods, hungry and passionate, are the ones who will make big changes going forward. So you can imagine my…

Album review: Altair – Descending A Devilish Comedy

Metal is one of the coolest genres to me when it comes to looking at the influences behind the album’s creation. Pop culture, politics, classic literature, all kinds of different roots help shape metal. Italian power metal band Altair have taken that to heart with their new album, Descending: A Devilish Comedy. Drawing on their home…

Album Review: Eagleheart – Reverse

Artist: Eagleheart Album: Reverse Record Label: Scarlet Records Release date: August 18, 2017 Review By: Todd Naevestad When most bands disappear for six years no-one would fault you for thinking they’re dead. Six years is a long time in any industry and with the changing times, who even knows if they would be relevant in…

Album Review: Leprous – Malina

What you are about to hear is not the same Leprous you are used to. Well, it is, but it’s also not somehow. I realize that statement lacks some clarity, but once you hear Malina it will make a bit more sense. It’s as if you sat down at your favorite restaurant and ordered your…

Album Review: In This Moment – Ritual

In This Moment – Ritual Review by: Erik D. Harshman     To say that I’ve been with In This Moment since the beginning could not be a more true statement. See, back in 2005 I was on Myspace (as was everyone) and it took me a few months before I realized that bands were…

Album Review: Byzantine – The Cicada Tree

Byzantine – The Cicada Tree Review by: Erik D. Harshman     I’ve been with Byzantine since the beginning. That may sound like a metal snob elitist thing to say, but in this case it’s true. I recall, in 2004, hearing the epic breakdown on “Hatfield” on the “Metal” station on those music selection stations…

Album Review: Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (2017)

  Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With Review by Erik D. Harshman   A new Dying Fetus (DF) is a significant thing for a few reasons. The first is that, as far as extreme groove death metal goes, DF are the kings. The second is that DF may very well be one of the…

Album Review:  Anathema – The Optimist 

 “No man steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man”. Heraclitus was known as “the weeping philosopher” and spoke on the only true certainty of life being the consistency of change.  Now can we ever really be sure he was specifically talking…

Album Review: Unleash the Archers – Apex

Metal music nowadays is full of ways to create the most massive and powerful sound imaginable. There are plenty of cool toys a band can invest in that will make their drums more thunderous, their guitars thicker or their vocals more impactful. These aren’t necessarily negative aspects of the current state of music but every…