Arctos – Beyond The Grasp of Mortal Hands

Discovering melodic/symphonic black metal was quite a revelation for me, especially considering that the bands that got me into black metal in the first...

Cleric – Serpent Psalms

After parting ways with Tofu Carnage Records, the label on which they released their debut, the Dallas-born group of Cleric have resurfaced with a...

Wallowing – Planet Loss

In Planet Loss, the debut of Wallowing, they show themselves to be quite capable in the ways of UK sludge, by means of six...

Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear

Post-metal, similar to its sonic cousins post-rock, post-hardcore, and post-punk, has always been about creating mood and atmosphere. In the early 90s, bands like...

Surface of the Sun – Panacea

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  For every big band there are countless tribute and cover bands. I learned how to...

Wolcensmen – Fire in the White Stone

The popularity that folk-influenced metal has seen in the last few years has also resulted in a heightened interest in folk itself. Beyond the...

Pale Grey Lore – Eschatology

Having enjoyed Pale Grey Lore's debut album back in the day (good grief, has it really been three years?), I was happy to see...

The New Death Cult – The New Death Cult

Although released by a label that is largely associated with black and extreme metal, The New Deathcult's eponymous debut is more reminiscent of  Incubus,...

Orm – Ir

Upon their first encounter with black metal, many newcomers are overwhelmed by its brutality and aggression, failing to notice the rich tapestry of sounds...

Trench Warfare – Hatred Prayer

With just over half an hour split between twelve tracks, the Texas-based group of Trench Warfare keep things running fast and hard on their...

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