Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry – Review

March 15, 2017

Like a magic bullet blasting you right back to the heyday of D.R.I. and Sui-cyco-style crossover metal, the aptly titled Crossover Ministry from Iron Reagan has all you want from the forgotten genre.

Wovenwar – Honor Is Dead – Review

November 4, 2016

Wovenwar sounds unshackled here, free to create a melodic metalcore sound that feels natural rather than predictably soft/heavy, good cop/bad cop.

Abbath – Review

February 26, 2016

With decades of genre-defining black metal under his spiked belt as frontman for Norwegian legends Immortal, one wouldn’t think Abbath had much left to prove.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc – Review

February 5, 2016

Gone are the rapid-fire grindcore outbursts, replaced with longer, doomier, mid-paced compositions with multiple parts, tempo changes — the whole nine yards.

Killing Joke – Pylon – Review

December 18, 2015

A superlative work of industrial music from start to finish – 10 impeccably crafted songs that drag you slack-jawed through the gamut of human experience.

Valkyrie – Shadows – Review

July 10, 2015

The power of the riff compels Valkyrie, a Virginia heavy rock group led by guitarists/vocalists Pete (also of Baroness) and Jake Adams. Their third record, Shadows, is heavy on the Sabbath worship, but isn’t afraid to go off the path on some interesting detours.

Raven – ExtermiNation – Review

May 15, 2015

Every now and then, when your brain has been fried by so many far-out variants, it’s great to have some old-school Heavy Metal kick you in the head.

Soilwork – Live In The Heart of Helsinki – Review

March 1, 2015

This first-ever live DVD/Blu-Ray from Soilwork, arriving right around the two-year anniversary of the band’s excellent 2013 double album, The Living Infinite, is a straightforward but effective time capsule of these melodeath giants circa 2014.

Killer Be Killed – Review

May 16, 2014

Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Dave Elitch (ex-Mars Volta) came together to pool their individual strengths and see what happens if you throw ’em all in a metal blender.

Ihsahn – Das Seelenbreche – Review

April 28, 2014

There are now more Ihsahn solo records than Emperor records. It’s safe to say the former Emperor frontman is committed to this life of relentless experimentation.

Devin Townsend Project – The Retinal Circus – Review

April 11, 2014

It was only a matter of time before mad scientist Devin Townsend filmed a rock opera. He and his merry band of pranksters are as comfortable with gospel choirs as blastbeats, life-affirming, glowing choruses, and deathy bellows of Satan’s worst toothache.

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