Watain – The Wild Hunt – Review

September 20, 2013

Sweden’s black metal hellions Watain have been on a fearsome tear. The Wild Hunt finds them expanding their ambition with ballads and other left turns.

Turisas – Turisas2013 – Review

September 6, 2013

Their faces smeared with their trademark red and black face paint, the Finnish folk metal warriors of Turisas ride into battle again.

Devildriver – Winter Kills – Review

September 5, 2013

Devildriver’s best, 2007’s The Last Kind Words, wasn’t that different from great Devildriver records before and after it, but it trimmed all the fat.

Norma Jean – Wrongdoers – Review

August 30, 2013

This was always going to be a comedown album. After their career-defining moment, 2010’s Meridional, the smart money was that the follow-up would be pared-down.

Revocation – Review

August 20, 2013

Unlike most “tech metal” bands, Boston’s Revocation actually have some great hooks and songs that stick with you.

Battlecross – War of Will – Review

August 16, 2013

Thrash metal, pure and simple. Battlecross wastes no time ripping your face off with polka beats and riffs in thirds (Slayer, Dark Angel, everyone since).

Arsis – Unwelcome – Review

August 7, 2013

A killer slice of late-period Carcass worship with the playfulness and experimentation necessary to stand out from the pack in the tech metal swamp.

Nightfall – Cassiopeia – Review

July 23, 2013

Mediterranean metallers Nightfall continue to push their brand of accessible black metal. One would be hard pressed to consider them strict black metal nowadays.

Starkill – Fires of Life – Review

July 4, 2013

Fresh outta high school, Chicago’s Starkill use fantasy artwork on the cover of their debut CD and title their songs things like “Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire.”

Nonexistence – Antarctica – Review

July 2, 2013

Seeing as Antarctica is a vast, harsh, desolate, ice cold expanse of misery, it’s amazing that it’s taken this long for it to get its due from the metal world.

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