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.

Eths – III – Review

May 4, 2012

French metalcore crew Eths remind me of the nu metal acts that were shunned outright because of their association with an increasingly unpopular style.

Samael – Lux Mundi – Review

June 29, 2011

Samael settles into its trademark midtempo mood and plays things a little too safe at times, but the highlights leave more of an impression than the dips.

Engel – Threnody – Review

January 26, 2011

Sweden’s Engel barrels down the road at a great clip for the first four tracks of Threnody, bashing through some modern metal with incredible energy and polish.

Kylesa – Spiral Shadow – Review

December 27, 2010

A sad record. Not in a boo-hoo way, it’s more of a hands-in-pockets, head down, kick the can as the weight of existence slows your movement kind of way.

Atheist – Jupiter – Review

November 24, 2010

Jupiter zips and crashes around the room, its sharp edges colliding with surfaces hard and soft, hurling itself constantly forward with impossible energy.

Watain – Lawless Darkness – Review

June 1, 2010

Watain are happy to stick with the blastbeat/wall of sound hallmarks of the genre. But they twist these conventions in such creative and satisfying ways.

Destroyer 666 – Defiance – Review

March 1, 2010

Destroyer 666 rain non-stop murder on their first album in six years. Nine tracks in 40 minutes, they only pull back on closer “A Sermon to the Dead.”

Urgehal – Ikonoklast – Review

November 1, 2009

Pure fuckin’ black metal. They like facepaint, spikes, blastbeats, and reverbed misanthropy, but there’s Celtic Frost mid-tempo uh! here and there.

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