Album Review: VARIOUS ARTISTS Metal Massacre 14

Posted by | April 7, 2016

Along with the two volumes of Metal for Muthas, the Metal Massacre series loom large over the history of heavy metal in the 1980's. Where Muthas was a short-lived showcase for UK artists dabbling in the freshly minted New Wave of British Heavy Metal genre, Metal Massacre enjoyed a much more extended stretch highlighting a variety of new sounds emerging (mostly) out of the US west coast.

| April 7, 2016

Album Review: INCANTATION Profane Nexus

Posted by | August 9, 2017

Songs like “Rites of the Locust” and “Les Sepulcri” represent the band at their best, with massive riffs and a perfectly honed atmosphere that places them right alongside classics like “Unholy Massacre” and “Essence Ablaze.” These are the songs John McEntee was born to write and perform.

| August 9, 2017

Album Reviews: SUMERLANDS Sumerlands

Posted by | September 19, 2016

Familiar aesthetic aside, Sumerlands manage to forge a unique aesthetic within a well trod upon Venn diagram of early metal influences: Metal Massacre meets Metal for Muthas, with the production values of old Ebony and Neat albums but a heightened sense of musicianship

| September 19, 2016

Album Review: OBITUARY Inked in Blood

Posted by | November 10, 2014

Obituary is releasing their latest moldering chunk of sonic grave-soil via Relapse Records. Entitled Inked in Blood, the new one began officially embalming Eustachian tubes on October 28th, 2014. As with any veteran band – and Obituary began way back in 1984 under the moniker Executioner – there will always be a degree of worry that current output will not be able to conjure the legendary magic of yore.

| November 10, 2014

Album Review: RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En

Posted by | September 22, 2014

The self proclaimed "aliencore" band Rings of Saturn is a sterling example of what space themed metal is. They are not the first ones to do it, nor shall they be the last, but they are indeed a terrific milestone for this niche in the extreme metal category.

| September 22, 2014