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Review: Vampires Everywhere – Ritual

Review: Vampires Everywhere – Ritual

Like whiskey neat with a splash of lemon, ‘Ritual’ is a straight up rock record with a bit of a twist. Simple but dynamic, this record sounds like a cross between Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe and Marilyn Manson with an intriguing flare of its own. It’s industrial, gothic and rock ‘n’ roll—as heard in standouts […]

Review: Skuggsjá – A Piece for Mind & Mirror

Review: Skuggsjá – A Piece for Mind & Mirror

The debut album from Skuggsjá—the collaborative project of Wardruna’s Einar Selvik and Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson—combines modern and ancient Scandinavian instruments and a mix of proto-Scandinavian, Norse, and Norwegian in an exploration of Norway’s rich culture and the pagan traditions that pre-date Christianity’s influence on the country. The result certainly isn’t conventional, but its fusion of […]

Review: Adept – Sleepless

Review: Adept – Sleepless

This Swedish five-piece couldn’t have picked a more apropos title for their fourth full-length. From first track, “Black Veins,” to the closing title track, ‘Sleepless’ is a tireless onslaught of metal-influenced post-hardcore and even includes slight elements of pop-punk. Vocals range from melodic cleans to searing screams to group chants, opening and closing with a […]

Review: Magrudergrind – II

Review: Magrudergrind – II

It’s been six years since the last slab of politically-charged grindcore, punk and powerviolence from the New York City by-way-of D.C. trio Magru- dergrind and its new album, ‘II,’ suggests that time has only fueled its rage. Recorded with Converge’s Kurt Ballou and mastered by Brad Boatright, II takes aim at corruption, exploitation and religious […]

Review: Prong – X (No Absolutes)

Review: Prong – X (No Absolutes)

Anybody remember Prong’s hiatus years ago? The trio has certainly come back like a storm, not only with volume (four studio albums in less than five years) but with a potency that makes it sound like the break recharged Prong enough for the next millennium. ‘X (No Absolutes)’ is charged with brawn and brains—thrashy dynamics, […]

Review: Obscura – Akróasis

Review: Obscura – Akróasis

Even by prog standards, Obscura were always among the more virtuosic outfits in modern metal, but since the addition of guitarist Tom Geldschläger (who has now left the group) and fusion drummer Sebastian Lanser to the fold, their chops have reached another level entirely. Not only are the serpentine riffs delivered at dizzying velocity, but […]

Review: Resurrection Kings – Resurrection Kings

Review: Resurrection Kings – Resurrection Kings

Ronnie James Dio’s right-hand man Craig Goldy recruits heavy metal veterans Sean McNabb (Dokken, Great White) and Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell) to march forth as Resurrection Kings. Album highlight, “Don’t Have to Fight No More,” is an exciting scorcher of a track and vocalist Chas West (Red Dragon Cartel) belts his heart out. […]

Review: The Black Queen – Fever Daydream

Review: The Black Queen – Fever Daydream

The Black Queen may be fronted by The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, but their ambient dream pop is the root of TDEP’s calculated chaos. Alongside Steven Alexander and Telefon TelAviv’s Joshua Eustis, the trio wrote, recorded and produced Fever Daydream. Glitchy tracks like “The End Where We Start” sounds like a hybrid between Faith […]

Review: Redemption – The Art of Loss

Review: Redemption – The Art of Loss

Multi-instrumentalist Nick Van Dyk’s prog-metal group returns with its first album since 2011’s ‘This Mortal Coil,’ and the wait was definitely worth it. Unfortunately, ‘The Art of Loss’ doesn’t feature longtime Redemption guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from an aneurysm. But the band still belts out a superb shred assault—especially with solos on “Damaged,” […]

Review: Primal Fear – Rulebreaker

Review: Primal Fear – Rulebreaker

German power metal veterans Primal Fear consistently crank out quality metal— regardless of lineup changes. ‘Rulebreaker,’ their eleventh studio full-length, swaggeringly incorporates guitarist Tom Naumann—on his third tour of duty with the band—and new drummer Francesco Jovino (ex-U.D.O.). It’s a cauldron bubbling with heroic inspiration. Highlights include loner-on-the-run statements like the title track and the […]