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Review: Christian Mistress – To Your Death

Review: Christian Mistress – To Your Death

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Christian Mistress embody the all-too-rare ability to make traditional metal and hard rock feel vital and essential rather than self-indulgent or a caricature of times past. On the heels of the thunderous 2012’s ‘Possession,’ the band’s third full-length ‘To Your Death’ further refines its purist leanings while revealing some of […]

Review: Scale the Summit – V

Review: Scale the Summit – V

No singing—not even a single growl or grunt—can be heard on Scale the Summit’s fifth album. But the instrumentals this prog-metal quartet (which has toured with Dream Theater and Cynic) achieves are bound to blow you away. Chris Letchford and Travis LeVrier deliver soaring solos and roaring riffs, but instead of ending up with mere […]

Review: Ramming Speed – No Epitaphs

Review: Ramming Speed – No Epitaphs

Richmond, Virginia by-way-of Boston crossover act Ramming Speed has developed its chops over years of relentless touring and rough living. It’s third LP, ‘No Epitaphs,’ is a testament to that perseverance. Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou (who also lends his guitar wizardry to “Horns of War”), ‘No Epitaphs’ is Ramming Speed’s most staggering effort to […]

Review: Once Human – The Life I Remember

Review: Once Human – The Life I Remember

Metallers Once Human unleash one of the more impressive debut albums of the year, ‘The Life I Remember.’ Led by guitarist Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head and Soulfly), Once Human present an impeccably produced, ruthless and mature sound in the vein of Arch Enemy and DevilDriver. After a brief orchestral introduction, Logan & Co. hurl the […]

Review: Hammercult – Built for War

Review: Hammercult – Built for War

The Israeli thrash act’s third album is an extravagant and exhilarating war effort. Though the track titles are rather cliché, this record is a fun, fanciful and accurate caricature of the metal scene without coming across as cheap or mocking. It’s a jack of all trades, offering something to fans of heavy music and apocalyptic […]

Review: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Review: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats may possess one of the most dreadfully campy names in the business, but don’t let that dissuade you from immersing yourself in the deliciously distorted and murderously melodic joys of ‘The Night Creeper,’ the British psychedelic doom trio’s fourth album. Sabbath-y riffs stoke pounding tracks like “Waiting for Blood,” “Downtown” […]

Review: Soilwork – The Ride Majestic

Review: Soilwork – The Ride Majestic

What do you do after setting a new career standard? How about meeting or even beating it? Sweden’s Soilwork bucked guitarist Peter Wichers’s departure on 2013’s two-disc masterwork ‘Living Infinite,’ and ‘The Ride Majestic’ follows by cutting down on the sprawl and fortifying the attack with even more challenging song dynamics and a greater range […]

Review: Blood Divisions – Blood Divisions

Review: Blood Divisions – Blood Divisions

If the phrase “all- star charity single” makes you think of barf-bait like “Do They Know it’s Christmas,” Blood Divisions asks that you think again. With Fozzy’s Chris Jericho handling vocals and Ralph Santola, Bill Owen, John Mahoney, and Ben Meyer on lead, the band boasts some of some of south Florida’s heaviest. The guitarists […]

Review: Publicist UK – Forgive Yourself

Review: Publicist UK – Forgive Yourself

Publicist UK may feature Dave Witte of Municipal Waste but don’t expect heavy music in the traditional sense from their debut. Instead, like the latest Ceremony album, the band channel their inner Ian Curtis to create a moody mix that in this case sounds like a mellower version of the Murder City Devils. While ‘Forgive […]

Review: Myrkur – M

Review: Myrkur – M

Following up her 2014 debut EP, Danish multi-instrumentalist Amalie Bruun (also of indie- pop darlings Ex Cops) enlisted Ulver mastermind Garm to produce her first full-length—and members of Norwegian black metal outfit Nidingr as her backing band. The result is an electrifying midnight ride through an icy ‘Game of Thrones’ landscape where gorgeous choral passages […]