Death Angel – Humanicide

Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel have returned bringing us Humanicide, an album endeavoring to lay out a portrait of a decaying world in all its forms. The band are one of those veteran groups who once stood hopefully alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica until circumstances took them in…

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Thonian Horde – Downfall

What exactly defines music as “accessible”? Here on this blog, we thrive on the most niche of sounds. Dissonant black metal? Oh yeah, we got that for all 12 of you who love it. Epic funeral doom? Of course we have that, and we have it in 20, 30, 40,…

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De Lirium’s Order – Singularity

Metal is unequivocally a guitar driven genre. No matter what trend is taking hold amongst metalheads or what purists are latching onto; no matter what gimmick or innovation captures the scene. Guitar has always relied on electric guitars as its backbone. And the art of the guitar is extensive and…

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Full of Hell – Weeping Choir

Well, dear reader, here we are again. It’s been just over two years since the release of Full of Hell’s last full length. In the time since Trumpeting Ecstasy, they’ve released a second collaboration with sludge/noise savants The Body, this time taking a detour into the wild world of power…

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Harbinger – Compelled To Suffer

Since coalescing from the remnants of various previous projects at the tail end of 2015, Harbinger have done much of their growing up in public. The band’s debut EP, Paroxysm, and it’s 2017 follow-up Human Dust saw them setting out their stall at the progressive/technical end of the deathcore spectrum.…

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The Damned Things – High Crimes

The debut album of The Damned Things, Ironiclast, came seemingly out of left-field in December of 2010. A hard-rock album with a hefty blues influence that included instrumental backing from members of Fall Out Boy (Joe Trohman & Andy Hurley), Anthrax (Scott Ian), ex-Anthrax (Rob Caggiano, currently of Volbeat) and From…

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Irata – Tower

Like many of you, I’m always scrounging for something heavy to introduce to my non-metalhead friends; something that can be tossed on at a party without thought or kept in the pocket for crowd-pleasing carpooling tunes. Modern stoner rock lends itself particularly well to this task. With vocal lines that…

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Destrage – The Chosen One

All of us have expectations. Whether it’s for your personal life, professional life, or as simple as going to the movies, you have a certain expectation for any given thing. Sometimes you have very high expectations that generally only lead to your disappointment, like taking out a million-dollar loan for…

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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

10 years after the release of their debut album, symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse are back with Veleno, their fifth full-length. The veterans have done a lot in that time, from the technical death metal of Oracles and Mafia, to the over-the-top insanity of Agony, and most recently to the…

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Helms Alee – Noctiluca

When I say grunge or post-punk, I bet the first adjective that pops into your head isn’t “fun”, right? Sure, the genres can be irreverent and often incorporate a kind of rebellious humor but they’re also usually coated with a grave seriousness, a thematic kind of weight. But on their…

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