Release Day Roundup – 4/26/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked…

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Portrait – Burn the World

While death and black metal are seeing amazing leaps forward in talent, production, and ability for the denizens of the traditional metal world what we’re seeing from bands such as Enforcer, dawnbringer, Sumerlands, Eternal Champion, and Striker must seem like manna from heaven… or hell, depending upon your preference. One band that has been plugging away at this style, beginning as a bit of a Mercyful Fate worship act and evolving with each new release is Sweden’s Portrait (the band name derives from Diamond’s first solo album, Fatal Portrait). On their latest offering, Burn the World, we see a band who is getting comfortable with their own take on the venerable speed riffs, blazing solos, and soaring vocals of trad metal creating an addictive blend for fans.

PHOTOS: Dark Tranquillity, Swallow The Sun, Enforcer—November 17th, 2016 @ Bada Brew, Joliet, IL

Crest Hill’s Bada Brew isn’t a huge venue, but its intimate nature allows audiences to connect with bands. Dark Tranquillity, now on their eleventh full-length album, have been leading the way alongside other Gothenburg bands in the melodic death metal scene. Atoma comes with a different mindset, but is the…

Premiere: New Starkill Album Shadow Sleep Streaming In Full!

Avid followers of the podcast might have noticed me mention Starkill. They’re one of the few American acts holding down the fort of good old melodic death metal. They’re about to release their third album, Shadow Sleep on Thursday, and you can listen to it in full right now! If you like synths, melodies and big choruses, click play right now.

Earache Signs Natur

…and I don’t get it. I enjoy wholeheartedly the trad-metal works of other Earache bands like Cauldron and Enforcer but I can’t see Natur being in the same league as those bands. Ignoring the flimsy production which will probably be sorted on future releases, the song itself seems a little juvenile – check out baby’s…