Release Day Roundup – 6/8/18

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 treasure…

Reprisal – None Survive The Sun

In order to understand why this Reprisal album is great, we need to break down its elements and try to understand the relationship between death metal and thrash metal. The genres are incestuous in their origins, with death metal borrowing more from its younger brother, thrash. So let’s say, for…

The Metal Industry’s Top 30 Albums Of 2016

Last year I took it upon myself not only to organize and compile our own staff’s AOTY list, but to take things one insane step further and compile a bunch of lists from major metal or metal-covering publications and websites into one MEGA AOTY list to rule them all. Eden and I then analyzed the list and made some (mostly snarky) comments about the metal journalism industry and how they approach these sorts of things. Though I still 100% stand by what we wrote there and the conclusions we drew from it, I was really interested in seeing how well some of them would stand up to another year to use as a data point. Thankfully, this year I had a lot of help in all of our list-making efforts thanks to fellow editor Noyan, who put a ton of work into coming up with the method we ended up using to aggregate our lists (if you haven’t already, you should absolutely read his post delving into the nitty-gritty of that methodology) and then did the actual number-crunching.

Exmortus Unleash The ‘Foe Hammer

There’s just something instantly satisfying about a great thrash band. Maybe it’s because a lot of us cut our teeth on the genre in the form of the ‘Big 4’ who are pretty much the gateway bands to nearly all forms of underground metal, but when you find a band…