Lord – Fallen Idols

There are two things I know about power metal: that all the best power metal bands are Australian, and that all the best power metal is simply thrash metal in disguise. If there’s any doubt concerning either of these axioms, one listen to Fallen Idols—the fifth full-length from Sydney’s Lord—should…

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The Anatomy Of: Acid Death

They say the classics never go out of style… Whatever Refused might have to say on the matter, there’s a reason some albums are heralded as near-untouchable classics. Some records are simply timeless – their appeal near-universal. For as varied and extreme as Acid Death’s sound has been over the…

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Abbath – Outstrider

Writing about a new Abbath album without mentioning Immortal would be tantamount to writing about Bruce Dickinson’s solo albums (The Chemical Wedding still holds up!) without mentioning Iron Maiden. It’s simply not done. It’s uncouth. Almost a quarter century after co-founding Immortal, Abbath struck out on his own in 2015 to assemble a…

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Hey! Listen to Catalyst!

Progressive and technical death metal has been having a real moment over the last couple of years. As with everything, however, there is a dark side to the genre’s current boom. With so many fantastic progressive death metal albums flooding the market, listeners run the risk of becoming disaffected by…

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Hey! Listen to Ravensire!

Oh boy, it’s been a while since I recommended some in your face, no holds barred heavy metal to you lot. But here we are today, breaking this unfortunate drought with Ravensire, a band so unapologetically “about the riff” and everything heavy metal that they called their album A Stone…

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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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Paladin – Ascension

Power metal! Love it or hate it, it’s easy to agree that there are very few bands who can justify its sound in 2019 without adding some sort of embellishment to it. For some, this addition comes in the form of progressive ideas and flourishes, making the music more complex.…

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Traveler – Traveler

Demos are an odd thing; on one hand, they represent a potential source of new music just there for the taking, as a metric ton of new bands release new, raw music, often brimming with potential. On the other hand, demos are by definition not a finished product. Sometimes, this…

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