New Stuff This Week… 12/10/18 (til the end of 2018 too)

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Dec 092018
 

SARAH LONGFIELD
Disparity
Season of Mist
30 November 2018
Madison’s own Sarah Longfield, known from local band The Fine Constant in her Season of Mist debut… self recorded/produced/all instruments… good kind of proggy rock with some good shredding too. A lot is lighter ambient type stuff, other tracks are a bit more metal. A lot going on here! A bit reminiscent of Steve Vai/Devin Townsend type stuff.

Steam
Osiris
Label: Self-released
Kind of prog hard rock with a little djent thrown in and then a bit of tech death too? Yeah! Cool stuff.

Siniestro
Arctic Blood
Black Lion Records
Just four tracks, but a good heavy blackened melodic death thing, great grooves, heaviness and brutality.

Devathorn / Inferno
Zos Vel Thagirion
W.T.C.Productions
Devathorn is a good classic melodic black metal. Inferno is a bit more sludgey doom/post black metal.

Adaestuo
Krew Za Krew
W.T.C.Productions
Post metal ambient noise and meh

Currents
I Let The Devil In
SharpTone Records
A modern metalcore thing… some emo vox, some harsh vox, melodic accessible stuff with some heavier growly stuff too.

Release: Splendidula
Post Mortem
Record label: Inverse Records
Normally when the genre says “Post/Sludge/Doom” it might not even get downloaded… but this made it through and it’s a bit of a hardcore/doom/female gothy thing with a bit of a stoner thing going on. Some actual decent grooves

TOR MARROCK
THE CONCEPT OF SELF
LABEL: BLACK VULTURE RECORDS
A doomy gothic post metal that gets into some blackened death type stuff… doomy and sludgey too.

Ferum
Vergence
Everlasting Spew Records
Grindy sludgey death metal, screamogrowled vox. Some good grooves too

DEVIL WORSHIPPER
Music For The Endtimes
I, Voidhanger Records
This is sort of horrorified blackened death metal, a bit theatrical, atmospheric in parts

Xibalba Itzaes
Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes LP/CD/TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Kind of a black metal, but quite lo-fi production.. hard to really tell!

Band: Once Upon A Winter
Album: .existence
Label: Snow Wave Records
Post rock with a bit of prog going on. meh.

Lucifer’s Fall
Tales From The Crypt
Sun & Moon
A grooving doomy stoner metal with more harsh overtones and raw production.

SÖNAMBULA
Bicéfalo
Xtreem Music
Doomy blackened death metal.

Mourning Sign
Contra Mundum
Orchestrated Misery Recordings
A good melodic death with a nice heavier edge, kind of leaning brutal but with a nice full sound and melodic stuff too.

NAZRAK
Cantiques Funebres
Wolfspell Records
Classic black metal with a cold harsh sound, a bit of a groove making way for some keyboards and shrieky vox.

NYCTOPHILIA (Poland)
Ad Mortem Et Tenebrae
Wolfspell Records
Harsh doomy black metal

NACHTEULE
Bergdorf
Wolfspell Records
Doomy post-metal / black metal.

FALL
The Dreamer of Tragedy
Self-Release
A melodic kind of proggish almost melodic death in parts. some keyboard stuff going on.

ODIOUS DEVOTION
Odious Devotion
Wolfspell Records
21 December 2018
Classic fast and heavy black metal. wall of cold evil sound

WITCHING HOUR (Germany)
…And Silent Grief Shadows the Passing Moon (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
A lighter black metal feel with a doomy classic metal thing too. Vox are a bit harsh, but still melodic and doom-ish too.

BLOOD FEAST
Chopped, Diced and Sliced (CD, 12″ MLP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Thrashy death metal… great stuff!

CROC NOIR
Mort
Wolfspell Records
A kind of melodic doomy classic black metal

Create A Kill
Summoned to Rise
Redefining Darkness Records (N.America) | Raw Skull Records (Europe)
Here we go… Heavy kinda deathy thrash. Definitely a classic heavy thrash going on, but a little bit extra heavy too!

Ice War
Manifest Destiny
Dying Victims Productions
A sort of classic metal NWOBHM sound… a little of a proggy classic metal with a little doom feel too.

Mortal Scepter / Deathroned (France)
Split
Dying Victims Productions
Mortal Scepter has a good technical melodic blackened death thing going on… Deathroned is a blackened thrash old school sound.

Hexecutor
Hangmen of Roazhon
Dying Victims Productions
This is mostly some classic thrash with a little bit of a darker slightly blackened metal feel. Good heavy stuff.

MÜTIILATION
The Lost Tapes
Osmose Productions
Dark doomy black metal.

VETALA
Retarded Necro Demential Hole
Harvest Of Death
Harsh lo-fi black metal. meh.

STRANGULIATORIUS
“Rope, Soap, Tabouret”
Horror Pain Gore Death
Dec 28
Classic grooving death metal, reminds me of Six Feet Under… good stuff.

Nefastu
Obscura Transcendência
Purodium Rekords
31 December 2018
SHrieky vox, classic black metal.. lo-fi.

Coffin Birth
the Serpent Insignia
Time To Kill Records
Here we got some good stuff… Brutal death metal with a pinch of a melodic thing going on. Good catchy grooves with harsh cookie monster type vox, big grooves.

Vanha
Melancholia
Black Lion Records
Kind of a doomy death metal, a little bit of a dark moody black metal thing too.

EXCALIBUR (Spain)
Generación Maldita
Fighter Records
12 December 2018
Spanish language power/prog metal. Reminds me a little bit of the first Dream Theater album with an old school keyboard sound, some guitar sounds and vox. Decent throwback type prog.

Reverend Horton Heat
Whole New Life
Victory Records
Rockabilly fun hard rockin’ stuff. Of all the shows in Madison and albums this guy has… this is the first time it’s been sent to metal radio… Maybe Victory records finally decided to blast us all with his greatness? Of course, it’s not really music for the Mosh Pit, but you can’t go wrong with the Reverend.

Wolcensmen
Songs from the Fyrgen
Indie Recordings
Doomy post-folk metal

Intercepting Force –
Intercepting Force
Self Released
May 9 2018
A kind of classic metal/power metal thing… a bit heavier in some parts, going to melodic metal too… maybe a bit proggy as well. Maybe a bit “dragonforcey”

Onysus
“Dyosun: Between Two Worlds”
Label: Self-released
Release date: 17-07-2018
Bridging that gap between straight up prog and edging into metal with some crunchy riffs… Great melodic stuff and catchy heavier stuff all while being full on prog (heavier porcupine tree type stuff – lighter BTBAM)

VESSEL OF LIGHT
A Love So True
Argonauta Records
Singles keep trickling out from this band… Gothy hard rock.

LANCE KING
Limitless
Nightmare Records
A song and some demos of some proggy power metal.

Lumnos
The Heliosphere Singularity
Flowing Downward
Doomy melodic black metal.

Súl Ad Astral
Oasis
Flowing Downward
More doomy melodic black metal.

The Crawling
Wolves and the Hideous White
Grindscene
Release date: Friday, November 16th 2018
Doomy death metal, down tempo, harsh vox, meaty riffs, but a bit depressing

WAN
Gammal är äldst
Carnal Records
Cold classic black metal… with a little doomy groove going on.

In Shadows and Dust
Enlightened by Darkness
Redefining Darkness Records
21 December 2018
Grooving blackened death metal… Harsh black metal style vox, but a meaty grooving death metal with a bit of a cold black metal feel.

Great Grief
Love, Lust and Greed
No Sleep Records
Kind of an alternative hard rock/melodic grungy metalcore type thing.

Hollow
“Between Eternities of Darkness” –
Rockshots Records
6 December 2018
Classic metal, a bit power/prog metal too. Big powerful vox, good solid metal, probably good if you liked QUeensryche or Nevermore… but not quite as heavy. good stuff.

EVANGELIST
Deus Vult
Release date: Thursday, December 20th 2018
A doomy groove with a little goth going on

CERBERON
CERBERON
LABEL: INDEPENDENT RELEASE
RELEASE DATE: 07 December 2019
This has a bit of a classic metal/groove metal, but then maybe a bit of a death metal feel as the vox are a bit more of a growly style.

Neorhythm
Meteoric Thoughts
Self-Release
28 November 2018
Groove metal, A little bit of a tribal Sepultura thing going on

Fabulous Desaster
Off With Their Heads
Release date: 16-11-2018
Label: Black Sunset
As the band name indicates… you might think this would be a classic thrash band along the lines of an Exodus or whatever, and you’d be 100% correct! Great stuff.

Djevelkult / Kyy / Nihil Kaos
Kult of Kaos Serpent
Saturnal
7 December 2018
Djevelkult is good melodic classic black metal with a good clean catchy sound. Kyy is even heavier black metal, good stuff, and Nihil Kaos is good extreme black metal…. all three are solid (rare in a split ep in my experience!)

Steorrah
The Altstadt Abyss
Fastball
Release date: Friday, November 16th 2018
Melodic death metal mostly like Opeth, harsh and brutal in parts, melodic and proggy in others… you know, kind of like Opeth!

Valle Crucis
Iron & Blood
Release date: 08-11-2018
Label: Pagan Pride Records/Narcoleptica Productions
A raw black metal, fast cold and evil.

Band: Majestic Downfall
Album: Waters Of Fate
Label: Solitude Productions
Release date: December 7th, 2018
Some death doom with longer tracks.

Ecthirion
Psalms of the Risen Dead
Release date: 07-12-2018
Label: Soundmass
Symphonic proggy extreme metal, heavy edge, epic feel

JOYLESS
Unlimited Hate
ATMF
28 December 2018
classic Black metal, a little pinch of doomy grooves too.

Norwald
Singles: ‘Creatures’ & ‘Arden’
Self-Release
27 November 2018
Female fronted epic sounding power metal. A good gallopy thing with operattic vox.

Release: Forest of Shadows
Among the Dormant Watchers
Release Date: December 7th 2018
Record label: Inverse Records
Doom Metal, death metal, depressing down tempo stuff, but with a decent slow groove.

NEKROFILTH
Worm Ritual (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
28 December 2018
Heavy, brutal death metal maybe with a tiny thrashy intensity.

Khors
Beyond The Bestial
Release date: 08-12-2018
Label: Ashen Dominion
A bit black metal, melodic a bit atmospheric and prog-ish

Sinister’s Army
Sinister’s Christmas (single)
Self Released
I’m a sucker for classic covers and metal xmas songs… this is a good thrashy metal song just singing about xmas… cool stuff.

New Stuff This Week…12/3/18

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Dec 022018
 

Venom
Storm The Gates
Spinefarm Records
Hardly can ever go wrong with Venom! classic heavy gritty metal… a single so far, but pretty good, minorly brutal and dark, but good and thrashy…

The Last Ten Seconds of Life
“Psychophrenia”
Self-Released
here we have a track of pretty good brutalcore type stuff… heavy, and thick with some monster riffs and bulldog vox…

Aempyrean
Fireborn
Cyclopean Eye Productions
Blackened thrash / melodic death, harsh vox, great grooves, drumming riffage… cool stuff!

UNTO THE WOLVES
Year Two
Self REleased
Here we have some classic modern metal? You know that kind that is just “metal” doesn’t delve too much into any sub genre too much? Good grooves, clean-ish vox, some harsh vox, a tiny bit of a thrashy meloidic death

Grog
Macabre Requiems
Helldprod Records
Grindy gory death metal with a little bit of a speedy thrash.

VVORSE
Ajatus vapaudesta
Inverse
Finnish crusty thrashy hardcore, good grooves, kind of neat to see this music genre coming from Scandanavia

INHUME
Exhume: 25 Years of Decomposition
XENOKORP
Brutal death metal, good grooves

Zealotry
At The Nexus of All Stillborn Worlds
Unspeakable Axe Records
A kind of proggy death metal, proggy as it’s a bit disjointed and different, not a solid groove, just a little crazy/experimental, but still working as brutal death-ish tech metal.

MASS INFECTION
SHADOWS BECAME FLESH
LABEL: COMATOSE MUSIC
Blackened death metal, mostly on the death metal side but with that fast intense and cold black metal feel

Omnipotence (Canada)
Praecipitium LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Kind of a classic black metal but with a more full grooving melodic sound. good stuff.

Band: Tragodia
Album: Before The Fall
Label: Revalve records
Grooving progressive/power metal. Decent stuff, shorter songs (as prog goes)

Goats of Doom
Rukous
Primitive Reaction
A screamo blackened death metal. The vox are screamy/shreiky, music is a bit of a blackened death leaning more death/groove metal.

FACELESS BURIAL (aus)
Multiversal Abattoir (new EP)
BLOOD HARVEST
Brutal grooving death metal Good stuff!!

Disciples of the Void
Disciples of the Void
Primitive Reaction
Classic blast beating shrieky vox, cold harsh black metal. A bit of an atmospheric feel too.

Gotthard
Defrosted 2
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Kind of weird to see a classic rock type thing on this label, but it is what it is… not mosh pit material, but some good grooving rock.

Order of the Nameless Ones
Utter to Me the Word of Wrath LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
A doomy blackened death metal. So yeah some parts are just brutal black metal, and then some more down tempo death metal doomy grooves… decent stuff.

Thulsa Doom (Italy)
Realms of Hatred
Invictus Productions
Thrashy death metal… good grooves and catchy brutality.

GOATHAMMER (Canada)
Ceremony of Morbid Destruction (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Harsh blackened death metal

Human Agony
Goring Christ
Invictus Productions
Grindy blackened death metal, a bit basic and harsh and evil too! (evident by the album name and song titles)

Tombtoker
Coffin Texts
Seeing Red Records | Metal Swarm
Sludgy extreme death metal. Monster riffs and grooves, but with a doomy death metal thing

Fleshreaper
Blue Skies Laced With Pesticide
Horror Pain Gore Death
This is a sort of thrashy death.,.. good grooves, harsh vox, pissed off sound, and some cool guitar work.

CROWS OVER BRÁVELLIR
SPELLS OF THE DEAD / INTO KINGLY DEATH
LABEL: DAWNBREED RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 1st 2018
Melodic doomy death metal.

Memoremains
Turn (single)
Self-Release
31 October 2018
Female fronted gothy metal.

Feel No Pain
Into The Chaos
Self Released
Release date: Monday, October 1st 2018
this is kind of a heavier thrash on a 4 song ep. Cool stuff.

Band: Myrd
Album: Negativisme
Label: Purity Through Fire records
Release date: July 8th, 2018
Classic harsh black metal.

Band: V/A: Sacrificium Carmen / Sarkrista / Malum
Album: Trinity of Luciferian Illumination
Label: Purity Through Fire records
Release date: November 25th, 2018
All three bands have a similar classic black metal sound.

Band: Shadow’s Mortuary
Album: Tulen Valtakunta
Label: Purity Through Fire records
Release date: November 25th, 2018
Black metal, a bit more of a doomy groove with that cold black metal guitar prevalent throughout

New Stuff This Week… 11/26/18

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Nov 252018
 

Sodom
Partisan (EP)
SPV
A couple of new tracks and a live track from earlier this year, a good solid couple

Tyrant
The Pact
Self Released
Thrashy metal with a proggy influence… clean vox with a little edge

Virgin Steele
Seven Devils Moonshine
SPV
New 3 album release

ESBEN AND THE WITCH
Nowhere
Season of Mist
Doomy ambient metal… female vox… kind of a post-rock thing.

METAL CHURCH – By The Numbers (4:35)

BillyBio
Feed The Fire
AM Records
A bit of a hardcore metal thing (the Bio) comes from Biohazard, and the Billy is the guy that was IN Biohazard… so you’re going to have a similar thing… maybe a bit more thrashy… good stuff.

Second to Sun
The Walk
Self-Release
Melodic doomy black metal. Classic cold, harsh black metal but with a lighter dark depressing melodic thing

WULKANAZ (swe)
Wulkanaz
Helter Skelter
Old school raw black metal, but with short quick songs…

KRYPTAMOK (fin)
Profaani
Helter Skelter
Here we got some more classic melodic/symphonic black metal, good full sound, a bit cold and dark as all black metal is. Decent stuff.

Valkyrja
Throne Ablaze
W.T.C.Productions
This is more of a blackened death metal, a harsh black metal edge but more of a grooving brutal death metal thing going on… cool stuff!

Voodus
Into the Wild CD/LP/TAPE
Shadow
Melodic black metal, a bit of a catchier groove, still cold, dark, harsh black metal… with decent production though!

Night Crowned
Humanity Will Echo Out
Black Lion Records
Blackened death metal, kind of melodic with some good grooves, catchy yet heavy and a bit brutal too.

MORBOSIDAD / KILL (Sweden)
Santuario del Diablo – split 7″ EP
Hells Headbangers
Morbosidad is two tracks of pretty much blackened thrash with a emphasis on the black metal part… Kill is some grindy classic black metal

Inoculated Life
Exist to Decay
Redefining Darkness Records
Noise/black metal. Some heavy fast edge, a bit of a death metal thing going on

Stilla
Synviljor
Nordvis
Classic cold doomy melodic blast beatin’ black metal.

Scald (Russia)
Will of the Gods is a Great Power
Ordo MCM
I’d have to say this one is some classic doom. Dark, good melodies, some big long songs, and a bit depressing.

MORGAL
Morgal (MCD, 12″ MLP)
Werewolf
Extreme metal, along the lines of blackened death/extreme thrash. 4 song Ep… good stuff.

DEGREDO
A Noite dos Tempos
Harvest Of Death
Four long post metal noise tracks. meh.

Vanishing Kids
Vanishing Kids
Svart Records
Kind of an alternative rock / doom / atmospheric something.

SKELETHAL / CADAVERIC FUMES
Heirs of Hideous Secrecies – split 7″ EP
Hells Headbangers
Both of these are in the grindy death metal realm. Skelethal is a bit more black metal leaning.

Band: Necroart
Album: Caino
Label: The Goatmancer records
This is some regular metal with a doomy blackened noise groove going on

Baneful Storm
Invocations
Invictus Productions
While a bit on the black metal side, this has more of a classic extreme death metal groove. fast heavy and furious and a melodic extreme thrash thing oo.

Psychlona
Mojo Rising
Ripple Music
A jammy stoner metal, cool riffs, and grooves

Groza (Germany)
Unified in Void
AOP Records
Good harsh blackened death metal, Brutal heavy, melodic… good stuff.

Marius Danielsen
Legend of Valley Doom: Part 2
Crime Records
Classic metal / classic prog metal… a bit of an epic thing, and in a lot of parts, some less rockin’ stuff too.

Vitriol
Pain Will Define Their Death
everlasting Spew Records
Harsh brutal death metal, 4 tracks of relentless heaviness

Flight
A Leap Through Matter
High Roller Records
Kind of a prog rock, vox are a bit of an alternative style, music is a little classic prog meets classic metal meets stoner rock.

Band: Project Infinity
Album: Universe
Label: Suspiria Records
Release date: September 19th, 2018
Best way to describe this one… proggy death metal. a heavy brutal element, but that techy prog metal stuff going on too. harsh vox. meedly guitars, but fast and brutal riffs and drumming. Great stuff.

and: Perpetual
Album: Maze of chaos
Label: Suspiria records
Classic brutal grooving death metal, good blast beats, harsh and guttural vox… did I say brutal? yeaaahh

BUCKSHOT FACELIFT
ULCER ISLAND
LABEL: PARAGON RECORDS
Grindy fast and furious death metal, a pinch of a black metal extremeness, but overall brutal death metal with a pinch of punk edge too.

Artist: KILL ALL THE GENTLEMEN
Title: The Loss And The Rapture
Label: Sliptrick Records
Starts off as a blackened thrash type thing… kind of just stays into a heavy death/groove death metal with a melodic death element in there… great stuff!

Madvice
Everything Comes to an End
Time To Kill Records
A groove metal / melodic death. good catchy stuff, heavy edge and a little accessible while staying heavy

Only Flesh
Cells Out…
Rotten Records
kind of a punky rock/ hard rock, a gothy thing too.

Mile 134
Singles
LOCAL
Madison area band… 2 songs… “The Hour” is some good heavy groove metal. “dead to me” is also good and groovin’ a bit more of melodic laid back thing… still monster heavy riffs… good stuff!!

The Pocket Gods
100BeatlesX30
23 November 2018
alternative type stuff… not metal, a 100 tracks of beatles kind of joke story/songs all around 30ish secs.

Artist: Inner Decay
Album: Souls of War
Self Released
Classic death metal, good production, harsh vox, some melodic stuff but still heavy and brutal.

Band: Sichgart
Album: Chest’ Ta Krov
Self Released
Thrashy death metal, almost a heavier melodic death. Great stuff.

Band: DISSONANT DISTANCE
Album: Self-Titled
Label: Sliptrick records
They are described with these genres: progressive rock, jazz, fusion, blues and Indian music… and yeah, it’s a bit all over, yet all united in prog.

Alexandra Zerner
Opus 1880
Self-released
Proggy power metal, female fronted… long 22 track album

The Wizards
Rise Of The Serpent
High Roller Records
CLassic metal type stuff, a power metal thing with some monster grooves, a little bit of an old Iron Maiden meets a little doom thing going on

ALICE COOPER
Live From The Astroturf (Good Records)
Phoenix, AZ
A quick little short live album from his hometown, good sound, good stuff from this veteran!

Accept
Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Live show from Wacken 2017 with an orchestra… great stuff.

BEARFIST
‘DESTROY THE MAGNET’
Independent
Single of deathy groove metal.

New Stuff This Week…11/19/18

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Nov 182018
 

BABYMETAL
“Starlight”
BABYMETAL RECORDS / Cooking Vinyl
A single from Japan’s own baby metal… music is djenty heavy metal core, and vox are a bit more grown up, not quite all bubble gum k-pop. Actually reminds me a little of Kittie going to some growls and clean vox.

Unearth
Extinction(s)
Century Media Records
Two singles so far, and classic catchy, heavy Unearth… purveyors of origanal new wave of american metalcore. Great stuff.

Cattle Decapitation
Medium Rarities
Metal Blade Records
Rarities collection, previously unrealeased stuff, demos a good collection of some older stuff and it sounds pretty good for the most part.

March In Arms
March In Arms
Self-Release
This is a kind of hard rock thing that gave me a feeling of Vol-Beat with some little gothy grooves, and a pinch of folk metal with a thrashy groove when it gets heavier.

Roine Stolt’s The Flower King
Manifesto of an Alchemist
InsideOut
Classic prog! This is basically the same band as The Flower Kings with the same style/sound, but without their long time keyboardist.

Spearhead
Pacifism is Cowardice
Invictus Productions
This is mostly death metal with a bit of a black metal thing going on. harsh vox, but heavy death metal grooves too.

Blade Killer
High Risk
M-Theory Audio
Classic metal with an NWOBHM sound.

New Light Choir
Torchlight
Svart Records
A kind of stoner metal, doom rock, a bit upbeat, clean vox, a little bit of a Voivod thing happening.

Letheria
Death – Principle
Saturnal
Melodic death, leaning a bit more on a blackened melodic death, some cool melodic grooves, catchy riffs, but a dark tone.

PALE DIVINE
Pale Divine (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Doomy grooving metal, vox have a little bit of a Godsmack thing going on, but big meaty doomy grooves.

Anger As Art
Fast as Fuck!
Malevolence Records
Heavy Classic thrashy stuff, with a little bit of a heaver abrasive vox, this is a live album and it sounds great too!

Band: Homicide Hagridden
Album: Effect Lucifero
Label: The Goatmancer Records
Traditional thrash, modern take, heavy, with some melodic stuff, big grooves and headbanging goodness.

Witchthroat Serpent
Swallow The Venom
Svart Records
Crusty sludgey doom and a bit of a post-metal drone.

Anachronist
Self-Titled Album
Ruton Music / Ektro
Electronic alternative stuff. how did this get here?

Satan’s Host
Metal From Hell
Moribund Records
This is a big of a classic metal bordering on light thrash, but kind of sounds like it was mastered on a cassette deck.

WURM FLESH
EXCORIATION EVISCERATION
LABEL: COMATOSE MUSIC
A fast and heavy death metal, some blackened death parts, big grooves too… a little gore going on too.

BLACKRAT
Dread Reverence (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Kind of a raw blackened metal. Not full on black metal, but black metal feel and attitude with more of a doomy thrashy groove with that cold black metal feeling.

CORPSEFUCKING ART
SPLATTERPHOBIA
LABEL: COMATOSE MUSIC
Classic brutal death metal. A little like a more raw old Cannibal Corpse… great stuff.

HPGD182 Coathanger Abortion / Sacrificial Slaughter / Rottenness –
The Hate Divide “Split” Album
Horror Pain Gore Death
I’m already not a huge fan of split EPs in the digital age… but whatever… C.A. is good death metal, classic brutal suff, but production is pretty low-fi! S.S. is heavy extreme death metal, better production, Great stuff. And Rottenness is gory brutal death metal with some headbangy grooves… good stuff.

MORTUOUS
Through Wilderness
Dawnbreed Records
A bit of a classic death metal, meaty riffs, brutal stuff, some grooves, all heavy and in your face too.

Unreqvited
Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur
Northern Silence
Symphonic doomy metal, ambient and atmospheric too.

MY REGIME
Peek Through The Pines
Scarlet Records
This is a kind of edgy classic metal with a thrash groove thing going on

Corpsessed
Impetus of Death
Dark Descent Records
Brutal death metal with a classic death metal thing, some harsh cookie monster vox with a wall of in your face brutal grooves.

NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP
WHITE NATIONALISM IS FOR BASEMENT DWELLING LOSERS
Prosthetic Records
Brutal grindy gore black metal with a fun take and anti-nazi message!

Band: NEW AGE
Album: Self-Titled
Label: Sliptrick records
Some standard hard rock with a pinch of punk

OMEGAVORTEX
Promo 2018
Self-Released
Release date: Friday, July 13th 2018
here we have some pretty cool melodic death/blackened death.. fast, heavy, clean production, extreme stuff, but great!

Heidra
The Blackening Tide
Time To Kill Records
Melodic death, some heavier brutal blackened death metal, switching to some pretty straightforward melodic clean vox stuff. great stuff!

L’ Ira del Baccano
Si Non Sedes Is – Live MMVII
Subsound Records
An instrumental catchy stoner metal thing with some longer tracks that go on and jam a bit. cool stuff!

FALGAR
La Dama Del Alba
ATMF
Kind of doomy drony black metal.

FIEND
SEERESS
Deadlight
Doomy black metal.

The Cascades
Phoenix
Label: Echozone
Release date: Friday, October 19th 2018
Gothy hard rock.

Band: ATHROX
Album: Through the Mirror
Label: Revalve records
Some classic metal with a thrashy element, clean vox, good edge… cool stuff.

Wolftooth
Wolftooth
Cursed Tongue
they call them “Stoner Metal Riff Worshipers” and totally spot on.. great groovin’ stoner metal!

Arrayan Path
Archegonoi
Pitch Black
Epic power metal with that signalong huge voice, a bit of a folky thing going on a little bit… probably just some cool proggy power metal stuff. Some more over the top symphonic metal stuff too.

Hellnite
Midnight Terrors (single)
Sliptrick Records
Classic metal with a little bit of an extreme metal edge a pinch of a thrashy thing going on too.

Band: VEONITY
Album: Legend Of The Starborn
Label: Sliptrick records
Classic Power metal nothing fancy, nothing bad, just good ol power metal.

Heterogeneous Andead
“Deus Ex Machina”
Wormholedeath
Japanese symphonic death/thrash/prog metal. Great instrumental technical metal, kind of melodic death/thrash and some heavier prog metal too. Vox are operattic, clean vox or straight up growls… really cool/unique stuff.

New Stuff This Week…11/12/18

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Nov 122018
 

Artillery
The Face of Fear
Metal Blade Records
now THIS band has been around a long time! This album is some great classic metal, gritty, melodic, edgy and a bit thrashy too. great for any metal fan!

Skull Pit
Skull Pit
Metal Blade Records
Here we have some classic metal with a thrashy edge a bit of a motorhead type of metal too. Some just classic grooves too

All That Remains
”F**k Love”/” Wasteland”/ “Everything Is Wrong”
Razor & Tie
A breakup, jailtime, bad press, and out of jail… back together! Making great heavy catchy modern deathy metalcore in “fuck love”… that one is just angry! the other two singles are more of a melodic metalcore with more clean vox.

LEAVING EDEN
DESCENDING
DARK STAR/SONY MUSIC
Female fronted modern alt metal, a full kind of gothy sound with a little electronic stuff

Squidhammer Metal
Power Removal Service
LOCAL Self Released
Watertown’s own sent us their new release. Harsh vox, kind of a brutal thrashy groove thing. A little along the lines of Pantera (and a cover of Cowboys from Hell on this album too!) production is great… nice to have some great local metal!

Opeth
Garden Of The Titans (Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Nuclear Blast
Full set from Colorado, great sound, near perfect, and what a great band…

Iron Maiden
The Studio Collection Remastered Pt. I
BMG
Another Maiden collection/remaster/package? ok! BMG is reissuing and remastering all of their classic artists… it’s maiden’s turn! always a good excuse to play some classics!

Within Temptation
Resist
Spinefarm Records
Kind of a gothy fe-metal… maybe more like Lacuna Coil with some meaty full grooves and female/male vox.

All Hail The Yeti
Highway Crosses
Minus Head Records
Here we have some modern metalcore type stuff. riffy, catchy, but yet accessible while having a gritty edge too.

Dog Eat Dog
New Breed
Metalville Records
Metal/ska/funky core. It’s a groovin’ nu-metal hardcore from these veterans. Hardcore grooves, horn hits and some kinda rap metal too.

SYLVAINE
Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
Season of Mist
Doomy post black metal… mostly melodic female vox, then you have some black metal shrieks too.

HATE ETERNAL
Upon Desolate Sands
Season of Mist
Here we go! Brutal brutal brutal death metal! Wall of brutal!! Can’t even bang my head fast enough brutal, but what? Grooves and tech chops too… great stuff.

Amon Amarth
The Pursuit of Vikings: Live at Summer Breeze
Metal Blade Records
If you’ve ever seen Amon Amarth live, then you know… if you haven’t this live album

DECEASED
Ghostly White (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
This band has always been putting out some cool stuff, first album in 7 years, good solid melodic death type stuff.

Burning Witches
HEXENHAMMER
Nuclear Blast Records
HEre we have a Judas Priest -like heavy metal band… classic metal, straightforward but a heavier thrashy edge.

1914
The Blind Leading the Blind
Redefining Darkness Records (N.America) | Archaic Sound (Europe)
11 November 2018
Classic black metal, more on the melodic death side of things… cool stuff.

Blasphemy
Gods of War LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Old school raw blackened death metal. Quick brutal songs, harsh and dark.

ATLAS
Primitive
Inverse Records
Djenty technical metalcore with some melodic atmospheric stuff going on

Sacrificium Carmen
Hermetica
Saturnal
This is mostly black metal but with a classic metal NWOBHM thing going on. Vox are all black/harsh, but musically it’s a bit melodic.

ANCST
Abolitionist
Lifeforce
Melodic death metal with a good brutal blackened death metal side.

FALGAR
La Dama Del Alba
ATMF
Kind of a doomy black metal.

Anneke van Giersbergen
Symphonized
InsideOut
Probably not really metal, but live show of symphonic rock with the joyful voice of Anneke.

Divine Ascension
The Uncovering
ViciSolum Productions
Epic symphonic proggy power metal. A Heavier edge musically with female fronted vox. Cool stuff!

Atria
New World Nightmare (EP) – Out Nov 16, 2018
Self-Release
Four songs of a melodic death metal, solid grooves, a bit of a Soilwork vibe.

Disrule
Sleep In Your Honour
Seeing Red Records
Grooving catchy stoner metal.

The Tangent
Proxy
InsideOut
Prog rock with a little jazzy thing going on. Cool stuff, but probably not mosh pit material.

The Great Sabatini
Goodbye Audio
No List Records (Vinyl), Ancient Temple Records (Vinyl), No Why Records, (Vinyl), Pink Lemonade (Cassette)
Sludgey doom, harsh vox, shouted vox, slow down tempo stuff but with some head nodding grooves… getting a little heavier and hardcore-ish in parts.

KOSM
Cosmonaut
Self-Release
Musically, this is some classic metal / edgy melodic death-ish type stuff, female melodic vox, clean (and sometimes harsh/edgy too), but not like operattic, just good classic clean metal vox. Good stuff!

Blood Of The Wolf
Album I + II
Horror Pain Gore Death
Here we have some great brutal death metal, even a little bit of melodic stuff, but nothing wimpy or to take away from the brutality… just some good meedly guitar stuff.

AZUSA
Heavy Yoke
Indie Recordings
Former Extol and Dillinger Escape Plan members… Technical, metalcore-ish, female vox, proggy music, cool stuff!! With all of the stuff I have to go through, I found myself not turning this off for the next release and kind of lost track of time. Yeah! Good stuff.

FUNERAL CHIC
Superstition
Prosthetic Records
Raw, yet grooving and catchy blackened thrashy metal, more on the gritty, grungy side of things.

ÆVANGELIST
Matricide In The Temple Of Omega
I, Voidhanger Records
Kind of atmospheric black metal. melodic, a bit doomy

Brothers Of Metal
Prophecy Of Ragnarök
AFM Records
This is a folky power metal. Catchy, fast, a bit dragonforce meets amon amarth? yaaahh

Trollwar
Oath of The Storm
Self-Release
Trollwar is back! heavier more like, extreme melodic death/folk metal. Great stuff.

Flageladör
Predileção Pelo Macabro
Helldprod Records
Kind of a grooving, raw blackened thrash type thing.

The RG’s
The Cricket Sound
Self-Released
I’d say this is a stoner, grunge thing

Forbidden Rites
Pantheon Arcanum
GrimmDistribution
Melodic death, with a more brutal death metal edge in the heaver stuff…. a pinch of black metal groove too

Band: Die Entweihung
Album: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Label: Wings Of Destruction / More Hate Productions
Here we have some melodic blackened death. Not too blasting and in your face, but a dark melodic groove.

GHOST TOWER
HEAD OF NIGHT
LABEL: PARAGON RECORDS
This is a classic metal, maybe a proggy thrash with a very old school feel.

AGONY FACE
CXVI Evolving Discharges
Sliptrick Records
They say it’s “Schizophrenic and surreal death metal from Italy” And yeah, fast, heavy, melodic and crazy… good stuff.

WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS
Angels Are Weeping… God Has Abandoned
sliptrick
Raw, post metal/blackened doom/post something.

SECTLINEFORE –
Don’t Make This About You.
Self Released
Quirky industral alternative stuff. A little like

Season Of Tears
Dark Card
Self Released
Epic symphonic blackned death metal. One song, but it’s heavy and epic! Death metal growls and operattic femetal vox Good stuff.

Band: ATHROX
Album: Through the Mirror
Label: Revalve records
Classic metal, clean vox, a little thrashy stuff when it gets faster… otherwise classic melodic metal.

Piledriver
Rockwall
Rockwall
This has a 90’s AOR hard rock feel.

Silver Dust
House 21
Fastball
Gothy hard rock

New Stuff This Week… 11/5/18

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Nov 042018
 

Slipknot
“All Out Life”
Roadrunner
A surprise single from Slipknot! It’s fashionable for “troo” metalheads to bash Slipknot, but they really are a solid metal band, and were a gateway for some to more undergound and other metal. This single sounds like it could have come from the Iowa sessions. Gritty, heavy, and unmistakably Slipknot!

Bamboo Star
No Hard Feelings
Vertusent
Classic metal, clean vox a bit of a pop metal thing.

Ashes Of Ares
Well Of Souls
Rock Of Angels Records
First album in 5 years! Former Iced Earth frontman’s band…, Matt Barlow… singing his ass off… and even though co-founder Van Williams officially left the band, he guests on Drums for the album. (yeah, right?) But yeah a good solid classic/proggy metal for fans of, well, Nevermore and Iced Earth!

Architects UK
Holy Hell
Epitaph Records
modern metalcore-ish type stuff.

Powerwolf
The Sacrament Of Sin (EP)
Napalm Records
Solid power metal with a little folky metal feel. Decent grooves and a sing-a-long almost Blind Guardian thing happening. good stuff.

Red Dragon Cartel
Patina
Frontiers SRL
A hard rock Sammy Hagar sounding thing.

Stephen Pearcy
View To A Thrill
Frontiers SRL
Well, the voice of Ratt… here’s a single from the new one, just generic hard rockin’ stuff… just like Ratt. (i’ve never been a huge fan!) haha.

JOSE RUBIO
Forbidden Dreams
Fighter Records
Proggy instrumental power metal. Good guitar work, catchy licks, boopy keyboards.

Revolutio
Vagrant
Inverse Records
Heavy, fast and furious thrash metal with some melodic grooves. Great stuff!

Band: HEX A.D.
Album: Netherworld Triumphant
Label: Fresh Tea
Doomy stoner metal, big monster grooves, hammond organ, cool stuff…. a little like Trouble.

Begravningsentreprenörerna
Jämna Plågor
Ektro
A grooving classic metal, a little tiny punk thin, but a cool 70’s vibe with some modern feel.

Anomalie
Integra
AOP Records
A sort of classic black metal, but a bit more on the melodic side, not fully cold and evil..

FLAT EARTH
None For One
Self Released
a sort of classic rock/hard rock with an alternative rock vibe too.

Lethean
The Waters of Death
Cruz Del Sur Music
Grooving doomy female fronted metal. Some cool classic metal going on too.

DÉCEMBRE NOIR
Autumn Kings
Lifeforce
Here we have some melodic blackened doom. Harsh growly vox, a little meedly black metal sound, but not all cold and harsh.

Einherjer
Norrøne Spor
Indie Recordings
Melodic blackened metal… A little bit of a Dimmu Borgir/Satyricon thing… A black n roll feel, great stuff.

Zealot Cult
Spiritual Sicknes CD/LP/TAPE
Blood Harvest
Vox remind me of Obituary, musically a bit of a classic death metal, so yeah, a lot like Obituary, but a bit heavier.

SADIST
Spellbound
Scarlet Records
There are a lot of bands with this name… this is the one from Italy along the Progressive Death Metal persuasion. Brutal death metal a bit raw, but technical and when it’s not brutal, we have some straightforward prog metal type stuff…then transitioning into the good brutal stuff.

Septagon
Apocalyptic Rhymes
Cruz Del Sur Music
Classic metal with a big voice and a bit of a heavier side pushing into thrash a bit. Cool groovin’ bass lines too.

Convent Guilt
Diamond Cut Diamond
Gates of Hell Records
Doomy classic metal

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly
Friendship
InsideOut
The main guy behind prog band Beardfish has his own project, following along the same path with a classic prog along the lines of Yes/Genesis/Spocks Beard and a bit heavier. Great stuff.

Third Storm
The Grand Manifestation
Dark Descent Records
Blackened death metal, a bit more on the black metal side, some grooves and catchy melodic stuff too.

Various
The Wall [Redux]
Airplay Date: Friday, November 9th 2018
Doomy post metal type bands doing Pink Floyd’s the wall.

FOUR STROKE BARON
Planet Silver Screen
Prosthetic Records
Gothy stoner metal.

PSYCROPTIC
As The Kingdom Drowns
Prosthetic Records
Technical blackened melodic death metal type stuff. These guys have been around a while and this album is great! Technical, heavy, catchy, brutal and yeah!

Dire Peril
The Extraterrestrial Compendium (LP) (2018)
Divebomb Records
This is sort of a thrashy proggy power metal. Along the lines of a Blind Guardian/Iced Earth. Heavier than a typical power metal, but catchy and technical too.

ANGEL OF DAMNATION
Heathen Witchcraft (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Melodic classic metal / doomy feel.

Fractal Cypher
Prelude To An Impending Outcome (EP)
Self-Release
HEre we have some proggy power metal. 4 longer tracks of good melodic and catchy standard prog metal type stuff.

Selvans
Faunalia
Avantgarde Music
Classic black metal, cold, dark, evil, doomy. I feel like I’m lost in a cold foggy, misty forest at dusk.

Madog
Raven
MDD
We got some cool gritty classic metal/power metal-ish stuff. Good light thrashy edge, a bit of that German metal feel. (they’re from Austria –pretty close!)

Demetrio “Dimitry” Scopelliti
The Silent Watcher
Self Released
Proggy metalcore. Guitar virtuoso stuff, with a bit of proggy power metal and djent in this all instrumental stuff.

Band: Kjeld
Album: Banier fan Frisia
Country: Netherlands
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Heidens Hart Records
Release date: October 11th, 2018

Band: Theudho
Album: De roep van het woud
Country: Belgium
Genre: Pagan/Black Metal
Label: Heidens Hart Records
Release date: October 20th, 2018

ETTERNA
Chaotic
Self Released
Power metal with proggy and classic metal elements. Decent stuff.

Sectorial
VYR – Release Date: Nov 9, 2018
Noizr Productions
Blackened death metal, brutal, groovin’ and just full on assault of metal goodness, and what? a flute? fuck yeah!

Ginger Red
Donuts And Coffee
El Puerto Records GbR
HEre we have some classic metal / hard rock. Female fronted stuff, catchy anthemic songs, a bit of a 90’s AOR feel.

Conway
Singles
Self Released
a couple tracks sent to the Mosh Pit, grooving melodic hard rock, a little bit of an alternative hard rock thing going on.

Ye Goat Herd Gods
Ashes Shall Be Made of Them
Self Released
A doomy death metal with some melodic death stuff going on too.

New Stuff This Week… 10/29/18

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Oct 282018
 

Audiotopsy
The Real Now
Megaforce
Melodic, accessible moderm american metal. Good grooves, a little edge and melodic.

INTO ETERNITY
THE SIRENS
M-THEORY AUDIO
This was originally self released in July then pulled back as they got signed to M-Theory Audio… now it’s out for the masses… Their first album with their new female singer… music is the same heavy progressive death metal type stuff they’ve done, haven’t skipped a beat (they were ahead of their time anyway!)… Stu Block has some big vocal shoes to fill and this Amanda Kiernan fills them perfect with a mix of harsh and clean vox. Great stuff!

The Ocean
Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
Metal Blade Records
A mix of some stoner metal and a little harsh vox… a bit of a Mastodon feel… with a bit of doomy stoner progressive goodness

Mother Feather
Constellation Baby
Metal Blade Records
A psychedelic hard rock thing with female vox, catchy grooves.

Arsis
Visitant
Nuclear Blast USA
It’s been 10 years since one of my favorite albums “We are the Nightmare” was released… 5 since Arsis’ last album, this picks up in that extreme tech death realm. Melodic, catchy, brutal and meant to be played LOUD!

Rave The Reqviem
Fvneral {sic}
Out Of Line Music
This has a little bit of a Lacuna Coil thing going on, a gothy melodic metal with an edge, clean female vox, some growly male vox…

Riot Horse
Cold Hearted Woman
Metalville Records
Classic bluesy hard rock.

Warkings
Reborn
Napalm Records
This is a kind of classic power metal, good sing along, decent metal edge thrashing a long a little bit. looking forward to more than the single.

Dethgod
Disease Called Humans
Self-released
Brutal death metal with a bit of a chugga chugga groove.

Alchemy Chamber
Opus I: Subtle Movements From Within
Self-Release
kind of a doomy folk metal. all instrumental.

Heretic Legion
The Purge
Self Released
Swedish brutal death metal, monster grooves, growls and harsh vox, headbanging goodness.

Twilight Fauna
Where Birds Sing My Name
Flowing Downward
Ambient post metal/rock something?

Abstract Void
Back To Reality
Flowing Downward
Synthy Electronic meets post metal, Meh. Passing to something wonderful…

The Heretics Fork
Tormentore
P2 Records
Brutal Grindy death metal

Band: Rituals
Album: Neoteric Commencements
Label: Sleeping Church records
Classic brutal death metal, but a little bit of melodic stuff in between the full on brutal stuff. Great stuff.

CULTES DES GHOULES
Sinister (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Doomy atmospheric black metal, classic raw black metal

Trollheims Grott
Aligned with the True Death
W.T.C.Productions
We have some good stuff here! Melodic blackened death, extreme, brutal, yet that black metal part that has the melodic stuff going on while pulling back a bit to throw in an underlying death metal groove Great stuff!

Abyssous
Mesa 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
We got us some blackened death metal… that cold harsh black metal sound with the brutality of death metal… nothing ground breaking, but good stuff.

Temple Nightside
Recondemnation LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Dark, blackened death with a dark doomy feel.

Seventh Dimension
The Corrupted Lullaby
Self-released
Here we have some good ol classic prog metal. Keyboards, clean vox, good riffage, all that techy proggy stuff… a bit of an older Dream Theater thing going on.

Necroholocaust (Canada)
Laudem Antichristus 7″ EP
Iron Bonehead
2 tracks of brutal blackened death metal.

ITERU (bel)
Ars Moriendi
Helter Skelter / Regain Records
Kind of a doomy blackened death metal. Some parts, full on brutal death metal, others a bit atmospheric and blackened.

Die Sonne Satans
Metaphora
AnnapurnA
Post metal ambient noise stuff. Meh!!

PROFANATICA
Altar of the Virgin Whore (MCD, 12″ MLP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Harsh industrialized death metal.

NO/MÁS
“Raíz Del Mal”
Horror Pain Gore Death
Grindy blackened death metal… quick short songs that don’t fuck around.

Hrizg
Soterion
Moribund Records
Classic melodic black metal, harsh, cold, brutal, but with that meedly and melodic black metal thing going on.

Infernal Cult
All The Lights Faded
Self Released
Classic black metal, a bit of a wall of sound, maybe a bit grindy.

The Casualties
Written In Blood
Cleopatra Records
A band that’s been around a while… mostly punk a bit of a hardcore thing too.

Owl Company
Iris
Eclipse Records
Grooving hard rock… a little stoner metal southern metal.. great catchy grooves.

Edward De Rosa
Zeitgeist
Label: Revalve records
Power Prog metal from Italy… an epic feel, gritty edge, catchy riffs… great stuff!

Fatum Aeternum
Mass Suicide of Human Race
Royal Arch Production
A pinch of folk metal, some doom, back and forth female/male vox.

Lutharo
Unleash The Beast (single)
Self-Release
This is kind of a melodic death/thrash thing with some clean over the top female vox. cool stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 10/22/18

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Oct 212018
 

Jinjer
Ape (Single)
Napalm Records
Great stuff, harsh vox, great grooves, female clean vox too

Disturbed
Evolution
Warner
Kind of more of the same from these guys, catchy, yet cool hard rockin’ stuff. While probably not Mosh Pit material, I’ve always liked the catchiness and grit of Disturbed, this one keeps that up while having some more emotive tracks. I don’t think there’s much “OOO RAAH AHH AAAH AAA’s” on this one.

Fight The Fury
Still Breathing
Atlantic
This is some moderm metalcore, catchy and ripe for commercial radio!

Greenleaf
Hear The River
Napalm Records
Catchy groovin’ stoner metal. A grungy guitar sound, but just monster grooves.

Striker
Play To Win
Independent
A sort of classic metal/power metal thing. A good edge to it, it’s catchy with a bit more of a heaver edge than a typical keyboardy power metal band. Cool stuff!

Bloodbath
The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn
Peaceville Records
oooh yeah! Brutal death metal from these veterans… Gritty, grooving and yeah, even some melodic guitar work too, all while staying brutal!

Days Of Jupiter
Panoptical
Metalville Records
This has a classic metal thing, but a bit more gritty and prog/power metal but also a bit more melodic and musically almost has that melodic death proggy feel. good stuff!

The Browning
Geist
Spinefarm Records
Here we have some pretty straightforward melodic death metal, a bit Soilwork-like but with a bit more on the keyboard/industrial feel. Has a good heavy brutal side, while also throwing out some other stuff too.

Shining
Animal
Spinefarm Records
A commercial mall-core type metal… they have some melodic death heavy moments, awesome catchy riffs, but then going to some of those whiney clean vox… meh.

Calamity
The Truth (Single)
Independent
This has a heavier classic thrashy base musically, with dual spanish/english vox, from Puerto Rico.. the thrashy stuff gives way to some melodic stuff too.

Ruin (U.S.)
Human Annihilation
Memento Mori
Grindy classic death metal with a bit of a doomy gory groove.

Barús
Drowned
Memento Mori
This has a proggy tech death metal thing going on, pretty cool, it’s a little doom in parts, extreme in others, melodic, and that proggy tech stuff too.

Morbid Messiah
Demoniac Paroxysm
Memento Mori
A kind of classic death metal, a bit raw on the production, some black metal stuff going on… decent grooves though. Good, heavy and fast.

Arion
Life Is Not Beautiful
AFM Records
Here we have a power metal thing, keyboards, a little pinch of prog… good stuff.

Bonfire
Legends
AFM Records
Classic metal band doing 32 covers from all over the place. Africa, Eye of the Tiger, Jet City Woman. All done in a fairly true to form classic metal style.

BAD BONES
“High Rollers”
Sliptrick Records
Catchy classic hard rock… very aor-ish.

Haken
Vector
InsideOut
These guys seem to be carrying the flag for classic prog/prog metal all in one. A busy year or two with tours, being Portnoy’s backing band for his Shattered Fortress tour… this has prog metal stuff, 80’s and 90’s prog stuff, melodic, catchy, all sorts of things going on. Great stuff!

SJUKDOM
Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer
Osmose Productions
A good extreme wall of blackened death metal sound… a bit of an epic feel, but nothing like symphonic or operattic… just a good full gritty, evil black metal thing.

Rapheumets Well
The Elder’s Anthology
Test Your Metal Records
This is pretty awesome stuff… this does have an epic symphonic black metal thing happening… and actually a bit of a prog thing too. Extreme symphonic blackened Prog metal? Yeah!!

ALMS
Act One (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Old doomy classic metal throwback… some organs, a little bit of a “ghost” feel too… pretty catchy grooving stuff too.

Icarus Witch
Goodbye Cruel World
Cleopatra Records
Classic metal / power metal with some good catchy just “metal” songs… clean vox, good musicianship…

Weltschmerz
Illustra Nos
Redefining Darkness Records
Old school raw black metal.

Nechochwen
The Ancient Pulse
Nordvis
Melodic, sort of unplugged, doomy “rock”?

Texas Metal Outlaws
Texas Metal Outlaws
Heaven and Hell Records / Texas Metal Underground Records
Classic thrashy metal, good raw edge

IRON VOID
Excalibur (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Doomy stoner metal, big meaty sound, good catchy grooves with a more of a stoner sound than depressing doom.

VANIK
II Dark Season (CD)
Shadow Kingdom
Here we have some kind of extreme thrash in the heavier parts… a little dark, doomy in some of the melodic parts… but catchy, grooving, kind of a horror metal thing too.

Blood Chalice (Finland)
Blood Chalice CD + DVD/10″ EP
Blood Harvest
Gory death metal, a bit grindy and raw.

LANGUISH
Unworthy
Prosthetic Records
Grindy death metal, brutal, fast with no fuckin’ around.

Eneferens
The Bleakness of Our Constant
Bindrune Recordings (USA), Nordvis (Europe)
A sort of classic black metal with a little doom feel.

Band: Sorrowful Land
Album: I Remember
Label: Solitude Productions
Doomy death metal, mostly kind of a slow depressing thing, with some cookie monster sloooow groowwlllss

Skull Fist
Way Of The Road
Napalm Records
This has a clasic metal thing… a pinch of a thrashy feel and clean vox (kind of sounds like Klaus Meine!) decent stuff.

Putrisect
Cascading Inferno CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Death metal with a black metal feel, blast beats, brutal death metal, harsh vox.

CLONE CULTURE (Dark Wave/ Post-Punk)
Clone Culture
Lifeforce
They call it “dark wave / Post-Punk” and yeah, there’s a little slow surf punk, melodic alt rock thing going on. meh.

Skepticism
Stormcrowfleet
Svart Records
Here is some kind of post metal… a bit black, a bit doom, a bunch of long songs that just plod along.

The Art of Conjuring
Hibernation
Self-Released
Groove metal, clean and harsh vox, a bit of a melodic death thing too, maybe metalcore? Good grooves, heavy parts are a bit brutal, melodic parts are just shy of metalcore… so yeah, a cool heavy melodic death I guess!

Moonfrost
III
Self-Released
Melodic doomy black metal.

Holocausto (Brazil)
Guerra Total TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Rawly produced extreme thrash, or like a blackened extreme thrash with some death metal.

Band: Serpents Kiss
Album: Dragon Lord
Self Released
Classic metal, borderline thrashy, decent stuff.

Mule Skinner
Airstrike
F.O.A.D.
Classic death metal, big grooves, quick fast and heavy songs. good stuff!

Band: Ashes Reborn
Release title: Contamination
Record label: Firecum Records
with a record label called “Firecum” how could you go wrong? This is some grooving brutal deathy thrash metal. Great stuff.

Martyr Lucifer
Gazing at the Flocks
Seahorse Recordings
A little goth, a bit industrial and a bit of an alternative post metal thing too. meh.

Anthems In Ashes
Burn it Down (EP)
Self-Release
Classic metal, female vox, straightforward more of a hard rock thing, melodic, clean vox, decent grooves, nothing’ too heavy, not all wimpy either.

Malacoda
Restless Dreams
Rockshots Records
A bit of a melodic death, but leaning more on the melodic side of things, pushing into a little metalcore and doom.

Artist: Circle Creek
Title: Past presents Future
Label: NRT-Records
Catchy stoner metal, with a little doom going on, did I just describe every stoner metal album? This is a bit more melodic and when it’s not doing faster tempo stuff, it’s a bit gloomy.

Artist: Bad Bullet
Album: Use The Energy
Label: NRT-Records
They call it: “Alternative Rock / Grunge / Metal” I hear the alternative and grunge parts… metal? notsomuch.

Sinnrs
Profound
Self Released
Brutal, blackened death metal, heavy, and melodic, technical and did I mention brutal? Has some almost Amon Amarth type grooves too.

SINGLE BULLET THEORY
Divine Ways of Chaos
My Magic Mud
Well, this is some pretty awesome melodic death metal with some death vox, and then super high metal screams… music is harsh, grooving and catchy too. great stuff!

Höstblod
Mörkrets Intåg
Wolfspell Records
Old school doomy black metal

New Stuff This Week… 10/15/18

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Oct 142018
 

Nothgard
Malady X
Metal Blade Records
Melodic death Catchy melodic parts, heavy, harsh deathy parts, A little like Children of Bodom, catchy, technical, and yeah, heavy!

41Point9
Mr Astute Trousers
The Highlander Company Records
I’d have to throw this in a prog pile… a little quirky, some classic prog rock elements, some fusiony stuff… I wish I could do a show to showcase some of this cool prog stuff.

Them
Manor Of The Se7en Gables
SPV
Originally started as a King Diamond tribute band this morphed into their own band… with a similar style… a big voice, with some more technical more melodic death type music… This album has all that with a bit of a horror lyrical theme. Good stuff!

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Wasteland
Rise Above
A little doom, some stoner metal, some psychedelic stuff. Catchy, gritty, grungy… good stuff.

Sirenia
Arcane Astral Aeons
Napalm Records
This has that epic female fronted power metal thing going on, a bit like Epic, but maybe not quite as dark. Well, you know this band, they’ve been around for ever. Decent stuff.

Amaranthe
Helix
Spinefarm Records
Another band that has been around a while… 3 singers, all with diff. styles, there’s a solid groove metal feel, a little commercial metal, a little bit of a Lacuna Coil thing too.

Unleashed
The Hunt For White Christmas
Napalm Records
And another band that’s been around forever! Extreme melodic death/just good old viking death metal. A solid dark groove going on. great stuff.

Soulfly
Ritual
Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Big week for long time artist new releases! This seems to be a return to form… not much messing around, a bit more like some groovin’ Sepultura and grooving old soulfly

Pure Fire
The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Cleopatra Records
Tribute with a lot of who’s who of classic rock/metal folks teaming up. (probably passing tapes/files around) Dee Snider, Doug Alrich, Marco Mendoza, John Tempesta, Kip Winger, Paul Gilbert, Greg Bissonette, Buzz Osbourne, Bruce Kulick, Blasko, Carmine Appice, Dug Pinnick, Bob Kulick, John Alderete, Vinnie Colaiuta and more

Genus Ordinis Dei
Hail and Kill (single)
Eclipse Records
This has a bit of an Amon Amarth thing going on, but then throw in some melodic power metal type music too. Overall, blackened melodic viking death metal though. Great stuff.

Band: NEVERSIN
Album: The Outside In
Label: Revalve records
Melodic hard rock/prog rock. Good catchy parts, melodic classic metal stuff too.

Band: MONGOL
Album: The Return
Label: Sliptrick records
A good solid heavy folk metal, good meaty extreme melodic death sound with a banjo sound to give it that “folky” sound. otherwise, good and heavy.

Rise to Fall
Into Zero
Self Released
Grooving melodic death metal, heavy brutal stuff, classic hooks and melodies… great stuff.

Pulverized
Monuments of Misanthropy
Krucyator Productions
Classic brutal death metal… all of the cool blast beats, grooves, cookie monster… all of the great stuff.

Solium Fatalis
Genetically Engineered to Enslave
Self Released
More classic brutal death metal, monster grooves, freight train drumming, harsh vox… even a little melodic brutality too.

Band: Deadly Carnage
Album: Through the Void, Above the Suns
Label: Snow Wave Records
Melodic blackened doom. They say it’s “blackgaze” and yeah, it’s a bit drony and makes you want to gaze down with some more interesting black metal type stuff going on.

Sex Messiah
Eastern Cult of Sodomy LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Started off with some just noisy, post metal noise, but then got into some noise metal, a bit of a groove, some black-metal feel with a bit of a noise-grind groove going on

Malepeste / Dysylumn
Ce qui fut, ce qui est, ce qui sera
Goathorned Productions
Malapeste is mostly doomy blackened death metal, and DYsylumn is a bit of the same, a bit melodic

Adverso
Ex Inanis
Purodium Rekords
Some old school black metal, a bit doomy and repetitive.

Witches Hammer
Canadian Speed Metal LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A little bit lo-fi grooving heavy thrash. I wish the production was better.

Outre-Tombe
Nécrovortex
Temple of Mystery
A blackened grooving death metal, with a dark brutal feel.

Greyhawk
Ride Out
Self-Released
Classic metal, a bit of an Iron Maiden and a little King Diamond feel.

BE THE WOLF
Empress
Scarlet Records
A little bit classic metal, a little power metal, some electronic stuff… almost techno beats going on… catchy though!

Sacral Rage
Beyond Celestial Echoes
Cruz Del Sur Music
A little thrashy, a bit power metal, and classic metal too. Great grooves, big screamy voice, catchy riffs.

ESOCTRILIHUM
Inhüma
I, Voidhanger Records
Wall of black metal sound, vox are a bit low in the mix… music is mostly black metal, wall of sound production, sounds kind of a thrashy black metal, but the mix/vox are odd.

Eadem
Luguber 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
Classic black metal, harsh vox, some heavy grooves, meedly guitars.

Dirge
Ah Puch
Independent
Doomy sludgey with a post metal blackness

Tezcatlipoca (Mexico)
Tlayohualtlapelani LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
black metal with a pagan dark evilness

Rise of the Northstar
The Legacy of Shi
SharpTone Records
A modern groove metal… bit thrashy, lots of head banging riffs, vox are almost rapped or nu-metal style… a bit similar to NonPoint i guess too.

Black Lotus
Sons of Saturn
Inverse Records
Classic doom, big meaty riffs, longer tracks, clean vox, a bit of sludge.

Antiverse
Under the Regolith
Seeing Red Records
Melodic death leaning towards thrash, great heavy edge, catchy, a little brutal heavy too, all with melodic grooves.

Karmic Link
Dark Metropolis
Rockshots Records
A gothy electronic-ified metal. A little dark, gloomy.

HATESPHERE
Reduced To Flesh
Scarlet Records
Gritty melodic death, cool thrashy edge, harsh vox, good melodic stuff to keep it grounded.

KYPRIAN’S CIRCLE
Noitatulen vartija (MCD, 12″ MLP)
Werewolf Records
An extreme doomy black metal.

Exxxekutioner
Death Sentence
Ulthar
Kind of thrashy, kind of black metal, full on heavy extreme! Melodic riffin’ too.

Valdur
Goat of Iniquity
Bloody Mountain Records
A bit of a low-fi blackened death metal, dark, heavy, some evil grooves too. Production is a bit raw, but it’s not totally awful.

Evil (Japan)
The Gate of Hell TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Raw, old school blackened death. Yeah, it’s mastered for a tape, but it’s got a brutal thrashy thing going on that you can’t deny as cool.

HIEROPHANT
Spawned Abortions
Unholy Anarchy
A full wall of blackened death sound, it’s a bit raw, but brutal with some grooves and yeah a tiny bit of melodic guitar work .

Band: Ivan
Album: Memory
Label: Solitude Productions
Melodic doom death metal, two 20+ minute tracks, violins, piano, doomy dark music, growly vox

Band: Voidhaven
Album: Voidhaven
Label: Solitude Productions
deathy doom metal. a bit more of a dark slow grooving death thing… along with the melodic stuff that goes along with doom.

Band: Vst
Album: The Beast Manifesto
Label: Concreto records
This might be the pick of the week here, brutal melodic, epic blackened melodic death. Catchy, and brutal, all that cool stuff that makes death metal heavy and growly and dark, with melodic blackened stuff going on too.

Moab
Trough
Falling Dome Records
A doomy stoner metal, grungy guitars, melodic vox, a little bit of an old sabbath vibe

GC PROJECT
Two Of A Kind
Sliptrick Records
Prog rock/hard rock/fusion, good stuff.

Saber Tiger
Obscure Diversity
Sliptrick Records
A fast, classic metal with heavier proggy and thrashy stuff, catchy, with big clean vox.

Central Disorder
Eradication
Self REleased
Chicago band with a random email to Matt n Mike… a cool melodic death thing, harsh vox, great dual guitar work, extreme yet catchy and heavy too.

ORACLE
TALES OF PYTHIA
LABEL: INDEPENDENT RELEASE
A kind of standard Melodic death metal thing. Catchy riffs, extreme vox, a good heavy deathy base. Good stuff

Zarthas
4 Letter Word
Label: Inverse Records
This is a power metal/classic metal single. Clean vox, catchy.

Sargeist
Unbound
W.T.C.Productions
A bit of a classic black metal sound, heavy, cold, brutal, fast with some melodic stuff (yeah I just described every decent black metal release)

New Stuff This Week… 10/8/18

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Oct 072018
 

Coheed and Cambria
Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Roadrunner
Melodic, kind of proggy, all based on their own comic books. Has a bit more of a melodic proggy rock thing going on, while not full on metal, this is some pretty good catchy prog.

Wrath
RAGE
Combat
Mostly thrashy groove metal with a little Voivod meets hardcore thing going on.

VESSEL OF LIGHT
Woodshed
Argonauta Records
Doomy grooves, a little type o negative/danzig vibe but more down tempo…

Author & Punisher
Beastland
RElapse
Industrial noise metal, a lot of well, noise, kind of electronic-ish… just too much noise for me.

Seventh Wonder
Tiara
Frontiers SRL
This has just about everything you’d need in classic progressive metal. Big voice, keyboards, mixed up changing guitar time sigs, solos… all that cool stuff, and it’s just one song so far!

Final Breath
Of Death And Sin
Metalville Records
Wow, this is some great catchy classic thrash with cool melodic stuff going on too… great stuff

High On Fire
Electric Messiah
Entertainment One
One of those bands kind of like Clutch that just seems to keep putting out good classic stoner metal. these guys take it up a notch and are a bit heavier and maybe throw in some more crusty grunge, but still catchy and heavy… good stuff.

Atreyu
In Our Wake
Spinefarm Records
Melodic metalcore… getting a bit more melodic than metal these days. Great catchy riffage, but they’re getting a bit more on the solid rock side of thinges now.

Black Mold
Atavism
Helldprod Records
Punked up black metal. Raw, short songs, cold, pissed off sounding stuff.

DungeönHammer
Infernal Moon
Me Saco Un Ojo
Edgy extreme thrashy type stuff with monster grooves, a little bit of a doomy thing.

Gösta Berlings Saga
ET EX
InsideOut
It’s not really metal, then again, sometimes the stuff on InsideOut isn’t. This is some spacy old school sounding experimental prog

Gama Bomb
Speed Between The Lines
AFM Records
Thrashy metal with some faster extreme stuff as well as more melodic classic metal… bit screamy voice. great stuff.

Rodent Epoch
Rodentlord
Saturnal
Brutal death metal, a gloomy black metal feel.

PROMETHEE
Convalescence
Lifeforce
A grooving extreme thrashy metalcore, harsh vox, good grooves, a bit of some barked out vox. good stuff. Maybe even a little prog metal too

Khandra
There is No Division Outside Existence
Redefining Darkness Records | Possession Productions
Doomy black metal

Northern Crown
Northern Crown
Self-Release
Classic bluesy doomy hard rock, big monster grooves, hammond organ, laid back cool stuff.

Vanhelgd
Deimos Sanktuarium
Dark Descent Records (North America)
A bit of a viking death metal, a little bit of a blackened groove, big meaty doomy riffs

Eosphoros
Eosphoros LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Raw old school black metal.

House of Atreus
From the Madness of Ixion LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
BIg meaty grooving death metal, probably more of a melodic death with that viking metal feel. great stuff.

Road Warrior
Power
Gates of Hell Records
Classic metal with a grooving dark vibe

Pa Vesh En
Church of Bones LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Wall of echoey noise and some black metal too I guess.

(PRC111) DISCHORD
Corruption of Innocence CD
PRC MUSIC
21 September 2018
Technical death metal, good and brutal, catchy heavy stuff.

(PRC110) UPON RUINS
Legacy of Desolation CD
PRC MUSIC
21 September 2018
Grooving viking death metal.

(PRC109) SURVIVAL INSTINCT
I am the Night CD
PRC MUSIC
21 September 2018
Old school punky thrash metal, fast, raw and in your face.

(PRC107) OBSOLETE MANKIND
Dystopian Heuristics CD
PRC MUSIC
21 September 2018
Old school classic brutal death metal… vox are a bit more of an Obituary style, but more muddy in the mix

(PRC106) EXECRATION
Syndicate of Lethargy CD
PRC MUSIC
21 September 2018
Orginally released in 2008, a classic brutal death metal with some technicality going on too.

Acolytes of Moros
The Wellspring
Nine Records
CLassic doom. long songs, riffs, doomy chanty vox.

Solemn Ceremony
Solemn Ceremony
Nine Records
Some big long doomy melodic tracks, chilled out, some meaty grooves too.

Helsott
Slaves and Gods
M-Theory Audio
Extreme thrash, pagan/folk metal. It’s a bit thrash/death metal-ish but with a catchy folk metal vibe too. Great stuff!

Somali Yacht Club
The Sun +1
Self Released
Some cool melodic stoner doom stuff… with some longer songs.

Gathering Darkness
The Inexorable End
Independent
Brutal technical metal… fast, quick with no fucking around and some big meaty riffs along with blast beats!

Luicidal
Born In Venice
Cleopatra Records
So this sounds a lot like 80’s Suicidal Tendencies… probably because it’s got a couple former members that missed being out on stage and stuff… similar sound, a bit of a punky funky groove

Thundercrow
Heavy Metal Space Cowboy
Self Released
A little thrashy, a bit grooving just “heavy metal” good stuff

Supremate
UNITING FLAW
Self Released
This seems to be a little proggy/technical with some grooving classic metal type stuff

Hyperdontia
Nexus of Teeth
Dark Descent Records
Now we’re talkin’ Brutal classic blackened death metal. Big hooks, grooves, cookie monster, dark, cold, brutal…

Sound Storm
To The Stars
Rockshots Records
Epic proggy/power metal with female fox

C Average
III
Adult Fantasy/K Records
A sort of jamming stoner rock with female vox.

Insurrection
Extraction
Galy Records
Fast, heavy thrashy classic death metal, awesome grooves, brutal vox, catchy riffs,

Turbo Vixen
Drive Into The Night
Self-Release
Released about a year ago, new to inbox… some kind of classic hair metal type stuff, but a bit heavier, catchy, big screamy clean vox… cool stuff for this genre.

REAR NAKED CHOKE
Rear Naked Choke
Sliptrick Records
A melodic groove metal, probably a bit more on the “solid rock” side of things. Solid heavy parts, melodies, catchiness.

Deathtura
DIvision
Wormholedeath
Good melodic death, solid grooves, a bit of an accessible heaviness and melodies while having some heavy parts too.

Band: REINFECTION
Album: Breeding Hate
Label: Deformeathing productions
Brutal grindy death metal. fast, in your face and brutal as hell.