Jan 212019
 

King Diamond
Songs for the Dead Live
Metal Blade Records
25 January 2019
This is a live recording of two shows, one in Philly and one at Belgium’s Grasspop from 2015 and 2016 resepectively… so the recordings are a long awaited… and at the age of the King… he’s ageless! Voice is top notch and the music is also, and was ahead of its time… so still relevant and a nice clean recording. Gives a great reason to revist these songs again!

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT
Pull The Plug
Local
Selection of tracks across their discography done all unplugged, primarily for Patreon folks, but then released for all. Great new take on some classics, the new ones and a couple covers they do pretty much spot on (More than Words and Dust in the Wind)

A Pale Horse Named Death
When The World Becomes Undone
Long Branch Records
Next best thing to Type O Negative, a couple of former drummers, and a doomy melodic gothy type sound.

Imonolith
”Hollow”
Self Released
a new group of some former Devin Townsend band and Byron Stroud and others… It had a heavy edge some good wall of sound, but it’s got that accessible clean vox part, catchy… i’d like to hear s’more!

Magnum
Live at Symphony Hall
SPV
Classic metal, melodic metal, power metal type stuff, all live.. great performance and recording too

Raven
Screaming, Murder, Death From Above: Live in Aalborg
SPV
Classic NWOBHM stuff, but all new and live! They just came through here and I missed it, but yeah i heard it was waaaay great… this sort of makes up for it and makes me wish I found a way to go!

Kane Roberts
The New Normal
Frontiers SRL.
Solo album from longtime Alice Cooper axeman. One of the singles here features Alissa from Arch Enemy on vox, good catchy hard rock then getting good and metal when Alissa brings out the growls. Great song, the other has a little bit of a bluesy rock classic rock feel.

Incite
Built To Destroy
Minus Head Records
Famous for being the band of Max Cavalera’s step kid, this band has its own thing, a good catchy grooving extreme-ish metal. Harsh vox, guitars on “Built to Destroy” actually have a little bit of a Jeff Loomis tone to me

Dark Sky Choir
End Of Days
Independent
Classic metal, a tiny thrashy, a bit of a melodic edge too. Cool stuff.

Evergrey
The Atlantic
AFM Records
25 January 2019
over all the years this band has been making heavy power metal, I think they’ve always stayed pretty solid, with a heavier edge, catchy songs and good structure

Horrisonous
A Culinary Cacophony
Memento Mori
21 January 2019
Brutal blackened death metal, monster grooves, totally dark but with a good headbanging catchiness. did I mention brutal?

NOCTAMBULIST (us)
Atmospheres Of Desolation
Blood Harvest
21 January 2019
Brutal blackened death metal, super fast and furious, great stuff.

Ravenous Death
Chapters of an Evil Transition
Memento Mori
21 January 2019
Reading down the reviews here, this will be the third one with some blackended death metal here too… and it’s also fast and furious, brutal a bit more on the death metal side, shorter tracks and some big grooves.

ANABASIS
OF CONVICTION
ANABASIS MUSIC
Here we got some prog metal meets melodic death, like two of my favorite genres!? yup Clean vox, harsh vox, fast playing, keyboards, distorted guitars, meedly stuff, time changes, this has it all. Great stuff!

INFERNARIUM (fin)
Kadotuksen Harmonia
Helter Skelter
21 January 2019
this is some good grooving blackened death metal. seems like a trend this week. Good stuff though.

Vile Apparition
Depravity Ordained
Memento Mori
21 January 2019
Classic brutal grooving death metal. Reminds me a bit of an old Cannibal Corpse

MORTAL SCEPTER
Where Light Suffocates
Xtreem Music
22 January 2019
whoa, it’s not blackened death metal! It’s blackended thrash! Harsh, fast and heavy, great fast riffage, harsh vox but not too growly. production is a little raw, but goood stuff

Band: DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY
Album: The Lord Ov Shadows
Label: Sliptrick records
Release date: January 22nd, 2019
Symphonic black metal from South Korea, it has a little bit of a Cradle of Filth feel, with well, being that somewhat narrow genre. Some good melodic slower passages, heavier stuff is full, heavy and still dark and evil sounding. Good stuff.

Helevorn
Aamamata
Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan Music
23 January 2019
Doomy death metal.

10:13
Result of an Iron Age
Self-Release
24 January 2019
Atmospheric blackened doomy post metal

Suffering Souls
In Synergy Obscene
Release date: 25-01-2019
Label: Schwarzdorn Production
This is symphonic black metal, a bit more on the heavier side, more like an older Dimmu Borgir and staying more in black metal with a bit of the symphonic keyboardy type stuff making it a fuller sound

Godsleep
Coming of Age
The Lab Records/Three Chords Records
25 January 2019
Grooving stoner metal. what stoner metal doesn’t groove though? I suck at reviews. Good clean vox,

AERA
The Craving Within
De Tenebrarum Principio
25 January 2019
Melodic death with a blackened death metal leaning

Release: Inferitvm
The Grimoires
Record label: Inverse Records
Release Date: January 25th 2019
It must be black metal week this week! This one has a the classic cold old school black metal sound.

Vesication
A Decade Of Damage
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
(set for release on January 25th)
with songs like “shit pipe sundae” and “piss shitting dick nipples” you know you’re in for a fun time. Brutal death metal!

Bands: FETOR / CREPITATION
Album: Onset Of Horrendosity
Label: Deformeathing Production
Release date: January 25th, 2019
Fetor is some slamming brutal death metal, and Crepitation is waving the grindy brutal flag

Ulvdalir
…of Death Eternal LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
25 January 2019
Mostly a black metal pushing towards some blackened death… some good catchy grooves, not all cold guitars and blast beats, some headbanging goodness

Various artists
Trapped Under Ice Vol. 1: The New Face of Canadian Heavy Metal
Temple of Mystery
25 January 2019
A cool compilation of Candadian bands of all genres… mostly classic metal and thrash

Malamorte
Hell For All – Out Jan 25 (EU), Feb 8 (NA)
Rockshots Records
25 January 2019
Classic metal, with maybe a little bit of a thrashy edge.

Bekmork
Incantations of the Frigid North
Label: Horns High Records
Release date: 25-01-2018
With an album name like this? What else could it be besides old school lo-fi-ish black metal?

Hecate Enthroned
Embrace of the Godless Aeon
M-Theory Audio
25 January 2019
this band has been around a while, a good melodic blackend death metal thing, keyboards give it a little symphonic feel, great stuff.

The Sabbathian
Latum Alterum
Svart Records
25 January 2019
Gothy blackened doom with some operratic female vox.

ARS MAGNA UMBRAE
Lunar Ascension
I, Voidhanger Records
25 January 2019
Classic black metal but with some more melodic grooves

Perverticon
Wounds of Divinity LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
25 January 2019
A heavier blackened death metal thing more on the black metal side… fast but not all super harsh, you got a few death metal fast headbanging grooves

GORGON (France)
The Veil of Darkness
Osmose Productions
25 January 2019
Thrashy black metal or maybe melodic death… pretty harsh vox, music is thrashy grooving death metal Great stuff!

NEURONAUT
State Of Not Enough
Duplicate
Jan 25
a littl bit of a gothy doom thing happening.

GAST
MORKRET KALLAR
Black Market Metal
Jan 25
A sort of blackend death with a little bit of grindy crust… good harsh but full sound.

Band: Gravered
Album: Non
Country: Chile
Label: Iron, Blood and Death Corporation
Release date: January 18th, 2019
Some raw death metal, gets little doomy in parts, but it’s just full on death metal.

Band: Humanity Delete
Album: Werewolves In The Iron Sky
Country: Sweden
Label: Iron, Blood and Death Corporation
Release date: January 18th, 2019
Now here we got some good grooving death metal pushing a little bit into some grind. Great stuff

Band: Black Goat
Album: Magia Posthuma
Country: Russia
Label: Iron, Blood and Death Corporation
Release date: January 18th, 2019
Some kind doomy stuff, but then experimetal-folk ish on intros, leading into some raw old school black metal

Niezgal
Stogn z Nieby?cia
Handful of Hate
30 December 2018
Raw old school black metal.

MARTY FRIEDMAN
One Bad M.F. Live!!
Prosthetic Records
19 October 2018
Great meedly meedly instrumental stuff from a recent tour. Sounds great.

OSMED
TERRITORY OF WARFARE
LABEL: BRUTE! PRODUCTIONS
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2018
Brutal classic death metal. COOOOKIE MONSTER!! Short quick tracks, staccato snares, cool brutal stuff!

Serpent Lord
Towards The Damned
Release date: 14-09-2018
Label: Alcyone Music Records
Heavier classic metal, with a bit of a power metal proggy metal feel.

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