AXEL RUDI PELL: Knight’s Call

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8/10 HEAVY POWER METAL: Axel Rudi Pell has really cemented his place in the metal world, starting with his early...

JINJER: Cloud Factory

JINJER Cloud Factory NAPALM 8/10 EXPLOSIVE VERSATILE METAL: Re-releasing its 2014 sophomore album Cloud Factory through Napalm certainly will provide plenty more opportunity for notoriety for Ukrainian metallers...

HYVMINE: Earthquake

HYVMINE Earthquake SEEK AND STRIKE 7/10 SHREDDER ADDS VOCALS: Sometimes you have to wonder about the metal world’s lack of imagination. This isn’t a condemnation of Hyvmine and...

EKTOMORF: Fury

EKTOMORF Fury AFM 7/10 GROOVY HEAVE-HO: You could probably get through an Ektomorf review without invoking Soulfly, but when a band hews so close to another band’s signature...

CABAL: Mark of Rot

CABAL Mark of Rot LONG BRANCH / SPV 7/10 DJENTLEMANLY DEATHCORE: Denmark’s Cabal is one of those capital letter heavy bands that plays dark music. Mark of Rot,...

BLEEDING GODS: Dodekathlon

BLEEDING GODS Dodekathlon NUCLEAR BLAST 10/10 METAL MEETS MYTH: Never has a crash course in Greek mythology been so punishingly brutal. Yet that is the formula for Dutch...

BLACK MOTH: Anatomical Venus

BLACK MOTH Anatomical Venus CANDLELIGHT / SPINEFARM 9/10 DESERT FLASHBACK: Black Moth excels in a crowded legion of Kyuss-laced Black Sabbath worshipers because the band reveres its forbearers’...

CHRIS BAY: Chasing the Sun

CHRIS BAY Chasing the Sun STEAMHAMMER / SPV 7/10 HARD AOR: Chris Bay is best known as the mastermind behind melodic metal heroes, Freedom Call. Despite 20 years...

ASENBLUT: Legenden

ASENBLUT Legenden AFM 7/10 VIKING MELODEATH 2.0: Two years after their third—so what if we sound like a lightly blackened Amon Amarth turned up to 11?—album, Berserker, Germany’s...

ARMORED DAWN: Barbarians in Black

ARMORED DAWN Barbarians in Black AFM 8/10 POWER METAL: In spite of all the hype AFM has generated in order to sell records, recoup advance money, and ultimately...

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