On Thorns I Lay Honor the Dead on “Fallen From Grace”

Posted on August 29, 2023

On Thorns I Lay are the Greek gods of doom and gloom. These Athenians have cast death metal with a melodious, gothic glow since the early ’90s. Heck, they plucked their name from a Shakespearean sonnet.

TEMIC Climb Toward the Light on “Falling Away”

Posted on August 28, 2023

TEMIC formed when the rest of the world was grinding to a halt. Eric Gillette and Diego Tejeida had already toured the world together as members of Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, but it wasn’t until 2020 that they decided to start a super group with Arkentype drummer Simen Sandnes and Fredrik Klemp, who’s the lead vocalist for Maraton.

Wormhole Battle Final Boss on “Spine Shatter High-Velocity Impact”

Posted on August 22, 2023

WORMHOLE warp brutal riffs and screeching dissonance into a signature tech-slam combo. So it’s no surprise that the Baltimore band are huge gamers. Their new album ‘Almost Human’ was inspired by stomping fools at Metroid and Doom as much as headbanging to Artificial Brain and Dysrhythmia.

Alkaloid Rule the Metalverse on “Numen”

Posted on August 21, 2023

No one has conquered the far reaches of the metalverse quite like Alkaloid. The Bavarian band have crafted songs about what lies beneath the Arctic crust, on top of an ongoing, multi-part saga about a galactic civilization that ascends to god-like levels of domination.

NITE Reissue ‘Darkness Silence Mirror Flame’

Posted on August 16, 2023

NITE come from a long and storied line of heavy metal. The Bay Area gave birth to titans like Metallica. And while it’s not what most metalheads imagine when they go to their happy place, Northern California’s sunny climate did inspire Death to cross over into death metal.

Horrendous Invite You Inside ‘Ontological Mysterium’

Posted on August 15, 2023

When Horrendous started working on their fifth album, Philly’s filthiest and finest death metal band wanted to acknowledge the bombast of late ’80s and early ’90s heavy metal, while blazing a path forward into uncharted territory. They were awfully successful, too. With ‘Ontological Mysterium’, these guys made a classic of their own.

Voyager Reissue Album that Set Course for Eurovision

Posted on August 8, 2023

Voyager have come a long way. The band just released their breakthrough album ‘Fearless in Love’, but they first formed back in 1999, when Daniel Estrin was studying at the University of Western Australia.

Carnation Break the Mold on “Replicant”

Posted on August 8, 2023

CARNATION haven’t stopped bringing back old-school death metal. The Belgian band still honor the genre’s storied traditions on their upcoming album ‘Cursed Mortality’. Just listen to new single “Replicant”, which crashes downhill with the impending crunch of a boulder in a booby-trapped dungeon.

Ne Obliviscaris Returning Home to Tour Australia

Posted on August 4, 2023

NE OBLIVISCARIS are happy to be home. Three years ago, their lead guitarist and bass player were trapped in another country while recording their new album right as the pandemic shut the world down. No wonder that album ended up with the name ‘Exul’.

GAEREA Returning to North America

Posted on August 2, 2023

Nobody knows what the members of GAEREA look like. But the Portugese band have earned lots of recognition for their cathartic black metal since they first emerged out of the pandemic’s limbo.