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Cast Iron – Leather & Metal

Darkthrone's MySpace blog is, ironically, a good place to find out about other bands. Each week Fenriz posts a "band of the week." His tastes are simple: any metal that sounds old (i

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RIP Miika Tenkula, Sentenced

Miika Tenkula, lead guitarist and main songwriter of Sentenced, passed away last week at the age of 34. Evidently, he had had problems with drinking

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Rotten Sound – Cycles

by Cosmo Lee

Released in Europe earlier this year, Cycles (Spinefarm, 2008) has finally hit the States. And hit it does. The record is a full-length exposition of ideas set out by 2006's Consume to Contaminate EP: bulldozing grindcore, smooth shifting between tempos, a brief experiment with cello

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Azaghal – Omega

Azaghal have come a long way since their primitive 1999 full-length debut. They've sharpened their knives to the point that Omega (Moribund, 2008) evokes the same rush as when I first heard 1349 - storming, belt-fed black metal with riffs that flow like lava

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Horna / Behexen – Split

Capitalizing on the generally well-received and umlaut-infested Ääniä Yössä, Moribund is reissuing three Horna releases - Haudankylmyyden Mailla (Solistitium, 1999), as well as splits with Musta Surma and Behexen. The latter originally ...

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The Stooges, Titan, Devious, Omnium Gatherum, Dokken, and Liferuiner

Devious
Up at Stylus I have reviews of new albums by The Stooges and Titan. At Metal Injection, I've reviewed Dutch death metallers Devious, Finnish melodeath dealers Omnium Gatherum, hair farmers Dokken (who seem to be getting "they weren't that bad" reevaluation these days), and straightedge hardcore punkers Liferuiner...

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Mors Principium Est – Liberation = Termination

The Oppressed Will Rise
The Animal Within

Listenable
2007

As I get older and scruffier, the music I like also gets older and scruffier. Part of me, though, will always appreciate Century Media-style metal: strong, precise, overproduced to the hilt...

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Gloomy Grim – Tapetum Lucidum

The Bells Toll My Name

Self-Released
2007

My first impression of the cover of Tapetum Lucidum was "Gravediggaz" (with "Paul Wall" and "Goldie" close behind)...

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Airdash – Hospital Hallucinations Take One

Youth Hostel
Forbidden Thoughts

Diablo
1990

I was astonished to discover that Gloomy Grim vocalist Agathon was in fact Ykä, the drummer for old-school Finnish thrash act Airdash. No...

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Dolorian – Voidwards

Dual - Void - Trident
In the Locus of Bone

Avantgarde
2006

Dolorian's Voidwards was one of my top 10 metal albums last year. Every time I hear the record, it bowls me over with its depth, sophistication, and listenability...

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