Iron Maiden’s Prog-Soaked “Brave New World” Still Invincible 20 Years On
The band's 12th studio album saw the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith in a revamped six-piece format that achieved musical perfection -- here, we look back on this marvel of metal's unkillable spirit.
Caligula’s Horse Proves Progressive Power on “Rise Radiant”
Here's our full review of a prog-filled, djent-adjacent, hyper-modern new album from Caligula's Horse -- do you love to ascend?
Cryptic Shift Deliver “Visitations From Enceladus” to Turn Death-Thrash Into High Art
This striking debut full-length from death metal act Cryptic Shift has us wowed to death with its thrashing intensity and riff-focused savagery -- check out our full thoughts here in this in-depth review.
Katatonia’s “City Burials” Has Pop Appeal and a Heart of Steel
We dig into the latest from the Swedish legends Katatonia -- "City Burials" affirms their uncanny ability to be at once familiar and fresh.
Beyond Metal: Elder’s “Omens” Fuels Heady Vibes with Killer Alt-Rock Melodies
The exceptionally psychedelic fifth album from Elder has been an earworm we can't rid ourselves of -- it's not exactly metal, but then again, who cares, because it absolutely hits the right spot. Here's our full review.
“Stare Into Death and Be Still”: Ulcerate’s Ultimate Death Metal Magnum Opus (Review)
Here's our full review of the new Ulcerate album, a remarkable turn in style and depth for an already-lauded band, and now a cornerstone of what makes modern death metal so almighty.
Mind Trap: Oranssi Pazuzu’s Prog-Psych Masterpiece “Mestarin kynsi” Won’t Let Go
We review the Finnish black-metal-turned-prog-psych band's latest full-length, an hour-plus monster of a headtrip, and a goddamn fine one at that. Bonus: live photos from Oranssi Pazuzu's Chicago stop last year.
Afterbirth’s “Four Dimensional Flesh” Transcends Slam and Shreds Your Skin
We dive into Afterbirth's latest full-length "Four Dimensional Flesh" to discover its proggy, technical underpinnings that enhance its fiendishly brutal structure.
I’m Listening to Death Metal #12: Demilich’s “Nespithe” and the Nature of Elitism
On heavy metal elitism, the pain of trauma, and mind-bending death metal from 1993, Langdon brings us his 12th installment of this sprawling series.
Mamaleek Invite Us to “Come and See” the Horrors of American Reality
This black metal duo broke the mold altogether, weaving jazz, blues, and more into their latest release "Come and See" -- the album's tense timbre draws inspiration from the difficult realities of life in American public housing.