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.
Six Six Sweven: “The Eternal Resonance” is Death Metal Perfection, Plus One
Robert Andersson of Morbus Chron named his new project after the now-defunct band's greatest album, and for a damn good reason: Sweven's "The Eternal Resonance" one-ups anything you can throw at it. Here's our in-depth review.
Spectral Lore and Mare Cognitum Go Full Supernova on “Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine”
The combined forces of two pioneering solo black metal outfits detail the solar system in a two-hour voyage -- we delve into the journey and dissect what makes this split such a cosmic success.
The Black Metal Albums That Ruled February 2020
We load up our quad-barreled review bazooka and blow apart the four best black metal albums released last month to see what their insides look like.