album and song reviews
Timelessly Foul: “World Without God” Demonstrated Convulse’s Death Metal Mastery
This classic Finnish death metal record was released thirty years ago in July 1991 and holds up still. While it wasn't the most progressive of offerings, it hits hard on a level that little else has managed to top.
Beneath a “Fullmoon over Videna,” An Old Sad Ghost Haunts Our Darkened Dreams (Early Album…
The mysterious dungeon synth project An Old Sad Ghost, one facet of its prolific creator, unleashes a new phantom upon us: stream "Fullmoon over Videna" in its entirety now.
“Helloween” Marks a New, United Chapter of Pumpkin Power Metal (Review)
The long-standing power metal band's eighteenth album unites its past and present on this new album, which sees Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske, and Andi Deris all share vocal duties on a high-quality slice of European power metal.
Experience “Consolamentum” In Year of No Light’s Purifying Crescendos (Review)
The long-running French post-metal group's latest album marks twenty years of existence and a new chapter in their continuous evolution.
Haunted by the Past, At the Gates Confront “The Nightmare of Being” (Review)
At The Gates return with "The Nightmare Of Being", a respectable new chapter brimming with the signature hooks of the Gothenburg variant of death metal they helped characterize.
Laüstic Pens Eccentric, Insane Ballads on “La Canzone del Cefaloforo” (EP Review)
Pulling together black metal, spoken word, art rock, electronica, and much more into a whirlwind sub-twenty-minute EP, "La Canzone del Cefaloforo" is a peculiar offering that must be heard to be believed—and still somewhat defies belief even then. Read our full review.
Typhonian’s Murderous Death Metal Clockwork Powers “The Cosmic Pendulum of Time” (EP Revie…
The German death metal group unleashes their first EP following their full-length debut in 2018, with this new release demonstrating their unrelenting commitment to the fundamentals. Read our full review.
From the Back of the Rack #3: Esoctrilihum Ascends to Greater Madness on “Dy’th Requiem fo…
A single-minded vision of lengthy and intricate extreme metal, Esoctrilihum's latest album is another step forward for the cerebral and lore-heavy black/death project.
Bleeth Is A “Harbinger” of Quickly Approaching Doom (Review)
This 17-minute ripper is a bitter exercise in short-form intensity: read our review of the Miami doom/post-metal's new offering.