8.5/10

Vanha – ‘Within the Mist of Sorrow’ Album Review

Debut albums are seen as a band’s first chance to set themselves apart and to make a lasting impression, to prove their art is worth noticing. “First impressions last” and Vanha made sure their first release would firmly stand out on its own – ‘Within the Mist of Sorrow’ was released in December 2016 via […] Read More

6/10

Steelballs – ‘Steelballs’ EP review

Music holds itself as a unique means of expression, much like any other art form, and through it you can experience the passion of the artist and connect on some level with the message they have created. The force of the message either subtly brushes your mind or it hits you with all the subtlety […] Read More

6/10

The Projectionist – ‘Poisonous Disengagement’ Album Review

‘Poisonous Disengagement‘ is the original release by Canadian band The Projectionist (formerly known as Lörd Matzigkeitus) and is an album that has been admired for its traditional approach to black metal; true to the accolades they received as a black metal outfit that does the discordant sound on a respectable level: loud, full of misery and lo-fi […] Read More

8/10

Sirenia – ‘Dim Days of Dolor’ Album Review

  2016 was a tumultuous year: some ebb of good but mainly there was a flow of uncertainty. Norwegian symphonic metal band, Sirenia, contributed no small amount of uncertainty of their own when they announced a change in their lineup  (along with minor alterations to their usual musical style) by replacing their long-standing vocalist, Ailyn. Sirenia was formed […] Read More

6.5/10

Lethal Shöck – ‘Evil Aggressor’ Album Review

Disclaimer: This review was written with a minimal of ‘sounds similar to..’ but the ultimate aim was to convey a new band on its own terms. In recent years several bands have attempted to imitate the original sound and feel from the golden age of metal during the 80’s. Enter one such band that shows […] Read More

5.5/10

The Projectionist – ‘The Gallow Forest Eulogy’ EP Review

  The Projectionist are a black metal outfit hailing from the Great White North, also known as Canada. The band found their start in 2015; by February 2016 their first album ‘Poisonous Disengagement’ received a limited release via their then label, WinterWolf Records, with some positive and hopeful praise for their basic approach to black […] Read More

9.2/10

Be’Lakor – ‘Vessels’ – Album Review

Be’lakor – ‘Vessels’ Review by Matt Brown Be’lakor is a Five Piece Melodic Death Metal band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formed in 2004 Be’lakor’s second album Stone’s Reach won the first prize in the 2009 Metal Storm Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album of the year. Opening for bands such as Turisas, Alestorm and Apocalyptica and touring extensively […] Read More

7.5/10

Metallica – ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Album Review

It has been nearly a decade since the legendary Metallica last released an album. ‘Death Magnetic’ (2008) was met with mostly positive reviews, and won several Grammys.  Then a few years passed that were filled with touring, celebrity appearances, and the ‘Through the Never’ (2013) concert film… but no new music, save for a demo […] Read More

6.5/10

Bloody Hammers – ‘Lovely Sort of Death’ Album Review

There are bands that play hopscotch with genres, and then there are bands that lurk slowly into your ears. Bloody Hammers straddles both categories – the side project of Anders Manga, which often mixes styles to produce an eclectic and moody arrangement. The band serves as a hard rock outlet outside of his eponymous darkwave […] Read More

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