Windrunner – Mai (Review)

Windrunner - MaiWindrunner are a Vietnamese metalcore band and this is their debut album.

Billed as a progressive metalcore band, this means that on Mai we get 43 minutes of heavy stop-start belligerence mixed with elements of modern progressive metal spread out over 11 tracks. The end result is music that mixes aggression and emotion well to achieve a balanced style of modern heaviness. Continue reading

Barbarian Hermit – Solitude and Savagery (Review)

Barbarian Hermit - Solitude and SavageryThis is the debut album from Barbarian Hermit, a stoner/sludge metal band from the UK.

With a thick, heavy sound, Barbarian Hermit explode out of the speakers with big riffs and a forceful presence. No messing around, no stupid intros, just straight into the good stuff. Just as I like it. Continue reading

Burning Witches – Hexenhammer – (Review)

Burning Witches - HexenhammerHexenhammer are a heavy metal band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

Featuring a member of Ursinne, here we have 48 minutes of old-school heavy metal spiced up with elements of speed/thrash and power metal here and there. Continue reading

Witherfall – A Prelude to Sorrow (Review)

Witherfall - A Prelude to SorrowThis is the second album from Witherfall, a progressive/melodic metal band from the US.

Featuring members and ex-members of various notable bands, including Iced Earth, this is 57 minutes of polished, dark heavy metal that’s a blend of exotic power metal, rich melodic metal, and progressive metal exploratory worldbuilding. Continue reading

Striker – Play to Win (Review)

Striker - Play to WinStriker are a Canadian heavy metal band and this is their sixth album.

I really like Striker. Simple, effective, well-written, and catchy as Hell, their music is just so timelessly appealing and pleasurable to listen to. That’s basically how I feel whenever I give 2017’s Striker a spin, but the same can be said, (and I am saying it), about Play to Win. Continue reading