Sacred Leather – Ultimate Force (Review)

Sacred LeatherThis is the debut album from Sacred Leather, a heavy metal band from the US.

Sacred Leather play true heavy metal that’s been augmented by some thrash elements for added bite. Continue reading


Rotting Kingdom – Rotting Kingdom (Review)

Rotting KingdomRotting Kingdom are a death/doom metal band from the US. This is their debut EP.

This EP contains 24 minutes of bleak, despondent metal. Rotting Kingdom’s music is grim and mournful, with a darkness of delivery that comes through in everything they do. Continue reading


In Vain – Currents (Review)

In VainThis is the fourth album from Norwegian progressive/melodic death metal band In Vain.

In Vain offer us 42 minutes of progressive death metal with a melodic death/black metal edge. It’s a well-received offering, and Currents is a satisfying and well-written album. Continue reading


Druids – Spirit Compass (Review)

DruidsThis is the latest EP from US stoner metal band Druids.

After Druids’ very enjoyable 2016 album Cycles of Mobeum, they have now returned with this latest EP, featuring 21 minutes of new material. Continue reading


Traffic Death – Dead End (Review)

Traffic DeathTraffic Death are a US crossover grind band and this is their second album.

This is raging thrashcore, taking thrash metal, hardcore, grindcore, and punk elements into consideration as it spends 24 minutes doing a bucketload of damage. Continue reading


Tyakrah – Wintergedanken (Review)

TyakrahTyakrah are a German black metal band and this is their debut album.

Tyakrah offer up 37 minutes of black metal. Their musical vision is raw and harsh, but not without its atmospheric moments. Melodic and depressive aspects of the blackened style can be heard in this epic music too.  Continue reading


Annihilator – For the Demented (Review)

AnnihilatorThis is the sixteenth album from Canadian metal institution Annihilator.

Annihilator have always delivered quirky, enjoyable, if sometimes varied material for their fans, but no matter what they release it’s always at least good, and always a welcome listen. Continue reading


Ram – Rod (Review)

RamThis is the fifth album from Swedish heavy metallers Ram.

I loved 2015’s Svbversvm. It was just such a good record. Well-written, well-recorded, and delivered with a classic flair for songwriting, it’s one of my favourite heavy metal releases of recent years. Continue reading


Inconcessus Lux Lucis – The Crowning Quietus (Review)

Inconcessus Lux LucisHailing from the UK, this is the second album from black metallers Inconcessus Lux Lucis.

I love a bit of occult black metal, and Inconcessus Lux Lucis’ material hits the spot nicely. Here’s a band that draw in some heavy and thrash metal influences into their blackened sound, and seem extra-blessed by the dark powers because of this. Continue reading


Ctulu – Cultus in Tenebris (Review)

CtuluCtulu are a German black metal band and this is their latest EP.

Between 2011’s Sarkomand and last year’s self-titled album, Ctulu showed great progression. On this latest EP the band have continued to develop and refine their sound, unleashing 19 minutes of sophisticated, well-written black metal Continue reading