Bear – Propaganda (Review)

Bear - PropagandaBear are a progressive metal band from Belgium and this is their fourth album.

I really, really enjoyed 2017’s ///, and it grew on me over time more and more. Well, I haven’t had years to absorb the true nature of Propaganda yet, but damn does it seem just as good, if not better than ///. Continue reading

Xenobiotic – Mordrake (Review)

Xenobiotic - MordrakeThis is the second album from Xenobiotic, an Australian deathcore/death metal band.

2018’s Prometheus was a deathcore highlight for me, so I was looking forward to what they had in store for us next. I was not expecting just how good Mordrake is though. The band have progressed, and progressed well. Continue reading

Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will (Review)

Krosis - A Memoir of Free WillThis is the second album from Krosis, a deathcore band from the US.

Here we have the follow up to 2018’s Solem Vatem, and it’s a damn good one. While Solem Vatem was a solid, enjoyable release, A Memoir of Free Will finds the band levelling up in pretty much every area as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading

Aviana – Epicenter (Review)

Aviana - EpicenterThis is the second album from Aviana, a metalcore band from Sweden.

Aviana play modern metalcore that’s mixed with elements of 90s nu-metal and a slight contemporary progressive/djent edge. They play on the heavier end of the metalcore spectrum, and although there’s clean singing included, it’s still with a focus on heaviness overall. Continue reading

Unprocessed – Artificial Void (Review)

Unprocessed - Artificial VoidUnprocessed are a German progressive metal band and this is their third album.

Artificial Void contains 58 minutes of technical wizardry and complex structures and fuses them into a modern progressive metal journey that’s a rather impressive achievement. Not the least of this is because the album takes a vibrant, fresh approach to what could easily be tired and stale in another band’s lesser hands, (and frequently is). Continue reading

Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect (Review)

Heart of a Coward - The DisconnectThis is the fourth album from UK metalcore band Heart of a Coward.

Although Heart of a Coward are a well-known band in metalcore circles, and I’ve certainly been aware of them since they popped up and started making waves, this is my first actual exposure to one of their albums. Continue reading

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Review)

Aenimus - DreamcatcherAenimus are a modern death metal band and this is their second album. They are from the US.

Aenimus fuse a range of different styles into their modern death metal. It’s progressive and technical, and takes parts of the djent and deathcore styles into itself quite easily. The music twists and turns with a futuristic Continue reading

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