Totengott – The Abyss (Review)

Totengott - The AbyssThis is the second album from Spanish doom/heavy metallers Totengott.

This immense album is a hard one to describe with genre tags. It’s a mix of doom and thrash/heavy metal, but with elements of black, death, and progressive metal added in too, (as well as forays into dark ambient waters). The promo blurb mentions Continue reading

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Queensrÿche – The Verdict (Review)

Queensrÿche - The VerdictQueensrÿche are a legendary US progressive metal band and this is their 15th album.

This is contemporary heavy/progressive metal, played by talented, veteran musicians that know a thing or two about how to write a good tune. Continue reading

Forged in Black – Descent of the Serpent (Review)

Forged in Black - Descent of the SerpentForged in Black are a UK heavy metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring 48 minutes of material, Descent of the Serpent is well-crafted heavy metal with wide scope. Some elements of thrash are mixed in, for example. Also, occasionally the songs veer into classic doom metal territories in their more atmospheric moments, or sometimes adopt a power metal stance of epic force. Whatever they do this is pure heavy metal goodness all the way. Continue reading

Cóndor – El Valle del Cóndor (Review)

Cóndor - El Valle del CóndorCóndor are a Colombian death/doom/heavy metal band and this is their fourth album.

Cóndor, (with members of Siete Lagunas), play a beguiling and personable mix of death metal and classic doom/heavy metal, at least musically. Vocally, we’re firmly in the territory of formidably daemonic harsh growls for most of the time, (we also get the occasional spoken word part and clean singing on the final song, the folky title track). 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

Silver Talon – Becoming a Demon (Review)

Silver Talon - Becoming a DemonThis is the debut EP/mini-album from US heavy metallers Silver Talon.

Do you remember Spellcaster? You should do – Night Hides the World was a great record. Why do I bring it up here? Only because Silver Talon features these same talented gentlemen producing some very tasty new music for us to lap up. Continue reading