Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)

Orbit Culture - ShamanThis is the latest EP from Orbit Culture, a Swedish metal band.

Following on from 2020’s NijaShaman contains 25 minutes of new material. If you’re a fan of modern metal that mixes groove metal, thrash, metalcore , and deathcore together, then Shaman is a meaty and satisfying hit of heaviness. Continue reading “Orbit Culture – Shaman (Review)”

Employed to Serve – Conquering (Review)

Employed to Serve - ConqueringThis is the fourth album from UK metallers Employed to Serve.

Across 48 minutes Employed to Serve dish out eleven tracks of energetic damage. Combining metal and hardcore together like it’s something fresh and vital, the band manage to avoid the tired metalcore tropes and instead deliver an album of crushing tunes and anthemic heaviness. Continue reading “Employed to Serve – Conquering (Review)”

ILLT – Urhat (Review)

ILLT - UrhatThis is the debut album from one-man Norwegian blackened extreme metal project ILLT.

This solo act is rounded out by session musicians from such notable bands as Megadeth, Soilwork, Nile, and Chrome Division. There’s 36 minutes of material on Urhat containing a modern blackened mix of death metal, thrash, hardcore, and splashes of doom and hard rock. Continue reading “ILLT – Urhat (Review)”

Venues – Solace (Review)

Venues - SolaceThis is the second album from Venues, a modern metal band from Germany.

Following up their solid 2018 debut album Aspire, Venues are now back with a new lineup in tow and 42 minutes of new material.

The band’s dual vocal approach has never sounded better. Harsh Continue reading “Venues – Solace (Review)”

Termina – Dysphoria (Review)

Termina - DysphoriaTermina is the collaborative debut album between solo artist Nik Nocturnal, and Andy Cizek, singer of Monuments.

Termina’s music is best described as modern metal – a mix of genres and styles such as progressive metal, technical metal, djent, deathcore, and metalcore. Continue reading “Termina – Dysphoria (Review)”

The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)

The Lylat Continuum - EphemeralThe Lylat Continuum are a progressive death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Ephemeral is a 56-minute trip into progressive death metal waters, although the death metal influences are not always prominently displayed; the band’s modern progressive metal influences are Continue reading “The Lylat Continuum – Ephemeral (Review)”

Arcaeon – Cascadence (Review)

Arcaeon - CascadenceArcaeon are a technical/progressive metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

Cascadence contains 49 minutes of modern metal that takes from the technical/progressive metal/metalcore and djent genres to craft an engaging, well-rounded album. The promo blurb recommends this for fans of bands such as Periphery, Monuments, Devin Townsend, Intervals, and Architects, and it’s hard to disagree. Continue reading “Arcaeon – Cascadence (Review)”

Intervals – Circadian (Review)

Intervals - CircadianIntervals are a Canadian progressive metal band and this is their fourth album.

Following on from 2017’s The Way Forward, Circadian delivers high quality modern progressive metal. This is essentially a solo album, only with guests and session musicians. It’s an instrumental release, which is a style I normally shy away from, but Intervals is Continue reading “Intervals – Circadian (Review)”

Alpha Wolf – A Quiet Place to Die (Review)

Alpha Wolf - A Quiet Place to DieAlpha Wolf are an Australian metalcore band and this is their second album.

Here we have a 36-minute chunk of modern heaviness. This is the heaviest of metalcore, so much so that it borders on deathcore in places. Mixed in with this are aspects of djent and nu-metal, as well as modern hardcore/metal elements in general. Continue reading “Alpha Wolf – A Quiet Place to Die (Review)”