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)”

The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II (Review)

The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic IIThis is the sixth album from The Night Flight Orchestra, a Swedish hard rock band.

It’s that time again! Even after Amber Galactic, Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough, and Aeromantic, The Night Flight Orchestra still aren’t content to rest on their laurels, and continue to pump out albums full of joyous hit songs with a quick turnaround. Continue reading “The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic II (Review)”

Act of Denial – Negative (Review)

Act of Denial - NegativeThis is the debut album from Act of Denial, an international melodic death metal band.

Featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Death, Decapitated, Ephel Duath, Septic Flesh, and Testament, as well as the superlative singer of Soilwork/The Night Flight Orchestra, I was eagerly awaiting this release to see what kind of punch it packed. Continue reading “Act of Denial – Negative (Review)”

Interloper – Search Party (Review)

Interloper - Search PartyInterloper are a progressive metal band from the US, and this is their debut album.

Although this band feature ex-members of acts such as Abiotic and Rings of Saturn, Interloper is a different proposition to groups like that. Search Party contains 55 minutes of music, and has more in common with far more accessible bands; think of a mix of acts such Continue reading “Interloper – Search Party (Review)”

Aversed – Impermanent (Review)

Aversed - ImpermanentThis is the debut album from US metal band Aversed.

Containing 57 minutes of material, the album’s style is one that takes melodic death metal as a base, and then builds on this with elements of progressive metal, melodic black metal, melodic thrash metal, and orchestral power metal. The end result is Continue reading “Aversed – Impermanent (Review)”

Forlorn World – Umbra (Review)

Forlorn World - UmbraThis is the debut album from Forlorn World, a death metal solo act from the UK.

Umbra contains 30 minutes of melodic death metal, brought to us by the vocalist/guitarist of Bloodshot Dawn, (with some guests as well). Continue reading “Forlorn World – Umbra (Review)”

Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)

Oceans - The Sun and the ColdOceans are a metal band from Germany/Austria, and this is their debut album.

Oceans are an interesting band. Their music consists of an engaging combination of diverse influences, all wrapped together with coherent skill. Elements of death metal, melodic metal, melodic doom, nu-metal, and progressive metal can all be heard. Think of Continue reading “Oceans – The Sun and the Cold (Review)”

Soilwork – Verkligheten (Review)

Soilwork - VerklighetenThis is the eleventh album from Soilwork, a veteran Swedish metal band.

Soilwork’s eleventh album mixes melodic death metal with fat grooving riffs and a hard rock sensibility that sits at the heart of the band, allowing them to straddle the worlds of metal and rock quite effectively. Having said that, it should be clarified that the rock aspects of this album are mainly hidden underneath a firmly metal veneer; they inform, without overpowering. Continue reading “Soilwork – Verkligheten (Review)”

Distress of Ruin – Insights (Review)

Distress of RuinThis is the latest EP from Finnish melodic death metal band Distress of Ruin.

Well, this is quality stuff. From the very start it’s clear that a lot of time, effort, and passion has gone into the creation of this release. Continue reading “Distress of Ruin – Insights (Review)”

The Shape – The World Away (Review)

The ShapeThe Shape are a US metal band and this is their fourth album.

Mixing modern metal, metalcore, thrash metal, nu-metal, and groove metal into their sound, this is an enjoyable romp through a landscape that sees many different complementary influences touched upon. Continue reading “The Shape – The World Away (Review)”