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Phylactery – Necromancy Enthroned Review

FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental. When it comes to cross-pollination of thrash, black metal seems to have all the fun these days. But Canadian heshers Phylactery have a thing or two to say

Nether Regions – Into the Breach Review

Portland, Oregon’s Nether Regions does a good job capturing the same bare-chested, club wielding Motorhead-on-speed — er, more speed — roaring quasi-sludge metal perfected by High on Fire. That said, if that’s all they had going for them, Into the Breach would be

Grand Magus – The Hunt Review

Uh oh… It wasn’t hard to see this coming, but unfortunately it’s now been confirmed: Grand Magus has drifted dangerously off course. Now I know a lot of you were sounding the alarm two years ago after

Pharaoh – Bury the Light Review

Without a doubt, the most rewarding thing about reviewing music has been the occasional opportunity to turn people on to bands they might have missed out on otherwise, and in turn give attention and support

Pharaoh – Ten Years Review

Impatient Pharaoh fans will be forced to wait a little longer for the rightful follow-up to the stellar Be Gone (supposedly due to hit the streets in the Fall), but this cracking EP will make that wait a little

Manilla Road – The Deluge (Reissue) Review

It’s a good time to be a Manilla Road fan. The undisputed kings of epic metal will unleash Playground of the Damned, their fifteenth album, later this summer. Out of print albums have been reissued on CD at

40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room Review

The better part of seven years as a staffer at MetalReview has given me lots of occasions for regret. Just for starters, there’s botched reviews, missed opportunities… And near the top of the list is this: I

Nekromantheon – Divinity of Death Review

This pack of Norwegian heathens hit my radar in a big way with their recent split with Audiopain. The frenetic, fists flyin’ “Annihilation Spree” was every bit a match for the mighty (and sadly underrated) Audiopain. That

October File – Our Souls to You Review

Man, talk about dropping the ball. October File’s first effort, Holy Armour from the Jaws of God, was a solid little album, if highly derivative of the mighty Killing Joke. Its abrasive mix of metal

Audiopain / Nekromantheon – Split EP Review

With the stack of promos at waist height, we usually wouldn’t get around to a two-track split, but when the name Audiopain comes across my desk, I take notice.  These Norwegian heshers have been dealing