Category: Reviews

Thætas – Shrines To Absurdity Review

[Artwork by Paolo Girardi] Let’s gather ’round and throw a few more reams of newspaper and some decayed office chair cushionry into the burning barrel and speak of sprinklers, “The Jacket” episode of Seinfeld, and

Neptunian Maximalism – Éons Review

The Belgian collective Neptunian Maximalism is not, apparently, interested in half-measures. Éons, their full-length debut, spools its more than two hours’ worth of music across three conceptually separate discs which span genres and blend improvised

Descend ‒ The Deviant Review

Metal may have sprouted from just a few places on the globe, but it’s been decades since it became a truly global phenomenon. As it grew and spread, clearly identifiable sounds and scenes popped up

Magick Touch – Heads Have Got To Rock’N’Roll Review

The year was most likely 1968. I was working as a traveling salesman in the Bible Belt, selling vacuums and encyclopedia sets to unsuspecting Southerners. Sales weren’t great; I am not going to lie to

Greyhawk – Keepers Of The Flame Review

At the center of the kingdom there is a castle. At the center of the castle there is a fortified keep, from whence the kings of metal reign. Within these sacred halls, an eternal fire

Obscene – The Inhabitable Dark Review

We’re all born from a Blood Chasm, but these Indianapolis miscreants just so happened to enter the world under that moniker. Much like when you shed the shredded womb, Obscene truly began to form their

Falconer – From A Dying Ember Review

[Artwork by Jan Meininghaus] One could certainly argue that the writing was on the wall back in 2014 when, three months after releasing album number eight, Black Moon Rising, Falconer announced they would no longer

Artwork by Crux (Vaggelis Neofotistos)

Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse Review

People find solace in the strangest places. Heavy metal fans, in particular, must seem to the outsider at least a card short of a full deck when they describe the grounding and centering comfort of