Category Archives: Music Reviews

Metal Review: Illdisposed: With the Lost Souls on Our Side (2014)

Illdisposed: With the Lost Souls on Our Side

Denmark’s death metal troupe Illdisposed is back with 12th studio album, “With the Lost Souls on Our Side,” since their inception in 1991. The album opens with Going Down, which contains one of the more sticky riffs that I have heard in a long time. This one will stick in your head for days. If

Metal Review: Hellyeah: Blood For Blood (2014)

Hellyeah: Blood For Blood

Groove Metal supergroup Hellyeah is back with their fourth album, “Blood For Blood,” since their inception in 2006. The band is made up of Chad Gray (Mudvayne) on vocals, Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Damageplan) on drums and Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) on guitars. Longtime members Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla have departed for this release. Kyle Sanders steps

Metal Review: Hyperial: Blood and Dust (2014)

Hyperial Blood and Dust

Poland progressive death metal outfit Hyperial are back with their sophomore effort, “Blood and Dust,” and are ready to tell you to forget all about that sophomore jinx. Their relentless, uncompromising sound is evident through each of the album’s 10 tracks leading up to an aural assault of just under 40 minutes. The band is

Metal Review: Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless (2014)

Goatwhore Constricting Rage of the Merciless

New Orleans based death metal outfit Goatwhore are back with their sixth studio album, “Constricting Rage of the Merciless,” out now via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The band was serious about getting that analog sound, so the entire

Metal Review: Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls (Deluxe Edition) (2014)

Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls

I know that it is not cool to like Judas Priest, or maybe it has become cool as sort of a retro thing, but the fact of the matter is that I have been a fan of the Metal Gods since I fell in love with metal as a wee little lad. Many a night

Metal Review: Entrails: Resurrected From the Grave – Demo Collection (2014)

Entrails Resurrected From the Grave - Demo Collection

Sweden’s death metal outfit Entrails is back on July 18, 2014 (Europe) and July 22, 2014 (U.S.) with “Resurrected From the Grave – Demo Collection,” their latest release since 2013′s “Raging Death.” This demo collection combines the “Reborn” and “Human Decay” demos and brings fans 18 tracks. The two Entrails demos were re-recorded and released

Metal Review: Mournful Congregation: Concrescence of the Sophia (2014)

Mournful Congregation Concrescence of the Sophia

Australia’s Mournful Congregation is back with a stop-gap 2-song, 30-minute EP, “Concrescence of the Sophia” bridging the gap between 2011′s “The Book of Kings” and their next full-length release. The title track, Concrescence of the Sophia, is an epic journey nearly 22 minutes, but could have just as easily been split into smaller chunks since

Metal Review: Vanhelgd: Relics of Sulphur Salvation (2014)

Vanhelgd Relics of Sulphur Salvation

Swedish death metal outfit Vanhelgd are back with their third full-length effort, “Relics of Sulphur Salvation.” In a genre where pretty much everything has been done, classic death metal still lives and breathes with this quartet. While staying true to their roots, they do manage to intersperse some black metal influences sparingly throughout the release

Metal Review: Triptykon: Melana Chasmata (2014)

Triptykon Melana Chasmata

Triptykon is a band that excites me on so many levels. Getting fresh output from legends of metal is something that normally comes with trepidation. We all have musicians that have long been idolized that you wish would just call it a day, but we also have those musicians that seem to get better with

Metal Review: Pilgrim: II: Void Worship (2014)

Pilgrim II: Void Worship

Rhode Island is not exactly a place known for its metal output, but that does not stop doom metal band Pilgrim. After their well-received debut with 2012′s “Misery Wizard,” there have been plenty of people eagerly awaiting what the band would do next. We now know with their release of “II: Void Worship” through Metal