Saxon – Thunderbolt

SAXON Thunderbolt MILITIA GUARD 9 HEAVY METAL THUNDER: Finding a band that sounds this vibrant and authentic on its 22nd album is no easy task, but Saxon has long proven its status as...

Axel Rudi Pell – Knight’s Call

AXEL RUDI PELL Knight’s Call STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8 HEAVY POWER METAL: Axel Rudi Pell has really cemented his place in the metal world, starting with his early days in the German outfit...

Jinjer – Cloud Factory

JINJER Cloud Factory NAPALM 8 EXPLOSIVE VERSATILE METAL: Re-releasing its 2014 sophomore album Cloud Factory through Napalm certainly will provide plenty more opportunity for notoriety for Ukrainian metallers Jinjer. A dizzying hybrid of...

Hyvmine – Earthquake

HYVMINE Earthquake SEEK AND STRIKE 7 SHREDDER ADDS VOCALS: Sometimes you have to wonder about the metal world’s lack of imagination. This isn’t a condemnation of Hyvmine and its vocalist/lead guitarist, Al Joseph,...

Ektomorf – Fury

EKTOMORF Fury AFM 7 GROOVY HEAVE-HO: You could probably get through an Ektomorf review without invoking Soulfly, but when a band hews so close to another band’s signature sound and era, it’s disingenuous...

Cabal – Mark of Rot

CABAL Mark of Rot LONG BRANCH / SPV 7 DJENTLEMANLY DEATHCORE: Denmark’s Cabal is one of those capital letter heavy bands that plays dark music. Mark of Rot, the quintet’s debut album, offers...

Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

BLEEDING GODS Dodekathlon NUCLEAR BLAST 10 METAL MEETS MYTH: Never has a crash course in Greek mythology been so punishingly brutal. Yet that is the formula for Dutch epic death/black metal outfit Bleeding...

Black Moth – Anatomical Venus

BLACK MOTH Anatomical Venus CANDLELIGHT / SPINEFARM 9 DESERT FLASHBACK: Black Moth excels in a crowded legion of Kyuss-laced Black Sabbath worshipers because the band reveres its forbearers’ central tenant—the almighty riff. On...

Chris Bay – Chasing the Sun

CHRIS BAY Chasing the Sun STEAMHAMMER / SPV 7 HARD AOR: Chris Bay is best known as the mastermind behind melodic metal heroes, Freedom Call. Despite 20 years leading the Teutonic major key...

Asenblut – Legenden

ASENBLUT Legenden AFM 7 VIKING MELODEATH 2.0: Two years after their third—so what if we sound like a lightly blackened Amon Amarth turned up to 11?—album, Berserker, Germany’s Asenblut returns to its old...