SPIDERS Killer Machine

SPIDERS Killer Machine SPINEFARM 9/10 ELECTRIC SHAKE: Album number three has arrived from Sweden’s Spiders, and it is a killer. The musical foundation is still the same as prior releases—an energetic and hard...

ASENBLUT Legenden

ASENBLUT Legenden AFM 7/10 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...

STRUNG OUT Black Out the Sky

STRUNG OUT Black Out the Sky FAT WRECK CHORDS 8/10 PUNKS GO ACOUSTIC: Interesting idea here, California punk vets Strung Out deciding to write an acoustic EP that is not re-done versions of old...

ANVIL Pounding the Pavement

ANVIL Pounding the Pavement STEAMHAMMER / SPV 8/10 METAL ON METAL: Canada’s legendary Anvil has made a career out of mixing old school speed metal with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor and...

HUNTSMEN American Scrap

HUNTSMEN American Scrap PROSTHETIC 9/10 AMERICANA METAL: Chicago’s Huntsmen blends Americana storytelling with the metal muscle of bands such as Neurosis, Red Fang, and High on Fire on its debut full-length American Scrap....

SEPTIC TANK Rotting Civilisation

SEPTIC TANK Rotting Civilisation RISE ABOVE 4/10 CRUST: Originally shat into existence in 1994, Septic Tank’s ranks were filled by Cathedral’s Lee Dorian and Gaz Jennings plus Repulsion’s Scott Carlson and Trouble’s Barry...

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Resurrection NUCLEAR BLAST 6/10 HISTORICAL HARD ROCK: It’s a sign of how popular and respected Michael Schenker is that he can get together three of the singers he’s previously worked...

SAXON Thunderbolt

SAXON Thunderbolt MILITIA GUARD 9/10 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...

BLESSTHEFALL Hard Feelings

BLESSTHEFALL Hard Feelings RISE 7/10 TRIED AND TRUE METALCORE:Generally, when a band is offered the chance to do whatever they like with their sound (rather than feel pressure or influence from their label),...

THE ATLAS MOTH: Coma Noir

THE ATLAS MOTH Coma Noir PROSTHETIC 9/10 POST-METAL: On its fourth full-length album, Coma Noir, Chicago’s The Atlas Moth creates fuzzed-up post-metal with psychedelic, proggy, and sludge metal elements in the vein of...