CABAL Mark of Rot

CABAL Mark of Rot LONG BRANCH / SPV 7/10 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 10/10 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 9/10 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 7/10 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 7/10 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...

ARMORED DAWN Barbarians in Black

ARMORED DAWN Barbarians in Black AFM 8/10 POWER METAL: In spite of all the hype AFM has generated in order to sell records, recoup advance money, and ultimately have Armored Dawn existing as...

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...