• Review: Zebras – The City of Sun June 30, 2015 Zebras‘ approach to crossover/thrash/punk and hardcore is exceptional. These three musicians know how to write angry, pissed-off, misanthropic songs and I salute them for it! Even though some of the songs, which can be heard in “The City of Sun” (thanks for the promo copy guys, appreciate it!), might seem interchangeable to some of our ... Read more
  • Review: Kill The Stigmatic – Built On A Burial Ground June 24, 2015 Review by Andriana. Kill the Stigmatic is a death metal band hailing from Philadelphia. Built on a Burial Ground is a three track EP that kills from start to finish. Kill the Stigmatic has played shows with bands such as Exhumed, Dying Fetus, Waking the Cadaver, Cognitive, and others. Purchase Built on a Burial Ground on Bandcamp! I already said Built ... Read more
  • Review: M.H.X’s Chronicles – Infinite Ocean June 19, 2015 One of the things about M.H.X’s Chronicles you’ll notice straight out of the gate, is their unrelenting faithfulness to true melodic death metal. Never straying too far from the tried and true patterns and layouts of most melodic death metal, M.H.X’s Chronicles stands out in it’s exceptional impact and in the obvious care taken to craft it’s ... Read more
  • Review: Iona Grove – Breathe June 15, 2015 Iona Grove is a 5-piece melodic hardcore band from Denver, Colorado. At a running time of about 11 minutes long, Breathe is Iona Grove’s debut EP. It can be listened to and picked up on Bandcamp. A quick remark on the EP: short and sweet. First thing to point out is the solid production. Bass, guitars, ... Read more
  • Review: Septa – Destroyer June 11, 2015 Destroyer is a seven track album released by the four piece experimental/metalcore band Septa. Experimental/metalcore is a general and fast description of Septa, but not accurate. Destroyer is an interesting album, to say the least. Check it (and purchase) out for yourself on Bandcamp. There were many times on the album that made me confused, but impressed. I sensed experimental ... Read more
  • Review: Malevolence – Reign of Suffering June 8, 2015 Malevolence bring the mosh. Period. Hopefully they’ll release new material soon; in the meantime , I’ll present you their last album. Spoiler alert: it goes hard. No, seriously – these are some of the most infectious riffs, combined with the freshest/nastiest breakdowns. Go listen to this right now! Siege of Amida know who to sing, ... Read more
  • Review: Bhayanak Maut – Man June 2, 2015 Bhayanak Maut is a conceptual metal band from India. Man is the last part of their cancer life-cycle trilogy. The album contains the theme that mankind is the “biggest cancer to have ever existed,” in their own words.  It can be listened to on Spotify, Bandcamp, and purchased from their website. Man has a lot of ... Read more
  • Review: Pangaea – Roots June 1, 2015 The Wisconsin quintet Pangaea brings something new to the table. In modern music, especially most forms and sub-genres of metal, bands don’t stray too far from the tried and true metal sounds. They take from bands that have already made it big and keep the same formula while tweaking it to try and sound unique enough. ... Read more
  • Review: Helm’s Deep – Unmarked Grave May 31, 2015 “Former members of Moria have regrouped as Helm’s Deep to bring back the fun, intensity, and sheer brutality metal and hardcore music brings. No bullshit, just punishing riffs and groove. We aren’t changing the way you think of music, we’re just being nerdy and crushing everything in sight”. I couldn’t agree more – Helm’s Deep ... Read more
  • Review: Dischordia – Sources EP May 26, 2015 Dischordia is a 4 piece progressive death metal band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sources EP is their latest effort, released in March of 2015. Sources EP can be listened to and purchased on Bandcamp. Sources EP was a different kind of EP: it has a parody track that is not really metal at all and it has ... Read more
  • Review: Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde May 25, 2015 “The world is fucked and this is the soundtrack to it’s demise” – this quote from Enabler’s facebook page sums perfectly the general mood, present throughout the band’s discography. The trio is set to release a debut Century Media album this June (check out the excellent single “By Demons Denied” here), so before that I ... Read more
  • Review: Grizzly Knows No Remorse – Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache May 24, 2015   So who the hell are Grizzly Knows No Remorse, and what kind of name is that? Frankly, it doesn’t matter if they wanted to call themselves the Bashfully Brazen Henchmen of Atlantis, because their album Fat Glasses and The Leather Mustache kicks ass. The high-energy quartet from Moscow, Russia fit everything we  love about punk, rock, hardcore and even ... Read more
  • Review: Cognitive – Cognitive May 20, 2015 Review by Andriana. Cognitive is a New Jersey­ based death metal band. Cognitive is their debut full­ length and was released in 2014. It can be listened to on Spotify, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, and purchased from Big Cartel. Cognitive is an interesting album because it is mainly a death metal album, but it has grind/slam elements (don’t kill ... Read more
  • Review: Call Us Forgotten – A Hope Remains May 18, 2015 The Portland, Oregon quintet Call Us Forgotten, kicks ass. Straight up,  A Hope Remains is on another level of metalcore and musicality. It’s unique, fast, melodic, surprisingly heavy, and chock-full of “oh shit!” moments. You’d be doing yourself a disservice to pass this fantastic album up. A Hope Remains starts off quite slow, with an intro track ... Read more
  • Review: Blackest – Blackest May 17, 2015 Blackest’s blend of spastic hardcore/metal is just amazing. I’ve never felt so good listening to an EP – take my word for it. I have no idea why these guys are so pissed, but it works flawlessly with the tracks. Aggression, pain, misery, desire – all these permeate throughout the entire piece. The riffs are ... Read more
  • Review: Auras – Crestfallen May 13, 2015 Review by Andriana. Auras makes a comeback with the new Crestfallen EP. There are 5 killer tracks from the Canadian four piece. You can purchase Crestfallen via District Lines, or listen to it on Spotify. Crestfallen does not disappoint and is a great follow up EP from Panacea. Since Panacea, I have loved the drumming and polyrhythmic ... Read more
  • Review: Bermuda (AUS) – Tyrant May 10, 2015 Before DSM Axis IV, the deathcore band Bermuda released a ridiculously brutal EP titled Tyrant. Simply put, Tyrant was different in the best way possible. I encourage you to listen along to the songs I’ve hyper-linked while reading the review. The EP starts with “Asphyxiate“. Instrumentally it’s fast paced with a lot of seemingly out of place riffs that all fit ... Read more
  • Review: Abandoned Elysium – Unmasked May 8, 2015 First of all, I’d like to urge all of you (or whoever reads my stuff or whatever) to send me links, bands I should check out, EPs and all that good $%^t. Speaking of which, I received a review request for Abandon Elysium’s latest offering, and let me tell you, it’s rather nice. The production ... Read more
  • Review: Allies To The Adversary – Deathbed May 5, 2015 Review by Andriana. Allies to the Adversary is a 5 piece deathcore band from Toronto, Canada. Deathbed is their first full­ length album. The first release was a self­ titled EP released in January of 2014. I had high hopes for this album and was anxious to see how ATTA would change their sound for their ... Read more
  • Review: Calling//Cause – With Concrete Feet and Open Seas May 2, 2015 The Calling//Cause quartet, successfully delivers a classic 2000’s post-hardcore/metalcore feel. Listening to With Concrete Feet And Open Seas is nostalgic, catchy and aggressive. The EP opens with a heavy metalcore-esq riff from the sole guitarist Cody Ford. After an eight measure riff-filled intro, Ross Autry makes an entrance with a series of growls and guttural-dry sounding higher screams. Overall, Autry ... Read more
  • Review: Redound – Obsessed April 29, 2015 Redound have been active since 2003 and their latest album “Obsessed” is their best work so far. The band combines old-school metal & -core with the heavier aspects of contemporary beatdown/hardcore and it has worked flawlessly so far. The mates have very good energy on stage, know their instruments (and, respectively, their vocal styles and ... Read more
  • Review: Disrupted – Heavy Death April 28, 2015 Review by Andriana. Disrupted is a five piece death metal act from Ludvika, Sweden. Heavy Death is Disrupted’s debut album which you can listen to on Spotify, and buy on Bandcamp. Heavy Death was released in 2014 and stands at only 15 minutes long with 6 songs. Disrupted released a brand new album, called Morbid Death, ... Read more
  • Review: Her Demise My Rise – Curses E.P. April 23, 2015 So what’s the deal with Her Demise My Rise? Surely you’ve heard about them recently. The SoCal band that suddenly sprung up out of nowhere with a heavy hitting, new E.P., brutally labeled Curses E.P.. From the opening track, to the last scream, HDMR has composed one of the heaviest E.P.s of early 2015, and definitely one ... Read more
  • Review: True Lie – At The First Glare Of A Colder Sky April 21, 2015 Review by Andriana. True Lie is a metal band from Foligno, Italy. Their music is on Spotify and Bandcamp. The album of today’s interest is At the First Glare of a Colder Sky. This debut album was released in 2014 and consists of 8 tracks running about 35 minutes long. The video for “As the Dawn ... Read more
  • Review: Nasty – Shokka April 18, 2015 I remember very vividly my first Nasty show. After an excellent opening set by our local heroes Redound (expect a review very soon!), the Nasty boys entered the stage. What struck me was their extremely positive attitude, which heavily contrasted to the overall feel of their music. Everything was well, until the vocalist showed his anti-nazi ... Read more