EP Review: ENSLAVED, Caravans to the Outer Worlds

by Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov Enslaved has never released a bad album, that’s it. No matter what this band does musically, whether it’s dripping in 70s prog or coated in a frostbitten Norwegian sheen, their output always exudes quality. It’s astounding that a band that’s been around for 30 years has been able to be so… Continue reading EP Review: ENSLAVED, Caravans to the Outer Worlds

Album Review: Korpiklaani’s Jylhä

Korpiklaani is one of the most popular and beloved folk metal bands. With their 11th album Jylhä translated roughly to “Majestic,” they continue to bring us their unique brand of folk metal — but how does their formula hold up this far in their career?

EP Review: A Whisp of the Atlantic by SOILWORK

by Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov As awful as 2020 has been to everyone, at least we have new music from Soilwork to ease the pain, even if it’s only momentarily. These guys have been cranking out high quality melodic death metal for over two decades and judging by this EP, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.… Continue reading EP Review: A Whisp of the Atlantic by SOILWORK

EP Review: Despicable by CARCASS (Oct. 30th, Nuclear Blast)

By Nikita Alekseyevich Khrenov There are few bands that are as loved as Carcass. Doesn’t matter who you are, if you listen to extreme metal then chances are you are super into at least one Carcass album — whether it’s the disgusting and savage Symphonies of Sickness or their seminal melodic masterpiece Heartwork, there’s a Carcass… Continue reading EP Review: Despicable by CARCASS (Oct. 30th, Nuclear Blast)

Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Forgotten Days, Pallbearer’s fourth album, is heavy in more than one sense. Placing the actual music to one side momentarily, the lyrics deal with some serious and difficult themes and concepts. Joseph D. Rowland (bass, harmony vocals), who wrote many of the words, talks about the songs often being a kind of dialogue with his… Continue reading Album Review: Pallbearer’s Forgotten Days

Album Review: Utgard by Enslaved (Nuclear Blast, Oct. 2nd)

The term progressive is tossed around the metal world often, an adjective readily applied to bands across the myriad of sub-genres.  Throw “progressive” in front of any standard description and it instantly adds a level of technicality and arrangement not found in the genre as a whole.  Taking it a step further, bands that operate… Continue reading Album Review: Utgard by Enslaved (Nuclear Blast, Oct. 2nd)

Album Review: My Dying Bride, The Ghost of Orion (Nuclear Blast)

The world is a strange place as of this writing, full of uncertainties new to some and strangely familiar to many others. It is with this background of isolation, anxiety, and flickering hope that legendary doom metal titans My Dying Bride release unto the world The Ghost of Orion, their fourteenth album and first offering… Continue reading Album Review: My Dying Bride, The Ghost of Orion (Nuclear Blast)