Only Self Aug. 21, 2018

Only Self
by Jesus Piece

The Pitch: Punishing, uncompromising metallic hardcore from Pennsylvania's Jesus Piece via Southern Lord. FFO: Harms Way, Vein, Code Orange. What I Like: The past two years have been very good to the heavier side of the hardcore scene. In the wake of skull crushing albums from the likes of Wolf Kin...

It Came From The Archives: Otargos Aug. 21, 2018

Xeno Kaos
by Otargos

I must be behind again. I don't remember Otargos being so f@#king death metal. Suffice it to say, their latest release, Xeno Kaos, is super aggro. Deep, distorted, blackened growls are punctuated by the insane punch to the double bass. "The Ruinous Powers"...What a monster. Those thunderous notes pe...

It Came From The Archives: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber Aug. 20, 2018

by Regarde Les Hommes Tomber

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber are a French black metal group whose name roughly translates to "Watching the men fall." My lack of true knowledge of the French language aside, this is yet MORE killer black metal to grace your ears in 2015. Gigantic, oppressive, masterful: these are the words I would choo...

You Took The Sun When You Left Aug. 20, 2018

You Took The Sun When You Left
by Leeched

The Pitch: Manchester metallic hardcore crew Leeched serve up "11 dark, bleak and brutal tracks set atop of todays desolate and industrialized landscape" FFO: Left Behind, Wolf King, Code Orange What I Like: What a great title. It perfectly encapsulates the grief and bitterness of the music. You To...

Primitive Man / Unearthly Trance Aug. 17, 2018

Split w/ Unearthly Trance
by Primitive Man

The Pitch: "Denvers Primitive Man and New York Citys Unearthly Trance unite for an exercise in complete and total suffering. Across seven apocalyptic tracks, both bands tap into some of the most uncomfortable, vile realms of blackened doom and dissonant, harsh noise put to tape in the new millennium...

It Came From The Archives: Hadean Aug. 17, 2018

On Fading
by Hadean

After that first song, I had to ask myself, "what did I just listen to?" It's called "Noise Reduction Impulse," but reduction seems like a misnomer. Anyways, this is Hadean, an avant-garde progressive metal band from Massachusetts. You won't necessarily find that description in any of the tags, but ...

Chapel of Abhorrence Aug. 16, 2018

Chapel of Abhorrence
by Carnation

The Pitch: Belgian blood-soaked death metal band Carnation unveil their latest album via Season Of Mist. FFO: Cannibal Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Expulsion What I Like: Carnation is what Cannibal Corpse would sound like if they took a more blackened, old school approach to the riffs. Simon Duson has ...

The Crossing Aug. 16, 2018

The Crossing
by Sails Of Serenity

The Pitch: The new album from Turkish progressive metalcore band Sails Of Serenity via Famined Records. FFO: Architects,Tesseract,Erra What I Like: There's lots of great metalcore happening outside of the US these days, but I think that Turkey is a new one for me. Following very closely in the vein...

Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response Aug. 15, 2018

Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response
by Rebel Wizard

The Pitch: Australian artist NKSV is back to his old tricks with "negative wizard metal" project Rebel Wizard, once more via Prosthetic Records. FFO: Burzum crossed with Iron Maiden, Destroyer 666, Absu What I Like: As a guitar player, I LOVE the riffs behind the NWOBHM scene...I'm just not general...

Raffy Reviews - Erra: 'Neon' Aug. 14, 2018

by Erra

Background By this point in time, the band known asErraneeds minimal introduction...especially to the progressive-core/djent subsect of the metal community. Formed in Alabama nearly a decade ago, the five-piece outfit has, thus far, released three EPs as well as four full length albums and now perf...

Molten Giant Aug. 14, 2018

Molten Giant
by Exocrine

The Pitch: French technical, progressive death metal band Exocrine are back with their incredible sophomore effort, this time with the support of Unique Leader Records. FFO: Necrophagist, Within Destruction, Cynic What I Like: Old Dirty Dan and I LOVED Exocrine's Great Dane debut. It was an unprece...

Raffy Reviews - Lacerate Thy Maker: 'Imminent' Aug. 13, 2018

by Lacerate Thy Maker

Background So far, from out of Texas, we've had some heavy hitters in recent years such as core enthusiastsKublai KhanandI AMin addition to modern death metal artistsScattered Remains. Likewise, one of these up-and-comers from Corpus Christi (formed earlier in the year) have just released their ver...

Ordeal Aug. 13, 2018

by Foredoomed

The Pitch:Finnish progressive/melodic death metal bandForedoomed deliver their self-released full length album in the style of Opeth, Wintersun, Ihsahn What I Like: Foredoomed have made a new fan out of me. Pulling on influences from some of my favorite bands over the years, Ordeal is a smorgasbord...

Shaidar Logoth Now On Vinyl Aug. 13, 2018

Chapter II: The Ritualist
by Shaidar Logoth

US black metal group Shaidar Logoth have reissued their vicious 2015 effortChapter II: The Ritualist on vinyl via Sentient Ruin. With haunting, doomy builds leading to some dramatic payoffs, this was one of my favorite underground black metal releases of that year. Not unlike the last Leviathan rel...

Lore of the Lakes Aug. 10, 2018

Lore of the Lakes
by Inexorum

The Pitch: A "deeply personal" melodic black metal album from Minneapolis' Inexorum. FFO: Uada Sacramentum, Vex What I Like: What an intensely consistent and exhilerating album. Lore of the Lakes flows from moment to moment more effortlessly than most rivers and streams. The dynamics are exemplary,...

It Came From The Archives: Blessed Be My Brothers Aug. 10, 2018

Blessed Be My Brothers
by Sarpanitum

Like brutal death? Like folk? Why choose one? Sarpanitum brings us the best of both words. One part crunching, pounding death metal fury; one part epic neoclassical riffs and solos set to ethereal synthesizers. From the UK and Japan, this group named for a Babylonian goddess is dedicated to crafting...

Raffy Reviews - Hate Diplomacy: 'Rant' Aug. 9, 2018

by Hate Diplomacy

Background Slam and beatdown are two genres of extreme metal that often times do not get the recognition they deserve in some cases. With both of these styles being so underground and away from most of the metal scene, it seems that many of those classics fade into obscurity. With that in mind,Hate...

Flight's Fav 13 Lesser-Known Metal Albums Aug. 9, 2018

This is it. This is THE folk metal album for me. You can check out the full review for more details, but Nokturnal Mortum takes all the best parts of black, folk, and progressive metal and just kills it. The approach is somewhat Moonsorrow, but the result carries with it many years of honing their b...

Don't Waste Your Time Aug. 8, 2018

Don't Waste Your Time
by Idle Hands

Idle Hands may have only officially formed last fall, but with ex-Spellcaster bassist Gabriel Franco at the helm alongside several of his previous bandmates you wouldnt be able to guess it due to the quality of their debut EP Dont Waste Your Time. Where Francos previous band emphasized a considerabl...

10 Post-Black Bands More Deserving Than Deafheaven Aug. 8, 2018

I feel like Botanist was post-black before we even had a real name for it. This one-manhammered dulcimer-focused project out of San Francisco is a common meme on our site, but only because I find it ridiculous that they have been snubbed from Metal Archives for the approach. Botanist's music is argu...

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