Thoughts From A Stone Oct. 10, 2017

Thoughts From A Stone
by Coma Cluster Void

The Pitch: Multinational progressive, technical death metal act Coma Cluster Void returns with a new EP:"A journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind" represented in one 21 minute composition. FFO: Gorguts, Cryptopsy, Artificial Brain What I Like: If only one thing must be said about Coma ...

Passing The Nekromanteion Oct. 10, 2017

Passing The Nekromanteion
by Arkhon Infaustus

The Pitch: Arkhan Infaustus is a black, death, and doom band from France off of the ever-rising influence of LADLO Productions. After a decade of silence and 20 years of existence, the band returns with 4 soul-reaving new tracks. FFO: Time Lurker, Palace of Worms, Qrixkuor What I Like: Arkhan Infau...

Terminal Oct. 9, 2017

Terminal
by Horse Head

The Pitch: Arizona sludge and doom band Horse Head release a new EP FFO Red Fang, Eyehategod, Rwake What I Like: The opening moments of this EP hit you like a one-two from Mike Tyson. First come the riffs: a sludgy union of Helmet, early Incubus, and perhaps even a little Cobalt. These guitars are ...

Submersion Oct. 9, 2017

Submersion
by Dark Waters End

The Pitch: Philadelphia's Dark Water's End bring us an incredibly heavy new progressiveDM album that they describe as "technical metal, but without the need for a scientific calculator." FFO: Reaping Asmodeia, Exocrine, The Apex What I Like: Something about this album just had me saying, "that's wh...

Raffy Reviews - The Black Dahlia Murder: 'Nightbringers' Oct. 6, 2017

Nightbringers
by The Black Dahlia Murder

Band History: Since their debut release ofUnhallowed in 2003,the Michigan-born melodic death metal act widely known asThe Black Dahlia Murder has been shredding, kicking and screaming their way through the American underground metal scene. Through the many albums they've put out over the last fourte...

A Wake In Sacred Waves Oct. 6, 2017

A Wake In Sacred Waves
by Dreadnought

The Pitch: The third album from the highly talented, highly original, and heavily jazz-infused Denver doom metal band Dreadnought via Sailor Records. Each album is loosely based on an element, explains Kelly. Lifewoven was earth, Bridging Realms was ether, and this is our water album...This record t...

Caustic Oct. 5, 2017

Caustic
by Primitive Man

The Pitch: Bitter and...well...'Caustic' doom and sludge from the always bleak and depraved Primitive Man out of Colorado. Presented by Relapse Records. FFO Indian, Lord Mantis, Seedna What I Like: The promo copy of this album was tagged with one word for the genre: "misery." While it gave me a chu...

Knives, Labyrinths, Mirrors Oct. 5, 2017

Knives, Labyrinths, Mirrors
by Drouth

The Pitch: Portland band Drouth cranks their black metal roots up to 11 with the oppressive Knives, Labyrinths, Mirrors. FFO: Pale Chalice, Abigail Williams, Cobalt What I Like: Prior to this release, I had pegged Drouth as more of a blackened sludge band, but withKnives, Labyrinths, Mirrors they'v...

Raffy Reviews - Belphegor: 'Totenritual' Oct. 4, 2017

Totenritual
by Belphegor

Background: Black metal, as a genre spawned from heavy metal, has several distinct continuations or subgenres that followed in the years succeeding its foundation. These include the likes of the atmospheric/instrumental, symphonic, depressive and operatic varieties. Some bands, however, sought to me...

A Ruined Oak Oct. 4, 2017

A Ruined Oak
by Omotai

The Pitch:Tofu Carnage Records brings us the new album from Texas-based sludge, alternative, and post-hardcore band Omotai. "A meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, A Ruined Oak is centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence." FFO: Helmet, Jane's Addiction...

Crossworlds Oct. 4, 2017

Crossworlds
by Buy Jupiter

The Pitch: Progressive metalcore band Buy Jupiter from Lyon, France takes us back to the early 2000's with their latest EP. FFO: After The Burial, Hopesfall,August Burns Red What I Like: It feels like a minute since I heard a band so seamlessly fuse spacey post-metal with harsh metalcore riffs and ...

Seismic Oct. 3, 2017

Seismic
by Spotlights

The Pitch: The Ipecac debut of Brooklyn-based husband and wife post-metal outfit Spotlights, Seismic comes in the wake of last year's critically acclaimed Tidals, which found them handpicked to open a leg of Deftones 2016 tour. FFO Deftones, Pelican, Team Sleep What I Like: Seismic, to me, is what ...

As Spectres Wither Oct. 3, 2017

As Spectres Wither
by Inverted Serenity

The Pitch:Winnipeg, Manitoba-based progressive death metal/technical death metal outfit Inverted Serenity "have birthed their finest and most eclectic musical offering yet onAs Spectres Wither." FFO: Kaerulean, BTBAM, Inanimate Existance. What I Like: "Eclectic" is perhaps the key word of the label...

Raffy Reviews - Beyond Deviation: 'The Plague King' EP Oct. 2, 2017

The Plague King EP
by Beyond Deviation

Background: Downtempo, as a relatively new subgenre that is derived from standard deathcore and mixed in with elements of sludge and doom, has begun to take charge of the underground metal community since its conception in the early 2010s. Since then, the scene became slightly oversatured with sever...

Praeludium Exterminii Oct. 2, 2017

Praeludium Exterminii
by Black March

The Pitch: Aggressive, French black metallers Black March release their latest dark invocation,Praeludium Exterminii, on vinyl via Throats Productions. FFO: Corpus Christii, Taake, Murg What I Like: Black March direct all of their nefarious powers towards one thing only: inflicting as much pain and...

Phantom Anthem Oct. 2, 2017

Phantom Anthem
by August Burns Red

The Pitch: One of the last great remaining metalcore bands from my youth, August Burns Red, returns with a new album and doesn't skimp on the prog along the way. Could this be their best album yet? FFO: After The Burial, As I Lay Dying, Poison The Well What I Like: Phantom Anthem is in many ways th...

Raised On Decay Sept. 29, 2017

Raised On Decay
by Shrapnel

The Pitch: From Spinefarm and Candlelight Records, "Exploding out from the deceptively genteel streets of Norwich, England, riff-wielding die-hards Shrapnel are one of the finest new bands to proclaim their devotion to keeping the thrash flame blazing." FFO: Exodus, Testament, Harlott What I Like: ...

Subjugate Sept. 29, 2017

Subjugate
by Implore

The Pitch: Fast and heavy hardcore and grindcore from Germany's Implore via Century Media Records. FFO Converge, Trap Them God Mother What I Like: Implore waste zero time getting to the point, and for an album in this style, it's a wise move. The drums on "Birth of an Era" are a violent force of na...

Raffy Reviews - Kublai Khan: 'Nomad' Sept. 29, 2017

Nomad
by Kublai Khan

Background: Within the last decade or so, there has been a massive influx of the newer variety of hardcore bands coming onto the scene and making a name for themselves in the core community. Many of these modern acts strive to incorporate the traditional hardcore punk essence with elements of metalc...

XII Sept. 28, 2017

XII
by Hexis

The Pitch: "Following on the heels of 2017's Tando Ashanti comes five brand new songs from Denmark's black metal/hardcore hybrid Hexis" through Crown Throne Ltd/Moment of Collapse/Truthseeker Music/Division Records. FFO Bastard Feast, LLNN, Sibiir What I Like: Ah, Hexis. Always a safe bet for some...

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