Metal Reviews

Symphony X Iconoclast Album Cover
Symphony X – Iconoclast (, , )
1st June 2011 -

I am by no means an expert of Symphony X, having heard some of their previous albums but not having much more than passing familarity. However when the chance to review their latest offering came along I jumped at the chance, anxious for the chance to review what could be one of the power metal albums of the year and… Read More »

Anaal Nathrakh – Passion ()
17th May 2011 -

[gameinfo title="Album Info" album_name="Passion" publishers="Candlelight Records" genres="Black/grind/filthy metal" release_date="23/05/11" buy_link=""] There is no doubt that Passion has very lofty expectations to live up to, after Anaal Nathrakh’s previous effort, In the Constellation of the Black Widow. Although it’s taken me a while to realise just how good Passion is, it more than lives up to those expectations. On first listen,… Read More »

Amorphis – The Beginning of Times (, , )
25th April 2011 -

[gameinfo title="Album Info" album_name="The Beginning of Times" publishers="Nuclear Blast" genres="Melodic Death Metal" release_date="May 30, 2011" buy_link=""] When a band part ways with their frontman it can often send them on a downward spiral of uninspiring fodder, or, it can rejuvenate the collective creativity and send them on a surging incline with a new found purpose. Amorphis, undeniably, are part of… Read More »

Between the Buried and Me Parallax
Between the Buried and Me – Parallax Hypersleep Dialogues ()
25th April 2011 -

From the moment that this EP kicks in, it is clear that this is a Between the Buried and Me album, and they’re not messing around. The first track, Specular Reflection opens with a short orchestral introduction, which sets a grandiose tone for the EP, before launching in to one of BtBaM’s trademark progressive riffs, which despite feeling a tad… Read More »

Wormrot – Dirge ()
25th April 2011 -

Note: Dirge will be released for purchase on 23rd May 2011, however, due to the widespread leak on the internet, Earache decided to release the album for download early There can often be a problem with grindcore, and that problem is that after a while it all starts to sound the same, or that, often, grind albums outstay their welcome…. Read More »