Metal Reviews

Pleiades - All At Your Mercy Album Cover Artwork
8.5
Pleiades – All At Your Mercy (, )
20th May 2019 -

Opening with minimalist bass and guitar and tom driven percussion that builds to bursting point is a smart way to kick off a release, and such is the beginning of the new Pleiades album. It sets the mood by sonically establishing the variety of heaviness set to unfold, in this case a face melting composite of almost blackgazing expanse and… Read More »

Amon Amarth Beserker Album Cover Artwork
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Amon Amarth – Beserker ()
14th May 2019 -

A new Amon Amarth album is always an event in the metal world. Our resident metal minstrels of the tales of the vikings have been steadily growing in popularity ever since their big breakthrough almost fifteen years ago courtesy of With Oden On Our Side. Their latest album, Beserker, seems set to propel them to the biggest heights yet. Building… Read More »

Cirith Gorgor - Sovereign Album Cover Artwork
6.5
Cirith Gorgor – Sovereign (, )
18th April 2019 -

As the sound of waves raging against rocks echoes out into the void, Funeral March For Modern Man, the introductory song for Cirith Gorgor’s latest album, Sovereign, begins. It is a melancholic and elegiac, stunted piece that is somewhat hopeful in its harmonies and stringed accompaniment. It is the inly moment of optimism in the album. As it ends the… Read More »

Inter Arma - Sulphur English Album Cover Artwork
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Inter Arma – Sulphur English (, , )
18th April 2019 -

Opening with the curiously titled, Bumgardener, Inter Arma’s new album Sulphur English starts out brooding and intense. The first track proper, A Waxen Sea arrives as a doomy, crushing beast with surprisingly catchy refrains comprising its middle section. The vocals are reminiscent of the very heaviest that doom metal has to offer, bordering on death metal with their ferocious, low… Read More »

Devin Townsend - Empath Album Cover Artwork 800px
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Devin Townsend – Empath (, , , )
3rd April 2019 -

Devin Townsend is a hero to so many in the metal community. His extensive career is very well documented elsewhere, but for the first time in a long time, Devin has been out on his own for new album Empath, having called time on The Devin Townsend Project full band after its last album Transcendence. It is somewhat difficult to… Read More »