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Don't let this wonderful surprise, no doubt one of 2015's finest records, slip away under the tidal wave of vapid metal albums pretending to have a tenth of the quality of "Vessel."
- Read the full Trial - Vessel review
Riddle of Steel" is something extraordinary. Sons of Crom, this Swedish duo taking after the gods of epic heavy metal, is to this current age of metal what The Aeneid is to Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Read the full Sons of Crom - Riddle of Steel review
Morgoth joins countless death metal bands that were once dead but now walk the earth as revenants. The least I can say about "Ungod" is that it does not suck.
- Read the full Morgoth - Ungod review
I don't need to consult Dr. Phil to understand why I adore Ranger's "Where Evil Dwells." This type of raw, ravishing speed metal drools with feverish riffs and psychotic intensity through vocals which gnaw with wild tenacity.
- Read the full Ranger - Where Evil Dwells review
Overall, "Maximum Overload" is a Dragonforce album without the dumb fun or the sugary goodness of some of their other works. Instead, it's a snapshot of a band that is out of ideas and whose creativity has mostly devoured itself.
- Read the full Dragonforce - Maximum Overload review
I'm certain there is research in an esteemed academic journal somewhere indicating a strong correlation between newfangled thrash metal bands and keeling over on a piece of furniture out of sheer boredom.
- Read the full Angelus Apatrida - Hidden Evolution review
Trident is able to back up its talk on this four-song EP of authentic, grade-A blasphemy. "Shadows" is a rare piece of death/black metal that knows what it is and what it wants to be.
- Read the full Trident - Shadows review
Both bands give equal performances to make this split a winner. Neither group makes a case to be outrageously bold, nor do the songs throw a creative curveball at the listener, but the substance is here, and nothing else matters
- Read the full Agathocles and Satanic Malfuctions Split review
"Expectancy" features a variety of parts and measures to add to the group's lyrical journey from depression to anger, which is sort of reflected by the growls and the melancholy vocals.
- Read the full Tantal - Expectancy review
"Power from the Universe" is a swell piece of rock-orientated NWOBHM that holds a significant place in Battleaxe's role in British heavy metal lore. This is admirable stuff with the voltage of classic heavy metal alive and well
- Read the full Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue review
There is much to admire throughout "The Revenant King," as the traits of metallic juggernauts ranging from Battleroar to Manilla Road are echoed in its hour-long voyage of steely glory.
- Read the full Visigoth - The Revenant King review
Moonspell are an esoteric bunch in the slyest of ways, and that is what makes "Extinct" a foreseeable surprise. I don't recall this much of a goth rock foundation used on any of the band's prior offerings.
- Read the full Moonspell - Extinct review
"Suspended in the Brume of Eos" is something of towering significance among the ordinary clusters of metal groups that mostly rehash classic albums or pander to trends.
- Read the full Obqsequiae - Suspended in the Brume of Eos review
Melodic black metal cooked under Dissection's secret blend of spices is an infallible recipe. Thulcandra's style takes the frozen tremolo picking and melodically-charged black metal riffs and drives them to a land forlorn.
- Read the full Thulcandra - Ascension Lost review
To call "Dawn of the 5th Era" consistently capable of surpassing expectations would be giving it too much credit, however. Mors Principium Est's efforts define the sacred art of the frequency distribution
- Read the full Mors Principium Est - Dawn of the Fifth Era review
Downfall of Gaia's second album did not catch my attention until 2015 but if were to create a list of my favorite albums of 2014, I would give it the glorious honor of having a place on my list.
- Read the full Downfall of Gaia - Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay review
Every issue I had with the first Voices album has been cleared up-the blast beats have been reduced, the guitar work has more variety, the vocal styles are more effective. This is exceptional work.
- Read the full Voices - London review
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