Overkill – The Wings Of War
by Larry Best
Very few things in life are constant and eternal. There’s death, corruption, taxes, re-runs of Friends – and Overkill. They are probably my favourite band of all time, and thus I should be incredibly critical. But I can’t help it if the Jersey Devils keep cranking out gem after gem! Go buy The Wings Of War. The addition of ex-Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner has definitely had an impact on the amount of groove on this record. It’s balls-to-the-wall thrash metal, but with a heavy dose of groove that only Blitz and co. do this well.
A Novelist – Folie
by George Dan
Their independently released second album is as expressive and cohesive as technical music gets. Add the jazz influences, the use of saxophones, and a mind-bending concept and you’ve got one of the most unique records in the field.
Beast In Black – From Hell With Love
by Kane Paul Gagenparry
The Beast’s sophomore album stands far above anything that Anton Kabanen has produced thus far. They’ve taken their former 80s influence and brought it to the forefront, shamelessly blending it into their heavy metal foundation. The result is a synth-heavy, melody-driven, cheese-oozing pump up record that takes the title of a true champion.
Candlemass – The Door To Doom
by Jamie Cansdale
The return of Johan Längquist as
Saor – Forgotten Paths
by Nathan Hare
Is it any surprise the new Saor is excellent, considering how great 2016’s Guardians was? Everything that made that album so wonderful is also present on Forgotten Paths – the seamless integration of folk into atmospheric black metal, dynamic songs, and beautiful, haunting melodies.
Blackdeath – Phantasmhassgorie
by Shawn Miller
Rotting Christ – The Heretics
by Alex Melzer
The Greek black metallers have long transcended the placative shock factor of their name and their latest effort The Heretics manages to continue the band’s long-standing tradition of fusing melodic black metal with plenty of
Yerûšelem – The Sublime
by Giannis Panitsas
A slab of industrial pulses, ferocious beats and shrill guitars with a dose of clean vocals, drawing influence from Blut Aus Nord’s Cosmosophy, Yerûšelem’s debut is yet another twist in Vindsval’s discography, as it breaks into familiar territory but with a brand new perspective.
Booze Control – Forgotten Lands
by Dave Hodges
A surprising improvement over and above their previous efforts, Forgotten Lands takes Booze Control’s knack for writing catchy riffs to the next level whilst adding depth and variety to their songwriting.
Herman Frank – Fight The Fear
by Johnathan Smith
Like a fine wine, old school heavy metal only gets better with age, as do those who create it if German metal veteran Herman Frank is any indication. Following a brilliant 3 album stint with the reformed Accept and a strong showing with his own solo project a couple years ago in “The Devil Rides Out”, the man who helped give us “Balls To The Wall” has managed another brilliant showing with smoky, Coverdale-inspired vocalist Rick Altzi at the helm and all the heaviness a good old fashioned metallic assault with a modern production can provide. As he approaches the ripe age of 70, Frank proves that you’re never too old to crank the decibels into the stratosphere.
Can Bardd – The Last Rain
by Andrei Dan
With a sublime blend between atmospheric folk music, raw black metal and epic melodies, Can
Rhapsody Of Fire – The Eighth Mountain
by Alberto Mancini
Changing lineups is something potentially lethal for a band, especially when it comes to being still capable of writing quality albums. Despite having lost all its original members but one, Rhapsody of Fire