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Kamelot: Silverthorn

Despite being a fresh face to hardcore Kamelot fans, Tommy Karevik will probably win over most of them with his faithful rendition of Roy Khan’s trademark vocals.

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Master: The New Elite

Regardless of the on-and-off nature of Master’s existence, Speckmann has been keeping his band’s underground spirit alive and continues to cement Master as an inimitable icon in the death metal underground.

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Why Deathspell Omega's Trilogy Has Changed the Face of Black Metal

The concept of a “trilogy” is such an overdone thing. Be it film trilogies, album trilogies, book trilogies, video game trilogies… we have all seen trilogies in various forms of entertainment media to the point of it becoming banal. At the end of the Deathspell Omega experience however, do not be alarmed if you wake up to find yourself in Silent Hill.

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Nominon: Monumentomb

If you are actually starting to think that the current Roadrunner roster is as metal as anything in the genre can possibly get, you are in severe need of a memory jolt.

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As I Lay Dying: Decas

Alas, this is an EP made to commemorate the San Diego metalcore titans’ 10th anniversary after all, so they have the perfect excuse to come out with a record made up of mostly bonus materials that would make a diehard fan happy but a casual listener shake his/her head in dismay.

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Anaal Nathrakh: Passion

Anaal Nathrakh is everything the main bulk of today’s extreme and experimental bands can never be. Not only are they superbly short on manpower, they redefine what it means to be ‘extreme’ or ‘experimental’.

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Whitechapel: Recorrupted

If Whitechapel had been aiming for something along the lines of a “brutal start” and a “contrastingly peaceful finish”, they are forgetting that their greatest appeal lies in being a death-core band, not a progressive-tech death metal band or something else along those lines.

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