Joseph Schafer

The Workhorse Chronicles: Matron Thorn

December 12, 2018

The prolific Matron Thorn of Ævangelist released six records in 2018 after a nearly-fatal medical emergency, and shows no signs of stopping.

The Workhorse Chronicles: Rogga Johansson

December 5, 2018

Rogga Johansson released eight records in 2018 alone, now he’s about to release his first solo LP.

Full Album Stream: Ævangelist – “Matricide in the Temple of Omega”

November 15, 2018

Ævangelist made something incomprehensible on their new album Matricide in the Temple of Omega—will you love it anyway?

Track Premiere: New Light Choir – ‘Grand Architect’

October 31, 2018

True metal storytellers New Light Choir channel classic metal ,paperback fantasy novels, and pure grit on their upcoming album Torchlight.

Track Premiere: Pale Divine – “Shades of Blue”

October 17, 2018

Pale Divine channel the roots of true doom on “Shades of Blue”.

Smart Metal, Smarter Lyrics: Horrendous

September 27, 2018

Matthew Knox of Horrendous unpacks the social commentary in ‘Idol’

Full Album Stream: Madder Mortem – ‘Marrow’

September 20, 2018

Norwegian proggers Madder Mortem pull out all the stops on Marrow.

Full Album Stream: Witch Ripper – ‘Homestead’

September 13, 2018

Seattle’s Witch Ripper make sophisticated, proggy sludge on their debut LP.

Full Album Stream: Owl – ‘We Are Made for Twilight’

September 5, 2018

Valborg members find gothic doom perfection on the long-awaited third LP by Owl.

Full Album Stream: Manes – ‘Slow Motion Death Sequence’

August 24, 2018

Norway’s Manes left black metal behind long ago, but their new album is an excellent mix of avant-garde rock and pop hooks.

Track Premiere: Crotals – ‘La Horde’

August 15, 2018

The Crotals hearken back to the golden age of early-aughts Eurosludge with the title track from their upcoming album.

Interview: Primal Fear’s Ralph Scheepers on New Album, ‘Apocalypse’

August 8, 2018

Germany’s power metal stalwarts Primal Fear discuss their best album in years, Apocalypse.

Track Premiere: Maligner – ‘Lust for Fire’

August 1, 2018

Sweden’s Malinger explode with furious deaththrash on “Lust for Fire.”

Track Premiere: Plaguewielder – “Howling Souls”

July 25, 2018

Ohio’s Plaguewielder earn their nihilism on “Howling Souls”, from their upcoming album ‘Surrender to the Void’.

Track Premiere: Void Ritual – “In the Depths”

July 18, 2018

The prolific Dan Jackson strikes again with a charitable slab of melodic, powerful black metal from Void Ritual’s upcoming album ‘Death is Peace’

Interview: Manuel Gagneax (Zeal and Ardor)

June 13, 2018

The groundbreaking singer and guitarist of Zeal and Ardor talks Billie Holiday, religion, politics, and the thinking behind his new album, ‘Stranger Fruit’

Bringing Metal Tourism From America to Japan

May 16, 2018

Bridging the gap between the Japanese extreme metal scene and the rest of the world.

The Top 5 “Sell Out” Thrash Songs

May 9, 2018

Decibel reconsiders five perfect songs from the “sell-out” age of thrash metal in the ’90s.

Full Album Stream: Advent of Bedlam – “Human Portal Phenomenon”

May 3, 2018

Advent of Bedlam find tech-death perfection on the Costa Ricans’ third full-length LP.

Premiere: Professor Black – ‘You Bastard!’ EP

May 2, 2018

The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind Dawnbringer and High Spirits returns with his first solo EP.

Track Premiere: Defiatory – ‘Metatron’

April 25, 2018

Swedish thrash upstarts deliver the goods with “Metatron” taken from their upcoming album ‘Hades Rising’.

Smoulder’s Doom Epic “Voyage of the Sun Chaser”

April 11, 2018

An interview with and song premiere of Toronto doom outfit Smoulder, whose debut cassette ‘The Sword Woman’ will be released on, you guessed it, 4/20.

Pharaoh Overlord Get Weird on “Meanwhile”

April 4, 2018

Finnish oddballs Pharaoh Overlord enlist Antti Boman of Demilich for a bit of psychedelic death.

Sample Systemik Viølence’s Speed

March 28, 2018

Portuguese metallipunk outfit Systemik Viølence brings the righteous fury, and a few fun samples, on their new EP, Systemik Viølence.