ALBUM REVIEWS

At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself
May 21, 2018 by Nikki Tuonela
It feels like we’ve been down this road before. It feels familiar, nostalgic. As soon as you hear the opening riff to the title track, [...]
Amorphis - New Album Cover
May 16, 2018 by Slayanys Maniax
Just when you thought AMORPHIS couldn’t get any more progressive after their previous album ‘Under The Red Cloud’, the ‘QUEEN OF TIME’ comes out to [...]
Ihsahn - Ámr
May 10, 2018 by Riffvader
I am not very familiar with progressive music in general, but with this being Ihsahn, I had to give it a try. One fact clearly [...]
Follow The Cipher - Follow The Cipher
May 9, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
It has been a while that I have seen a band releasing an album saying it’s power metal. But at the same time power metal [...]
Cavus - The New Era
May 8, 2018 by Riffvader
What an interesting and fresh take on Black Metal this is. Cavus surely made me hungry for more of their dark and soulful music. This [...]
Wrathrone - Reflections of Torment
May 2, 2018 by Riffvader
Once again we get assaulted by Finnish brutality – and this time Wrathrone made sure that I feel it into my core. Reflections of Torment [...]
Cauldron of Hate - Sickness
April 19, 2018 by Riffvader
It’s high time that we get a band like Cauldron of Hate, feeding us with something so vile and dark. Sickness surely is an album [...]
Gluttony - Cult of the Unborn
April 16, 2018 by Riffvader
Usually when I hear a band call themselves Old School Death Metal, I kind of feel like I should just avoid it, because it will [...]
Kalmah - Palo
April 9, 2018 by Riffvader
In all honesty, my first playthrough of Kalmah‘s new album, Palo, did not grab my attention much. Luckily I decided to listen to it some [...]
Alghazanth - Eight Coffin Nails
April 4, 2018 by Riffvader
When I first found out about the release of Eight Coffin Nails, I did not know that it will be Alghazanth’s final album release. After [...]
Stormr - Call of the Wild
March 28, 2018 by Riffvader
As a musician myself, I can’t help but to have respect for one man ventures like Stormr. It takes a lot of skill to create [...]
Cobra Speed Venom by The Crown
March 16, 2018 by Riffvader
Destroyed by Madness! I am the king of Chaos! What more do you need from Death Metal? The Crown only released this album today, and [...]
Avertia - Hundre og Helvete
March 13, 2018 by Riffvader
Once again Avertia proves that the Norwegians are born with Black Metal in their blood. I am personally not a big fan of modern Black [...]
Arch Enemy - Will To Power
March 6, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
When you hear the name Arch Enemy you automatically associate it with beautiful melodies, brutal vocals and fast pace drumming right? It is kind of [...]
Verikalpa - Taistelutahto
March 2, 2018 by Riffvader
Never have I wanted to raise a beer to the sky more than I did while listening to Verikalpa’s  Taistelutahto. These guys sure know how to [...]
Necrophobic
February 26, 2018 by Riffvader
The Swedes really stepped it up this year with yet another solid release – this time it is Necrophobic’s Mark of the Necrogram. I had [...]
Shiraz Lane - Carnival Days
February 24, 2018 by Jule Grune
The first time I came across Shiraz Lane was at South Park Festival in Tampere, Finland in 2016. This was a few months after the release of the [...]
Therion - Beloved Antichrist
February 21, 2018 by Riffvader
Listening to Therion brings back fond memories to me. They are one of the bands that introduced me to Extreme Metal with the brilliant Of [...]
Tribulation - Down Below
February 20, 2018 by Riffvader
It’s not often that you get a band like Tribulation, that combines the best of both worlds seamlessly. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this album since [...]
Avatar - Avatar Country
February 19, 2018 by Jule Grune
Sometimes you find good bands more by accident. In this case it was for me with Avatar. Only by researching for a festival I became [...]
Beast In Black - Berserker
February 19, 2018 by helvettia
Berserker is a debut album by Beast in Black – the band that already opened shows for Nightwish. Not everyone is lucky enough to do [...]
Hooded Menace - Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
February 13, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
Seeing the album cover with figures of darkness almost instantly gave me a warm feeling. Not being familiar with the entire back catalog of Hooded [...]
cyHra - Letters To Myself
February 12, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
I need to make a confession right here right now. When I heard Cyhra for the first time I wasn’t aware what band I was [...]
New Haven
February 12, 2018 by Daniel Ramos
“[…]This is not the way the world’s supposed to be.” The Chant is one of those bands one would wish to be more famous and [...]
Katatonia
February 11, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
The album starts with the first track “takeover” which reminds me  to the glorious “The Great Cold Distance” time. A soft vocal upon an aggressive [...]
S-Tool - Tolerance 0
January 13, 2018 by Tero Tolkki
S-Tool released their debut album “Tolerance 0” today September 15th and since I didn’t have a promo I only heard it today from Spotify. Now [...]
Stam1na - Viimeinen Atlantis
November 13, 2017 by Tero Tolkki
Stam1na…those jolly good fellows from Lemi, Finland are back with their 4th album “Viimeinen Atlantis“. I have always had a very close relation to Stam1na…I [...]
Wolfheart - Shadow World
August 15, 2015 by Tero Tolkki
As Tuomas Saukkonen, Wolfheart‘s frontman and founder told me once when I ran into him at Tavastia, “Same shit, different band.” He was referring to his previous [...]
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
March 27, 2015 by Tero Tolkki
‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful‘ is an album I was almost impatiently waiting for. I was a huge Tarja Turunen fan and after her departure from [...]
Shear - Katharsis
February 13, 2014 by Tero Tolkki
Oh boy…now this album is one tough mother.  Back in 2012 when Shear released their debut album “Breaking the Stillness” I was already then convinced [...]