Album Review: Spawn Of Possession – Incurso [8.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

It’s been more than five years since Swedish technical death metal band Spawn Of Possession released their last studio album “Noctambulant”. But the band is finally ready to release their third studio album, and Relapse Records debut “Incurso”. Expectations among fans have naturally risen due to this long gap, and to add further interest and curiosity, the band has undergone as many as four line-up changes since the aforementioned 2nd studio album was released. Continue reading “Album Review: Spawn Of Possession – Incurso [8.5 out of 10]”

Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Torture [9 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse are ready to unleash their twelfth studio album upon us. While I was always aware of and familiar with the band’s music as well as the album cover imagery they’ve depicted in the past, my perception of Cannibal Corpse changed completely after I saw them live for the first time. Continue reading “Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Torture [9 out of 10]”

Album Review: Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion [9.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Jeff Loomis’ new album has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year, not only among fans of his previous work, but also among guitar enthusiasts in general. This is his first release since parting ways with Nevermore, and his first solo effort since the 2008 release “Zero Order Phase”. Fans have been looking forward to see what Jeff has come up with as a solo artist this time, and how it would compare to his work in Nevermore. Continue reading “Album Review: Jeff Loomis – Plains Of Oblivion [9.5 out of 10]”

Review: Witchaven – Sacrificial Burnt Offering EP [9.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Witchaven is a blackened thrash metal band that has been around in the LA underground scene since 2006. Through sheer hard work and dedication, they have steadily risen in stature, venturing outside of LA and appearing at high-profile events like SXSW and Maryland Deathfest. They released their debut full-length “Terrorstorm” in 2010, and as a follow-up to that, their new 7-inch titled “Sacrificial Burnt Offering” was released a couple of days ago, on Friday the 13th. Continue reading “Review: Witchaven – Sacrificial Burnt Offering EP [9.5 out of 10]”

Album Review: Christian Mistress – Possession [10 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Olympia, Washington’s traditional metal quintet Christian Mistress will soon release “Possession”, their first album on Relapse Records. The band’s 2010 release “Agony & Opium” was simply fantastic, and songs like “Riding On The Edges”, “Home In The Sun” and “Poison Path” garnered them a reputation as one of the most impressive names in the gamut of bands that form the new wave of traditional heavy metal. Watching the band perform these songs live is one of my favorite memories of 2011. So, I was expecting great things from this follow-up album, and I’m glad to say that it meets these high expectations of mine. Continue reading “Album Review: Christian Mistress – Possession [10 out of 10]”

Album Review: Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression [8.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Australian extreme metal band Psycroptic are ready with their fifth studio album “The Inherited Repression”, their first album since September 2008 and the second on the Nuclear Blast label. I got introduced to the band when they opened up for Nile on a North American tour in late 2010, and was impressed by the manner in which they presented their material on stage. They’ve taken a lot longer to write this particular album as compared to the previous four, which only raised my expectations and heightened my anticipation for it. Continue reading “Album Review: Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression [8.5 out of 10]”