If Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium can promise one thing, it's quality. Since the group's first major release in 2002, Insomnium have unleashed album after album of beautifully constructed metal, wooing hoards of fans along the way. The main question those fans have been pondering, however, is how 'Shadows of the Dying Sun' will stack up next to Insomnium's five prior full-length works.
After splitting in 1995, the legendary death metal band Autopsy reunited and released the very well received comeback album ‘Macabre Eternal’ in 2011. Last year’s ‘The Headless Ritual’ did not receive quite the same critical acclaim, although we thought it was pretty awesome. Now, less than a year after that album came out, Autopsy are back with the new full-length ‘Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves.’
Devil You Know are made up of several veteran musicians with solid pedigrees. Originally formed by guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and drummer John Sankey (Devolved, Divine Heresy), they rounded out the lineup with former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones, guitarist Roy Lev-Ari and bassist Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through).
The term ‘genius’ is thrown around pretty loosely in music, but in the case of Tom G. Warrior (Thomas Gabriel Fischer), the description is an apt one. From Hellhammer to Celtic Frost and now Triptykon, he has broken new musical ground again and again, and although all his forays haven’t been home runs (‘Cold Lake’ being the most obvious example), Warrior isn’t afraid to take risks.
Since the release of 'Focus' in 1993, Floridian technical death metal innovators Cynic have held onto the status of being an "elite" band. Few underground acts have been bestowed with such critical praise, but Cynic have always been ahead of their time. That sensibility is retained with the band's third full-length album, 'Kindly Bent To Free Us,' but the record is also certain to polarize Cynic fans for a host of reasons.