Ryan Mikkelson

Harm’s Way: “Posthuman” Album Review

Harm’s Way make an impact statement with Posthuman, their first album for Metal Blade Records. The Chicago-based hardcore band continue to develop their unique, melodic industrial-influenced hardcore with 10 tracks of intense aggression. The theme of Posthuman centers around the world that remains after the human race has finished with it. Drummer Chris Mills states that it “… pulls from ideas of transcendence, progression, and resilience, and it’s very

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Beldam: “Pasung” Album Review

Beldam emerged from the murky waters of the sludge pool with 2016’s Still the Wretched Linger, an album that drew comparison to bands such as Eyehategod and High On Fire. With new lead singer Randall Guidry in tow and now making their home base in Seattle, they are back with their second album on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions entitled Pasung. The doom and despair from their

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Druid Lord: “Grotesque Offerings” Album Review

Druid Lord released their debut album, Hymns for the Wicked, in 2010.  The have appeared on a number of splits and EPs since Hymns, but fans finally get a full helping with Grotesque Offerings, their first release for Hells Headbangers Records. While their death metal counterparts, like Morbid Angel and Death, exhibit some thrash-inspired bits on their albums, Druid Lord approach their sound from the opposite end of the spectrum, actively relying

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MAMMüTH: “Outlander” Album Review

Norway’s MAMMüTH released their debut album Gone With the Wolves in 2012, and while the record didn’t generate much buzz upon arrival, its nine tracks were more than enough to proclaim that this five-piece band are serious about their craft. The band have been characterized as a mixture of stoner and sludge with a hint of prog thrown in for good measure. Five

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Avatar: “Avatar Country” Album Review

Avatar return with their seventh studio release, Avatar Country, and their second straight concept album. While 2016’s Feathers & Flesh centered around an owl bent on world vengeance, Avatar Country is the story of a stranger wielding a six-string axe who emerges as the leader of a once barren wasteland, and brings new life and prosperity to those who had gone so long without. “Glory to the

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Summoning: “With Doom We Come” Album Review

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien rejoice, for the patron saints of Middle Earth metal, Summoning, have released With Doom We Come, an eight-track, 65-minute opus that continues the band’s literary, black metal soundscapes. Those familiar with Summoning’s past efforts will immediately recognize the multi-layered keyboards and atmospheric style that have been present since day one. Once again, reverberating, synthesized drums and vocals lend a dream-like, ethereal

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Ryan Mikkelson’s Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2017

“Better late than never” is the best way I can describe the world of metal in 2017. Most of this year’s early releases made little or no impact on me, and it was just within the last few months I found albums that are worthy of inclusion on this year’s top 10. With that said, here’s what moved the needle

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Harm’s Way: “Posthuman” Album Review

Harm’s Way make an impact statement with Posthuman, their first album for Metal Blade Records. The Chicago-based hardcore band continue to develop their unique, melodic industrial-influenced hardcore with 10

Beldam: “Pasung” Album Review

Beldam emerged from the murky waters of the sludge pool with 2016’s Still the Wretched Linger, an album that drew comparison to bands such as Eyehategod and High On

mammuth - Outlander - Promo

MAMMüTH: “Outlander” Album Review

Norway’s MAMMüTH released their debut album Gone With the Wolves in 2012, and while the record didn’t generate much buzz upon arrival, its nine tracks were more than

Avatar - Avatar Country - Cover

Avatar: “Avatar Country” Album Review

Avatar return with their seventh studio release, Avatar Country, and their second straight concept album. While 2016’s Feathers & Flesh centered around an owl bent on world vengeance, Avatar Country is the

Summoning - With Doom We Come - Cover

Summoning: “With Doom We Come” Album Review

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien rejoice, for the patron saints of Middle Earth metal, Summoning, have released With Doom We Come, an eight-track, 65-minute opus that continues the band’s