Posts By Andy O'Connor

Morbid Angel: Kingdoms Disdained

Morbid Angel’s ninth album sets the death metal band back on course. Featuring Trey Azagthoth’s molten solos, the band rediscover what they did well across their career and double down on it.

Expander: Endless Computer

With their vicious debut LP, Austin quartet Expander ascend to the Texas thrash pantheon, evoking familiar metal-punk sounds as well as dystopian sci-fi themes.

Metallica: Master of Puppets

In 1986, Metallica released inarguably one of the best metal records of all time. Newly remastered with live takes and demos, the album’s riffs, power, and mania remain as potent as ever.

Danzig: Danzig III: How the Gods Kill

On the third album he made with his biggest band, Glenn Danzig lived up to his larger-than-life metal-god myth in ways he’s rarely done since.

Acephalix: Decreation

Under the influence of French philosopher Simone Weil, the Oakland quartet Acephalix offer the immediate hook of classic death metal on their third full-length.

Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven

On the follow-up to 2014’s electronic departure, Celestite, the Olympia band stumble in the attempt to find their way back to classic black metal.

Sannhet: So Numb

Brooklyn trio Sannhet is an instrumental powerhouse. On So Numb, they shake loose of their black metal and post-rock roots, making heavy music with their own beautiful language.

Cloakroom: Time Well

Though longer and mellower, Cloakroom’s second album still has an anxious, open-ended feel. They take the appealing parts of a masculine pose without being wholly trapped by them.