OZZMIUM: The New Heavy, January 7th – 21st, 2022


Underoath – Voyeurist


Released on Fearless Records

They’re back and, if not better than ever, they at least hold their own. Should anyone care, though?

Wilderun – Epigone


Released on Century Media

Fit For An Autopsy – Oh What The Future Holds


Released on Nuclear Blast Records

Messy and flat in parts but capable here and there of some truly great melodic passages.

Maule – Maule


Released on Cruz Del Sur Music

An album that is nothing more than the sum of its parts. The good news: The parts are Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The bad news: There’s no flair or finesse to it.

Shadow Of Intent – Elegy


Released on Nuclear Blast Records

Solid metalcore with those guttural vocals that hit home in just the right way.

Trenches – Reckoner


If you’re one of the dozen or so people who remember Trenches from 2008, then this follow-up is for you. Otherwise, there are other bands doing this better, both now and in the past 14 years.

OAR – The Blood You Crave


Released on Blighttown Records

Some bands turn “Freezing Moon” into an entire career and I think that’s fine.

Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road


Released on Century Media

The Belgian band (whose name is basically the Dutch term for SIDS) blasts some high-level black metal interspersed with a bent industrial aesthetic.

Worm Shepherd – Ritual Hymns


Released on Unique Leader Records

Flags a little in the back half but the first half is wall-to-wall blackened deathcore bangers.

Skillet – Dominion


Released on Atlantic Records

John Cooper is very afraid of cancel culture and wet ass pussy, but he should be afraid that he’s finally made the all-too-short slide into major label mediocrity.

Eliminator – Ancient Light


Released on Dissonance Records

I rolled my eyes in more than a few places but in the end it’s a pretty good Iron Maiden impression, and why hate on it?


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