Dr. A.N. Grier

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Sarke – Endo Feight Review

Sarke – Endo Feight Review

“Renowned black metal bassist and drummer Sarke has been one busy dude lately. Last year, we saw a new Tulus record, and 2024 releases from Khold and Sarke. Nocturno Culto has also been quite busy, not only participating in Endo Feight but also dropping a new Darkthrone record this year. While I enjoyed the recent offerings from Tulus and Khold, I was one of a few reviewers who did not enjoy Darkthrone’s It Beckons Us All……. Thankfully, Sarke is the mastermind of his creation, so there’s no fear that this year’s offering will be bad.” Endo morphing.

Fool the Masses – It’s All Lost Review

Fool the Masses – It’s All Lost Review

“So, Germany’s Fool the Masses emailed the site in hopes that we would review their second full-length record, It’s All Lost. Not only that, but they directed the email to me—as if I’m the metalcore expert at AMG Headquarters. I was born well before that abomination of a genre first reared its ugly head and I’ve had to suffer through the Unearth’s and Trivium’s ever since. But Fool the Masses is unique because it has no drummer and employs a DJ to program the drums and add electronic flavorings in the mix. Yeah, I know, I’ve already lost 85% of you by this point.” Fools and masses.

Evergrey – Theories of Emptiness Review

Evergrey – Theories of Emptiness Review

“While many metalheads consider Evergrey’s tried and true sound to be going stale as of late, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) had some surprising new tidbits to their songwriting style. It includes gigantic orchestrations and harsh vocals (“Midwinter Calls”), fan-led chantings (“Save Me”), and a true album epic (“Heartless”) that does more than it should for its mere five-minute runtime. But, will the band continue to climb these heights of new inspiration, or revert to the standard fare that made up albums like Monday Morning Apocalypse and Glorious Collision?” How long is Ever and how Grey is today?

Evildead – Toxic Grace Review

Evildead – Toxic Grace Review

Though Evildead has existed since the late ’80s, most people recognize them by founding member and guitarist, Juan Garcia. After leaving Agent Steel in 1987 (and before his return in 1998), Garcia conceived a thrash outfit in Evildead. Though, many have asked, “why?” Dead by…dawn?

Unleash the Archers – Phantoma Review

Unleash the Archers – Phantoma Review

“After a two-part series where we saw Immortal converge through trials and tribulations, this year’s Phantoma tosses us into the future (12089, specifically) where AI rules supreme. Presumably inspired by the new wave of AI technologies out there, Unleash the Archers taps into those influences to create a hypersonic sci-fi soundtrack filled with a smattering of synthesized guitar leads and heavy keyboard action to deliver the power metal version of Skynet.” Archers in the machine.

ACOD – Versets noirs Review

ACOD – Versets noirs Review

“How I’ve never known about France’s ACOD is beyond me, and I heartily apologize to them because I’ve been having a hella good time with many of their releases. Beginning their career as a black/thrash outfit with metalcore tendencies, they began to explore Mephorash-meets-Septicflesh territories around the time of their 2018 release, The Divine Triumph. While there are thrashy moments, the songwriting is now predominantly massive string atmospheres, marching drumbeats, cranked-up bass work, and riff after motherfucking riff.” ACOD AOK.

The Vision Bleak – Weird Tales Review

The Vision Bleak – Weird Tales Review

“Utilizing Type O Negative-esque booming vocals, surprisingly heavy riffs, and bombastic key-driven atmospheres, every The Vision Bleak album is Gothic metal goodness that’ll leave your skin crawling, hands bloody, and eyes leaking. Funny enough, 2016’s The Unknown was the first time any album I reviewed was chosen as the RotM. These eight long years have been quiet, undoubtedly due to the band brewing their next horrific release. Now it’s here and it’s like nothing they’ve ever done before.” Weird is the new bleak.

Attic – Return of the Witchfinder Review

Attic – Return of the Witchfinder Review

“Mmmmmm… King Diamond-core. It’s been seven years since Attic delivered its top-form masterpiece, Sanctimonious. And now, They’re is back again to ensure I’m erect for the remainder of the year. This new record continues the trend the band has been on even before Kim Bendix Petersen was but a wily sperm in his father’s nutsack. Delivering no-frills, old-school Satanic heavy metal, this German quintet combines soaring falsettos, creepy organs, and Mercyful Fate-esque dueling guitar work to shape yet another hour’s worth of music.” Something’s alive up there.

Khold – Du dømmes til død Review

Khold – Du dømmes til død Review

“After being dormant for eight years, Khold surprised the masses in 2022 with their comeback album, Svartsyn. And boy did they come back in a big way—completely erasing 2014’s Til endes from my memory. Reformed with all the key players and even feistier than ever, these Norwegian giants had me so convinced of their greatest that they made it on old Grier‘s top-ten list. Nothing made me happier that year than hearing Gald’s signature snarl and Sarke’s punishing drum work. Hell, I would have been happy just to hear the album, much less love it the way I do. Two years later, it looks as if the band is sticking around because now we have this year’s Du dømmes til død.” You can’t spell Khold without “old”.