H - METAL CD LIST


Hacker - Breakthrough 1.5/5 (Russian-language heavy metal debut similar to Aria, Kipelov and Staya, but with weird progressive-like parts and average songs) - CLINT
Hadean - Parasite 4/5 Hadean Review - CLINT
Hades - Damnation 3/5 - CRAIG
Hades - The downside 3/5 - CRAIG
Hades - $avior$elf 3/5 - CRAIG
Hades - Exist to resist 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Hades - If at first you don't succeed 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Hades - Resisting success 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Hagalma - Sublevacion 2.5/5 (Colombian progressive/power metal debut with Spanish lyrics, a mix of styles, and a subpar production; a work in progress) - KIT
Haggard - Tales of Ithiria 4/5 (exceptional 4th CD of classically-influenced gothic/symphonic metal that contains a true "beauty and the beast" vocal style; their best so far) - CLINT
Haggard - Eppur si muove 3/5 (very symphonic 3rd CD like a mellower Therion; the deep voice of the male vocalist may steer some away) - CLINT
Haggard - Awakening the centuries 3/5 - CLINT
Haggard - And thou shalt trust... the seer 2.5/5 - CLINT
Halcyon Way - Building the towers (hopefully coming soon)
Halcyon Way - A manifesto for domination 2.5/5 (melodic groove metal debut from Georgia with nice vocals; too modern-rock sounding for me in places though) - KIT
Halford - Made of metal 3.5/5 (diversified smattering of formidable metal from the god) - MICHAEL
Halford - Winter songs 3/5 Halford Review - MICHAEL
Halford - Crucible 4/5 (excellent 2nd CD with varied songs, continuing Halford's strong metal comeback) - JOHN
Halford - Resurrection 3.5/5 - JOHN
Hallowed (Irl) - Forgotten people 2.5/5 (decent debut that's a blend of Thunderbolt, Iron Maiden and maybe Falconer) - CLINT
Hallowed (Ita) - s/t 3/5 (reissue of 80s Italian traditional metal act in line with NWOBHM and the Gama family of German bands) - KIT
Halloween - Terrortory 3/5 (Detroit rock city horrorhounds return with an incredible conceptual terror story; their 5th CD) - MICHAEL
Halloween - Horror fire 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Halloween - Victims of the night 3/5 - MICHAEL
Halloween - No one gets out 3/5 - MICHAEL
Halloween - Don't metal with evil 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hallow's Eve - The neverending sleep 2.5/5 (5th CD that's similar to 90s-era Overkill/Exodus, but it's a monumental dearth of insanity with terrible songwriting) - MICHAEL
Hallow's Eve - Evil never dies 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hallow's Eve - Monument 4/5 - MICHAEL
Hallow's Eve - Death & insanity 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hallow's Eve - Tales of terror 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Halor - Welcome to hell 3.5/5 (very catchy heavy/power metal debut in the style of Hammerfall and Dungeon, but with a dash of Cryonic Temple) - CLINT
Hamka - Unearth 4/5 Hamka Review - CLINT
Hammer - Mind crushing hammer (hopefully coming soon)
Hammer - SCHH-1 4/5 - MICHAEL
Hammer - Terror 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hammer - Shermann (hopefully coming soon)
Hammer - s/t 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hammer Fight - Chug of war 3/5 (Jersey power/thrash metal debut with some rock elements, for fans of Pro-Pain, Zero Down, Headlock, etc.) - MICHAEL
Hammer Horde - Vinlander 4/5 Hammer Horde Review - CREAG
Hammer Horde - Under the mighty oath 4/5 Hammer Horde Review - CREAG
Hammered - The beginning 3.5/5 (Italian power/thrash debut with promise; similar to Sabotage, Bud Tribe, Hyades and maybe Mesmerized; includes a Dream Theater cover) - MICHAEL
Hammerfall - Infected 3/5 (another good CD of heavy/power metal, but I'm pretty sure this band will never blow me away; their 8th CD) - CLINT
Hammerfall - Infected 3/5 Hammerfall Review - SEAN
Hammerfall - No sacrifice, no victory 3.5/5 (yet another standard CD from this heavy/power metal band, but the songs are very good and it's fairly enjoyable) - CLINT
Hammerfall - No sacrifice, no victory 3.5/5 Hammerfall Review - SEAN
Hammerfall - Threshold 3.5/5 (great 6th CD that contains a number of high-quality songs and is much more consistent than their previous CD) - CLINT
Hammerfall - Threshold 3.5/5 Hammerfall Review - SEAN
Hammerfall - Chapter V: Unbent, unbowed, unbroken 3/5 (5th CD that's consistently good but fails to take the band to the highest level) - CLINT
Hammerfall - Chapter V: Unbent, unbowed, unbroken 2.5/5 Hammerfall Review - DAVID
Hammerfall - Crimson thunder 3.5/5 (4th CD of German power metal that competes with their previous CDs) - CLINT
Hammerfall - Renegade 3/5 - CLINT
Hammerfall - Legacy of kings 4/5 - CLINT
Hammerfall - Glory to the brave 3/5 - CLINT
Hammerforce - Access denied 3.5/5 (thoroughly upbeat 2nd CD of keyboard-driven progressive power metal from Russia, but sung in English) - CLINT
Hammerforce - Dice 3.5/5 Hammerforce Review - CLINT
Hammeron - Nothin' to do but rock 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hammers of Misfortune - 17th street (hopefully coming soon)
Hammers of Misfortune - Fields/Church of broken glass (hopefully coming soon)
Hammers of Misfortune - The locust years (hopefully coming soon)
Hammers of Misfortune - The August engine 3/5 (unclassifiable sophomore CD from San Francisco innovators with more diversity than the debut) - KIT
Hammers of Misfortune - The bastard 3.5/5 - KIT
Hangar - Infallible 3.5/5 (very good 4th CD of Brazilian power metal with a few progressive parts; not quite as strong as the previous 'The reason of your conviction' though) - CLINT
Hangar - The reason of your conviction 3.5/5 (great 3rd CD of Brazilian power metal with progressive elements; similar to Endless, Shaman, Eyes of Shiva and Angra) - CLINT
Hangar - Inside your soul 2.5/5 - CLINT
Hangar - Last time 1/5 - CLINT
Hanging Doll - The sacred and profane 2.5/5 (disappointing 2nd CD of symphonic/gothic metal with ďbeauty and the beastĒ vocals; lacks catchy songs, and isnít at the debutís level) - CLINT
Hanging Doll - Reason & madness 3.5/5 (strong female fronted symphonic/gothic metal debut with some occasional male/death vocals; maybe comparable to Whyzdom) - CLINT
Hanker - Conspiracy of mass extinction 4/5 Hanker Review - KIT
Hanker - Web of faith 3.5/5 Hanker Review - KIT
Hanker - Snakes and ladders 3.5/5 - KIT
Hanker - The dead ringer 3/5 - KIT
Hanker - In our world (hopefully coming soon)
Harbinger - Doom on you 4/5 (raw but endearing high-octane retro metal debut from Michigan; like Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden meets Savage Grace and Abattoir) - KIT
Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath 4.5/5 Harmony Review - CLINT
Harmony - Dreaming awake 3/5 - CLINT
Harter Attack - Human hell 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hartmann - Balance (hopefully coming soon)
Hartmann - III 4/5 (ex-At Vance singerís 3rd and best solo CD, which is slightly heavier than his previous and will please fans of melodic metal/rock and AOR) - SEAN
Hartmann - Home 3/5 (underrated vocalist Oliver Hartmann pours out his soul on his 2nd solo melodic metal/AOR CD, and itís entertaining and heartfelt) - SEAN
Hartmann - Out in the cold 3/5 Hartmann Review - DAVID
Hatchery - Forced to fight 3/5 (fierce thrash in the style of Hexen, Exmortus, Fueled by Fire and Sylencer; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
Hatchery - Birth of a bomb 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hatchet - Awaiting evil 3.5/5 (promising Bay Area thrash debut which reminds me of Devastation meets early Wrathchild America and Vio-lence) - MICHAEL
H.A.T.E. - Inject the infection 3/5 (2nd CD of heavy-duty Ohio metal on Auburn Records; some tunes get too groovy/modern, but I love the "Swords and tequila" cover) - KIT
H.A.T.E. - Metal forever 3/5 (debut that's billed as classic 80s metal, but it actually combines that style with some 90s groove; features current Breaker vocalist) - KIT
Hate Squad - Katharsis 3/5 (aggressive metal with a strong European German thrash vibe and elements similar to Sepultura, Rumble Militia and Dew-Scented) - MICHAEL
Hate Squad - Deguello wartunes (hopefully coming soon)
Hate Squad - H8 for the masses (hopefully coming soon)
Hate Squad - Pzyco! (hopefully coming soon)
Hate Squad - I.Q. zero (hopefully coming soon)
Hate Squad - Theater of hate (hopefully coming soon)
Haterush - Baptised in fire 3.5/5 Haterush Review - KIT
Haterush - Mark of the warrior 3/5 (catchy, anthemic, albeit predictable power metal debut from Sweden) - KIT
Hateseed - Hate comes crawling 3/5 Hateseed Review - CLINT
Hatred - Dark trauma 3/5 (2nd CD of thrashy Greek power metal with Sentenced-style vocals; too schizophrenic, with groove, modern, death and gothic elements) - KIT
Hatred - Eternal rest in peace (hopefully coming soon)
Hatrik - The beast 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hatriot - Heroes of origin 4/5 (debut that has Zetro returning with his sons and delivering the Exodus CD weíve all been waiting for, so patiently!) - MICHAEL
Hatrix - Collisioncoursewithnoplace 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hatrix - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - Unseen 2.5/5 (lackluster CD trying to slow things down but still keeping that death groove, what a shame; In Flames still have it, at least!) - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - Versus 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - The dead eye 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - rEVOLVEr 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - One kill wonder 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - Make me do it 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haunted (The) - s/t 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Have Mercy - The years of mercy 4/5 (excellent compilation from this incredible but unsigned speed metal band from the late-80s) - MICHAEL
Haven - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Haven - Age of darkness 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Haven - Your dying day 3/5 - MICHAEL
Havochate - Cycle of pain 3/5 (modern thrash featuring Greg Christian of Testament, and it's similar to Nevermore or Temple of Brutality; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
Havochate - This violent earth 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Havok - Time is up 4/5 Havok Review - KIT
Havok - Burn 3.5/5 (skilled retro-thrash debut heavily influenced by early Testament and Metallica, with a dash of Slayer; perhaps comparable to Evile) - KIT
Hawaii - The natives are restless 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hawaii - One nation underground 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hawk - Let the metal live (hopefully coming soon)
Hawk - s/t 3.5/5 - KIT
Hazy Hamlet - Forging metal 3.5/5 Hazy Hamlet Review - KIT
HB - Piikki lihassa/The Jesus metal explosion 2.5/5 HB Review - CLINT
HB - Enne/Frozen inside 4/5 HB Review - CLINT
HB - Uskon puolesta/The battle of God 3/5 - CLINT
H-Bomb - Attaque 3/5 - MICHAEL
Headline - Duality 3/5 (good 3rd CD of female fronted progressive power metal, but with inconsistent vocals and song quality) - CLINT
Headline - Voices of presence 3/5 - CLINT
Headline - Escape 3/5 - CLINT
Headhaunter - Fueled by chaos 3/5 (decent Dutch thrash with aspects of Slayer, Dark Angel, Sacred Reich and Exodus, but the vocals can be a detriment) - MICHAEL
Headhaunter - Visions of paranoia 3/5 - MICHAEL
Headhunter - Parasite of society (hopefully coming soon)
Headhunter - Rebirth 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Headhunter - A bizarre gardening accident 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Headhunter - Parody of life 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Headless Beast - Forced to kill 3.5/5 (surprisingly accomplished traditional metal debut comparable to Pegazus, Son of a Bitch, Killers and Paragon) - MICHAEL
Headlock - It found me 3/5 - MICHAEL
Headstone Epitaph - Powergames 4/5 (outstanding 3rd CD of classy power metal with an amazing vocalist) - CLINT
Headstone (Epitaph) - Wings of eternity 3.5/5 - CLINT
Headstone (Epitaph) - Without the slightest qualm 3/5 - CLINT
Heathen - The evolution of chaos 4.5/5 Heathen Review - KIT
Heathen - Victims of deception 5/5 - KIT
Heathen - Breaking the silence 4.5/5 - KIT
Heathendom - The symbolist (hopefully coming soon)
Heathendom - Nescience 3.5/5 Heathendom Review - KIT
Heavatar - All my kingdoms 3.5/5 Heavatar Review - SEAN
Heaven & Hell - The Devil you know 3.5/5 Heaven & Hell Review - CREAG
Heaven Rain - Second sun 3/5 (enjoyable 2nd CD of keyboard-filled power metal; contains a new/female vocalist whose vocals took some time to grown on me) - CLINT
Heaven Rain - Far and forever 3/5 (power metal debut with instrumentals, plenty of speed, lots of keys and a progressive feel in spots; like a mix of Airborn and Arachnes) - CLINT
Heavenblast - Flashback 3.5/5 Heavenblast Review - CLINT
Heavenblast - s/t 2.5/5 - CLINT
Heavenfall (Ger) - 7 sins 3.5/5 (really good progressive power metal debut with catchy songs, and itís definitely recommended to major fans of Lanfear) - CLINT
Heavenfall (Ita) - Falling from heaven 3.5/5 Heavenfall Review - CLINT
Heavenfalls - Reality in chaos 3/5 Heavenfalls Review - CLINT
Heavenfalls - Ethereal dreams 2/5 - CLINT
Heavenlust - Gate of endless dreams 3/5 Heavenlust Review - CLINT
Heavenly - Carpe diem 3.5/5 (enjoyable 4th CD from this power metal band, but it's a bit inconsistent both musically and vocally) - CLINT
Heavenly - Carpe diem 3/5 Heavenly Review - SEAN
Heavenly - Virus 3.5/5 (4th CD that's a lot faster/exciting when compared to their previous and more symphonic CD, but the vocals bring the overall quality down) - CLINT
Heavenly - Virus 3.5/5 Heavenly Review - SEAN
Heavenly - Dust to dust 4/5 (very well played 3rd CD that's a bit more symphonic and has more of a song variety; their best CD to date!) - CLINT
Heavenly - Sign of the winner 3/5 - CLINT
Heavenly - Coming from the sky 2/5 - CLINT
Heaven's Force - Aggressive angel 3/5 (compilation, a mix of demos on one short CD from this Christian thrash act a la Tourniquet, Deliverance and Haven) - MICHAEL
Heavens Gate - Menergy 2/5 - KIT
Heavens Gate - Planet E. 4/5 - KIT
Heavens Gate - Hell for sale! 3/5 - KIT
Heavens Gate - Livin' in hysteria 4.5/5 - KIT
Heavens Gate - In control 4/5 - KIT
Heaven's Guardian - D.O.L.L. (hopefully coming soon)
Heaven's Guardian - Strava 1/5 - KIT
Heavy Load - Stronger than evil 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Heavy Load - Death or glory 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Heavy Load - Full speed at high level 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hedda - The storm 4/5 Hedda Review - CRAIG
Heed - The call 2.5/5 (riffy power metal debut with former Lost Horizon vocalist that could use more melody) - JOHN
Heel - Chaos and greed 3/5 Heel Review - CLINT
Heel - Evil days 2/5 Heel Review - CLINT
Heidevolk - Batavi 4/5 (4th CD of unique dual-voiced Dutch-language folk metal that's a touch darker/heavier than previous output, but still killer) - KIT
Heidevolk - Uit oude grond 4/5 (3rd CD that's superb and unique Dutch-language folk metal with tremendous songs; their strongest CD to date) - KIT
Heidevolk - Walhalla wacht 4/5 Heidevolk Review - KIT
Heidevolk - De strijdlust is geboren 3/5 - KIT
Heimdall - Aenied 4/5 (Italian power metal band finally returns with an awesome 5th CD, but ĎThe almightyí is probably still my favorite thus far) - CLINT
Heimdall - Hard as iron 3.5/5 (strong 4th CD from this epic Italian power metal band, but doesn't quite match their previous CD 'The almighty') - CLINT
Heimdall - Hard as iron 3/5 Heimdall Review - CRAIG
Heimdall - The almighty 4/5 - CLINT
Heimdall - The temple of theil 2.5/5 - CLINT
Heimdall - Lord of the sky 2/5 - CLINT
Heir Apparent - One small voice 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Heir Apparent - Graceful inheritance 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Heir of Destiny - A new day 1.5/5 Heir of Destiny Review - CLINT
Helangar - Kwin'tes sens (hopefully coming soon)
Helangar - Schlafes bruder (hopefully coming soon)
Helangar - Evening in Valhalla 3/5 - MICHAEL
Helgrind - Inquisition 3.5/5 (I know what their name means, but these U.K. ragers are insinuating their devotion to Seventh Angel, Grinder and Hellbastard) - MICHAEL
Helgrind - Religious persecution (hopefully coming soon)
Helgrind - Denial (hopefully coming soon)
Helicon - Mysterious skipjack 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Helicon - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Heljareyga - s/t 4.5/5 Heljareyga Review - KIT
Helker - Somewhere in the circle 4/5 Helker Review - SEAN
Helker - A.D.N. (hopefully coming soon)
Helker - Resistir (hopefully coming soon)
Helker - Legado secreto (hopefully coming soon)
Hell - Human remains 4.5/5 Hell Review - CREAG
Hellbastard - The need to kill 3.5/5 (triumphant return from U.K. thrashcore crustlords, now more metal than ever; similar to Warfare, English Dogs and Venom) - MICHAEL
Hellbastard - The good go first... hate militia (hopefully coming soon)
Hellbastard - Blood, fire and hate (hopefully coming soon)
Hellbastard - Natural order (hopefully coming soon)
Hellbastard - Heading for internal darkness (hopefully coming soon)
Helldorados - s/t 3.5/5 (solid debut from German band in the Swedish sleaze style of Hardcore Superstar, with a pinch of German grit a la Gun Barrel) - KIT
Hellfighter - Damnation's wings 4/5 Hellfighter Review - KIT
Hellfire - Requiem for my bride 3/5 (well done conceptual razor-sharp melodic thrash with quirky vocals; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Hellfire - Recoffination (hopefully coming soon)
Hellfueled - Emission of sins 3/5 (Swedish Ozzy clones return with their 4th CD, which is not as strong as 'Memories in black', but still has catchy hooks/riffs) - MICHAEL
Hellfueled - Memories in black 2.5/5 (3rd CD that's a less than spectacular follow-up in the style of Black Label Society, Ozzy and W.A.S.P.) - MICHAEL
Hellfueled - Born ll rock 3/5 (2nd CD for fans of Ozzy 'No rest for the wicked' era and any band by Zakk Wylde) - MICHAEL
Hellfueled - Volume one 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hellhound (Jpn) - Let metal rule the world (hopefully coming soon)
Hellhound (Jpn) - Metal fire from hell 4/5 Hellhound Review - MICHAEL
Hellhound (Jpn) - Tokyo flying v massacre 4/5 (killer 80s speed metal debut from Japan, a la Metalucifer, Raven, Metal Inquisitor, Satanica and Exciter) - MICHAEL
Hellhound (U.S.) - Anthology 3/5 (Stormspell Records compilation from Bay Area bangers for fans of Have Mercy, Exodus, Armored Saint and Redrum) - MICHAEL
Hellion - Will not go quietly 1/5 - CRAIG
Hellion - The black book 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Hellion - Screams in the night 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Hellish Crossfire - Bloodrust scythe 3.5/5 (near awesome evil retro-deathrash a la Sodom, Darkness, Deathrow, Atlain and Iron Angel; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
Hellish Crossfire - Slaves of the burning pentagram 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hellish War - Heroes of tomorrow 4/5 (excellent follow-up to their 'Defenders of metal' debut; lots of intense riffage, killer leads and catchy choruses) - MICHAEL
Hellish War - Defender of metal 3/5 - MICHAEL
Helloise - Fata morgana 4/5 - MICHAEL
Helloise - A time and a place for everything 3/5 - MICHAEL
Helloise - Polarity 3/5 - MICHAEL
Helloise - Cosmogony 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hellowed - The night of the reaper 3/5 Hellowed Review - CLINT
Helloween - Straight out of hell 4/5 (while the song titles make you wonder if the band is writing lyrics with babelfish, the music is as strong as any CD from the Deris era) - CRAIG
Helloween - 7 sinners 3.5/5 (consistent with the bandís past 17 years of CDs, with all of the strength and weaknesses that implies) - CRAIG
Helloween - Gambling with the devil 4/5 (definitely one of the most solid Helloween CDs in years) - CRAIG
Helloween - Gambling with the devil 4.5/5 Helloween Review - SEAN
Helloween - Keeper of the seven keys/The legacy 3.5/5 (another strong CD from this long-running band) - CRAIG
Helloween - Keeper of the seven keys/The legacy 3.5/5 Helloween Review - DAVID
Helloween - Rabbit don't come easy 2/5 (featuring some excellent catchiness, but otherwise reflecting weaknesses of post Hansen/Kiske era) - CRAIG
Helloween - The dark ride 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Better than raw 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - The time of the oath 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Master of the rings 3/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Chameleon 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Pink bubbles go ape 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Keeper of the seven keys pt. II 5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Keeper of the seven keys pt. I 5/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - Walls of Jericho 4/5 - CRAIG
Helloween - The keepers of Jericho ll/A tribute to Helloween 3.5/5
Helloween - The keepers of Jericho l/A tribute to Helloween 4.5/5
Hellraiser - 03 (hopefully coming soon)
Hellraiser - No brain no pain 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hellraiser - We'll bury you! 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hellrazor (Can) - Feel the sting 3.5/5 (good female fronted traditional metal debut, like a more polished Sister Sin, Phoenix Reign or Twyster) - KIT
Hellrazor (U.S.) - In the wild 3.5/5 Hellrazor Review - KIT
Hellrider - s/t 3/5 (epic power metal debut from Columbia thatís comparable to Hellish War, Ritual Steel, Metalsteel, Vorpal Nomad, and so on) - MICHAEL
Hell's Thrash Horsemen - Going sane 3/5 (2nd CD of Russian aggro speed that needs some work, and their name evokes more than they deliver) - MICHAEL
Hell's Thrash Horsemen - Till violence (hopefully coming soon)
Helltown - Lead to hell 4/5 Helltown Review - CRAIG
Hellwitch - Omnipotent convocation 3.5/5 (2nd CD of techno-thrash with killer hooks and razor riffs; for fans of Pestilence, Cynic, Believer and Atheist) - MICHAEL
Hellwitch - Syzygial miscreancy 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Helreidh - Fragmenta 3/5 (solid but way overdue 3rd CD from this Italian progressive power metal band; similar to Night Cloudís debut ĎDefeated by the innocentsí) - CLINT
Helreid - Fingerprints of the gods 3/5 (Italian band's 2nd CD that leans to the progressive side, like a lighter Heraldry, Wonderland or Concept) - CLINT
Helreid - Memoires 2.5/5 - CLINT
Helstar - Glory of chaos 3/5 (good 7th CD, but it lacks the classic Helstar neo-classical feel and canít compete with many of the recent thrash masterpieces) - CRAIG
Helstar - The king of hell 4/5 Helstar Review - CRAIG
Helstar - Multiples of black 3/5 - CRAIG
Helstar - Nosferatu 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Helstar - A Distant Thunder 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Helstar - Remnants of war 3/5 - CRAIG
Helstar - Burning star 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Helvetets Port - Exodus to hell 3/5 (Swedish traditional metal debut like Overdrive, Heavy Load, Picture and Helloise; suffers from a poor production) - MICHAEL
Hemisphere - Mind's door 2.5/5 (Italian power metal debut with some neo-classical parts and a progressive feel) - CLINT
Heonia - Winsome scar 3/5 (debut of heavy, lightly crunchy, dense melodic metal with progressive touches, penetrating female vocals and some death vocals) - CHRIS
Herald - Gaia (hopefully coming soon)
Herald - Heavy metal wakes the beast 3.5/5 (ripping true metal debut from Estonia with gruff vocals and killer teutonic riffs a la Rebellion or Grave Digger) - KIT
Heraldry - Delirium (hopefully coming soon)
Heraldry - Shadows of the ancient skies 3.5/5 (very memorable debut that's a cross between Wonderland and Skylark) - CLINT
Heralds of the Sword - Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sword sworn 3.5/5 Heralds of the Sword Review - CLINT
Heretic - A time of crisis 3/5 (I tend to act on impulse, but even I have my breaking point, and this 2nd CD doesnít puncture new boundaries or paint a portrait of true faith) - MICHAEL
Heretic - Breaking point 3/5 - MICHAEL
Herlighet - A warrior never dies 3/5 (haunting "beauty and the beast" style symphonic/gothic/death metal debut a la Eeriness, Via Mistica, Penumbra and Even Song) - CLINT
Heritage - Crisis of human race 2.5/5 (decent Japanese power metal debut in the style of Prophesia, Azrael, Atomic Tornado, Guiltys Law, Knights of Round, Gravity, etc.) - CLINT
Heroik - Heart of battle 3/5 Heroik Review - CLINT
Hessler - Comes with the territory 3/5 Hessler Review - MICHAEL
Hexen - Being and nothingness 3.5/5 (2nd CD from this intense technical thrash act from California who write amazing riffs and provocative lyrics a la Death Angel) - MICHAEL
Hexen - State of insurgency 3/5 (debut of decent thrash with killer solos; reminds me of Laaz Rockit, Atrophy and Sacred Reich) - MICHAEL
Hexenhaus - Dejavoodoo 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hexenhaus - Awakening 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hexenhaus - The edge of eternity 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hexenhaus - A tribute to insanity 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hexfire - The fire of redemption 3.5/5 Hexfire Review - MICHAEL
Hexx - Morbid reality 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hexx - Under the spell 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hexx - No escape 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hibria - Blind ride 4/5 Hibria Review - KIT
Hibria - The skull collectors 4/5 (impressive 2nd CD from Brazilian power-speed metal kings; just a notch below the debut, but "Tiger punch" rules) - KIT
Hibria - Defying the rules 3/5 (solid, catchy and crunchy European power metal debut) - JOHN
Hibria - Defying the rules 4.5/5 Hibria Review - KIT
Hideweaver - Silver bullet 3.5/5 (debut of Italian heavy metal thatís good with strong songwriting and catchy songs, but with a few small flaws and inconsistencies) - SEAN
High Spirits - Another night 4.5/5 High Spirits Review - KIT
High Spirits - s/t 4/5 (outstanding throwback raw American rockin' metal compilation; an absolute must for fans of Zuul, Superchrist, Slough Feg, etc.) - KIT
Highland Glory - Twist of faith 3/5 Highland Glory Review - SEAN
Highland Glory - Forever endeavour 4/5 Highland Glory Review - DAVID
Highland Glory - From the cradle to the brave 3/5 - DAVID
Highlord - The death of the artists 4/5 (surprisingly excellent and fast-paced 6th CD from this Italian power metal band; definitely better than their previous few CDs) - CLINT
Highlord - Instant madness 3/5 Highlord Review - CLINT
Highlord - Medusa's coil 3.5/5 - CLINT
Highlord - Breath of eternity 4.5/5 - CLINT
Highlord - When the aurora falls 4/5 - CLINT
Highlord - Heir of power 1.5/5 - CLINT
Highway Killer - Lost metal tales 3/5 (debut containing new recordings of 20-year-old songs in the classic German style; like Unrest meets Gun Barrel) - KIT
Hildr Valkyrie - Shield brothers of Valhalla 3.5/5 (mesmerizing female fronted atmospheric/folk metal debut comparable to Fearlight, Alkonost and Orkrist) - CLINT
Hirax - El rostro de la muerte 3.5/5 (consistent hyperthrash from Katon and company, with some reworked gems; picture Sam Kinison singing for Slayer) - MICHAEL
Hirax - The new age of terror 3.5/5 Hirax Review - KIT
Hirax - The new age of terror 3.5/5 (4th CD of killer thrash, but it's their last full-length) - MICHAEL
Hirax - Barrage of noise 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hirax - Hate, fear and power 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hirax - Raging violence 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hittman - Vivas marchina 1.5/5 - JOHN
Hittman - s/t 4/5 (a classic debut of awesome melodic U.S. power metal) - JOHN
Hizaki Grace Project - Dignity of crest 3.5/5 (great Japanese symphonic power metal debut that features members of Versailles) - CLINT
Hjallarhorn - Iron clad soldiers 2/5 (average run of the mill thrash debut, and I'm amazed it was signed to Pure Steel Records!) - MICHAEL
Hoax - Brainstorm at dawn (hopefully coming soon)
Hoax - Pressure (hopefully coming soon)
Hoax - Ego eater 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hobbs' Angel of Death - Inheritance 2/5 - MICHAEL
Hobbs' Angel of Death - s/t 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
H.O.D. - Surge kill steal 4/5 H.O.D. Review - CREAG
H.O.D. - Beer, bitches, blood 4.5/5 H.O.D. Review - CREAG
Holland - Early warning 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hollenthon - Opus magnum 3.5/5 (long-awaited yet very strong 3rd CD that will please fans of their first 2 CDs) - CLINT
Hollenthon - Opus magnum 4/5 Hollenthon Review - CREAG
Hollenthon - With vilest of worms to dwell 4/5 (very original 2nd CD blending symphonic metal, death metal and folk metal; awesome!) - CLINT
Hollenthon - Domus mundi 3/5 - CLINT
Hollow - Architect of the mind 3.5/5 (2nd CD of crunchy/catchy progressive power metal) - CLINT
Hollow - Modern cathedral 3/5 - CLINT
Hollow Breed - s/t 4/5 Hollow Breed Review - KIT
Hollow Haze - Poison in black (hopefully coming soon)
Hollow Haze - End of a dark era (hopefully coming soon)
Hollow Haze - The hanged man (hopefully coming soon)
Hollow Haze - s/t 3.5/5 (Italian debut that is reminiscent of a more melodic, less thrashy version of recent Eldritch) - KIT
Holocaust - Primal (hopefully coming soon)
Holocaust - The courage to be (hopefully coming soon)
Holocaust - Covenant (hopefully coming soon)
Holocaust - Spirits fly 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holocaust - Hypnosis of birds 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holocaust - No man's land 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holocaust - The nightcomers 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holocross - Hypercaust 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holocross - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holosade - Hell house 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Cross - Under the flag 3.5/5 (debut that's France's answer to Hellish War, but there are hints of early Heavenly and Agressor present too) - MICHAEL
Holy Danger - One way 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Dragons - Zerstorer (hopefully coming soon)
Holy Dragons - Runaway 12 (hopefully coming soon)
Holy Dragons - Iron mind 4/5 (Kazakhstani true speed metal vets are no longer Blind Guardian clones, but remain excellent and interesting) - KIT
Holy Dragons - Labyrinth of illusions 3.5/5 (dependable Kazakhstan speed/power veterans return with an experimental CD that still bears most of their trademarks) - KIT
Holy Dragons - Black moon rising 4/5 Holy Dragons Review - KIT
Holy Dragons - Wolves of Odin 4/5 Holy Dragons Review - KIT
Holy Dragons - Gotterdammerung 4/5 - KIT
Holy Dragons - Judgement day 3.5/5 - KIT
Holy Dragons - Thunder in the night 3/5 - KIT
Holy Dragons - House of the winds (hopefully coming soon)
Holy Dragons - Rock ballads (hopefully coming soon)
Holy Dragons - Dragon steel (hopefully coming soon)
Holy Force - s/t 3.5/5 (pulsating power and majesty debut comparable to Reinxeed, Divinefire and Narnia, but also Skylark and Thy Majestie) - MICHAEL
Holy Grail - Ride the void 4.5/5 Holy Grail Review - CRAIG
Holy Grail - Crisis in utopia 4/5 Holy Grail Review - CRAIG
Holy Knights - Between daylight and pain 3.5/5 (way-overdue 2nd CD of Italian symphonic power metal; not as memorable as the debut, but itís great to have them back) - CLINT
Holy Knights - Gate through the past 4/5 (fantastic Italian symphonic power metal debut that's like a less epic Rhapsody) - CLINT
Holy Martyr - Invincible 4/5 Holy Martyr Review - CREAG
Holy Martyr - Hellenic warrior spirit 4/5 Holy Martyr Review - CREAG
Holy Martyr - Still at war 3.5/5 Holy Martyr Review - CREAG
Holy Moses - Agony of death 3.5/5 (speed/thrash metal band returns; the queen Sabina has not finished with her dogs and I'm confident early fans will agree) - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Strength power will passion 2.5/5 (thrashy comeback with Tom Angelripper from Sodom doing a duet with Sabina on the last track) - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Disorder of the order 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - No matter what's the cause 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Reborn dogs 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Terminal terror 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - World chaos 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - The new machine of Lichtenstein 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Finished with the dogs 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Moses - Queen of Siam 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - Agoraphobia 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - My world war 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - Criminal afterlife 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - Toxic rain 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - Tabloid crush 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Mother - s/t 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Soldier - Encore 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Soldier - Promise man 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Soldier - Last train 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Soldier - s/t 4/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Terror - Mind wars 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holy Terror - Terror and submission 3/5 - MICHAEL
Holyhell - s/t 3.5/5 (very good female fronted power metal debut that's lightly symphonic and contains enough speed to satisfy power metal fans) - CLINT
Horcas - Reviviendo huestes 3/5 (Argentinians celebrate their 20th anniversary with a semi-thrash return to their roots, a la Warcry, Avalanch or Tierra Santa) - MICHAEL
Horcas - Asesino 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - Demencial 3/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - Eternos 3/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - Vence 3/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - Old mortales el grito sangrado 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Horcas - Reinara la tempestad 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Horde (The) - Thy blackened reign 2.5/5 (debut from Stormspell Records that's not typical of the label, as it crosses over into the blackened thrash variety) - MICHAEL
Horizon - Worlds apart 1/5 (2nd CD of melodic power metal that offers nothing more than a few decent songs) - CLINT
Horizon - The sky's the limit 1.5/5 - CLINT
Horrifier - Grim fate 3/5 (American riffy power/thrash debut strongly in the mold of Iced Earth or Warmachine; great music, but limited vocals) - KIT
Horrorscope - Delicioushell (hopefully coming soon)
Horrorscope - Evoking demons (hopefully coming soon)
Horrorscope - The crushing design 2.5/5 (chunky raspy Polish thrash sometimes reminiscent of a more bludgeoning, less melodic Annihilator) - KIT
Horrorscope - Pictures of pain (hopefully coming soon)
Horrorscope - Wrong side of the road (hopefully coming soon)
H.O.S. - The beginning 3/5 (intimidating deathrash debut for fans of Demolition Hammer, Sofisticator, Roarback, Polandís Snake Eyes, etc.) - MICHAEL
Hot, Emir - Sevdah metal 3/5 (guitarist's solo debut of neo-classical melodic/power metal; has a fair amount of speed and features John West on vocals) - CLINT
Hourglass S.O.E. - Journey to infinity 2/5 (Greek demo-level true metal debut that would've rocked with a decent vocalist) - KIT
Hour of 13 - 333 (hopefully coming soon)
Hour of 13 - The ritualist 3.5/5 (powerful Iommi-style guitars and plaintive vocals are the name of the game on this worthy traditional doom CD, which is their 2nd) - KIT
Hour of 13 - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
House of Spirits - Psychosphere 2.5/5 - JOHN
House of Spirits - Turn of the tide 4/5 - JOHN
Howlin' Mad - Insanity 3/5 - MICHAEL
Howling Syn - A taste of modern evil 3/5 (3rd CD of gothic metal with female vocals and clear/rough male vocals; somewhat comparable to Catafalque and Satyrian) - CLINT
Howling Syn - Devilries 3/5 (2nd CD of gothic metal mostly comparable to Satyrian and Catafalque, but with slight hints of To Elysium and Forever Slave) - CLINT
Howling Syn - Forebearers of dusk 3/5 - CLINT
Hrom - Blesk 3.5/5 (debut that's more quality 80s traditional metal worship from western Canada; for fans of Striker, Cauldron, etc.) - KIT
Human Factor - Behind the dark (hopefully coming soon)
Human Factor - Unleashed 3.5/5 Human Factor Review - KIT
Human Fortress - Eternal empire 1.5/5 Human Fortress Review - CLINT
Human Fortress - Defenders of the crown 5/5 (magnificent 2nd CD with very well written songs and brilliant choruses) - CLINT
Human Fortress - Lord of earth and heavens heir 4.5/5 - CLINT
Humanity - When silence calls 2.5/5 - CLINT
Hummingbird - s/t 3.5/5 Hummingbird Review - CLINT
Hunted - Welcome the dead 3/5 (debut with aggressive elements like Winters Bane, Vicious Rumors, Psychotic Waltz and Nevermore, of whom they cover) - MICHAEL
Hunters - Night shadows (hopefully coming soon)
Hunters - Break the rules 3/5 (solid traditional European power metal debut from Russia, like Archontes meets Aria; English vocals like K. Meine) - KIT
Huntress - Starbound beast 3/5 (sophomore CD that shows some improvement, but the singer is more like Maria Brink from In This Moment than Ann Boelyn of Hellion) - MICHAEL
Huntress - Spell eater 3/5 (overrated aggressive female fronted heavy metal debut like Echoes of Eternity; has some average songs, but isnít worth all the hype) - MICHAEL
Hurlement - Terreur et tourment 4/5 Hurlement Review - KIT
Hurlement - De sang et d'acier 3.5/5 (good French true metal debut in the style of Lonewolf, with nods to Killers, Manilla Road, Jag Panzer and others) - KIT
Hurtlocker - Embrace the fall 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hurtlocker - Fear in a handful of dust 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hwimory - s/t 2.5/5 (Korean power metal debut with high-pitched vocals and a good dose of speed, but it's just decent and there are better CDs in the style) - CLINT
Hyades - The roots of trash 3.5/5 (3rd time's a charm for Italian thrash servants of Tankard, Artillery and Exodus; includes an Offspring cover) - MICHAEL
Hyades - And the worst is yet to come 4/5 - MICHAEL
Hyades - Abuse your illusions 4/5 Hyades Review - MICHAEL
Hyborian Steel - Blood, steel and glory (hopefully coming soon)
Hyborian Steel - An age undreamt of 3.5/5 Hyborian Steel Review - KIT
Hybrid - The will to create 4/5 (great melodic thrash debut from Greece with slight progressive tendencies; think Prototype or Communic) - KIT
Hydra Vein - After the dream 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hydra Vein - Rather death than false of faith 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hydria - Poison paradise 3.5/5 (nicely done 2nd CD of female fronted symphonic/gothic/power metal; sits in the middle of the gap between Within Temptation and Epica) - CLINT
Hydria - Mirror of tears 3.5/5 (great female fronted symphonic/gothic metal debut with occasional "beast" vocals) - CLINT
Hydro - Bright phoenix 3.5/5 (fun Italian power metal debut thatís similar to what came out of the country/style during the late-90s, especially regarding production) - CLINT
Hyperion (Ita) - Where stone is unscarred 3.5/5 (crunchy Italian power metal debut that's very catchy and has some really cool keyboard solos) - CLINT
Hyperion (Aus) - Inundation 4/5 - CRAIG
Hypersonic - Fallen melodies 3.5/5 (very good melodic/power metal debut with female and clean male vocals; reminds me of Felony, but with hints of Skylark) - CLINT
Hypnosia - Extreme hatred 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Hyste'riah G.B.C. - Snakeworld 3/5 - MICHAEL
Hysterica - The art of metal 3/5 (2nd CD thatís not as strong, over the top and Manowarish as the debut; more in the vein of Arch Enemy and Sister Sin) - MICHAEL
Hysterica - Metalwar 4/5 Hysterica Review - JOHN
Hyubris - Forja 3.5/5 (epic symphonic folk gothic/doom metal with strong diverse female vocals from alto to soprano, sometimes quite piercing; their 2nd CD) - CHRIS
Hyubris - s/t 3/5 (debut similar to their 2nd CD 'Forja', but with weaker and less memorable songwriting) - CHRIS



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