M - METAL CD LIST


Macbeth (Ita) - Superangelic hate bringers 2.5/5 (gothic metal band continues where 'Malae artes' left off; grew on me, but I miss the style of their magical debut) - CLINT
Macbeth (Ita) - Malae artes 2.5/5 (though having good songwriting, this 3rd CD has all new vocalists and moves away from symphonic metal into pure gothic metal) - CLINT
Macbeth (Ita) - Vanitas 3.5/5 (symphonic 2nd CD with well done "beast" vocals dominating the new female vocalist; I prefer their debut with the unique female vocalist) - CLINT
Macbeth (Ita) - Romantic tragedy's crescendo 4.5/5 (one of the best "beauty and the beast" symphonic/gothic metal CDs out there) - CLINT
Macbeth (Ger) - Wiederganger (hopefully coming soon)
Macbeth (Ger) - Gotteskrieger 3.5/5 (German-language heavy duty metal like a blend of Grave Digger, Sodom, Amon Amarth and Squealer; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Macbeth (Ger) - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Machinage - It makes us hate 4/5 Machinage Review - KIT
Machine Head - Unto the locust 4/5 Machine Head Review - MICHAEL
Machine Head - The blackening 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Head - Through the ashes of empires 3/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Head - Supercharger 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Head - The burning red 2/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Head - The more things change 3/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Head - Burn my eyes 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Machine Men - Circus of fools 3.5/5 (not the breakthrough some expected, but these Finns' 3rd CD is still a strong slab of Dickinsonian melodic metal) - KIT
Machine Men - Circus of fools 4/5 Machine Men Review - SEAN
Machine Men - Elegies 3.5/5 (unfairly maligned 2nd CD that picks up where the debut left off in the Dickinsonian style, but with a more personal touch) - KIT
Machine Men - Scars & wounds 4/5 Machine Men Review - KIT
Machinery - Reconstruction 2/5 - KIT
Machinery - Impulses of aggression 2/5 - KIT
Mad Butcher - Metal meat (hopefully coming soon)
Mad Butcher - Metal lightning attack 3/5 (debut from 1985; classic early German thrash in the vein of Brainfever, Noisehunter, Atlain, etc.) - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Another night of passion 3.5/5 (great CD with kickin' 'n rockin' anthems for fans of Son of a Bitch, Kissin' Dynamite, Vengeance, etc.) - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Welcome America (hopefully coming soon)
Mad Max - Here we are 3/5 (solid mettle offering from longstanding act similar to Victory, Saxon and Axxis; their vocalist is also in the new band Wolfpakk) - MICHAEL
Mad Max - White sands 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Night of white rock 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Never say never 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Night of passion 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Stormchild 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - Rollin' thunder 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Max - s/t 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mad Maze - Frames of alienation 3.5/5 (intense and aggressive thrash debut similar to Razormaze, Possessor, Hexen, etc.) - MICHAEL
Madam X - We reserve the right 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Made of Hate - Pathogen 3/5 (2nd CD of Polish heavy metal with massive bouncy melodic guitars, but rather crappy growly vocals) - KIT
Made of Hate - Bullet in your head 4/5 (ripping debut from Poland; imagine a more melodic, less noodly and punchy take on early Children of Bodom) - KIT
Made of Iron - s/t 3.5/5 (cloning Iron Maiden hasn't been this much fun since Wolf's debut CD) - KIT
Madog - Fairytales of darkness 3/5 (nice 2nd CD that may be similar to Custard's 'Kingdom of your life' in spots) - CLINT
Madog - Dreamland 2.5/5 - CLINT
Madryghal - Never and ever 3/5 (2nd CD that improves in every way over the debut, while still not matching the best bands in the genre) - CLINT
Madryghal - Dreamless falling 2/5 - CLINT
Magic Circle - s/t 4/5 (forget about Black Sabbath, this debut might be the doom metal CD of the year 2013, rough and swampy sound notwithstanding) - KIT
Magic Kingdom - Symphony of war 4/5 (fast-paced and exciting 3rd CD of neo-classical/symphonic power metal; features popular vocalist Olaf Hayer) - CLINT
Magic Kingdom - Metallic tragedy 3.5/5 (very good 2nd CD of competitive neo-classical power metal) - CLINT
Magic Kingdom - The arrival 2/5 - CLINT
Magica - Center of the great unknown 3.5/5 (catchy 6th CD from this female fronted gothic/symphonic/power metal band, but their previous ‘Dark diary’ is my favorite so far) - CLINT
Magica - Dark diary 4/5 (female fronted gothic/symphonic/power metal band surprises me with their 5th CD, which I'd call their heaviest, fastest, catchiest and best) - CLINT
Magica - Wolves & witches 3.5/5 (female fronted band's 4th CD, and 2nd in the gothic metal style; definitely contains better songs than their previous 'Hereafter') - CLINT
Magica - Hereafter 3/5 Magica Review - CLINT
Magica - Lightseeker 3/5 (while unspectacular, this 2nd CD improves over their debut and has some really cool multi-layered female vocals) - CLINT
Magica - The scroll of stone 2.5/5 Magica Review - CLINT
Magician - Tales of the Magician 3/5 (complex power metal debut with progressive, neo-classical and symphonic elements; took time to digest, but is recommended) - CLINT
Magick - Stained glass 3/5 (creative traditional metal debut from Turkey with interesting twists and turns; lacks a bit in cohesiveness though) - KIT
Magilum - Kirmizi kar 4/5 (wonderful Turkish-language female fronted debut that's a gothic/power metal mix, with both fast/slow songs and lots of melody) - CLINT
Magion - A different shade of darkness 4/5 Magion Review - CHRIS
Magion - Close to eternity 4/5 (excellent female fronted symphonic power metal debut for those who love Nightwish, Amberian Dawn, Arya and Visions of Atlantis) - CLINT
Magistarium - Faith in salvation 4/5 Magistarium Review - CLINT
Magistr - God of deception 3.5/5 (4th CD of Russian-language heavy/power metal; quite good, but it doesn’t have as many highlights as their previous CDs) - CLINT
Magistr - Corporation of illusions 4/5 (another excellent CD from this Russian-language traditional heavy/power metal band with some keys; they're now 3 for 3!) - CLINT
Magistr - The world behind the mirror 4/5 (fantastic 2nd CD of Russian-language traditional heavy/power metal with background keys; highly recommended to Aria fans) - CLINT
Magistr - Niagara 4/5 - CLINT
Magnalucius - The quest 2/5 (decent symphonic power metal debut with some nicely played parts reminding me of the Italian style) - CLINT
Magnitude 9 - Decoding the soul 3.5/5 (3rd CD of classy U.S. progressive melodic power metal with tight songwriting and super vocals) - KIT
Magnitude 9 - Reality in focus 3/5 - KIT
Magnitude 9 - Chaos to control 2.5/5 - KIT
Mago de Oz - Hechizos, pocimas y brujeria (hopefully coming soon)
Mago de Oz - Gaia: Epilogo (hopefully coming soon)
Mago de Oz - Gaia III: Atlantia 4/5 (it's pompous, maddeningly diverse, overblown and self-indulgent, but Mago still have that folk rock/metal magic) - KIT
Mago de Oz - La ciudad de los arboles 4/5 Mago de Oz Review - KIT
Mago de Oz - Gaia ll: La voz dormida 4.5/5 Mago de Oz Review - KIT
Mago de Oz - Belfast 2.5/5 (Spanish folk metal legends return with an uneven 62 minutes of leftovers, so buy 'Gaia' and 'Finisterra' first) - KIT
Mago de Oz - Gaia 4/5 Mago de Oz Review - KIT
Mago de Oz - Finisterra 4.5/5 - KIT
Mago de Oz - La leyenda de la mancha 4/5 - KIT
Mago de Oz - Jesus de chamber 3/5 - KIT
Mago de Oz - s/t 1.5/5 - KIT
Majestic - Trinity overture 3.5/5 (smooth 2nd CD of neo-classical power metal with memorable songs) - CLINT
Majestic - Abstract symphony 3.5/5 - CLINT
Majestic Vanguard - Beyond the moon 3.5/5 Majestic Vanguard Review - CLINT
Majesty - Thunder rider 3.5/5 (though there’s nothing unexpected, this is a well done CD of German true/tradional metal, and it’s really consistent too) - CLINT
Majesty - Hellforces 3/5 (4th CD with consistently good songs, but is lacking some really excellent material) - CLINT
Majesty - Hellforces 3/5 Majesty Review - CRAIG
Majesty - Reign in glory 3.5/5 (great 3rd CD of epic true metal that's full of stomping mid-paced anthems) - CLINT
Majesty - Sword & sorcery 3.5/5 - CLINT
Majesty - Keep it true 2/5 - CLINT
Majesty of Revival - Through reality 3.5/5 Majesty of Revival Review - CLINT
Majster Kat - Svata zvrhlost 3.5/5 (Slovakian speed metal debut of insanity, which sounds like a mix of Master's Hammer and Turbo) - MICHAEL
Maledia - She and her darkness 2.5/5 (debut of solid but non-descript symphonic gothic metal with nice female vocals but annoying rough male vocals) - CHRIS
Maleficium Arungquilta - Trance for sister 4/5 Maleficium Arungquilta Review - CHRIS
Maleficium Arungquilta - Touch through the glass 3.5/5 (2nd CD of mellow but heavy key-driven melodic gothic rock/darkwave, but faster and more rocking than the debut) - CHRIS
Maleficium Arungquilta - The art of dramas 3/5 (debut of mellow but heavy key-driven melodic gothic rock/darkwave with female and odd raspy “munchkin” male vocals) - CHRIS
Malice - New breed of godz (hopefully coming soon)
Malice - License to kill 3.5/5 - KIT
Malice - In the beginning 3/5 - KIT
Malicious Death - From above 3/5 Malicious Death Review - KIT
Malicious Death - War and power (hopefully coming soon)
Malicious Death - Devilization (hopefully coming soon)
Malison Rogue - s/t 3.5/5 (quality Swedish classic melodic metal debut a la 'Empire'-era Queensryche and 'Parallels'-era Fates Warning; a tad lightweight though) - KIT
Mallory - Baskerville 2/5 (decent Spanish folk metal/rock; like a wimpier Mago de Oz with B-grade vocals and tons of bagpipes) - KIT
Mallory - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Spellbound (hopefully coming soon)
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Relentless 3.5/5 (another typical Yngwie CD, for all that's worth) - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Angels of love (hopefully coming soon)
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Perpetual flame 3.5/5 (exactly what you'd expect from Yngwie by now; his typical neo-classical approach) - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Unleash the fury 3/5 (a nice return to the guitar shredding which made him famous) - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Attack!! 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - War to end all wars 3/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Alchemy 4/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Facing the animal 3/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Inspiration 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Magnum opus 3/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - The seventh sign 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Fire & ice 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Eclipse 2/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Odyssey 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Trilogy 4/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Marching out 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Malmsteen, Yngwie - Rising force 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Maltese Falcon - Metal rush 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mandator - Perfect progeny 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mandator - Initial velocity 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mandrake - Innocence weakness 3.5/5 (5th CD similar to 'Mary celeste', but less crushingly heavy yet more rocking with some slower dramatic passages) - CHRIS
Mandrake - Mary celeste 3.5/5 (extremely dense heavy wall-of-sound riffs overlaid with majestic keys and much improved female vocal melodies; their 4th CD) - CHRIS
Mandrake - The balance of blue 3/5 (3rd CD similar to 'Calm the seas', but with improved yet still too often flat female vocals) - CHRIS
Mandrake - Calm the seas 3/5 (heavy rhythms overlaid with symphonic keys and excellent vocal melodies, but the new female vocalist is limited; their 2nd CD) - CHRIS
Mandrake - Forever 2.5/5 (heavy/aggressive rocking often dramatic gothic metal debut with excellent death vocals but non-descript female vocals) - CHRIS
Mania - Changing times 3/5 (underappreciated classic German power metal debut with Chris Klauke of Abraxas) - JOHN
Manigance - Recidive 4/5 (outstanding 5th CD of French-language progressive power metal; these guys have certainly established themselves as a consistent band) - CLINT
Manigance - L'ombre et la lumiere 4/5 (French-language progressive power metal band returns with another consistently excellent CD) - CLINT
Manigance - D'un autre sang 4/5 Manigance Review - CLINT
Manigance - Ange ou demon 4/5 - CLINT
Manigance - Signe de vie 3.5/5 - CLINT
Manilla Road - Mysterium (hopefully coming soon)
Manilla Road - Playground of the damned (hopefully coming soon)
Manilla Road - Voyager 3.5/5 Manilla Road Review - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Gates of fire 4/5 Manilla Road Review - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Spiral castle 1.5/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Atlantis rising 1.5/5 Manilla Road Review - CRAIG
Manilla Road - The circus maximus 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - The courts of chaos 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Out of the abyss 4/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Mystification 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - The deluge 3/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Open the gates 4/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Crystal logic 3/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Metal 3/5 - CRAIG
Manilla Road - Invasion 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Manimal - The darkest room 3/5 Manimal Review - SEAN
Manitou - No signs of wisdom 3/5 (3rd CD of good traditional/melodic metal with hints of AOR and prog; could use more punch though) - KIT
Manitou - Deadlock 3.5/5 - KIT
Manitou - The mad moon rising (hopefully coming soon)
Manowar - The lord of steel (hopefully coming soon)
Manowar - Gods of war 4/5 (this is Manowar at their best, but they need to cut out some of the non-musical filler) - CRAIG
Manowar - Gods of war 3.5/5 Manowar Review - JOHN
Manowar - The sons of Odin (EP) 4/5 Manowar Review - JOHN
Manowar - Warriors of the world 4/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Louder than hell 4/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - The triumph of steel 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Kings of metal 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Fighting the world 4/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Sign of the hammer 5/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Hail to England 5/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Into glory ride 5/5 - CRAIG
Manowar - Battle hymns 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Manticora - Safe 3.5/5 (another aggressive and high quality CD from this intense power metal band, but it's not my favorite from them; their 8th CD) - CLINT
Manticora - The black circus pt. 2/Disclosure 3.5/5 (strong CD from one of the better and well established power metal bands, but I was expecting even more) - CLINT
Manticora - The black circus pt. 2/Disclosure 4/5 Manticora Review - CRAIG
Manticora - The black circus pt. 1/Letters 4/5 ('8 deadly sins' is my favorite from the band, but this is an awesome CD of speedy power metal with a dash of thrash) - CLINT
Manticora - 8 deadly sins 4/5 Manticora Review - CLINT
Manticora - Hyperion 3/5 - CLINT
Manticora - Darkness with tales to tell 3.5/5 - CLINT
Manticora - Roots of eternity 3.5/5 - CLINT
Marauder - Elegy of blood 4/5 (one of Greece's preeminent melodic power metal acts delivers a fine opus of anthemic tunes and historical/battle lyrics; their 5th CD) - KIT
Marauder - Face the mirror 4/5 (arguably Greece's leading traditional metal band delivers a worthy successor to 'Life?'; their 4th CD) - KIT
Marauder - Life? 3.5/5 Marauder Review - KIT
Marauder - 1821 2/5 - KIT
Marauder - Sense of metal (hopefully coming soon)
Maraya - Counterculture (hopefully coming soon)
Maraya - No hope for humanity 2.5/5 - KIT
Marble - A.t.g.o.d. 2/5 Marble Review - SEAN
Marchen Station - Cocktail of dream 3.5/5 (unique but impressive Japanese power metal debut; features vocalist Leo Figaro from Dreamstoria and Eyes of Fenrir) - CLINT
Marchenbilder - Flickering truth 3/5 Marchenbilder Review - CLINT
Marenne - The past prelude 4/5 Marenne Review - CLINT
Mares of Thrace - The pilgrimage 2/5 (2 hot chicks attempt doom, but the result is a deathlike drone and not the promised Budgie homage; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
Mares of Thrace - The moulting (hopefully coming soon)
Markize - Transparence 3/5 (standard but good female fronted gothic/symphonic metal debut that should satisfy fans of the style, but won't blow them away) - CLINT
Marquis - Alive in a crystal age 3.5/5 (quirky, silly, but undeniably compelling happy power metal debut) - JOHN
Marshall Law - Razorhead 3/5 Marshall Law Review - CREAG
Marshall Law - Razorhead 3.5/5 (great comeback with some modern elements, but still fairly true to form) - MICHAEL
Marshall Law - Warning from history 3/5 - MICHAEL
Marshall Law - Metal detector 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Marshall Law - Law in the raw 3/5 - MICHAEL
Marshall Law - Power game 3/5 - MICHAEL
Marshall Law - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Martiria - Roma S.P.Q.R. (hopefully coming soon)
Martiria - On the way back (hopefully coming soon)
Martiria - Time of truth (hopefully coming soon)
Martiria - The age of the return 3.5/5 Martiria Review - KIT
Martiria - The eternal soul 3.5/5 (Italian epic metal debut with melodies channeling Warlord and a mystical, medieval feel) - KIT
Martyr - Circle of 8 3/5 (veteran Dutch old-school metallers have glimmers of speedy melodic 80s metal brilliance, but also plodding groove parts) - KIT
Martyr - Fear the universe 3/5 (schizophrenic double-CD release pairs boring groove-laden EP 'Fear' with their fine high-pitched 80s metal debut) - KIT
Martyr - Darkness at time’s edge (hopefully coming soon)
Martyr - For the universe (hopefully coming soon)
Martyrd - The mortal coil 3.5/5 (technical, challenging melodic metal rooted in thrash, but with modern overtones, proggy arrangements, and clean vocals; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Martyrd - Maniac 4/5 (superb melodic epic thrash debut a la Heathen and Artillery; originally released in 2008, now reissued on Stormspell Records) - KIT
Masquerade (The) - Redemption 3/5 Masquerade Review - CREAG
Masquerage - Backstabber 4/5 Masquerage Review - MICHAEL
Masquerage - Moonlight time (hopefully coming soon)
Masquerage - Work-holic-fool (hopefully coming soon)
Mass - Fighter 3.5/5 (5th CD that’s actually an unreleased debut when they were known as Axes; for fans of Stryper, Barren Cross, Neon Cross, Soldier, etc.) - MICHAEL
Mass - Sea of black 3.5/5 (quality return for Boston believers, now more prog-driven than their Stryper-cloning 80s phase; maybe for fans of Evergrey/Kamelot) - MICHAEL
Mass - Crack of dawn (hopefully coming soon)
Mass - Voices in the night 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mass - New birth (hopefully coming soon)
Massacra - Humanize human 3/5 - MICHAEL
Massacra - Sick (hopefully coming soon)
Massacra - Signs of the decline 3/5 - MICHAEL
Massacra - Enjoy the violence 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Massacra - Final holocaust 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mastercastle - On fire 3.5/5 (predictable but very enjoyable 4th CD of female fronted neo-classical melodic/power metal; there are some extra-catchy highlights) - CLINT
Mastercastle - Dangerous diamonds 3.5/5 (great 3rd CD from this female fronted neo-classical power metal band; consistent with their first 2 CDs) - CLINT
Mastercastle - Dangerous diamonds 3.5/5 Mastercastle Review - MICHAEL
Mastercastle - Last desire 3.5/5 (memorable female fronted melodic/neo-classical power metal; their 2nd CD, and it continues where the debut left off) - CLINT
Mastercastle - The phoenix 4/5 (excellent female fronted melodic power metal debut with some neo-classical segments and plenty of catchy songs; highly recommended) - CLINT
Mastermind - From here to eternity 3.5/5 (4th CD of fast Japanese anthems for fans of Galneryus, Seven Seas, Storm Rider or even Loudness) - MICHAEL
Mastermind - To the world beyond 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mastermind - The way I go 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mastermind - Song for the new world 3/5 - MICHAEL
Masterpiece - Colors of conflict 3.5/5 Masterpiece Review - CLINT
Masterplan - Novum Initium 4/5 (safe but terrific 5th CD of German melodic power metal that grew on me; their first with well-known vocalist Rick Altzi, who fits in well) - CLINT
Masterplan - Time to be king 4/5 (another consistently excellent CD from this melodic power metal band and their original vocalist, Jorn Lande, is back) - CLINT
Masterplan - Time to be king 4/5 Masterplan Review - SEAN
Masterplan - MK II 3.5/5 (3rd CD with a new vocalist, but their overall sound/style remains intact) - CLINT
Masterplan - MK II 3.5/5 Masterplan Review - JOHN
Masterplan - Aeronautics 4/5 (much anticipated 2nd CD of melodic power metal solidly following up their magnificent debut) - CLINT
Masterplan - Aeronautics 4/5 Masterplan Review - JOHN
Masterplan - s/t 4.5/5 Masterplan Review - CLINT
Masterstroke - Broken 3/5 (4th CD of Finnish heavy/power metal, and it has the band going in a heavier and more modern direction; solid, but I prefer their previous CDs) - CLINT
Masterstroke - As days grow darker 3/5 (solid 3rd CD of melodic heavy/power metal, but it's not quite as memorable or catchy as their first 2 CDs) - CLINT
Masterstroke - Sleep 3.5/5 Masterstroke Review - CLINT
Masterstroke - Apocalypse 3.5/5 - CLINT
Materia Prima - Eternity and calm 3.5/5 (great Russian-language heavy/power metal debut comparable to Abordazh, Kipelov, Gran-Kurazh, Staya, Olvy and so on) - CLINT
Matos, Andre - The turn of the lights 3.5/5 (3rd CD from the popular Brazilian vocalist, but while it’s really good, it’s perhaps too light in spots and I like his first 2 CDs more) - CLINT
Matos, Andre - Mentalize 4/5 (fantastic 2nd CD from this Brazilian vocalist; contains plenty of speed/excitement, many times reminding me of the brilliant Mob Rules) - CLINT
Matos, Andre - Time to be free 4/5 (excellent solo debut from the ex-vocalist of Viper, Angra and Shaman; progressive power metal with nice orchestration) - CLINT
Maverick - Natural born steel (hopefully coming soon)
Maverick - s/t 3/5 Maverick Review - KIT
Mavrin, Sergey - My freedom (hopefully coming soon)
Mavrin, Sergey - Revelation 3/5 (5th CD of worthwhile Russian metal with ex-Aria guitarist; proggier and different from Aria though) - KIT
Mavrin, Sergey - Forbidden reality (hopefully coming soon)
Mavrin, Sergey - Chemical dream (hopefully coming soon)
Mavrin, Sergey - Unformat-1 (hopefully coming soon)
Mavrin, Sergey - Wanderer (hopefully coming soon)
Max Planck - Kill the pain 3/5 (1985 proto-metal debut from this rural Washington power trio; pretty rough, but Cirith Ungol fans and worshipers of the arcane might dig it) - KIT
Mayan - Quarterpast 4/5 (symphonic/death metal debut with members of Epica, After Forever and many others; the ultimate “beauty and the beast” CD!) - MICHAEL
Mayhem - Burned alive 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mean Streak - Declaration of war 4/5 Mean Streak Review - KIT
Mean Streak - Metal slave 3.5/5 (quality Swedish melodic power metal debut a la Nocturnal Rites and Iron Maiden) - KIT
Meanstreak - Roadkill 3/5 - MICHAEL
Meatwagon - Left with nothing 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mechanix - Sonic point blank 3/5 (shameless mid-period Megadeth worship with uneven songs; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Mechanix - History re-rotten (hopefully coming soon)
Meden Agan - Erevos aenaon 4.5/5 (sensational female fronted symphonic power metal like Nightwish’s ‘Century child’, but with big Dawn of Destiny influences; their 2nd CD) - CLINT
Meden Agan - Illusions 3.5/5 (great melodic/symphonic power metal debut with male vocals) - CLINT
Meduza - Upon the world 2/5 (fine 2nd CD of melodic metal similar to Reptilian or like a softer Majestic) - CLINT
Meduza - Now and forever 1.5/5 - CLINT
Mega Mosh - A different kind of... meat (hopefully coming soon)
Mega Mosh - Call to account 3/5 - MICHAEL
Megadeth - Super collider 2/5 (this popular band is still going, but the overall lightness and blend of styles makes for a CD that I find to be average and fairly boring) - CLINT
Megadeth - Th1rt3en 3/5 (solid but far from amazing CD from this long-running heavy/thrash/power metal band; isn't at the level of their previous 'Endgame') - CLINT
Megadeth - Endgame 3.5/5 (popular power metal/thrash band is back with one of their better CDs in many years, and it's a nice return to what made them great) - CLINT
Megadeth - Endgame 3.5/5 Megadeth Review - CREAG
Megadeth - United abominations 2.5/5 (okay but forgettable CD from one of my favorite bands of the 80s/90s; definitely missing some highlights) - CLINT
Megadeth - United abominations 3/5 Megadeth Review - CREAG
Megadeth - The system has failed 3/5 Megadeth Review - CLINT
Megadeth - The system has failed 3.5/5 Megadeth Review - KIT
Megadeth - The world needs a hero 3/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Risk 1.5/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Cryptic writings 3.5/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Hidden treasures 4/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Youthenasia 4.5/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Countdown to extinction 5/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Rust in peace 5/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - So far, so good, so what! 4/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Peace sells... but who's buying? 4/5 - CLINT
Megadeth - Killing is my business, and business is good 2/5 - CLINT
Megahera - Metal maniac attack 3.5/5 (debut of energetic melodic Italian speed/thrash meets NWOBHM; like early Metallica, Judgment Hammer, Conniption, etc.) - KIT
Megaton - s/t 3/5 (concise, raw Mexican traditional/classic metal debut clocking in at a lean 29 minutes) - KIT
Mehida - The eminent storm 2/5 (moody, melancholy and subdued Scandinavian rock/metal with electronic elements and Thomas Vikstrom on vocals; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Mehida - Blood & water (hopefully coming soon)
Mekong Delta - Intersections 3.5/5 (newly recorded versions of all-time classics; sadly lacking any of the original vocalists and any classical orchestrations) - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Wanderer on the edge of time 3.5/5 (German thrashgodz create even more orchestral insanity a la Therion, Septic Flesh and Paradox) - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Lurking fear 3.5/5 (Wolfspider vocalist takes Teutonic proglords into a classic journey of mystery and imagination) - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Pictures at an exhibition 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Visions fugitives 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Kaleidoscope 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - Dances of death 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - The principle of doubt 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - The music of Erich Zahn 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mekong Delta - s/t 4/5 - MICHAEL
Meliah Rage - Dead to the world 3.5/5 Meliah Rage Review - KIT
Meliah Rage - Masquerade 4/5 Meliah Rage Review - KIT
Meliah Rage - The deep and dreamless sleep 3/5 Meliah Rage Review - KIT
Meliah Rage - Barely human 3.5/5 Meliah Rage Review - KIT
Meliah Rage - Unfinished business 2/5 - KIT
Meliah Rage - Death valley dream 3/5 - KIT
Meliah Rage - Solitary solitude 3.5/5 - KIT
Meliah Rage - Kill to survive 4/5 - KIT
Melodius - Dream on 3.5/5 (symphonic/neo-classical power metal debut a la Gutter Sirens, Skylark and Landguard; has lots of melody and some cool musical segments) - CLINT
Melqart - Libre (hopefully coming soon)
Melqart - Esclavo del destino 4/5 (top-notch Spanish melodic power metal in the Saratoga mold, with some songs sung in English; their 3rd CD) - KIT
Melqart - Directo en cabezon (hopefully coming soon)
Melqart - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Memento Mori - Songs for the apocalypse Vol. IV 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Memento Mori - La danse macabre 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Memento Mori - Life, death, and other morbid tales 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Memento Mori - Rhymes of lunacy 3/5 - CRAIG
Memoira - s/t 3/5 (solid but unspectacular female fronted symphonic/gothic metal debut with a few progressive elements; a worthwhile purchase for fans of the style) - CLINT
Memorain - Evolution 3.5/5 (Athenians modernize while still channeling Shatter Messiah, Annihilator and Megadeth, with help from Dave Ellefson; their 4th CD) - MICHAEL
Memorain - Reduced to ashes 3/5 - MICHAEL
Memorain - White line (hopefully coming soon)
Memorain - Digital crimes 3/5 - MICHAEL
Memorized Dreams - End of innocence (hopefully coming soon)
Memorized Dreams - Theater of life 3.5/5 Memorized Dreams Review - DAVID
Memory Garden - Doomain 4/5 Memory Garden Review - KIT
Memory Garden - Carnage carnival 4/5 Memory Garden Review - KIT
Memory Garden - Mirage 3.5/5 - KIT
Memory Garden - Verdict of posterity 2.5/5 - KIT
Memory Garden - Tides 3/5 - KIT
Mena Brinno - Princess of the night 3.5/5 (really nice 3rd CD of female fronted melodic/symphonic/gothic metal with hints of folk; most comparable to Midnattsol) - CLINT
Mena Brinno - Wicked Polly 3.5/5 Mena Brinno Review - CLINT
Mena Brinno - Icy muse 3/5 - CLINT
Mendeed - The dead live by love 4/5 - MICHAEL
Mendeed - This war will last forever 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mentors (The) - Duceifixion (hopefully coming soon)
Mentors (The) - Over the top (hopefully coming soon)
Mentors (The) - To the max (hopefully coming soon)
Mentors (The) - Rock bible 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mentors (The) - Sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mentors (The) - Up the dose 4/5 - MICHAEL
Mentors (The) - You axed for it! 4/5 - MICHAEL
Mephisto - In search of lost refuge (hopefully coming soon)
Mephisto - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mercenary - Metamorphosis (hopefully coming soon)
Mercenary - Architect of lies 2.5/5 (fans of Evergrey, Kamelot and maybe Soilwork may like this band’s 5th CD, but I’m not really into it) - MICHAEL
Mercenary - The hours that remain 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mercenary - 11 Dreams 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mercenary - Everblack 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mercenary - First breath 3/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless - s/t 3/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless - Unbound 4/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless - The treasures within 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless - The awakening 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless Death (Pol) - From hell (hopefully coming soon)
Merciless Death (Pol) - Sick sanctities 3/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless Death (Pol) - Holocaust 3/5 - MICHAEL
Merciless Death (U.S.) - Realm of terror 3/5 (2nd CD that's too short, too much like Possessed, and isn't very catchy or memorable) - MICHAEL
Merciless Death (U.S.) - Evil in the night 3/5 (these thrashers may be just kids, but their deadly assault sounds like vintage German speed exhumed) - MICHAEL
Mercury Rain - St. Mattieu 3/5 (good 2nd CD of female fronted power metal from the U.K. containing some thick riffs, but the vocals are a little inconsistent) - CLINT
Mercury Rain - Dark waters 2/5 - CLINT
Mercury Rising - Building Rome 3/5 - CRAIG
Mercury Rising - Upon deaf ears 4/5 - CRAIG
Mercury Tide - Killing saw 3/5 (their 2nd CD, featuring Dirk Thurisch of Angel Dust fame; probably best described as heavy metal, but with a good deal of variety) - CLINT
Mercury Tide - Why? 3/5 (heavy metal debut with a progressive edge; features Dirk Thurisch of Angel Dust fame, and contains both average and great songs) - CLINT
Mercy Rule - Overruled 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mercyful Fate - 9 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - Dead again 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - Into the unknown 2.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - Time 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - In the shadows 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - Don't break the oath 4.5/5 - CRAIG
Mercyful Fate - Melissa 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Merging Flare - Reverence 4/5 Merging Flare Review - CLINT
Meridiam - El fin de los dias 3.5/5 (2nd CD of well-done Spanish-language melodic power metal; sure to please fans of the genre) - KIT
Meridiam - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Merlyn - s/t 3/5 - KIT
Mesmerize - Paintropy 3/5 (Italian power metal band returns with a solid 5th CD that has a heavier, more modern, and slightly more aggressive feel than their previous CDs) - CLINT
Mesmerize - Stainless 3/5 (4th CD of traditional power metal from Italy that's not quite at the level of their previous CDs; contains some folk elements this time around) - CLINT
Mesmerize - Off the beaten path 3.5/5 - CLINT
Mesmerize - Vultures paradise 3/5 - CLINT
Mesmerize - Tales of wonder 4/5 - CLINT
Messenger - See you in hell 3/5 (no-frills traditional authentic power/true metal from Germany in the vein of Majesty; their 4th CD) - KIT
Messenger - Under the sign (hopefully coming soon)
Messenger - Asylum X-T-C (hopefully coming soon)
Messenger - Titanic suicide (hopefully coming soon)
Messiah Force - The last day 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Messiah Prophet - Colors (hopefully coming soon)
Messiah Prophet - Master of the metal 4/5 - MICHAEL
Messiah Prophet - Rock the flock 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Messiah's Kiss - Dragonheart 3.5/5 Messiah's Kiss Review - CRAIG
Messiah's Kiss - Dragonheart 3.5/5 (meat'n'potatoes traditional metal from Germany a la power metallish Dio; features Mike Tirelli on vocals) - KIT
Messiah's Kiss - Metal 3/5 - KIT
Messiah's Kiss - Prayer for the dying 3.5/5 - KIT
Metal - Proving our mettle 3/5 (debut from Australian true power metal band; despite the catchy and cliche tracks, does need improvement in the vocal department) - SEAN
Metal Church - Generation nothing 3.5/5 (fairly good CD of heavy/power/thrash metal, but when I crave their CDs it’s always the ones with Mike Howe on vocals - by far) - CLINT
Metal Church - This present wasteland 3.5/5 (another very solid CD from this popular band, but some of the songs are simply okay) - CLINT
Metal Church - This present wasteland 4/5 Metal Church Review - CRAIG
Metal Church - A light in the dark 3.5/5 (long-running band is certainly on the upslope with this CD, and it's great that they're still going strong) - CLINT
Metal Church - A light in the dark 4/5 Metal Church Review - MICHAEL
Metal Church - Weight of the world 3/5 (improvement over their previous CD 'Masterpiece', but doesn't have the magic of their best CDs) - CLINT
Metal Church - Masterpeace 2/5 - CLINT
Metal Church - Hanging in the balance 5/5 - CLINT
Metal Church - The human factor 5/5 - CLINT
Metal Church - Blessing in disguise 5/5 - CLINT
Metal Church - The dark 3/5 - CLINT
Metal Church - s/t 3/5 - CLINT
Metal Force - Metal rebirth 3.5/5 (impressive, unheralded U.S. true/power metal debut with screaming vocals and fine guitar work) - KIT
Metal Inquisitor - Unconditional absolution 4/5 (3rd and best CD of true German metal crossing NWOBHM with the likes of Sacred Steel) - KIT
Metal Inquisitor - Doomsday for the heretic 4/5 Metal Inquisitor Review - KIT
Metal Inquisitor - The apparition 4/5 - KIT
Metal King - The blood of a living past (hopefully coming soon)
Metal King - Any warrior dies without honor 3/5 (2nd CD of epic true metal a la Ironsword; good music, but the quite harsh vocals are off-putting) - KIT
Metal King - Arrival of the iron army (hopefully coming soon)
Metal Knights - World of forever 2.5/5 (decent hard rock/heavy metal debut like Alice Cooper meets Dio; not what I was expecting though) - KIT
Metal Law - Lawbreaker 3.5/5 Metal Law Review - CREAG
Metal Law - Night of the wolf 3.5/5 Metal Law Review - CREAG
Metal Storm - Outbreak of evil 4/5 - MICHAEL
Metal Witch/Vindicator - Outbreak of metal vol. I 4/5 Metal Witch/Vindicator Review - KIT
Metal Witch - Risen from the grave 4/5 (fine self-released traditional German metal debut for fans of Unrest, Metal Law, etc., but with some thrashier bits too) - KIT
Metalforce - s/t 3/5 Metalforce Review - CREAG
Metalhead - s/t 4/5 (fantastic debut that’s a mix of Judas Priest and Mercyful Fate; like a catchier German incarnation of A Tortured Soul) - KIT
Metalium - Grounded/Chapter eight 3/5 (good CD from this power metal band that's constantly releasing CDs, though it's not at the level of some of their better CDs) - CLINT
Metalium - Grounded/Chapter eight 3.5/5 Metalium Review - SEAN
Metalium - Incubus/Chapter seven 3/5 (power metal band returns with their 7th CD and it contains some great songs, but there are some average songs as well) - CLINT
Metalium - Incubus/Chapter seven 3/5 Metalium Review - SEAN
Metalium - Nothing to undo/Chapter six 3/5 (power metal band's 6th CD that starts off with a bang, but is missing some highlights towards the end) - CLINT
Metalium - Nothing to undo/Chapter six 3.5/5 Metalium Review - SEAN
Metalium - Demons of insanity/Chapter five 3.5/5 (though nothing new from the band and a bit long, this CD is an improvement over their previous 'As one') - CLINT
Metalium - Demons of insanity/Chapter five 3.5/5 Metalium Review - KIT
Metalium - As one/Chapter four 3/5 (4th CD consistent with their previous CD 'Hero nation', but not one of their best performances) - CLINT
Metalium - As one/Chapter four 3/5 Metalium Review - CRAIG
Metalium - Hero nation/Chapter three 3/5 - CLINT
Metalium - State of triumph/Chapter two 4/5 - CLINT
Metalium - Millennium metal/Chapter one 3.5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Death magnetic 2.5/5 (surely their best CD since 'Black' and there are some good songs, but I don't think they'll ever recapture the magic of their early days) - CLINT
Metallica - Death magnetic 1.5/5 Metallica Review - JOHN
Metallica - St. Anger 0.5/5 (finally grabbed this CD that's going in a direction that doesn't appeal to me at all) - CLINT
Metallica - Reload 0.5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Load 1/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Black 4.5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - And justice for all 5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Master of puppets 5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Ride the lightning 5/5 - CLINT
Metallica - Kill 'em all 4/5 - CLINT
Metalucifer - Heavy metal bulldozer 3.5/5 Metalucifer Review - MICHAEL
Metalucifer - Heavy metal chainsaw 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Metalucifer - Heavy metal drill 4/5 - MICHAEL
Metatrone - The powerful hand 3.5/5 Metatrone Review - CLINT
Metsatoll - Ulg (hopefully coming soon)
Metsatoll - Aio 3.5/5 (interesting proggy ethnic folk metal with some great songs, but overall it's too long; their 4th CD) - CREAG
Metsatoll - Iivakivi (hopefully coming soon)
Metsatoll - Terast mis hangund me hinge 10218 (hopefully coming soon)
Metsatoll - Hiiekoda (hopefully coming soon)
Mezzrow - Then came the killing 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Midas Touch - Presage of disaster 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Midnattsol - The metamorphosis melody 3.5/5 (oh how I love the soft vocals of Carmen Elise Espenaes; another great CD of symphonic/power/gothic/folk metal) - CLINT
Midnattsol - Nordlys 3.5/5 Midnattsol Review - CLINT
Midnattsol - Where twilight dwells 3.5/5 - CLINT
Midnight - Satanic royalty 3/5 (a key member of Destructor honors the black arts a la Venom, Sarcofago, and both Sabbat and Sacrifice from Japan) - MICHAEL
Midnight Chaser - Rough and tough 3/5 (a good rockin' debut for fans of Skull Fist, White Wizzard and Holy Grail; has a killer Scorpions cover) - MICHAEL
Midnight Forces - Raystorm 2/5 - KIT
Midnight Idols - Sworn to the night 3.5/5 (early 80s-style heavy metal from Seattle with stripped-down songs and Dianno-esque vocals; their 3rd CD) - KIT
Midnight Idols - Nightrulers (hopefully coming soon)
Midnight Idols - We rule the night (hopefully coming soon)
Midnight Messiah - The root of all evil 3.5/5 (debut of pure NWOBHM formed from the ashes of Elixir, featuring strong songs and performances a la Saxon) - KIT
Midnight Priest - s/t 4/5 (Portugal's answer to the Portrait/In Solitude/Ram/Wolf family of bands, with a pinch of Ironsword; good stuff) - KIT
Midnight Sun - Metal machine 4/5 (their 4th and best CD with so many hooks and well-constructed songs; for fans of Silent Force, Primal Fear and Victory) - MICHAEL
Midnight Sun - Nemesis 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Midnight Sun - Above & beyond 3/5 - MICHAEL
Midnight Sun - Another world 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Midwinter - The glassy waters 2.5/5 Midwinter Review - CLINT
Midwinter - Fountain of youth 3/5 - CLINT
Miles Beyond - s/t 4/5 (well crafted, twin-guitar fueled U.S. traditional metal debut with a Dickinsonian belter) - KIT
Mind Odyssey - Time to change it 3/5 (5th CD that's a mixed bag of proggy/crunchy German metal with V. Smolski; good songs, but often jarring arrangements) - KIT
Mind Odyssey - Signs 2/5 - KIT
Mind Odyssey - Nailed to the shade 2.5/5 - KIT
Mind Odyssey - Schizophenia 3/5 - KIT
Mind Odyssey - Keep it all turning 3.5/5 - KIT
Minded of Heart - Trust in your path 3/5 (female fronted gothic/power metal debut with occasional male “beast” vocals; quite heavy, with a modern feel) - CLINT
Mindfeeder - Endless storm 3.5/5 Mindfeeder Review - SEAN
Mindguard - Out of the dark 3.5/5 Mindguard Review - CLINT
Mindmaze - Mask of lies 3.5/5 Mindmaze Review - KIT
Mindwarp Chamber - Supernova 3/5 (2nd CD of progressive power metal in the style of Pagan's Mind, but when compared to the debut this is slightly more progressive) - CLINT
Mindwarp Chamber - Delusional reality 3/5 (progressive power metal debut in the style of Pagan's Mind; promising start, and all of the ingredients are in place) - CLINT
Minotaur - God may show you mercy... we will not 3/5 (decent 2nd CD, but cannot compare to the awesome debut; similar to Mandator, Blizzard and Regicide) - MICHAEL
Minotaur - Power of darkness 4/5 - MICHAEL
Minstrel - Departure for daydream orbit 3.5/5 Minstrel Review - CLINT
Minstrelix - Tales of historia 4/5 (fantastic 3rd CD of Japanese power metal; female vocalist has been replaced by Leo Figaro of Dreamstoria, Marchen Station and Eyes of Fenrir) - CLINT
Minstrelix - Reflections 3.5/5 Minstrelix Review - CLINT
Minstrelix - Memoirs 3.5/5 Minstrelix Review - CLINT
Minuetum - Haunted spirit 3/5 (consistently good power metal debut with a lot of keys; nothing original and the vocalist isn't of the highest quality, but it's a nice start) - CLINT
Miriada - Illusion of love 4/5 Miriada Review - CLINT
Mirror Morionis - Eternal unforgiveness 3/5 Mirror Morionis Review - CLINT
Mirror of Deception - A smouldering fire (hopefully coming soon)
Mirror of Deception - Shards 3/5 (rumbling classic doom in the Solitude Aeturnus mold that's marred by a few boring parts; their 3rd CD) - KIT
Mirror of Deception - Foregone (hopefully coming soon)
Mirror of Deception - Mirrorsoil (hopefully coming soon)
Mirrormaze - Walkabout 3.5/5 (melodic/progressive/power metal debut comparable to Eumeria, Lost in Thought, Pathosray, Illusion Suite, Circus Maximus, etc.) - CLINT
Misery Inc. - Breedgreedbreed (hopefully coming soon)
Misery Inc. - Random end 4/5 (catchy, fresh Finnish metal mixing Sentenced, Metallica and Sonata Arctica; thrashy passages, growls and poppy hooks collide) - KIT
Misery Inc. - Yesterday's grave (hopefully coming soon)
Mishin, Oleg - Angel 4/5 Mishin, Oleg Review - CLINT
Missing Tide - Follow the dreamer 4/5 (top-shelf guitar-driven melodic metal debut featuring alums of Evil Masquerade, Royal Hunt and Manticora) - KIT
Mistress - Brains and bruises 3/5 Mistress Review - KIT
Mithotyn - Gathered around the oaken table 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mithotyn - King of the distant forest 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mithotyn - In the sign of ravens 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Moahni Moahna - Why 2/5 - KIT
Moahni Moahna - Temple of life (hopefully coming soon)
Mob Rules - Cannibal nation 4.5/5 (superb 7th CD of melodic power metal, which stays true to the band’s signature style and still maintains the extra-high level of quality) - CLINT
Mob Rules - Radical peace 4.5/5 (another magnificent CD from one of the most consistent and best melodic power metal bands out there) - CLINT
Mob Rules - Radical peace 4/5 Mob Rules Review - SEAN
Mob Rules - Ethnolution A.D. 4.5/5 Mob Rules Review - CLINT
Mob Rules - Among the gods 4.5/5 - CLINT
Mob Rules - Hollowed be thy name 5/5 - CLINT
Mob Rules - Temple of two suns 4/5 - CLINT
Mob Rules - Savage land 4/5 - CLINT
Mob Scene - Borgata 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mobile Deathcamp - Clear and present danger (hopefully coming soon)
Mobile Deathcamp - Black swamp rising 3/5 (ex-Gwar guitarist rages on a very laconic debut for fans ranging from Thin Lizzy to Nuclear Assault) - MICHAEL
Moby Dick - Ballads of the wolf flights 4/5 Moby Dick Review - CLINT
M.O.D. - Red, white and screwed 3.5/5 (great comeback that's more serious than usual, but there's a cool King Diamond impression on the last track) - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - The rebel you love to hate 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - Dictated aggression 3/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - Devolution 3/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - Rhythm of fear 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - Gross misconduct 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - Surfin' M.O.D. 3/5 - MICHAEL
M.O.D. - U.S.A. for M.O.D. 4/5 - MICHAEL
Mondocane - Project one 3/5 - MICHAEL
Monstrum - Imperium zapomnienia (hopefully coming soon)
Monstrum - VIII dzien tygodnia 4/5 Monstrum Review - KIT
Monstrum - Za horyzontem ciszy 4/5 (superb Maidenish metal from Poland sporting a vaunted triple-axe attack) - KIT
Montany - New born day 3/5 (satisfying debut of melodic power metal that has some very memorable songs) - CLINT
Moonlight Agony - Silent waters 2/5 (chaotic 2nd CD with a new vocalist and more of a progressive edge when compared to their powerful debut) - CLINT
Moonlight Agony - Echoes of a nightmare 3.5/5 Moonlight Agony Review - CLINT
Moonlight Circus - Outskirts of reality 2.5/5 - CLINT
Moonspell - Alpha noir 3.5/5 (2-disc release with one being more blackish death metal and the other being more gothic rock; their 9th CD)
Moonspell - Night eternal 3/5 (they're back with some quality melodic death metal, but it's not as awesome as their CDs from the 90s) - MICHAEL
Moonspell - Memorial 3/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - The antidote 3/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - Darkness and hope 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - The butterfly effect 3/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - Sin pecado 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - Irreligious 4/5 - MICHAEL
Moonspell - Wolfheart 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Moonville - Silver screen 3.5/5 (fun power metal debut caught in the middle of Sweden's Insania and Supreme Majesty; introduces a young but fantastic vocalist) - CLINT
Moore - Guillotines and angel wings 3/5 (worthy U.S. metal like a thrashier Lizzy Borden or Halloween with a snotty/sleazy singer; their 3rd CD) - KIT
Moore - Bleed 3/5 (good LA-styled punky sleaze metal a la Lizzy Borden, early W.A.S.P., or heavier Skid Row; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Moore - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Moral Crusade - An act of violence 3/5 - MICHAEL
Morbid Carnage - Night assassins 3.5/5 (avaricious Hungarian debut of skull-smashing, razor-riffin' souls who worship Protector, Assassin and Kreator) - MICHAEL
Morbid Saint - Destruction system 3/5 - MICHAEL
Morbid Saint - Spectrum of death 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Morbid Sin - Sins of the flesh 3/5 (Stormspell Records dug into the vaults to rediscover this debut a la Overlorde, Seven Witches and Winters Bane) - MICHAEL
Mordiggan - Metamorphose 3/5 (catchy debut that reminds me of Beholder with its methods of dual male and female vocals; sung in French) - CLINT
Mordred - The next room 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mordred - In this life 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mordred - Fool's game 4/5 - MICHAEL
More - Blood & thunder 3/5 - MICHAEL
More - Warhead 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Morgana - Angel 3/5 (very good Italian power metal debut that's similar to Labyrinth, Sigma and Projecto) - CLINT
Morgana Lefay - Aberrations of the mind 4/5 Morgana Lefay Review - CREAG
Morgana Lefay - Aberrations of the mind 3.5/5 (controversial CD of dark power metal from Sweden with an abrasive, in-your-face sound) - KIT
Morgana Lefay - Grand materia 3.5/5 Morgana Lefay Review - KIT
Morgana Lefay - Maleficium 2/5 - KIT
Morgana Lefay - Sanctified 2.5/5 - KIT
Morgana Lefay - The secret doctrine 3/5 - KIT
Morgana Lefay - Knowing just as I 2.5/5 - KIT
Morian - Ashen empire 3.5/5 (2nd CD that’s a change of style with some infused aggression, thanks to some screamo vocals and harder guitar riffs) - SEAN
Morian - Sentinels of the sun 4/5 Morian Review - SEAN
Morifade - Empire of souls 3.5/5 (way-overdue 4th CD from this Swedish power metal band; has new members including the vocalist, and it took some time to grow on me) - CLINT
Morifade - Domination 4/5 (excellent 3rd CD that almost matches their previous CD 'Imaginarium') - CLINT
Morifade - Imaginarium 5/5 - CLINT
Morifade - Possession of power 4.5/5 - CLINT
Morningstar - Finnish metal 1.5/5 (passable outing from kult sludge merchants with vocals a la Tom G. Warrior; Running Wild-inspired intro is the best part) - KIT
Morningstar - Kalevala mysticism (hopefully coming soon)
Morningstar - Weight of the hammer (hopefully coming soon)
Morningstar - Hell (hopefully coming soon)
Morningstar - Heretic metal (hopefully coming soon)
Morningstar - Rivendell (hopefully coming soon)
Morpheus - III (hopefully coming soon)
Morpheus - Elet es halal 4/5 (2nd CD of first-rate traditional metal from Hungary with Dickinson-type vocals) - KIT
Morpheus - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Morrigan - Forgoden art 1.5/5 - KIT
Mors Principium Est - And death said live 3.5/5 (4th CD, but with a revamped line-up; solid melodic death metal a la In Flames, Carcass, Children of Bodom, etc.) - MICHAEL
Mors Principium Est - Liberation=Termination 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mors Principium Est - The unborn 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mors Principium Est - Inhumanity 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mortal Love - Forever will be gone 3.5/5 (3rd CD of heavy, crunchy, melancholy but very engaging gothic metal with pleasant “little girl” vocals along with male vocals) - CHRIS
Mortal Love - I have lost 3.5/5 (heavy, crunchy, melancholy but very engaging gothic metal with pleasant “little girl” vocals; 2nd CD and a drastic improvement over debut) - CHRIS
Mortal Love - All the beauty 2/5 (debut of simple, melancholy gothic metal with pleasant “little girl” vocals but extremely sappy broken-heart lyrics) - CHRIS
Mortal Sin - Psychology of death 3.5/5 (influential Aussies return with a thrashing triumph, which contains some insanely, punishing drumming!) - MICHAEL
Mortal Sin - An absence of faith 3.5/5 (4th CD, an awesome return to 80s Aussie glory with punchy riffs and a killer production; Anthrax meets Gothic Slam) - MICHAEL
Mortal Sin - Every dog has its day 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mortal Sin - Face of despair 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mortal Sin - Mayhemic destruction 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mortalicum - The endtime prophecy 4/5 (fantastic rockin' doom/NWOBHM from Sweden that recent Grand Magus fans should love; their 2nd CD) - KIT
Mortalicum - Progress of doom 4/5 (unadulterated rockin' heavy/doom metal debut from Sweden that's much like recent Grand Magus in spots) - KIT
Mortemia - Misere mortem 3/5 Mortemia Review - SEAN
Mortician - s/t 3/5 (debut with that classic metal edge punctuated with a sound similar to Morbid Jester, Speed Limit, Blood Money, Avenger and Chateaux) - MICHAEL
Mortifier - Anatomies undone 3.5/5 (quality Ohio retro-thrash for fans of Crucified Mortals, Untimely Demise, Vindicator, Revocation, etc.; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
Mortifier - Underground noise 3/5 (Ohio thrash debut with old-school tendencies, but is a very short CD; for fans of Overkill, Dark Angel and Razor) - MICHAEL
Mortillery - Murder death kill 3.5/5 (catchy, speedy, punky, female-fronted old-school thrash debut from Canada punctuated by unnecessary extreme vocals) - KIT
Morton - Come read the words forbidden 3.5/5 Morton Review - SEAN
Mortyr - Rise of the tyrant 3.5/5 Mortyr Review - MICHAEL
Mosh-Pit Justice - s/t 3.5/5 (high-quality Bulgarian speed metal debut for fans of Mortillery, Slammer, Tyranex, Vectom, Bulldozer, Torment, etc.) - MICHAEL
Mother of Sin - Absolution (hopefully coming soon)
Mother of Sin - Apathy 3/5 (crunchy Dutch heavy/power metal debut with fiery fretwork; features ex-Elegy singer Hovinga) - KIT
Motley Crue - Saints of Los Angeles 3.5/5 (good return to the youth gone wild-side angst) - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - New tattoo 4/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Generation swine 2/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - s/t 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Girls, girls, girls 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Theatre of pain 4/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motley Crue - Too fast for love 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - The world is yours 3/5 (Lemmy lives, so hopefully this won't be his last grave attempt, as it's a step back from last few killer motorhead-bangers) - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Motorizer 3.5/5 (Snaggletooth sinks his teeth in deep with his infectious snake love bite, great riffs and memorable melodies) - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Kiss of death 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Inferno 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Hammered 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - We are Motorhead 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Snake bite love 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Overnight sensation 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Sacrifice 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Bastards 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - March or die 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - 1916 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Rock 'n' roll 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Orgasmatron 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Another perfect day 4/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Iron fist 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Ace of spades 4.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - On parole 3/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Bomber 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - Overkill 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Motorhead - s/t 2.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mourn - s/t 3.5/5 - KIT
Mourning Divine - Lost at the end of the world 4/5 Mourning Divine Review - CLINT
Mox Nix - s/t 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mpire of Evil - Crucified 3.5/5 (2nd CD with re-recorded/rare Venom covers and 2 new tracks, but no new versions of "Prime evil" or "School daze"!) - MICHAEL
Mpire of Evil - Hell to the holy 3.5/5 (fans of Chrome Division will verify that Venom's 'Prime Evil' line-up annihilates the latest bleak metal offering by Cronos and co.) - MICHAEL
Mr. Scarecrow - Change the channel (hopefully coming soon)
Mr. Scarecrow - 30 silver pieces 3/5 (low-budget European power metal debut comparable to early Silverlane; nothing original here, but enjoyable all the same) - CREAG
M-16 - Locked and reloaded 3/5 (straight-up 80s-style heavy metal compilation that’s similar to Fifth Angel, Liege Lord, Hittman, Lizzy Borden, Leatherwolf, etc.) - MICHAEL
MSOD - Mastermind 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mundanus Imperium - The spectral spheres coronation 2.5/5 - JOHN
Municipal Waste - The fatal feast 3.5/5 (now signed to Nuclear Blast Records, still kickin' ass and stealing from Tankard, Nuclear Assault and Acid Reign) - MICHAEL
Municipal Waste - Massive aggressive 3/5 (less than 1/2-hour of Suicidal Tendencies meets M.O.D. inspired songs, with more melodies and lead work) - MICHAEL
Municipal Waste - The art of partying 3.5/5 (D.R.I. clones create more melody, but still steal from the best underground thrashers) - MICHAEL
Municipal Waste - Hazardous mutation 3/5 - MICHAEL
Municipal Waste - Waste 'em all 3/5 - MICHAEL
Munroe, Ronny - Lords of the edge 3.5/5 Munroe, Ronny Review - CREAG
Munroe, Ronny - The fire within 2.5/5 Munroe, Ronny Review - CREAG
Murder of My Sweet (The) - Bye bye lullaby 3/5 (2nd CD of bombastic power metal with female vocals, but more mainstream and less catchy than their debut) - CHRIS
Murder of My Sweet (The) - Divanity 3.5/5 (polished crunchy bombastic and very symphonic power metal debut with strong poppy female vocals a la Lunatica) - CHRIS
Murdercar - Unreleased 3.5/5 (sick speed metal compilation from 1990, featuring Machine Head drummer Dave McClain and Ross from Detente) - MICHAEL
Muro - Corazon de metal (hopefully coming soon)
Muro - Pelligro imminente 4/5 - KIT
Muro - Pacto de sangre (hopefully coming soon)
Muro - Mutant hunter (hopefully coming soon)
Muro - Telon de acero 3.5/5 - KIT
Mutilated Messiah - Total fucking slaughter 3/5 (old-school fans of Celtic frost, Dream Death, Venom and Scepter, this debut of mayhem is for you) - MICHAEL
MX - The last file (hopefully coming soon)
MX - Again (hopefully coming soon)
MX - Mental slavery 3/5 - MICHAEL
MX - Simoniacal 3/5 - MICHAEL
MX Machine - Psychotic killing machine 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
MX Machine - Manic panic 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
My Black Light - Human maze 3.5/5 My Black Light Review - CLINT
My Funeral - Thrash destruction 2.5/5 (Finnish deathrash with little melody, in the style of Dew-Scented and The Haunted; their 2nd CD) - MICHAEL
My Funeral - Carnal obduction (hopefully coming soon)
Myatan - Dreams of gods and men 3/5 (2nd CD of Brazilian heavy/power metal with progressive/symphonic elements; contains both average and great songs) - CLINT
Myatan - Into the last skyline beyond the sun 2.5/5 - CLINT
Myrath - Tales of the sands 4/5 (excellent 3rd CD from this progressive power metal band with Arabic influences; catchier than 'Desert call', and the vocals are better too) - CLINT
Myrath - Desert call 3.5/5 (2nd CD of progressive power metal with unique Arabic influences; has some flashes of greatness, though I'm not a huge fan of the new vocalist) - CLINT
Myrath - Hope 4/5 (awesome progressive power metal debut with symphonic and neo-classical elements; highly recommended to fans of Symphony X and Adagio) - CLINT
Myriads - Introspection 2.5/5 (lengthy 2nd CD of gothic metal similar to Even Song, Tristania, Via Mistica & The Sins of Thy Beloved) - CLINT
Myriads - In spheres without time 2/5 - CLINT
Mystery - Destiny 3/5 (veteran Greek neo-classical metal act who outdo Yngwie by a considerable margin) - KIT
Mystery - Fatal passion (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery - Tales 3/5 - KIT
Mystery - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery (The) - Apocalypse 666 (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery (The) - Soulcatcher 3.5/5 (female fronted power metal in the vein of Benedictum, older Warlock, and maybe Dawn of Destiny in spots; their 4th CD) - MICHAEL
Mystery (The) - Scars (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery (The) - Facing the storm (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery (The) - Where the wind blows freedom (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery Blue - Conquer the world (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery Blue - Hell & fury (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery Blue - Claws of steel 3.5/5 (much improved 5th CD by French bangers that's like a female fronted Primal Fear) - KIT
Mystery Blue - Metal slaves 2.5/5 (pretty good female fronted crunchy power from France; like a lesser Ignitor, Hellion or Backslash) - KIT
Mystery Blue - Spirit of your song (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery Blue - Circle of shame (hopefully coming soon)
Mystery Blue - s/t (hopefully coming soon)
Mysterya - Symbiont 4/5 (terrific female fronted Russian-language symphonic metal debut; the Russian answer to Within Temptation, Delain, Ansottica, Leaves’ Eyes, etc.) - CLINT
Mystic Force - Man vs. machine (hopefully coming soon)
Mystic Force - A step beyond 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Mystic Force - The eternal quest 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Mystic Force - Shipwrecked with the wicked 3.5/5 - CRAIG
Mystic Prophecy - Ravenlord 4/5 (another awesome CD from this German power metal band, though it’s not my favorite from them) - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Ravenlord 4.5/5 Mystic Prophecy Review - SEAN
Mystic Prophecy - Fireangel 4.5/5 (killer 6th CD of heavier German power metal; combines their early and more recent material, with extremely successful results) - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Fireangel 4.5/5 Mystic Prophecy Review - SEAN
Mystic Prophecy - Satanic curses 4/5 (outstanding 5th CD that's less crunchy but a bit faster than their early CDs) - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Satanic curses 4/5 Mystic Prophecy Review - SEAN
Mystic Prophecy - Savage souls 4/5 (furious 4th CD with no decrease in quality after the departure of guitarist Gus G.; a must for fans of Brainstorm and Manticora) - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Savage souls 4/5 Mystic Prophecy Review - CRAIG
Mystic Prophecy - Never ending 3.5/5 (very good 3rd CD that should definitely satisfy fans of their powerful 'Regressus') - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Regressus 4.5/5 (stomping 2nd CD with extremely catchy riffs that will have Iced Earth fans taking notice) - CLINT
Mystic Prophecy - Vengeance 2.5/5 - CLINT
Mystik - Perpetual being 2/5 - CRAIG
Mystik - The plot sickens 2/5 - CRAIG
Mystrez - Out of the blue (hopefully coming soon)
Mystrez - The indictment 3.5/5 - MICHAEL
Mysto Dysto - The rules have been disturbed 3/5 - MICHAEL
Mythodea - s/t 4/5 Mythodea Review - SEAN
Mythra - The darkener (hopefully coming soon)
Mythra - The death and destiny 3.5/5 - MICHAEL



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