Job for a Cowboy
Metal Blade Records
Catchy, heavy, and proggy. Vocals are just harsh and pissed off sounding. Music is probably more proggy than they’ve ever been but yet without sacrificing their heaviness.
Unleash the Fire
The band formerly known as Riot (they decided to change their name a bit after founding Mark Reale passed away in 2012) This is their first album since then and with a new vocalist. This has a Judas Priest-like musicality and more a euro metal sound even though it’s a NYC band. It’s kind of cool to have a true new modern “classic” power metal band/album out now though.
On the surface, you’d probably just say that this is another “brutalcore” band… and yeah probably technical death or proggy deathcore. A lot of different metal subgenres all rolled into one.
Kind of a proggy Tool-like project from the former drummer of Opeth (Martin Lopez) Mostly some more melodic stuff with some heavier parts mixed in.
You know, had you said 20 years ago that the Cavalera brothers left Sepultura and Sepultura carried on… you would have just figured they sucked… well, Sepultura has come into their own in the post-Cavalera era, and now we get the best of both worlds with now a third Cavalera Conspiracy album! Great drumming, quick, heavy thrashy songs and awesome metal riffs. The brothers do not disappoint and with Marc Rizzo still in the band, it’s just all that much better!
IV: Renvenge Of The Vengence
Rock Ridge Music
They say these guys are like the Weird Al of Metal… or “Humorcore” but they’re just more than that. Even if they weren’t goofing around lyrically on their songs/shows/albums, the music is so heavy and catchy and hard to even compare to anything. It’s thrashy, funky, but just great. Throw on top of it some of the funniest lyrics and topics… oh and a cover of “Danger Zone” They’ve done it once again!
The Unexplainable Truth
This is kind of some post-hardcore poppy metal stuff with male and clean female vocals. Musically it’s a little hardcore-ish, gets a little proggy brutal too, but I dunno. Seems like their trying to do too many different things.
Boogie From Hell
Reminds me a bit of Monster Magnet, or heavier, more metal Stoner metal. I guess this album was released last year, but now released on a label, so here we are (it’s my first time hearing it) Pretty good stuff. These guys have been around since 1995, took a break 2005 and came back in 2011. Catchy riffs, maybe a bit like CoC too.
Echoes To Come (Single)
Tech metal, heavy good stuff, a little djent feel, but just a pinch and I want to hear more!
Heart In Hand
A Beautiful White
Some metalcore, post hardcore type stuff. Fairly heavy, vocals are screamed with some phasing to clean-ish stuff. Music is a little bit proggy, melodic.
Return Of The Empire
Horror Pain Gore Death
A gothy punk thing with a little bit of black metal going on.
Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans
Some pretty good melodic black metal. Vocals are a bit like Tom Araya and music is that cold black metal guitar with some decent melodic metal going on.
Thy Darkened Shade
Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet
Heavy blackened death metal. Lots of stuff going on, some great intricate guitar work, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on, some great drumming, brutal, harsh vocals.
Old school style harsh, low production black metal. You can tell there’s some decent cool stuff going on, but as I’ve always said… the “classic” production just turns me off.
The Grand Sabbath LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Blackened death metal… and when it’s from Poland, you might think, whoa, are they like Vader or Behemoth? Well, not quite that level, but this is some evil sounding quality blackened death… probably more blackened and more death than Vader or Behemoth if that helps…
2 songs of blackened death metal.
WALKING DEAD ON BROADWAY
Tech/brutalcore death metal. Good production, brutal riffs, harsh vocals, some sick breakdowns. Someone pissed in these guys’ Wheaties… they’re mad about something! haha.
Diamonds To Dust
Faith Through Trials
Post-hardcore, poppy metalcore type stuff. Uhhh… no thanks.
Aura of Suffering
Old school style black metal with cold drony rhythm guitars and some melodic stuff hanging out there somewhere in amongst the blast beats and mediocre production.
DE VERSTE VERTE IS HIER
And what’s this? More black metal with ok production and lots of screaming with a bit of melodic stuff hanging out in there somewhere? Yup. This one has really long songs.
Falls of Rauros
Believe in no Coming Shore
Nordvis (EU) / Bindrune (US)
This one has some melodic black metal stuff… Vocals are old school and harsh, but the rest of this has decent production, maybe hints of older Opeth musically, in how it can go from some normal clean metal into some more traditional black metal.
This is some good quality black metal. Good production, a bit more on the “new” wave of black metal. A bit more on the death metal side but with that frenetic blackened metal sound. Harsh vocals, a good solid low end on the drums and yet still cold and evil sounding.
HELL IN THE CLUB
Devil On My Shoulder
After listening to a whole bunch of black metal (above)… this is quite different. Some 90’s pop metal stuff I haven’t heard stuff since, oh, what, Steel Panther? Hah. A neat classic metal/AOR thing going on. I’m not sure if I like this on its own merit or after listening to an hour or so of black metal. LOL
THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE
This is what the download came described as: “file under: Avant-garde / Progressive / Psych / Experimental” And yeah, it’s spot on. This is really all over the place, some saxophones, female vocals, slow atmospheric parts, stoner metal parts, black metal parts. All over the place… at first it’s just “too much” but maybe this deserves more of a listen. (probably not great for on the air, but it might be worth checking out if you’re into this sort of stuff)
The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay
Generation Prog / Nightmare Distribution
Kind of thrashy and proggy and power metal with some melodic death thrown in for good measure.
A bit industrial, I’d say it’s like a Rammstein/Marilyn Manson type thing.
As expected, your typical fe-metal. The Operattic stylings of Liv Kristine over some basic standard metal. Good for fans of this stuff.
Dark Space III I
Back to the black metal with icky production. Sigh. Three reallly long songs. And lots of cold guitars and screaming and stuff.
Melodic black metal. Basic black metal with some melodic stuff going on, more deathy growly vocals, some downtempo slower speed doomy stuff taking over…
Stuff we’ve gotten recently with older release dates….
9 August 2014
Thrashy Black metal.
The Devil Tunes
10 February 2014
Some heaver than thrash, thrash music. Has that old school thrash feel, but more modern heavy stuff.
Strung Out (Single)
Assassins of the Pentagram
30 May 2014
Old school black metal but with more of a thrashy element going on. (not the greatest production though, but not like it’s a 5th generation mono cassette tape either)
Leap of Faith ft. new vocalist Viky Boyer (single)
Self Released (Asher Media)
Release: 8 March 2014
Melodic death metal with female vocals… mostly clean vocals, catchy music, more on the prog metal side of things. Cool stuff!
Watch The World Unwind (single) New Line Up + New Song
Release: 4 June 2013
Great heavy thrashy death metal.
To React Records
22 March 2014
Some more modern catchy metal, a bit of a commercial feel, but probably heavier than that. It’s like some post-hardcore stuff, where it’s heavy, brutal, which carries into a chorus that should get all emo-like, but it’s more just clean sung in this case instead of auto-tuney. Other music has a prog metal feel too.
Lord of Pagathon
Black metal all in your face. Some classic black metal stuff going on here, but some good production.
Solace in Solitude
15 August 2014
Proggy death metal.
From the dead villages darkness
20 October 2014
Black metal with a little bit of melodic stuff… music seems to be fairly straightfoward metal and maybe a bit of folk metal in parts, and classic black metal. vocals can be distracting in parts as they seem to just be shout/screamed.
Sludgey blackened doom
EZ Life DV8
10 August 2014
Sort of a standard metal thing with death metal, groove metal and deathcore stuff going on.
Embassy Row Music / Possession Productions
5 October 2014
Atmospheric stuff then icky produced black metal.
Drown Within Records
20 October 2014
Four really long tracks, black metal, atmospheric stuff and some melodic black metal going on too.