New Stuff This Week…11/20/17

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Nov 182017
 

Charcoal Tongue
24 Hours: My Deterioration
Spinefarm
Sounds like some modern commercial solid rock type metal, big wall of sound, maybe a little metalcore, a bit melodic.

VIRVUM
Illuminance
Season of Mist
Technical, and brutal progressive melodic death metal, great stuff.

Kreator
Hail To The Hordes (Single)
Nuclear Blast USA
This track is for the exclusive limited edition vinyl & picture disc for Redord Store Day. This song is from their latest album, but any excuse to play some Kreator!

G.B.H.
Momentum
Epitaph Records
Raw old school crusty rock, a little punk feel.

IN-DEFILADE
ELUDE
LABEL: INDEPENDENT
We debuted a single from this a couple months ago, fast and frenetic brutal tech death metal. On drums is local skinsman/studio guy Erik Schultek and this is a project mostly from Jon Vesano formerly of Nile, so you have a little bit of a Nile feeling going on. Great stuff.

CURSE THE FALL
SYMBIOSIS
LABEL: FINAL LEGION RECORDS
Melodic hard rocking standard metal, kind of accessible, one track is a bit melodic death/metalcore, another is a power ballad type thing…

Band: Putrescence
Album: Voiding Upon the Pulverized
Label: Eclectic productions
Grindy cookie monster death metal.

Band: Rabid Dogs
Album: Italian Mysteries
Label: Eclectic productions
Grooving crusty stoner metal, but a bit of a heavier kind of extreme thrash thing going on too. So harsh vox, grooving riffs, but a faster tempo with some big grooves. Cool stuff.

Horror God – Techne
Split
Lavadome Productions
Horror God is a kind of death metal with a little doomy downtempo thing while still being heavy thing… Techne is a more creepy blackened doomy death metal.

Starsoup
Castles of Sand
Metalism Records
Gothy and folky melodic metal, maybe a little bit prog, as there’s a lot going on, more rock-like. So, proggy goth/doom with a little folk metal.

HYPERION
Dangerous Days
Fighter
Classic metal going on here, a bit like Iron Maiden, great guitar attack, big powerful clean vox

Coraxo
Sol
Snow Wave Records
Mostly black metal, a melodic death thing and doom thing also going on.

Anguis Dei
Ad Portas Serpentium
Svart Records
Symphonic and epic blackened death metal, Cool to hear fast and brutal blackened death with some chruch organ and an epic keyboard/strings sound too.

Apologoethia
Pillars
Invictus Productions
Fast and heavy black metal

AETHERIAN
The Untamed Wilderness
Lifeforce
Kind of a melodic death metal, like Amon Amarth, has that epic viking catchiness and feeling. Great stuff

Cardiant
Mirrors
Record label: Inverse Records
Melodic metal, a bit like heavier power metal, almost like Dragonforce, but overall, it settles in and is some regular power/prog metal. male and female vox.

Souldrinker
War Is Coming
El Puerto Records GbR
A good meaty thrashing groove, and settling into some classic metal/hard rock some nice clean powerful vox.

MEYHNACH
Non Omnis Moriar
Osmose Productions
A bit doomy and atmospheric on the black metal side.

Elvenking
Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire
AFM Records
Folky melodic proggy power metal, catchy and cool, while the folk metal keeps it sounding not too serious. Great strings

Genus Ordinis Dei
Great Olden Dynasty
Eclipse Records
alright, we got something here, picture Randy Blythe barking out words over heavy symphonic death metal. it all works, catchy almost thrashy power metal music, but the extreme vox and heavy orchestral stuff all are pretty cool.

The Modern Age Slavery
Stygian
Innerstrength Records
This is some blackened death metal, a bit of a deathcore type thing too. Grooves, heavy, brutal, all with a little black metal coldness.

Nordheim
RapThor
Self-Release
Melodic blackened death metal. Good stuff, full on heavy stuff, with some harsh vox going with some clean harmonies, a nice evil dark feeling too.

Vardan
Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures – Part I
Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures – Part II
Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures – Part III
Moribund Records
24 November 2017
All pretty lo-fi and long drony black metal songs through 3 releases.

Coscradh
Of Death and Delirium
Invictus Productions
Old school black metal… kind of lo-fi.

Ayat
Carry on, Carrion
Blackened thrashy metal band from Lebanon. A bit melodic and fun too. They seem to mess around a bit which makes it a bit more fun.

Thantifaxath
Void Masquerading as Matter
Dark Descent Records
Doomy post black metal, 4 long tracks.

Slow Nerve
Selftitled
Karma Conspiracy Records
Rock, maybe alternative jazzy art rock type stuff. Prog? I dunno. Not metal.

Band: Millennium
Album: Awakening
Label: Not on label
Some classic sounding NWOBHM from the UK. Good catchy melodic grooves

Band: LORELEI
Album: Shadows Of October
Label: Solitude productions
Gothy doomy death mtal.

Beyond Forgiveness
The Great Wall
Self Released
Female fronted symphonic / meloidic death. A bit like Epica, with clean operattic female fox and death metal growl male vox.

Band: Antipope
Album: Denial/Survival
Label: Antipope/TCM Entertainment
I’d have to say this is a progressive melodic death metal thing, clean vox, and harsh vox, melodic music pushing into some death/black-ish metal too.

Funeral Chant
Funeral Chant
Duplicate Records
Kind of a classic doomy death metal, maybe a bit grindy

OUTLINE
Demo 1: Fire Whiplash (TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Raw, lo-fi punky thrash.

Throaat
Reflections in Darkness
Dying Victims
Dark doomy death metal, but with a good punchy blackened death metal groove

Barshasketh / Outre
Sein Zeit
Blut&Eisen Prod. / Third Eye Temple
Barshasketh is one track of good classic brutal black metal. Outre is more of a blackened death metal.

Band: Morvigor
Album: Tyrant
Label: Not on label
Black metal with a bit of a death metal thing happening too. Good kind of groove going on too.

Band: Unto The Wolves
Album: Year One
Label: Not on label
Hard rock

Enzo And The Glory Ensemble
In The Name Of The Son
Rockshots Records
Christian-Gospel Metal opera! (pretty much prog metal though) It’s a project of ENzo Donnafumma and has all sorts of guests… featuring Marty Friedman, Ralf Scheepers, Kobi Farhi, Mark Zonder, Gary Wehrkamp

New Stuff This Week… 11/13/17

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Nov 112017
 

AUÐN
Farvegir Fyrndar
Season of Mist
Cold and dark black metal, doomy and melodic fast and depressing too, but still pretty decent stuf

CLOAK
To Venomous Depths
Season of Mist
Sort of melodic death, a bit of black metal, some classic metal, definitely in the “extreme” realm due to growly vox.

IMPUREZA
La Caída De Tonatiuh
Season of Mist
Fast furious extreme death metal, technical, catchy and even a tiny melodic in parts, great brutal stuff.

JEFF SCOTT SOTO
Retribution
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Well, this guy has been around for a while singing for many different bands, I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between this and his band “SOTO” It looks like just different band members I guess, either way, this is a good solid melodic hard rock album. And the more I’ve heard JSS singing lately, the more I’m liking it. Good catchy hard rock going on here

PRIMAL FEAR
Best of Fear
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Four new tracks and a best of compilation, you can never go wrong with Primal Fear for classic power metal! The new tracks are solid. Nothing groundbreaking, but good stuff.

BABYLON A.D.
Revelation Highway
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
As with most stuff on this label, it’s either a new release from a classic hard rock band (like this one) or something like a classic hard rock sounding type thing. Well, this is both, right? Remember this band? Kind of hit the scene the same time as grunge and just didn’t make it real far… (I remember them from a big push in college radio). well, they have a new album, and it’s good solid classic hard rock.

SWEET & LYNCH
Unified
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Michael Sweet from Stryper and George Lynch from Dokken/Lynch Mob/Abunchofstuff. Two living legends in their area together! You have some good solid classic hard rock/metal type stuff. Nothing really too heavy, great sounding hard rock with a big voice and great guitars.

WHITE WIZZARD
STORM THE SHORES (single)
M-THEORY AUDIO
Grooving classic metal with a Maiden feeling.

Electric Wizard
Wizard Bloody Wizard
Spinefarm/Witchfinder
Look up stoner metal in the dictionary, Electric Wizard will be one of the examples. Meaty grooves, clean vox… and they’re just doing what they do!

Entheos
Dark Future
Spinefarm
Proggy technical metalcore type stuff. A little djent, female fronted (various styles – mostly growls) Former members of Animosity/Faceless/Animals as Leaders. Great tech death type stuff!

Iron Maiden
The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter
BMG
We have a 5 song sampler of some Maiden from the last tour… it’s mostly newer stuff, and all sounds great as only IM Can do!

Quicksand
Interiors
Epitaph Records
I was in college when these guys first came around… early 1990s, wasn’t a huge fan back then, now a lot has happened since they stopped making records in 1995. Now they’re back. Same kind of thing, melodic and grungy, It’s not too bad, maybe just not for the Mosh Pit

Cavalera Conspiracy
Psychosis
Napalm Records
Well, this is good stuff, kind of well, like old Sepultura-ish (Arise/Chaos AD era). Heavy, catchy, just about like everything Max does, good stuff.

Galactic Cowboys
Long Way Back To The Moon
Mascot Label Group
This band has been one of my favorites and to see they were making a comeback made me happy, and so does this album, it’s like they made this right along Machine Fish. It’s not quite as heavy as some parts on the first couple albums, but it’s got everything that makes this band great, vocal harmonies, catchy and crunchy riffs. Great stuff.

Conan
Man is Myth (Early Demos)
Napalm Records
Well, these are “early demos”, so they’re a bit raw, but it’s some sludgey stoner metal.

Sacrilegious Rite
Summoned From Beyond
Dunkelheit Produktionen
Death metal with a little black metal feel, a bit atmospheric, but with some good grooves

???? (Sleepwalker)
5772
AnnapurnA / Sentient Ruin
Post-metal or black metal kind of noise. Does not sound coherent.

NO AMNESTY
Psychopathy
Xtreem Music
Thrashy melodic death, great grooves, catchy riffs.

Catapult The Dead
A Universal Emptiness
Doom Stew
4 songs of big long doomy stuff

Wrathprayer / Force of Darkness
Wrath of Darkness – split LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Both of these are similar fast and furious blackened death metal.

Lihhamon
Doctrine LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Grindy death metal

Iron Griffin
Iron Griffin
Gates of Hell Records
Old school throwback doomy metal. Maybe a little like a simpler Ghost/sabbath type thing. Good grooves and retro sounding.

Susurrus Station
Miss Anthropocene
ÅIÖ Soundings
alrighty then… 68 minutes of all sort of stuff, folk, electronic, prog, file under WTF.

GAME OVER
Claiming Supremacy
Scarlet Records
Do you like classic metal/classic thrash? You’ll like this. Catchy, and just good old metal!

PRIEST
New Flesh
Lövely Records
This is the band from one of the ex members of Ghost, more of an electronic techno retro thing… passing it over to the show before the Mosh Pit.

SAR ISATUM
Shurpu
Self Released (Decible Mag – Asher Promo)
Fast and furious black metal. No fucking around, good melodic stuff, brutal, cold, evilness abound!

Death Toll 80K
Step Down
Svart Records
Grindy and fast death metal. quick short tracks.

Lady Beast
Vicious Breed
Cruz Del Sur Music
A good solid grooving classic metal. Not too heavy, not too light, and as the band name suggests, it’s female fronted, but a good melodic clean vox, with some cool range and tones. good stuff.

Tyfon’s Doom
Emperor’s Path
Gates of Hell Records
Melodic classic metal, a little bit of a prog feel, maybe a little noise, pinch of doom, or a kind diamond feel.

DESPITE EXILE
Relics
Lifeforce
Some modern death metal / melodic death. Barked out vox, melodic death type guitar work, cool tech death stuff going on too.

Over the Voids…
Over the Voids
Nordvis Produktion
Old school sounding black metal, cold drony guitars, long songs, a bit doomy and depressing

WASTED THEORY
Defenders of the Riff “2017 Edition”
Argonauta Records
Release Date: November 17th, 2017
File Under: Heavy Rock /Stoner / Southern Metal

Infernal Blast
Wolves Elitism Speech
War Arts Productions
Brutal, raw blackened death metal.

Monolith Cult
Gospel Of Despair
Trancending
This is some cool melodic doom

BLACK DEATH (Cleveland)
Black Death
Hells Headbangers
Kind of raw classic old doom type stuff, kind a sabbath meets kind diamond type thing

Band: GOAT OF MENDES
Album: Hagzussa – Riding The Fence
Label: Witches Brew
A bit classic metal, but some thrash, and maybe a pinch of death metal as the vox get a little growly, but mostly melodic classic metal with a gritty edge.

Band: Radiation
Album: The Gift Of Doom
Label: Witches Brew
This is some cool heavy thrash, maybe just touching on some death metal, good grooves.

Band: Serenade
Album: Onirica
Label: Revalve records
Female fronted metal. Mostly power metal, but kind of a grungy crunchy groove, and probably comparable to like a Lacuna Coil.

Svarthart
Emptiness Filling the Void
Self Released
Depressing blackened doom, a bit lo-fi, but more like mastered on a cassette sound than bandwidth limited lo-fi.

FLAMES OF GENESIS
INTERSTELLAR TRANSMIGRATION PART I: A BRIDGE TO FURTHER REALMS
LABEL: MINOTAURO RECORDS
Post-metal noise.

RIMFROST
A Clash Under The Northern Wind (single)
Label: Non Serviam Records
Grooving black metal. Nice meaty headbanging groove with harsh vox.

Torso Murder
Torso Murder
Self Released
A sort of tech, dark, grooving djent death metal, with some hardcore and prog type stuff too.

UNBOWED
Through Endless Tides
Self Released (asher)
released this past May, just to our inbox… technical melodic death metal. Barked out vox, grooving riffs, atmospheric blackened metal stuff too.

Band: Desecrated Grounds
Album: Lord of Insects
Label: Not on label
CLassic death metal, big grooves, a bit of a thrashy heaviness too.

Masqued
The Light In The Dark
Sleaszy Rider Records (Greece).
Male and Female fronted power/prog metal, decent stuff.

Mask Of Satan
Silent Servants – Chants of Lovecraftian Horror
Self Released
Good ol classic brutal death metal

Scream Of The Butterfly
Ignition
Burning Wax Productions
Stoner metal, hard rock… Decent stuff.

Band: Luna
Album: Swallow Me Leaden Sky
Label: Solitude productions
Two 20+minute tracks of post metal/funeral doom. meh.

Band: Dreamgrave
Album: “Monuments I. – The Anxious”
Label: Prog Heaven Hungary
Now this is real prog metal, female fronted, crazy all over the place type stuff, virtuoustic playing, changing stuff all over the place, heavy, then jazzy, ambient, symphonic… cool stuff.

Zolle
Infesta
Subsound Records
This is seemingly some kind of grooving instrumental stoner metal, a bit heavier than say a Clutch, but solid grooves, catchy tunes that are quick and to the point and no vox!

Kabexnuv
Dzyan
Self
Old school lo-fi black metal.

Ghastly Sound
The Bottom
Magnetic Eye
This is hard to put a finger on, a bit metalcore, a bit of a proggy metal thing, kind of stoner metal, a little sludgey. Clean and harsh vox. Neat stuff.

Space Vacation
Lost In The Black Divide
Pure Steel Records
I had to make sure this wasn’t something on Frontiers records… haha classic hard rock, big clean vox, catchy guitar riffage, not metal, not plain rock, just something cool inbetween.

New Stuff This Week… 11/6/17

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Nov 062017
 

SANTA CRUZ
BAD BLOOD RISING
M-THEORY AUDIO
A modern hard rock/Pop hard rock type thing.

THE FACELESS
“DIGGING THE GRAVE”
Sumerian
Wellll, just a single so far, but techy, brutal, and in your face, then a clean vox, slowed down part in the middle, then back to the tech death. Who’s even in this band these days?

ENDUR
“Death Angel”
Sumerian
A single from the new album from a guy from Periphery… it’s not much like Periphery, a bit more laid back and metalcore-ish, maybe a little industrial

OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Wake Me Up – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
I saw some online reviews slagging this pretty hard, so I was expecting this to be sort of awful, and actually, it’s not bad. Just some classic hard rock type stuff with Geoff’s unmistakable voice. Catchy riffs

PRETTY BOY FLOYD
Feel the Heat – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l
I couldn’t tell you what this band sounded like back in the day, this is some good gritty old school hard rock.

Toothgrinder
Phantom Amour
Spinefarm
Grooving melodic hard rock, a good dirty guitar, melodic grooves, a bit stoner metal, a bit modern prog rock, a bit classic rock.

Anti-Flag
American Fall
Spinefarm
A sort of rock/pop-ish punk thing. Catchy sing along songs, but probably not mosh pit material

Vandenberg’s Moonkings
MK II
Mascot
This is the 2nd album under Adrian Vandenberg’s new band name, classic metal with a big voice and great guitar work

Sepultura
Roots Expanded Edition
Rhino

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Snakefarm
Kind of a stoner, alternative rock type thing

Amberian Dawn
Darkness Of Eternity
Napalm Records
Female fronted epic-ish power metal. Some heavier kind of dragonforce type stuff with more like proggy power metal going on.

We Came As Romans
Cold Like War
SharpTone Records
A bit of a modern metalcore. Catchy singy stuff with some heavier melodeath stuff too, but then getting into some breakdowns and more emo-type vox and style.

Stalker
Shadow Of The Sword
Napalm Records
Some classic thrashy stuff with some crazy screams and maybe old school Slayer type stuff. Great stuff.

Black Sabbath
The End, Live In Birmingham
Eagle Rock Entertainment
A single of the last, last show from the band that invented the genre! This is more about nostalgia and celebrating their legacy than how great this show might be, as well, this one song, “Paranoid” has heard better days… still good stuff and great to hear.

Band: STAIRS OF LIFE
Album: The Man In A Glass
Label: Sliptrick records
This is a little bit alternative rock and a little bit prog rock, heavy accent singing english lyrics and probably a little too power ballad-ish for me.

VESSEL OF LIGHT
S/t
Argonauta Records
A nice big meaty doom sound, it feels like some cool stoner metal with some grooves. It’s cool stuff, but I feel like it’s about ready to kick into another gear, but just stays in the doom gear. decent stuff though.

Beast In Black
Berserker
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
This is at its roots, just some power metal, but there’s some extra epic, wall of sound type of thing going on. Cool stuff.

Unreqvited
Disquiet
Cold
Melodic progressive and atmospheric black metal, goes from some ambient piano type stuff, to full on cold evil black metal.

VHÄLDEMAR
Against All Kings
Fighter Records
This is some like Manowar meets Kreator type metal, thrashy extreme power metal meets some german gritty thrash metal… but they’re from Spain. Good stuff.

Destruction
Thrash Anthems II
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
speaking of German gritty thrash metal… These guys are back with another set of re-recorded classics from their own catalog. crisp modern production on these tracks… great stuff.

Hornwood Fell
My Body, My Time
Avantgarde Music
I’d have to say this is some classic black metal, decent production, sometimes clean vox or shouted, but not that classic black metal shriek.

A Pale December
The Shrine Of Primal Fire
Avantgarde Music
Melodic and doomy post-black metal… some good grooves and full on black metal too, maybe a little bit of a prog thing going on too.

SMOTHERED BOWELS
DEAD CUNT DANCE
LABEL: BIZARRE LEPROUS PRODUCTIONS
Well, just judging by the name here, you know you’re in for a treat. We have some pig squeal style vox (and cookie monster too) with some grindy gore death metal. Broootal!

Serpentrance
The Besieged Sanctum CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Noisy doomy death metal

AUÐN
Í Hálmstráið Held (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Melodic black metal. (just a single)…. classic doomy black metal with shrieky vox, a cold sound, but with some decent production

Flames of Genesis
A Bridge to Further Realms
Minotauro Records
Long songs of ambient background noise and sounds

Asylum 8
Repressed
Record label: Inverse Records
Melodic death with some industrial keyboard type stuff happening. Clean vox, harsh vox, with a heavy power metal think mixed with a little soilwork and lots of keyboards. Cool stuff!

Desolate Shrine
Deliverance from the Godless Void
Dark Descent Records
I’ll have to those this in the blackened death metal area. It’s got the brutality of death metal, but that cold harsh black metal thing. It’s leaning more black metal vocally, maybe grindy black metal.

Begerith
A.D.A.M.
Minotauro Records
Thrashy blackened death metal, good heavy stuff, cool grooves and brutal vox, catchy riffs. Good stuff!!

Infaust
Verlichen
Eisenwald
Not much else to say about this, but some classic black metal with decent production (I feel like I have to say it’s decent production because typically “classic black metal” means lo-fi). In this case, it’s got the melodic cold guitars, shrieky vox, blast beats, you know, the classic black metal stuff.

Häive
Iätön
Eisenwald
This has a Finnish melodic death feel, a little folk metal feeling, some black metal, and overall a doomy, heavy melodic death.

Werian
Lunar Cult Society
Eisenwald
Doomy death metal with a little creepy black metal stuff happening

The Erkonauts
“I Shall Forgive”
Indie Recordings
A bit of an industrial thing, stoner metal, a bit of punk, maybe a little hardcore, some motorhead type stuff…

Band: Bergrizen
Album: Der Unsterbliche Geist
Label: Purity Through Fire
Black metal, melodic in parts, creepy shouty/screamy vox.

Shadowpath
Rumours of a Coming Dawn
Self Released
Proggy female fronted power metal

Cobra
Title: Sin dominio del tiempo
Genre: Speed Metal
Morbid Skull Records (El Salvador)
A basic classic thrash/metal type thing, vox are a bit more extreme, kind of a spanish language Goatwhore or Skeletonwitch type thing. Great stuff

NATVRE’S
Early Cvlts
Argento Records
A bit of a doomy black metal, a bit more grindy sludge sounding (sludge tones, not pace, this is fairly um, quick, not full on speedy blast beat, but more of a heavy doom thing)

Metatrone
Eucharismetal
Rockshots Records
Power metal, a bit catchy with some proggy chunk happening too

Dark Avenger
The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Epic power metal, and along with the Metatrone above, there’s a cool heavier proggy chunky element, this one probably moreso

Salems Lott
Mask of Morality (Part 1)
Online Metal Promo
a kind of heavier thrash, fast, in your face, some cool melodic stuff too.. just a 3 song

RETRACE MY FRAGMENTS
Tidal Lock
Self Released
2 tracks of Prog Instrumental with a little djent going on, but not too much, just some cool prog metal here.

Crystal Gates
Shadowborn (single)
Self Released
Epic female fronted metal, maybe a bit like an epica, without the growls and not quoite as heavier, but this isn’t quite the typical plain ol fe-metal, thie more “epic” full feel here makes this kinda cool.

Expulser
Fornications
Greyhaze Records
Some old school sounding death metal, by the way it sounds, it was probably released in the 90’s and this is a reissue, kind of deathy thrash metal. I’m too lazy to look it up.

New Stuff This Week… 10/30/17

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Oct 302017
 

 

b.o.s.c.h.
Fleischwolf
Laute Helden/SPV
This is some industrial metal type stuff, maybe a bit like a Rammstein. cool catchy and a bit thrashy. Cool stuff!

Moonspell
1755
Napalm Records
Word has it that this was going to be heavier… and word is right! The heavier Moonspell that we all know and love. Melodic, a little bit gothy, but catchy and heavy.

Sons Of Apollo
Psychotic Symphony
Inside Out Music
Hard to be objective on this one, as I’m a self proclaimed Mike Portnoy fanboy, and a fan of the heavier stuff… well, here we go… this is the heaver prog metal stuff we’ve been waiting for… and it’s not really full on prog metal, it’s got classic rock, modern metal and all that going on. It does have a little Adrenaline Mob feel in parts. With Derek Sherinian’s keyboards, it does also have a feel like this could have been the Dream Theater album after Falling into Ifinity if he didn’t get kicked out for Jordan Rudess. So yeah, i’m digging it.

Converge
The Dusk In Us
Epitaph Records
Just two songs so far… I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of this band over the years, kind of like Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s heavy, a little groove, metalcore, maybe a little disjointed.

Volumes
Different Animals
Fearless/Concord Music Group
Melodic metalcore, djenty, technical, clean vox are decent (not all emoish, just good clean vox) and the harsh stuff is sufficiently brutal. Decent stuff.

Batushka
Litourgiya
Metal Blade Records
We actually got this as an indie release at the end of 2015 and they’re now on metal blade releasing the same album to the masses… here’s what I wrote then: Band: Batushka
Starts of with some chanting… but then gets black and brutal real fast. The chanting stays in there with the brutal blackened death to just keep it creepy and evil sounding. pretty cool stuff.

Cannibal Corpse
Red Before Black
Metal Blade Records
This band… I tell you… keeping it brutal, technical, catchy, and relevant. Good stuff once again!

Arrayan Path
Dawn of Aquarius
Pitch Black
Kind of power metal, or maybe just classic metal with a big powerful voice. Decent stuff

Sacroscum
Drugs & Death
Unholy Prophecies
Good grooving blackend death metal. Not in your face brutal, just a big solid meaty groove with a very blackened metal sound, while not getting all super tr00 and black metal-ish.

Malokarpatan
Nordkarpatenland
Invictus Productions / The Ajna Offensive
A sort of black metal, dark, but maybe a little doomy and death metal. Vox are not in english and are a bit echoey, giving it a more creepy vibe. Musically, it’s kind of a blackened death with grooves.

Blood Freak
Total Destruction Of The Human Form
Horror Pain Gore Death
Death metal, and more on the grindy gore side of things. brutal, grooving and raw.

INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS
The Crowning Quietus
I, Voidhanger Records
This has a classic black metal feel, but really gets its groove on, maybe like a heavier Satyricon.

VOËMMR
Nox Maledictvs
Harvest Of Death / Signal Rex
raw and scary black metal. basic beats, scary shrieking with no music in parts, sounds like maybe recorded in a basement.

Procession
Doom Decimation
High Roller Records
CLean vox, a bit doomy, a bit goth-ish and a bit AOR/classic metal.

Adimiron
“Et Liber Eris”
Indie Recordings
Kind of a melodic death/prog with some Porcupine Tree-like prog rock type stuff, and then progressing into some growls and melodic death stuff. Kind of cool.

Tetragrammacide
Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix CD/LP/TAPE
Iron Bonehead
We’re talking about some heavy death metal, maybe a little bit of a wall of sound and blackened feel.

Kawir
Exilasmos CD/LP/TAPE
Iron Bonehead
Mostly a black metal feel, with some death metal grooves and technicality. / heavy melodic death

Poison Pill
Poison Pill
Sliptrick
Big screamy voice classic metal. Good stuff. ( a little thrashy)

Band: AEOLITH
Album: Remnants of a Future Past
Label: Heathen Tribes
Kind of atmospheric black metal, a bit electronic-ish and production is a bit raw

Band: GOAT WAR
Album: Warwolf
Label: Heathen Tribes
Raw blackened thrash.

Band: LAMASTU
Album: Death to All
Label: Heathen Tribes
Another raw production release on this label, this is black metal with some more Slayer-like vibes going on. Decent grooves, sufficiently cold and evil.

Band: PROFUNDUM
Album: Come, Holy Death
Label: Heathen Tribes
More sludgey production, for this doomy blackened death doom / post metal thing.

Band: SUPREME DOMINION
Album: Triptolemus
Label: Heathen Tribes
Finally something with listenable production! Clean, classic melodic black metal.

VAULTWRAITH
Death is Proof of Satan’s Power (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Here we go…brutal thrashed up death metal with a little creepy atmospheric black metal feeling. Cool stuff

TALV
Entering a Timeless Winter
A Sad Sadness Song
Post-black metal atmospheric noise.

DEVLSY
Private Suite
ATMF
Doomy blackened death metal.

Feral
Forever Resonating In Blood
Horror Pain Gore Death
Black metal, maybe a little thrashy, melodic stuff happening too.

Opium Warlords
Droner
Svart Records
3 almost 20 minute tracks of droney noise

Niviane
The Druid King
Pitch Black Records
Melodic power metal with some thrashy heavier stuff going on too.

Lustre
Still Innocence
Nordvis Produktion
Atmospheric music, not getting into metal, more ambient symphonic/electronic type stuff, maybe “metal” because it gets into noise.

PROFANATICA
The Enemy of Virtue (2CD, 2LP)
Hells Headbangers
Dirty black metal, quick short songs, fast and cold

VESSEL OF LIGHT
S/t
Argonauta Records
Doom metal but with some grooves, a bit of a Trouble vibe.

ACID WITCH
Evil Sound Screamers (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Sludgey death metal with monster grooves and a good halloween theme.

Grate
You Should Be
Self Released
Grungy and sludgey stoner death, some grooving stuff, doomy in parts

Vredehammer
“Suffocate All Light” (single)
Indie Recordings
Fast blackened death metal, some maybe thrashy picking, but fast and furious catchy tune. (just one track!) Great stuff.

Crosson
Spreading the Rock N Roll Disease
Self Released (Online Metal Promo)
Classic AOR-ish hard rock

COMPLETE FAILURE
Crossburner
Season of Mist
Fast and grindy thrashy speed metal. A bit hardcore and screamy, yet kind of brutal and heavy in parts.

Invertia
The Crimson Screen Vol. 1
Self-Release
Classic black metal with some good death metal grooves

Band: Haema
Album: Insurrection
Label: Sliptrick records
The included genre description is oddly specific, so you know that means it’s kinda right on: “Style: Industrial-influenced experimental groove metal” I’d throw in a “nu-metal” element as well.

Band: Ypnos
Album: Beholder
Label: Sliptrick records
Keyboard heavy proggy hard rock/metal. A bit on the rock side, but some heavier stuff will make the prog metal fan happy too.

Band: Eternal Silence
Album: Mastermind Tyranny
Label: Sliptrick records
This is some more epic symphonic power metal with some female vox, a good catchy kind of proggy thing

Band: AMPLIFIED MEMORY
Album: Vas Hermeticum
Label: Sliptrick records
Oh, here we go, proggy melodic death metal, Heavy typical melodic death, but then you get some stuff with saxophones and strings and keyboards…. overall though, melodic death with good prog stuff going on. Great stuff.

H2SO4
British Bangla Testament
Genre: Thrash Metal
As I typed this, the band name rang a bell and I thought, isn’t that the sign for Sulfuric Acid? (googles it) yup! wow. So yeah, great catchy classic heavy thrash!

Band: STRIKE MASTER
Album: Strike Master
Self Released
This is some classic thrash, good catchy, heavy, no messing around

Harmdaud
Blinda Dödens Barn
Self Released
This would have to be blackened death metal , as it’s not real tr00 black metal, and not tr00 death metal, but a good half and half, heavy, and fast with some monster blast beats while having a good groove too.

 

New Stuff This Week… 10/23/17

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Oct 212017
 

Trivium
The Sin And The Sentence
Roadrunner
I think by now, you know what you’re going to get with Trivium, catchy yet accessible thrashy metal. Technical, heavy and brutal in parts, kind of melodic death, but also metalcore-ish too.

Appice
Sinister
SPV
For the first time ever, the Appice brothers are together to make an album. A mostly classic metal album with well, two drummers! It features a super star line-up of random Bass, guitar and vocalists. Good solid hard rockin’ stuff.

In Search Of Sun
Virgin Funk Mother
Spinefarm
A proggy hard rock thing along the lines of a Fair to Midland/Karnivool. Clean vox, driving hard rock stuff, whi

Iron Monkey
9-13
Relapse
A bit sludgey, grungy, punky and stoner metal-ish

Sleeping Romance
Alba
Napalm Records
Female fronted sort of epic-ish power metal.

Across The Atlantic
Works Of Progress
SharpTone Records
Modern metalcore type stuff, but more on the mall/modern metal rock type stuff. A little to emo hard rock for me

Not Over Yet
Axioms Of Life
NOY Records
A super group compilation type thing featuring Zak Stevens, Chris Poland, Luca Princiotta, and others. Overall, it’s got a good classic hard rocking metal sound.

Winds Of Plague
Blood Of My Enemy
Entertainment One
This one song so far has some elements of death core, but also of some epic dimmu borgir type flair too. Cool stuff!

Delain
A Decade of Delain (Disc 1)
Napalm Records
A live album of some of the better stuff from Delain over the years, femaled fronted metal. Comes across a bit heavier than the studio stuff… symphonic and epic feeling too.

RAM
Rod
Metal Blade Records
Oct 24
Just straight up classic hard rocking metal.

TANTAL
RUIN
Sleaszy Rider
A little classic metal, some technical prog type stuff, yet toeing the line of a few sub metal genres while being just “metal”. It’s female fronted

REGARDLESS OF ME
THE COVENANT
Sleaszy Rider
Kind of a melodic death/metal core thing with growly vox and clean female vox

VOLTUMNA
DODECAPOLI
Sleaszy Rider
Melodic blackened death metal. BLack metal style vox, a bit of a blackended death music style with melodic death type stuff going on. Cool stuff!

ZGARD
Within The Swirl Of Black Vigor
Self Released
Black metal, with a bit of a modern more melodic sound. Still with raw harsh vox and cold guitar tone. A bit of an epic full sound (with keyboards or whatever) good stuff.

Thy Serpent’s Cult
Supremacy of Chaos
Ordo MCM
Classic Death metal with a little bit of a gore metal feel.

War Possession
Doomed to Chaos
Memento Mori
Brutal death metal, a bit of a blackened sound with some technicality and some melodic stuff all while being full on brutal.

Pile of Excrements
Escatology
Memento Mori
Grindy and catchy brutal death metal.

Band: Apotelesma
Album: Timewrought Kings
Label: Solitude Production
Doomy death metal. It’s got the melodic doom stuff that gets a bit heavy, but overall, still depressing.

Vvon Dogma I
Communion
27 October 2017
Techy djenty melodic metalcore type stuff… experimental-ish

Communic
Where Echoes Gather
AFM Records
I’ve always thought of these guys as a Nevermore Junior… but with no Nevermore around anymore, these guys are it. Technical, melodic proggy heavy metal. Good stuff.

PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)
Emotional Tattoos
Inside Out
Classic old prog rock, a bit like Peter Gabriel type stuff.

XAEMORA
Pandemonium`s Ocean
Black Market Metal Label
Classic black metal, Brutal, cold and melodic too. Decent stuff with decent production

Toxicology / Skuz / Triple Cripple / Ground
Split
Horror Pain Gore Death
All four bands on this split EP are a bit grindy death metal. mostly short quick songs.

CURSED MOON
Rite of Darkness (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
This is kind of doomy goth musically, but with harsh vocals

ÓREIÐA / HOLOCAUSTO EM CHAMAS
Split 10″MLP
Harvest Of Death / Signal Rex
Oreida is 10 mins of black metal noise, Holocauso em Chamas are some shorter songs of doomy lo-fi black metal.

HANGING GARDEN
I Am Become
Lifeforce
Kind of a doomy grooving melodic death. a bit atmospheric and laid back, but yeah, some decent grooves when it gets going.

ATENA
“Possessed”
Indie Recordings
This is metalcore, kind of brutal and industrialish.

Venus’s Delight
OIP (Oblivion: Intimate Portraits)
Self Released
Doomy post-rock type stuff

CAÏNAN DAWN
F.O.H.A.T
Osmose Productions
This is kind of a black metal post metal doom classic black metal type thing

Sacrocurse
Gnostic Holocaust LP
Iron Bonehead
Brutal dark death metal with a bit of a black metal thing going on

Malleus (U.S.)
Storm of Witchcraft CD/LP/TAPE
Blood Harvest
Take some black metal mix in thrash, or take thrash and mix in black metal… you have this. Good stuff.

Cryptic Fog
Staring Through the Veil CD/LP/TAPE
Blood Harvest
Blackened death metal, maybe a bit grindy

Siinai
Sykli
Svart Records
Ambient electronic music… no metal here.

Hallatar
No Stars Upon The Bridge
SVART Records
Doomy death metal. Down tempo, depressing, melodic

BAND OF SPICE
Shadows Remain
Scarlet Records
Grooving hard rock, maybe a little stoner metal-ish

MERCYLESS
Coloured Funeral [remastered reissue]
XENOKORP
Meaty grooving death metal. Good stuff

Eneferens
In The Hours Beneath
Nordvis Produktion / Bindrune Recordings
Melodic doomy atmospheric black-ish death metal.

Torchia
Of curses and grief
Label: Concorde Music Company
Melodic death metal, fast and furious. great grooves, chugga chuggas and catchy

Dehydrated
Resurrection
Self Released
CLassic brutal cookie monster death metal.

Walter Fornication
On A Journey Through Time And Space
Self Released
Kind of a melodic death, but more doomy. Production is a bit raw, more on the death metal size

Hive
Fights the Reds
Self Released
Sludgey death metal, kind of disjointed and all over the place with meh production

Hexx
Wrath Of The Reaper
High Roller Records
Classic Maiden/Priest-like metal. Lots of guitars, good raspy clean vox

Air Raid
Across The Line
High Roller Records
Single of classic euro fast power metal.

Beyond Visions
Catch 22
Labels: Bleeding Music Records
Female fronted power metal with keyboards and, getting a little bit heavy/melodic death-ish musically

ILIUM
Sirens of the Styx: Re-Styxed
Nightmare Records
Classic gallopy power metal, decent stuff.

Jupiter Zeus
Eyes on the Prize
Self-Release
A doomy melodic stoner type metal, with a bit more down tempo and some clean vox with growls.

Total Inferno
Title: Return of Evil Chaos
Label: Morbid Skull Records
Extreme thrash/blackened metal. A bit of a thrashy feel, but a full on black metal thing too. Dark and cold

New Stuff This Week…10/16/17

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Oct 132017
 

Sepultura
Chaos AD: Expanded Edition
Rhino
Mostly remastered stuff, with live tracks, studio demos, live stuff… The original sounded pretty good to me, but these extras are cool and any excuse to play something from this album…

The Fright
Canto V
SPV
Sort of a gothy hard rock, catchy stuff, maybe a bit commercial.

CyHra
Letters To Myself
Spinefarm
So this is the band with a couple of the old In Flames guys and Amaranthe. A melodic metal/melodic death type thing. Vocally, there are clean vox, musically it’s sounds like the heavier catchy in flames stuff (not the real old stuff), but also a bit of a modern metalcore feel too.

SICARIUS
SERENADE OF SLITTING THROATS
M-THEORY AUDIO
This is some fast heavy, kind of epic black metal, a bit like a Dimmu Borgir, but maybe a bit more black metal and wall of sound-ish and raw. Good stuff

Madame Mayhem
Ready For Me
Headball Records
Good solid hard rocking stuff with female vocals. Catchy standard classic hard rocking metal music with clean vox, but not symphonic or growly, just good hard rocking stuff all around.

Exhumed
Death Revenge
Relapse
Brutal death metal, but technical, catchy, gory and heavy with monster grooves too.

Then Comes Silence
Blood
Nuclear Blast USA
Kind of a gothy hard rock, has a bit of an 80’s alt rock feel to it.

Serenity
Lion Heart
Napalm Records
Kind of an epic power metal thing, some sing-along type stuff, maybe a tiny bit folk metal-ish

Slipknot
Day Of The Gusano Live
Eagle Rock Entertainment
This is kind of the soundtrack to their documentary film… Good showing of their live performance, showing they are one of the biggest top metal touring bands. Say what you want about this band, they put on a great show and can pull it off well. Production isn’t polished, which probably makes it more “real” right?

Ne Obliviscaris
Urn
Season Of Mist Records
One of the best of the blackened prog/technical metal bands out there. Brutal, proggy, technical and just straight up prog metal with clean vox and melodic stuff. This might be a bit much for some people with the extreme dynamics of say, violin strings and full on brutality… Great stuff

Sorcerer
The Crowning of the Fire King
Metal Blade Records
Clasic metal type thing with clean powerful vox, a bit of a melodic thing.

GWAR
The Blood of Gods
Metal Blade Records
Musically this has the same Gwar “feel” vocally, of course it’s different, but the same attitude is there, just not a real “front man” feel, which I guess is to be expected. I might be in the minority, but I’m glad they are forging on without Oderus, I’m sure brockie really would have wanted his legacy to move on. This one might be a bit more metal in parts, a bit more quirky like a “saddam a gogo” type thing.

BLOODHUNTER
The End of Faith
Xtreem Music
Melodic death metal. A big on the blackened death metal side of things, but there’s some good melodies going on too. It’s brutal, yet has some great melodic guitar solos. Good stuff

Expander
Endless Computer LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A raw grindy death metal, a pinch of a punky metal going on too.

Goatpenis
Anesthetic Vapor LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Raw blackened death metal, fast and brutal with a heavy melodic black metal thing going on.

Xanthochroid
“Of Erthe and Axen” Act II
Erthe and Axen Records
Symphonic proggy metal with some crunchy metal parts here and there, but overall, pretty melodic and orchestral hard rock stuff.

Rig Time!
War
Innerstrength Records
A grooving grindy hardcore metal thing.

The Kahless Clone
Our Never-Ending Loneliness
Self-Release
Melodic dark doomy/prog-ish type stuff, like Katatona/slower Opeth, some decent grooves all instrumental.

Seeds Of Mary
The Blackbird and the Dying Sun
Klonosphere Records
This started off with a Queensryche-like guitar tone, then moving into some more Alice In Chains sounding stuff. Some cool grooves, staying more along a Alice In Chains style of groovy grunge

Emil Bulls
Kill Your Demons
AFM Records
Kind of a metalcore thing, but almost a melodic death, good heavy stuff, a little melodic stuff that makes it have that “metalcore” sound. Probably more for the younger metal fan with the modern metalcore stuff though.

Band: DITHEIST
Album: Eternity Of Nothingness
Label: Heathen Tribes
Some great death metal with monster grooves, catchy licks and a chugga chugga freight train with the bonus of some great guitar flourishes too

Retortion Terror / Invidiosus –
Split CD
Horror Pain Gore Death
Retortion Terror is more of a raw grindy, in your face death thing, short under 2 min. songs. Invidiosus is more of a traditional death metal, also with some quick short songs.

Vuur
In This Moment We Are Free – Cities
InsideOut
Doomy grooving metal with female vox, more of a clean operattic thing. Vox aren’t just by anyone, it’s Anneke van Giersbergen from The Gathering and Devin Townsend fame. Cool meaty grooves in mostly downtempo with these vox are kind of different and it works.

OBESE
Anamnesis
Argonauta Records
File Under: Stoner Sludge Metal
Release Date: October 20th, 2017

Band: Khandra
Album: All is of no Avail
Self Released
Two tracks of good classic black metal from Belarus. (good clean production!)

WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND
WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND
Self Released
Bluesey old school hard rock. Cool guitar work, raw hard rock grooves.

INFINITAS –
CIVITAS INTERITUS
Self Released
Melodic folky death-ish metal with female vox. Good mix of heaviness, melodies, folky charm and catchiness.

Warcall
Invaders
Plan B Music
Classic metal meets a little bit of a thrash, a bit of a grooving melodic thing going on with nothing really else to say but good heavy metal

Dekapited
Sin Misericordia
Morbid Skull Records (El Salvador)
I’d say this is some extreme thrash, almost blackened thrash when the vox come in.

Hidden Intent
Apocalypse Now (single)
Self-Release
Classic thrash, cool gallopy thrash, just good stuff (4 tracks)

Pile of Priests
Redemptionem Per Cruciatu (single)
Self-Release
A single of death metal with a raw production giving a little bit of a black metal feel, but cookie monster vox and a mroe down tempo groove.

Cloak
Beyond The Veil (Radio single)
Season of Mist
Grooving death metal with black metal touches

Internal Chaos
Chaotic Sounds Propagation
Self Released
Melodic death metal, heavier technical metal music, clean vox, cookie monster growls, technical? yeah, kind of prog too. So yeah, proggy melodic death, strings… this is cool stuff.

Kroh
Pyres
Self Released
Female fronted doomy sludge and melodic metal

IMPUREZA
Leyenda Negra (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Single of technical and melodic death of brutal proportions. Lots going on, cool stuff.

Korrupt
Preachers and Creatures
Fysisk Format
Screamo-punky metalcore type stuff.

Band: Lostair
Album: Ad Jubilaeum
Label: Revalve records
Grooving thrash stuff, growly vox

I Klatus
Nagual Sun
Self-Release
Dooomy post-metal… kinda. Some big meaty grooves, down tempo, vox are a bit echo-ey shouted stuff.

BIGFOOT
Bigfoot – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Melodic hard rock, just good catchy hard rock

L.A. GUNS
The Missing Peace – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
New album! Classic hard rocking stuff here, a bit more edge than a lot of the stuff on this label, but this is an established band with some newly reunited members. Decent stuff.

REVOLUTION SAINTS
Light in the Dark – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Supergroup formed by the head of the label, Jack Blades, Deen Castronovo and Doug Aldrich. It has that Journey/Night Ranger sound (figures) Good stuff though, but probably not for the Mosh Pit.

FIREBALL MINISTRY
Remember The Story
(Cleopatra Records)
Stoner metal, a little bit on the doomy side on some tracks, but some tracks are a bit more upbeat too. Catchy stuff too. First album in 7 years.

ALTARAGE
Endinghent
Season of Mist
Doomy sludgey black metal and grindy too. it’s a bit too much for me.

 

New Stuff This Week… 10/9/17

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Oct 082017
 

Haemorrhage
We Are The Gore
Relapse
Brutal gory death metal. Great stuff with no fucking around.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Vol. 1
Rise Above
Old school sounding stoner metal, very throwback-y with a psychedelic stoner doom thing going on. Seems like this is a reissue of their first album from 2010

Gruntruck
Gruntruck
Found Recordings
Lost album from the early 90’s This band was in that grunge scene… has a melodic grungy sound, but with so many bands that came out at the time… this is kind of timeless.

My Ticket Home
UnReal
Spinefarm
Melodic modern metal, clean vox, some heavier guitar driven parts, some just more melodic and laid back.

Primus
The Desaturating Seven
ATO
First album in 6 years, first original album with “herb” since Tales from the Punchbowl. I have to say the last time I saw Primus a long time ago, they got to be too “jammy” for me live and then I kind of just lost interest, so did everyone else too I guess. Well, this new album is no Sailing the Seas of Cheese, but it’s quirky and unique… some big meaty grooves and that weird stuff that makes Primus, well, Primus. I think this will get better with more listens!

Samael
Hegemony
Napalm Records
Epic melodic death. heavy, catchy, great stuff me like!

Enslaved
E
Nuclear Blast USA
Melodic death/blackened prog metal. A bit in the extreme classic black metal, melodic death stuff and straight up prog metal, definitely more prog metal than earlier stuff from these guys… and leaning more in the Opeth side of metal. Great stuff.

Through The Eyes Of The Dead
Disomus
Entertainment One
Brutal death metal with a little bit of a “core” So yeah, it has a little bit of the brutal core going on, but really just full on brutal heavy metal. Good stuff!

MyChildren MyBride
Vicious World
Entertainment One
This is a bit of a doomy metalcore. A bit dark feeling, but still aggressive and fitting that metalcore mold. Maybe a little djenty and still a bit catchy/melodic in parts too.

Nachtblut
Apostasie
Napalm Records
German language gothy/folky melodic death metal, catchy stuff, a bit of a viking metal feel too.

Dark Waters End
Submersion
Self-Release
Heavier brutal-ish melodic death metal. Technical, proggy, maybe a bit thrashy too. Great stuff.

BOLIDO
Heavy Bombers
Fighter Records
This is some old school sounding thrashy/classic metal. Production is a bit raw, but still pretty clean.

NECROFULGURATE
Putrid Veil
Caverna Abismal
Gurgly old school lo-fi death metal

Prostitution
Egyptian Blue
Self-Release
Blackened screamo death metal with some meedly melodic black metal doomy feel.

Band: Odradek Room
Album: A Man Of Silt
Label: Solitude Production
Usually when there’s a “post metal” thrown in a description I kind of just want to skip it… For some reason, this one played in the backround longer than typical for me and it does have some longer doomy stuff going on, but there is some cool chilled out prog metal/prog doom going on to make it interesting.

Sound Storm
Vertigo
Rockshots Records
Rockshots Records
Proggy power metal, good melodies, keyboards and all that cool stuff.

HADES ARCHER
Temple of the Impure (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Brutal, raw, in your face death metal with a bit of a grindy black metal thing going on

Unfold
Banshee O Beast
Division Records
Screamy doomy, melodic kind of grungy stuff

Gothminister
The Other Side
AFM Records
Reminds me of Rammstein, but a bit more epic and proggy, a good gothy industrial type thing

Kaunan
Forn
Self Released
Folky folk.. not even metal?

NIHIL EYES
BLACK PATH
LABEL: INDEPENDENT
Heavy, fast, brutal death metal with a blackened death thing going on. It’s also got a great catchy thrashy groove.

Bastardhammer / Violation Wound
Split CD
Horror Pain Gore Death
Bastardhammer is crude (and funny) crusty punky thrash… decent stuff. Violation Wound a bit similar, but more raw and punky with meh production.

Bloodstrike
Execution of Violence
Redefining Darkness Records
Good old school meaty death metal.

Hallatar
No Stars Upon The Bridge
Svart Records
Doomy black/death metal.

SARKE
“Viige Urh”
Indie Recordings
Sort of a melodic death/black metal. Catchy grooving stuff, maybe a little similar to a Satyricon type… maybe a bit heavier. Cool stuff.

Gloam
Death is the Beginning CD/12″ MLP
Blood Harvest
Basically two songs of good brutal technical black metal and brutal too!

Spectral Voice
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Dark Descent Recods
Doomy yet brutal death metal, production is a little raw, and music is sludgey.

ANCIENT VVISDOM
33
Argonauta Records
Doomy melodic stoner rock. Old school, almost country feel.

CADAVERIC INCUBATOR
Sermons of the Devouring Dead (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Fast and furious grindy gore death metal. Lots of short, quick no nonsense brutality.

MIDNIGHT SIN
One Last Ride
Scarlet Records
A bit of an AOR/classic early 90’s hard rock sounding thing.

MEGALITH GRAVE
From Effigies Past
Signal Rex
Old school lo-fi black metal.

SAVAGE ANNIHILATION
“Quand s’abaisse la croix du blasphème”
Xenokorp
Grooving brutal death metal. Great stuff.

 

Saiva
Markerna bortom
Nordvis Produktion
Doomy black metal, a bit melodic and light

 

INCURSED
The Slavic Covenant EP
Amalur Album
Self Released (Metal Message PR)
They sent out their EP and new album at the same time… Technical folk / melodic death metal type stuff.

L7
Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago (Don Giovanni)
Just in time for our All female metal show.. these girls are back.. Basic hard rocking stuff.

Stinky
From Dead-End Street
Finisterian Dead End Records
Kind of crusty punky thrash, melodic with screamo-ish vox, short songs.

Coffin Carousel
Between Death & Dead
Eclipse Records
Vox are clean, but there’s a grungy metal groove going on musically, a couple sounds that don’t normally go together, but this is kinda cool with a stoner metal thing happening too.

MYRKGRAV
Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen
Self Released (Metal Message PR)
Folk metal, catchy grooves and that Finnish fee

Sanguine Pluit
There is a Goddess in the forest (Deluxe Edition)
This Winter Will Last Forever
post metal noise. No thanks.

DECATUR
Badder Than Brooklyn
Self Released
Classic metal, with some grooves and a bit of a thrashy thing going on too.

Special Ops
Baby Take It All (EP)
Self-Release
Hard rock, a little groove and

Hellbros
Feed It
Self-Release
A single of fun lovin’ classic metal

New Stuff This Week… 10/2/17

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Oct 012017
 

 

Primitive Man
Caustic
Relapse
Grindy depressive death metal

 

ATONEMENT THEORY
ILLUMINATION
IDEFY RECORDS
Doomy and a bit sludgey and extreme vox.

The Oxford Coma
Everything Out Of Tune
Self-Released
Kind of a stoner prog. Good catchy stoner metal with a bit of a psychedelic feel and classic proggy hard rock.

Antisect
The Rising Of The Lights
Rise Above
Punk-ish attitude meets stonerish metal, maybe a little on the proggy side of things getting into longer songs and stuff

Shrapnel
Raised On Decay
Candlelight
A modern heavier take on classic thrash, great stuff, heavy, catchy and thrashtasic!

The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers
Metal Blade Records
The fucking around on this is near zero. Brutal, technical and intense. This band just gets better and better.

Lord Of The Lost
Swan Songs II
Napalm Records
Kind of an epic goth thing, can’t say it gets too heavy, but it’s interesting.

Despyre
Irritation
Pavement Music
This is some hard rockin’ type stuff that reminds me of bands like Disturbed… A heavy edge, catchy vox and anthemic accessible stadium metal… maybe a little mudvayne thing going on too.

Eyes Of The Living
War On Dead
Entertainment One
Similar to the Despyre above… hard rocking grooving type stuff. Some more catchy thrashy elements in this, but a bit of a more melodic heavy groove metal with that feeling of accessibility… like, heavier “solid rock” type stuff. (probably a little heavier than that though!)

No Warning
Torture Culture
Entertainment One
A big meaty grooving thrash/hardcore thing, but with some melodic stuff, which yeah, reminds me a little of a mudvayne… good stuff.

Nekrohowl
Epitome of Morbid
Independent / Diabolicurst
Classic brutal death metal, a la Cannibal Corpse. Barked out cookie monster, brutal drumming, guitars, good stuff.

Lento
Fourth 7
Consouling Sounds
Sludgey doom/stoner metal. Seems a bit grungy and dirty and all instrumental. Some atmospheric stuff too.

Insurrection
Extraction
Galy Records
Heavy grooves on this classic death metal, some melodic stuff, some slower grooves, but then some fast quick thrashy double bass makes me get that head moving. Great circle pit music!

Decatur
Badder Than Brooklyn
Self-Release
It’s a bit thrashy, mostly just classic standard “metal” with vox that are a bit abrasive, but not growled/gurgled/screamed. Melodic guitars and stuff.

Cosmic Void Ritual
The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System TAPE
Blood Harvest
Grindy black/death metal, raw perhaps live production.

Necromante
The Magickal Presence of Occult Forces CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
This seems like some proggy blackened death metal. A bit raw, and death metal-ish, but there seems to be some like prog metal/technical stuff happening around it all. Production is a little mushy.

Nocturnal Rites
Phoenix
AFM Records
This is an old school power metal band… This is the first new album since 2007. Good ol power metal, this has some symphonic stuff with more of a heavier edge than a typical power metal thing. Good stuff.

CRACKHOUSE
Be No One. Be Nothing
Argonauta Records
Billed as “Prog Sludge Doom” and with a song title like “This Emergency Room Is Gonna Need A Fuckin Emergency Room”… you know you’re in for some fun. This is more like some grindy thrashy/hardcore stuff.

MALPHAS
Incantation
Plastic Head
This is some good grooving classic black metal. A little doomy feeling, good stuff.

Rekoma
Eadem Errata
Record label: Inverse Records
A little bit of a melodic death metal thing. Proggy gothy in parts, and just good classic metal too.

Iris Divine
The Static And The Noise
Iris Divine
I’d have to throw this in the Prog metal category. Lots of cool vocal stuff going on, great catchy grooves, all while having a little technicality going on.

Mason
Impervious
Self-Release
A heavy thrash, melodic, maybe reminds me a little of Shadows Fall with its thrashy melodic sound, but a Testament thrashy sound too.

Release: Blood Region
The Veteran (Single)
Inverse Records
Kind of a melodic death metal with some grooves too, great guitar soloing

Band: MESMUR
Album: S
Label: Solitude Production
classified as “Funeral Doom metal” yeah, already not my thing. and yup, 4 long tracks, 3 over 14 mins of gurlgly doomy depressing sound.

Grant The Sun
Grant The Sun
Mas-Kina Recordings
Melodic and proggy and crunchy stoner metal and instrumental.

Undercroft
Title: The Seventh Hex
Self Released
Thrashy death metal, good beats, grooves, catchy and brutal too

Sar Isatum
Sar Isatum (single)
Self-Release
One 8 minute track of good quality black metal.

INDIGNITY
Realm Of Dissociation
Sleaszy Rider
Death-Grind from Poland, good brutal stuff.

RAZGATE
Feral Evolution
Sleaszy Rider
Thrash Metal from Italy, kind of on the melodic, like Megadeth side of thrash.

ROYAL GUARD
Lights & Dreams
Sleaszy Rider
(out on September 5, 2017) – Hard-Rock’roll from Italy, melodic and clean vox.

Suffer In Silence
Beautiful Lies
Sleaszy Rider
(out on September 15, 2017) – Melodic Death Metal from Italy, catchy and grooving stuff.

SUNWALTER
Alien Hazard
Sleaszy Rider
(out on September 15, 2017) – Sci-Fi Metal from Russia, more or less power / prog metal. A little melodic death feeling musically, clean female vox.

THE RINN
Stories Of The Green Fairy
Sleaszy Rider
(out on September 7, 2017) – Melodic Power metal from Russia

Buried And Gone
The Final Hour
Inverse Records
Finnish, um, just standard sort of metal, a little bit of a doomy stoner metal feel, or classic standard metallica/avenged sevenfold-ish type stuff. A little of all!

Bulletback
The Quest For New Horizons
Self Released
This is kind of standard/thrashy classic metal. clean vox, catchy riffage. Cool stuff

 

New Stuff This Week… 9/25/17

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Sep 242017
 

Cannibal Corpse
Code of the Slashers – single
Metal Blade Records
What do you expect from this band at this point? Great meaty brutal grooves and corpsegrinder screaming his head off. No sign of letting up and maybe even being more techinical.

JEFF SCOTT SOTO
Inside / Outside – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
First single. good stuff, classic melodic hard rock. Can’t wait to hear his new Sons of Apollo stuff too.

36 Crazyfists
Lanterns
Spinefarm
These guys have been doing this a long time, a good version of melodic metalcore type stuff with Brock Lindow’s distinctive vocals. Music is solid, the vox are a raspy clean-ish style

King Parrot
Ugly Produce
Housecore
Hardcore-punky grindy death metal.

Jag Panzer
The Deviant Chord
SPV
Always a solid power metal with a pinch of prog metal thing going on, and this being their first album in 6 years… they still got it… especially being this type of band from not europe! (colorado)

The Bronx
V
ATO
Kind of hardcore, kind of punk, melodic hard rocking stuff.

Veil of Maya
Overthrow SIngle
Sumerian
Djenty technical brutalcore. (sumerian core?) Clean vox doing chorus stuff, like modern mall-ish metal core.

ALTARAGE
Spearheaderon (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
13 October 2017
A little grindy, death metal, instrumental. A little doom too.

 

Satyricon
Deep calleth upon Deep
Napalm Records
They’re back with more of their black n roll. I feel like they have this sound down, a good doomy blackened groove. It’s heavy, but just has such meaty grooves, so it’s definitely “Satyricon” but not as really heavy as older stuff.

Arisen From Nothing
Broken
Collective Wave Records
This is some modern metal type stuff, a good groove, heavy, but yet it seems accessible, like a five finger death punch

Architects
Doomsday (Single)
Epitaph Records
Proggish metalcore, chilled and laid back, and metalcore like in the heaver parts. Good technicality.

Kadavar
Rough Times
Nuclear Blast USA
Sludgey doom (on the one single I have so far) Good grooves, meaty old school vibes

Every Mother’s Nightmare
Grind
High Voltage Music
Remember this band? Yeah. They’re back. I guess now that I look things up, they had an EP out a couple years ago of this same name, and now a full length, prior to that, it was a 13 year break. So, yeah, a bit of a southern bluesy classic hard rock groove going on here.

STEELHEART
Through Worlds of Stardust – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Classic band with a new album doing their classic sound… with that voice!

WAYWARD SONS
Ghosts of Yet to Come – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Same as most stuff on this label, good solid hard rock.

DIRTY THRILLS
Heavy Living – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Again, grooving blusey hard rock, good punchy sound

HELL IN THE CLUB
See You On The Dark Side – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
I kind of wish I could just do a show to showcase some of this cool new modern classic hard rock type stuff. Another great catchy hard rock instant classic.

Lethal Injektion
Blinding Light
RuffLife Recordz
Modern metalcore stuff, with singy emo-ish vox.

Godhead Machinery
Ouroboros
Inverse Records
Melodic death metal with a pinch of doom. Catchy aggressive stuff

LUCIFER’S CHALICE
The Pact (CD, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Doomy classic metal

Occasvs
Nocturnal Majestic Mysteria
Classic brutal black metal, technical, heavy, evil, cold, good stuff.

Runespell
Unhallowed Blood Oath CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Classic old school black metal. Lo-fi.

HORRIFIED (UK)
Allure of the Fallen (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Melodic blackened doomy death metal. A creepy evil vox sound, meedly cold black metal feeling guitars, but some cool melodic stuff going on.

Breaking Samsara
Light Of A New Beginning
Boersma
A classic metal/hard rock thing, almost sounds like something from Frontiers records, maybe a bit more modern/prog elements going on.

Worm (USA)
Evocation of the Black Marsh LP/TAPE
Iron Bonehead
Any time it says it’s released on TAPE in this day and age… I gotta think it’s going to not sound good. Yup. Loud, and in your face, sounds rough and raw… not my thing. Black Death metal type stuff.

ICE WAR
Ice War (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Now this says “TAPE” too… but this one is more of a throwback classic stoner doom. Maybe a Thin Lizzy-ish type thing with more creepy doom vox.

Necrovorous
Plains of Decay
Dark Descent Records
This is some good stuff, brutal blackened death metal. Yeah! It’s not just black metal, it’s not just death metal, but grooving death metal with a little black metal edge to it.

Antiversum
Cosmos Comedenti
Invictus Productions
Doomy sludge/noisy black metal. Long tracks.

DÖXA
Lust for Wonder
Pitch Black Records
Female fronted power metal, kind of a gothy symphonic feeling. Operattic clean female vocals.

SIFTING
Not from Here
Eclipse Records
This is some classic metal type stuff. Just a hard rock thing. Good grooves.

Asagraum
Potestas Magicum Diaboli
KVLT
Melodic classic black metal. Good slower parts, full on brutal and dark/evil heavy parts.

Buried Realm
The Ichor Carcinoma
Self-Release
Thrashy melodic death metal. Cool technicality and an epic full feeling with the keyboards. Cool stuff, sort of a brutal prog metal.

Coven (Japan)
The Advent
Svart Records
Classic metal, they are inspired by the NWOBHM sound with female vox. Kinda neat!

CITIES OF MARS
Temporal Rifts
Argonauta Records
They say to “File Under: Doom Metal / Heavy Psych” and yeah, it’s right on, it’s got the doomy classic sound, but a bit of a psychedelic thing going on too.

Hive
Fights the Reds
Infamy PR
Raw and brutal death metal with a bit of a punk attitude. Mushy production.

Process Of Guilt
Black Earth
Bleak Recordings/Division Records
Doomy post metal.

Band: WAIT HELL IN PAIN
Album: Wrong Desire
Label: Revalve records
Melodic metal with female vox. Vox are clean but with a bit of rasp, not all operattic… music is kind of proggy melodic death-ish.

ARCHSPIRE
Relentless Mutation
Season of Mist
Brutal fast machine gun drum death metal. Great stuff.

VULTURE INDUSTRIES
Stranger Times
Season of Mist
A bit of a melodic doom… a bit throwback, some maybe goth feel too.

Band: Woe Unto Me
Album: Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed
Label: Solitude Production
Doomy death metal. Melodic and a bit depressing a few bursts of brtual-ness… but not a lot… really long songs. (From Belarus!)

Zephyra
The Darkest Black (Single)
Inverse
Melodic death- female fronted,

VERGE
The Process Of Self-Becoming
I, Voidhanger Records
Old school melodic classic black metal, Heavy, dark and cold too

SHEIDIM
Infamata
I, Voidhanger Records
Aww yeah. Brutal blackened death metal. Catchy grooves with a black metal evilness and feeling. good stuff.

 

New Stuff This Week… 9/18/17

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Sep 172017
 

 

BLACKFINGER
“WHEN COLORS FADE AWAY”
(M-THEORY AUDIO)
Hard rocking sludgey stoner metal, maybe a bit of an Alice in Chains vibe going on mixed with some Trouble

PRIMAL FEAR
If Looks Could Kill – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
From a forthcoming greatest hits type album compilation, this track is new, and kind of has a little bit of a Scorpions vibe to it…

BABYLON A.D.
Crash And Burn – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l
To be honest, I remember this band’s name and artwork and stuff from their release around 1990ish… but not their sound… This track has a feeling from that time though, maybe a little bit of a catchy bluesy hard rock. Makes me want to rock out with a cheap bear and air-guitar along!

With The Dead
Love From With The Dead
Rise Above
sludgey doom with long songs, slow depressing, yet meaty riffs.

Entheos
“The World Without Us” [Single]
Spinefarm
A metalcore-ish djenty tech groove metal. A bit progg-ish and catchy too

Act of Defiance
Old Scars, New Wounds
Metal Blade Records
A super group of sorts on their 2nd album. Catchy heavy extreme thrashing stuff. Melodic death leaning towards some just plain death metal. Heavy and brutal… monster grooving riffs. Some clean vox.

Counterparts
You’re Not You Anymore
Pure Noise Entertainment
Screamy metalcore, all heavy, kind of technical, melodic and chaotic.

Cradle Of Filth
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay
Nuclear Blast USA
Just a single so far… but pretty good stuff, classic wall of blackened epic metal with Dani Filth’s trademark vox. Great stuff.

Diabolo Blvd
Zero Hour
Metalville Records
A bit of a doomy stoner metal.

Necrophile (Japan)
Awakening Those Oppressed
Unholy Prophecies
A little bit grindy and grooving classic death metal. It’s a bit raw and old school, but brutal!

Tombstalker
Chaotic Devotion
Boris Records
Kind of some grungy sludgey death metal. 2 songs, good grooves though.

MEAT TRAIN
RANDOM ACTS OF CARNAGE
LABEL: CONTAGION RECORDS
Chugga chugga brutal death metal. huge meaty grooves

CANKER (Spain)
Earthquake
Xtreem Music
This is kind of a mix of some death metal, thrash, a little black metal and grooving death metal.

DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS
The I
Lifeforce
Melodic death metal with a blackened thing going on. It’s got some clean and growly vox. A bit catchy and a bit proggish.

Kaipa
Children of the Sounds
InsideOut
Classic old school melodic prog rock. Female fronted, big long songs. (not metal)

HAZZERD
Misleading Evil
World War Now Records
Great thrashed up classic metal. Lots of good guitar work, but a more raw and gritty production. Has an old Metallica meets Iron Maiden thing going on. ur

Urarv
Aurum
Svart Records
classic Black metal with creepy shouted/screamed vox

Sinicle
Angels & Demons
Self-Release
A bit of a metalcore, experimental, prog thing. A bit of a punky sludge thing going on with melodic and wierd stuff too.

NATIONAL SUICIDE
Massacre Elite
Scarlet Records
Classic thrash… A bit like Exodus, because you’ll swear the vox are by Zetro! They’re not…and its great stuff.

Skein
Deadweight
Inverse Records
Kind of a melodic laid back Tool sounding thing. Dark-ish alt. hard rock/metal. Musically more like a depressing Porcupine Tree that doesn’t ever really get going. Vox sound like Maynard Keenan.

NIBIRU
Qaal Babalon
Argonauta Records
When it says this: “File Under: Ritual Doom Sludge” There’s a 99% chance I’m not going to like it. This isn’t the 1%. 4 LONG songs of sludgey noise

TUNA DE TIERRA
S/t
Argonauta Records
This one says: “File Under: Desert Stoner Rock / Heavy Psych” And it must mean, VERY laid back stoner rock. Very chilled out.

Terror Empire
Obscurity Rising
Mosher Records
This is some gritty melodic thrashy death metal and right up the Mosh Pit’s alley.

LYZZÄRD
Savage
Fighter
Classic thrash / old school metal but maybe a little bit of a really old Motley Crue rawness. Clean vox

We Came From Wolves
Haunt Me EP
Heart Out
Kind of an alternative rock/metalcore-ish thing.

 

Band: TRAUMA
Album: Comedy Is Over (Re-issue)
Label: Deformeathing Production
Brutal death metal

Pando
(in)human(e)
Self Released
File this under WTF? Disjointed noise, voiceovers, sound clips, occasional black metal growls and screams. We then get into a little bit of a black metal thing in parts…

Myrkur
Mareridt
Relapse Records
A sort of gothy clean female vox rock thing, with some dark overtones

Signs (Of A Slumbering Beast)
Black and White
Nub Music
Alt-metal. You got some poppy metalcore with growls, otherwise, commercial-ish sounding hard rock.

Band: Turbocharged (Sweden)
Album: Apocalyptic
Label: Go Fuck Yourself Productions
They say it’s “Deathpunk Metal” and yeah, I can hear that, it’s got a bit of a distorted grungy distorted heavy doom/stoner metal sound, but a solid abrasive groove. Cool stuff!

Young Hunter
Dayhiker
Magnetic Eye
Laid back sort of stoner metal… catchy, throw-back-ish. Maybe like a mastodon meets foo-fighters in parts.