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.

 

 

 

New Stuff This Week… 9/11/17

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Sep 102017
 

Vattnet
Vattnet
New Damage
A bit of a doomy goth metal, a bit dark and depressing, but maybe a little metalcore

Warbeast
Enter The Arena
Housecore
This is some extreme thrash, catchy, heavy, yet still light enough to not really be sooo brutal. There’s some good heavy parts, but lots of good melodic solos and classic thrash!

Toothgrinder
“The Shadow” (single)
Spinefarm
A new wave of metalcore? It’s kind of heavy, yet laid back and chilled out/doomy. clean vox but more melodic and kind prog-vox. I’d say this is what is the new modern power ballad. It’s good and driving, but not all fast and heavy, great grooves and harsh vox along with the clean vox. interesting.

CANNABIS CORPSE
Left Hand Pass
Season of Mist
Very similar sound to the band that their name resembles! Yeah, it’s heavy death metal similar to Cannibal Corpse… but i dunno, there seems to be a bit more groove

Good Tiger
The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking – radio single
Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records
Alternative rock/prog rock. Melodic kind of catchy and classic prog rock type stuff.

Belphegor
Totenritual
Nuclear Blast USA
Brutal, blackened death. Just one song so far, but these guys are a force to be reckoned with. Solid brutality

The Contortionist
Clairvoyant
Entertainment One
Well, this one single was pretty laid back prog rock type stuff… kind of reminded me of Porcupine Tree… I sure hope the rest of this album is a bit heavier

Evil Invaders
Feed Me Violence
Napalm Records
Fast and furious heavy catchy thrash!!

Wage War
Deadweight
Fearless Records/Concord Music Group
A metalcore thing… growly vox making way for emo-ish choruses… decent stuff til the happy singy stuff.

Weapons Of Anew
The Collision Of Love And Hate
OK Good Records
Melodic “solid rock” type metal going on here. Decent grooves, melodies, vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars, just more hard rock-ish.

Go On Great Immortal
Flawed
Msndrstd Music
Melodic, laid back hard rock / alternative rock type stuff pretty catchy and grooving, but but probably not quite metal-like for the Mosh Pit.

 

PURTENANCE
Paradox of Existence
Xtreem Music
Classic death metal with a little bit of dark blackened metal feeling

Ensiferum
Two Paths
Metal Blade Records
Melodic death metal with a little bit of viking/folk thing going on… great stuff once again!

Riot
Army of One (Bonus Edition) Through the Storm (Bonus Edition)
Metal Blade Records
Some reissues and bonus stuff.

Cripper
Follow Me: Kill!
Metal Blade Records
Kind of grooving, kind of thrashy, a bit metalcore… you know… and some good growly female vox!

Caligula’s Horse
In Contact
InsideOut
Prog metal. Mostly meloidic more on the prog rock side of things with a heavier sound (as opposed to like a Dream theater with lighter sound?) Cool stuff for any prog fan.

Devourer
Across the Empty Plains
Self-Release
Black metal… cold, evil, dark, but good groove too

Expander
Endless Computer LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Kind of a grindy thrash. Abrasive vox, maybe heavy fast sludge?

Nocturnes Mist
Diabolical Baptism
Seance Records
Really heavy old school melodic black metal. Nice and evil sounding, fast, brutal and laden with grooves too!

Sándor Vály
Young Dionysos
Ektro
Noise. Background. Noise.

Midnite Hellion
Condemned to Hell
Witches Brew
Melodic thrash… a bit of a classic metal feel, but thrashier? Yeah. not too bad.

Oraculum (Chile)
Always Higher
Invictus Productions
Blackened death metal, maybe with a bit of grind thing happening.

KROSSFYRE
Burning Torches (CD, 12″ MLP)
Hells Headbangers
this is blackened death / thrash. a gallopy thrash thing going on, but with that cold evilness of black metal

LASCAR
Saudade
A Sad Sadness Song
Doomy black metal. 4 long songs, vox are pretty shrieky, no way one could make out ANY words.

Zornheym
Where Hatred Dwells And Darkness Reigns
Label: Non Serviam Records
Symphonic melodic death. Catchy, heavy, a cool metal edge… blackened death feeling too.

Moonlight Desires
Just The Hits: 1981-1985
Infamous Butcher Records
Not sure what the story with this band is, but they do hard rock/metal -ish versions of some catchy 80’s songs like Hungry like the Wolf, Sunglasses at Night, Bettie Davis Eyes, etc. Fun stuff (i’m a sucker for heavy covers of non metal songs!)

Menin
Lord of Pain
Self Released
This is different… kind of a proggy sludge metal. The grungy stoner metal thing going on, but quite the technical stuff goin on too. A bit doomy too

HOWLS OF EBB / KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS
With Gangrene Edges / Voiidwarp
I, Voidhanger Records
Howls of Ebb is some dirty death metal, Khthonic Cerviiks is technical blackened death (a couple really long tracks with some interludes)

Mascharat
Mascharat
Seance Records
Classic black metal… blast beats, melodic stuff, cold guitars, good production

Blood Tyrant / Departure Chandelier
Split 7″ EP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Noisy black metal.

Kaos Krew
Returno
Record label: Inverse Records
Grooving industrial metal, a bit on the solid rock side…

THREE EYES LEFT
The Cult of Astaroth
Argonauta Records
HEavy doomy sludge metal.

Grief & Bliss
Endeavor
Transcending
Kind of a drony black metal, doomy, dark, depressing.

Band: TERRORKULT
Album: Crush The Pious
Label: Barbarian Wrath
Blackeded deathy thrash metal.

Band: DEMONIAC
Album: Intemperance
Label: Witches Brew
This is a melodic-ish thrash metal from Chile. A classic thrash with a bit of a Slayer vibe, maybe a bit more heavy yet melodic too.

Band: MORPHOSYS
Album: The Saw Is Family
Label: Witches Brew
German death metal, meaty grooving riffs, extreme vox and sound too. great stuff.

Band: SOUL DISSOLUTION
Album: Pale Distant Light
Label: Heathen Tribes
Described as “Melancholic Black metal” If they mean kind of doomy depressing black metal? (which they do) spot on!

Band: WOEST
Album: La fin de l’ère Sauvage
Label: Heathen Tribes
I so want this band to be sooo bad, so I can just say, it’s not Woest, it’s the Worst. Well, it’s NOT the worst, but it’s not my thing. described as “Black / Doom / Industrial” I can hear all three… it’s a bit boomy with weak classic lo-fi production. The doom has more of a gothy feel. overall a bit meh.

Band: DUN
Album: Hors du Gouffre
Label: Heathen Tribes
More or less, classic basic black metal.

TRANSIT METHOD
We Won’t Get Out Of Here Alive
Brutal Panda Records
Basic hard rock, almost alt-rock

Neck Deep In Filth
Self-Titled EP
Label: Self-Released
Heavy and crusty hardcore punk from Nepal. fun to think about a band doing this where they’re from!

Solitary Ritual
Solitary Ritual
Self-Released
Maybe a gothy doom thing, vox are a bit, um, different. clean, and foreign… non-native english? I dunno.

Eastern High
Garden Of Heathens
Self-Released
Melodic death-ish, maybe some goth/doom type stuff thrown in. pretty cool… maybe some metalcore or technical stuff going on too.

New Stuff This Week… 9/4/17

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Sep 042017
 

Living Colour
Shade
Megaforce
This is some great stuff, they still have that sound they had from the first album, great grooves, crisp production. This sounds like it could have been released right after Time’s Up. Catchy and groovin’.

Travelin Jack
Commencing Countdown
SPV
Female fronted kind of throwback Hard rock… janis joplinesque vox. Good grooves.

VULTURE INDUSTRIES
As the World Burns (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
First single from this… creepy melodic doom

ARCHSPIRE
Involuntary Doppelganger (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Technical death metal. Fast and heavy, oh a jazzy interlude? ok cool. back to brutal. way cool. One song, we want more!

Dark Sky Choir
Dark Sky Choir
Independent
Good grooving hard rock.

Arch Enemy
Will To Power
Century Media Records
Hard to review this…as I’m an Arch Enemy fanboy… So, this is a little disappointing that in interviews about Jeff Loomis not having any writing input… I think most people were looking forward to that… that said… this is still good stuff, a bit more maybe watered down and now the 2nd album with Alyssa doing vox, a consistent lineup from a full tour, things seem to fit together pretty well.

Serious Black
Magic
AFM Records
Crunchy power metal, clean vox with some rasp, then getting into high screamy vox sometimes, pretty good stuff.

While She Waits
While She Waits
Independent
A grooving southern bluesy hard rock/metal

Brant Bjork
Europe 16
Napalm Records
Kind of a stoner metal with some grooving stuff. Melodic and chilled out and a bit bluesy too.

Threshold
Legends Of The Shires
Metalville Records
Long time prog metal band are back with a new one. Good solid just Prog metal. Keyboards, clean vox, virtuosic playing. Good stuff.

Another Distraction
Fragments
Independent
Kind of a melodic modern metalcore thing

Comeback Kid
Outsider
Nuclear Blast USA
Kind of a thrashy metalcore. Just a single so far, but good stuff so far!

SUMMON (U.S.)
Dark Descent of Fallen Souls (LP)
Werewolf
8 September 2017
Vinyl reissue of this Michigan blackened death metal band’s first album. We’ve always been on board with this band and a bit sad when they decided to call it quits…. good excuse to play it again.

Argus
From Fields of Fire
Cruz Del Sur Music
A big more like the newer proggy Opeth musically, vox are a bit on the clean side with a stoner metal vibe. So a proggy classic metal, stoner metal, maybe a little bit of a Mercyful fate thing going on.

TEMPERANCE
Maschere – A Night At The Theater
Scarlet Records
An epic proggy power metal thing. It’s got some heavy stuff, while having some typical epic power metal stuff too. I dunno, this seems to have a heavier edge with a few more layers than a typical like Nightwish or something. Cool stuff.

Grift
Arvet
Nordvis Produktion
Dark folky doom type stuff.

Mausoleum Gate
Into a Dark Divinity
Cruz Del Sur Music
This is some classic bluesy metal with organ, clean vox, a 70’s deep purple type vibe going on. Good grooves, stoner metal feelings.

Exterminator
Total Extermination
Greyhaze Records [vinyl reissue]
Sludgey Blackened doom. Creepy, low-fi, meh.

SLAUGHTBBATH
Contempt, War and Damnation (CD)
Hells Headbangers
Blackened death, good grooves, evil feels, solid brutality and leaning more on the modern black metal side of things.

FALAISE
My Endless Immensity
A Sad Sadness Song
Melodic black metal, some more chilled out stuff, crossing into some crazy heavy black metal, but really being proggy in the light stuff and in the heavier stuff too.

Hands of Orlac / The Wandering Midget
Split
Cruz Del Sur Music
Hands of Orlac is some throwback doom… meaty catchy riffs, creepy female clean vox. cool stuff. Wandering Midget, one 18+ minute track of crunchy doomy stoner metal. also cool stuff!

Band: FYRECROSS
Album: “Burn Them To The Ground”
Label: Witches Brew
This is some heavier power metal type stuff. maybe a thrashy power metal? yeah.

LENG TCH’E
Razorgrind
Season of Mist
Grindy and grooving, almost thrashy, brutal, catchy and fast quick short songs.

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
Finisterre
Season of Mist
Black metal, but with some melodic proggy stuff going on, kind of like a more extreme Opeth

KHAZAD-DUM
Garmadh
Wrath of the Tyrant Records
Not to be confused by the Milwaukee band of the same name but without the hyphen… this is some basic old school black metal.

Killing Suzy
Everybody dies, Darling!
Self Released
This is some pretty cool heavier goth metal with clean female vox. Good stuff, it has a heavier groove, kind of basic prog metal thing going on too.

Vice
The First Chapter
Self Released
This is some classic metal, nothing really swaying into any main genre… maybe a bit on the prog/power metal side of things. Cool stuff.

Glass Mind
Dodecaedro
ROCKSHOTS Records
Mexican instrumental prog. it is what it says! Kind of Animals as Leaders meets Liquid Tension Experiment

Eshtadur
Mother Gray
Bleeding Music
This is some kind of extreme blackend prog? metal? It’s heavy, kind of brutal, but has a good catchy melody and probably fits in melodic death but with that technical prog thing… bonus, last track is a cover of Survivor’s Burning Heart

Band: I, Forlorn
Album: My Kingdom Eclipsed
Self Released
Doomy black metal. dark, depressing…

CARDINALS FOLLY
Deranged Pagan Sons
Nine Records
Doomy stoner metal

Nemeziz
Gerechter Zorn
Boersma
Kind of a grooving traditional metal thing. a little darker and close to thrashy stuff.

Bullet-Proof
Forsaken One
Sleaszy Rider
A bit of a melodic thrash. Catchy cool stuff.

Shahyd Legacy
Gateways
Self Released
Melodic guitar based instrumentals. Shahyd Legacy is a guitar god type guy… lots of shredding.

Binary Creed
A Battle Won
ROCKSHOTS Records
Hard rocking proggy power metal. But! Songs are all under 5 mins, so quick epic songs!

New Stuff This Week… 8/28/17

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Aug 282017
 

Brendon Small
Galaktikon II: Become The Storm
Megaforce
We all know Brendon Small as the driving force behind Dethklok, and this is his 2nd album under this moniker, and with some drama around Dethklock being hung up by the Cartoon Network, this is effectively a new Dethklok album according to the band which is the same members…(gene hoglan, bryan beller, brendan small) So it’s a sort of extreme melodic death. Great stuff, and isn’t everything with Gene Hoglan on it good?

36 Crazyfists
“Death Eater” / “Better To Burn” [Single]
Spinefarm
Of all of the metalcore bands, we’ll always have a soft spot for 36 Crazyfists… they have a good heavy groove, clean vox and we had some exploring of the inner bowels of the Rave with some band members back in the day. Great to see they’re still at it and this new stuff is pretty good! Melodic, heavy, catchy and good clean production

STEELHEART
You Got Me Twisted – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Just a good solid hard rock power ballad type thing.

GWAR
Fuck this Place – radio single
Metal Blade Records
First album since Oderus died… they’ve released some covers and some stuff here and there, but this is pretty good solid and catchy metal all with that Gwar attitude!

The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Another metal blade single hit the inbox… some great new stuff from TBDM. Melodic, brutal, pissed off and technical too. I’ve come to like these guys more and more over the years. Good stuff.

Myrkur
“De Tre Piker” / “Ulvinde”
Relapse Records
Atmospheric rock? Clean Female vox… not quite metal. I guess I’m on the Relapse mail list for everything… and they should have skipped me on this one.

Alter Bridge
Live At The O2 Arena
Napalm Records
I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of this band as they are more on the commercial side of hard rock, but I caught some of their live set last year and it was pretty impressive… mostly because of Myles Kennedy’s voice. So this is a live show from the UK.

FerreTT
In Through The Out Door
Independent
This sounds like it could be along the vein of Steel Panther type stuff. Fun hard rockin’ stuff that is all funny and stuff.

Paradise Lost
Medusa
Nuclear Blast USA
Doomy melodic stuff touching into maybe a deathy/black metal thing. They’ve had ups and downs and I think this is more of an Up and back to their good sounds (where there’s some heavy stuff)

The Quill
Botrn From Fire
Metalville Records
Good full sounding stoner metal type thing

Septicflesh
Codex Omega
Prosthetic Records
Brutal, technical, catchy and melodic/symphonic too. Great stuff!

Epica
The Solace System EP
Nuclear Blast USA
Well, I often compare bands TO Epica, but nothing can compare to the original. They have that fe-metal vox, but they keep it heavy too… I think a lot of bands tend to just stay more power-metal and these guys/girl are full on Epic but keep it heavy and dark too.

Motorhead
Under Cover
Motorhead Music/Silver Lining Music
Stuff that Motorhead covered over the years from tribute albums and some new recordings

Mist Of Misery
Shackles of Life
Black Lion Records
An epic and symphonic black metal type thing. Melodic, proggish good grooves too.

Ovakner
Ar/Lume
Eihwaz Recordings
This one is interesting, it’s kind of grindy death metal, but gets into some melodic stuff too, big meaty grooves

From North
From North
Downfall
Some cool melodic death with a little bit of a folk thing going on.

Nemecic
The Deathcantation
Inverse Records
This is kind of melodic death too, almost prog metal-ish. Kind of metalcore-ish a LITTLE bit, or maybe more of a Lamb of God meets melodic death? Cool stuff.

Nyss
Princesse Terre (Three Studies of Silence and Death)
Avantgarde Music
28 August 2017

Bombarder
Speed Kill LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A basic kind of motorhead sounding thing

Red Mountains
Slow Wander
All Good Clean Records
Some doomy stoner metal that reminds me a little bit of Kyuss

Botanist
Collective: The Shape of He to Come
Avantgarde Music
1 September 2017

Ossuary Insane
Demonize the Flesh LP
Blood Harvest
Kind of an extreme thrash / death metal type thing. production is a bit basic, giving it that kind of a “local band” feel, but the music and energy are there… cool stuff

Dutchguts / Chained To The Dead
Split CD
Horror Pain Gore Death
Dutchguts is kind an extreme stoner metal/hardcore type thing. Chained to the dead is more of a grindy grooving death metal.

TALES OF GAIA
Hypernova
Fighter Records
This is some power metal, a really high screamy over the top voice thing going on, maybe a bit of a speedier power metal like a Dragonforce

PRAISE THE FLAME
Manifest Rebellion
Caverna Abismal
Grooving and meaty and yes, melodic too… death metal! Good brutal stuff while also having those big hooks and melody

SATOR
Ordeal
Argonauta Records
A sludgey doom metal, but like, heavier. Extreme doom? Harsh vox, but a good heavy fast groove.

Band: BÖNEYARD
Album: “Below Mediocrity”
Label: Witches Brew
The description says “Black thrash n roll” and yeah, it’s kind of that, a bit punk and thrashy rock with a black metal feel in its rawness.

Terrible Old Man
Fungi From Yuggoth
MDD Records
Solid just classic hard rock / metal. Maybe a power metal AOR type thing. Cool band name

Corpsehammer
Posesión
Morbid Skull Records
Kind of raw blackened death metal. Quick 2 minute tracks, vox are a bit shouty/screamy… kind of decent stuff.

IDEAMEN
Trained When We’re Young
Rotten Records
Melodic hard rock, a bit on the prog-experimental side… I can only think of something like Faith No More to compare it to. Melodic, piano stuff, gets a little “metal” in parts too.

Band: UNDER ASSAULT
Album: Possessed By Steel
Label: Witches Brew
two songs of classic heavy Thrash metal from Paraguay

Release: Rough Grind
Four For The Road (EP)
Record label: Inverse Records
Just kind of some standard classic metal, maybe a melodic metal thing with vox that remind me a little of Motorhead.

Band: DISORDER / DISTRUPTOR
Album: Underworld
Label: Witches Brew
Disorder is from Nepal and Distruptor is from Peru. Disorder is some actually cool catchy heavy thrash. Distruptor is a bit of a heavier speedy thrash thing bordering on some deathy thrash. Both are pretty good!

Band: RAVENSIRE
Album: “Tyrant’s Dictum”
Label: Witches Brew
Two songs of some classic sounding dark metal from Portugal, a little bit of a melodic thrash-ish sound. pretty cool.

New Stuff This Week… 8/21/17

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Alpha Tiger
Alpha Tiger
SPV
This is like a power metal, but with some hammond organ stuff going on, so there’s a bit of a throwback vibe. A neat groove and catchiness of just some classic metal, and giving modern feel too. So much of it sounds familiar but really it’s a unique mix of genres. Good stuff.

EMPYREAN THRONE
CHAOSBORNE
M-THEORY AUDIO
Heavy brutal blackened death metal, maybe a bit symphonic with a Cradle of Filth/Dimmu Borgir type thing

The New Roses
One More For The Road
Napalm Records
A kind of southern bluesy hard rock thing. Catchy fun hard rockin’ stuff.

Leaving eden
Out Of The Ashes
Dark Star Records
Female fronted modern metal/hard rock. Decent catchy hooks and guitar solos… but a bit on the commercial metal side of things.

American Wrecking Company
Everything and Nothing
Pavement Entertainment
A pretty straightforward thrashy modern metal with some hardcore stuff going on too.

Akercocke
Renaissance In Extremis
Peaceville Records
Good full on death metal and melodic death and going into some proggy melodic death. This is just one 7 min single so far, but great stuff a-la Opeth.

The Haunted
Strength In Numbers
Century Media Records
From the ashes of At the Gates came the Haunted to fly the flag of Swedish Melodic death metal…After just one stinker album in there, these guys are still back to form with catchy stuff, heavy stuff, melodic and still full on aggressive too.

Pagan Altar
The Room of Shadows
Temple of Mystery
A bit of a folk/doom classic metal. I guess this band was orginally a NWOBHM band with a bootlegged underground album… well, here they are with the first album in 11 years. Good grooves.

Portrait
Burn the World
Metal Blade Records
This sounds like some really old school 80’s like pagan/black metal type stuff, maybe a bit like a Mercyful Fate… Great throwback heavy thrash type stuff, with a high screamy voice (maybe like John Arch), a dark and evil feeling.

Xanthochroid
“Of Erthe and Axen” Act I
Erthe and Axen Records
Melodic proggy hard rock, kind of like Porcupine tree, but it elevates into some symphonic melodic death too. Great dynamics, reminds me of some Opeth

Canyon of the Skull
The Desert Winter
Self-Release
One 37 Minute track of Doomy death metal.

BATTLE RAIDER
Battle Raider
Fighter Records
Big screamy metal voice on top of classic metal, kind of a power metal/thrash/classic metal thing. Cool stuff. I’m a sucker for big high screamy metal.

BLOODLUST (Australia)
At the Devil’s Left Hand
Caverna Abismal
Heavy or maybe extreme thrash. Catchy riffs, powerful drumming and vox. Vox are growly and we’ve got a kind of thrashy death metal thing going on. Cool stuff with meaty grooves.

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
Skepsis Part II (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
A single of some full on brutal blackened death metal, Great stuff. more please!

Eden’s Curse
Revisited
AFM Records
Power metal, decent stuff, nothing too techy, nothing too commercial or anything, just straightforward almost AOR type metal.

LENG TCH’E
Gundog Allegiance (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
1:27 of brutal grindy death metal. Cool stuff.

Stallion
From The Dead
High Roller Records
Some classic metal with some big high screamy vox. We’re probably getting into some 80’s or 90’s hard rock sounds here.

Howling Giant
Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2
Self-Release
Grooving throwback stoner-ish doom metal. Hammond Organ, meaty riffs, but a bit depressing too.

Dirkschneider
LIVE – Back To The Roots – Accepted!
AFM Records
Udo under his last name… a live show of his old Accept stuff… music sounds almost studio quality… vocals are a little raw, but so is Udo, right? Good live album with some nice classic song with a new edge.

An Assfull Of Love
Monkey Madness
Boersma
A bit of a hard rock, maybe a bit funky alternative metal with some fun lyrics.

Serious Black
Magic
AFM Records
Heavier power metal, crunchy riffs, nice big voice with some rasp and good melodic sutff too.

Elbow Deep
Sexually Offensive
Horror Pain Gore Death
This is some extreme thrash/death metal with some not so PC lyrics. So, yeah, take it with a grain of salt and go to hell if you laugh. (i’ll already be there waiting for you)

Mordatorium
Obsessed with Death
Self-Release
Meaty grooving death metal. cool stuff.

Crafteon
Cosmic Reawakening
Self-Release
Quality classic black metal with good production, A good evil sound, it’s even catchy and of course, the good classic black metal is melodic too. Great stuff.

Leprous
Malina
InsideOut
Prog rock that gets way way proggy, maybe getting a little heavy in parts, maybe a bit jazzy, vox hearken to Freddie Mercury. Good stuff, maybe not mosh pit material.

NERVECELL
Past, Present…Torture
Lifeforce
BRUTAL death metal! Maybe a bit grindy, but this is full on heavy as shit. And yeah! Grooves!!

Jack Starr’s Burning Star
Stand Your Ground
High Roller Records
Big voice classic metal, with maybe a bit of thrashy heaviness. Great guitar work

Dimman
Guide My Fury
Inverse Records
Melodic Death Metal musically, vox are pretty cookie monster style… then some clean sung stuff too. Good mix of brutal and melodic

Bool
Fly With Me
Boersma
A bit of an alternative hard rock thing.

Low Flying Hawks
Genkaku
Jadd / Magnetic Eye
Sludgey doom meets tool.

VANUM
Burning Arrow
Eisenwald
Three songs of classic black metal, heavy and evil… melodic and yeah, good production

KAL-EL
Astrodoomeda
Argonauta Records
No other words for this other than some Stoner Rock…/hard rock. Grooving catchy stuff.

Morbid Evils
Deceases
Svart Records
25 August 2017
Dark and doomy… slow and sludgey… a bit of a black metal feel.

Crejuvent
Time EP
Self Released
This one… hmmm, extreme thrash. That catchy/gallopy thrash sound, while being faster and more growly vox.

Hitwood
Detriti
Self Released
This is some decent melodic death

Luciferian Insectus
Title: Godless
Labels: Apollyon Entertainment
Blackened death metal… yup, meat and potatoes death metal, but faster with some faster guitars and blast beats. not too bad… good melodic stuff too while being all brutal.

Cranely Gardens
House of Decay
Self-Release
It’s melodic death/metalcore type stuff. Good stuff, staying heavy and heavy parts are brutal, some big fat breakdowns.