New Stuff This Week… 10/22/18

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Oct 212018

Ape (Single)
Napalm Records
Great stuff, harsh vox, great grooves, female clean vox too

Kind of more of the same from these guys, catchy, yet cool hard rockin’ stuff. While probably not Mosh Pit material, I’ve always liked the catchiness and grit of Disturbed, this one keeps that up while having some more emotive tracks. I don’t think there’s much “OOO RAAH AHH AAAH AAA’s” on this one.

Fight The Fury
Still Breathing
This is some moderm metalcore, catchy and ripe for commercial radio!

Hear The River
Napalm Records
Catchy groovin’ stoner metal. A grungy guitar sound, but just monster grooves.

Play To Win
A sort of classic metal/power metal thing. A good edge to it, it’s catchy with a bit more of a heaver edge than a typical keyboardy power metal band. Cool stuff!

The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn
Peaceville Records
oooh yeah! Brutal death metal from these veterans… Gritty, grooving and yeah, even some melodic guitar work too, all while staying brutal!

Days Of Jupiter
Metalville Records
This has a classic metal thing, but a bit more gritty and prog/power metal but also a bit more melodic and musically almost has that melodic death proggy feel. good stuff!

The Browning
Spinefarm Records
Here we have some pretty straightforward melodic death metal, a bit Soilwork-like but with a bit more on the keyboard/industrial feel. Has a good heavy brutal side, while also throwing out some other stuff too.

Spinefarm Records
A commercial mall-core type metal… they have some melodic death heavy moments, awesome catchy riffs, but then going to some of those whiney clean vox… meh.

The Truth (Single)
This has a heavier classic thrashy base musically, with dual spanish/english vox, from Puerto Rico.. the thrashy stuff gives way to some melodic stuff too.

Ruin (U.S.)
Human Annihilation
Memento Mori
Grindy classic death metal with a bit of a doomy gory groove.

Memento Mori
This has a proggy tech death metal thing going on, pretty cool, it’s a little doom in parts, extreme in others, melodic, and that proggy tech stuff too.

Morbid Messiah
Demoniac Paroxysm
Memento Mori
A kind of classic death metal, a bit raw on the production, some black metal stuff going on… decent grooves though. Good, heavy and fast.

Life Is Not Beautiful
AFM Records
Here we have a power metal thing, keyboards, a little pinch of prog… good stuff.

AFM Records
Classic metal band doing 32 covers from all over the place. Africa, Eye of the Tiger, Jet City Woman. All done in a fairly true to form classic metal style.

“High Rollers”
Sliptrick Records
Catchy classic hard rock… very aor-ish.

These guys seem to be carrying the flag for classic prog/prog metal all in one. A busy year or two with tours, being Portnoy’s backing band for his Shattered Fortress tour… this has prog metal stuff, 80’s and 90’s prog stuff, melodic, catchy, all sorts of things going on. Great stuff!

Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer
Osmose Productions
A good extreme wall of blackened death metal sound… a bit of an epic feel, but nothing like symphonic or operattic… just a good full gritty, evil black metal thing.

Rapheumets Well
The Elder’s Anthology
Test Your Metal Records
This is pretty awesome stuff… this does have an epic symphonic black metal thing happening… and actually a bit of a prog thing too. Extreme symphonic blackened Prog metal? Yeah!!

Act One (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Old doomy classic metal throwback… some organs, a little bit of a “ghost” feel too… pretty catchy grooving stuff too.

Icarus Witch
Goodbye Cruel World
Cleopatra Records
Classic metal / power metal with some good catchy just “metal” songs… clean vox, good musicianship…

Illustra Nos
Redefining Darkness Records
Old school raw black metal.

The Ancient Pulse
Melodic, sort of unplugged, doomy “rock”?

Texas Metal Outlaws
Texas Metal Outlaws
Heaven and Hell Records / Texas Metal Underground Records
Classic thrashy metal, good raw edge

Excalibur (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Doomy stoner metal, big meaty sound, good catchy grooves with a more of a stoner sound than depressing doom.

II Dark Season (CD)
Shadow Kingdom
Here we have some kind of extreme thrash in the heavier parts… a little dark, doomy in some of the melodic parts… but catchy, grooving, kind of a horror metal thing too.

Blood Chalice (Finland)
Blood Chalice CD + DVD/10″ EP
Blood Harvest
Gory death metal, a bit grindy and raw.

Prosthetic Records
Grindy death metal, brutal, fast with no fuckin’ around.

The Bleakness of Our Constant
Bindrune Recordings (USA), Nordvis (Europe)
A sort of classic black metal with a little doom feel.

Band: Sorrowful Land
Album: I Remember
Label: Solitude Productions
Doomy death metal, mostly kind of a slow depressing thing, with some cookie monster sloooow groowwlllss

Skull Fist
Way Of The Road
Napalm Records
This has a clasic metal thing… a pinch of a thrashy feel and clean vox (kind of sounds like Klaus Meine!) decent stuff.

Cascading Inferno CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Death metal with a black metal feel, blast beats, brutal death metal, harsh vox.

CLONE CULTURE (Dark Wave/ Post-Punk)
Clone Culture
They call it “dark wave / Post-Punk” and yeah, there’s a little slow surf punk, melodic alt rock thing going on. meh.

Svart Records
Here is some kind of post metal… a bit black, a bit doom, a bunch of long songs that just plod along.

The Art of Conjuring
Groove metal, clean and harsh vox, a bit of a melodic death thing too, maybe metalcore? Good grooves, heavy parts are a bit brutal, melodic parts are just shy of metalcore… so yeah, a cool heavy melodic death I guess!

Melodic doomy black metal.

Holocausto (Brazil)
Guerra Total TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Rawly produced extreme thrash, or like a blackened extreme thrash with some death metal.

Band: Serpents Kiss
Album: Dragon Lord
Self Released
Classic metal, borderline thrashy, decent stuff.

Mule Skinner
Classic death metal, big grooves, quick fast and heavy songs. good stuff!

Band: Ashes Reborn
Release title: Contamination
Record label: Firecum Records
with a record label called “Firecum” how could you go wrong? This is some grooving brutal deathy thrash metal. Great stuff.

Martyr Lucifer
Gazing at the Flocks
Seahorse Recordings
A little goth, a bit industrial and a bit of an alternative post metal thing too. meh.

Anthems In Ashes
Burn it Down (EP)
Classic metal, female vox, straightforward more of a hard rock thing, melodic, clean vox, decent grooves, nothing’ too heavy, not all wimpy either.

Restless Dreams
Rockshots Records
A bit of a melodic death, but leaning more on the melodic side of things, pushing into a little metalcore and doom.

Artist: Circle Creek
Title: Past presents Future
Label: NRT-Records
Catchy stoner metal, with a little doom going on, did I just describe every stoner metal album? This is a bit more melodic and when it’s not doing faster tempo stuff, it’s a bit gloomy.

Artist: Bad Bullet
Album: Use The Energy
Label: NRT-Records
They call it: “Alternative Rock / Grunge / Metal” I hear the alternative and grunge parts… metal? notsomuch.

Self Released
Brutal, blackened death metal, heavy, and melodic, technical and did I mention brutal? Has some almost Amon Amarth type grooves too.

Divine Ways of Chaos
My Magic Mud
Well, this is some pretty awesome melodic death metal with some death vox, and then super high metal screams… music is harsh, grooving and catchy too. great stuff!

Mörkrets Intåg
Wolfspell Records
Old school doomy black metal

New Stuff This Week… 10/15/18

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Oct 142018

Malady X
Metal Blade Records
Melodic death Catchy melodic parts, heavy, harsh deathy parts, A little like Children of Bodom, catchy, technical, and yeah, heavy!

Mr Astute Trousers
The Highlander Company Records
I’d have to throw this in a prog pile… a little quirky, some classic prog rock elements, some fusiony stuff… I wish I could do a show to showcase some of this cool prog stuff.

Manor Of The Se7en Gables
Originally started as a King Diamond tribute band this morphed into their own band… with a similar style… a big voice, with some more technical more melodic death type music… This album has all that with a bit of a horror lyrical theme. Good stuff!

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Rise Above
A little doom, some stoner metal, some psychedelic stuff. Catchy, gritty, grungy… good stuff.

Arcane Astral Aeons
Napalm Records
This has that epic female fronted power metal thing going on, a bit like Epic, but maybe not quite as dark. Well, you know this band, they’ve been around for ever. Decent stuff.

Spinefarm Records
Another band that has been around a while… 3 singers, all with diff. styles, there’s a solid groove metal feel, a little commercial metal, a little bit of a Lacuna Coil thing too.

The Hunt For White Christmas
Napalm Records
And another band that’s been around forever! Extreme melodic death/just good old viking death metal. A solid dark groove going on. great stuff.

Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Big week for long time artist new releases! This seems to be a return to form… not much messing around, a bit more like some groovin’ Sepultura and grooving old soulfly

Pure Fire
The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Cleopatra Records
Tribute with a lot of who’s who of classic rock/metal folks teaming up. (probably passing tapes/files around) Dee Snider, Doug Alrich, Marco Mendoza, John Tempesta, Kip Winger, Paul Gilbert, Greg Bissonette, Buzz Osbourne, Bruce Kulick, Blasko, Carmine Appice, Dug Pinnick, Bob Kulick, John Alderete, Vinnie Colaiuta and more

Genus Ordinis Dei
Hail and Kill (single)
Eclipse Records
This has a bit of an Amon Amarth thing going on, but then throw in some melodic power metal type music too. Overall, blackened melodic viking death metal though. Great stuff.

Album: The Outside In
Label: Revalve records
Melodic hard rock/prog rock. Good catchy parts, melodic classic metal stuff too.

Album: The Return
Label: Sliptrick records
A good solid heavy folk metal, good meaty extreme melodic death sound with a banjo sound to give it that “folky” sound. otherwise, good and heavy.

Rise to Fall
Into Zero
Self Released
Grooving melodic death metal, heavy brutal stuff, classic hooks and melodies… great stuff.

Monuments of Misanthropy
Krucyator Productions
Classic brutal death metal… all of the cool blast beats, grooves, cookie monster… all of the great stuff.

Solium Fatalis
Genetically Engineered to Enslave
Self Released
More classic brutal death metal, monster grooves, freight train drumming, harsh vox… even a little melodic brutality too.

Band: Deadly Carnage
Album: Through the Void, Above the Suns
Label: Snow Wave Records
Melodic blackened doom. They say it’s “blackgaze” and yeah, it’s a bit drony and makes you want to gaze down with some more interesting black metal type stuff going on.

Sex Messiah
Eastern Cult of Sodomy LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Started off with some just noisy, post metal noise, but then got into some noise metal, a bit of a groove, some black-metal feel with a bit of a noise-grind groove going on

Malepeste / Dysylumn
Ce qui fut, ce qui est, ce qui sera
Goathorned Productions
Malapeste is mostly doomy blackened death metal, and DYsylumn is a bit of the same, a bit melodic

Ex Inanis
Purodium Rekords
Some old school black metal, a bit doomy and repetitive.

Witches Hammer
Canadian Speed Metal LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A little bit lo-fi grooving heavy thrash. I wish the production was better.

Temple of Mystery
A blackened grooving death metal, with a dark brutal feel.

Ride Out
Classic metal, a bit of an Iron Maiden and a little King Diamond feel.

Scarlet Records
A little bit classic metal, a little power metal, some electronic stuff… almost techno beats going on… catchy though!

Sacral Rage
Beyond Celestial Echoes
Cruz Del Sur Music
A little thrashy, a bit power metal, and classic metal too. Great grooves, big screamy voice, catchy riffs.

I, Voidhanger Records
Wall of black metal sound, vox are a bit low in the mix… music is mostly black metal, wall of sound production, sounds kind of a thrashy black metal, but the mix/vox are odd.

Luguber 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
Classic black metal, harsh vox, some heavy grooves, meedly guitars.

Ah Puch
Doomy sludgey with a post metal blackness

Tezcatlipoca (Mexico)
Tlayohualtlapelani LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
black metal with a pagan dark evilness

Rise of the Northstar
The Legacy of Shi
SharpTone Records
A modern groove metal… bit thrashy, lots of head banging riffs, vox are almost rapped or nu-metal style… a bit similar to NonPoint i guess too.

Black Lotus
Sons of Saturn
Inverse Records
Classic doom, big meaty riffs, longer tracks, clean vox, a bit of sludge.

Under the Regolith
Seeing Red Records
Melodic death leaning towards thrash, great heavy edge, catchy, a little brutal heavy too, all with melodic grooves.

Karmic Link
Dark Metropolis
Rockshots Records
A gothy electronic-ified metal. A little dark, gloomy.

Reduced To Flesh
Scarlet Records
Gritty melodic death, cool thrashy edge, harsh vox, good melodic stuff to keep it grounded.

Noitatulen vartija (MCD, 12″ MLP)
Werewolf Records
An extreme doomy black metal.

Death Sentence
Kind of thrashy, kind of black metal, full on heavy extreme! Melodic riffin’ too.

Goat of Iniquity
Bloody Mountain Records
A bit of a low-fi blackened death metal, dark, heavy, some evil grooves too. Production is a bit raw, but it’s not totally awful.

Evil (Japan)
The Gate of Hell TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Raw, old school blackened death. Yeah, it’s mastered for a tape, but it’s got a brutal thrashy thing going on that you can’t deny as cool.

Spawned Abortions
Unholy Anarchy
A full wall of blackened death sound, it’s a bit raw, but brutal with some grooves and yeah a tiny bit of melodic guitar work .

Band: Ivan
Album: Memory
Label: Solitude Productions
Melodic doom death metal, two 20+ minute tracks, violins, piano, doomy dark music, growly vox

Band: Voidhaven
Album: Voidhaven
Label: Solitude Productions
deathy doom metal. a bit more of a dark slow grooving death thing… along with the melodic stuff that goes along with doom.

Band: Vst
Album: The Beast Manifesto
Label: Concreto records
This might be the pick of the week here, brutal melodic, epic blackened melodic death. Catchy, and brutal, all that cool stuff that makes death metal heavy and growly and dark, with melodic blackened stuff going on too.

Falling Dome Records
A doomy stoner metal, grungy guitars, melodic vox, a little bit of an old sabbath vibe

Two Of A Kind
Sliptrick Records
Prog rock/hard rock/fusion, good stuff.

Saber Tiger
Obscure Diversity
Sliptrick Records
A fast, classic metal with heavier proggy and thrashy stuff, catchy, with big clean vox.

Central Disorder
Self REleased
Chicago band with a random email to Matt n Mike… a cool melodic death thing, harsh vox, great dual guitar work, extreme yet catchy and heavy too.

A kind of standard Melodic death metal thing. Catchy riffs, extreme vox, a good heavy deathy base. Good stuff

4 Letter Word
Label: Inverse Records
This is a power metal/classic metal single. Clean vox, catchy.

A bit of a classic black metal sound, heavy, cold, brutal, fast with some melodic stuff (yeah I just described every decent black metal release)

New Stuff This Week… 10/8/18

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Oct 072018

Coheed and Cambria
Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures
Melodic, kind of proggy, all based on their own comic books. Has a bit more of a melodic proggy rock thing going on, while not full on metal, this is some pretty good catchy prog.

Mostly thrashy groove metal with a little Voivod meets hardcore thing going on.

Argonauta Records
Doomy grooves, a little type o negative/danzig vibe but more down tempo…

Author & Punisher
Industrial noise metal, a lot of well, noise, kind of electronic-ish… just too much noise for me.

Seventh Wonder
Frontiers SRL
This has just about everything you’d need in classic progressive metal. Big voice, keyboards, mixed up changing guitar time sigs, solos… all that cool stuff, and it’s just one song so far!

Final Breath
Of Death And Sin
Metalville Records
Wow, this is some great catchy classic thrash with cool melodic stuff going on too… great stuff

High On Fire
Electric Messiah
Entertainment One
One of those bands kind of like Clutch that just seems to keep putting out good classic stoner metal. these guys take it up a notch and are a bit heavier and maybe throw in some more crusty grunge, but still catchy and heavy… good stuff.

In Our Wake
Spinefarm Records
Melodic metalcore… getting a bit more melodic than metal these days. Great catchy riffage, but they’re getting a bit more on the solid rock side of thinges now.

Black Mold
Helldprod Records
Punked up black metal. Raw, short songs, cold, pissed off sounding stuff.

Infernal Moon
Me Saco Un Ojo
Edgy extreme thrashy type stuff with monster grooves, a little bit of a doomy thing.

Gösta Berlings Saga
It’s not really metal, then again, sometimes the stuff on InsideOut isn’t. This is some spacy old school sounding experimental prog

Gama Bomb
Speed Between The Lines
AFM Records
Thrashy metal with some faster extreme stuff as well as more melodic classic metal… bit screamy voice. great stuff.

Rodent Epoch
Brutal death metal, a gloomy black metal feel.

A grooving extreme thrashy metalcore, harsh vox, good grooves, a bit of some barked out vox. good stuff. Maybe even a little prog metal too

There is No Division Outside Existence
Redefining Darkness Records | Possession Productions
Doomy black metal

Northern Crown
Northern Crown
Classic bluesy doomy hard rock, big monster grooves, hammond organ, laid back cool stuff.

Deimos Sanktuarium
Dark Descent Records (North America)
A bit of a viking death metal, a little bit of a blackened groove, big meaty doomy riffs

Eosphoros LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Raw old school black metal.

House of Atreus
From the Madness of Ixion LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
BIg meaty grooving death metal, probably more of a melodic death with that viking metal feel. great stuff.

Road Warrior
Gates of Hell Records
Classic metal with a grooving dark vibe

Pa Vesh En
Church of Bones LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
Wall of echoey noise and some black metal too I guess.

Corruption of Innocence CD
21 September 2018
Technical death metal, good and brutal, catchy heavy stuff.

Legacy of Desolation CD
21 September 2018
Grooving viking death metal.

I am the Night CD
21 September 2018
Old school punky thrash metal, fast, raw and in your face.

Dystopian Heuristics CD
21 September 2018
Old school classic brutal death metal… vox are a bit more of an Obituary style, but more muddy in the mix

Syndicate of Lethargy CD
21 September 2018
Orginally released in 2008, a classic brutal death metal with some technicality going on too.

Acolytes of Moros
The Wellspring
Nine Records
CLassic doom. long songs, riffs, doomy chanty vox.

Solemn Ceremony
Solemn Ceremony
Nine Records
Some big long doomy melodic tracks, chilled out, some meaty grooves too.

Slaves and Gods
M-Theory Audio
Extreme thrash, pagan/folk metal. It’s a bit thrash/death metal-ish but with a catchy folk metal vibe too. Great stuff!

Somali Yacht Club
The Sun +1
Self Released
Some cool melodic stoner doom stuff… with some longer songs.

Gathering Darkness
The Inexorable End
Brutal technical metal… fast, quick with no fucking around and some big meaty riffs along with blast beats!

Born In Venice
Cleopatra Records
So this sounds a lot like 80’s Suicidal Tendencies… probably because it’s got a couple former members that missed being out on stage and stuff… similar sound, a bit of a punky funky groove

Heavy Metal Space Cowboy
Self Released
A little thrashy, a bit grooving just “heavy metal” good stuff

Self Released
This seems to be a little proggy/technical with some grooving classic metal type stuff

Nexus of Teeth
Dark Descent Records
Now we’re talkin’ Brutal classic blackened death metal. Big hooks, grooves, cookie monster, dark, cold, brutal…

Sound Storm
To The Stars
Rockshots Records
Epic proggy/power metal with female fox

C Average
Adult Fantasy/K Records
A sort of jamming stoner rock with female vox.

Galy Records
Fast, heavy thrashy classic death metal, awesome grooves, brutal vox, catchy riffs,

Turbo Vixen
Drive Into The Night
Released about a year ago, new to inbox… some kind of classic hair metal type stuff, but a bit heavier, catchy, big screamy clean vox… cool stuff for this genre.

Rear Naked Choke
Sliptrick Records
A melodic groove metal, probably a bit more on the “solid rock” side of things. Solid heavy parts, melodies, catchiness.

Good melodic death, solid grooves, a bit of an accessible heaviness and melodies while having some heavy parts too.

Album: Breeding Hate
Label: Deformeathing productions
Brutal grindy death metal. fast, in your face and brutal as hell.

New Stuff This Week… 10/1/18

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Sep 302018

Red Bull
Almost nu-metal, but more of a hard rockin’ party metal. Catchy, fun and melodic too.

Eternal Return
A doomy old school stoner metal… getting pretty laid back in parts.

I Loved You at Your Darkest
Metal Blade Records
Heavy and brutal as a normal Behemoth album, but this one takes it down a notch and adds a bit more atmosphere and melodies, but still having a dark evil feel.

Raven Black
Break The Box (Single Radio Edit)
DB Entertainment
A bit of a blackened metal in parts, then going into melodic more gothy female clean vox… back to more shrieky black metal stuff too. Good grooves

Caustic Attack
The End Records
Well, this isn’t fucking around. brutal, fast, heavy, you got it. Brutal death metal. great stuff!

Napalm Records
Folky viking/melodic death from Iceland, cool song, melodic hooks, harsh vox, a pinch of that folky sound with that viking grooving heaviness

Konstelacja Dziur
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Brutal blackened death metal, heavy grooves with black metal tones… good stuff.

Chants To Irkalla
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Doomy death metal from Alaska!

Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Poland seems to have a good thing going… Behemoth, Vader… Angrrsth… Right? one vowel, but brutal blackened death metal. A dark, cold feel, while having a full meaty brutal death metal thing too.

Don’t Disturb My Circles
Lower Canopy EP
Self Released
Crusty metalcore, screaming vox, kind of blast beaty in parts, a little punky grooves too.

Album: Beyond The Black Wave
Genre: Black Metal
This has some classic black metal stuff going on, there’s also an epic/melodic thing going on, like a more raw, old school Dimmu Borgir.

Album: Pathogenesis
Label: Ashen Dominion
Guess what? More black metal! This is more of a full on epic wall of sound type stuff, still dark and evil, but with that full production feel.

Foaming At The Mouth
A bit of a technical death metal, great brutality, catchy thrashy grooves too.

The Projectionist
Visits from the NightHag Part 1
Appalachian Noise Records
classic black metal with shrieky vox.

Chained to Hell (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Here we have an extreme thrashy thing with maybe a bit of a black metal style vox, super fast thrash, almost into black metal, but just not quite, no meedly guitars or blast beats… just cool super fast and raw thrash.

The Exploding Eyes
Svart Records
Old school throwback bluesy/doomy rock with keyboards, more of a melodic rock thing too. Can’t say that there’s much metal going on

Hammer King
Poseidon Will Carry Us Home
Cruz Del Sur Music
Classic metal, leaning towards folky power metal, with songs about kings, and wars and warriors and stuff. Cool stuff.

Unholy Baptism
Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude
Classic black metal, cold, meedly and evil… The soundtrack to being stuck in the cold, dark, damp woods.

More black metal? No way…. yeah. this one is more of a brutal blackened death metal. Not quite as cold and meedly, more brutal and groovin’.

God Of Thunder God Of War
Seance Records
Standing alone, this would probably be pretty decent, but reviewing 15 albums in a row and most of them are black metal, this just is “another one” good, evil, dark, more of a wall of black metal sound than old school classic stuff… but musically, it is that old school cold, sound with shreiking vox, and maybe a dark creepy undertone.

Mutilated by Zombies
Scripts of Anguish
Redefining Darkness Records
Grooving brutal death metal, great stuff, along the lines of a cannibal corpse.

Professor Black
High Roller Records
4 tracks, each are 11:06. Interesting. A doomy post metal thing going on.

Album: Infinity
Label: Sliptrick records
this is kind of an industrial death metal / prog metal. the keyboardy electronic stuff is almost something you’d just hear in some prog metal. Neat stuff.

Album: The Return
Label: Sliptrick records
Here you got some folk metal, mostly melodic death type stuff but with some good heavier and technical stuff going on all mixed in with a little bit of some folky stuff (mostly keyboards)

Pain City
Pain City
HEre we have some classic rock, a little bluesy hard rock

Split 7″ EP
Hells Headbangers
Abysmal Lord is a wall of noisy thrashed up black metal with meh production and Crurifragium is some sludgey blackened metal with howly vox and meh production too (not as bad )

Cirith Ungol
Witch’s Game
Metal Blade Records
A new single… first new studio recording since 1991! They just had a tour come through madison that people are still talking about. This single is a big meaty wall of riffs and classic metal with modern touches… great stuff.

HiFi Music For LoFi Kids
(Punk | Hard Rock from USA),
on Sliptrick Records
Punk rock / hard rock.. not full on punk, but very punky and basic with that attitude.

???? (Paranoid)
Heavy Mental Fuck-Up!
The Sign Records
This is some kind of classic thrash, a bit of a hardcore punk thing thrown in too… neat stuff.

Album: From Presence To Silence
Label: BadMoodMan Music
This has some melodic death, full on black metal, Prog metal… all sorts of cool stuff going on, and it works too! Some longer songs also with a little doomy dark feel in the slower passages (maybe a bit more blackened Porcupine Tree type stuff!)

The Phantom of Phobos
From a Dead Channel
Stop the Building
Femaled fronted gothy melodic metal

Season of Mist
A classic thrash/metal thing with a bit of a similar sound to Motorhead

Season of Mist
This is some melodic technical death metal, extreme vox, but more of a proggy technical take on the music. Fast frenetic and brutal in parts too. Cool stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 9/24/18

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Sep 222018

Great Escape
Season of Mist
Chilled out doomy post metal with a bit of black metal when it gets goin.

The Clay People
Demon Hero (& other Extraordinary Phantasmagoric Anomalies & Fables)
Magnetic Eye Records
These guys ahve been around for a while but making a comeback now… they have a good driving hard rockin’ metal thing with a bit of an Industral vibe, without really being industrial if that makes any sense. hah. a good catchy metal thing going on. Okay, the more I listen, I guess you can say yeah, it would fall in some industrial stuff, but a bit more melodic and metal-ish too.

Kill The Flame (single)
Indie Recordings
A grooving black n roll type thing, maybe close to a Satyricon? good stuff.

Reap The Storm
El Puerto Records GbR
A little bit thrash, some melodic metal/deathcore type stuff more of a melodic thrash, cool stuff.

“Draw Blood”
Combat / EMP
Thrashy funky and a little bit of death metal… a cool like, 90’s throw back thing too from these chicago guys… more to come, this is just a single.

The Brew
The Art Of Persuation
Napalm Records
Cool solid hard rockin’ thing. Just no nonsense catchy hard rock. pretty cool stuff for being just shy of metal.

The O’Reilly’s And The Paddyhats
Green Blood
Metalville Records
Irish folky punky metal kind of like the Dropkick Murphy type stuff.

Brent Barker
Brent Barker
Guitar virtuoso type stuff, cool grooves, instrumental, a bit of a bluesy feel.

Leader Of Down
Cascade Into Chaos
Cleopatra Records
last recordings of Wurzel (formerly of Motorhead) Lead track has Lemmy’s guest vocals, other tracks feature Fast Eddy Clarke too. The rest of the album has a little bit of a Motorhead feel of course, but a bit more of a classic guitar metal thing. Cool stuff.

Lana Black
Pick Your Poison (Radio Edit)
Cataclysm Records
Female fronted grungy metal. A little like a Joan Jett / Alice in Chains thing going on.

Anaal Nathrakh
A New Kind of Horror
Metal Blade Records
These guys used to just be crazy intense throw everything heavy at you metal… they seem to honed the metal into a more concise wall of blackened brutal metal sound managing to add some catchiness and grooves into the fold…

Inner Axis
We Live By The Steel
A faster more balsy kind of power metal. Good edge and a bit borderline thrashy in some parts

All My Sins
Pra Sila – Vukov Totem
Classic black metal, good, fast, heavy, brutal too… Good stuff.

Burial Shrine
Labyrinth of Bridges
This is a bit more of a noisy black metal/extreme metal thing mostly a wall of heavy noise

Blood of Serpents
Sulphur Sovereign
Non Serviam Records
Blackened death metal, heavy, brutal, catchy… great production, good stuff.

Holy Blasphemition
Xtreem Music
Brutal death metal with a bit of an old Six Feet Under Groove.

Midnight Ghost
AFM Records
This band has been doing their heavier power metal thing for a long time, and guess what, they still do and do it well… good gritty edge while still having that melodic power metal thing going on. Good stuff.

Everlasting Spew Records
Mostly classic death metal, cookie monster vox, good grooves too with a pinch of doom.

Total Retaliation
Pure Noise Records
Hardcore, thrash, classic NYCHC type stuff (except they’re from California) Great stuff.

Osmose Productions
HEre we have a brutal death metal with a sludgey overtone… some grooves too.

Pagan Storm
De Tenebrarum Principio
Classic melodic black metal. A little bit of a doomy gloom to it.

Immortal Guardian
Age of Revolution
M-Theory Audio
An epic speedy power metal, maybe a little like a Dragonforce, maybe not quite as speedy fast and a bit more of an extreme metal edge…. and maybe a bit more proggy. good stuff. BIG voice!

Terror Decree + Bonus
Moribund Records
Melodic black metal, with a fair share of tradition black metal (esp. in vocals)… musically there’s some great catchy more melodic death grooves.

Moribund Records
This is a more in your face (production-wise), blackened death… melodic and a bit even thrashy in some parts

In Lands Thought Lost
Bindrune Recordings
Seems to be black metal week… more melodic black metal, this has some cool more traditional thrash/death, even technical metal going on inbetween the black beats and cold, meedly guitars. good stuff.

Dakhma (Switzerland)
Hamkar Atonement LP/CD
Iron Bonehead
sludgey death metal, a wall of sound, kind of brutal, a bit experimental in other parts.

Two Carrion Talismans CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Blackened death metal. This one has some monster grooves, a nice dark evil catchy feel too.

Long time prog metal/prog hard rock veterans are back… a more of a laid back Porcupine Tree style of prog metal, a more hard rock thing, cool technicality, overall great stuff…

Morte Incandescente
Somos o Fogo do teu Inferno
War Arts Productions
More classic black metal. 4 song EP.

Unleashed Bastards
El Puerto Records GbR
We have some extreme trash here. classic thrash riffage, vox are a bit more screamy than old school thrash… but this is some great heavy stuff!

EMPTY (Spain)
Osmose Productions
Black metal week continues with this band from Spain… Classic black metal vox (lower in the mix). some melodic kind of proggy stuff going on when it’s not full on black metal.

Onward to Nothingness
Seeing Red Records
Sludgy doom, some long songs with a little post metal going on too.

AFM Records
A slickly produced classic metal with a bit of a techno-industrial thing going on too… it’s classic metal with big clean power metal type vox…

ASYLUM (Maryland)
3-3-88 (CD)
Shadow Kingdom
This has a throwback 70’s doomy feel, like a black sabbath with ozzy-like vox.

Children of the Atom (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
What’s this? You guessed it, some more black metal… this one is probably in the blackened thrash thing. Catchy riffs, yet brutal, heavy drumming and extreme vox all with a black metal flair. Good stuff.

Black Funeral (U.S.)
The Dust and Darkness 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
Classic old school black metal.

Spirit Crusher
Prosthetic Records
Classic black metal, cool doomy vibe, some good melodies while still being harsh and dark.

Black Paisley
We have mostly a classic rock/rock thing going on here

HiFi Music For LoFi Kids
Sliptrick Records
Punky hard rock, pretty straightforward.

Lost Tribes of the Moon
Lost Tribes of the Moon
some laid back post rock doom type stuff… a little sludgey grunge with female vox… some decent stoner metal grooves thrown in the mix too.

Cemetery Lights
Lemuralia TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A basic, sort of low-fi blackened metal… it’s reelased on “tape” but do they have to record and master it as if it were recorded on cassette too? I don’t get it.

Grit Pt,2: Drift
Self Released
A little doom/black metal kind of a drony post metal too.

Sun & Moon
This has a bit of a doomy melodic thing… maybe a bit of a damnation type Opeth meets a little post-metal.

Secular Compendium
Sun & Moon
Old school melodic black metal. meedly guitars, harsh brutal vox, decent melodic stuff too… but mostly staying harsh and evil sounding too.

Mach IV
All Good Clean Records
Bluesey classic doomy metal. A bit upbeat and a pinch of stoner metal too. a cool throwback sound.

Lethal Injury
A grooving extreme thrash… a bit of a blackened sound vocal-wise, otherwise the metal is heavy and groovin’ with hints of black metal.

Eclipse Records
Brutal, djenty technical metalcore…some melodic stuff thrown in along with brutal vox, techy riffs and heavy drums… good stuff.

The Blurry Horizon
Self Released
A hard rock prog metal thing, varied vox (male and female) technical, catchy, standard type of cool prog metal, melodic, and cool stuff.

Technical Damage
The Introspect
I guess I’d throw this into melodic death. it’s got some extreme more grooving death metal stuff, but going into that more melodic chorus and instrumental breaks… good stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 9/17/18

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Sep 162018

The Unity
Mostly a hard rock / classic metal thing with vocals a bit like Russell Allen, decent stuff.

The Outer Ones
Metal Blade Records
This is the one we’ve been waiting for… typically some just really good technical death metal, these guys upped the ante! More heavy, more technical… better and better! Great stuff and fuckin’ brutal!

Constellation Of The Black Light
Napalm Records
We got a melodic death thing here, a tiny big folk metal, but mostly more of an epic heavier melodic death. Cool stuff.

Century Media Records
Ohhh yeah, we got us new Aborted, no nonsense, brutality, technical, heavy, and headbanging goodness

10 Years of Rock
Metalville Records
This under appeciated label has been chugging around 10 years now! A compilation of bands across their lineup, Astral Doors, Chris Caffery, Perzonal War… some metal, some more hard rock. Neat stuff.

Entertain Your Force of Habit
Metalville Records
Straightforward hard rockin’ groove metal. Vox are kinda growly/sung. Good catchy stuff.

The Wake
Century Media
Thse guys keep churnin’ out their style of metal… crazy catchy, well, Voivod! They really have their own sound and style and not much is like it. This follows it well. Good stuff.

Facing Transcendence
Avantgarde Music
A doomy classic black metal

Barren Canyon
World Of Wounds
Avantgarde Music
Two 17+ minute tracks of atmospheric black metal

As Rats Devour Lions
Godz of War Productions
Here’s some cool stuff… blackened thrashy metal. Extreme fast, but a cool thrashy element to keep it from just being all meedly full on black metal… yes it is mostly black metal, but pulled back a bit to add a more catchy thrash thing

Invocation (Chile)
The Mastery of the Unseen 7″ EP
Iron Bonehead
An old school black metal thing, dark doomy grooves, maybe a bit of a death metal groove with a more echoey black metal vocal.

All Will Be Golden
Spacey rock, a bit of a proggy fusion thing, pretty cool, but probably not too metal.

Impossible Orbits
7 Degrees
This has a little bit of a grindy doomy black metal thing, yeah, three pretty distinct genres, i can hear them all going on… vox are a bit shouty dark black metal-ish to me. Mostly grindy fast stuff going on, but a dark low end groove that is more doomy.

Where’s My Bible
M ‘N’ R
Inverse Records
They call it Mosh ‘n’ Roll… and yeah, I can hear that, it’s not quite thrashy, but heavy enough with some heavier extreme vox… a bit growly and/or shouted, with a straightforward heavy groove musically … Cool stuff!

Armed for Apocalypse
Palm Reader
Self Released
A grooving kind of stoner extreme metal. A little sludgey, but kicking into thrash mode where a breakdown or something might be… cool stuff.

Cosmic Void Ritual
Grotesque Infections Of Interplanetary Divide 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
Here we have some more lo-fi blackened death metal…

Anno Domini 1573
Rockshots Records
Traditional power metal… a little bit of a classic metal sound with a definite singalong power metal thing going on.

Slaves and Snakes
Heavy brutal, catchy, thrashy blackened death metal. Loud, great balance of sub genres and brutal as hell. Great stuff!

Chapitre II
Gates of Hell Records
A sort of extreme thrash… Vox are like a clean screamy style, but the music is more of a melodic blackend thrash… haven’t really heard anything too much like this. SOunds good!

Deep Memories
Rebuilding the Future
Self Released
This is melodic death / melodic black metal going on… extreme vox, a slower tempo, yet melodic and heavy feel musically. pretty cool stuff.

Duhul Belicos
Redefining Darkness Records
Blackened ummm, grooving thrash? Yeah, sure… Cool stuff, a traditional black metal feel but getting into some more catchy grooves too. Production is a little raw, but not too bad. Good stuff.

Owl (Germany)
Nights In Distortion
Temple of Torturous
A bit doomy, a little sludgey, vox remind me a little of Zakk Wylde…

Temple of Torturous
Melodic doomy stuff with a bit of sludgey noise happening a bit too, it’s actually bit of a proggy doom, maybe a bit post-metal…

Infamous Butcher Records
This has a prog metal thing going on, a bit of a porcupine tree, some more extreme vox, violins, folk metal stuff… heavy riffs, clean vox, growly vox… really cool stuff

Fils de Dieu
EAL Productions
First track at 10 min. long, tribal drumming and chanting… track 2 is almost 34 min… a haunting doomy post metal.

The Moor
Jupiter’s Immigrants
Self Released
I like this, it has a blackened melodic death metal thing happening… maybe even a bit proggy… a bit like an older Opeth where it’s got heavy brutal stuff and cool melodic proggy stuff. Going from full on melodic black metal, to a more laid back rockin’ thing. I like this one!

Album: The Spirit Lives On
Label: Sliptrick records
This is some good just good ol classic metal, a bit like a judas priest with a bit of a manowar intensity going on.

New Stuff This Week…9/4/18

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Sep 022018

The Last One
Season of Mist
Here we have a gritty proggy hard rockin’ thing. Clean vox, a pinch of djent maybe a Coheed and Cambria vibe Cool stuff!

Season of Mist
We got some kind of noise core, screamy stuff… this band has been around a while, there’s a raw grungy feel

Pig Destroyer
Head Cage
Brutal, dark, sludgy, then grindy and in your face. Good stuff.

Siege Of Power
Warning Blast
Metal Blade Records
Made up of some Asphyx and Autopsy members, these guys threw together a catchy brutal death metal project with grooves and no fuckin’ around.

Alabama Calling
Cornelius Chapel Records
A southern laid back stoner rock thing… not too metal… but decent hard rock/rock.

Stoned Jesus
Napalm Records
Whew. I was worried for a sec that this might NOT be stoner metal… it is stoner metal! A bit more of a laid back chilled out type stoner metal…

Suicidal Tendencies
Still Cyco Punk After All These Years
Suicidal Records
Doing a bit more of the old school punk type stuff… their style makes it a bit more metal and full on ST style. Can’t wait for more. (just have a single so far)

New Gods
The End Records
A bit of a throwback doom, maybe a little bit Ghost-like with a classic heavy metal feel.

Nashville Pussy
Pleased To Eat You
Must be stoner metal week! While these guys/gals have more of that psychobilly/southern metal thing going on…almost an AC/DC thing going on. Good catchy stuff.

Nuclear Blast USA
One of the more folkie of the folk metal bands… they still have a good share of metal, but with the catchy fun folk metal bounce.

Metal Allegiance
Vol. II Power Drunk Majesty
Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Some great stuff here. The band stayed a bit more cohesive to the core four with just guest vox on each track. All pretty thrashy or a bit leaning towards the vocalist of each track.

They Grieve
I Made My Sacrifice Accordingly
Transcending Records
Doomy post metal

The Vintage Caravan
Genre: Rock
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Catchy stoner metal, a bit of a cool throwback with cowbell and big meaty jams.

Rithiya Henry Khiev
Eviscerated Realm
Instrumental, I’d like to say it’s proggy, neo-classical, brutal, djent full feel, but not djenty if that makes any sense. (good low end?) SOme heavier kind of chugga metal parts, and melodic classic metal stuff too. A good well rounded mix of genres mixed in here. Good stuff!

The Passage of Existence
Metal Blade Records
We’ve had a single for a while, now it’s time for the rest, and it’s not disappointing. The single was a grab you and love it right away thing, and so is the rest of the album, technical, brutal, heavy, grooving and catchy, all those good words I overuse, it’s all here and it’s a great death metal album!

Grooving stoner metal with a pinch of sludge.

Scourge of the Enthroned
Century Media
Technical death metal with a pinch of south american flavor… these guys have been consistently at it and doing some of the best death metal out there… this album is no different. Brutal, kind of thrashy, technical, grooving and catchy. Great stuff!

Sept 7
Portugal seems to be famous for one big metal band, Moonspell. Listen to this Cronaxia, the pure brutality, technicality… great death metal and you’ll want to hear more from Portugal!

Prosthetic Records
Kind of a melodic death, maybe a deathy blackened doom too. Definitely a black metal vibe, but a bit down on the tempo with some melodic stuff going on… maybe a little Opeth-like with more of a black metal vox.

Across Deaths
Invictus Productions / Dark Descent
A bit sludgey, and dark doomy, but still a bit of a full on classic black metal thing with shrieking and dark riffs

Solarworks pt. 1
A hard rock/power metal thing. Pretty straightforward

Sept 7
Supergroup featuring Brian from SHadows Fall, former Cannae and Unearth members. IT’s a pretty solid modern metalcore/heavycore metal type thing. There’s some really heavy stuff, and a few chilled out laid back songs too.

End of the Circle
Non Serviam Records
3 super long songs of doomy death metal… mostly post metal type stuff with slow slow doomy tempo and death metal growls.

AFM Records
This is some classic metal, along the lines of a Judas Priest, really solid hard rockin’ metal stuff.

Goat Sperm
Voice in the Womb
Inferna Profundus Records
Crazy fast brutal blackened death metal, then you get some choir chanting stuff to give it a neat dark yet creepy feel. OTherwise, it even gets kind of a fast grindy melodic blackened death. Actually not too bad when you give it a chance!

Tierra Hostil
Fighter Records
This is a heavier proggy power metal type thing. All in Spanish, music is heavy and a lot going on (proggy)…

Release: Tyrant Disciple
Weight Of Oblivion
Release Date: September 7th 2018
Record label: Inverse Records
This is a slayer-esque death metal… brutal, catchy, thrashy and in your face.

Sum Of Forces
Indie Recordings
A bit thrash, some power metal, good crunch and catchy classic metal feel too.

Band: Insidious One
Album: The Natural Selection
Self Released
Catchy extreme thrashy metal with a pinch of prog… vox are more of a black metal style… maybe like a skeletonwitch.

My Hollow
And Now We Fall (single) (2018)
Thrashy modern metalcore=ish, melodic, brutal, a bit

Discolocauste: 2005-2018 – The Full Sh*t So Far
27 August 2018
This is a compilation of basically this band’s full discography… A grindy brutalcore pig squeal thrashy death metal

Dead Now
Dead Now
Brutal Panda
This has a stoner metal feel, cool clean vox, a neat catchy edge

The Cruel Intentions
“Weekend Suffering” (single)
Indie Recordings
A single with some stoner metal guitar sound, a bit of a modern metal sound once you get in to the vox.

Sad Theory
Entropia Humana Final
Self Released
Release date: Wednesday, December 27th 2017
Released late last year, fresh in the inbox now… we got us some melodic leaning brutal death metal… more on the straightforward brutal death metal with some technical stuff too.

Flowing Downward
WIth a band name like Sadness, I don’t think you’re going to get anyting that’s gonna get you up in a circle bit… but it’s not just shoegaze… more of some black-post metal with some ambient experimental stuff too.

Flowing Downward
Here we also have some atmospheric black metal…

New Stuff This Week…8/27/18

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Aug 242018

Fall Of Tyranny
We have a classic metal, power metal type thing going on, production is a bit muddy, but there’s some neat proggy stuff going on too.

One Way Out
Argonauta Records
This is a single of some kind of sludgey doom. Shouted vox, decent groovin’ riffs, a bit down tempo.

The Unity
“No Hero”
This is a single of a new band featuring some members of Gamma Ray… It’s a good edgy classic heavy power metal thing. I’d like to hear more!

Mob Rules
Beast Reborn
Seems to be power metal week! We have some basic classic hard rock/power metal type stuff… maybe a bit of an Iron Maiden vibe.

The Amity Affliction
This seems to be the go-to band for us to make fun of for being what is the modern metal thing that we just don’t really like. I’ll just leave it at that… It’s that modern metalcore/commercial metal stuff.

A bit of a standard heavy metal, but with harsh and clean vox, so this files under melodic death. Catchy riffs, the harsh vox are barked out with great abrasivieness , good mixe of harsh blackened death and iron maiden guitar galloping… cool stuff!

Cruel Magic
Metal Blade Records
Veterans of the NWOBHM in the 80’s they reunited in 2012 and have been crushing their doomy classic metal sound since. This album has a nice stoner metal-ish classic catchy doom sound with big meaty hooks and punchy drums. cool stuff.

North of South
New Latitudes
Rockshots Records
Melodic proggy metal, a little quirky but pretty good.

Beyond The Black
Heart Of THe Hurricane
Napalm Records
A standard classic metal type thing with some female vocals. Good catchy edge

Cast The Stone
Empyrean Atrophy EP
Agonia Records
A bit of a melodic death metal with some classic death metal grooves, barked out vox

Sunshine Dust
Agonia Records
Melodic hard rock with a progressive hard rock/metal feel too. great stuff

Omnium Gatherum
The Burning Cold
Century Media
TEchnical, proggy melodic death, great catchy melodies and riffs while keeping it all heavy and stuff too.

AFM Records
UDO is back to melt your face off with heavy fucking metal. Just awesome classic metal big heavy edge, amazing that this stuff is just “plain ol metal” but still is interesting to listen to, while still being heavy, but not all brutal and up in your business.

Svart Records
A doomy groove, a little bit of a Danzig type feel, maybe a bit into a heavier hardcore thing in parts

Attraction to Annihilation CD/LP
Blood Harvest
This is some technical death metal, I hear a lot of Death Symbolic here, maybe not THAT proggy, but a good brutal classic death metal with some big tech chops and maybe some heavy thrash going on too.

In the Shadow of Doom LP/CD/TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A bit classic black metal, a bit modern blackened doom. Dark, harsh and cold too.

Indie Recordings
Melodic black metal, a bit proggressive in some parts, decent melodies, not all cold and shriekey. there’s a bit of a groove and some nice melodic passages. Good stuff.

Commitment To Excellence
Extreme Metal Music / Rockshots Records
A cool take on some classic thrash, some classic melodic metal stuff going on, but mix that up with some classic thrash and you have some new catchy metal.

Helion Prime
Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster
AFM Records
This is a mix of classic metal and power metal, good heavy edge and a bit catchy too.

The Path, The Cross, The Aftermath
Dry Cough Records / Badlads
Mostly doomy sludgey sound, a little stoner metal peeking through. Vox are mostly shouted

Demo I
Purodium Rekords
Raw wall of black metal… cold and harsh.

Monte Pittman
Between the Space
Metal Blade Records
This album is a bit more heavy… a full hard rock/metal-ish classic metal featuring Monte on everything! Some songs are more laid back, the further in the album goes, the heavier. Cool stuff all around.

Monte Pittman
Better or Worse
Metal Blade Records
This one is more of an acoustic with vocals… just they kind of stuff you might hear in a coffee shop or something…

Towers of Grandiosity
Redefining Darkness Records
Raw sludgey brutal death metal. Heavy stuff… no fuckin’ around.

Everlasting Spew Records
Brutal old school death metal. Good stuff.

Fist of the Seven Stars Act 2 (Hokuto Brothers)
Rockshots Records
mostly power metal, but you got some pretty cool prog metal stuff going on too.

Kvlt Of Eblis
Templo de la Serpiente Negra
Morbid Skull Records
A classic black metal sound, cold, harsh, but yet brutal, good production, creepy chants, maybe some decent grooves too.

Melodic death with a bit of a viking/folk metal feel, a harsh yet catchy brutality with melodic hooks. cool stuff.

Aesthetics of a loss
Self Released
A dark, grindy melodic death. Has a doomy dark gloomy feel, but melodic with a pinch of black metal

This came out in July, just hit the inbox for us. I’d say this is some epic industrial metal type stuff. I know they’ve been around for a while, but I’m not too familiar. Cool stuff, almost has a black metal thing going on!

Artist: WILD
Title: Sin PIedad
Ref.: FIGHT 023 CD
Fitting with the power metal theme this week.. This is spanish language classic metal, a bit of a power metal feel, with more of a just “metal” thing going on. decent stuff!

Release date: Friday, October 26th 2018
Brutal brutal brutal death metal! I haven’t heard stuff this heavy and brutal in a long time actually. Extreme cookie monster vox, almost pig squealy in parts, but just chugga chugga fast groovin’ stuff. BROOOTAL!!

The Plague
Hammer of Damnation
Release date: Saturday, April 21st 2018
This band is from Chile, kind of a blackened extreme/speed/thrash metal… pretty evil yet melodic while staying heavy.

Band: Esoteric
Album: The Pernicious Enigma (2 CD re-issue)
Label: Aesthetic Death
Pretty long tracks of depressing doom with keyboard/electronic stuff and deathy growls.

I Am Your King [single]
A kind of metalcore / groove metal type thing with female guest vox and some kind of gothy male vox.

New Stuff This Week…8/20/18

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Aug 192018

Chapel of Abhorrence
Season of Mist
Meaty grooving death metal with some melodic stuff going on too. Great stuff.

Season of Mist
Kind of a stoner metal, little sludgey, a little punky

Gateways Vol III
Old school hardcore metal, a pinch of thrash, lots of just classic NYHC.

Mob Rules
“Ghost Of A Chance”
A good solid classic metal thing. A gallopy melodic thing like a Priest or Maiden going on, but steering into a more tradional power metal type thing. Decent stuff.

No One Should Read This
Band famous for having Mike Portnoy’s kid and a singer with a pink sweater or something. This is some all over the place technical experimental metalcore type stuff. A part Slipknot, a part Dillinger Escape Plan, some Mr. Bungle, some BTBAM. Fast and heavy, a bit disjointed in parts, but it’s what the kids like these days, right?

Ancient Brewing Tactics
Mostly hardcore, with lots of punky attitude. Decent heavier edge, some nice short tracks (there’s 21 total!)

Crawl (single)
This is a proggy power metal with female vox. Getting heavier in some parts, otherwise, some straightforward melodic metal1

Bamboo Star
“It’s Just Business”
A “solid rock” single, great catchy hard rock thing you should probably hear on more commercial radio.

Rising Five
No Death Reborn
Hard rock grooving near metal. A pretty decent catchy, yet accessible metal/hard rock thing.

Black Mirrors
Look Into The Black Mirror
Napalm Records
This is a grooving metal thing with a bit of a stoner metal thing… female vox, and a bluesy metal thing happening too.

Divebomb Records
Leather Leone from Chastain fame is back with her second solo album. Great solid classic metal with a good hard rockin’ edge

Lords of The Trident
Shadows From The Past
Junko Johnson
Not sure what I can say about our local favorites here… This album tops their others! It’s the first with Brian Koenig as part of the band, as he joined right after the last album came out… From what I understand is he had lots of writings built up and contributed lots to the music on this one and it shows. It has a great melodic metal feel. I have to say there’s a little familiarity/similar style in parts to his old Luna Mortis stuff, which is a great thing. He’s a riff-master and this band is perfect to go along with the other musicians, especially the vox… Over the top and spot on. The track with Brittney of Unleash the Archers really shines too.

Purge & Reset
Kind of thrashy, a bit melodic and extreme too. Big grooves, cool stuff.

The Worst
Greyhaze Records
Doomy grooves. A bit of a 6′ Feet Under type of death metal groove, but more on the doomy side of things

After the Fire
Cruz Del Sur Music [vinyl reissue]
Vinyl reissue of their 2003 album. however, this is the first I’m hearing it. Pretty cool proggy power metal. Decent stuff, not too crazy, catchy, good grooves and tech enough to keep it interesting all with a cool metal edge.

Subtype Zero
The Astral Awakening
Seeing Red Records
So, this band has an old school Slayer sound through and through. Maybe a bit more catchy, but great classic Slayer influenced thrash.

You Took The Sun When You Left
Prosthetic Records
A bit of a doomy grind. Some really kind of catchy grooving thrash stuff too, an overall sludgey tone too

Ethereal Sepulchre
Seance Records
I’d have to call this some blackened doom. Some cold, harsh black metal stuff going on, all while kind of being dark and depressing… maybe some cool heavy grooves too.

Band: Pando
Album: Hiraeth
Label: Aesthetic Death
Experimental “music” some background music, some black metal noise, some shrieking, definitely “post” something. Meh.

New Stuff This Week…8/13/18

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Aug 122018

Album: Warmageddon (single)
This is good crunchy classic thrashy metal.

Repulsion For Humanity
We’ve had a few singles from this already… This 2nd album isn’t quite as brutal and black metal as the first. There are still heavy black metal elements. This is a bit more Grooving and brutal. Good stuff!

Mad Max
SPV / Steamhammer
As the single we had a couple weeks ago, we got some super classic metal. Good melodic riffage, Maybe a little MOtley Crue feel .

Malady X – single
Metal Blade Records
A new German melodic death band… This has the brutal and heavy edge along with that Iron Maiden-like melodic part… there’s even some epic symphonic stuff (low key), getting a bit tech/proggy in parts

Anaal Nathrakh
Forward! – single
Metal Blade Records
That I always liked to call “Kitchen sink” metal, as they throw everything metal in the mix… Big fat in your face wall of sound production. Usually it’s kind of black/death metal… this single has a bit more of a groove but staying heavy and brutal too.

Lisboa Under The Spell (Live)
Napalm Records
Big long live show with three albums performed live in their hometown, Extinct, Wolfheart and Irreligious. An epic undertaking. Sounds great, and they captured the live sound great too.

Images Of Eden
Pavement Music
Classic hard rockin’ power metal-ish type stuff. A good metal edge, melodic guitar work, decent overall stuff.

The Spirit
Sounds From The Vortex
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Melodic death metal with a heavy blackend death thing happening. Great catchy, yet heavy tracks. Ranges from having Opeth like moments to full on Behemoth. Great stuff.

Forever United / Forever Warriors
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Pretty straightforward Doro fronted hard rock. nothing too heavy, a power ballad or two.
The Forever Warriors album is a bit more heavy, some faster more Mosh Pit friendly tracks

Set Before Us
Eclipse Records
Here we have a modern metalcore thing…more on the lines of brutal-core… it doesn’t seem to get all “emo-y” every chorus. It does get pretty close and melodic…

????? ?? ??
Living Temple Records
Post metal or post something chanting or whatever. No thanks.

With a band name like “Kill Everything” I’m expecting some sick brutal death metal to just push me down and keep jumping on me… well I am happy with my expectations, because that’s exactly what this is, brutal, face smashing death metal!

Barbaric Retribution (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Here we have some blackened death metal. Kind of a wall of blackened noise, almost grindy in parts… but over all, harsh brutal death metal.

Panphage Mysticism (CD, LP)
Werewolf Records
Old school black metal feel, a little doomy and dark.

Mountain Tamer
Godfortune Dark Matters
Self Released
A sort of doomy stoner metal throwback. The production has an old school feel, musically it’s got sort of a stoner 70’s vibe…. cool grooves, somewhat catchy jammin’ songs.

Pa Vesh En / Temple Moon
Split LP
Iron Bonehead
Pa Vesh En is a wall of sound black metal with shrieky vox and lo-fi production. Temple Moon is old school black metal, a bit more of some groove, but raw and a bit lo-fi too.

Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response
Prosthetic Records
HEre you have some black metal, but it’s also just some melodic metal too with like, harsh ass black metal vox on top. It’s definitely different. They’re on a semi-big metal label, so they got something going on. it’s worth checking out.

The Eternal
Waiting for the Endless Dawn
Label: Inverse Records
HEre we have some really long tracks, a melodic doomy death metal, a bit proggy and actually I’d think it’d be post-metal… and it’s not, just some longer songs that do take time to develop and get going through ebbs and flows… Pretty decent stuff if you have the patience

Band: Profane Burial
Single: The Rosewater Park Legend
Label: Apathia Records
Symphonic black metal. You have that full epic orchestra thing happening, but then you have classic melodic black metal stuff going on too. good stuff!

From the bio: “New Single From The Worlds First Interactive Band
Featuring Steve Di Giorio (Testament), John Miceli (Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow), Frank DiMini (Angel) & Paul Crook (Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, Meat Loaf)”
This track is a good jam, maybe a bit over produced, but cool to hear a cover version

Necrotic Wasteland SINGLE
One song of fast, in your face epic blackened death metal. More please!

Sliptrick Records
Female fronted modern commercial-ish metal.

Brood of Hatred
Identity Disorder
Crime Records
Blackened doom. A melodic doomy feel with some growly more death metal vox… a cold-ish guitar feeling

Henry Metal
The Essential Henry Metal, Vol. 1
Self REleased
A melodic classic metal, maybe a pinch of thrash, mostly classic metal with a cool crunchy guitar.