New Stuff This Week… 4/17/17

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Apr 142017

Don Jamieson
Communication Breakdown
Metal Blade Records
New comedy album, rude, crude and of course funny!

Cold – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Catchy and grooving death metal.  Melodic and headbanging… can’t wait for more… brutal too!

Slaughter to Prevail
King (Single)
Brutal and extra brutal-core type stuff.  It’s Sumerian, so you kind of know about the “sumerian-core” sound… and this kind of has it, technical, brutal and heavy as shit.  Good stuff.

Fates Warning
Awaken the Guardian Live
Metal Blade
Two shows recorded live with John Arch and the original lineup.  and it sounds great

Between the Buried and Me
Coma Ecliptic: Live
Metal Blade Records
The more I listen to this band the more I like them… I think it’s because they get more and more proggy… well, here’s a live album proving they can pull it all off live… sounds great!

ieuD – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Well, this was unique (a single).  some  electronic dubstep type stuff with operattic female vox, then combining it all into some metalcore type stuff… different and kind of cool

Shores Of Null
Black Drapes For Tomorrow
A bit melodic and doomy, a little blackened doom.  Clean vox, and

Uneven Structure
La Partition
Long Branch
Kind of a toned down prog metal type thing.  Similar to BTBAM actually, melodic clean stuff, growly stuff, and techy prog too.

Ancient Ascendant
Raise The Torch
Melodic death metal, more along the lines of the heavier style of opeth… good chilled out melodic passages and brutal heavy vox in the death metal parts.  Great stuff.

Ides of Gemini
“Heroine’s Descent” [Single]
Rise Above
Kind of a melodic blackened post metal-doom

Noctumes In Requiems
We first started playing this back in February when it came out… now is when the radio promoters are throwing it out there, so here’s the review again…
Last recorded release of our friend Adam Sagan.  The samples that were early released sounded great.  Technical proggy melodic death metal… but the vox I guess don’t really fit the death metal… so musically it’s “melodic death-ish” but really it’s something more along the lines of a Nevermore.  great stuff! Catchy, heavy and melodic too!

While She Sleeps
You Are We
SharpTone Records
Modern metalcore type stuff… maybe a little melodic death thing going on, but a little bit of that moderm metalcore clean stuff going on too.

Mammoth Mammoth
Mount The Mountain
Napalm Records
This name was always appropriate for their sound. a bit mammothy stoner metal thing… Big grooves, catchy riffs and all around cool stuff.  This is my kind of stoner metal, heavy, and fast paced with great energy.

Night Demon
Darkness Remains
Century Media Records
Classic old school sounding thrashy, or just classic “metal”  great riffs and a throwback feel

Inebriated Music
Female fronted standard metal type stuff. Good grooves and guitar solos a little bit more on the solid rock side of things.  Some abrasive vox in parts, but overall clean vox stuff.

Sangue 7″ EP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Scary doomy black metal.  Just a couple tracks with some “meh” production.

Moonlight Prophecy
TGhree songs, a little classic thrash, and a little prog metal feeling, or just a good classic metal.  Two of the three are instrumentals and are pretty cool as prog metal goes.

Band: Carnal Garden
Album: Where They Are Silent
Label: Eclectic prods
A little doomy a little grindy, but overall meaty grooving death metal.  A little bit of an old school Obituary feeling.

Perversiones De Muerte Putrefacta
Dunkelheit Produktionen
This is some blackened death metal, with some classic death metal grooves but then going into some classic blast beaty black metal.

Band: Ulvegr
Album: Titahion Kaos Manifest
Label: Ashen Dominion
This is some good modern black metal.  Good cold meedly guitars, good production, melodic death metal parts, shrieky yet gritty vox.  Good stuff.

melodic groove metal type stuff.  Maybe a little gothy doom feel too.

Night of the Living Deathgenerations
Xtreem Music
Live album of this brutal death metal band.  Sounds decent.  Cookie monster gurgling and a grindy death metal sound.

I guess this is just good ol Brutal death metal.  Chuggy riffs, pissed off growly screams and a good meaty low end.

In Eminent Disgrace
Signal Rex
PRetty much the same as above, meaty brutal death metal.  Maybe a little more dooomy and down tempo.

The Projectionist
Exalted Solitude
Label: Appalachian Noise Records & The True Plague Records
Classic cold sounding black metal with reaallly creepy shrieky screamy evil vox.  Production is a bit raw and vocal production is even more raw.

Record label: Inverse Records
A little classic metal, maybe a tiny prog metal, and just some decent grooves, clean-ish vox.

Blood of Angels
Rise of the Fallen Gods (EP)
Label: Hollywood Collective
Melodic death metal, heavy brutal stuff, but maybe a little melodic stuff more like Amon Amarth.  Vox are cookie monster throughout and brutal!

Band: Craving Angel
Album: Redemption
Label: Minotauro records
Classic metal, guitar work sounds decent, vocal production doesn’t seem to match the rest of the music.  it’s a little raw and just I don’t know, doesn’t really match.

In Death…
The Devil Speaks
Plastic Head
Now we’re talking thrashed up death metal, brutal, heavy, catchy, chugga chugga freight train but with a good groove and little melodic stuff too.  Great stuff.

Band: My Silent Wake (re-issue with 3 bonus tracks!)
Album: Damnatio Memoriae
Label: Minotauro records
Reissue from their 2015 album.  Little soon for a reissue?  Maybe a label change or whatever… anyway, doomy melodic death metal, reminds me a little bit of some of the newer Opeth, decent grooves, a bit of a death metal edge too.

Kill For Eden
Petty Crimes
Horus Music
Classic throwback metal with female vox.  Good groove

Blessed Are The Heretics
Scarlet Records
This is some classic gritty metal type stuff… a little thrashy and hardcore-ish.  A Cover of “You Spin Me Round” too!

Tehom (Sweden)
The Merciless Light CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Classic death metal, big grooves, a bit of that Swedish death metal melody and edge too.

Rising From The Ashes
Svart Records
Kind of a 70’s doomy classic stoner metal… organ, catchy stoner riffs, maybe some 70’s prog stuff too.

Into The Glorious Battle
Scarlet Records
Here we have classic metal with power metal tendencies.  decent stuff.

Band: Where The Sun Comes Down
Album: Welcome
Label: Minotauro records
Stoner metal with big experimental doom type sound too.  A little sludge/noise stoner metal with sabbath-like main riffs, and some more shouty vox… kind of megaphone-like.

Band: Agresiva
Album: Decibel Ritual
Label: Minotauro records
A little classic metal with a thrashy vibe… vox are clean/sung… music has a good gallop-y metal… reminds me of annihilator in some parts.

Band: Resurrect The Machine
Album: Uncover The Truth
Label: Minotauro records
Another with a classi metal and a thrashy feeling.  Decent grooves, clean vox, guitar work, all that.  Just good ol “metal”.

Cry My Name
Bastardized Recordings
Melodic death/ Deathcore stuff.  Catchy and brutal in parts, shouty growled vox, some melodic metalcore-ish guitars… The clean parts are ok, still has that metal/new metalcore feel, but not whiney emo-enough to hate on it.

Celestial Grave
Pvtrefactio 7″ EP
Iron Bonehead
Two songs of Old school black metal, a bit of a wall of sound.

Emptybrook EP
Kind of noisy post-metal/hardcore-ish stuff.  A bit of a “blackened punk” feeling.

Spasms of Rebirth
Self Released (Against PR)
Post metal / melodic blackened post-metal.  Growly vox, a bit of a cold black metal tone, but slow doomy tempo.

Band: Pereplut
Album: V Starodavnie Goda
Label: Stygian Crypt productions
Folk metal, a good heavy base and the flutey folky instruments with that bouncy yet heavy thrashy metal sound.  Great stuff.

Album: Under The Wings Of The Aquila
Label: Stygian Crypt productions
Melodic death/folk metal.  Good meaty straightforward melodic death metal with some of the keyboardy folk stuff going on too.  solid for “folk metal”

New Stuff This Week… 4/10/17

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Apr 082017

A Killer’s Confession
This is a former vocalist for Mushroomhead’s project, kind of an american new wave of metalcore type thing.  Agressive growly barked vox, great groovin’ mid tempo type metal with some clean vox in there too… A little industrial and nu-metal ish too.

Blackened doomy post metal.  Mostly long tracks, a little sludgy, and big meaty riffs, but never really getting too um, fast.

Raven Black
Seven Sins
WURM Group
Female fronted alternative type metal.  A bit gothy/arty, good mix of creepy sung/growly vox, some decent grooves… kind of reminds me of otep.

Melodic death metal, sounds a little like Amorphis but maybe with more growly cookie monster vox.

He Is Legend
“Air Raid” [Single]
Some good solid melodic hard rockin’ metal.  Guitar solos, kind of an anthemic prog metal/hard rock thing.

“Det Nya Svarta”
Indie Recordings
Sort of a gothy melodic death type thing, a bit more on the alternative metal/rock side of things.

God Dethroned
On the Wrong Side of the Wire – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Ooooo!  Good stuff here… new album in a month or two, but here’s some heavy melodic death metal. Gritty and blackened death, with some melodic heavy stuff too.

LIFE OF AGONY – Radio Promo
World Gone Mad
Napalm Records
Catchy and actually kind of commercial-ish sounding.  A bit heavier and less “Volbeaty” as their older stuff.

Ecstatic Vision
Raw Rock Fury
raw fuzzy psychedelic stoner type stuff. Here’s  the “RIYL” the bio says… “Hawkwind, Fuzz, Fela Kuti, Goat, Boris, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Monster Magnet ”  I can hear a little bit of a Monster Magnet, but pull that back and get more stoner/psychedelic

The Obsessed
First album in 20 years.  Can’t say I know a lot about them… this is got some great catchy doomy stoner metal going on.  Great grooves and smooth vox… all while pounding sabbath-like riffs are going on.

Breathe (single)
Eclipse Records
Hard rocking modern metal.  Seems like maybe a lighter track, slightly djenty riffs, a bit modern metalcore… but kind of prog/melodic death metal stuff too.  I’d like to hear more.

Novembers Doom
The End Records
Some of their stuff got pretty slow and doomy in the past… Not this one.  starts off heavy and grooving. A good heavy melodic death feeling… digging deeper, the clean vox kick in and it’s a bit more doomy… and towards the end we work to a slower more melodic doom thing.  Overall pretty solid effort.

Final Drive
Dig Deeper
Great riffs, catchy grooves, sort of thrash, just good heavy METAL going on here.  Throw up the horns and get in the pit.

SA Adams
A Murder Of Crows
NIR America
Hard rockin stuff kind of along the lines of a Motorhead/AcDc type thing, maybe a little southern hard rock type stuff too.

Beyond The Horizon
Label: Satanath Records (Rus) & Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA)
Slow depressing funeral doom.  I guess that’s what Funeral doom is right?  Just slow melodic depressing dark stuff.  Growly vox.

Infernal Majesty
No God
High Roller Records
14 April 2017
This is kind of a blackened thrash, or just a heavy catchy proggy “metal” Great stuff.  It has a little Kreator raw heaviness, but a melodic proggy undertone..

Malformed Conscience
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Kind of hardcore, kind of thrash, kind of punk… and 100% raw.  Good riffs and old school thrash feels.

Wulfasa Kunja CD/LP
Classic brutal black metal.  Evil, dark, heavy and grooving too. Great stuff.

Pyriphlegethon (Netherlands)
The Murky Black of Eternal Night LP
Iron Bonehead
BLack metal with some raw extreme stuff… Production is a little raw, but vox are pissed off, music is a bit melodic maybe a little atmospheric in parts too. Drumming is frenetic and raw.

Remnant Light
Three tracks each clocking in at 13:00… this is old school black metal.  Raw production, fast and evil and cold playing… a bit doomy in the slow parts.

Craven Idol
The Shackles Of Mammon
Dark Descent Records
A bit thrashy, a bit standard “metal”… maybe a little bit prog metal too… but mostly blackened thrash.  Great catchy riffs and evil extreme thrash… Good stuff@Q

The Future State of Wicked (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Classic thrash feeling, but heavier… really heavy extreme classic thrash, but not “brutal” if you know what I mean.  Great stuff!

Dreaming Awake
Friction Lives
Imminence Records
Seemingly a prog/metalcore type thing.  Sort of brutalcore in parts and djenty, but then you get into those emo-ish singy vox.

Chained to a Wolf TAPE
Iron Bonehead
A spacy atmospheric black metal.  Extreme and heavy, production is kind of weird.

Big meaty doom then it gets into some extreme blackened doom type stuff. (vox are screamy)

a proggy extreme thing… maybe System of a Down-ish.  A bit quirky, catchy full on metal, a little almost jazzy in parts, then full on Lamb of God type stuff too.  Really cool stuff.

Accept (Platinum Edition)
Breaker (Platinum Edition)
I’m a Rebel (Platinum Edition)
Restless and Wild (Platinum Edition)
AFM Records
The first four classic Accept albums reissued with new stuff.  This was all before my time in “heavier” music, so this is a good excuse to go back and check these things out.

Of Fire
Album: Death Do Us All
Self Released (Grand Sounds PR)
Good meaty classic swedish death metal Huge grooves

Stench to Stench
Xtreem Music [XM 235 CD]
Some grindy death metal demo reissues from their 90/91 times. Pretty raw!

J.T. Lehtonen
Land of Dust
Concorde Music Company
Great crunchy riffs, and great grooves, a bit along the lines of classic metal, maybe a bit prog metal, mostly clean vox a few growls, but great for a guitar fan for sure!

Tando Ashanti
Halo of Flies
Noisy blackened death metal.  Wall of sound, lots of grindy guitars and an overall grindy sound.

Argonauta Records
Doomy Post metal.  A bit atmospheric and stoner-y, but slow, depressing and down tempo.

Devil Dancer – Radio Single
Frontiers Music s.r.l.s
Good catchy solid hard rock tune from this old school band… catchy and decent stuff.. maybe not so much for the Mosh Pit though… :/

Band: Secure
Album: Awake
Self Released
Kind of an alternative metal, a little of a modern solid rock type metal thing too.

New Stuff This Week… 4/3/17

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Mar 312017

Emperor Of Sand
Mostly sounds like classic Mastodon, maybe a little toned down and more accessible.  More catchy rockin’ songs.  I guess not quite as “proggy” as some past work.

Royal Thunder
Laid back down tempo-ish stoner rock.

“Vivid” [Single]
Milennium Night
Full album comes out in June.  First taste here, catchy, a bit proggy, clean vox and some harshy stuff too.  Kind of a band that is a good gateway to more prog metal as it has some commercial solid rock type elements but more technical complex stuff too.

“Carry On” [Single]
I am a sucker for metal bands doing covers of classic rock or non-metal songs…. This has all the potential to be a classic… but… they kind of just went and did the song straight up and didn’t add a signature Anthrax sound.

The Great Cold Steppe
Season of Mist
A brutal grooving black metal.  A little bit of a classic black metal sound, but some melodic death/viking-ish death metal grooves going on too.

I want to call this brutal thrash… musically it’s kind of a classic thrash, vox are a bit more growly… so heavier thrash.  Or just straight up thrash but with harsher than normal vox?  LOL  good stuff.

Fragments of Psyche EP
So, a band that sounds just like Death… a new EP with a new track (with Sean Reinhart drumming – who drummed on Death’s Human!), a Death cover and some demos.   Can’t go wrong!  The Demos even sound good!

The Flatliners
Invinting Light
Rise Records
A sort of alternative rock thing, a little bit of a stoner rock thing.  yeaaahh.

Body Count
Century Media Records
Oh yeah!  Heavy, pissed off and just what you want from these guys.  Great grooves, riffs and hardcore rappy metal like only Body Count can do. (even if IceT is in Geico commercials and playing a cop on TV LOL)

Metal Blade Records
Slayer sounding thrash, but then getting into maybe a Grip Inc feel too. Great classic old school thrash feel with modern touches too.  heavy and catchy!!

Wounded Giant
Vae Victis
Magnetic Eye
Kind of a hard rocking post metal stoner fuzz/noise type thing

Perverted Ceremony
Sabbat of Behezaël LP/TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Sludgey death metal with some lo-fi production.

Bindrune Recordings/Eihwaz Recordings
Blackened post-metal.  Classic black metal stuff along with a doomy drone feeling too.

Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution)
Big wall of blackened death metal sound.  Evil, brutal, and a bit creepy melodic black-ish grind.

A Lie Nation
Begin Hate
Inverse Records
Melodic death metal, leaning more on the heavier blackened death metal side of things.  Brutal, heavy and catchy.  good stuff!

Waterlow Audio Records
Musically, it started off as some catchy and grooving prog metal.  Vox started, they’re a bit growly, but pretty cool technical proggy metal probably for fans of like, Gojira, BTBAM, Meshuggah.  Cool stuff!

Atra Lumen
You got your melodic stuff, some big doomy parts, some hints of some black metal, but then some full on black metal, brutal death metal stuff too.  Pretty brutal stuff and good too.

Life-Related Symptoms
Scarlet Records
Djenty modern hard rock, or maybe a little proggy along the lines of a Fair To Midland or Karnivool type thing.

Black Magic Six
Choose Death
Svart Records
Not quite metal, but a fun lovin’ bluesy garage band-ish heavier stoner rockabilly type thing.

Bleed Babylon Bleed
Pitch Black Records
Epic proggy power metal.  Big fun heavy sound with a good gritty edge to it too.

Grindy brutal blackened melodic death metal. Yeah!  All that.  Heavy, and in your face but with grooves, brutality and heavy!!

Possession (Belgium)
Invictus Productions / Iron Bonehead
Kind of a classic black metal but with some atmospheric grooves.  Brutal and evil sounding… edging into Death Metal too.

Greyhaze Records
Big fat meaty grooving death metal that doesn’t waste any time.  First note, right into the brutality.  cookie monster barking and headbanging classics.

Scarlet Records
Male/female vox melodic metal.  Keyboards, heavier guitar edge, a bit of a commercial feel.

Jesters of Destiny
The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown
Kind of a throwback spacey stoner rock thing.

Album: Illusion of Transparency
Label: Revalve records
When the genre says “melodic progressive metal” I kind of get a little excited because that’s the kind of stuff I like… and this is decent stuff… Follows the genre, keyboard base, good driving guitar, clean vox and maybe a little bit of a metalcore feel

My Own Ghost
Life On Standby
Secret Entertainment
Female fronted hard rock, melodic clean vox.

Scarlet Records
A wall of sound catchy kind of commercial-ish metal.  Has a full grooving metal sound.  There’s a little electronic metal feel, but hard to really pinpoint… maybe it’s just in the guitar tone.  Decent stuff.

Kingdom of The Grave
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Classic death metal.  Big Grooves, chuggy riffs, not all fast and brutal, just catchy heavy stuff.

“St Matthieu (Remastered & Reborn)”
Label:  Bristol Archive Records
Kind of a gothy female fronted metal thing.  Symphonic/keyboardy stuff going on.  Decent proggish metal stuff going on too.

Band: Atonement Theory
Album: Illumination
Label: I Defy records
Downtempo sludgy doom type stuff. Growly vox, some groove and melody though.

Tyranny of the Sea
Self Released (Online MEtal PRomo)
From chicago…Some standard classic heavier metal.  Grooving kind of thrashy stuff with some good screamy vox and an edge

Monumentum – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
As with most stuff on this label, this is melodic hard rock type stuff.  This leans a little more into power metal, but good hooky classic hard rock.

Sons Of Famine
Alcohol And Razorblades
Horror Pain Gore Death
This is some grindy extreme stoner metal sounding stuff to me.  Yeah, death metal, fast and heavy, but there’s just some tone or feel that has a little subtle stoner groove too.

Culture Shock
Imminence Records
Big grooving djenty tech death metalcore.

She Screams Of Royalty
Lucid Dreams A Relationship
Imminence Records
A melodic metalcore type thing… with mostly clean vox, a little djent and some growls… kind of the opposite of most melodic screamo emo core… usually it’s growly verses and singy choruses, this seems to be singy verses and growly choruses… I dunno.

Techy grooving melodic death metal.  Keyboard stuff, cool guitars, growly vox. Catchy and proggy too.

Band: Sarkrista
Album: Summoners of the Serpents Wrath
Label: Purity Through Fire
Classic cold black metal sound, shrieking vox, blast beats, good grooves and melodic stuff that you expect from extreme black metal… and good production too.

Beyond The Sun
I know I use the word grooving too much… but this is some good grooving catchy stoner metal, gets the head bobbin’ and has a cool energy about it without being too heavy.  Good stuff.

Trial (swe)
Metal Blade Records
This was supposed to add last week, but I somehow missed the download.  Metal Blade is on a good streak lately, just so much good solid stuff.  This is some kind of classic metal, maybe reminds me a bit of the heavier Mastodon or more of the grooving King Diamond stuff.  There’s a little bit of a throwback vibe too.

New Stuff This Week… 3/27/17

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Mar 242017

Me And That Man
Songs Of Love And Death
Cooking Vinyl
Nergal (from Behemoth) has a side project, it’s a country type band… so yeah, I guess normally we’d just cast this aside, but since it’s from the frontman of Behemoth, it’s worth a little bit of checking out.  It’s kind of a Johnny Cash style of country.

The Royal
Long Branch
Kind of a melodic metalcore type thing.  Catchy hooks, melodies, hardcore feeling, but some cool melodic death type stuff too.

Serpent Sun (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
A single… kind of a wall of epic black metal.  Classic shrieking and meedly guitars, but a full atmospheric feel too.

Woe To The Vanished
Napalm Records
It’s almost a given that this band would do great things on this album… and they did.  Heavy classic thrash but modern and brutal in parts.  Just makes you want to thrash, bang your head, circle pit, stage dive and all that cool metal stuff…. (but no karate moves!)

DareDevil Squadron
Last Resort (Single)
Modern grooving metal.  Sounds a bit like some classic 90’s metal too.   They call themselves “NWOBIAHM (New Wave Of British Inspired American Heavy Metal)”  Great!  I like it.

Fingers Burned (EP)
Metalville Records
Classic hard rockin’ stuff.  Maybe a little southern fried tinge to it.

Metalville Records
Kind of an epic folk/viking metal type thing… symphonic stuff, but melodic death-ish too. These guys have been around a while. Cool sound, a bit like an Amon Amarth, but more of a proggy symphonic epic feel.

Thiago Bianchi
Metalville Records
Classic metal/prog/power-ish metal.  Big metal voice, production is a bit raw, but a little dragonforce/rhapsody type style.  Neoclassical guitars and yeah, great vox!

Eckman Dredge
Eckman Dredge
Carruthers Bros
Stoner metal guitar sound, clean melodic sung vox.  A kind of a groove classic hard rock thing.  I kind of like this, but maybe not for the Mosh Pit.

Everlasting Spew Records
Noisy Blackened Doom… slow and a bit sludgy

Bright Wide Colder
Shoegazy atmospheric rock type stuff.  Clean vox, kind of a poppy doom rock.

Medico Peste
Herzogian Darkness
Melodic black metal, just 4 tracks, but two are pretty long, a kind of a black and roll feeling, but keeping it dark and evil.

Beast Modulus
Kind of a groove metal, a bit of a math metal, just you know, heavy extreme modern stuff.  Abrasive vox, melodic parts, tech metal stuff.  Cool stuff.

Storming Bestial Legions LIVE ’96 (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Live show from 1996.  Very raw production.  Kind of a grindy blackened death metal sound.  But if you aren’t a fan of this band already, this live album probably won’t turn you on to them… at least from a production (bootleg?) standpoint.

I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening
Classic-ish black metal.  Melodic stuff, harsh screamy vox, meedly cold guitars and well, long songs.  4 10+ minute evil brutal songs.

Thill Smitts Terror
Osmose Productions
Seemingly symphonic (by the 1st track intro)… then it just gets into some sludge-noise black metal.  There’s a bit of a melodic feel but to me the wall of sludgy noise distracts from what could be some cool melodic blackened death metal.

Towards Eternity
Horror Pain Gore Death
(set for release on March 31st 2017)
Black metal with a bit of a hardcore feeling.  Meedly cold guitars, harsh blackened death metal at its core.  The “lighter” parts just feel a little a bit grooving to me.

Band: Keitzer
Album: Ascension
Label: Give Praise records
Brutal death metal with a good groove and maybe a little bit of a grind edge to it.

Scumripper (7″ EP)
Hells Headbangers
A punked up old school extreme blackened thrash… screamy vox, music is more of a heavy thrashy punk with a little black metal feel.

Split 7″ EP
Hells Headbangers
Mentors is more of a raunchy punky humor-core and Nekro Drunkz is the same, but death metal.

This Gun Fore Hire
Good Eveing Deacon (single), Infection (single)
This is kind of a melodic metalcore type thing.  Clean vox, harsh vox, melodies and stuff.  (just 2 songs)

Collapse of the Human Race CD/LP
Iron Bonehead / Amor Fati
Classic meaty grooving death metal.  Brutal, catchy, and just makes you want to march around in a cirle pit.

Falls of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial
Bindrune Recordings / Nordvis Produktion
Melodic and laid back… then classic black metal.  But… mostly a decent melodic proggy feel and classic meedly black metal

Lost Memories
Signal Rex
Classic black metal.  Brutal, meedly cold guitars, brutal in parts, and production isn’t necessarily lo-fi as it is muddy.

Porta Daemonium
Serpent of Chaos LP
Blood Harvest
Brutal death metal with a cold dark evil feeling.  Great stuff

Tequila Suicide
AFM Records
Kind of a clasic metal thing.  This one to me has like a Steel Panther feeling… classic melodic metal, vox are clean and seem a bit of a story telling thing going on.

Green Tea or Die (7″ EP)
Hells Headbangers
Old school raw hardcore/punky/thrash stuff, singing about fun stuff like “Raw sex til sperm”  or “stanik metal punks” or “green tea or dies”  yeah.

Aversio Humanitatis
Longing for the Untold
BlackSeed Productions
Blackened death metal with a little bit of a groove, but the black metal stuff is good, fast, brutal and evil.  It’s a bit doomy when it slows down.

Seal Of Phobos
Everlasting Spew Records
ooooh yeah.  Classic brutal black metal.  Frieght train beats, fast guitars, loud solos and cookie monster vox.

Band: Siniestro
Album: Revelations In Mayhem
Label: Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions
Release from late last year, this is some blackened thrash type stuff.  Great edge, catchy

New Stuff This Week… 3/20/17

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Mar 172017

Blood Divisions
Cardinal One
Metal Blade Records
A collaboration of many different metal artists with an album for charity.  Founded by Chris Jericho and Ed Aborn.  A lot of variety in artists here, but sticking mostly with a classic metal style.  A Scorpions and UFO Cover too.

Season of Mist
Blackened death metal, a bit more on the melodic black metal side of things… A little grindy evil type of stuff.

Do Not Deviate
Season of Mist
Tech death metal.  Good barking vox, lots of techy guitar and drum stuff going on.  I just had a single before and said the same thing… the rest of the album stays true.  Good stuff!

The Bug vs. Earth
Concrete Desert
Ninja Tune
Had the single for this a couple weeks ago and the same thing… Doomy Electronic instrumental.   meh.

Profound Lore
Melodic grungy doom rock.  Meaty riffs, but overall they’re doom and it’s a bit depressing.  Great riffs and overall tone.

Brother Firetribe
This is a sort of power metal, or kind of a classic AOR type sounding thing

Without Waves
Prosthetic Records
Technical proggy and experimental fusioney metal.  Cool stuff that has growls, clean vox, brutal metal stuff, classic prog metal, classic prog, gosh, there’s lots of stuff going on and it is not for the faint of heart.  So, yeah, all over the place prog.  You got your BTBAM type stuff and your Porcupine Tree and Cynic and everything inbetween.  Cool stuff.

Good meaty death metal. catchy grooves and all in finnish.  Fun.

Astral Doors
Black Eyed Children
Metalville Records
Classic metal, vox are a lot like Dio. Musically, it’s kind of like Dio’s stuff too.  Good solid classic hard rockin’ metal.

Sonar Lights
Almost a classic rock thing.  Grooving melodic rock.  Catchy, a little stoner metal feel.

Fit For An Autopsy
The Great Collapse
eOne Music / Good Fight Msic
Meaty grooving brutal core.  A little bit of a heavier Gojira feel going on here.

Per Aspera Ad Pestilentiam
Sepulchral Productions
Brutal melodic black metal.  GOod stuff, heavy, cold guitars, decent melodic stuff while being full on brutal too.

Apokrifna Realnost
Na Rekah Vavilonskih
Chanting and um, background bells and stuff.  Kinda creepy… Definitely not metal nor really music?

Dead Earth Politics
The Mobius Hammersmith
Pavement Music
Kind of a modern metal… a bit groove metal, thrash metal, traditional/classic metal.  Kind of cool catchy stuff all around.  Vox are a little abrasive but clean too.  So kind of a melodic death light metal.  Hah  good stuff.

Bury My Innocence
Argonauta Records
So when the little description says “File Under: Sludge / Post Metal / Noise”   I have to try and be objective, as I’m not really a fan of this kind of stuff.   But yup, it’s sludgey.  it’s depressing, but has some big meaty riffs.  It just says too depressing and repetetive for me.

My Silent Wake
Invitation To Imperfection
Kind of ambient post-rock noise.

Eleven Dragons
This is good classic black metal.  BLast beats, melodic meedly guitars and a bassline you can actually hear!  Harsh vox. and brutal/Behemoth-like in parts too.

Aima / Supremative
Blood Chalices From the Impure – split 7″ EP
Blood Harvest
Gurgly death metal from both bands featuring cassette tape sounding production.

Deviant Castigation Liturgy
Osmose Productions
This thing… the name… oh the name… despite the shocking name, this is blackened death metal, brutal, fast, and a freight train of death metal in your face.  GOod stuff.

Hisko Detria
Mal Du Siècle
Svart Records
A bit of a classic stoner prog fusiony type thing, almost a reggae thing going on too. Not really for the Mosh Pit, but interesting stuff.

Fed Up
Classic stoner metal.  Slow grooves with some clean vox, reminds me a tiny bit of Danzig meets Monster Magnet.

Sounds like something you hear on one of those Solid Rock stations… maybe a bit like a volbeat meets godsmack thing.  Catchy as hell, great grooves… maybe not for the Mosh Pit though.

Blood Moon
Through the Scarlet Veil (2LP)
Iron Bonehead
Doomy classic black metal, a little atmospheric (meaning it feels echoey).  Production is a little mushy, but not awful.

Ramsvarta Tankar
Carnal Records
Just two songs, but this is some pretty cool grooving blackened death metal. It’s got that classic black metal thing, but a good dark heavier death metal evilness feeling.

Elegy Records
Kind of a post black-metal type thing, oerattic chanting in the background and

Band: Immortal Shadow
Album: Horror Circus
Label: Independent
Melodic Death metal but with more of a death metal edge, maybe even some black metal.  Great brutal stuff but with some melodic hooks too.

Band: Lascar
Album: Absence
Label: A Sad Sadness Song
“Post black metal”  So it’s fast, yet drony and repetitive.

Decrepit Throne
Traitor’s Grave
Melodic blackened doom in some parts, and others it’s classic black metal.

A Mournful Path
From The Wreckage Of Humiliation
One song of classic black metal… maybe a bit on the post-black metal side.

Bad Heaven
Demo Anthology
Texas Metal Underground
Old demos… classic cheesey “speed metal” with big screamy voices and maybe some doomy thrash metal sounding stuff.

New Stuff This Week…3/13/17

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Mar 122017

Darkest Hour
Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora
Southern Lord
Heavy melodic death type stuff.  You know that metalcore-ish sound, but heavier and more technical.

Metal Church
“Fake Healer” ft. Todd LaTorre
RatPak Records
A single from the forthcoming Live Album.  A newly recorded duet with Todd LaTorre of Queensryche.  Great stuff, both monster voices on one of the great classic metal songs.

Century Media
Brutal death metal.  Cookie monster, fast technical playing.  Great grooves too.

Black Map
In Droves
A little bit of a Tool (vocally?) feeling rock.  Just a good grooving hard rock thing.

The Bug vs. Earth
“Don’t Walk These Streets” [Single]
Ninja Tune
Doomy Electronic instrumental.

Metalville Records
Good old classic power metal.  Throw your fists up and scream along!  Good heaviness and catchy and just what something like classic Helloween or whatever would get you.

Morta Skuld
Wounds Deeper Than Time
Peaceville Records
Cool to have these guys still pputting stuff out and wow, this album crushes!  Death metal, great grooves, technicality and catchy… oh fucking brutal too!  Great stuff.

For The Fallen
Nucleat Blast USA
A bit of a doomy death metal. Cool riffs, meaty grooves and basic brutality.  Decent

The Charm The Fury
The Sinck, Dumb Happy (single)
Nuclear Blast USA
This is a Dutch metalcore band, female fronted, catchy and heavy and just some overall heavy catchy metalcore.  It’d be nice to hear some more…

Relapse Records
Well, this one is interesting!  It’s got like that classic Obituary groove and sound… but intermixed are some techy and cool solos.  They’re back!  oh wait, they never really left.  Anyway, great stuff.

Cut Up
Wherever They May Rot
Metal Blade Records
Great classic brutal death metal.  A couple of guys branched out after Vomitory broke up and made this band… so the pedigree is there and it’s just good solid death metal.

Apostate Viaticum
Before the Gates of Gomorrah
Invictus Productions
Old school brutal and evil death metal from Dublin! Maybe a little bit of a black metal evilness going on, but pretty much sticking to the catchy grooving death metal.

Ritual Severance
Invictus Productions
Two 10 minute songs of Blackened death metal, a slight doomy feeling… but it’s

Death Worship
Extermination Mass MLP/MCD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Kind of classic death metal, more grind death metal but with a few grooves, production is a bit mushy, but listenable.

El Cuarto Jinete
Fighter Records
Classic metal / power metal all sung in Spanish!  Just your cool classic metal with guitars, great sounding vox (a nice raspy edge), and overall clean classic metal.

Harvest Gulgaltha
Altars of Devotion LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Dark and brutal blackened death metal.  Production is a bit raw, but it’s dark and evil, so who cares, right?

Discarded Existence
Xtreem Music
This is a bit of a classic thrash going more towards a speed metal heavier thrash type thing.  Great riffs and catchy too.   Great stuff.

Baptised into the Faith of Lust
Good old classic black metal.  Cold meedly guitars, pulsing blast beats and melodic grooves.

Onirik / Grimfaug
Iron Bonehead / Altare
Both of these bands are pretty much black metal, but with brutal death metal too. Grimfaug is a bit more of a classic traditional black metal thing.

Iron Magazine
Queen of Hell
This is a catchy almost 80’s rock, but stoner metal with some grooves… a bit like a Faith No More light.

Art of Propaganda
Dark and gloomy classic black metal.  A strong depressing doom feeling to go along with the pulsing black metal beats.

A Subtler Kind Of Light
I, Voidhanger Records
Not sure what to say about this one.  A bit of an experimental traditional metal thing with some prog, thrash, classic metal, vox are a bit clean in one track, death metal in another.   Four tracks with seemingly different themes on each.

Art of Propaganda
Melodic post-metal type stuff

CRIME (Chile)
First Crime (TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Blackened thrash metal.  Just 3 songs.  Sounds like a classic throwback on both fronts.

II: Morphosis
Dark Descent Records
Death metal, a bit grooving, maybe a little in the doom side of things in its mood.  But it’s fast brutal and has some black metal stuff going on too.

Ascended Dead
Abhorrent Manifestation
Invictus Productions / Dark Descent
Brutal blackened death metal… Fast intense playing, brutal barky growled vox.

Hello Black Hole
In No Good Hand
Svart Records
Doomy noise alternative rock… experiemental type stuff.

Svart Records
17 March 2017
Doomy psychedelic melodic rock with hypnotic female clean melodic vox.

Band: Killsorrow
Album: Little Something For You To Choke
Label: Art of the Nights Productions
Melodic thrash-ish / classic metal.  Vox are more shouty/growly, but some cool catchy melodic thrash type stuff.  It’s almost prog/power metal.

I Don’t Need Your Loving – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Classic hard rock.  Good catchy stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 3/6/176

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Mar 042017

American Grim
eOne Music / Rocktagon Worldwide Music
American new metal.  Not quite old “nu-metal” but it’s kind of what it reminds me of.  Maybe a bit of a Marilyn Manson shock rock/metal sound… catchy commercial metal-ish sound.

Demon Hunter
Solid State
A band that has been around for a while.  This album stays true to their sound, maybe kicking it into melodic death a tiny bit.  Metalcore, a tiny feel of nu-metal all while staying tried and true to Christian metal.  Catchy too!

Melodic death metal with a viking metal feel… so yeah, sounds like Amon Amarth and that’s a good thing, right?  Right.  This might be a bit more dark and heavy though too. Great stuff.

Blinding and Bottomless Abyss Is Howling (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
An old school black metal feel, with some brutal vox and heaviness…. but overall, some old school Mayhem-ish black metal.

The Shadow Archetype
Metal Blade Records
Heavy melodic death from Sweden. They were around in the early 90’s. took a 12 year break and came back in 2005.  This is the first album in 5 years and it’s good stuff man.  A big freight train of death metal all while having a catchy melodic groove going on too.  Vox are harsh the whole time too.

Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light
Prosthetic Records
This is a bit doomy, a bit sludgey, a bit black metal, a bit grungy and noisy and a little post-metal too… and yeah, space rock and all this together fits a bit into prog, but noise-prog?

Do Not Deviate (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Tech death metal.  Good barking vox, lots of techy guitar and drum stuff going on.  Looking forward to the rest of this album!

HEXAHEDRON – Tilling The Human Soil (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Blackened death metal, a bit more on the melodic black metal side of things… but good stuff.

Within The Ruins
Halfway Human
Entertainment One
Djenty techy death/brutalcore metal Catchy and heavy… a bit thrashy too, if you don’t like the brutalcore djenty stuff, then this is probably not for you.  I like it.

Kill The Precedent
Some Version Of The Truth
Minus Head Records
Kind of hardcore…a little darker and maybe some thrashy stuff going on too

Century Media Records
These guys seem to do no wrong with catchy modern classic thrash.  Heavy, kind of technical, and just what nowaways, when someone says tell me a good new metal band…”Havoc” should be one of those answers.

Funky Queen
Napalm Records
Female fronted classic doomy metal.  Maybe a bit sabbath-y.  Grooves and catchy all around.

Poison Rites
Poison Rites
Kind of a punked up southern fried stoner metal

Damnation Plan
Reality Illusion
Melodic death metal that sounds a bit like Soilwork.  Good harsh parts, catchy and kind of technical and clean vox work well too. Great stuff!

Front Beast
Third Scourge From Darkness CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Blackened doom.  Black metal and doom,  yeah.  haha.  A little creepy with that echoey/shouted screamed vox.  Music has more of a classic stoner doom feel, but with black metal speed in parts.

Off The Grid
Scarlet Records
These guys dropped off the map for a while and they’re back!  Classic power metal type stuff, maybe a bit more Dragonforce-ish, and they’re orginally from Omaha… now from Denver.  Great to have these guys back and to have a band like this from the US!

Ghastly Sound
Ghastly Sound
Magnetic Eye
A little sludgey something-core.  I guess it’s a little hardcore/metalcore but with a sort of sludgey metal music base.

Eternal Hayden
Slow sludgey post-metal.  Shoegaze, whatever.  I am not a fan of this type of music, so I can’t really say anything good.

What The Oak Left
Scarlet Records
Progressive Melodic death metal going on here.  Harsh vox with more or less prog/power metal music.  Pretty cool stuff!  Usually you get one or the other, harsh vox or proggy power metal, but to get both… cool stuff.  The vox are a little low in the mix though.

Black Cilice
Banished From Time CD/LP/TAPE
Iron Bonehead
Raw, old school low-fi black metal.

Band: Grave Plague
Album: The Infected Crypts
Label: Give Praise records / Redefining Darkness
Two songs of classic grindy death metal.

Swallow This
Svart Records
Kind of a raw old school death metal. This is a compilation of their early 90’s stuff.  Kind of a hard rocking death metal type thing.

For a Black Tomorrow
Kind of a more gothy and doomy Tool type thing.  A bit mroe on the grungy metal side, but vocally and prog-wise, it’s a little Tool like, but not quite as grooving.

Lunar Shadow
Far from Light
Cruz Del Sur Music
Dual guitar attack reminiscent of Judas Priest, but the rest of it is kind of a doomy old school classic metal.  There’s a little raw feeling in the production, maybe a bit of a throwback “Ghost” feeling too. But then there’s some Iron Maiden feelings too!

Behind The Sun
Post Solis
melodic death, big grooves, progressive death metal. catchy, brutal, melodic, laid back too.  great stuff all around!

Temptation’s Wings
Skulthor Ebonblade
Catchy and grooving stoner metal type stuff, intricate guitar and instrumental work, a sludgey heavy edge to it, but not doomy and depressing.  good stuff.

“Tvilja” EP
Indie Recordings
Classic doomy hard rock from Norway, all sung in assumingly Norwegian… probably not for the Mosh Pit, but it’s decent laid back chilled out prog-ish rock.

Band: Nemus
Album: Wald – Mensch
Label: self-released
They call it “post black metal”  So yeah, I can hear that, a bit doomy and noise-ish, but a melodic black/doom-ish metal thing happening too.

Crucify the Faith
New Breed
Record label: Self released
Melodic Deathcore, a little bit of a “local band” feel.  The Music is cool, the screamy and growly vox are good, but the clean vox seem a bit dirty.  They aren’t emo or anything, it just seems like they should stick to the growls or screams.

Goat Revenge (EP)
Label: Witches Brew
A little bit of a classic death metal, but a bit of a black n roll thing going on too.  Production isn’t 100% crisp, but it’s still good… this has a good gritty pissed off sound to it.

Noises In The Sky
The 3rd single to trickle out from this supergroup.  This one is mostly instrumental, a little bit prog, but a laid back rock track.

New Stuff This Week… 2/27/17

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Feb 262017

Nova Collective
The Further Side
Metal Blade Records
Instrumental prog metal/rock/jazz/fusion from Trioscapes/BTBAM members and Haken current and former members.  Probably the most prog instrumental stuff since Liquid Tension Experiment!

Season of Mist
Kind of an alternative prog type thing.  It’s got some Devin Townsend band type stuff going on, maybe some Tesseract type things too.  Heavy in spots, more ambient/spacy/melodic in others.  Overall it’s decent stuff, just not full on heavy.

A bit of a progressive death metal/melodic death type thing.  Some keyboards, death metal growls, clean vox, decent stuff.

Season of Mist
Cool stoner metal, great grooves, probalby more stoner “hard rock” than metal… but I guess that’s the norm for the whole genre, right?

Power Trip
Nightmare Logic
Southern Lord
Actually put this out here last week, but a primary marketing firm threw it our way again, so I’ll just copy/paste what I said last week:  Ooohhh  we’re talking some classic heavy thrash here.  As far as thrash goes, this would be fast and not quite “brutal”  but speed metal style heavy!

Crystal Fairy
Crystal Fairy
Female fronted stoner-ish hard rock.  Decent edge and groove, vox are kind of a modern Janis Joplin sound.  There’s a cool energy

Zeal & Ardor
Devil Is Fine
This is one of those things it’s hard to put a finger on, but it’s definitely got its own sound and apparently it’s like kind of Ghost in that it’s all evil, but not typical in what you’d expect.  The write up (via Rolling Stone) that comes with it kind of helps a little:  “The creation of Swiss-American songwriter/soundscaper Manuel Gagneux, Devil Is Fine is an artistic artefact like no other, a meld of black metal, field recordings, Delta blues, jazz, ring shouts, music box melodies, glitchy hip-hop beats, soul and gospel, brought together in the service of The One With Horns. It is the most provocative, challenging, innovative and utterly individual album of the year, a recording which obliterates genre boundaries and creates a dark, diabolical universe all its own.”   So yeah, it might not be full on metal on the surface, but it’s definitely “metal”

The Bug vs. Earth
“Snakes vs. Rats” [Single]
Ninja Tune
Post-metal electronic noise

Body Count
No Lives Matter (Radio Edit Single)
Century Media Records
Just this one single so far, and it’s a radio edit… but it’s decent stuff, great metal edged rap just like Body Count can do.  And of course, there’s a message!

Look At Yourself
SharpTone Records
This is some brutal core type stuff like they do, but one thing that’s not what I remember, it gets a bit rap-metal-ish in with the breakdowns and all that stuff.

Supersonic Rock n Roll
Napalm Records
So when you hear this band name, what do you think it’d sound like?  Kind of a rob zombie southern fried catchy biker metal type thing?  yeah.  It sounds like that.  decent stuff.

Nick Douglas
Metalville Records
Kind of a pop rock type thing.  Nick is known for being Doro’s bass player.

Cleopatra Records
Kind of a dirty hard rockin’ metal… maybe along the lines of a Motorhead type thing.  A little punked up, a bit metal, and raw.

The Mute Gods
Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth
Prog Rock type stuff.  A bit along the lines of a Porcupine Tree.

Funeral Storm / Celestial Rite
Funeral Rite – split MCD/MLP
Iron Bonehead
Funeral Storm’s two tracks are a bit of a keyboardy black metal, and Celestial Rite is more of a classic cold yet btutal black metal… not all shreiky and tinny, this has a heavier growly groove.

Artist:    Sanctuary
Title:    SANCTUARY – Inception (Advance)
Label:    Century Media
SO, they say this is a long lost prequel album to Refuge Denied, and they worked some magic to make it sound new… well, magic it is.  Amazing how they can get something this old and lost to sound so crisp and like, brand new… And yeah, what a dream for a Sanctuary/Nevermore fan to find something… great classic sound and Warrell Dane just singing sky high!

Helion Prime
Helion Prime
AFM Records
Female fronted classic metal, maybe with a little power metal leaning.  Catchy tracks, mainly guitar based.  Decent melodies and just a decent sound

Triumphus Haeretici
Osmose Productions
The first track is 16 minutes of ambient post-metal noise.  Get to track 2 and the rest, we have some grindy black metal.

The End
Avantgarde Music
Classic doomy and dark black metal.

Brain Eater
Xtreem Music
Kind of grindy, a bit death metal, production is a bit raw and unpolished, but there’s a cool groove going on here

Bear Mace
Butchering the Colossus
This is kind of a thrashy brutal technical death metal.  A great meaty driving beat… a little like cannibal corpse, but a bit more groove and technicality.  Good stuff.

Zombie Assault
Video Nasty
Eclectic Productions
Just a good ol classic brutal death metal.

Archaic Sound
blackened doomy death metal.  A bit down tempo, depressing and some long songs.

Ymir’s Blood
Ymir’s Blood
Archaic Sound
Doomy throwback with some viking metal grooves going on.

Mindful Of Pripyat / Stench Of Profit
New Doomsday Orchestration
Everlasting Spew Records
Both bands are pretty good grindy brutal death metal.

Band: Katharos
Album: Exuvian Heraldry
Label: Sliptrick records
Black metal with a bit of a wall of epic-ness sound.  So a bit of a symphonic feel, but not a lot.  Otherwise, that cold classic fast and heavy black metal.

Band: Atreides
Album: Neopangea
Label: Suspiria records
Classic metal, spanish lyrics/vox, a little melodic death feeling and maybe a little prog/power metal too.  Lots going on, but the production is a bit raw… just not a very full sound…otherwise, decent stuff.

The Nature of Being New
Innerstrength Records
Kind of a screamo metal core / hardcore.  Fast and raw, a little brutal,

Severed Monolith
Dark Descent Records
A bit death metal and some grind.  This is some brutal death metal and as their name says, yeah, it’s a bit gore toO!

Disharmony (Greece)
Goddamn the Sun CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Kind of a brutal death metal/thrash.  Catchy riffs, brutal vox and tone… catchy and a bit techy too

Danko Jones
Wild Cat
AFM Records
Probably not metal, but just good fun times punky hard rock.

Desecrate the Faith
Unholy Infestation
Comatose Music
Classic brutal Death metal.  Cookie Monster, big meaty grooves
The Day Of The Beast
The Ultimate Cremation Pyre
Horror Pain Gore Death
This is more of a melodic death/technical death thing.  Melodic for the catchy riffs, but the vox are abrasively pissed off.  More of an At The Gates type sound.  great stuff.

Melodic doomy rock type stuff.  4 song EP.

Classic thrash type stuff.  Catchy, heavy, and goood.

Three (EP)
Label: Apollyon Entertainment / Universal Music Group
Kind of a brutal thrash, blackened death metal 3 song ep.

Classic black metal, melodic, cold, and harsh.

Band: Sanatana
Album: Brahmavidya
Label: Rising Moon
A bit of a folk metal feel, but a good blackened melodic death type thing going on. Catchy and a bit proggy too

Sleep of the Silent King
Argonauta Records
Southern fried doomy stoner metal.  Catchy grooves, but a little, well, you know doomy and just a bit slow to get to some grooves.  But yeah, decent stuff.

Damaged System
Label: Witches Brew
Heavy thrash from China!  Extra fast, a little brutal, but some great classic and modern thrash stuff going on, vox are a bit unique but still fitting into a great thrash style

Foetal Juice
Masters of Absurdity
Label:  Grindscene Records
A nice new death metal band name.  Brutal death metal, fast short songs and maybe a little thrash undertone to keep it catchy.

Laments of Silence
System Failure
Label:  Self-Released
A melodic death metal, with some solid heavy vox and brutal edge with maybe a little bit of an industrial thing going on too.

Band: Skeletoon
Album: Ticking Clock
Label: Revalve records
Power metal with a little edge.  Some dragonforce parts, others are just some classic metal/power metal.

Nuclear Oath
Razor Blade Regrets (single)
Raw old school extreme thrashy / dark metal

Malus Ascendant
Label: Black Lion Records
Kind of classic black metal, but the vox are a bit more in front and death metal growly as opposed to shrieky screams.  Music is more of a classic blast beat cold black metal thing

New Stuff This Week… 2/20/17

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Feb 182017

Stalking The Ghost
Doomy metal with a stoner metal feel, a sludgey thing too

The Great Momentum
Big epic proggy symphonic metal with female vox.

Solus Deus
The Plague
This band has former members of Chimaira, Bleed The Sky, Evanescence, Living Sacrifice.  Pretty much a death metal band with a classic brutal-ish sound and a big groove.  Decent stuff!

Cut Up
From Ear to Ear – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Just a single, but great classic brutal death metal.

Nocturnes and Requiems
Self Released
Last recorded release of our friend Adam Sagan.  The samples that were early released sounded great.  Technical proggy melodic death metal… but the vox I guess don’t really fit the death metal… so musically it’s “melodic death-ish” but really it’s something more along the lines of a Nevermore.  great stuff! Catchy, heavy and melodic too!

Six Feet Under
Metal Blade Records
These last few SFU albums have been pretty good with the new-ish lineup.  Music on this one is more brutal and heavy and less of a slower groove… the vox are barked out as only Chris Barnes can do.  Good stuff!

Metal Blade Records 35th Anniversary Tour
Radio Sampler
Metal Blade Records
A bunch of songs for bands on this tour to get us talking about it!   Whitechapel, Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon and Necromancing the Stone

A New Land To Find
SoundAge Productions
One of the best local metal bands and they just keep getting better!  This one has a bit of an epic black metal thing while staying a bit in the melodic death thing too.  You can’t go wrong here.

Violent Opposition
Courage And Conviction
Horror Pain Gore Death
A LOT of less than one minute songs of punked up hardcore type stuff.

The Wild!
Wild At Heart
Entertainment One
Kind of a classic rock/southern hard rock thing.  (just one song so far) seems like fun lovin’ hard rock.

Thobbe Englund
Sould My Soul
Metalville Records
Former Sabaton guitarist’s solo project. Obviously good guitar work. this is textbook “classic metal” going on here.  The sound is a bit raw and a bit of a throwback to maybe some early 80’s / 70’s metal.

Suicide Silence
Suicide Silence
Nuclear Blast USA
A lot of talk around this new album and it’s new “direction” and yeah… as a flag bearer of the brutalcore/extreme metalcore scene… this is definitely not that.  A more downtempo melodic groove thing with more clean-ish vox.  This is closer to a Filter than anything else.  Sorry, but even on its own merits, this might just get a “meh” from me.

Nuclear Blast USA
well, you got yourself some great classic brutal death metal going on here.  This is what american death metal is all about.  Staying true to their formula.  Good stuff!

Ex Deo
The Immortal Wars
Napalm Records
This is 3rd album from the Kataklysm front man’s side project and it slays.  Great catchy and brutal and melodic with a bit of a symphonic flair filling in to make it feel more “epic”  great stuff, kind of technical in parts too.

another classic metal thing.  Heavy, catchy and big metal voice!

The Infinity Complex
PRetty cool extreme tech blackened melodic death.  A little bit of a thrashy gallup, but extreme and melodic death-ish… all with hints of black metal.

Svart Records
melodic folky doom type stuff.

Sons Ov Omega
Label: Black Lion Records
This is some cool proggy melodic death, kind of like that older pre-70’s prog Opeth.  Growly vox, melodic stuff, catchy… great stuff!

Sermon ov Wrath
Metal Blade Records
Two reviews in a row with the word “ov”  yeah!  That usually means brutal, right!?  Yeah, this is meaty brutal death metal with some big grooves.  good stuff.

Age of Decay
Xtreem Music
Heavy melodic death metal, very comparable to Amon Amarth.  Get your horns up and headbang!

Classic metal, a tiny big thrash/grooving.

Female fronted hard rock.  Good catchy stuff, but really more on the hard rock side of things and not metal… maybe classic metal type stuff.

Shox of Violence (12″ MLP, CD, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Raw classic dark metal / black/death metal type stuff… one man band.  Kind of like old Venom i guess?   Good stuff.

Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Lo-fi old school black metal.  I had to check my speakers to make sure the bass/midrange was working, I think this is only tweeter material.  tedius to listen to.

Nessun Luogo
Avantgarde Music
Doomy post metal… slow and depressing.

Reaping Asmodeia
Prosthetic Records
I’d have to say that this is a brutal-core melodic death sort of thing.  Technical, brutal, catchy too.  Good stuff!

Supersonic Rock n Roll
Napalm Records
So when you hear this band name, what do you think it’d sound like?  Kind of a rob zombie southern fried catchy biker metal type thing?  yeah.  It sounds like that.  decent stuff.

Arduini / Balich
Dawn of Ages
Cruz Del Sur Music
I listened to the first 4:20 of this… and it was drony doomy post-metal… but then it just kicked into more of a stoner metal thing with some more big grooves and catchy licks.  So yeah, a long slow start, but a better pay off than I’m used to.  So, it’s a little bit like a lighter more doomy COC.

Carnal Records
Kind of a viking metal feel, but yeah… again, some good comparisons to Amon Amarth come up again, melodic death with a full meaty sound.

Upcoming Reality”
Label:  Mosher Records
Technical Death metal, brutal, catchy and yeah, my go to word… grooving.  which means rather than a full just headbang, you get a little body movement too.  good stuff and classic death metal sounding too.

Spectral Descent
Descending The Astral Plane
Horror Pain Gore Death
Death metal, good classic groove kind.  Vox are a bit raw, production is ok… decent stuff.

ViciSolum Records
Progressive metal, then the vox kick in, and it’s more on the prog death/melodic death side of things… but yeah, very much into the technical prog world.  Great stuff.

Svart Records
As with most stuff on this label, this is dooomy.  A bit on the black metal side, down tempo and female vox.  ok for what it is, but probably not for the mosh Pit.

Baxter Stockman
I guess this could be called stoner hard rock. A little punky, but it’ ok.

War Of Dragons
AFM Records
Ooooh, big epic power metal!  We just don’t get much of this anymore.  A little dragonforce, but kind of rhapsody-like too.  Good stuff!

Sainted Sinners
Sainted Sinner
El Puerto Records Gbr
Classic rock… kind of hard rock. lots of hammond organ, and a classic AOR type rock sound.

Nightmare Logic
Southern Lord / Earsplit PR
Ooohhh  we’re talking some classic heavy thrash here.  As far as thrash goes, this would be fast and not quite “brutal”  but speed metal style heavy!

Record label: Secret Entertainment
A bit of a hardcore groove metal/rock

Stella Polaris (CD, LP, TAPE)
Werewolf Records
Classic black metal.  Cold, Evil but with that good headbanging groove.

Nordvis Produktion
Classic black metal here too.  Decent stuff, a bit more brutal and death metal influenced in parts, but also pretty laid back and melodic in others.

Lucifer Es
They call it Avantgarde Black Metal… it’s kind of like black metal but mix in some Rammstein (clean german vox) and it makes it a littel creepy but cool too.

Digging Mercy’s Grave
Catchy thrashy metal, kind of on the brutal side, growly vox, more of a melodic groove metal

Ominous Eclipse
The Horde (single)
One track of technical death metal.   one long track of tech death and it’s good stuff.

Event Horizon
A Nightmare of Symmetry
Self Released
Prog metal, a bit slow and acoustic-ish in parts, then it gets all technical and meedly guitar-like… also getting into some melodic death with growly vox too.

Loneliness of Endless Days
Prog rock with some organ/keyboards, a bit of a new Opeth type of sound.  Good catchy throwback vibe

New Stuff This Week… 2/13/17

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Feb 122017

Ghost Iris
Blind World
Long Branch
Djenty metalcore type stuff, a little bit of a melodic clean vox modern metalcore style.

Ember Falls
Welcome To Ember Falls
More commercial type hard rock… catchy, a little extreme vox and proggy stuff going on too… but mostly a keyboardy electronic thing happening too

Demon Hunter
“Died In My Sleep” [Single]
Solid State
We’ve always been a fan of this band.  Good catchy melodic metalcore / metal stuff.

“Boneyard/”The Flood” [Single]
Kind of a viking metal melodic death thing.  Decent stuff

All That Remains
Safe House (Single)
Razor And Tie
One of the better american metalcore things.  This song starts off heavy and catchy… it stays heavy and good… I’d like to hear more!

Battle Beast
Bringer Of Pain
Nuclear Blast USA
female fronted hard rockin’ metal type stuff.  Good accessible standard classic metal

Black Sites
In Monochrome
Mascot Label Group
Catchy grooving stoner metal feel with prog metal stuff happening.  Clean vox, crunchy guitars, melodic stuff… great stuff out of Chicago!  A little bit like the heavier/catchier Down or CoC too.

My Sleeping Karma
Mela Ananda
Napalm Records
Sounds like a live album of post metal-doom type stuff.  Sound is good, music is laid back and chill… not my favorite genre…

Armored Saint
Carpe Noctum (Live)
Metal Blade Records
Since I missed these guys on their last tour, this is a nice little treat.  Sounds good, and just shows that I really shouldn’t miss this band when they come around.

King Woman
Created in the Image of Suffering
Relapse Records
Atmospheric doom, sludgey and depressing

Insanity Cult
Of Despair and Self-Destruction
Label:  Ogmios Underground
Classic black metal, evil, cold guitars, and a good classic black metal groove.

Band: Tethra
Album: Like Crows For The Earth
Country: Italy
Label: Sliptrick records
A bit doomy, some death/black metal… but kind of that melancholic doomy stuff.  Decent melodies, but just kind of depressing.

Invictus Productions
Classic black metal,  A bit on the old school side, not quite lo-fi, but a bit sludgey in the mix, some good dark melodic and evil parts.

Miserist (EP)
Label: Krucyator Productions
A little black metal, a little death metal, definitely a big sludgey doom feeling throughout… but also a little djenty deathcore thing too

The Law of Purity
Argonauta Records
Stoner metal.  They say “Desert rock” and yeah I can hear that, just this kind of dry distorted doomy “hot” feeling.

Art of Propaganda
Dark and doomy black metal.

Execration Diatribes
Lavadome Productions
Good classic meaty death metal.  Big grooves, brutal vox and a freight train sound.  Good stuff

Demo 2016
Fighter Records
It’s a demo, so it sounds like a demo… (not great production)  but a classic doom (solitude aerternus type thing) with big singy clean vox.

Band: Sons Of Revolution
Album: Sons Of Revolution
Label: Sliptrick records
Kind of a bluesy hard rock/stoner rock thing

Rites of Thy Degringolade
The Universe in Three Parts TAPE
Nuclear War Now! Productions
One track of doomy melodic black metal.  Gets into classic black metal blast beats, but not full on cold and tinny, it’s got a little meat to it.

Destroyer of Mankind
Abyss Records
This is some great grooving blackened death metal.  Heavy, brutal and yeah, chugga chugga groove groove..

Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love (2CD, 3LP)
Hells Headbangers
Pretty much black metal, with some good grooves, a little gritty heavy doom feeling

Loch Ness Rising (CD, LP)
Hells Headbangers
Kind of a blackened melodic death metal… a little doomy, a little proggy (keyboards) Good stuff!

Sunlight’s Bane
The Blackest Volume: Like All The Earth Was Buried
Innerstrength Records
Pretty much death metal here, with a grindy feel.   Brutal!

White Death (CD, LP, TAPE)
Werewolf Records
BLackened death metal.  A blast beat black metal attitude going on, but not quite full on old school tinny cold guitars… Screamy vox  and brutal. A bit of a groove in parts too.

Crystal Viper
Queen Of The Witches
AFM Records
Female fronted classic metal… Decent catchy grooves, nice vocal tones, not too singy, not growly, just a good clean sound

Tim Bowness
Lost in the Ghost Light
This is kind of atmospheric and experimental prog rock.  A little like an out there Porcupine Tree.

Svart Records
Sounds like extreme doom to me.  Kind of a down tempo doom with extreme vox… Kind of a wall of noisy doom with a bit of maybe blackened doom?

Vomit Angel
Sadomatic Evil 12″ MLP
Iron Bonehead
Sludgey brutal death metal

All Else Fails
The Forever Lie
Suicidal Bride Records
This is kind of a metalcore thing.  A bit melodic, a bit brutal, some clean vox, nothing emo… decent stuff

Hate Unbound
Inverse Records
Format: CD/Digital
Release Date: February 17th 2017
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Country: USA

Kaos Krew
End My Pride
Big groovin’ almost “nu-metal/industrial” sounding stuff.  (one single)

Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy
Mixed Messages
All-Core Records
Kind of a metalcore thing

Moment of Collapse Records
Kind of hardcore, it’s what they call “posthardcore”  So noisy and wall of guitars, a bit sludge.

Dark Towers / Bright Lights
Moment of Collapse Records
Sludgey post-metal doom.  4 long songs.  Not my thing

“Forget The Past, Let’s Worry About The Future”
Indie Recordings
Kind of an alternative hard rock thing with a little punk feel.