New Stuff This Week…2/5/18

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Feb 032018

This band has been around for a long time and has been under the radar for a lot, and with some member changes and stuff, maybe more people have heard of them? well, anyway, this is their 2nd album with Fabio Lione on vox. Great sort of epic power metal going on here. Good stuff.

Various Artists
Mr. Pickles Thrashtacular Tour Sampler!
Adult Swim/Nuclear Blast
Exodus and Municipal Waste are touring together with a Mr Pickles (from Cartoon Network theme). This is just a few songs from a promotion company from their respective last albums to promote the tour.

Fight the Fight
Fight the Fight
Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records
This is a sort of metalcore, hardcore, but a bit of a modern accessible sound, there are clean vox parts, but they do’t get all whiny/singy… it’s close!, but still melodic and “lighter” in parts too.

Cloud Factory
Napalm Records
One of the better female fronted metal bands these days. Melodic thrashy stuff then getting into some more brutal thrashy stuff, clean and harsh vox. great well rounded metal going on here!

Nuclear Blast
Just one song from this so far… “Antifa” well, what’s this the 3rd album since retiring? Well, this song as that classic pissed off industrial-ish metal political thing going on. Good stuff.

The Triumph Of Piracy
Napalm Records
Folky pirate metal. Right off the bat with an “ahoy” and bouncy catchy pirate power metal.

My Enemies & I
The Beast Inside
Fearless/Concord Music Group
This is a metalcore almost nu-metal sounding band… has a Korn meets maybe Disturbed type thing going on? short catchy stongs… decent stuff

Death Comes With Silence
With a band name like this, you expect to get your head crushed, right? Well, yeah, that’s about right. Death metal, but with a blackened death feel, maybe some extreme thrash, a little raw crusty stuff… Just great and brutal too. Good stuff.

Rise to Supremacy
Xtreem Music
Catchy heavy metal with a little bit of a Sepultura feel. Big grooves, a little deathy thrash thing happening.

The Fallen King
Scarlet Records
Female fronted euro sounding power metal type stuff. There are also male vox too, all in power metal style. A decent edge too.

Harms Way
Metal Blade Records
Kind of a metalcore, extreme vox, big grooves, kind of an old death metal

Fu Manchu
Clone of the Universe
At The Dojo
As always, great catchy stoner metal.

Gutter Perdition
XENOKORP [Militia Series]
Here we have good old brutal as brutal can be death metal, a little bit grindy/gore, but really just brutal grooving death metal!

Grave Spirit
The Beast Unburdened By Flesh 7″ EP
Iron Bonehead
2 songs of some classic black metal… blast beats, creepy vox, meedly cold guitars, dark, cold forest type stuff.

Band: Mind Enemies
Album: Revenge
Style: Progressive Metal
This is a proggy power metal band from Italy, good clean vox, a good guitar edge, some more power metal stuff, but cool proggy metal too.

New Ocean Media
Another new single, great classic metal song once again!

Hell’s Inc.
Self Released
A sort of proggy thrash. Vox have a bit of a Halford feel, music is mostly straightforward metal but with some more techy/prog type thrash-ish elements. Cool stuff.

Band: Teratoma
Album: In The Inside Reborn The Flesh
Label: Immortal Souls productions
Brutal grindy death metal.

Band: Voracious Scourge
Album: Our Demise
Label: Immortal Souls productions
Late last year release, good solid brutal death metal. A pinch of blackened death sound with some melodic/cold guitars

Spice Breather
Crawling Planetary Being
Bloody Mountain Records
Post metal noise

Band: Kantica
Album: Reborn in Aesthetics
Label: Revalve records
Symphonic metal, clean female vox, some typical standard “Metal” and power metal type stuff, but the heavier parts are cool with all of the symphonic epic stuff happening too.

Sâmb?ta Mor?ilor
Sâmb?ta Mor?ilor II
Sepulchral Silence
A bit of a classic metal but definitely black metal in vocal style. Production is a bit “old school”

Band: Under Siege
Album: Under Siege
Label: self-released
Melodic Death – Folk Metal, with a classic metal thing while you are pumping your fists

Band: Doomster Reich
Album: Drug Magick
Label: Aesthetic Death / Old Temple
They list the genre as “Pyschedelic satanic drugged up 70s rock doom” I couldn’t not copy/paste that! When the style description is that good, and then listening to it… it’s spot on!

Band: Monads
Album: IVIIV
Label: Aesthetic Death
Doomy blackened death metal

Band: Esoteric
Album: Esoteric Emotions – The Death of Ignorance
Label: Aesthetic Death
Depressive doomy dark death metal.

Album: Verses Of Vorarephilia
Label: Immortal Souls productions
With a band name like this, I’m expecting something brutal and more brutal and maybe grindy… well, I’m getting brutal and more brutal!! Good stuff with some monster grooves too.

New Stuff This Week… 1/29/18

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Jan 282018

Pawn and Prophecy – DOWNLOAD
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
We got us some catchy proggy power metal. Big time vox and just good solid metal.

Black Veil Brides
Modern hard rockin’ “accessible” metal. Catchy songs, good driving beats, melodic guitars, but more of a commercial sound/feel.

Madam X
Classic metal with a thrashy edge and big powerful clean sung vox.

Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
Season of Mist
A doomy death metal, dark sound, melodic in parts… longer songs.

Genocide Pact
Order of Torment
A good meaty old school death metal

Hustlin’ Hate (Single)
Kind of a melodic death meets say a more extreme Rob Zombie

Rise To Glory
New album of solid gritty classic thrash metal from one of Japan’s most famous thrash metal bands

Re-Idolized (The Soundtrack To THe Crimson Idol)
Napalm Records
A fully re-recorded version of The Crimson Idol. while I just have a single right now, it sounds great!

Beloved Antichrist
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
An epic 3 album symphonic rock opera, mostly rock opera-like, operattic vox, not a whole lot of real metal going on.

Good Tiger
We Will All Be Gone
Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records
These guys just got announced on the tour opening for Protest the Hero… and there’s a little bit of a similarity in their sound… it’s kind of a modern metalcore, but this is a bit more prog, with high octave male vox. Not quite as heavy as Protest the Hero, but a similar vein

Conqueror’s Oath
Metal Blade Records
A power metal with a little tiny bit of a goth and doom. Good stuff.

Funeral Winds
Sinister Creed
Avantgarde Music
Full on old school black metal. Brutal, cold, evil and with good production!

Band: Ulvegr
Album: Vargkult
Label: Ashen Dominion
Old school brutal blast beatin’ black metal. Dark, cold, evil… and yeah! good production.

Title: Daimono Philia
Some black metal here, a bit more melodic groove going on than a typical black metal thing

Altered Beast
Caverna Abismal
I’ll say this is heavy thrash, almost blackened… but still “normal” and catchy enough to be “just thrash” good technicality and fast n heavy

Spite (US)
Invictus Productions
Grooving brutal blackened death metal.

Long Distance Calling
Some of the best classic prog rock/hard rock instrumetal stuff you’ll get. Not all on fire metal here, but great grooves and ticking all the prog rock boxes on this one.

“The Awakening” Album Sampler
Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Aural Music Group
Female fronted “Femetal” Clean vox, basic classic “metal”

Iron Will
Life is Your Labyrinth
Self Released
Classic metal with a pinch of thrash…

Matkalla Kohti Hautaa
Record label: Inverse Records
Most of the time you’re not sure what you’ll get with these Finnish bands… in this case, it’s like brutal monster thrash! Coookie monster vox with super fast thrash going on. COol stuff.

Twitching Tongues
Harakiri – single (WAV)
Metal Blade Records
Album out in March… this is some kind of melodic extreme groove… a tiny grind, a little crust, thrash, metalcore too.

New Stuff This Week… 1/22/18

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Jan 212018

Mammoth Grinder
Cosmic Crypt
Classic death metal, a bit grindy, a little atmospheric (in the vox effects) Other than that, just full on old school death metal.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue
A sort of extreme metal, a little death/blackened grind sound musically, with classic Phil’s vox

The Mastery
Metal Blade
Gritty German deathy thrash metal. Catchy, brutal, heavy thrash. great stuff.

Pounding The Pavement
Solid classic metal as they always do… a little Motorhead feeling… decent stuff.

Between The Buried And Me
Condemned To The Gallows (Single)
New record deal, new album/single… this is more proggy than older stuff, it seems like they are getting a big more prog metal and less metalcore-ish. There’s extreme vox, clean vox. a lot of laid back stuff too.

Orphaned Land
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Century Media Records
Usually this is Folky melodic death metal. There are some heavier parts, but mostly laid back melodic stuff with a middle eastern vibe… as I listen more, the symphonic and middle eastern stuff usually morph into some more heavier proggy melodic death type stuff too.

Argonauta Records
A solid stoner metal grungy groove happening here.

Machine Head
Nuclear Blast USA
A lot of press about this… well, I have to say, Machine Head is great and all, but I think the last few albums were getting a bit to almost power ballad-y… and songs were too long. From what I’ve heard so far, (a couple singles), theres still a bit clean vox, down tempo power ballad-parts, but not staying too long. Maybe almost going to a Supercharter/Burning Red sound, but not all ‘rappy” we’ll see.

Lady Death
Century Media Records
I just have a single, but this is some doomy proggy melodic metal, maybe a little blackened doom feel too. Would be nice to hear more.

Captain Morgan’s Revenge (10th Anniversary)
Napalm Records
Always entertaining fast, folky drinking metal. Catchy and fun!

Napalm Records
Blackened doom. Extreme vox, mostly a melodic blackened sound, but there’s a bit of a post-metal doomy feel, some tracks get going in more of a death metal direction. Seems a bit more straightforward and not as folky as their previous releases

Fallen Utopia
Cursed Records
Full on brutal classic death metal, chugga chugga grooves with coookie monster vox, a little peekaboo into black metal here and there too.

Cavern of Foul Unbeings
Memento Mori
Good solid brutal death metal, with some great grooves and riffage

Somali Yacht Club
The Sea
Robustfellow Prods
Normally on an atmospheric post metal, it’d be thumbs down and “NEXT” this seems to have a little prog going on… a bit of a stoner metal vibe while all instrumental and mostly background music, it’s got enough interesting to keep listening.

Sewer Fiends
Memento Mori
This is some brutal death metal, old school feel with big grooves, a little bit of a low budget production feel, maybe a little blackened death thing going on too.

Rock This World
Fighter Records
CLassic metal / power metal. GOod riffs, catchy tunes, just good old big voice hard rockin’ metal.

Netherstorm (CD, LP)
Werewolf Records
Some classic atmospheric, fast old school black metal..

Black Space Riders
Amoretum Vol. 1
Black Space Records
A bit of a stoner metal, a bit of a doomy thing too, maybe a little bit of a rock prog thing.

Abrasive Pulmonic Speak
Self Released
Kind of a thrashy/heavy groove metal. Abrasive screamed vox, great catchy grooves and a little bit of hardcore thing too.

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Sludgey blackened doom

The Communion (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
26 January 2018

At the Announcement (CD, LP, TAPE)
The Sinister Flame / Hells Headbangers
26 January 2018

Osmose Productions
Blackened death metal, some melodic death, some technicality, some evil dark type stuff too.

The Dead Centuries
Race Against Time
Seems to be all instrumental, and just a classic metal… a bit proggy which will happen with any sort of metal instrumental, good drumming, guitar work, etc.

Record label: Inverse Records
Symphonic/Epic power/prog metal. Stays pretty heavy with that epic feel but also does get into some power ballad type stuff too.

This One Goes To 11
High Roller Records
A hard rockin’ stoner metal thing with a little bit of a punk and classic rock thing

Earth Made Flesh
Record label: Inverse Records
Atmospheric Black Metal, fast and creepy

Seas of Oblivion
black metal and maybe a bit of a more modern black metal with a classic feel. A bit technical and brutal too.

Painted Black
Raging Light
Self Released
Kind of a gothy hard rock, a bit laid back, chilled out (older middle-times) Moonspell type thing.

Escaping Amenti
Self Released
This is a bit metalcore, a bit modern groove metal, it’s catchy, gets a little sing-a-long-ish

New Stuff This Week… 1/15/18

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Jan 152018

Tricounty Terror
Southern fried bluesy hard rockin’ metal type stuff from a 5 piece all female with attitude band. Decent stuff.

The Crown
Iron Crown – radio single
Metal Blade Records
One thing over the years that we’ve learned… The Crown doesn’t fuck around. This single is no different, fast, catchy, heavy and leaves me wanting the rest of the album dammit.

Black Label Society
Grimmest Hits
Entertainment One
A new album with some big doomy bluesy hard rockin stuff. Lots of grooves, a more Sabbath-like sound happening. A lot of BLS’s stuff lately, as been a bit “samey” and I find myself really digging this so far!

earth caller
This kind of reminds me a little bit of a Burning Red era of Machine Head, some good metal stuff, some decent hardcore stuff, but some more like, catchy melodic almost nu-metal stuff. So yeah, by modern standards, this would be a sort of metal core. But it’s a pretty good hardcore base too.

Leaves Eyes
Sign Of THe Dragonhead
AFM Records
I’ve always kind of written this band off as mostly a typical fe-metal thing, operratic female vox, some power metal-ish music. This one seems to get a bit heavier, a bit of a folk metal thing too, also with death metal growls, kind of more into an Epica sound.

Audrey Horne
Napalm Records
Kind of a blusey hard rockin’ stoner metal type thing… This is their 6th album as what started as a side project for some black metal band guy’s side project. Melodic and almost classic rock ish.

Vuur Van Verzet
Napalm Records
Folk metal, but a sort of melodic death thing with Folk… or is it folk with melodic death? whatever, it’s both and it’s catchy, fun and heavy in parts. This band has been around a while and have a good thing going.

Terror Universal
Make Them Bleed
Minus Head Records
This has a guy from Ill Nino, Ahrue from Machine Head. A horror grooving metal thing. A bit of a Slipknot style of metal, kind of heavy, yet accessible and yet heavy too.

Cemetery Preston
Pink Lemonade Records (CD) (asher)
Kind of grindy doom, some sludge, but some grooves too.

The Rapturous Unraveling
Boris Records
Two tracks of good ol Grooving death metal.

Sermon to the Snake
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
A little doom, some hardcore, death metal and grooves. Vox are a little black metal screamy, but overall, this could just be old school death metal, maybe with an Obituary vibe.
18 January 2018

Grotesque Offerings (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Doomy death metal, good slow groove and a dark evil feel.
19 January 2018

I, Voidhanger Records
A split EP of some out there post metal/atmospheric black metal type stuff.
19 January 2018

Frost Giant
The Harlot Star
Transcending Records
I hear some black metal, I hear technical death, I hear melodic death, extreme thrash, even a tiny bit of folk metal. It’s fast and not messing around. good stuff.

We Are All Born Evil
Bleeding Music Records
This is some classic metal/power metal stuff. Good solid standard good ol classic metal.

Dark Hound
A metal band from Nashville… what!? Yeah. Kind of a classic metal/hard rock with some grooves and melodic hooks.

Sonic Prophecy
Savage Gods
Rockshots Records
Kind of a classic metal, good screamy high vox, a bit of a prog/power metal thing going on a little too.

Invocation of Moribund Spirits CD/LP
Blood Harvest
A grooving doomy death metal, heavy, with a bit of a grungy tone. Decent stuff.

Faceless Burial
Grotesque Miscreation CD
Blood Harvest
Death metal… maybe a little gore/grindy.

Rituals Of Black Magic
Scarlet Records
Female fronted prog metal, a bit of a melodic power prog thing happening.

Dustin Behm
The Beyond
Rockshots Records
This is some instrumental prog metal, a little bit like Jeff Loomis’ solo stuff, good grooves and shredding and heavy enough to keep it interesting.

Rockshots Records
Prog metal! A bit melodic death-ish, heavier music, vox are growly and singy, good melodic prog keyboard stuff… Great release for a prog metal fan.

Perfect Beings
We got some prog rock! Not pushing into metal, just good old rock type stuff, Porcupine Tree/ Steven Wilson type stuff.

Band: Concrete Eden
Album: Left
Label: NRT Records
Hardcore/Nu Metal from Austria. Kind of a neat throwback thing, production is vocal centered. A fun listen.

Luciferian Insectus
Zal van Beherit
Label: Apollyon Entertainment
Blackened death metal, a bit more on the black metal side of things with some evil happenings.

Crimson Devils
A Taste For Blood
Good bluesy stoner metal with some monster grooves. Short catchy songs.

Haunted by Rock & Roll
EMP Label Group
A classic metal here also poking into a little thrash in parts, some bluesy metal in parts, and vox getting screamy in parts, regular singing, and growling here and there too. Cool stuff.

Band: Mile
Album: The World In Focus
Label: Rambo Music
This band has a classic metal feel, but also maybe a little thrash and melodic metal, catchy grooves are going on good too.

I’d have to throw this on the Melodic death pile. Maybe a bit of a thrashy feel working into more melodic death

Restus Corpus
Self Released
Some South American thrash music with death metal vox from April of 2017. Production is a little raw.

Bleeding Gods
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
A Dutch band that has a bit of an epic blackened death metal thing going on. Think Behemoth with a tiny bit of Dimmu Borgir.

Nadir Music
This Albanian band is a little bit thrash, some groove metal, some little doom things going on, as it’s a little downtempo in parts… Overall, it’s kind of a melodic groove metal that’s kind of accessible.

Buck Tow Truck
Death Wields A Six String
Self Released
A sort of classic metal, heavy hard rock, production is ok, a bit of a horror/doom feel too.

Storm of Particles
Gaea Hypothesis
Self Released
I’d have to say this one falls into Melodic death, a good set of meedly melodic guitars with some death growls all on metal that’s not brutal, not just power metal, a good center of melodic death.

Thunderbolt [Single]
Silver Lining Music
Solid classic metal. These guys stand the test of time, and another good effort here on this single.

Blood and Brutality
Decor Macabre
Self Released
As the band name suggests, this could be brutal and maybe gory… and well, these guys have the perfect name, because it’s a bit gore metal with brutal death metal and monster grooves, even melodic in some parts. But mostly brutal classic death metal.

“The Great Homage Night” Single
A classic metal, maybe a NYOBHM type sound.

New Stuff This Week… 1/8/18

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Jan 062018


THRIF – The Human Race Is Filth
Title: Human Exposed (EP)
Label: Independent
Kind of a sludgy crusty death metal
Release Date: December 06 (Digital), January 01, 2018 (CD)

Law of the Burning
Symbol of Domination and Cimmerian Shade Recordings
Grooving sort of thrash with a little death metal style vox. (not quite cookie monster, but growly shouts)
1 January 2018

Magick Touch
Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire
Edged Circle Productions
Blassic hard rock, just good grooving stuff, maybe with a little bit of a Thin Lizzy vibe

Anima Sola
Akslen Black Art Records
January 2nd, 2018
Old school doomy black metal

W?drówk? Haniebnie Zako?czy?
Godz Ov War Productions
More old school black metal, with maybe some darker doomy stuff

Rotting Kingdom
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Doomy death metal, some cool grooves

Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Doomy black metal.

Laws of Perversion & Filth
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Warfist is some raw (meh production) blackened thrash, kind of decent. Excidium has an old school blackened death/thrash thing going on.

Abeloth EP
Self Released (Qabar)
Black Metal, a bit post-metal and the production is muddy

Damnation’s Hammer
Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres
Self Released (via email)
A good thrashy classic metal with some decent grooves.

This is some good classic melodic metal, almost Judas Priest-ish, lots of good guitar work… The production is good, maybe a little punchy

Animate (single)
Metal Blade Records
A leftover track from their 2016 album, they are releasing it as a single now… and it’s great, just as everything else on that album. They keep true to the original while making it heavier.

Lost On The Road To Eternity
Classic British rock band, since they’ve been around since the 70’s they do have a throwback sound and a bit of a modern production and feel too. This is more of a classic rock type thing, so I’m not sure about where to put this on the Mosh Pit…

Trident Wolf Eclipse
Century Media Records
Wow, it’s been 5 years since the last Watain album, and as much as I’d like to say it’s worth the wait… it’s also like, hey, you guys are too good to be waiting 5 years between albums! This could be up there for best of 2018 when we recap the best of the year… about a year from now. This is what a black metal album should be, solid production, brutal yet catchy and evil melodic heaviness.

Unholy Divine
Ice Warrior Records
Classic power metal, big voice, I’d say musically, it’s a little faster and heavier than a typical power metal band. Good stuff.

With Doom We Come
Napalm Records
Kind of a folky doom metal.

Corrosion Of Conformity
No Cross No Clown
Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Just a single so far, but right off the bat, and old school groove right out, like, Deliverance. First album with the Pepper Keenan lineup reunited. This is good stuff.

Avatar Country
Entertainment One
Just a single here too, but a good catchy groove going to a more experimental clean vox thing. These guys are kind of a modern day Polkadot Cadaver quirky with some heavy catchy metal.

Nether Darkness 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
I guess this would be a blackened death metal, vox seem a bit “atmospheric” in the black metal realm, whereas the music seems to be more of a blackened tech death
5 January 2018

Hellfire Records
A classic type thrash, but with some melodic stuff too, kind of comparable to Trivium, maybe a bit heavier on the heavy parts, and more singy melodic on the melodic parts? make sense?
January 5th, 2018

Hymns For The Drunk
AFM Records
Fun classic thrash sound with a modern full sound and fun lyrics, mostly having to do with partying and drinking! This is a “best of” for stuff up to like, 2010
12 January 2018

Violent Opposition
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Fast kind of grindy brutal technical death, neat stuff

Hellish God
The Evil Emanations
Everlasting Spew Records
Blackened death, fast and brutal, catchy… good stuff

Támsins likam
Metal Blade Records
Kind of a doomy dark death metal, a bit of a katatona/ less proggy opeth
9 January 2018

Ain’t War Hell?
Xtreem Music
This is kind of a thrashy metal along the lines of a Kreator. Cool stuff! Heavy with no letting up.
10 January 2018

Inside Out
Melodic classic prog rock. Nothing metal here, but as a prog fan, this has some longer tracks and might be for a fan of some older Spock’s Beard and Porcupine tree.
Release date: Friday, January 12, 2018

Black Clouds of War
De Tenebrarum Principio
Kind of a doomy black metal. Classic black metal going on, but maybe a little more slow in some parts.
12 January 2018

Argonauta Records
Doomy atmospheric metal, occasionally getting into a little stoner groove… but mostly really just kind of depressing.
Release Date: January 12th, 2018

Infected Syren
Infected Syren
Self Released
A sort of classic metal, but a horror/ fun type feel to it. Very prominent guitars, but a good catchy groove hard rockin’ metal.

Unutterable Horrors
Horror Pain Gore Death
Grooving death metal, a little bit thrashy in parts, but really just a great catchy brutal-ish grooving death metal.
(set for release on January 12th 2018)

Denial of Creation
Blackened um, metal. It’s not black metal, it’s not death metal, Ok, I guess it’d fit into some death metal category… probably a melodic blackened death thing. It’s not full on BRUTAL, but it’s fast and heavy, almost extreme thrash… Good stuff.

X – Varg Utan Flock
Season of Mist
A bit doom, and some black metal elements, a more melodic death

Sangue Cassia
Season of Mist
Female fronted blackened doom…

More New Stuff from 2017

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Jan 062018

Some reviews of more stuff that trickled in since the last “new stuff” post… all releases from 2017

Ike Antz Leap
This is some death metal with a little bit of a thrash groove. Seems like a drum machine supplying the beats, but good stuff.

Band: Saintorment
Album: Defective Mind
Label: More Hate productions
You can never really go wrong with good thrash, and this is it… a heaver fast thrash, good production. Great fast riffing, edgy vox and kind of technical too!

Red Raven Down
Record label: Inverse Records
Kind of a metalcore, but maybe more towards a melodic death as there aren’t really much for breakdowns or emo chorus type stuff. catchy, yet heavy and easy to listen to

Kind of a doom or melodic prog

“His Only Begotten Son (A.D. MMXVII)”
Cursed Order/Self-released
October 31st, 2017
Doomy black metal on this 2 song thing.

Heyoka’s Mirror
“Loss of Contact With Reality”
Self Released
Definitely a prog metal edge on this, a bit of a Devin Townsend/System of a Down type prog metal thing. Cool stuff.

Rastilho Records
October 27th, 2017
Classic catchy heavier/extreme thrash. heavy/brutalish spanish language vox.

Kingdom of Nothingness
Duplicate Records
Classic Black metal.
22 September 2017

I think I’ve seen this on a few people’s best of 2017 list, and I’m glad I finally got it… Progressive death metal, I guess I could compare a bit to Opeth, as there are death growls, classic proggy music, heaver death metal stuff, and melodic stuff.
Nov 11

Use Protection
Self Released
A fun lovin’ hard rock thing, along the lines of a Steel Panther, party fun good times!
(out on November 17th, 2017)

Band: SnakeyeS
Album: Metal Monster
Label: Not on label
Classic metal/thrash type stuff. Catchy riffs, heavy thrash type stuff, but more of a classic just “metal” with a little power metal leaning.
Release date: November 25, 2017

Release: Nevicate
Shattered (single)
Record label: Inverse Records
One track of female fronted Symphonic metal, pretty decent clean vox, heavy-ish music.

Circus Of Power
Noize In The Attic Records
This NYC band has been around a while, from mid-80’s through the 90’s then broke up… and this is now their first album since 1993. A good grooving hard rock
8 December 2017

Nothing to Lose
A little crusty hard rock with a good grooving low end.
Dec 12

Band: De La Muerte
Album: Venganza
Label: Revalve records
Hard to really pigeonhole this one… just a good grooving metal.

Band: Secure
Album: Chasing Rainbows
Label: Not on label
They say alternative metal, and I guess I could hear that, it gets kind of a “solid rock” type metal, and also going into some more melodic hard rock stuff. They’re from Russia, and the heavier stuff has a cool heavy catchy groove.
Release date: November 23, 2017

Album: Med Samme Naal, Under Samme Maane
Style: Black Metal
Label: Myrholt Design
we got this album, along with a bunch of other recordings from the same band. (Singles 2017, Holands Himmelrand EP, The Poe Sessions album) The band dates back to the mid-90’s doing old school Norweigian black metal. Decent grooves, cold, evil sound…
Release date: December 14, 2017

Supremacy of Fire
25th November, 2017
I’d have to file this under melodic death metal, with a pinch of black metal… but some big grooves too

Deep Dark River (side project of Morgan Rider of Vesperia)
(single) – Allure of The Earth (Woods of Ypress cover)
21 December 2017
This is a tribute to the guy from Woods of Ypress that died… kind of just a doomy solo/acoustic vocal single song.

Band: Bridge Of Diod
Album: Of Sinners And Madmen
Label: Sliptrick records
Release date: November 30, 2017
Kind of a melodic classic metal, but also some thrashy elements too.

Singles – Apathy of The Immortal, The Last Arbiter, Watchers of Xan
Test Your Metal Records
5 December 2017
A melodic blackened epic death thing, pretty cool stuff, almost like an Opeth meets Dimmu Borgir.

Band: Mass Burial
Album: Breeding Plagues
Label: Immortal Souls Productions
Release date: November 25, 2017
Death metal with a little sludgy groove

WORT Mosh Pit Favorites of 2017

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Jan 022018

Matt’s top 10 (in no particular order):

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis
Galactic Cowboys — Long Way Back To The Moon
Sons Of Apollo — Psychotic Symphony
Arch Enemy — Will To Power
Persefone — Aathma
Iced Earth – Incorruptible
Sepultura — Machine Messiah
Witherfall — Noctumes In Requiems
Body Count — Bloodlust
Satyricon – Deep calleth upon Deep

Matt’s Honorable Mentions
Cannibal Corpse — Red Before Black
Kreator — Gods Of Violence
Moonspell – 1755
Exhumed — Death Revenge
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn
Haemorrhage — We Are The Gore
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers
Belphegor – Totenritual
Ensiferum – Two Paths
Septicflesh — Codex Omega
The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
Decrepit Birth — Anis Mundi
Cradle Of Filth — Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay
Cannabis Corpse — Left Hand Pass
Decapitated — Anticult
Dying Fetus — Wrong One To Fuck With
Sacrificial Slaughter — Generation Of Terror
Warbringer — Woe To The Vanished
Havok — Conformicide
Accept — The Rise Of Chaos
Marty Friedman — Wall Of Sound
Next To None — Phases
The Night Flight Orchestra — Amber Galactic
Nova Collective — The Further Side
Six Feet Under — Torment
Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
Galactic Empire — Galactic Empire

Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP – Self
In-Defilade – Elude
Khazaddum — Plagues Upon Arda
Morta Skuld — Wounds Deeper Than Time
Warseid — A New Land To Find

Mike’s Top 10 (in no particular order):

Persefone — Aathma
Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis
Arch Enemy — Will To Power
Body Count — Bloodlust
Annihilator – For the Demented
Iced Earth – Incorruptible
Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn
The Haunted – Strength In Numbers
Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With

Mike’s Honorable Mentions
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
Haemorrhage – We are the Gore
Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Sons Of Apollo — Psychotic Symphony
Cradle Of Filth — Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay
Archspire – Relentless Mutation
Empyrian Throne – Chasborne
Cannabis Corpse — Left Hand Pass
Cripper – Follow Me: Kill
Moonspell – 1755
Witchery – Legion
Sepultura – Machine Messiah
Obituary – Obituary
Overkill – The Grinding Wheel

New Stuff for the rest of 2017

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Dec 082017

New stuff from Now until Dec. 16

Split 7″
Caverna Abismal
Sartegos is more of a doomy death metal, Balmog is more of a black metal.

Fighter Records
Epic symphonic power metal with a big powerful female voice. Good stuff!

Brody’s Militia
Early Days Discography
Horror Pain Gore Death
Lots of quick short grindy punky hardcore songs.

Victory is Mine (MCD, MLP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Classic metal, a little on the power metal front

Kings & Queens
Inverse Records
Melodic Death/Metalcore/Post Hardcore, there’s a good groove, harsh vox are solid and a good heaviness to it. The clean vox parts are more trivium than like a more mallcore thing

Black Lion Records
Death metal with a blackened thrash edge.

Sweet Death and Ecstasy (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
A sort of blackened speed thrash thing from this one mand band.

Worshippers of Unearthly Perversions
Invictus Productions
This is blackened death metal, more of a doomy dark feel, while still being fast and furious.

Bunkur / Mordor
Split LP/CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Bunkur is one 20 minute track of post metal doom/black metal noise. Mordor, is a little bit of doomy black metal and sludgey folk metal.

The Heresiarch (CD, LP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Dark and doomy, long songs, some parts get going a little bit, but it’s good solid doom stuff.

Elegies of the Stellar Wind
Atmospheric black metal. Wall of cold guitars with keyboards and classic black metal sound.

Obscure Burial
Obscure Burial
Invictus Productions
Death metal with a fast brutal thrash thing happening

Mz.412 / Trepaneringsritualen
X Post Industriale / Rituals 2015 e.v.
AnnapurnA / Old Europe Cafe
Noise/post black metal. 4 long tracks. meh.

The Howling Void
The Darkness at the Edge of Dawn
Avantgarde Music
Laid back classic rock/doom, a bit atmospheric and a tiny bit of black metal.

Avantgarde Music
Doomy black metal, creepy shouted vox, down tempo black metal music

Circle Of Salt
Suffer The Cold
Avantgarde Music
Two 20ish minute tracks of wall of sound post-black metal.

Mist of Misery
Fields of Isolation
Black Lion Records
This is some good melodic black metal. Fast and furious in some parts, cool and melodic and doomy in others… probably a bit technical too.

Keys to the Mysteries Beyond
Carnal Records
A classic cold evil black metal, with an overall underlying good melodic base

Band: Three Eyes of the Void
Album: The Moment Of Storm
Label: Self-release
Atmospheric Black metal, not much more I can say… cold, dark, classic black metal.

Demo I 12″ MLP/MCD
Iron Bonehead
Classic black metal, more of an atmospheric death metal thing going on behind the black metal surface

Kuoleman Galleria
Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen
This grooving blackened metal. Music is kind of a melodic death/blackened melodic metal with more extreme black-ish metal vox… Almost a bit like Skeletonwitch meets Amorphis a little.

Avengers Of Eden – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Bassist from Symphony X with a 2nd album of a sort of super group of prog metal, this one single is some solid heavy proggy power metal!

After the Fall CD
Heavy thrashy melodic death metal… really just one song, but it’s good stuff

Transylvania Stud
The Red Queen
Grooving sort of psychedelic stoner metal.

Band: Vane
Album: The Prologue
Label: Not on label
This is some good stuff out of Poland. Kind of an extreme thrash/death groove metal. Take some Lamb of God Grooves, add some Kreator intensity and grit… great stuff.

“Into the Unknown”
Self Released
Melodic death, with some monster death metal grooves, a little flavor of extreme thrash and black metal too.

Harms Way
Human Carrying Capacity – radio single
Metal Blade
Good meaty classic brutal death metal. no messing around, good grooves.


Out between Dec. 16 and Dec 31


Soli Contro Il Mondo
ATMF Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fondamentum
Kind of a melodic death with some thrashy stuff/hardcore stuff/black metal stuff and classic metal… all rounding out into pretty much extreme metal.

Dreadful Fate
The Sin of Sodom
Edged Circle Productions
Take some fast and heavy trash metal and throw in a pinch of black metal, and you got yourself something super good… Just three quick songs!

Xtreem Music
A little thrash, kind of like Anthrax a bit (singer sounds like Joey B), and musically when not being thrashy, is a bit prog metal, melodic power metal prog type stuff. Production is ok, could be a bit cleaner.

O Olhar Atento da Escuridão
Harvest of Death / Signal Rex
Creepy classic black metal with basic music, shouting screamy vox, “meh” production.

Indignant Force of Great Malevolence
Signal Rex
This is some raw brutalized black metal, production is a bit raw and you’ve got some gurgling, blast beats and just overall noise

Eternal Torment
Blind to Reality
Brutal technical death metal. Great chugga chugga drumming and riffs, clean production and monster grooves

Rape Killing Murder
Osmose Productions
A grungy/sludgy extreme almost death metal type thing. I guess there’s a bit of a hardcore thing happening, with some grooves and a raw feeling

Luminous Eyes (MCD, MLP, TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
Basic melodic metal, a kind of classic metal with a doomy groove.

Band: National Lagarde
Album: Story of a Southern Gentleman
Label: Sliptrick records
The “style” is said as “Rock n’ Roll Tales of the Dark South” It has a bit of a surfy blues feeling to it, so

Antiquus Scriptum
This Winter Will Last Forever
Black metal with some gritty edge to it, a bit symphonic/electronic-ish (keyboards)… kind of grindy

We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel (CD, LP)
This is some black metal, grooving old school stuff with some sort of lo-fi-ish sound.

Avantgarde Music
Laid back doom… background slooowwwww something.

Handsome Prick
Horror Pain Gore Death
Freight train of grooving brutal death metal. Good stuff. There’s like almost a little punky thrash thing going on in there too. A little Johnny Cash -like.

New Stuff This Week… 12/4/17

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Dec 042017

For The Demented
Nerverland Music Inc.
So this has been out a bit, I reached out to the label for a copy for airplay and here it is! Classic thrashy annihilator, so many catchy riffs, heavy thrashy music too. Great stuff!

Diablo Swing Orchestra
Folky, bouncy, jazzy, kinda metal and fun. A heavy edge with violins, horns, different singers. Their last album was fun and cool… while probalby not a normal staple on the Mosh Pit, I think it’s worth checking out!

Public Enemies
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Classic hard rock… damn, plucked right out of the 90’s but with still relevant heavy hard rock sound! Good stuff.

The New Reality
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
The band and singer that everyone was hating on for so long… and well, after seeing Geoff Tate solo earlier this year, I was glad… to see that he can still sing and was a pretty cool cat on stage… then again, he was playing to a half full Back Bar while his old band was shoehorned in and overflowed in a bratfest stage earlier in the year… well, anyway, this album is actually pretty decent, he’s got an all-star lineup and it was revealed that he recorded all three of this trilogy’s albums at once to be spaced apart in release. It’s got a good grooving hard rock thing going on and of course the unmistakable Geoff Tate’s voice. So… not too bad.

PhSPHR Entropy
Clavis Secretorvm
Atmosheric black metal.

Xtreem Music
Brutual grooving death metal, good stuff.

Death Trip
Experimental, doomy post metal.

Blackened death metal, more on the side of heavy “brutal” black metal. Good meaty and heavy grooves while having that cold, dark black metal thing going on.

Apocalyptic Compendium – 10 Years in Chaos, Noise and Warfare (CD, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
A little thrash, some stoner, some crusty hardcore bordering punk type stuff

Lapin Helvetti
Lapin Helvetti
Svart Records
Kind of extreme thrashy, a bit hardcore and a little doom too

Watershed Between Firmament And The Realm Of Hyperborea
I, Voidhanger
This is an experimental post black metal type of thing

Iron Savior
Reforged – Riding On Fire
AFM Records
Ahh, the old, “we don’t have the rights to the old stuff that you can’t get anymore, we want to re-record these for the fans” release! It’s not a bad thing! But you got a good solid hard power metal band re-recording their old stuff. Good job.

Circus Of Power
Fast and Easy
Noize In The Attic Records
A single of grooving bluesy hard rock.

Band: Switchblade Jesus / Fuzz Evil
Album: Chapter 7 The Second Coming of Heavy
Label: Ripple Music
We got a couple of stoner metal bands, each with some decent grooves.

Jussi Lehtisalo
Ektro / Ruton Music
Video game bleep bloop sounds with industrial techno noise. wtf

Beyond The Rain
Scarlet Records
A sort of classic metal, big screamy female voice, a bit like old Geoff Tate in the big high parts, and just a good solid clean vox in others. Music is good classic metal with an edge.

Decay into Inferior Conditions
Grindy death metal for both bands, and both recorded live. Master was live… somewhere. Dehuman live in the studio.

Stoic Winds
Self Released
Classic black metal… with some grooves and a little doom, but overall, creepy and cold vox/sound.

Band: Disaffected
Album: The Trinity Threshold
Label: Chaosphere Recordings
Progressive Death Metal, female vox, and other male screams/growls. Good groove, melodic in parts, and brutal death metal opening up to proggy stuff too.

Grooving blackened thrash. Cool dark stuff!

Memento Mori
Extreme Metal Music
Classic Black metal, evil, brutal and dark.

Band: Bridge Of Diod
Album: Of Sinners And Madmen
Label: Sliptrick records
Melodic and thrashy power metal, maybe a little proggy, but definitely a thrashing groove with nice high screamy clean vox.

Band: Abhordium
Album: Omega Prayer
Label: Not on label
Blackened death metal along the lines of a Behemoth, heavy, brutal, dark yet still kind of clean and thrashy.

Over the Voids…
Over the Voids
Nordvis Produktion
Classic Black metal, but with a doomy groove.

Album: Headless Demon Angel
Label: Immortal Souls Productions
Brutal death metal, good classic stuff, with some grooves and good guitar solo work too.

Lucifer Gave The Faith
Black Sunset
Good meaty brutal death metal. A freight train and machine gun fire of drums and riffs.

Band: Stercore
Album: Eternal Sunlight
Label: Slovak Metal Army
Good grooving death metal brutalcore type stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 11/27/17

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Nov 262017

Morbid Angel
Kingdoms Disdained
Silver Lining Muisc
First single from the new album, a bit of a down tempo sludgy death metal thing, but still with that signature Morbid Angel guitar tone, it does get going fast in parts, but overall there’s a dark gloom.

Kapala (India)
Infest Cesspool
Dunkelheit Produktionen
It’s so loud and distorted, I’m not sure what it is… I think it’s like raw deathy thrash.

Carnal Obsession DLP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
Kind of a grindy blackened death metal.

BLACK ALTAR – “Winds ov Decay” | BEASTCRAFT – “Occult Ceremonial Rites”
Black Altar is some fast and brutal black metal, Beastcraft is more old school “cold” black metal.

Subsumed Atrocities EP
Everlasting Spew Records
Two tracks of good old meaty brutal death metal.

Sewn From The Ashes Book
Kind of a melodic death, more on the death metal with somewhat of a doom feeling too.

Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy Reissue
AFM Records
Reissue and remaster of their 2nd album. Good stuff

The Dark Discovery
AFM Records
Reissue and remaster of their 1st album. Good stuff. Looking back as they were under my radar back then, this was some pretty cool stuff for 1998!

Scars Of Solitude
Record label: Inverse Records
Melodic death metal, maybe a bit more on the melodic metal side of things, sort of poking into the heavier death feeling stuff.

Autocognition Of Light
Goathorned Productions
Dark death metal, a big of a blackened doom thing going on.

Jess and the Ancient Ones
The Horse and Other Weird Tales
Svart Records
Female fronted classic freedom rock type stuff.

Lamentation of the Chaos Omega
I’d have to say this is blackened melodic death. You got some black metal evilness, but brutal death metal all while having some good melody going on.

Divine Cessation
Bloody Mountain Records
More death metal, this has some black metal feeling too… as a matter of fact, I guess I’d probably say this is more black metal than death metal. Is anyone reading anymore?

Hard Action
Hot Wired Beat
Svart Records
Kind of a classic hard rock, almost alt rock.

The Shadow CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Dark black metal, melodic, atmospheric and creepy female vox. And upon further investigation, this is a one woman black metal band.

Carnal Records
Classic black metal, on the lo-fi side of production, but not awful. Just cold and classic!

Cadaveric Displays From The Funeral
Horror Pain Gore Death
A brutal/gore death metal, production is a bit raw…

Tenebrous Labyrinth EP
This comes off as a more technical thrash-ish death metal. If there’s any indication of their style, they have a Kreator, Coroner and Sadus cover on this EP.

Black Market Metal Label
We’re talking an extreme thrashy thing here, a bit of a Slayer feel here, but maybe touching into some Death Metal.

Buried In Morningside
World War Now Records
Actually kind of similar to the Nightfear above… it’s got a thrashy thing going on, but kind of getting a little heavier that that

Album: Battle of the Milvian Bridge
Label: Stygian Crypt productions
Epic folk/ viking metal. Grab your horns and start headbanging!

Henry Metal
Henry Metal V
Henry Metal Records
Think like a Steel Panther sense of humor with just plain hard rock/classic rock type music.

Artist: Katarina Gubanova
Album: Replays by Miss Key #1
Label: Not on label
Metal songs played solo piano. Starting off with Guardians of Asgaard by Amon Amarth… you also have some Satyricon, Arch Enemy, Slipknot

Lucifer’s Dungeon
Title: Music of Lost Spirits
Label: Independent
Kind of classic black metal, a bit ambient in parts, but overall, a more downtempo cold classic black metal.

Hustlin’ Hate [Single]
Grooving melodic death metal, great stuff.

Visions Of The Night
Supreme Act of War
Brutal grooving death metal, with some blackend stuff, some melodic maybe viking type stuff, otherwise, just great meat and potatoes brutality.

Slovak Metal Army
Machine gun attack of brutal death metal… with some cool melodic guitar work too.

Dogma inc.
Blacksun Flowers
Slovak Metal Army
Grooving metal, some melodic stuff, clean-ish vox, a little bit of a death metal feel.

The Five Rivers Of Erebos
Self Released
This is some melodic death/ viking death sounding stuff, good stuff.

Subsound Records
Dejenty technical metalcore type stuff. pretty good.