New Stuff This Week… 7/3/17

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Jul 022017
 

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS
First Night Back In Port
Napalm Records
Beer Drinking folk music…maybe rock? not metal… aahhh no.

ÆRA
Of Forsworn Vows
De Tenebrarum Principio
Black metal.. classic old school stuff. cold guitars, fast and well, yeah. decent stuff.

NADIMAC
Besnilo
Xtreem Music
I’m not sure what language this is in, but this is heavy deathed up thrash metal. Great crisp production, catchy, kind of brutal-ish… great stuff.

Charming Timur
Focused Rage
Self Released
Industrial/noise/alt-rock. meh.

EXCALION
Dream Alive
Scarlet Records
Kind of power metal, but more leaning towards a prog metal

Contaminated (Australia)
Final Man CD/LP
Blood Harvest
CLassic death metal… cookie monster, big grooves… brutal.

Heresiarch
Death Ordinance
Dark Descent Records
Brutal blackened death metal. Heavy heavy heavy… and evil… good stuff.

INVOCATION SPELLS
The Flame of Hate (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
basically black metal, kind of raw, a bit of groove… but basically raw black metal maybe a pinch of thrash and grind

Seer (Canada)
Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void
Art of Propaganda
Kind of a grooving stoner metal, then it gets kind of more extreme, gets a little death/doomy… but overall, yeah, grooving stoner metal.

OHRENFEINDT
Zwei Fäuste für Rock’n’Roll
AFM Records
I’d compare this to AC/DC. Just some grooving classic hard rock.

Grieve + No Gods
Split
Horror Pain Gore Death
Grieve is 3 songs of punked up grindy extreme blackened metal… maybe 3 minutes total? No Gods is some brutal thrash…. cool stuff actually….like a more brutal Slayer.

Nicumo
Storms Arise
Inverse Records
A bit prog, a bit doom, a bit death/melodic death… maybe comparable to an Opeth or Amorphis. Great stuff

Moon Haven
Monochrome Reflections
Self Released
a bit classic prog/porcupine tree type stuff, maybe a little more distorted guitars in parts, but over all pretty chill.

AMPÜTATOR
Deathcult Barbaric Hell
Greyhaze Records [vinyl reissue]
Brutal blackened death metal.. a bit raw and old school… probably because this a vinyl reissue of this 2007 album.

Purgatorium
Still In Search
Label: Discouraged Records
A compilation album… kind of basic Swedish death metal, maybe touching into some melodic death.

Darkenhöld
Memoria Sylvarum
Self-Release
This is some classic black metal sounding stuff, a good groove and melodic stuff, kind of proggy too.

Last Bullet
80-69-64 (EP)
Self-Release
Classic hard rock, a bit cock rock sounding, maybe a southern hard rock thing too.

Suns Of Sorath
Flowers of the Lily
Self Released
Melodic blackened death metal. I’d have to say it’s a bit proggy too with some of the stuff going on. Heavy and classic black metal in parts, then some tech death in others… cool stuff.

UNCOMMON EVOLUTION
Junkyard Jesus
Argonauta Records
Some hard rockin’ stoner metal. Actually a little bit like Clutch vocally and maybe a bit more grungy. Cool stuff.

Matrekis
Kill Your Captor
Self Released
This band is from St. Paul, a bit thrashy and a bit classic metal with some big grooves. Ok stuff.

Band: Leider
Release title: Alloys
Record Label: self-released
Classic metal, big voice, gallopy guitars, good melodic stuff.

Band: FVNERAL FVKK
Album: The Lecherous Liturgies
Label: Solitude Productions
well, with this band name it was either going to be some sort of grindy death metal, or doom. Aannnnd it’s Doom. Not too bad, just 3 songs… just your normal doom type stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 6/26/17

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Jun 242017
 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Murder Of The Universe
ATO
Kind of a folk metal, experimental rock thing, maybe a little stoner metal feel too. It’s a bit out there, but kind of catchy, and the track listing is kind of messed up, a lot of really short tracks and probably part of a story or something I’m too lazy to really dig in to.

Powerflo
Powerflo
New Damage
A sort of nu metal thing crossing a guy from Fear Factory, Biohazard and Cypress Hill. Good stuff, a good hardcore feel with a bit of a rap metal thing… good catchy stuff.

The Interbeing
Among The Amorphous
Long Branch
Proggy metalcore type stuff… a little djent

KMFDM
Yeah!
EarMusic
Well, you know what you get here, techno-electronic stuff with a bit of guitar… i’ll pass to Something Wonderful.

Double Crush Syndrome
Die For Rock ‘N’ Roll
Metalville Records
This is a basic hard rock with some fun party type lyrics. S

Billion Dollar Babies
The Game (EP)
Metalville Records
Catchy gothy electronicified metal. A bit like a Zombie/manson feeling with that great catchy sound.

The Acacia Strain
Gravebloom
Rise Records
Kind of a little doomy dark feeling on this metal/brutalcore type thing. Heavy and catchy in parts, a little dark but technical too.

Origin
Unparalleled Universe
Nuclear Blast USA
Crazy fast and technical brutal death metal. This is just a single so far, but I’m sure the rest is just as sick.

VULPUS
Certitude
Pest Production
Stars off kind of atmospheric and doomy black metal, but then really just getting into some melodic proggy black metal with some death metal type stuff. A mixture of vocal styles… but overall, classic black metal (but with good production)

PERISHED
Kark
ATMF
BLackened death metal… oh maybe melodic blackened death metal? Yeah. Good stuff. Mostly black metal though!

Kafirun
Eschaton
Seance Records
More decent black metal, again, this one is melodic-ish too, dark and evil.

Madrost
The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh
Self-Release
Melodic death metal, technical and proggy, cool grooves, the heavy stuff is kind of a blackened thrash. Great stuff!

PRISON OF MIRRORS (Italy)
Unstinted, Delirious, Convulsive Oaths
Signal Rex / De Essentia Diaboli
Two long songs of classic black metal.

Tuesday The Sky
Drift
InsideOut
Well, you never know what you’ll get with INsideOut records… mostly prog rock type stuff… this one is ambient background sounds with some female singing… yeah, no.

WOLVENGUARD
ELEMENTAL RECLAMATION
LABEL: INDEPENDENT
Just this band name had me thinking it’d be a blackend death metal with a gritty edge to it, and, yup, it’s all there in the name! A good groove, not totally brutal and not totally evil. Basically a more gritty melodic death metal. (3 songs)

PERSECUTORY
Towards The Ultimate Extinction
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Must be the week of blackened death metal! This has a little bit of a thrash undertone… more shouty harsh vox and a raw death metal thing going on, but definitely a black metal attitude.

ATREXIAL
Souverain
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Continuing our pattern this week… more blackened death metal… this time with more melodic death type stuff happening. Good guitar solo type stuff. growly vox

PIG’S BLOOD
Pig’s Blood
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Good old classic brutal death metal. A bit raw, maybe a little grindy, but full on brutal!

Summon (Portugal)
Aesthetics of Demise TAPE
Iron Bonehead
Creepy classic old school black metal. echoey shrieky vox, ok production (not awful) and a bit atmospheric.

Cryptic Wanderings
You Shall Be There…
Forever Plagued
And here we have a good wall of sound black metal type thing. Evil, fast and a bit brutal too.

Weregoat
Pestilential Rites of Infernal Fornication CD/LP/TAPE
Iron Bonehead / Parasitic / Vault of Dried Bones
Kind of a black/death metal here… more on the raw thrash side of things. A bit fast and grindy too

SPEEDCLAW
Iron Speed (TAPE)
Shadow Kingdom
30 June 2017
A kind of throwback old school thrash/punked up thing. Clean-ish shouted kind of punk style. Catchy speedy riffs, almost like a speed stoner metal feeling.

Qrixkuor
Incantations From the Abyss
Invictus Productions
Death metal meets black metal again. A bit raw production-wise. An evil dark feeling

KAYLETH
Space Muffin “Rusty Edition”
Argonauta Records
Stoner rock with some spacey atmospheric stuff going on… but good big grooves and a cool throwback sound.

Scars of Grace
From The Ashes
Self Released
Classic metal, just good old regular “metal” clean vox, good melodic stuff, big singy voice too.

Enragement
Burned, Barren, Bloodstained
Self Released
Brutal technical death metal… maybe a little on the brutal thrash side of things. Definitely headbanging material. Good stuff.

Burning Hatred
Carnage
Label: Morbid Skull Records (El Salvador)
This is death metal, good basic stuff, big meaty grooves, freight train drumming.

Deadcase
For The Violent
Self Released
A bit of a death core death metal, with some kind of neat groove breaks, which I guess would have to make it a little technical. Pretty much heavy but with cool other stuff and different experimental type stuff going on.

SinnerAngel
Sinister Decálogo
Self Released
Melodic death metal from Colombia. Catchy riffs, a little thrashy and good cool stuff.

Band: EVADNE
Album: A Mother Named Death
Label: Solitude Productions
Melodic doomy death metal. Not too bad, just a bit depressing in parts… doom right?

Band: DEATH THE LEVELLER
Album: Self-titled
Self Released
Kind of doom, but a bit like, um, Epic sounding. Clean vox. 4 long songs.

Granada
Sincronizado
Label: Symbol of Domination Prod.
From Argentina, a bit thrashy, lots of groove and a bit proggy and technical too. Cool stuff.

ANKOR
Beyond the Silence of These Years
Self Released
Female fronted hard rock/metal. Kind of melodic death, but metalcore type stuff. Okay, it’s metalcore/mallcore-ish.

Tubefreeks
The Dry Tide
Self Released (Online Metal Promo)
Driving hard rocking stuff, probably a bit of a stoner metal feeling… a little grungy in the guitar… decent stuff.

Band: RAVENTALE
Album: New World Planetarium
Self Released
One track of Atmospheric Black Metal… a bit drony in parts, some cool melodic stuff too… i dunno.

BVDK
Architecture Of Future Tribes
Self Released
Black metal, a bit melodic and electronic too.

Ex Eye
Ex Eye
Relapse
Some out there music here… saxophones and Atmospheric post metal doom type stuff

CORPSIA
Genocides in the Name of God
Self Released
Classic thrash sounding stuff, throw in some old Metallica, Slayer and maybe a little Lamb of God… cool stuff.

Band: ESSENCE OF DATUM (https://www.facebook.com/EssenceOfDatum/)
Album: Nevermore
Self Released
Proggy metal instrumental stuff. Great stuff, and yeah, even the parts with the sax.

Modern Day Outlaw
Day Of Reckoning
Self Released
Saturday, January 7th 2017
older release… Catchy grooving hard rock. Probably more hard rock “radio friendly”

New Stuff This Week… 6/19/17

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Jun 182017
 

Dead Cross
“Seizure And Desist” [Single]
Ipecac
This is pretty decent heavy metal, a bit hardcore/metalcore and melodic death-ish. This is that project with Dave Lombardo and Mike Patton. This first single has EAS alert tones in it, so technically it’s illegal to play on the radio. I’ll try to make a better radio edit.

Decapitated
“Earth Scar” [Single]
Nuclear Blast
Heavy, technical-ish, a bit more thrashy than they used to do…Great riffs, catchy and kinda brutal-thrash.

Goatwhore
Vengeful Ascension
Metal Blade Records
Grooving, catchy, brutal, abrasive vox.. great stuff as always! Glad to have new material!

RavenEye
Hate – Radio Edit
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Catchy hard rock.

Vintersorg
Till Fjalls del II
Napalm Records
Epic melodic folky black metal. Sequal to the 1998 album. The band is pretty much one guy and he really has this thing down. Good melodic stuff, heavy parts, epic stuff, folk stuff, all working together.

Dying Fetus
Wrong One To Fuck With
Relapse Records
Well, the name of the album says it all, these guys do brutal death metal right and this album is no exception. I didn’t realize this was the first album in about 5 years. time flies! Great technicality, super fast and brutal. great stuff!

Municipal Waste
Slime And Punishment
Nuclear Blast USA
Fast and raw thrash, but maybe with a bit more of a punk edge to it. Songs are fast and furious and quick & to the point.

Currents
The Place I Feel Safest
SharpTone Records
Kind of a djenty heavier metalcore. Math metal type stuff. Melodic in parts, full of low end too.

Days of Jupiter
New Awakening
Metalville Records
Melodic metal, a bit proggy, kind of catchy cool stuff, a bit laid back, maybe commercial-ish (relative to the Mosh Pit of course — when I mean this, I am opining that it should fit on commercial hard rock radio greatly!)

Broken Hope
Mutilated And Assimilated
Century Media Records
second album since their reforming… first in 4 years… great brutal death metal. Great grooves, cookie monster vox… glad they’re back.

Arcadea
Arcadea
Relapse
Gonna be lazy and copy/paste from the label’s bio, because it says it all! Here: “Featuring Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Core Atoms (Zruda) and Raheem Amlani (Withered), Arcadea is trio of galactic space warriors, whose prophetic songs tell the stories of space travel and celestial battles 5 billion years in the future where galaxies have collided, leaving catastrophic disorder in its wake as war is waged among gods and planets.” So there’s only keyboards and drums and vocals. Quite different… kind of a Mastodon without guitars, really. Very space sounding with the keyboards. Interesting

Projected
Reload (Single)
RatPak Records
A heavy edge to this melodic hard rock kind of metal type stuff. just like the one above with the heavier edge, but should fit well in commercial radio. Cool stuff though.

Moribundo
Raíz Amarga
Satanath Records
Doomy death metal, a little of that melodic doom type stuff, and then melodic type stuff, and the heavy parts are pretty good and brutal. (long songs) seems to be in spanish

Onryo
Muto
Everlasting Spew Records
A bit death metal, and metal/brutal core type stuff. Good stuff, no fucking around.

ASHCLOUD
Kingdom of the Damned
Xtreem Music
Dooomy brutal blackened deaath metal.

THE CHANT
Approacher
Lifeforce
Atmospheric ambient alternative rock.

HOUR OF 13
Salt The Dead: The Rare And Unreleased (CD, DLP)
Shadow Kingdom
An old school doomy metal throwback… a bit like a stoner metal sabbath/Trouble type thing

SKELETHAL
Of the Depths… (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Good old classic death metal. A tiny bit of a grindy feel along with maaaaaybe a little blackened death. Good stuff.

SHADOWFLAG
THE DELUSION MACHINE
LABEL: INDEPENDENT
Blackened death metal, good production, good catchy hooks and brutal with melody.

Pristine
Ninja
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Classic stoner-ish rock with female vox. Great stuff, just maybe not for the mosh pit.

Father Befouled
Desolate Gods
Dark Descent Records
Blackened doomy death metal. Dark and evil sounding.

MY REGIME
Deranged Patterns
Scarlet Records
I’d have to say this falls into the extreme thrash category, bordering into some death metal. Reminds me a little of Kreator.

BAD KARMA (U.S.)
Death Has No Calling Card (CD)
Shadow Kingdom
This is some good stuff too, a raw-ish heavy thrash, a full low end, raw vox. Cool stuff.

LES CHANTS DU HASARD
Les Chants du Hasard
I, Voidhanger Records
Doomy orchestral post-metal. Creepy and dark, but maybe just a little too post-metal out there for me.

ORDEM SATÂNICA
Monte da Lua
Signal Rex
Lo-fi black metal. NEXT.

Insatia
Phoenix Aflame
Pitch Black Records
Female fronted hard rockin’ metal type stuff. a bit goth-like, maybe a bit like a more clean sung/no guy vox Lacuna Coil.

FINAL COIL
PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
LABEL: WORM HOLE DEATH
Doomy alt rock. meh.

DIABLERY/SHADOWCRAFT
Entropy
Black Market Metal Label
Diablery is some good classic black metal type stuff. Shadowcraft is some good melodic blackened death metal. Kind of cool to finaly get a “split” EP that has good stuff from both bands.

HELSLAVE
Divination
Black Market Metal Label
Great brutal death metal with maybe a tiny bit of a blackened death thing going on.

Wolves Attack!!
Piss On Everything
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
A raw metal core grindy punk thrash kitchen sink. Decent stuff, just a little of everything on the raw side of metal.

REC/ALL
Rec/All
Self Released
Kind of a classic metal, melodic metal. Clean vox, a bit of a 90’s AOR vocal sound, otherwise, just classic hard rocking stuff.

Undergang
Misantropologi
Dark Descent Records
Grooving brutal death metal. big time cookie monster gurgles, and phat heavy brutal grooves

Prezir
Contempt
Self-Release
Raw classic blackened black metal…. yeah, blackended black! It’s a tiny bit thrashy, but kind of low-fi. Not tooo awfully low-fi that it’s ruined, you can tell there’s some good classic evil black metal stuff going on.

Burn River Burn
Neüstonia
Self Released
A good classic stoner metal thing! Great grooves or just some good meaty hard rock.

Jaw Bones
Wrongs on a Right Turn
Self Released
This is a bit like that Burn River Burn above… great grooves, a little stoner metal ish. Catchy hard rock with a little edge.

DAWN OF MORGANA
Revelations EP
Self Released
Melodic death metal with some operratic female vox to go back with the death metal growls. Kind of an epic metal feeling musically too.

SYNTHETIC
Here Lies the Truth
Self Released
Kind of a melodic death but more on the melodic side, a bit of an industrial electronic

Hitwood
As A Season Bloom
Self Released
Melodic kind of almost acoustic rock. meh.

The Father of Serpents
Age of Damnation
Label: Satanath Records
Mostly death metal, with some melodic grooves, but then getting into a bit of a gothy doom thing too.

Cloud Rat / Disrotted
Split
Halo of Flies / Dry Cough Records
Both of these are post-metal doomy stuff with some black and death metal. Just two tracks, and each over 18 mins long. ugh.

 

New Stuff This Week…6/12/17

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Jun 112017
 

Iced Earth
Incorruptible
Century Media Records
It’s been a while! and yeah, right away, it’s classic Iced Earth! Nice and polished vox, catchy riffage… good stuff.

Doll Skin
Manic Pixie Dream Girl
EMP
Femaled fronted hard rock, a little punky catchy hard rock thing going on.

Iron Maiden
2017 Reissues Radio Sampler
BMG
A little sampler of some reissues that came out this year to promote their new US tour.

Eighteen Visions
XVIII
Rise Records
Heavy metalcore kind of leaning more on the screamo side of things but a good groove

Miss May I
Shadows Inside
Sharptone Records
Starts off pretty brutal and a bit melodic too, but then making more of a modern metalcore type thing. Clean vox aren’t singy/whiny, just a bit more melodic-ish. Decent stuff for this genre

Barb Wire Dolls
Rub My Mind
Motorhead Music/UDR
Female fronted classic hard rock, maybe a tiny punk stuff in parts, otherwise, just melodic hard rock

MERRIMACK
Omegaphilia
Brutal and heavy blackened death metal. The single was good, this is the full and it’s good stuff. A maybe little Behemoth type thing going on where it’s not full on death metal and not full on black metal, just a good mix of the two.

FOSCOR
Les Irreals Visions
Season of Mist
Doomy melodic metal, kind of like a Katatonia type thing.

RIVER BLACK
Low (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Good grooving meaty death metal with a little pinch of black metal sound

IMPURE WILHELMINA
Great Falls Beyond Death (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Doomy melodic metal with a bit of a meedly black metal guitar, clean vox.

1818
Hiraeth
Pavement Music
Kind of thrash, kind of classic melodic metal and abrasive vox. Kind of a neat mix of stuff to make it just good metal with an extreme edge

Legacy of Emptiness
Over The Past
Black Lion Records
Extreme and epic symphonic black metal. Good stuff, heavy, melodic and dark too.

APOSENTO (Spain)
Bleed to Death
Xtreem Music
Classic death metal with vox that sound like classic Chris Barnes… great brutal stuff.

Band: Confessions Of A Traitor
Album: Illuminate
Label: Sliptrick records
Cool grooving metalcore. Just a kind of a Pantera like groove.

BLACKEST
Dawning of the Black
Self Released
Brutal and dark death metal and with all of this black and blackest? A little black metl

COFFEINNE
Circle of Time
Fighter Records
Classic metal, a good groove, clean vox with a little bit of an edge, a bit like power metal, but a it heavier.

Moonaadem
Moonaadem
Self Released
Good classic black metal, cold guitars, decent melodies and maybe a little grooves… also a bit doomy and atmospheric too.

 

Artist: Sharzall
Release: Black Sun
Record Label: NRT-Records
A gothy and synthy metal, vox are distorted but a gothy sound, melodic and almost folk sounding, a bit over produced too.

CULT OF ERINYES (BEL)
Tiberivs
Caverna Abismal Records
Old School black metal, not so great production, heavy dark and evil sounding.

MUTANK
W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T
Boonsdale Records
A bit of a classic thrash with a funky groove. Quick songs without fucking around maybe a little punky in parts. Cool stuff though!

The Summoned
Sessions
Self-Release
Back in the day, this would be death metal, nowadays this has some melodic stuff, some technical stuff maybe a little “core” going on… it’s brutal, and a pinch of a Meshuggah thing going on… also some proggy all over the place stuff. So yeah, cool stuff.

Perpetual Rage
Empress Of The Cold Stars
Record label: Inverse Records
Big screamy voice classic metal… a bit more of a heavier groove than just plain old classic metal.

Lock Howl
Pareidolia
Self Released
Doomy, atmospheric and gothy black metal with an interesting groove.

Hellripper
Coagulating Darkness
Self Released
Heavy thrash… vox are a bit on the extreme side and well, so is the thrash. Great stuff.

Band: DAWNPATROL
Album: The Dawn of Steel
Label: Nuclearmageddon Records
This is a year old… but it’s some raw heavy thrash.

MR. BIG
Everybody Needs a Little Trouble – CLEAN RADIO EDIT
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Probably not for the Mosh Pit, but this is one catchy hard rockin’ track! Good stuff from these veterans.

ZEIT
Konvergenz
Self Released
Black metal, good production, melodic, heavy, really abrasive vocals.

I Sileni
Rubbish
Karma Conspiracy Records
Gothy doom-ish rock… meh.

Smoke Mountain
Smoke Mountain
Self Released
An atmospheric doomy stoner metal… 3 songs.

JORN
Life on Death Road
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
New album, new band and two years in the making. You know you’re going to have one of the best voices in metal. This is all just some good melodic classic metal… good stuff, nothing really heavy, but not all power ballads either.

CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
Cut Your Losses
Self Released (Online Metal Promo)
Classic metal, a little bit of thrash… mostly just some early 90’s sounding thrash with a high singy voice, maybe a little bit like the band Sanctuary!

Sierpes
Visiones Caóticas
Morbid Skull
Extreme blackened thrash. Good, evil and brutal

New Stuff This Week…6/5/17

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Jun 042017
 

Tombs
The Grand Annihilation
Metal Blade Records
Heavy grooving blackened death metal.  A big proggy in that there’s lots of stuff going on, melodic grooves, extreme stuff, deathy riffs, black metal evilness too.

Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid
Metal Blade Records
Talk about the kitchen sink…. You got just about everything here.  Death/prog/folk/industrial.  I’ll paste something from the press release:  “On this record, electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals ”  So yeah, it’s for an open mind, that’s for sure.

Suffocation
Of Dark Light
Nuclear Blast USA
Heavy, brutal, catchy and technical just like they’ve always done. Great stuff!

Curse The Son
Isolator
Ripple Music
Down tempo, yet meaty doom metal with clean vox

Rivethead
Fix Our Enemy
Pavement Music
Kind of an industrial metal hard rock thing, maybe a bit of a power prog metal going on too… think like a power metal-ish Marilyn Manson

Held Hostage
“Show Me The Way Back Home” (2 songs)
Self Released
Classic rock/hard rock.  Not really for the mosh pit, but some decent catchy stuff.

SikTh
The Future In Whose Eyes?
Millennium Night
Technical extreme melodic death type stuff.

Mutoid Man
War Moans
Sargent House
Kind of a punky thrash… fast and in your face, clean vox, so there’s a little stoner feeling (vocal style – kind of Mastodon-ish)

Eckman Dredge
Get Away Closer (single)
Self-Release
Modern metal with a phat low end… vocally, clean and kind of that moderm metalcore singy stuff.

Moonshiner
Self Titled Demo
Label: Self-Released
Doomy, slowed down stoner metal with what sounds like someone trying cookie monster vox in a computer mic.  very simple and basic.

Thus Defiled
A Return To The Shadows
Label: Independent
A brutal blackened melodic death metal.  Fast and heavy, but still things of melodic catchiness goind on.

Ghost Toast
Out of This World
Inverse Records
Experimental proggy instrumental rock.  Definitely proggy, bordering on heavier metal stuff in parts.  cool stuff.

Knogjärn
Marscherar & Förstör
Big Balls Productions
Hardcore/metalcore/metal, melodic stuff in parts, kind of a heavy modern death metal type thing, but with clean vox in a chorus, so melodic metacore I guess.

CEMETERY URN
Cemetery Urn (CD, LP, TAPE)
Hells Headbangers
Brutal death metal.  Great stuff.

SunSpell / Saudade (Canada)
From the Mist…We are but Dust – split LP
Iron Bonehead
Both of these are kind of a post-metal, maybe a little doom on Sunspell and black metal in Saudade

Progenie Terrestre Pura
oltreLuna
Avantgarde Music
Technical, proggy, experimental and overall, black metal.  Neat stuff.

Walpyrgus
Walpyrgus Nights
Cruz Del Sur Music
Melodic classic metal, clean vox, a bit of a modern metal sound, but maybe a gothy classic metal feel.

Logic of Denial
Aftermath
Comatose Music
This one is a freight train of relentless brutal death metal.  Cool stuff.

Vigilance
Hammer of Satan’s Vengeance
Dying Victims Productions
A bit of a stoner doom feeling, good grooves, but some extreme moments, like a bit of a basic black metal thing happening too.

A Flourishing Scourge
A Flourishing Scourge
Begotten Records
Brutal and technical death metal… longer songs a pinch of black metal.  good stuff.

Bury the Machines
Wicked Covenant
Midnite Collective
3 songs… a bit doom and post-metal-ish and a bit raw/grungy

Atavisma
On the Ruins of a Fallen Empire 7″ EP
Blood Harvest
Gurgly blackened death metal (2 songs)

Vehementer (Serbia)
Replenishment Circle (The Black Spectumfest) 7″ EP/TAPE
Blood Harvest
Blackened death metal, evil, brutal and kind of a speedy thrash thing going on.

Enragement
Burned, Barren, Bloodstained
Record label: Inverse Records
Brutal death metal, a good meaty groove yet extreme too…. good balance

Trinity Site
After The Sun
Self Released
Kind of a melodic death metal, leaning more on the death metal side, kind of technical, all harsh vox.

Protosequence
Shizophrene
Self Release
Proggy technical death metal, These guys aren’t messing around, being all brutal, but man, it’s reaaaally technical, kind of like a Allegaeon.  good stuff.

Black Royal
Dying Star
Self Released (Against PR)
Meldodic, black metal, a bit of a doom and prog thing too… Two songs and I’d say they crossinto like 10 genres. haha  good stuff though.

Requiem For Oblivion
Burning Nation
Genre: Prog/Tech Death Metal
Raw production, experimental proggy death metal, unfortunately the production wrecks it a little for me.  There’s a lot going on technically and it’s good and brutal too.

Antidote
The Rock Years
Old School Metal Records
Old punked up stuff, kind of a re-issue/greatest hits type thing.

SOLSTAFIR
Berdreyminn
Season of Mist
A doomy post metal… kind of a background music sounding thing

Henry Metal
So It Hath Begun
Self Released
Basic standard metal type stuff.  melodic, clean vox.

Band: Xaon
Album: Wintersun
Label: Sliptrick records
Death metal, some crunchy raw metallic groove, melodic stuff, and clean vox too… So yeah, melodic death metal.  good stuff.

Band: BLUT
Album: Inside My Mind Part II
Label: Sliptrick records
Industrial kind of metal type stuff.

New Stuff This Week…5/29/17

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May 282017
 

Doyle
As We Die
EMP
A good raw edge, with some good basic grooving hard rocking metal.  I’ve never really been a Misfits fan, for no other reason that I’m not that familiar!  haha… this isn’t much like what I remember from Misfits…  Like I said, just some good solid rockin’ groove metal ttype stuff.

Future Figment
Qualm
Self-Released
Kind of a prog hard rock thing, maybe a little like a Tool meets Porcupine Tree. There’s a heavy feeling, but also atmospheric and laid back.  Kind of cool stuff, maybe just not for regular mosh pit rotation.

KMFDM
“Hell Yeah” [Single]
earMUSIC
Typical techno-ish stuff, not much of a metal edge this time around on this single.  We’ll let Something Wonderful keep this one.

Execration
Return to the Void – radio single
Metal Blade Records
This is a bit of a blackened prog-ish metal.  Heavy, brutal, yet maybe a bit thrashy in parts, it feels raw, but yet keeps it heavy.

Gloom
Solaris
Entertainment One
Doomy death metal.  Brutal, sludgey but still heavy.  Brutal barked out growly vox.

Unleash The Archers
Apex
Napalm Records
Melodic death metal, female vox.  A bit on the power metal/Iron Maiden sound musically too.  High screamy female metal vox, and some good growls too… lots of great guitar work.

Tengger Cavalry
Sie On My Ride
M-Theory Audio
Kind of an atmospheric melodic rock.  Not really much on the metal side.

ATREXIAL
Souverain
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Brutal Blackened Death Metal. Heavy, catchy, evil… great stuff.

Acherontas
Amarta (Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II)
W.T.C.Productions
Kind of black metal, a bit more brutal and melodic than the old school classic black metal.  But there is that cold and evil guitars and overall

Monobrow
The Nacarat
Trill Or Be Trilled
Kind of a stoner metal, a doomy thing, a throwback thing, good groove and seemingly all instrumental

Niviane
The Druid King
Self Released
A heavier power metal thing going on.  Clean vox, good crunch, but also a little bit of an epic thing too.

DRÅP
Rotten Till Allt Ont
Xtreem Music
Good bruising grooving death metal

StarGazer (Australia)
A Merging to the Boundless: Void of Voyce LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions
A bit of a melodic black metal. The black metal just comes from a little bit of the guitar tone, but overall, it’s proggy melodic death metal… and instrumental

Horrid (Italy)
Beyond the Dark Border
Dunkelheit Produktionen
Brutal death metal, great stuff

Akerbeltz (Spain)
Satanic
BlackSeed Productions
CLassic black metal, production is decent.  It’s evil and cold… a bit basic but decenet raw stuff.

Sapata
Satanibator
Inverse
Female fronted grooving hard rock, maybe a little doom/goth-like

Unaussprechlichen Kulten
Keziah Lilith Medea (Chapter X) CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Long name, good ol death metal.  Good grooves, a bit melodic but 100% brutal.

Wednesday 13
Condolences
Genre: Other
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
The same horror metal type thing that they helped pioneer and hone from Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper type stuff.  They do have their own sound, but a variation on the others.  Decent stuff.

Deity
Self-Titled
Self-Release
ooooh this is some technical brutal death metal stuff… maybe a littel bit of a blackened death sound.  great stuff!

Gravetemple
Impassable Fears
Svart Records
Noisy post metal doom black metal type stuff.  Meh.

Marthyrium
Beyond the Thresholds
BlackSeed Productions
Black metal, melodic, heavy, catchy, brutal too.  Good well rounded stuff.

Panopticon
Kentucky
Nordvis Produktion / Bindrune Recordings
Doomy, cold black metal, but then it’s got weird folksy interlude tracks.  It’s a bit more of a atmospheric post-metal overall.

BIRDFLESH / ORGAN DEALER
“Split” Album
Horror Pain Gore Death
Birdflesh is some good quick brutal death metal, maybe a bit raw and punky too.  Organ Dealer is good brutal grind.

Dead Asylum
Death Always Wins
Self-Release
Kind of a melodic death/blackened death metal.  Great brutal and heavy groove

Artist: Apallic
Release: Of Fate And Sanity
Record Label: Boersma-Records
Proggy death metal, kind of a melodic death, heavy in parts, laid back and chilled out in others.  The brutal parts are sick and techy, the other laid back stuff is a good time to get the energy back to thrash out with the metal freight train coming for you.

Band: Antidote
Album: The Truth + Bonus (demos 1990-1992) [Remastered]
Label: Minotauro records
Old school thrash – remastered from 1992

Artist: JURATORY
Release Title: DARK WORKS IN PROGRESS
Record Label: BUIL2KILL
A bit hardcore, a bit industrial, some groove metal, some raw heaviness going on.

Soulspell
The Second Big Bang
Self Released
Classic metal, with a little bit of a thrash edge.  SOme proggy power metal stuff with a big screamy powerful metal voice.

Band: Marche Funebre
Album: Into The Arms Of Darkness
Label: BadMoodManMusic
Doomy blackened death metal.  Decent grooves, long songs, kind of depressing, but then it gets going heavy in parts too.  INteresting.

Band: Calliophis
Album: Cor Serpentis
Label: Solitude productions
Doomy death metal.  Crunchy sloooow riffs

Band: Evoke Thy Lords
Album: Lifestories
Label: Solitude productions
Doom metal, death metal growly vox, music reminds me a bit of Trouble.

New Stuff This Week… 5/22/17

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May 222017
 

Byzantine
New Ways to Bear Witness – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Catchy melodic metalcore stuff.  can’t wait for more.

Backwordz
Veracity
Stay Sick
Kind of a nu-metal thing, with a melodic modern commercial metal thing

The Letter Black
Pain
EMP
an electronic-ish industrial metal.  and a bit of a moderm commercial solid rock with female vox

Repaid In Blood
Terra Mourning
Self Released
Band out of CA, but the vocalist lives here in Madison.  A sort of metalcore, brutal core/death metal thing.  Big groove, melodic stuff and brutal as hell too.  ANd a cover of “Push It” (sorta) from Salt n Pepa.

Danzig
Black Laden Crown
Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Some kind of classic sounding Danzig.  A bluesy classic hard rock thing… kind of raw-ish production, but decent stuff. Definitely better than that last covers album.

Adrenaline Mob
We The people
Century Media Records
A lot of people slagging on the first single “Kind of the Ring”  cuz I think they’re trying too hard to be some tough guy bro metal, or WWE type intro music stuff.  Well, this band has great talent and while I’m a Russell Allen fanboy, I’m not a fan of the growly voice he puts on a lot of times in this band, but he does have good vocals chops and the songs are catchy and good overall.

Alestorm
No Grave But The Sea
Napalm Records
Fun Loving beer drinking folk metal.  Catchy, fun and bouncy… and melodic good ol metal.

Circus Of Steel
The Downfall (Single)
Independent
An edgy melodic classic grooving metal

Wormwitch
Strike Mortal Soil
Prosthetic Records
Crunchy doomy blackened death metal.   Good grooves, but a bit black metal doom too.

Shivered
Journey to Fade
Sensespirit
Doomy melodic stuff, kind of like a porcupine tree’d up Opeth Damnation type thing.

SOULSKINNER (Greece)
Descent to Abaddon
Xtreem Music
Blackened death metal, good evil and melodic groove, catchy and brutal too.

Twelve Noon
Saints and Sinners
Eclipse Records
Melodic hard rock, kind of almost prog, but just

Release: Final Void
Sounds of Absence
Inverse
Melodic metal, kind of a classic just every day metal.

Figure of Six
Welcome To The Freak Show
Label:  Bleeding Nose Records
A little nu-metal, almost reminds me of Coal Chamber in parts, but catchy, melodic and heavy… cool stuff.

Abuse
Nothing is Safe
Comatose Music
Death metal with some grind.  Quick grooving heavy songs and yeah, brutal.

Divinity
The Immortalist
Self-Release
Technical death metal, a bit like a Meshuggah/ Strapping Young Lad thing.  Cool stuff.

Cydemind
Erosion
Self-Release
Instrumental Prog metal with violins, so it has a Kansas meets like maybe a Dream Theater vibe

Jordablod
Upon My Cremation Pyre CD/LP
Iron Bonehead
Melodic blackened metal. A little post-metal, some doom, an interesting kind of noise/sludge thing going on too.

Karkaos
Chidlren of The Void
Self-Release
Melodic death metal,  a little epic feel, clean (female) and growled vox.

Suffering Hour
In Passing Ascension CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Brutal classic blackened death metal.

Rapheumets Well
Enders Door
Test Your Metal Records
A bit of a symphonic proggy blackened metal… or maybe melodic death type stuff.

Desekryptor
Chasm of Rot TAPE
Blood Harvest
Brutal classic grooving death metal… great stuff.

Legionnaire
Dawn of Genesis
Gates of Hell Records
Melodic metal, vox are a bit on the clean doom sung type thing.  Maybe a little doom feel musically too.

Insanity
Toss a Coin
Bastardized Recordings
Hardcore metal stuff, pump your fist and get in the pit.

Khashm
Asmodeus Rising LP + bonus 7″
A grooving doomy blackened death metal

Nocte Obducta
Totholz
MDD Records
Classic melodic black metal

CARACH ANGREN
Song for the Dead (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Melodic blackened doom

Narthraal
Screaming From The Grave
Record label: Inverse Records
Classic death metal, good grooves

Ravage
Return of the Spectral Rider
Self Released
Melodic thrash, classic metal, clean vox, a german metal feel

KING SATAN
King Fucking Satan
Saturnal
Industrial metal… almost techno metal.

Maria ja Marsialaiset
Pysy hereillä
Ektro
Throwback doomy stoner stuff with female vox.

MADLIFE
Precision in the Face of Chaos
Bleeding Nose Records
Melodic hard rock / commercial metal type stuff. Kind of catchy, a little industrial stuff going on.

Avatarium
Hurricanes And Halos
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Throwback organ based female fronted doomy classic stuff.

LOATHFINDER
The Great Tired Ones
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Blackened doomy metal.

Megafauna
Welcome Home
Another throwbacky doom female fronted thing.  This is a more of a pop rock feel

Band: For My Demons
Album: Close To The Shade
Label: Revalve records
A little bit of a doomy goth thing

Disorder
Fuego Negro
Label: Morbid Skull Records
Heavy blackened thrash. Catchy, kind of brutal, fast and yeah, great stuff.

New Stuff This Week… 5/15/17

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May 152017
 

MERRIMACK
Apophatic Weaponry (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Brutal blackened death metal, great stuff.

Beastmaker
Inside The Skull
Rise Above
Kind of a sabbath-like stoner metal, decent stuff

Hell Or Highwater
Vista
Spinefarm
An alt-rock hard rock commercial hard rock sounding thing

John Frum
A Stirring in the Noos
Relapse
Good grooving classic death metal.

All Hail The Yeti
Feed The Pigs (EP)
Minus Head Records
a grooving stoner metal feel with a little bit of an ozzy vox vibe

JORN
Fire to the Sun – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
One song… classic hard rockin metal type stuff with Jorn.  Not quite as cheesy as his recent cover’s album.  Guy can sing!

Ikillya
War For An Idea
Urban Yeti Records
A kind of melodic hardcore, maybe classic-ish deathcore.  It’s a bit of a classic metal in parts, but vox and some parts are more extreme… overall some decent grooving.

Beltfed Weapon
Raining Plague
Independent
A heavy power metal with a great metal edge… a bit thrashy with some good chunk but with a high screamy power metal voice.  Great stuff.

Mountains Crave
As We Were When We Were Not
Avantgarde Music
Kind of a doomy black metal.  A bit depressing and dark, but melodic and atmospheric too.

Saule
Saule
Avantgarde Music
Doomy post-metal.

Highland
Loyal to the Nightsky
self-released
Classic old school black metal, in your face and raw, cold and evil.  (Production is good too!)

Grid
Human Collapse Syndrome (EP)
Label: Discouraged Records
Grindy death metal, quick fast brutal songs..> Good stuff!

KALEDON
Carnagus – Emperor Of The Darkness
( Album, May 15th )
This sounded pretty good…. kind of an epic melodic death metal big vox, big epic symphonic stuff… and the version I got is plagued by voiceovers telling me what it is.  What is this 2002?  No thanks.

Nargaroth
Era of Threnody
Inter Arma Productions
Melodic blackened death metal.  Decent groove while staying evil and “troo”  Some melodic parts seem a bit more proggy but still have that cold evil black metal feeling…

THE WIZARDS
Full Moon in Scorpio
Fighter Records
Cool catchy stoner metal/hard rock. A bit of a throwback, but with a modern melodic hard rock sound too.

Sektarism
La Mort de l’Infidèle
Zanjeer Zani Productions
Three very long tracks of dark post metal.  Guitar noise and a guy shouting.

Rikard Sjoblom’s Gungfly
On Her Journey To The Sun
InsideOut
Proggy classic rock sounding stuff. A bit like old school Genesis or Jethro Tull type stuff.

MASTERCASTLE
Wine Of Heaven
Scarlet Records
Female fronted standard metal… a bit of a goth feel… otherwise just a classic hard rocking things

Fractal Generator
Apotheosynthesis
Everlasting Spew Records
Technical brutal death metal.  Thick and meaty, heavy and brutal

DIVINE ELEMENT
Thaurachs Of Borsu
I, Voidhanger Records
Melodic death with more of a death metal feel, a black metal feel in some guitar tone.  There’s a little bit of an epic feeling going on…maybe a pinch of an Amon Amarth thing

Kalopsia
Angelplague
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Death metal, big grooves, Good heavy stuff, some technicality and cool guitar solos all while being brutal.

The Night Flight Orchestra
Amber Galactic
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
While not really all that metal, it features members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy… it’s their 3rd album… I’m a fan.  This has that throwback to true classic 70’s rock… catchy as hell, and it’s cool to hear Speed from Soilwork just rocking out with his clean vox.  A few songs get a little heavier and are probably good for a spin or two on the Mosh Pit.

Panphage
Storm
Nordvis Produktion
Classic Black metal, it’s heavy and has a good melodic quality too…

MOUNTAINEER
Sirens & Slumber
Lifeforce
A bit of an alt-metal.  Clean vox, guitars are a bit grungy.. a little doomy, a little stoner rock.   just not much for the Mosh Pit.

Unholy Baptism
…On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss
Self-Release
Classic black metal.  Cold guitars, shreiking vox and a dark evil quality.  Decent production

Thyrant
“What We Left Behind…”
Indie Recordings
Thrashing grooving extreme metal.  Melodic, catchy and brutal too

VIOLENT LIFE VIOLENT DEATH
“V-EP”
Self Released
A raw metalcore/hardcore thrashy type thing.

Band: F41.0
Album: Bürde
Label: Geisterasche Organisation
Atmospheric black metal A good melodic feel, a bit doomy, but then it gets a bit harsh all while staying dark and moody.

Aberrario
Aberratio
Self Released
Kind of a classic death metal.  Meaty grooves, just a little black metal feel, but also some big beefy doomy riffs too.

HAREM SCAREM
United
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Classic hard rocking AOR-ish type stuff.  This is catchy cool stuff, but a bit of a stretch to be called Metal.

SNAKECHARMER
Second Skin
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Very similar to the Harem Scarem, and well most of the stuff on this label.  Good classic early 90’s sounding hard rock.

EARTH ELECTRIC
Vol. 1: Solar
Season of Mist
A sort of stoner/doomy metal throwback.  Catchy and psychedelic, maybe a little like Ghost.

ULSECT
Ulsect
Season of Mist
Kind of a brutal blackened doom metal

WARRANT
Louder Harder Faster
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
We all know about Warrant… and as long as they’ve been around, this is only their 10th album.  This is some decent hard rock stuff. Cool to see them with a refreshed steady lineup for almost 10 years now.

INGLORIOUS
II – DOWNLOAD
And with the other Frontiers releases above, this is along the same lines, a good classic hard rock/AOR type groove with some great clean powerful vox.

AMPÜTATOR
Deathcult Barbaric Hell
Greyhaze Records
Brutal death metal, old school vinyl reissue

New Stuff This Week… 5/8/17

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May 072017
 

Motionless In White
Graveyard Shift
Roadrunner
I recall this band being a bit more heavy… this seems to be more along the lines of a modern hard rock/metal-core-ish-light with some electronic stuff going on all over… a bit Marilyn Manson-ish/Rob Zombie meets a StoneSour type band.

Vangough
Warpaint
Self-Released
A hard rock/ prog hard rock thing with maybe little prog metal.  Decent melodies, nothing getting too fast or heavy, just leaning more towards straightforward hard rock.

Beastmaker
“The Evil One” [Single]
Rise Above
Doomy metal, crunchy riffs, meedly solos and a stoner metal thing

DragonForce
Reaching into Infinity (Special Edition)
Metal Blade Records
They’re back!  A new album.  It has the same elements that you’d expect, over the top guitars, then some more.  Big powerful anthemic stuff, cool vocal harmonies.  fast heavy and catchy… but as with all albums from these guys… sometimes it’s too much.

Below
Upon a Pale Horse
Metal Blade Records
Kind of a doomy power metal, like a Candlemass or dark epic stuff.  Clean power-metalish vox, big power doomy riffs too.

Goatwhore
Vengeful Ascension – radio single
Metal Blade Records
Usually this band grabs you straight up… This track is a bit more doom and down tempo… big grooves, just not fast and heavy like I’m used to.  Great vox and riffs and all that though.

The Unit
I Won’t Die
Pavement Entertainment
Female fronted… crunchy guitars, a bit crusty and hard rock/stoner-like musically.

Twilight Force
Heroes Of Mighty Magic
Metalville Records
Big epic symphonic power metal along the lines of Rhapsody.  cool stuff.

Kobra And The Lotus
I Prevail
Napalm Records
A little goth, a little stoner metal, some power metal feels too.  Good catchy hard rocking stuff with some cool female vox.

3Theeth
Shutdown.EXE
Cleopatra Records
I wouldn’t even know how to pronounce this band name.  Electronic metal, but a bit more gothy down temp

Black Dreams
My Hell (Single)
Inverse
Grooving hard rock with a very Danzig-like sound.

Sacrificial Slaughter
Generation Of Terror
Horror Pain Gore Death
Brutal death metal, great fast and aggressive sound, maybe a bit on the brutal thrash thing… but grooving fast and catchy death metal.  Great stuff.

SACRED OATH
Twelve Bells
Angel Thorne Music
Kind of a thrashy thing, a bit of classic metal, clean vox, decent catchy music.  A mix of classic metal, a bit thrash, prog/power metal too.

Tusmörke
Hinsides
Svart Records
Folky funky quirky art rock.

Band: BITTERED
Album: Foreign Agenda
Label: Lost Apparitions Records
Crusty grindy classic death metal type stuff.

RED BEARD WAL
S/t
Argonauta Records
A little sludgey, with some monotone-ish vox, kinda like old Raw Nirvana type stuff…then you get some screamo going on… and an overall doom feel.

Caïna / Cara Neir
Split
Broken Limbs
12 May 2017
Melodic, black metal, post-metal, decent stuff though, seems to have a good melodic death/black metal feel without getting too boring/post-metal-ish.

Sabbath Assembly
Rites of Passage
Svart Records
Some kind of old school sounding doomy classic metal, female vox …. a sound along the lines of alike a Ghost type thing.

SUMMONER
Beyond the Realm of Light
Magnetic Eye
A little bit of a stoner metal meets like the guitar work of Iron Maiden.  A cool catchy sound, a bit doomy, but some quick solo work in parts… I guess there’s a bit of a Mastodon feeling too.

Excommunion
Thronosis
Dark Descent Records
Brutal blackened death metal.

Ensnared (Sweden)
Dysangelium
Invictus Productions / Dark Descent
Heavy blackened death metal… great brutal and yeah, a little melodic in parts too.  Good stuff!

Peter Graigs
The Beginning of the End
Self Released
classic metal, clean vox, an ok groove… it’s just basic metal type stuff.

Band: Act Of Sin
Album: Casting the Second Stone
Self Released
Kind of a melodic death meets thrash thing.  A bit like a brutal thrash, but with some catchy melodic stuff too…

Humangod
Real Me
Inverse
A single of some proggy epic power metal, cool stuff!

Rithiya Henry Khiev
The Finite Cycle EP
Self Released
Melodic death, with production that sounds like a few layers of mp3s were compressed.  Cool music, great guitar work, crunchy riffs, and overall decent.

Miserist
Miserist (EP)
Label: Krucyator Productions
Black-ish metal, doomy and atmospheric in parts too.  A lot of noodling around, then finally getting to some brutal good stuff then, just putzing around again.

SLANT
With Or Without You
(Slant/PCM Live Entertainment)
Gothy emo-commercial hard rock/metal sounding stuff.

Corvus Noctis
Tenebrarum
Self Released
Spanish language power/classic metal.  Anthemic/driving guitars/vox and overall feel.  Catchy but nothing new.

Il Pasaro
Revived
Self Released
A dark grooving thrash sound.

Band: Nemesis Sopor
Album: MMXL
Label: Geisterasche Organisation
Clasic old school black metal… more on the melodic side…. meedly cold guitars and blast beats.

Lvx Hæresis
Descensu?s Spi?ri?tu?s
Label: Atavism Records (France)
classic black metal, a little on the doomier side of things.

Fellwarden
Oathbearer
Eisenwald
Classic melodic black metal.  A bit of an atmospheric doomy black metal thing going on.

New Stuff This Week… 5/1/17

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May 012017
 

Dimmu Borgir
Forces Of The Northern Night
Genre: Black Metal
Live show(s) from their shows in Oslo and Wacken a few years ago… finally seeing the light of day.  Sounds great and to have a full orchestra and choir really brings out the epic-ness that this band can do… good clean production.  This will have to tide us over til their new stuff comes out!

ULSECT
Fall To Depravity (Radio Single)
Season of Mist
Brutal blackended death with a wall of atmospheric noise… a little post-metal going on.

EARTH ELECTRIC
Meditate. Mediate (Radio Single)
Season of Mist
Female fronted doomy stoner/grunge, a bit atmospheric, and good punchy production.

Never Say Never
Trust Fall
RuffLife Recordz LLC
Well, this is some kind of classic hard rock / nu metal.  Clean vox, driving guitar and even a little rap part.

Mammothor
Devotion Lost
EMP
Hard rock with a little bit of a stoner edge to it .  Good catchy and meaty riffs, clean vox, melodic hard rock stuff with maybe a little doom going on

The Unity
The Unity
SPV
Power/prog-ish metal.  Big solid voice, classic metal/hard rock type stuff, but yeah a bit in the power metal area with a little prog going on.  Fist pumping sing-along stuff with a big of head bobbing hard rockin edge.  (not quite thrashy head banging, just that good hard rock nodding along with the beat head banging)

Stone Sour
“Song #3” [Single]
Roadrunner
These guys have kind of crossed more into the commercial hard rock area.  this is a good classic hard rock type song.  Nothing heavy… I’d just have to say, oh, it’s a good catchy rock song.

All That Remains
Madness
Razor And Tie
Good barking vox, chuggy metalcore sound, some big breakdown parts, heavy and kinda brutal… and melodic too.  Good stuff.

Life Of Agony
A Place Where There’s No More Pain
Napalm Records
Classic hard rockin’ stuff, not quite whiny type stuff like the old days, just good grungy melodic hard rock.

Tribulance
The Aftermath Of Lies
The Entertainment Company
A cool heavy metal…  classic metal good riffage, vox are gritty but mostly clean… cool dark yet melodic feel.

Four Trips Ahead
And The Fire Within
HiFi Records
This is sort of a solid rock… melodic hard rock thing.  Decent stuff, probably not for the Mosh Pit.

Seven Kingdoms
Decennium
Napalm Records
Female fronted speedy power metal, getting a little heavy thrashy in parts… pretty cool stuff.

God Dethroned
The World Ablaze
Metal Blade Records
Blackened melodic death metal.  These guys don’t seem to put out anything bad.  Brutal, catchy, melodic, heavy and a good full sound while not going overboard nor too light.  Great stuff.

Band: MONGOL
Album: Warrior Spirit
Self Released
Folk death metal from Canada.  Great heavy death metal thing with some banjo folk stuff, but the heavy stuff gets good and brutal, kind of a good brutal melodic death metal… I hear a little bit of Amorphis and Children of Bodom going on too.  good stuff!

ERUPTION
Cloaks of Oblivion
Xtreem Music
Kind of an extreme thrash type thing / classic metal.  Just good heavy stuff, sometimes screamy and sometimes abrasive vox.  Great meaty beats/riffs all with a little thrash feel.

EXCALIBUR (Spain)
Humo Negro
Fighter Records
Classic metal all spanish language… A bit on the hard rock/AOR style from the early 90’s.

VHÄLDEMAR
Old King’s Visions
Fighter Records
Heavy German sounding metal (from Spain!)  A good edge, catchy thrashy type stuff, but with some classic metal going on

FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN
Ether / Return to Earth
Argonauta Records
Post rock… ambient meh

Band: Forgotten Woods
Album: “As The Wolves Gather” + “Sjel Av Natten”
Label: ATMF
Dark scary black metal.  Old school.  shouty screams for vocals, classic lofi black metal sound

Alchimia
Musa
Nadir Music
Melodic doom, hitting into some death growly stuff here and there, but overall dark and depressing.

Netherbird
Hymns From Realms Yonder
Label: Black Lodge Records
BLack/death metal.  HEavy, evil and good stuff.  Brutal, and sort of melodic death-ish, but more of a heavy blackened death metal. Great stuff.

Helker
Firesoul
AFM Records
Classic metal, clean vox, just your meat and potatoes standard melodic hard rockin’ metal.

BLACK CAGE
Excess All Areas
MarsMusic
Sounds like femaled fronted blues rock.  uh… prob. not for the mosh pit.

Nighon
The Somme
Inverse Records
Kind of a gothy symphonic blackened metalcore.  Clean female vox, harsh male vox in a sort of melodic death metal thing too.

Fading Azalea
Maze Of Melancholy
Self Released
Symphonic-ish black/death metal…. leaning towards a metalcore/melodic death with female vox.

The Noctambulant
Advocatus Diaboli
Domestic Genocide Records
Melodic blackend death metal… but not too over the top. A good groove, heavy, kind of catchy.  It’s got a great evil edge without being too brutal or heavy… good well rounded stuff.

Zenden San
Daily Garbage
Karma Conspiracy Records
Slappin’ bass instrumental stuff.  A bit fusion-ish, a little Primus feel as it’s very Bass centered.  Cool funky stuff.

Roctum
Nothing To Do With Hell
Inverse
Classic metal that has a bit of a WASP sound (vocally)

PROMETHEUS
Consumed In Flames
Katoptron IX Records
Blackened death metal, kind of that fast brutality you get from Behemoth/Melechesh.  Heavy and catchy.  Great stuff

Urskog
Sprider Sporer
Self Released
2 songs of extreme “metal”  kind of a blackened grooving death metal.

Hive
Parasitic Twin
Crown & Throne Ltd
Blackened doom and grindy death metal.  it kind of hits both

Band: BLEED AGAIN
Album: Momentum
Label: Sliptrick records
Melodic modern metal.  Maybe a little edge going on here and there, screamy vox, clean vox, a kind of extreme commercial metal type thing.

GURT
Skullossus
A bit of a sludge sound, but not too down tempo, just a classic doomy death metal that seems to be a little groove/stoner metal feel too.

NÁYADES
White Winter Tale
Self Released
Classic metal/power metal.  Catchy maybe along the lines of a european Queensryche.  Melodic hard rock/metal-ish

Black Paisley
Late Bloomer
self-released
Kind of a southern rock/maybe throwback blues metal with a good dose of hammond organ, maaaabye a pinch of a hard rock/country?  Probably not really for the ‘pit.

BARE INFINITY
The Butterfly Raiser
Blackdown Music
Female fronted gothy melodic folk metal.  Good heavy edge, kind of melodic death but with the clean fe-metal vox.