Mar 312017
 

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

Royal Thunder
Wick
Spinefarm
Laid back down tempo-ish stoner rock.

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

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

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

BLESSED CURSE
BEWARE OF THE NIGHT
M-THEORY AUDIO
I want to call this brutal thrash… musically it’s kind of a classic thrash, vox are a bit more growly… so heavier thrash.  Or just straight up thrash but with harsher than normal vox?  LOL  good stuff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT BERYL
LABEL: GRINDSCENE RECORDS
Grindy brutal blackened melodic death metal. Yeah!  All that.  Heavy, and in your face but with grooves, brutality and heavy!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Convulsions
Culture Shock
Imminence Records
Big grooving djenty tech death metalcore.

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

X.KERNEL
FACE THE TRUTH
LABEL: CIMMERIAN SHADE RECORDINGS
Techy grooving melodic death metal.  Keyboard stuff, cool guitars, growly vox. Catchy and proggy too.

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

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

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

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