Nov 062017
 

SANTA CRUZ
BAD BLOOD RISING
M-THEORY AUDIO
A modern hard rock/Pop hard rock type thing.

THE FACELESS
“DIGGING THE GRAVE”
Sumerian
Wellll, just a single so far, but techy, brutal, and in your face, then a clean vox, slowed down part in the middle, then back to the tech death. Who’s even in this band these days?

ENDUR
“Death Angel”
Sumerian
A single from the new album from a guy from Periphery… it’s not much like Periphery, a bit more laid back and metalcore-ish, maybe a little industrial

OPERATION: MINDCRIME
Wake Me Up – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l.
I saw some online reviews slagging this pretty hard, so I was expecting this to be sort of awful, and actually, it’s not bad. Just some classic hard rock type stuff with Geoff’s unmistakable voice. Catchy riffs

PRETTY BOY FLOYD
Feel the Heat – RADIO SINGLE
Frontiers Music s.r.l
I couldn’t tell you what this band sounded like back in the day, this is some good gritty old school hard rock.

Toothgrinder
Phantom Amour
Spinefarm
Grooving melodic hard rock, a good dirty guitar, melodic grooves, a bit stoner metal, a bit modern prog rock, a bit classic rock.

Anti-Flag
American Fall
Spinefarm
A sort of rock/pop-ish punk thing. Catchy sing along songs, but probably not mosh pit material

Vandenberg’s Moonkings
MK II
Mascot
This is the 2nd album under Adrian Vandenberg’s new band name, classic metal with a big voice and great guitar work

Sepultura
Roots Expanded Edition
Rhino

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Snakefarm
Kind of a stoner, alternative rock type thing

Amberian Dawn
Darkness Of Eternity
Napalm Records
Female fronted epic-ish power metal. Some heavier kind of dragonforce type stuff with more like proggy power metal going on.

We Came As Romans
Cold Like War
SharpTone Records
A bit of a modern metalcore. Catchy singy stuff with some heavier melodeath stuff too, but then getting into some breakdowns and more emo-type vox and style.

Stalker
Shadow Of The Sword
Napalm Records
Some classic thrashy stuff with some crazy screams and maybe old school Slayer type stuff. Great stuff.

Black Sabbath
The End, Live In Birmingham
Eagle Rock Entertainment
A single of the last, last show from the band that invented the genre! This is more about nostalgia and celebrating their legacy than how great this show might be, as well, this one song, “Paranoid” has heard better days… still good stuff and great to hear.

Band: STAIRS OF LIFE
Album: The Man In A Glass
Label: Sliptrick records
This is a little bit alternative rock and a little bit prog rock, heavy accent singing english lyrics and probably a little too power ballad-ish for me.

VESSEL OF LIGHT
S/t
Argonauta Records
A nice big meaty doom sound, it feels like some cool stoner metal with some grooves. It’s cool stuff, but I feel like it’s about ready to kick into another gear, but just stays in the doom gear. decent stuff though.

Beast In Black
Berserker
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
This is at its roots, just some power metal, but there’s some extra epic, wall of sound type of thing going on. Cool stuff.

Unreqvited
Disquiet
Cold
Melodic progressive and atmospheric black metal, goes from some ambient piano type stuff, to full on cold evil black metal.

VHÄLDEMAR
Against All Kings
Fighter Records
This is some like Manowar meets Kreator type metal, thrashy extreme power metal meets some german gritty thrash metal… but they’re from Spain. Good stuff.

Destruction
Thrash Anthems II
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
speaking of German gritty thrash metal… These guys are back with another set of re-recorded classics from their own catalog. crisp modern production on these tracks… great stuff.

Hornwood Fell
My Body, My Time
Avantgarde Music
I’d have to say this is some classic black metal, decent production, sometimes clean vox or shouted, but not that classic black metal shriek.

A Pale December
The Shrine Of Primal Fire
Avantgarde Music
Melodic and doomy post-black metal… some good grooves and full on black metal too, maybe a little bit of a prog thing going on too.

SMOTHERED BOWELS
DEAD CUNT DANCE
LABEL: BIZARRE LEPROUS PRODUCTIONS
Well, just judging by the name here, you know you’re in for a treat. We have some pig squeal style vox (and cookie monster too) with some grindy gore death metal. Broootal!

Serpentrance
The Besieged Sanctum CD/LP
Blood Harvest
Noisy doomy death metal

AUÐN
Í Hálmstráið Held (Radio Promo)
Season of Mist
Melodic black metal. (just a single)…. classic doomy black metal with shrieky vox, a cold sound, but with some decent production

Flames of Genesis
A Bridge to Further Realms
Minotauro Records
Long songs of ambient background noise and sounds

Asylum 8
Repressed
Record label: Inverse Records
Melodic death with some industrial keyboard type stuff happening. Clean vox, harsh vox, with a heavy power metal think mixed with a little soilwork and lots of keyboards. Cool stuff!

Desolate Shrine
Deliverance from the Godless Void
Dark Descent Records
I’ll have to those this in the blackened death metal area. It’s got the brutality of death metal, but that cold harsh black metal thing. It’s leaning more black metal vocally, maybe grindy black metal.

Begerith
A.D.A.M.
Minotauro Records
Thrashy blackened death metal, good heavy stuff, cool grooves and brutal vox, catchy riffs. Good stuff!!

Infaust
Verlichen
Eisenwald
Not much else to say about this, but some classic black metal with decent production (I feel like I have to say it’s decent production because typically “classic black metal” means lo-fi). In this case, it’s got the melodic cold guitars, shrieky vox, blast beats, you know, the classic black metal stuff.

Häive
Iätön
Eisenwald
This has a Finnish melodic death feel, a little folk metal feeling, some black metal, and overall a doomy, heavy melodic death.

Werian
Lunar Cult Society
Eisenwald
Doomy death metal with a little creepy black metal stuff happening

The Erkonauts
“I Shall Forgive”
Indie Recordings
A bit of an industrial thing, stoner metal, a bit of punk, maybe a little hardcore, some motorhead type stuff…

Band: Bergrizen
Album: Der Unsterbliche Geist
Label: Purity Through Fire
Black metal, melodic in parts, creepy shouty/screamy vox.

Shadowpath
Rumours of a Coming Dawn
Self Released
Proggy female fronted power metal

Cobra
Title: Sin dominio del tiempo
Genre: Speed Metal
Morbid Skull Records (El Salvador)
A basic classic thrash/metal type thing, vox are a bit more extreme, kind of a spanish language Goatwhore or Skeletonwitch type thing. Great stuff

NATVRE’S
Early Cvlts
Argento Records
A bit of a doomy black metal, a bit more grindy sludge sounding (sludge tones, not pace, this is fairly um, quick, not full on speedy blast beat, but more of a heavy doom thing)

Metatrone
Eucharismetal
Rockshots Records
Power metal, a bit catchy with some proggy chunk happening too

Dark Avenger
The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Epic power metal, and along with the Metatrone above, there’s a cool heavier proggy chunky element, this one probably moreso

Salems Lott
Mask of Morality (Part 1)
Online Metal Promo
a kind of heavier thrash, fast, in your face, some cool melodic stuff too.. just a 3 song

RETRACE MY FRAGMENTS
Tidal Lock
Self Released
2 tracks of Prog Instrumental with a little djent going on, but not too much, just some cool prog metal here.

Crystal Gates
Shadowborn (single)
Self Released
Epic female fronted metal, maybe a bit like an epica, without the growls and not quoite as heavier, but this isn’t quite the typical plain ol fe-metal, thie more “epic” full feel here makes this kinda cool.

Expulser
Fornications
Greyhaze Records
Some old school sounding death metal, by the way it sounds, it was probably released in the 90’s and this is a reissue, kind of deathy thrash metal. I’m too lazy to look it up.

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