43:20 – 9 Tracks
This is some pretty cool fairly Epic Metal (as Napalm Recs states on the CD sleeve)… it has some female vocals, some black metal moments, and some cool standard metal stuff… it kind of reminds me a bit of Epica… and Cradle of Filth!
Visions of the Lifted Veil
53:07 – 13…
A bit of a commercial hard rock thing… reminds me a bit of Static-X…. fairly catchy… and actually has some really cool moments on it… but maybe not ready for the top 5 this week.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
Night Castle Sampler
Atlantic / Roadrunner
40:06 – 8 Tracks
Some of the better moments from the new, long awaited TSO release… of course they put on one of the coolest stage shows in the history of concerts… This album stuff is of course over the top, rock opera type stuff… and it’s not even an xmas CD. It’s classic/opera biased… but there’s actually some cooler rockin stuff that is Mosh Pit worthy!
3 Song Sampler
13:09 – 3 Tracks
I’ve kind of been over the whole Mudvayne thing… I guess they were pioneering in the nu-metal type stuff a while back, then they just seemed to have caught on and just seem a bit commercial and melodic and don’t seem to have that metal edge they used to have… of course there’s some moments in the new one here that are pretty “METAL” but overall, the clean spoken vocal type stuff just seem to be too much… but yup, they are their signature thing… but c’mon now.
45:37 – 12 Tracks
Kind of a standard/angry metal thing going on. A bit on the “core” side I guess… but it’s a little quirky and experimental while at the same time being all brutal and stuff. It’s also got some prog type stuff going on too… I guess that falls into the experimental category too.
41:45 – 10 Tracks
wow… they’re back! After a long absence… a new studio album. I wasn’t a huge fan of these guys back in the day, just a bit too “punk” for me I guess. The new stuff is a bit more rockin’… but not quite metal…. however it actually reminds me of a more metal Joan Jett sort of thing.
The Strength / The Sound / The Songs
55:11 – 15 Tracks
Catchy, bouncy hard rock infused metal. Great heavy guitar riffage… vocals are all clean and remind me a bit of Life of Agony. But it’s fun to listen to and just seems to work… this might be my dark-horse pick of the week!
Congregation of the Damned
48:47 – 13 Tracks
Ugh… Metalcore! They’re about the same as they’ve always been… metal core… clean melodic vox, with some good breakdowny angry parts. I guess I’m just over the metalcore thing. They’re great at what they do though!
The Curse of the Antichrist – Live in Agony
Disc 1: 48:26 – 10 Tracks
Disc 2: 49:32 – 12 Tracks
Whoa… well I’ve liked all the stuff I’ve heard from these guys in their career… just the best of what you can do for traditional metal… Just catchy, heavy, thrashy and it’s just what REAL metal should be! This live album covers stuff and classics from 25 years of their career… and it sounds good and raw, yet it still has great production!
The Company Band
The Company Band
37:48 – 10 Tracks
A supergroup of sorts… Fronted by Neil Fallon of Clutch, also members from Fireball Ministry, CKY and Fu Manchu… basically sounds about what you would imagine… a bit more straightforward “clutch” type sound. It’s more of a plain old hard rock thing than pigeonholing them into a submetal stoner metal genre. Neil Fallon’s voice pretty much can do no wrong too… right?
36:12 – 10 Tracks
Sweden in the house! Some blackened/swedish black/thrash/death metal stuff… Heavy, classic yummy metal… I actually had my top 5 new releases set… and had to rearrange after hearing this… it’s just what we like to hear at the Mosh Pit. Aggressive, yet catchy and it just has all that stuff that made swedish melodic death metal what it is… but turn it up a notch or two…
Age of Evil
Get Dead EP
25:29 – 6 Tracks
Um… music starts off pretty good… general run of the mill metal… vocals kick in, reminds me a bit of Avenged Sevenfold after that… so there you have it… Avenged Sevenfold wannabes… great guitar work, comes across pretty heavy… but it is what it is. This EP has 2 originals, 2 covers (Slave to the Grind – Hellion/Electric Eye), and two live tracks from their 1st album. The covers are decent, and the live stuff comes across pretty heavy!
Where Death Is Most Alive
2 CDs / 2 DVDs
Just about every band should have a Live album… right? Well, it’s DT’s turn. As pioneers of the Gothenburg sound… it’s about time! This was recorded in October of 2008 in Italy… epic… great sounding stuff, and great band.