New stuff this week 4/30/07

Porcupine Tree
Fear Of A Blank Planet
Atlantic
50:53 – 6 Tracks
Well, I’m not sure who decided these guys were metal, but I’m sure with the collaborations with frontman Steven Wilson with Opeth, they crossed that line. Parts of this CD rock out and are metal, but they are pretty few and far between. This is pretty good prog-rock though. It’s not a departure from their last couple albums… If like Opeth’s “Damnation” CD, this is for you. You’ll probably hear a track or two on the Mosh Pit though.

The Destro
As The Coil Unwinds
Metal Blade
46:15 – 11 Tracks
They say on the sheet that came with it that they “plow through stereotypes” Well, to me they sound like Pantera in their heaviest of times. Some good solid metal with a touch of hardcore. It’s not metalcore! There aren’t many other words to describe it as just good ol plain meat and potatoes metal. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Invitro
3 Song EP
Gridiron
9:07 – 3 Tracks
This is the new project from Mikey Doling, who was a founding member of Snot as well as a hired guitar gun in Soulfly. The music comes out and stays aggressive and heavy. The vocals are clean and have no growl or abrasive nature to them. The songs are catchy and fun to listen to. I want to say they have a bit of an edge similar to System of a Down, but with a weird Mr. Bungle tinge. It’s not too shabby and better than I was expecting. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Serenity
Words Untold & Dreams Unlived
Napalm
47:30 -10 Tracks
This is more or less Progressive Melodic Metal. It’s just the run of the mill prog-metal wank fest. Clean vocals, some keyboards holding up the background, some good solid guitar work, etc. etc. Nothing new, but it’s not bad, no gimmicks, and as I said above for The Destro, meat and potatoes prog-melodic metal. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit.

A Band Called Pain
Broken Dreams
Hiero Imperium
74:44 – 17 Tracks
A hard rockin’ band musically reminds me of Alice In Chains meets a little pantera with some Chris Cornell-esque vocals. Actually, I hear a lot of King’s X sound in here as well. It’s not really heavy or brutal for that matter, but as you’ve heard me say before, songs are catchy, and it’ll grow on you. The production quality is not so great, and it’s just not all that heavy. Due to this being a slow week, you’ll probably hear this on the Mosh Pit.

Man Must Die
The Human Condition 
Relapse
I actually didn’t get this CD, but you know, one can hear things on the interweb.  It’s fast, heavy, brutal, some sick guitar solos.  It’s just good ol fashioned death metal.   If I get a CD or something I can play on the air, you’ll hear it.

New stuff this week 4/23/07

Beyond The Sixth Seal
The Resurrection Of Everything Tough
Metal Blade
55:58 – 13 Tracks
This features a couple guys from The Red Chord. It kind of has a southern, melodic, death stoner feel to it. They are from Boston, but I guess that doesn’t mean it can’t have a little bit of a southern hard rock feel. But it is heavy throughout… cookie-monster-ish vocals and solid playing make it work just fine. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Back from Ashes
Broken

Desert Core
37:45 – 10 Tracks
Upon first listen, I thought of Damageplan. It’s heavy, but yet, still accessible, and not all that heavy. It has some good ol breakdowns, some clean singy parts, some almost Tool sounding stuff too, maybe a little Static X. It goes back and forth from being pretty good and heavy to some more hard rock-post grunge stuff. You might hear this on the ‘Pit!

Krypteria
Bloodangel’s Cry
Caroline
60:18 – 12 Tracks
It’s another one of those cool metal bands fronted by a opera-like female vocalist. The music is almost Dream-Theater-esque, clean and a bit prog sounding. Of course, obviously the Angtoria, Lacuna Coil, etc comparisons have to be drawn. It’s not bad, but yet just another one of these bands in the crown. I think we’ll still play it on the Mosh Pit!

Finnitroll
Ur Jordens Djup
Century Media
55:55 – 11 Tracks
“Blackened Pagan Folk Metal” That says a lot right there, but it does sum up all that is Finnitroll. This classic sounding black metal band from Finland… this is a great compliment to Dimmu Borgir, while not as evil sounding, it still has the cool keyboard (symphonic) element filling out the sound. It’s not super scary heavy, but it’s catchiness reminds me a bit of some older Amorphis stuff.

Vital Remains
Icons of Evil
Century Media
67:16 – 10 Tracks
One word to describe this: Blasphemous. It’s just pure sonic Evi. Only Glen Benton’s evil vocals can be on a release such as this. It’s just all out evil death metal like only Vital Remains can deliver. Fast, Heavy, intense, probably the music you’d hear if you went to hell. Well, that a normal non-metalhead would hear in hell. I would probably have to hear Bjork or something. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Ozzy Osbourne
I Don’t Want To Stop
Epic
4:00 – 1 Tracks
It’s Ozzy. Has a good low end crunch to it. I mean, hey, it’s Ozzy. I wonder if I sang into that microphone if I’d sound like Ozzy too!? It’s nothing groundbreaking, I mean, Ozzy’s gettin’ up there, why try something new? You’ll probably hear a snippet or two from this tonight.

Dimmu Borgir
In Sorte Diaboli
Nuclear Blast
47:26 – 10 Tracks
This CD is a bit more straightforward for D.B.  It’s heavy in all the right places.  It’s not as crazy theatric as they have been the last couple albums.   It’s what we’ve come to expect from Dimmu… all out brutal modern black metal.  It’s well produced and you’ll be hearing this plenty on the Mosh Pit.  The more you hear it the more you like it!

New stuff this week 4/16/07

Dark Tranquillity
Fiction
Century Media
45:49 – 10 Tracks
Take some of the best melodic Scandinavian metal, and just leave it the way it is… This new CD from the “other” DT (Dream Theater being the “main” DT), is awesome. It’s heavy, it’s melodic, it’s catchy it’s just put together so well. The songs flow, get a bit atmospheric in a part or two, but somehow they keep it heavy and just plain cool. This will definitely get some airtime on the Mosh Pit!

From Autumn To Ashes
Holding A Wolf By The Ears
Vagrant
39:56 – 12 Tracks
One of the more or less pioneers of the metalcore movement are back with their 4th album. It’s pretty heavy, a bit raw, and still metalcore. The heavier stuff is more hardcore than it is metal, but it still has those good ol emo singy parts as any tr00 metalcore will have! It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s still a good release and you may hear it on the Mosh Pit.

Arch Enemy
Black Earth
Regain
42:13 – 12 Tracks
It’s a remaster or re-release or something. Either way, I think this CD has been hard to find for a few years and now it’s back in all it’s groundbreaking glory. Along with Carcass and At The Gates, In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy helped pave the way for the ever popular Scandinavian Melodic Death metal genre. This album has it all, and pre-Angela Gossow vocals (Johan Lilva) are a bit more deathy and guttaral. The guitar solos and music are all as great as Arch Enemy has ever been. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Saxon
The Inner Sanctum
SPV
44:37 – 10 Tracks
They’re Saxon! They have a classic sound, yet it’s still modern and relevant! What can you say about a band that is still around after all these years. It’s not like they are trying to reinvent themselves here, but it is a good solid release. It’s not all speedy and thrashy or anything, although the 2nd and 3rd tracks rip pretty good. You’ll probably hear this on the Mosh Pit!

The Chariot
The Fiancee
SolidState
29:39 – 10 Tracks
You take stoner metal, mix it with some hardcore and you have The Chariot. The singer from Norma Jean left that band to form this one. I haven’t heard much in the way of emo-metalcore vocals here. They seem to stay true to the grungy stoner guitar stuff along with raw abrasive vocals. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Six Feet Under
Commandment
Metal Blade
34:30 – 10 Tracks
It’s classic Six Feet Under.  They have a formula, they don’t mess with it.  This album does hearken back to the early days of SFU and that’s about all you can say.  It’s nice to have some fresh, new material, after all of the box sets, cover albums, etc.  You’ll definitely hear this on the Mosh Pit!!

New Stuff This Week 4/9/07

Antigama
Resonance
Relapse Records
32:27 – 17 Tracks
First impression. Crazy, sick, fast, awesome grind! From Warsaw, Poland, these guys are technical, fast, and aggressive. Blast beats, driving guitars, crazy riffing, guttural vocals, yet still catchy! This is cool stuff, you’ll hear it on the Mosh Pit!

HELLYEAH
HELLYEAH
Epic Records
43:50 – 12 Tracks
We’ve had a single, and EP and so far it’s been pretty cool. It’s good old straight forward hard rock/metal. It’s Vinnie’s newest project since, well, you know when. Teaming up with guys from Nothingface and Mudvayne. And actually, if you could picture mixing those two bands with some sick heavy drumming, you got HELLYEAH. There aren’t any real surprises here, although Vinnie does tear the drums up more than I’ve heard in a long time. It’s good stuff, and as with anything Vinnie Paul puts out, it deserves the respect of some airplay… You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Panthers
The Trick
Vice Records
32:25 – 10 Tracks
“Heavy Power Rock” It’s kind of Queens of the Stone Age, a bit Clutch, as any stoneresque band will be compared to, and it’s kind of raw, not too heavy, just you know, kind of there. It’s not too bad, not awesome, you may hear this on the Mosh Pit.

Sanctity
Road To Bloodshed
Roadrunner Records
45:27 – 12 Tracks
This was described to me as Trivium music/guitars with vocals that sound like Testament. So I put the CD in, and guess what? Yup, that’s exactly what it is! It’s good, catchy, and this formula works pretty good. It comes off a bit heavier than Trivium just because of the “heavier” vocals. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit

Static-X
Cannibal
Reprise Records
This is more like the older Static X.  More raw, more heavy, more, I dunno, StaticXey!?  It seems to have some catchy guitar stuff, back to their roots, most like Wisconsin Death Trip.  It’s good stuff, you’ll probably hear it on the Mosh Pit!

ZO2
Ain’t It Beautiful
Spliveycool Entertaiment
51:58 – 11 Tracks
This features one of the guys that toured with Trans Siberian Orchestra, pretty straightforward hard rock. Some pretty catchy tunes on here. You may hear this on the Mosh Pit!

New stuff this week 4/2/07

Some of these reviews will be short, I’ve got a little bit of a cold and got a late start on the reviews… you’ll still get the idea, and well, you should listen to the show anyways!

Black Sabbath
The Dio Years
Warner Bros.
79:27 – 16 Tracks
The new greatest hits from the Dio years and three new tracks. They sound great! Exactly what you’d expect from these forefathers of metal. You know the songs, you know the sound, so, you’ll hear the new stuff and maybe some of the classics from this CD on the Mosh Pit!

Thought Chamber
Angular Perceptions
InsideOut
54:58 – 10 Tracks
This is pretty good prog/power metal, fairly technical, good vocals, some singalongy chorus stuff, but back to some sick, cool chugga chugga heavy guitar stuff.  It’s got a lot of that stop start prog metal sound.  It’s got a lot of layers of complexity, and the production is nice and clean where you can pick out every part.  There are a lot of instrumental breaks without vocals, which lets you appreciate the music and playing on this cd.   You’ll probably hear this on the Mosh Pit.

As Blood Runs Black
Allegiance
Mediaskare
37:08 – 10 Tracks
This is a pretty cool heavy thrash release.  It combines a lot of that melodic death stuff with some cool Behemoth/Vader polish sound, with classic thrash and hardcore.  It’s just all out brutal.  The production is solid and crisp… You will hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Various
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Soundtrack
Williams St
44:26 – 17 Tracks
Well, it’s a great show, therefore, the soundtrack is just as crazy.  Some skits/soundbites from the show and some songs from artists such as Mastodon, Unearth, Early Man and more.  You’ll hear some of this on the Mosh Pit!

Sonic Reign
Raw Dark Pure
Metal Blade
40:32 – 8 Tracks
This is pretty straighforward black metal.  It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s pretty solid, sounds good and they aren’t fucking around.  You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Haste The Day
Pressure The Hinges
SolidState
48:21 – 13 Tracks
A full on metalcore release!  This might be the first one of the year.  It seems like we’ve had a lull in this genre of late.  I can’t say I’m too sad about it.  We had a total over saturation of this stuff in the last year or two.  For this type of music, this is pretty good.  They stay heavy, have some neato clean vocals layering with the growls.  The growling vox are good and abrasive, the music is catchy and has some cool melodic hooks.  The breakdowns are all out brutal!  You may hear this on the Mosh Pit.

In This Moment
Beautiful Tragedy
Century Media
41:50 – 11 Tracks
At first, I saw female singer, Century Media records… another prog-black-power metal with the chick singer… and it’s not! It’s more like some of the heavy melodic death music, but with mixed in with some metal-core but with more of an Otep feel… the singer does clean sing, but also will throw out some awesome growls. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Dew Scented
Incinerate
Nuclear Blast
43:59 – 13 Tracks
What happens if Slayer were more of a Black Metal band from Germany?  You’d call them Dew Scented.  They are back with a new album mixed by audio genius Andy Sneap.  They are back with classic Dew Scented.  Fast, angry, technical and all that.  You will hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Chevelle
Vena Sera
Epic
44:17 – 11 Tracks
Good ol Chevelle, back in the day, this may have been Mosh Pit material, but the rest of the scene just got all that much more heavy and we just don’t have time to play stuff like this anymore.  It’s good, it’s heavier for them, so, if there is time, we might get to it, just to share with you!   Some songs are catchy, melodic, some good distorted guitar parts and stuff.  Just not really for the Mosh Pit

New stuff this week 3/26/07

Here’s what’s new in the mail this week… Some pretty good stuff that you may have never heard of, check them out!

Shatterpoint
Dead Precedence
Power Play
68:59 – 15 Tracks
They’ve got a pretty good, clean heavy metal thrash sound. Good heavy song structures and neat intros and buildups. Some really cool riffs, they seem to have a bit of older Pantera (Cowboys From Hell) tempo/speed. The vocals are a bit of a growl/scream, I guess when it’s not a growl, it’s more of a bark, maybe a lower pitch Sacred Reich vocal sound. Some songs have some cool clean melodic vocals. This is a pretty good cd from some indie release. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Disbelief
Navigator
Locomotive
46:26 – 10 Tracks
This is kind of some doomy grindy death metal. Pretty heavy, a bit like Napalm Death in the heavier parts. But really, they are a bit different overall than Napalm Death. There are some cool melodic parts, some cool guitar riffage, and some all out heavy stuff. This is quality stuff, and you’ll hear it on the Mosh Pit!

Redemption
The Origins of Ruin
InsideOut
57:15 – 9 Tracks
This is some pretty tight prog/power metal. It’s more prog metal than power metal. I guess what I mean by that is that it’s more metal than screamy Hammerfall/Stratovarious metal. There are some cool bass, guitar, keyboard and drum break/fills, very “prog” a la heavier Dream Theater stuff or Fates Warning, mainly because vocals are handled by FW’s Ray Alder! This will go along well with the new Symphorce… so, look to hear them back to back on the Mosh Pit… at least tonight!

All Out War
Assassins In The House Of God
Victory
38:06 – 11 Tracks
Starting off, this sounds like some old school thrash, but of course, being on Victory Records, that ends when the vocals start. The vocals are a bit more hardcore, but damn, the music just stays cool and heavy. Meaty thick and heavy. They aren’t fucking around on this cd. It definately has a hardcore vibe to it, but really the mix of the heaviness and thrash elements make this a pretty good album. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!!

We Are I
We Are I
Capn’ Stanky Music
19:37 – 6 Tracks
This is pretty good for what they are doing. Post-grunge hard rocky stuff. You know, like you’d hear on other radio stations. For an indie type release, actually I think it’s just the band’s demo, it sounds great, production is crisp and clean. The music is good, hard rock stuff, just not really for the Mosh Pit.

The Locust
New Erections
Anti-
23:30 – 11 Tracks
Well, this is one of those bands that’s tough to put a label on. It’s kind of like hardcore, but kind of like experimental, kind of like metalcore, kind of like meshuggahcore. Just tough to label. It’s mostly made up of tracks that have a longer title name than duration. Since it is kind of heavy, and off the wall, I think it’ll find a place on the Mosh Pit.

New stuff this week 3/19/07

Type O Negative
Dead Again
SPV
77:33 – 10 Tracks
Pete and the boys are back… Finally! This album is everything you’d expect from Type O Negative, and more! It is a throwback to some of the older stuff… kind of raw, heavy, yet melodic and angry and all that good stuff. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Operator
“Soulcrusher” EP
Atlantic
7:09 – 2 Tracks
Just a 2 song ep thing, it sounds like Soundgarden/Audioslave… more in the hard rock vein, which means, you may not hear it on the Mosh Pit.

Poison the Well
Versions
Ferret
42:04 – 12 Tracks
Grungy experimentally metal stuff here. I thought I remembered these guys being more metal. It’s a bit plodding and kind of slow. The bio sheet compares them to The Bled, Deftones, Isis. I’m not a big fan of these bands, so, well, this doesn’t do much for me either. You may hear it… if you want to hear it for sure, request it!

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
II
Ferret
40:38 – 11 Tracks
This came in the same package as the Poison the Well. Same label n stuff. This has a bit more of a stoner metal feel to it. A little like CoC with some Clutch.

In This Moment
Prayers EP
Century Media
11:44 – 3 Tracks
At first, I saw female singer, Century Media records… another prog-black-power metal with the chick singer… and it’s not! It’s more like some of the heavy melodic death music, but with mixed in with some metal-core but with more of an Otep feel… the singer does clean sing, but also will throw out some awesome growls. You will probably hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Clutch
From Beale Street To Oblivion
DRT
48:30 – 12 Tracks
It’s Clutch! The great thing about Clutch, is you know what to expect. This is classic Clutch. Catchy, hard rockin’, thick meaty riffin’ music. They still have the keyboard guy in the band, filling the sound out with some classic Hammond organ. They aren’t doing anything new really, but it’s great to have a new batch of Clutch songs to rock out to… You’ll hear this on the ‘Pit!

Naglfar
Harvest
Century Media
45:27 – 9 Tracks
It’s great to have some classic dark black-death metal. I’ve always liked the stuff Naglfar puts out, it’s got some cool melodic hooks, yet dark and heavy. Some of the vox are a little like Cradle of Filth, but not so cheesey. It’s good stuff, you’ll hear it on the Mosh Pit!

Temple of Brutality
Lethal Agenda
Demolition
33:50 – 10 Tracks
Starts off sounding a bit like Exodus with some lower budget production. The vocals aren’t much like Exodus. So, yeah, comparing this to Exodus throws it into the general thrashy metal realm. It’s not too bad, not awesome. You might hear it on the Mosh Pit.

Middian
Age Eternal
Metal Blade
57:11 – 5 Tracks
Well, this band came from the ashes of the band YOB, who, are well, about the same as Neurosis. If you know Mike and I, we dislike Neurosis, as it’s just not our thing. Music going on and on, with no real payoff. “Experimental” is what they like to call it. Well, you probably won’t hear this on the ‘Pit.

Life In Your Way
Waking Giants
SolidState
41:21 – 11 Tracks
This musically started off like some happy emo boy band guitar riff, but gets into some heavy metalcore screamin’ stuff. But then it moves around to some generic metalcore with emo-melodic clean vocals here and there. Some of the music and riffs are catchy. Since we haven’t had any metalcore in a while, or anything from SolidState, you’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit.

Funny Money
Stick It
Corksniffer
50:34 – 12 Tracks
This band features a few guys from Kix. It’s good old time hard rockin’ stuff. Funny lyrics, you know all that funny 80’s hard rock stuff. You may hear this on the Mosh Pit, you know, for something different.

New stuff this week 3/12/07

Symphorce
Become Death
Metal Blade
48:02 – 10 Tracks
Well well, this thing starts off fast and heavy! Not the typical whiney power metal you would expect right off the bat. The intro to the first song even has some blast beats! The music on this sure is heavier and darker than their past stuff. It’s a bit more thrashy and not as power metally. Some of the songs get to be a bit more like Hammerfall and the like, but these guys still have the metal inside of them. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

This Moment
Star<Parallel
Uprising
37:43 – 12 Tracks
This is all screamo-hardcore. It’s pretty heavy, well engineered, some cool riff/hook/melodies and nice and angry sounding too. This sounds better than the average metal hardcore stuff these days too. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

The Funeral Pyre
The Nature of Betrayal
Prosthetic
43:06 – 8 Tracks
Well, I don’t know how they do it, but Prosthetic Records just keep churning out some of the purest metal of any label around. This album is pretty much straight up black metal. They have that swedish melody working for it in the background, but maintain a thrashy deathmetalness about it. The drumming is intense, keyboards exist just enough to add a layer of darkness. It’s heavy. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Dead Men Dreaming
Dead Men Dreaming
SOR
39:56 – 10 Tracks
Alright, who signs these bands? They sound very “local” and in this day and age, with computers and ProTools and all that, can’t a band have a clean, not boomy sounding album? I mean, I wouldn’t say anything about it, but it’s just so distracting when the bass drum hits. The vocals are “clean”, the hooks, melodies and all that sound kind of catchy, and more in the vein of pre-metal hard rock. I guess it would fit in the same genre category of Tool. This is along the lines of if we can squeeze it in, we’ll play it.

Machine Head
The Blackening
Roadrunner
61:02 – 8 Tracks
Machine Head!! This album kicks off with their 10 minute plus epic “Clenching The Fists of Dissent” and has everything one could ever ask for in a metal song. After that, the album just crushes through more of the classic thrash that is Machine Head. They aren’t breaking any new ground here, but it does hearken back to the days of Burn My Eyes. There are a few long songs on there too… two 10+ minute tracks and two 9+ minute epics. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!!

Lordi
The Arockalypse
The End
I don’t know much about these guys, except they are kind of a Euro phenomenon, as they won some sort of an “Idol” contest over there. They sound a bit like a power metal motorhead. Just plain hard rock songs with some gravelly vocals. It just seems a little cheesey, but I think that’s part of the joke… right? You may hear this on the Mosh Pit

From last week… which finally arrived!

Mendeed
The Dead Live By Love
Nuclear Blast
57:38 – 13 Tracks
The bio sheet says it’s something like Slayer-tinged thrash mixed with some Avenged Sevenfold and Darkest Hour. And of course, since I repeated it here, I have to agree. This is a little different for Nuclear Blast, but again, one shouldn’t pigeonhole a sound to a certain record label these days. It’s fast, metal and not too bad, you will probably hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Sirenia
Nine Destinies and a Downfall
Nuclear Blast
46:21 – 10 Tracks
This came in the same package as the above Mendeed CD. Now this thing starts right off with what I was expecting. Former Tristania vocalist’s project, this sounds pretty much like ever other female fronted euro metal band. For that reason, we’re a bit burned out and file this in the “maybe we’ll play this” category.

Manowar
Gods of War
Magic Circle
73:49 – 16 Tracks
Over Seventy Three minutes of shirtless cheese! They seem to have become more of an epic concept album band of late. They aren’t doing anything all that new, but they ARE Manowar, so I think it’s illegal to say anything bad about ’em. Unlike Machine Head who you want to hear new stuff that doesn’t necessarily break new ground, this Motorhead has the same chugga power metal beat and sound of their last few albums. This is a maybe too… We did play one track last week… so we’ll see.

Infernaeon
A Symphony of Suffering
Prosthetic
31:03 – 6 Tracks
This kind of takes the classic Floridian death metal sound with a Glenn Benton type at the vocals, with some euro-black metal sound. It’s pretty cool… now that we have it, we might just have to play it!!

New stuff this week 3/5/07

Bloodjinn
This Machine Runs On Empty
Pluto
46:37 – 10 Tracks
These guys are kind of thrashy, melodic, and heavy. I’d say it’s right up there in the trashy metalcore stuff, but really, without all of the annoying stuff that makes metalcore metalcore. The bio sheet tells me that it’s RIYL: “Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, A Life Once Lost.” I can hear the KsE stuff, but without the whiney chorus stuff, the chugga chugga metal of Lamb of God and just all out metal. This is good stuff, you will hear it on the Mosh Pit!

Big Business
Here Come The Waterworks
Hydra Head
40:45 – 8 Tracks
Kind of a big hard rock sound musically a bit like Clutch. Some of it also reminds me of Life of Agony. The Sound is good, clear and clean, cool riffs and a nice big boomy drum sound. It’s good grungy stoner metal, compared to Melvins, High on Fire and Sabbath on the bio sheet. You may hear this on the Mosh Pit.

Jesu
Conquerer
Hyra Head
57:56 – 8 Tracks
Right off the bad, the bio compares them to Isis. Now when I see that, I think, blech. But, as an objective radio type person, I feel obligated to listen to everything I get and listen with an open mind. So, yeah, I put this in and, after I woke up, yawwwwnnn. Just some really distorted guitar graggin’ along with some poppy/rock vocals over it. This is definately not material for the Mosh Pit.

Unsane
Visqueen
Ipecac
42:07 – 11 Tracks
I’m familiar with this band name, and some of their music in the past, and the only thing that I remember is that I didn’t really care for them too much, but as I said before, I have to be impartial when first listening… This is alright. Just pretty much straight ahead hard rockin’ stuff. Kind of grungy, plodding, stoner-metaley, yet still in your face. Some tracks have some pretty cool grooves and stuff. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit.

Black Sabbath
“The Devil Cried”
Rhino
20:44 – 4 Tracks
This is a single/sampler from the Dio Years box set type thing, and well, the reunion that is called Heaven and Hell. This song though is about what you’d expect from Dio/Sabbath. Good stuff. You’ll hear this on the Pit!

Dominici
A Trilogy Part 2
InsideOut
54:30 – 9 Tracks
The original singer from Dream Theater comes back with his latest solo effort. It sounds pretty good. It’s still prog-metal though. He has that kind of higher screamy voice. The music is crisp and clean, not too crazy complex. The music is very similar to Dream Theater, so you pretty much know what you’re gettting here. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit.

There’s more stuff that’s supposed to be here this week, but it’s not!

69 Eyes, Mendeed, Sirenia, Manowar, Infernaeon…  So, maybe we’ll have that for next week or yet this week !!

New stuff this week 2/26/07

Battlelore
Evernight
Napalm Records
42:55 – 9 Tracks
This starts off as yet another heavier band with a soft voiced female vocalist… similar to Lacuna Coil. Then it’ll kick in with some cool death metal growls here and there. The music is pretty good

Daath
The Hinderers
Roadrunner Records
48:23 – 13 Tracks
This release has it all. Black metal, industrial, thrash, everything good in metal. The production is crisp and tight, drums are a little too triggered on some tracks, but it’s just a cool CD. As I said, it has black metal elements, mix in some of the better stuff from Chimaira, Exodus, you name it. On track 11, “Dead on the Dance Floor,” it starts off with some techno-dance beat, add some guitar, and eventually it just kicks in to some speedy thrash metal. It’s just neat how it all mixes together so well. You will hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Emmure
Goodbye To Gallows
Victory Records
29:32 – 10 Tracks
This is pretty much the new wave of metalcore sound. Not so much in the way of whiney choruses, just pretty all out heavy, with some cool breakdowns here and there. In place of the whiney chorus, it’s just some angry-type shouting. It’s not too bad, You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit

Leng Tch’e
Marasmus
Relapse Records
39:48 – 16 Tracks
This is pretty thrashy, grindy, and deathy. The bio sheet mentions they have more death metal riffage added to their grind assault. Since I don’t remember their old albums, this is pretty cool, it’s a bit more metalled up Napalm Death. There is some complex riff and drum combos here too. The cookie monster vocals mixed along with the screams make it work pretty well. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

November’s Doom
The Novella’s Reservoir
The End Records
46:01 – 8 Tracks
Chicago’s doom metallers are back with a new album. This time around they don’t seem to be screwing around so much. It’s much more of a death metal release than their slow Opeth-like music. Since I prefer heavier stuff in general, this is a welcome CD. It’s heavy, thrashing, yet melodic in parts, as a lot of November’s Doom stuff has been. This might be my favorite release from these guys in a long time! You will hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Point One
“Monochrome Mistress”
Adrenaline Music Group
3:40 – 1 Track
Just another single from these guys. It’s a pretty straightforward hard rock band. Seems like a lot of fun and all, but the Mosh Pit is more about metal. If there’s time, we might get around to playing this… but don’t count on it.

Shadows Fall
“Redemption” Single
Atlantic Records
Well, one song from Shadows Fall from their forthcoming album. What can I say, it’s Shadows Fall. There’s nothing really new here, a lot of singing, some great riffing, drumming, etc. It’s just a stereotypical Shadows Fall song. I wish I could say more! You’ll still hear it on the Mosh Pit!

Type O Negative
“The Profits Of Doom” Single
SPV
15:27 – 2 Tracks
Finally! Type O Negative is back! This cd is just the 10+ minute album version and an edit. It is classic Type O though. If you liked any other Type O Negative, I think you’ll like this. It’s got some heavier parts, and some more droney jam-type parts. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!