This will be a quick one. As I have run out of time in my day. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands that always bring furious creative music to my ears anytime I listen to them. It’s almost too much to the point I don’t get it, but I still somehow get it and enjoy what I hear each and every time. When I listen to “One of Us is the Killer“, I am filled with a sense of excitement and the unorthodox riffing always keeps me interested and entertained. One of Us is the Killer is one of those albums you just press play and enjoy yourself, no matter what the situation may be in your day. Beautiful. Chaotic. The Dillinger Escape Plan.
I must apologize for the post last week. I really rustled some jimmies with that “Periphery” review. Trolling/joking aside, I never want this site to be a joke or be known as “That shitty troll metal blog”, nor do I want to become known as an annoying blog like Metalsucks. I’ve just been bored lately and I am just losing the drive to keep writing about metal. I love music and metal will always be my life but it’s becoming stagnant to write about metal on a daily basis and still express myself and be creative at the same time. I’ve lost my integrity honestly. However, I hope to share my thoughts on this beautiful new album by Tesseract.
Warning: This is not constructive criticism. You know what’s one thing I’ll never get? It’s the fact that “djent” has become so popular considering there are no riffs. I mean this is metal right? Metal has riffs. I understand that Periphery has metal elements about them, electric guitars, decent drum work and some over the top vocals. However that just doesn’t matter here as it doesn’t come together to form something decent. This music is really boring you have to really be in the mood to listen to it and enjoy it. There’s just not much going on for it. There are some nice underlying melodies going on underneath the weird/awkward time change plucking but other than that it’s pretty monotonous.
London death metal band Acrania really take a page out of the book of Aborted. With your crazy fast double bass patterns, relentless riffing and intense speeds, Acrania really bring the metal out on this album. I’ve never heard of these guys before I can tell you after one single listen on this album I’m definitely a fan.
Black metal and folk metal, two genres that are pretty damn good separate, and yet I’ve never thought about how it would sound if you combined them both. Thrawsunblat’s new album, “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”, is probably the best result you’ll ever get. To be honest, I’ve been a fan of this band ever since I first heard of Thrawsunblat’s first album, “Canada 2010″. Heavily influenced by life and his surroundings, Joel Violette puts together a wonderful album and the musicians he has brought onto this project make everything come together so beautifully. Rae Amitay on drums and Brendan Hayter on the bass make this release such a step up from Canada 2010, it’s as if they had a major label backing them, million dollar producers and engineers putting forth every bit of musical science into the album. However, this band put together a fundraiser and the fans reacted and come together to help fund this album. With the help of the fans and the masterful musicianship from the band itself, it all resulted in one of the most fulfilling metal releases of the year!!!
Multiple Truths – No One Wins – 1.5 out of 5 - It’s punkish Hatebreed with a chick on vocals. Very in your face and very boring.
Beyond The Shore – Ghostwatcher – 2 out of 5 – It’s generic death/metalcore that just sounds like the aborted child of Emmure and Asking Alexandria. Cheesy moments filled with nothing inspiring musically.
Resolution 15 – Svaha – 3 out of 5 – It’s like progressive hardcore jazz infused elevator moshpit music for your ear holes. It’s different, it’s unique and it’s pretty good.
Death of An Era – The Great Commonwealth EP – 2 out of 5 – It’s a weird mix of deathcore/djent/electronic/metalcore and I’m truly lost and I don’t get it. A polished turd.
Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve – 2.5 out of 5 – I don’t get it. Reminds me of Weird Al Yankovic/The Offspring with a lot of wacky other instruments thrown in. So this is Ska?
Amarok/Hell – Split EP – 3.5 out of 5 – Both bands offer an incredibly long song, each filled with grief and doom. Pretty good stuff.
Acherontas – Amenti – 3 out of 5 – Decent black metal. Rough sound, great vocals and evil music blasting forth into your ear holes. Good headbang material!
Barbaric death metal act Entrails will be releasing a new album on May 14th 2013 called “Raging Death” and this epic journey through timeless classic death metal sound and relentless riffing is just what I needed. Lately, I’ve been blasted with plenty of calm releases and this Entrails album is exactly what I needed to get me headbanging frantically once again!!!! The raw sound, the fury and the non-stop riffing gave me a damn nosebleed halfway through my first listen!
HIM, the most hated band in existence, well if you mention them around other knucklehead metal elitists, have come out with their 8th studio album called “Tears on Tape” and believe it or not, I am actually a fan of this album. I used to listen to HIM back in the day, but after Venus Doom was released, I grew tired of them. Tears on Tape is honestly nothing super brilliant, creative or new…it’s sounds like HIM. Valo still sings emotionally scarred poems of love and lost, and the band still plays semi-aggressive music during the chorus of a song and get incredibly quiet as Valo sings. Still, this is a wonderfully done album that reminds me of the Razorblade Romance/Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights era of the band.
Adora Vivos intrigued me instantly because it was the name of a song on Woods of Ypres’ final album. I HAD to listen to it. Woods is one of the best bands to ever exist and after listening to one single song from Adora Vivos, it’s clear that they are incredibly influenced by Woods’ style and song writing. Ever since Gold’s death, there has been a void left within my soul and it’s hard to find a band to fill that spot again. Well after many “spins” of this new EP from Adora Vivos, it’s left me with a great sense of fulfillment and excitement. Many more bands will come and many more will go. Another band will grant me pure enjoyment and satisfaction like Woods of Ypres once did…..and Adora Vivos have definitely done just that.
The Ocean caught my attention when they released a little piece of music earlier this year. I was immediately interested in hearing more! Well now I’ve listened to Pelagial several times now and I can tell you that both the original and instrumental versions of this album provide a different experience. The original press of Pelagial is amazing, but the instrumental version is entirely different as the music itself let’s your imagination wonder. Beautifully written throughout, The Ocean releases one of the most satisfying musical experiences ever.
Behold! The band that has taken over rock n roll has returned with a powerful and successful sophomore album called “Infestissumam”! Ghost B.C. (Formerly known as Ghost) didn’t truly capture my attention with the release of their first album. However, this time around I get it. Infestissumam is a trip down stoner rock lane with heavy Satanic lyrics and themes. There is no beating around the bush here, this band loves them some Satan. There is nothing else being brought up on these songs except for the worship of their dear under lord. While this band preaches all things unholy, it doesn’t feel overwhelming or cheesy. The way it’s approached and the musical artistry behind it all makes it so enchanting.
Zozobra, the sludge/post-metal group led by Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom), just released their pummeling new mini-LP, Savage Masters, on Brutal Panda Records on 04/02/13. This album marks the first release from the band since 2008′s Bird of Prey on Hydra Head Records and features contributions from Cave In bandmates Adam McGrath (guitar) and J.R. Conners (drums). The end result of this 15 minute album is an unrelenting hardcore-influenced, sludge metal assault on your ear holes. Continue reading →
Patria is a black metal band from Brazil. I have never heard of them before until now, so this will be the first time giving them an honest listen. Right away i can tell that they are stuck in the 90′s considering this isn’t an older band. (Their first release was a demo in 2008) Not saying that there is anything wrong with their sound. Its rather obvious that they stick to the “True” form of early 90’s black metal and pull it off rather smoothly.
Kinetik is one of those bands whom embraced that thick chuggy sound of djent, add some ambient background noise, have a guy of front yelling at you and fantastic rhythmic progression that will win over any fan of this style. Yes, this band delivers on sound, execution and overall sound. If you’re a fan of In Flames, Meshuggah, Intervals and Periphery then this album is a no brainer for you.
Here’s one for you sick Grindcore fans out there. Hailing from Italy SpermBloodShit are bringing some nasty grinds to you from Coyote Records. Imagine if Napalm Death and Cephalic Carnage had a crack baby, that baby would be SpermBloodShit. The Tourette’s Syndrome has 15 disgusting tracks for you to defile your ears with, which is quite a number in my opinion. These guys have created some relentlessly awesome music and I definitely look forward to their future releases.
I am a very big fan of Cough! I think their last two albums were awesome! I’ve been waiting to get my hands on “Reflection of the Negative” since the first time I streamed their half of the split. Windhand is among many other bands that I’ve recently started listening to. Both bands are buddies and very similar to each other, making it a very powerful split. Cough and Windhand both hail from Richmond VA and have been gaining some weight in the metal underground, and its for a very good reason. Both are very talented and offer some great music!
Well when I first heard of “supergroup” death metal act Pyrithion, I was very skeptical. Sure, there is a possibility for immediate success with Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) on vocals and guitars being destroyed by Ryan Glisan (Allegaeon) and Andy Godwin (Embodyment), but can these guys come together to forge the alleged supreme death metal album they hope to release? Fuck yes they can.
Whitechapel is going to release the remastered version of their debut album on April 16th and its one that both excites me and has me asking the question, “why?” I mean the album hasn’t been out that long and you would think the guys would rather record new material. Right? Then again, this album was one of the pioneering releases that put deathcore on the map. I bet if you ask a majority of Whitechapel fans, they’ll tell you that this was the album popped their deathcore cherry. Sure there had been groove death metal in the past, but The Somatic Defilement was something special and still is. To this day, its still my favorite release from them.
Snow White’s Poison Bite, a band I am definitely unfamiliar with, is releasing their new album “Featuring: Dr. Gruesome And The Gruesome Gory Horror Show” on Arpil 16th through Victory Records and my ear holes were not ready. I didn’t know what to expect with a name like that. They bend many genres to their benefit and rock out with a classic creepy vibe, they are one of those bands that would be a perfect fit for a Rob Zombie tour for sure. But do they hold my interest and rock my world? Not entirely.
It’s that time again. Spreaditz is here to unleash stale smoke and unholy doom upon the metal community. Today I am checking out the new Seven Sisters of Sleep album “Opium Mortals” There sound is equivalent to a bulldozer rolling through your neighborhood and destroying everything. Destructive, angry, and dark. Just how I like it! This band has been offering us gritty sludge since there first demo in 2010 and i’m already digging this new release!