Sabbatory – “Endless Asphyxiating Gloom”. Sabbatory gives us a basic yet thrilling headbanger of a death metal album. The band promotes heavy moshing and drinking with their riffing and the result is an annihilation of your ears as well as your neck. 3 out of 5
When it comes to ‘epic metal’ or ‘power metal’, people usually think of Dragonforce or maybe even Iced Earth. Yet, when I think of Battleroar, I think of something more than just pre-existing music endeavors. No, Battleroar is something of itself and something great. Yes, the band may spark debates of “They sound like this band and that band”, but I truly believe Battleroar is something rather new and exciting.
I was just browsing this internet for any bands with the name “Grimnir” and low and behold I find one called Grimner. Grimnir is one of Odin’s many names and if you know me, I love Norse mythology and the entire universe within. To find a brand new band with this name with a new release is just dumb luck and I definitely put it on my review list. What is Grimner though? How about some of the best melodic death pagan/viking metal I’ve heard in a long time! From Sweden too, so I knew it was going to be authentic and true.
Wizard Castle – “White Breath”. Sonic rock group providing us solid sounds, thick riffs and chunky groove. Keeping things going with a constant bounce, these guys give us something rather different when it comes to rock or post-rock. They have a sound that touches many genres and the result is an entertaining and enjoyable listen. 3.5 out of 5
When good death metal and melancholic doom metal meet, you usually get a damn good sound and an emotionally great result out of not only the vocalist but the music as well. Decembre Noir does not disappoint on this front as the music on “A Discouraged Believer” is as sorrowful as Woods of Ypres’ latest release. Instead of baritone singing though, we get low end raspy death metal growling and it’s a dreadful kick in the balls…..yet you’ll love every single bit of it.
Dark Century – “Murder Motel”. Decent death metal with aggressive mentality throughout and cheesy lyrics. Vocals aren’t bad but don’t pay attention to what he is saying. Other than the elementary lyrics that you shouldn’t take seriously, the band reminds me of Exhumed in a way. 3 out of 5
I hate to jump the gun on this as only one source is making the report but Styleweekly reports that David Brockie was found in his apartment by his roommates Sunday evening and says close ‘numerous sources’ gave them the info.
“Roommates found Brockie’s body at his home Sunday evening, with friends and others posting condolences and remembrances across Facebook late into Monday morning. “I wish it was a joke,” says former band member Chris Bopst, a music writer for Style. “Everyone is in shock.””
As you’ve heard from this past week, Angela Gossow said “SEE YA!” to being a front woman for Arch Enemy and to ‘enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests.’ My wife pointed out a good theory: She had a baby and just wants to be home with the child. I think that is a good reason to quit a band. Yet, even with that said, she will still manage the band and possibly still be a ‘voice’ for them in a PR sense, even though The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz has been chosen to take the spot and then part ways with her band. Whoa, so who took Alissa’s spot? A young lady named Vicky Psarakis. Now that the rosters have changed, let’s listen to what these new bands sound like. Starting with The Agonist.
From here on out, until I get bored of using it, I will post my top albums I listened to over the past week. I will always post these on Sunday nights. Without further ado, here is the top (19) albums of the week.