Review: Our Lost Enemy – Pariah

our last enemyOur Last Enemy, Australia’s answer to mechanical synth driven riff powered metal. This album is tough and the blend of metal riffing and keyboards is a unique experience since this amount of keyboard use is usually saved for symphonic or atmospheric black metal. Does it work or does it get annoying?

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Quick Review: Ars Pheonix – Violent Rain

atrs pheonixI honestly don’t know why this was sent to me and I honestly do not know why I am reviewing this. It’s not metal, not even in the slightest. It’s only related to metal this way: everyone knows that person who listens to way too much 80′s goth pop. This is that and Ars Pheonix is nothing more than that. I’ll admit, sometimes I just have an urge to put on some She Wants Revenge, The Cure or even Depeche Mode…so I can enjoy this a little bit. However, this is an homage to the bigger bands and to keep this style alive.

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Quick Review: Coldwar – Panthiest

30mm_stickerHeavy riffing, ‘Kirk Windstein’ like pissed off vocalist and crushing drum work. This is Coldwar, from Dublin! What I like about this is the constant attack, excellent tone and drum production. Kinda sounds like a mix of Crowbar and Acid Bath, just that down toned pissed off style of music. The aggression is fowl and the result is some gnarly metal.

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Review: Frail Grounds – The Fields of Trauma

frail groundsFrail Grounds is a melodic death metal band from Oslo, Norway. They have a bi-polar mentality when it comes to their song writing as they attack the prog and melodic death senses. Also, the bands features some good ‘death’ growling as well as traditional metal singing. ‘The Fields of Trauma’ is a unique listen and it’s definitely worthy of a try.

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Review: NUKLEAR FROST – Subjugation

nuklear frost logoRiddled with darkness, raw power and a fury that was in the hearts of the black metal barbarians that spawned in the 90′s is ever so present within the debut album from Nuklear Frost. An opening scream of “DIIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” pretty much sets the tone on the second track after a bleak introduction. ‘Subjugation’ is without a doubt a no holds barred, no gimmicks, just straight to the point, kick your teeth in black metal. You are not ready.

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CONFIRMED: GWAR Frontman David Brockie aka Oderus Urungus Is Found Dead

arts_culture5-1I 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.”"

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Let’s Listen To New Music From THE AGONIST & ARCH ENEMY, Then Judge It, Shall We?

Vicky PsarakisAs 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.

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