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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Meek Is Murder – Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters

meek is murderComing straight from the Brooklyn is the experimental punk hardcore angry band called Meek is Murder. These guys are pretty well known throughout the community with their grind and metal moments. The guitars are loud, the vocals are more than angry, the bass is crunchy and powerful and the drumming is hectic and precise. These butchers know how to slice it just right as Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters is a heavy hitting album.

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Big quick review list: Iron Man, Demonical, Shroud Eater, Empire of Rats, Satans Wrath, Her Dying Regret, Sisters of…, Sworn In, Imperial Triumphant, Pigs & Pyrexia.

iron manIron Man – “South of the Earth”. Decent rock and roll music coming from this band. Would be a perfect opener for Black Label Society. I can see this being a biker bar favorite. 3 out of 5



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Album Review: NAILS – Abandon All Life

a3920671768_10Nails’ description on their Bandcamp page is pretty much a good review for this album: “NAILS is beyond brutality. These grindcore tyrants of the American underground have triumphantly returned with their 2nd full length “ABANDON ALL LIFE”! Like the bands debut album: “Unsilent Death, was recorded with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou. These 10 tracks of barbaric rage have no resemblance to the laughable retro party metal that passes as extreme music in today’s world. Abandon All Life viciously carpet bombs the listener with a horrifying brand of Death/ Grind/ Hardcore chaos. Bludgeoning beatdowns, grinding blasts, hyper-distorted vocals, hard-hitting metallic chugs and early death metal riffs intensifies to a climatic end where the guitars wail and militant drum breakdowns send us marching. With profound hatred, the howling war cry of ABANDON ALL LIFE shows NAILS as a band without equal in their class.” Word.

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Spotlight: BEYOND DISHONOR Actually Provides Us With Some Good Hardcore For Once

beyond dishonor

New Jersey metallers Beyond Dishonor was recently passed my way and I must say, this is something I can get down to. After one single listen to one single song I immediately went to their Facebook page and gave them a like. This song jams and I’d love to review this album if the band gets a hold of me (cough, hint, cough). The writing is not predictable and monotonous like most metalcore/hardcore acts and vocalist Reese Dunlap is a set of lungs man, his screams are gnarly!!!! Watch the new music video they just released “Heisenberg” and see for yourself!!!!

Album Review: Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond the Sun

Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond the Sun

First, I’d like to preface this review with a bit of a confession… with the exception of a few bands, namely the still-active metalcore greats, today’s metalcore scene appeals very little to me, and in fact, often even causes quite a few feelings of outright contempt. After years of listening to some of the bands that helped define the sound of the genre, I have all but entirely quit caring about it. It has become so saturated with shitty bands that I no longer put forth the effort to find worthwhile new bands or albums. In this regard, I’m essentially reliant upon my friends to give me a heads up when something good does come out. Despite actually being a former listener/fan of Shai Hulud, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve given this album much of a chance without being asked to write this review. Luckily for me, however, this is one metalcore (in the original, “metallic hardcore”, sense of the genre) album that isn’t going to fly under my radar.

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Album Review: Road To Horizon – Road To Horizon EP

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Road To Horizon released this little piece to show off that they are coming back in 2013. New tunes, new riffs and some pretty aggressive moments for this type of music. Clean singing that will swoon any pre-teen girl and screams that will call to boys of the same age. This EP just plays out to the younger generation and I know the next time I walk into a Hot Topic I’ll be hearing this over the PA.

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