October 8th, 2013 at 8:48am
Beaten To Death - Dødsfest! (Mas-Kina)
Earthless - From The Ages (Tee Pee)
Ghost Avenue - Ghost Avenue (Pitch Black)
Gypsy Chief Goliath - New Machines of the Night (Pitch Black)
Herrschaft - Les 12 Vertiges (Code 666)
King’s Call - Lion’s Den (Mausoleum)
Korn - The Paradigm Shift (Prospect Park)
Mörkö - Itsensänimeävä (AAP)
Promethium - Origins (Sky Rocket)
Running Wild - Resilient (SPV)
Secrets Of The Sky - To Sail Black Waters (Kolony)
Spiralarms - Freedom (SPV)
Strangelight - 9 Days EP (Sacrament)
Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X (Kscope)
The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour (Prophecy)
October 2nd, 2013 at 9:00am
Ratings are on a 5 star scale.
Abyssous – ‘Smouldering’ (Iron Bonehead)
Iron Bonehead Productions
Genre: Death Metal
The geniuses at Iron Bonehead Productions have another vicious slab of down n’ dirty vinyl for you in the form of …Smouldering, the first full-length from Germany’s Abyssous. Mostly just a re-release of a demo with a few additional tracks and new artwork, …Smouldering is a smoldering pile of old school blackened death metal obviously influenced by very early Sodom and Kreator.
Lots of murky riffs, a galloping tempo, muted growls, and an analog production characterize Abyssous’ approach. Typical and rather basic, the songwriting greatly varies in quality; but, it will appeal to those with a penchant for the old school.
Argus – ‘Beyond the Martyrs’ (Cruz del Sur)
Cruz del Sur Music
Genre: Doom/Power Metal
Ah, Argus. Not the hundred-eyed giant of Greek mythology mind you, but the epic doom band from Pittsburgh. Doesn’t sound quite so fantastic, but rest assured, their album Beyond the Martyrs is.
Upping the power metal element from 2011′s Boldly Strides the Doomed,Argus have crafted a rollicking and triumphant album full of galloping riffs charging into battle, uplifting solos and Butch Balich’s powerful and operatic vocals. Think Big Business’s Jarred Warren singing in the style of Dio. Beyond the Martyrs is a mighty mix of doom and power appealing to a wide range of fans from doomsters through to Maiden-heads.
Atlantean Kodex – ‘The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth)’ (Cruz Del Sur)
Cruz del Sur Music
Genre: Epic Power Metal
While Bavarian epic metal band Atlantean Kodex have always favored writing records about swords and sorcery, legendary quests and great tales from folklore, they have gone even deeper into the underbelly of the pagan mythos with their second full-length. The White Goddess (A Grammar of Poetic Myth) explores the darker aspects of pagan rites and rituals.
While they still draw upon Viking metal to define the core of their sound,The White Goddess is heavier and more lush, with more doom metal elements and a smokier, grittier feel that serves the record well. It is also a more varied and dynamic record, striking the right balance between cinematic, sweeping vistas and emotional intimacy. While it runs almost an hour, not a minute of the record is wasted or strained, and Atlantean Kodex have wrought a fine piece of musical drama that has proven itself deserving of the epic metal label.
Black Moth – ‘The Killing Jar’ (New Heavy Sounds)
New Heavy Sounds
Genre: Stoner Rock
British stoner rock band Black Moth combine thick smoky guitar tones with a rollicking noise rock sensibility on their latest record The Killing Jar. There’s a great tension and contrast between the instrumentation, which is heavy on the low end and soaked in filth and fuzz, and Harriet Bevan’s clear, vampy vocals. Her performance has a clear sweetness and cheek that cuts through the buzzing guitars and thick, luscious drum rolls.
The production is spot on as well, courtesy of Jim Sclavunos (The Cramps, Grinderman), with just enough dirt, dynamic range and teasing, sleazy charm. With deep, seductive grooves and the occasional neck-breaking tempo change to keep things interesting, The Killing Jar is one of those records that will surprise you with how delicious and infectious it is.
Bloody Hammers – ‘Spiritual Relics’ (Soulseller)
Genre: Stoner Metal
If you’re expecting the kind of music that would invoke a picture of bloody hammers (i.e. death metal), best keep looking. While Spiritual Relics has all the impact of a hammer, it hits the mark, not your bleeding thumb. The figurative nail being hammered out is largely comprised of heavy, fuzzed-out guitars and clean, proclamatory vocals accented with just the right amount of moog/synths, lending a dark aura.
A doom atmosphere pervades and at times a goth sensibility peeks around the shadowy corners of their crunchy stoner riffs. It’s a rocking good time; accessible and infections. Bloody Hammers may remind you of bands like Monster Magnet.
October 1st, 2013 at 8:55am
Abyssous - …Smouldering Re-Release (Iron Bonehead)
The Answer - New Horizon (Napalm)
Argus - Beyond The Martyrs (Cruz del Sur)
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth) (20 Buck Spin)
Black Moth - The Killing Jar (New Heavy Sounds)
Blind To Faith - Under The Heptagram EP (A389)
Bloody Hammers - Spiritual Relics (Soulseller)
A Breach Of Silence - Dead Or Alive (Eclipse)
Broken Hope - Omen Of Disease (Century Media)
The Browning - Hypernova (Century Media)
Cleric - Gratum Inferno (Tofu Carnage)
Concrete - Dawn Of Revival (Mulligore)
Daksinroy - Tournament Of Destruction (Blacksnake)
Deathpoint - Sinister (Spread The Metal)
Drottnar - Stratum (Endtime)
Empire Of Rats - Empire Of Rats (A389)
Fates Warning - Darkness In A Different Light (Inside Out)
Goregast - Covered In Skin (FDA Rekotz)
Hearts & Hands - My Own Machine (Artery)
Hed(p.e.) - The Best Of Hed(p.e.) (Suburban Noize)
Horisont - Time Warriors (Metal Blade)
Imperial Triumphant - Goliath (Vatican)
In Solitude - Sister (Metal Blade)
Iron Man - South Of The Earth (Metal Blade)
Masada - Hideous Rot EP (Blood Harvest)
Master - The Witchhunt (FDA Rekotz)
The More I See - The Disappearing Humans (Earache)
Mephistopheles - Sounds Of The End (Willowtip)
Oceano - Incisions (Earache)
Praise The Flame - Profane Cult EP (Blood Harvest)
Sawthis - Youniverse (Bakerteam)
Scar The Martyr - Scar The Martyr (Roadrunner)
Serocs - The Next (Comatose)
Shameless - Beautiful Disaster (RSR)
Sinheresy - Paint The World (Bakerteam)
Slutvomit - Swarming Darkness (Invictus)
Soulfly - Savages (Nuclear Blast)
Strangelight - 9 Days (Sacrament)
Terrorway - Blackwaters (Bakerteam)
Thought Chamber - Psykerion (Inside Out)
Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain (Season Of Mist)
Unbeing - Unbeing (BLK COQ)
Vulture Industries - The Tower (Season Of Mist)
The Walking Dead Orchestra - Architects of Destruction (Klonosphere)
When The Deadbolt Breaks - Drifting Towards The Edge Of The Earth (EarOne)
September 30th, 2013 at 8:50am
According to The Wrap, METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opened this weekend to an estimated $1.67 million — the best opening for a concert film ever at IMAX theaters. The movie, which debuted on 308 3D IMAX screens, earned an estimated $780,000 on its first day. That gave the film a per-location average of $5,482. A blend of concert movie and fictional narrative, it will expand to 650 theaters next weekend.
Financed by the METALLICA members themselves at a budget of $18 million, “Metallica Through The Never” is the first new release via Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, which reopened its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm. The film, written and directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll”, “Predators”), stars members of the iconic rock band and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″). DeHaan plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.
“The hardest thing in Hollywood is trying to sell an idea that has no point of reference,” METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told the Los Angeles Times. “If you can’t sit there and go, ‘It’s like ‘The Bourne Identity’ meets ‘Private Ryan’ meets ‘Star Trek’, they just look at you like, ‘What are you talking about?’”
September 25th, 2013 at 9:43am
Ratings are on a 5 star scale.
Akris – ‘Akris’ (Domestic Genocide)
Domestic Genocide Records
Genre: Sludge Metal
On many metal albums, the bass is buried deep in the mix. Not so withAkris on their self-titled full-length debut. Helena Goldberg is the band’s vocalist and bassist, and her bass sounds like it’s mixed even higher than her vocals.
Akris is sometimes groovy and catchy, other times more experimental and dissonant. Even though the music is metal, Goldberg’s vocals add a punk vibe to the proceedings. From soft crooning to banshee screams, she displays a wide variety of styles. The thunderous bass gets fatiguing at times, but the payoff is worth it. This is an intriguing and ultimately rewarding listen.
Coldspell – ‘Frozen Paradise’ (Escape)
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Sweden’s Coldspell play straight ahead melodic metal with driving guitar riffs and catchy choruses. Formed in 2005 by guitarist Michael Larsson, their third record is Frozen Paradise. The songwriting possess an AOR influence and it features an abundance of keyboard melodies. They mainly rely on vocalist Niklas Swedentorp’s catchy choruses to draw the listener in.
Their latest material is the best of their career and Larsson shines with his lead guitar playing. The production is outstanding as Tommy Hansen was brought in to mix the record. The sound and overall feel of the release is close to modern day Pretty Maids, whom Hansen also works with. Coldspell, while creating good material, aren’t quite on the same level of songwriters as Pretty Maids.
Dark Age – ‘A Matter of Trust’ (AFM)
Genre: Modern Metal
Germany’s Dark Age started out as a straightforward melodic death metal outfit. With each successive release they have adopted more pop metal sensibilities. Now with their seventh release A Matter of Trust,they have finalized their transition and eliminated almost all elements of their death metal past. By also including electronic elements into their songwriting the band is tailored made for modern radio.
Vocalist Elike Freese has a dynamic voice and his utilization of his melodic range is a major strength of the band. Filled with groove orientated guitar riffs and grandiose melodies the band has no shortage of hooks. “Out of Time” showcases what the band does best, with its driving up-tempo beat and mixture of Freese’s aggressive and melodic vocals.
Daylight Misery – ‘The Great Absence’ (I For An I)
I For An I Records
Genre: Melodic Death/Gothic Metal
The Great Absence is the second album from the Greek band Daylight Misery. As on their debut, they bring aboard several guest musicians on this one, including members of Rotting Christ, Nightfall, Illdisposed and Dark Fortress.
Daylight Misery play melodic death metal infused with a depressive, gothic atmosphere. The songs are generally mid to uptempo, but the mood is downbeat. There are some melodic vocals, but much of the melody on the album comes from really catchy guitar lines. There’s a lot of diversity as well, such as including strings on the somber “Futile Salvation.”
September 24th, 2013 at 5:00am
Angrenost - Planet Muscaria (Code 666)
Another End - Whispers From… EP (Mulligore)
Black Label Society - Unblackened CD/DVD (eOne/Eagle Rock)
Coldspell - Frozen Paradise (Escape)
Dark Age - A Matter of Trust (AFM)
Dawn Of Tears - Act III: The Dying Years (Inverse)
Daylight Misery - The Great Absence (I For An I)
Dream Theater - Dream Theater (Roadrunner)
Fyrnask - Eldir Nótt (Temple of Torturous)
Glamour Of The Kill - Savages (eOne)
Hirax - Immortal Legacy (SPV)
Invsn - Invsn (Razor & Tie)
Lustre - Wonder (Nordvis)
Metallica - Through The Never Soundtrack (Blackened)
Obelyskkh - Hymn To Pan (Exile On Mainstream)
Onslaught - VI (AFM)
Sarke - Aruagint (Indie)
Toiling Midgets - Live at the Old Waldorf, July 21, 1982 (Ektro)
Vàli - Skogslandskap (Prophecy)
Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit - Vertilger (Temple of Torturous)
Vorna - Ajastaika (Inverse)
WolfPakk - Cry Wolf (AFM)