New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: March 11, 2014

Biblical – ‘Monsoon Season’ (New Damage)

Biblical - 'Monsoon Season'
New Damage Records

Genre: Hard Rock/Psychedelic Metal
The Toronto band Biblical have shared stages with bands including Red Fang, Kyuss Lives! and The Sword. Their debut album Monsoon Seasonhas elements of those bands and a legion of others.

The diverse album has a lot of retro elements, exploring both ’70s proto metal and ’60s psychedelia. You’ll also hear everything from twangy classic rock to fuzzy stoner metal to spacious desert rock. The vocals are sometimes airy and ethereal, other times gritty and immediate. It’s an album that’s tough to categorize, but easy to enjoy.

Rating: 4
(Chad Bowar)

Comeback Kid – ‘Die Knowing’ (Victory)

Comeback Kid - 'Die Knowing'
Victory Records

Genre: Hardcore
Fierce, uncompromising, and unrelenting, Comeback Kid’s new recordDie Knowing sees this band pushing with more energy and fire. This is a marvel of a record, their heaviest yet, that screams right back at you and deserves to be heard.

Nothing has held this band back in the past, and with this new effort, it does not appear than anything will ever get in their way. This is Comeback Kid at their very best.

Rating: 3.5
(Edward Banchs)

Conan – ‘Blood Eagle’ (Napalm)

Conan – ‘Blood Eagle’
Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal
Conan have been trudging across a war-torn wasteland with their monochromatic, self-described “caveman battle doom” since 2007, andBlood Eagle is just one more sluggish step towards being one of the most uncompromisingly heavy bands marching out of Britain.

The dual vocals from Jon Davis and Phil Coumbe feel like warning blasts from a Viking horn cutting through the suffocating weight of their riffs. While they’ll always require patience from those reluctant to wade in their prehistoric quagmire, there’s more groove and less drone for increased accessibility, and “Horns for Teeth” ranks as one of their catchiest songs to date.

Rating: 3.5
(Sean Frasier)


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