New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: May 7, 2013

Amber – ‘Lovesaken’ (Halo of Flies)

Amber - 'Lovesaken'
Halo Of Flies

Genre: Post Metal
Lovesaken is the first full-length from Maburg, Germany’s post-metal outfit Amber, following a promising self-titled EP released in 2012. The five-piece combine the strange, elliptical songs structures favored by hands like Isis with heavy, exploratory and occasionally sludgy riffs, delivered with a post-hardcore grandness that recalls Cult of Luna.

While much of the instrumental is solid, even monumental in places, it is the light and ethereal quality of the vocals and occasional guitar experiment that defines Lovesaken. Each song on the five-track record is vast and full, most clocking in around six minutes and the title track reaching ten and a half. Each track listens like a novella, unraveling at its own pace and making the most of the time and weight Amber allow. If their debut piqued listeners’ interests, Lovesaken seals the deal.

Rating: 3.5
(Natalie Zed)

The Amenta – ‘Flesh is Heir’ (Listenable)’

The Amenta – 'Flesh is Heir'
Listenable Records

Genre: Industrial Death Metal
Aussie extremists The Amenta have unleashed Flesh is Heir, their third full length and first since 2008. Moving away from the blackened aspects of previous albums, The Amenta are now firmly based in industrial death metal territory.

Mechanical samples and a general robotic feel augment their death metal machinations. Powerful, crunchy riffs steamroll the listener while multi-textured vocals scream and howl. The kick drum is especially prominent and speedy, following the riffs as is common now. It’s exquisitely executed and plays to the sort of aspects young metalheads are looking for. Flesh is Heir is not your boring old death metal, yet neither is it overly complicated.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)

Blowsight – ‘Life & Death’ (Eclipse)

Blowsight - 'Life & Death'
Eclipse Records

Genre: Hard Rock
The Swedish band Blowsight has a gift for writing radio friendly hard rock, and their latest album Life & Death is packed with potential chart-toppers. Their harder edged tracks like “This Pain” use some harsh vocals, and on the other side of the coin they also are able to pull off ballads.

In addition to crunchy guitars, Blowsight utilize electronic elements for added atmosphere, although sometimes a bit too much for my liking. If you’re a rock or hard rock fan, you’ll find plenty to like with Life & Death.Nick Red is a step above the usual generic hard rock vocalist, and Blowsight know to write catchy, memorable songs.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)


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