New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 30, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week:
Bobaflex – Hell In My Heart (Megaforce)
Century – Red Giant (Prosthetic)
Eat The Gun – Runner (Metalville)
Entrenched – Preemptive Strike (Horror Pain Gore)
Hackneyed – Carnival Cadavre (Lifeforce)
Kittie – I’ve Failed You (eOne)
Nocturnal Fear – Excessive Cruelty (Moribund)
Pentagram – When The Screams Come DVD (Metal Blade)
Pro-Pain – 20 Years Of Hardcore CD/DVD (AFM)
Shadowside – Inner Monster Out (SHP)
Stray From The Path – Rising Sun (Sumerian)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 23, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week:

All Else Fails – The Oracle, What Was Is and Could Have Been (Suicidal Brides)
Atriarch – Forever The End (Seventh Rule)
Black Tide – Post Mortem (DGC)
Discharge – Desensitise/War Is Hell Re-Release (Candlelight)
Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (Season Of Mist)
ICS Vortex – Storm Seeker (Century Media)
Jorn – Live In Black (Frontiers)
Leprous – Bilateral (InsideOut)
Minushuman – Bloodthrone (Season Of Mist)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 16, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Aliases – Safer Than Reality (Basick)
All Pigs Must Die – God Is War (Southern Lord)
Assassin – Chronicles Of Resistance (SPV)
Attila – Outlawed (Artery)
Chimaira – The Age Of Hell (eOne)
The Cleansing – Feeding The Inevitable (Deepsend)
Moab – Ab Ovo (Kemado)
Psychostick – Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D (Rock Ridge)
Revocation – Chaos Of Forms (Relapse)
Squash Balls – Tnyribal Re-Release (Selfmadegod)
Today Is The Day – Pain Is A Warning (Black Market Activities)
Totimoshi – Avenger (At A Loss)
Voices Of Extreme – Break The Silence (Metalville)
White Arms Of Athena – Astrodrama (Prosthetic)
YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 9, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Arsis – A Celebration Of Guilt Re-Release (Willowtip)
Diamond Plate – Generation Why (Earache)
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony (Nuclear Blast)
Goreaphobia – Apocalyptic Necromancy (Dark Descent)
NewBreed – NewBreed (Metal Mind)
Skalmold – Baldur (Napalm)
Svartsot – Maledictus Eris (Napalm)
Trivium – In Waves (Roadrunner)
Vale Of Pnath – The Prodigal Empire (Willowtip)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 2, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Battlecross – Pursuit Of Honor (Metal Blade)
Beherit – At The Devil’s Studio 1990 (Hells Headbangers)
Bitch – Be My Slave/Damnation Alley Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Brainoil – Death Of This Dry Season (20 Buck Spin)
Bury Your Dead – Mosh N’ Roll (Mediaskare)
Caina – Hands That Pluck (Profound Lore)
Chained and Desperate – Divine Authority Abolishment (Pitch Black)
Cianide – Gods Of Death (Hells Headbangers)
Denial Fiend – Horror Holocaust (Ibex Moon)
Dir en Grey – Dum Spiro Spero (The End)
Excruciator – The Devouring (Heavy Artillery)
Flourishing – The Sum Of All Fossils (The Path Less Traveled)
Hexentanz – Nekrokrafte (Agonia)
Last Winter – The Heart & The Broken Compass (Lifeforce)
Malefice – Awaken The Tides (Metal Blade)
Powerwolf – Blood Of The Saints (Metal Blade)
Unkind – Harhakuvat (Relapse)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 26, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

All Shall Perish – This Is Where It Ends (Nuclear Blast)
As Hell Retreats – Volition (Ain’t No Grave)
End Of Level Boss – Eklectric (Exile On Mainstream)
Fullforce – One (SPV)
Hrizg – Inferno (Moribund)
Isis – Live V: 07.23.06 (Ipecac)
Iwrestledabearonce – Ruining It For Everybody (Century Media)
Jamey Jasta – Jasta (eOne)
Karmakanic – In A Perfect World (SPV)
Malevolent Creation – Death From Down Under DVD (Arctic)
The Quill – Full Circle (Metalville)
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time (Earache)
Serianna – Inheritors (Bullet Tooth)
World Under Blood – Tactical (Nuclear Blast)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 19, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Ave Maria – Chapter One (AAP)
Avichi – The Devil’s Fractal (Profound Lore)
Chelsea Grin – My Damnation (Artery)
Crown The Lost – Cold Pestilent Hope (Gas Can)
Demonical – Death Infernal (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade)
Disma – Towards The Megalith (Profound Lore)
Dying Fetus – History Repeats EP (Relapse)
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade)
The Greenery – Spit & Argue (Prosthetic)
Hail Hornet – Disperse The Curse (Relapse)
I Am Abomination – Passion Of The Heist EP (Good Fight)
It Prevails – Stroma (Mediaskare)
The Konsortium – The Konsortium (Agonia)
Pestilence – Doctrine (Mascot)
Ringworm – Scars (Victory)
Sarabante – Remnants (Southern Lord)
Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command (Relapse)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 12, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Aurvandil – Yearning (Eisenwald)
Baring Teeth – Atrophy (Willowtip)
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise (Tankcrimes)
Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever (Nuclear Blast)
Dischord – Casualties Of War (Diminished Fifth)
Earth Crisis – Neutralize The Threat (Century Media)
Fair To Midland – Arrows and Anchors (eOne)
The Great Commission – Heavy Worship (Ain’t No Grave)
Hekate – Die Welt Der Dunklen Gärten (Prophecy)
Icon In Me – Head Break Solution (Goomba)
In The Nursery – Blind Sound (Plastic Head)
Isis – Live IV: Selections 2001 – 2005 (Ipecac)
Isolation – Closing A Circle (Eisenwald)
J.D. Overdrive – Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood (Metal Mind)
The Living Fields – Running Out Of Daylight (Candlelight)
Lock Up – Necropolis Transparent (Nuclear Blast)
Mayan – Quarterpast (Nuclear Blast)
Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying Re-Release (Capitol)
NeraNature – Foresting Wounds (Metal Mind)
Rhapsody Of Fire – From Chaos To Eternity (Nuclear Blast)
Sepultura – Kairos (Nuclear Blast)
Sleeping Giant – Kingdom Days In An Evil Age (Ain’t No Grave)
Sol Invictus – The Cruellest Month (Prophecy)
Spellcaster – Under The Spell (Heavy Artillery)
SSS – Problems To The Answer (Earache)
Suicide Silence – The Black Crown (Century Media)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 5, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Draconian – A Rose For The Apocalypse (Napalm)
Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory (Relapse)
Harm’s Way – Isolation (Closed Casket)
Intensus – Intensus (Metal Blade)
Morta Skuld – Through The Eyes Of Death : The Early Demos (Relapse)
Murder Death Kill – Instigate Infiltrate Annihilate (Mediaskare)
Shadowside – Inner Monster Out (SHP)
Stream Of Passion – Darker Days (Napalm)
Unearth – Darkness In The Light (Metal Blade)
Whitehorse – Progression (At A Loss)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: June 28, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

The Android Meme – Ordo AB Chao (Magna Carta)
Bohren and der Club of Gore – Beileid (Ipecac)
Burn Halo – Up From The Ashes (Rawkhead)
Degradead – A World Destroyer (Metalville)
Evan Brewer (The Faceless) – Alone (Sumerian)
Faces Of Bayon – Heart Of The Fire (Ragnarok)
The Francesco Artusato Project – Chaos and The Primordial (Sumerian)
Fullforce – One (SPV)
Futur Skullz –Futur Skullz (Kemado)
Isis – Live III: 12.17.04 (Ipecac)
Misguided Aggression – Flood The Common Ground (Year Of The Sun)
Moon – Caduceus Chalice (Moribund)
Mortualia – Mortualia (Moribund)
Queensryche – Dedicated To Chaos (Roadrunner)
Riverside – Memories In My Head (The Lasers Edge)
Seven Witches – Call Upon The Wicked (FrostBytes)
Shraphead – Blind & Seduced (Metalville)

Review: Deadlock – Bizarro World (2011)

Pop music is all relative. Pop music is considered the shenanigan of the mainstream music world; i.e. a gigantic blunder that few give any real credence to. What many fail to realize though, is that pop music is merely a direct focus on melody and hooks, with few other requirements to fall under it’s guise. Few metalheads will admit that some of the greatest singers and song writers of the last 100 years would fall under the moniker of “pop music,” because it flies in the face of their image of the spirited downtrodden outcasts of the music world. However, the great thing about metal (and perhaps it’s greatest irony), is that despite it’s continuous shunning of mainstream concepts by it’s audience, the musicians continue to be true artists, by adopting new ideas that might not otherwise be a part of the scene. This is what makes metal an ever-growing, progressive movement, and realistically, the longest lasting rock music scene that has never truly seen a downturn. Now, outsteps Germany’s Deadlock, and their latest album Bizarro World which combines Euro pop electronica, Gothenburg/American styled melo death, and the greatest aspect of the album and band, the marvelous pop vocals Sabine Scherer. This album has aggression and overall metal attitude, but make no mistake, this is a pop album at heart, and it’s brilliant.

There will be a segment, as always, that will shun Bizarro World out of sheer reaction, but this is an album that reaches far being the well-worn path of melo-death to achieve such creative, melodic songwriting, that it’s hard to imagine the scene existing before this. There will also be a segment of the population that refuses to acknowledges just how monumental this album is, and that’s fine, after all this is all a matter of taste, right? Well, there’s a part of me that cannot acknowledge how one can ignore the mind blowing capabilities of this band, that are literally throttling themselves so as to allow the sensibilities of the pop music to breathe, and not stifle it into yet another tech death album. Deadlock are a VERY accomplished, tight unit that doesn’t write good music by happenstance, but rather a pre-ordained brilliance, that if executed without a metallic shell, would be amongst the great albums of mainstream music, no doubt.

This, despite not being metal beyond it’s convenient shell, will never be an accepted tradition, until metal fans get over their tragic ignorance of pop music, and that’s fine, because it allows true music fans to bask in it’s greatness without having to trifle with ignorance. If you don’t like Bizarro World, that’s fine, but don’t like it on it’s merits (or lackthereof), not because of it’s style.


Similar Artists: Delain, Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, Omnium Gatherum, Scar Symmetry

1.     Virus Jones
2.     State Of Decay
3.     Falling Skywards
4.     Earthlings
5.     You Left Me Dead
6.     Brutal Romance
7.     Alienation
8.     Renegade
9.     Htrae
10.     Bizarro World
11.     Paranoia Extravaganza

Tobias Graf     Drums
Sebastian Reichl     Guitars, Keyboards
Johannes Prem     Vocals
Gert Rymen     Guitars
Sabine Scherer     Vocals
John Gahlert     Bass

Lifeforce Records

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Review: Spellcaster – Under the Spell (2011)

Fiery paced speed metal, and larger than life fantasy topics about molten steel and chainsaw champions, Oregon’s Spellcaster are the latest in the traditional metal craze hitting Europe and America, and I fucking love it! I won’t preach about the need for these types of bands to help ground the metal community, educating us all on the basics of what makes metal great, instead, I will focus on why Spellcaster’s debut album, Under the Spell is pure, unadulterated entertainment that clearly does not take itself too seriously, and fuck does the metal community ever need a dose of humility these days!

From beginning to end, Under the Spell is a ferocious torrent of riff after speed metal riff (note: if anyone wanted to know the difference between speed metal and thrash metal, this is a great album to define that), with tight coordination between dueling riffs, and well paced drums that aren’t under-utilized, or an over-abundant buzzsaw, and of course, entertaining solo’s that don’t melt any brains with their complexity, but fit the nature of the music perfectly.

The only real noteworthy drawback of Under the Spell, and the preceding EP Spells of Speed, is the pitchy and flat vocals of singer Thomas Adams. The man has the pipes to be recognized as legit, but he desperately needs a good vocal coach to bring something more to the table in order to supplement the already outstanding instrumental work of the band. This problem is very reminiscent to Boston’s Ravage, who have all the chops in the world, but severely drop the ball in the vocal department.

All in all though, Spellbound have all the makings of a very promising career, promoted by the fantastic indie label Heavy Artillery who shamelessly stick to old school metal such as this, brandishing album after album of noteworthy material. Hail to the old school, I’ll be humming a few riffs from this album for at least another week longer in the shower (too much? sorry…).

Similar Artists: Jag Panzer, Armored Saint, Metal Church, Ravage


1.     Spellbound
2.     Chainsaw Champion
3.     Molten Steel
4.     Locked On
5.     Power Rising
6.     Nite of the Hellbeast
7.     Sands of Fear
8.     Spellcaster

Gabe Franco     Bass
Shad Covert     Drums
Cory Boyd     Guitars
Tyler Loney     Guitars
Thomas Adams     Vocals

Heavy Artillery

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Review: Wormrot – Dirge (2011)

Wormrot‘s Dirge begins with “No One Gives a Shit” and ends with “The Final Insult.” Those tracks, and the 23 between them, make up some of the most punishing auditory abuse anyone could ever order up.

Clocking in at only 18 minutes, the Singaporean three piece’s second effort does much to live up to the hype machine that was their debut, 2009′s Abuse. And while it by no means eclipses the first record, Dirge serves as a validating reminder for why the Internet metal world became so intoxicated by Wormrot in the first place.

While Abuse opened the world’s eyes to Wormrot, it’s Dirge that will sustain the stare. Fueled by the same driving guitar and pummeling drums, songs come in one minute blasts of frustration, anger, and what one can only assume is merciless social commentary. The vocals alternate between shrieking that would fit right at home on any black metal album and guttural growls. The effect is one that sounds like the two voices are screaming back and forth at each other, when in fact they’re actually the same person. And that is the draw of Wormrot; the band sounds like they’re doing much more than their numbers indicate. With only one guitar and no bass, the riffs are fast, driving and memorable, and they’re accented by drumming that is not only hammering away at an unthinkable BPM for its blast beats, but can easily slide into any groove the guitar leads it through.

On Dirge, Wormrot correctly maintains this same winning formula. Never known as a genre that pushes its limits, Wormrot keeps its grindcore within that special sweet spot that is accented by the almost demo like buzz and hammer of the guitars and drums. The effect is one that stresses just how raw the grind really is.

Dirge probably won’t be the bait that lures in those that haven’t been initiated into grind yet, but it will absolutely tickle the blackened and warped musical brains of current grind aficionados.


Similar Bands: Pig Destroyer, Nasum, Kill the Client, Insect Warfare

1. No One Gives a Shit
2. Compulsive Disposition
3. All Go No Emo
4. Public Display of Infection
5. Overpowered Violence
6. Semiconcious Godsize Dumbass
7. Spot a Pathetic
8. Evolved Into Nothing
9. Butt Krieg is Showing
10. Fucking Fierce So What
11. Ferocious Bombardment
12. Principle Of The Puppet Warfare
13. Deceased Occupation
14. Waste of Time
15. Stench of Ignorance
16. Meteor to the Face
17. Addicts of Misery
18. You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem
19. Erased Existence
20. Back Stabber Mission Aborted
21. Destruct the Bastards
22. Plunged Into Illusions
23. Manipulation
24. A Dead Issue
25. The Final Insult

Fit – Drums

Rasyid – Guitars

Arif – Vocals

Earache Records

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