Infraktor Ooze Thrash On Crushing Debut Exhaust

Oh, glorious thrash! When done right it slays beyond all and in the case of Infraktor, they do it oh so right! Exhaust, the debut from these Portuguese metallers, is an expertly crafted lesson in how to thrash in the 21st Century and easily sits up there with the latest and greatest from some of the founding fathers of the genre. [Read more…]

The New Age Come Out Swinging On Heartfelt Placebo

Like a hybrid of Circa Survive and The Mars Volta with the mystique of codeseven thrown in for a little extra musical spice, The New Age deliver an emotionally charged magnum opus of a debut with Placebo. [Read more…]

Oxblood Forge Deal Out Sonic Excellence On Death Dealer’s Lament

I sometimes liken my Oxblood Forge listening to that of fellow local heavyweights Wormwood in terms of sonic prowess and, with the recent release of OF’s Death Dealer’s Lament, how far each band has come in terms of determining their own musical identities from release to release. But enough about Wormwood as today, we’re gushing about Oxblood Forge and that aforementioned release. [Read more…]

Huntsmen Bring Epic Americana Rawk On American Scrap

Huntsmen is a weird band to pin down. And I don’t mean that in a negative connotation at all. Far from it! It just means that the band falls under our ever growing category of “enigma wrapped inside a riddle” and American Scrap is an album that encompasses that just as much as it defies genres consistently throughout its’ eight blissful tracks. [Read more…]

Black Moth Deliver Massively Mesmerizing Rawk And More On Anatomical Venus

I was going to start this review off by throwing out a bunch of comparisons then stating “NO! No comparisons needed because they’re indescribable!” but I felt like that did a disservice to Black Moth and the integrity of the hunk of amazing that is coming at your earholes soon in the form of Anatomical Venus. So I went with this opening instead. There’s a few comparisons within. Regardless, Anatomical Venus is the bee’s knees. And then some. And then some more. [Read more…]

MadMan’s Choice Modernize Old School Grunge On Derailed

If Corrosion Of Conformity and Alice In Chains ever had an illegitimate love child then, chance’s are, it’d grow up to be Sweden’s MadMan’s Choice. With similar vocal harmonies, expansive choruses, and indisputably crushing riffs, MadMan’s Choice transports listeners to the mid-90’s but with an updated sound and vocals like David Coverdale meeting Stephen Pearcy. [Read more…]

JIRM Shorten Name, Expand Sound On Massive Surge Ex Monumentis

Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus is dead, long live JIRM. With a new moniker and a re-energized focus, the band formerly known as Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus (I seriously shit you not, that was their name!), returns with Surge Ex Monumentis which is an enthralling slab of prog rawk regardless of what these Stockholm-based rockers choose to call themselves. [Read more…]

LizZard Prove That The Third Time’s The Charm On Compelling And Epic Shift

Damn, this is how you keep your career interesting!

Shift is not Majestic 2.0 nor is it Out of Reach 3.0. This album is a monster of its’ own making. Mature LizZard? Yeah, that’s a thing now. If you’re looking for “The Orbiter” Mach 2 or even “The Roots Within (Majestic)” V.3 then this is not the place for you but if you’ve stuck with these French prog-rawk ingenues through the long haul then album number three will surely leave you thoroughly satisfied. [Read more…]

HEAVEN Create Sweet Synthetic Shoegaze On Sophomore Album All Love Is Blue

NYC’s HEAVEN do it right. What is “it”, you ask? Well, if we’re talking sonically/musically (Which would be the case since this is a music blog) then “it” is everything. On the follow up to 2013’s Telepathic Love, HEAVEN prove that fact and then some on a sophomore outing that has not only been a long time coming but also more than worth the wait. [Read more…]

River Cult Pack Debut Halcyon Daze With Hearty Jams

Beginning with a  hearty jam that Clutch would thoroughly approve of, Brooklyn’s River Cult kick off their debut album with the walloping “Likelihood of Confusion” which in all likelihood will not leave listeners confused as to the rawkin’ intent of this trio. Concluding with a spacious excursion of sound that’s like a mix of “Spacegrass” and Sky Valley-era Kyuss, the lengthy opener still barely scratches the sonic surface of what’s to come. [Read more…]