Need a little slab of metal to end 2014 with a bang and kickstart the new year right? Well, Unearth The Kings plan to deliver on both counts with their debut EP, And Yet It Moves. Featuring members of Pitchshifter, Cars On Fire, and the mighty earthtone 9, And Yet It Moves is an instantly likable, easily listenable 3-track beast that mixes the legendary riffs of Crowbar (and earthtone 9) with a vocal intensity in the style of Keith Buckley. [Read more…]
Silent So Long, the second album from Emigrate, is akin to Soulfly’s sophomore outing in that it’s chock filled with high-profile guests that could easily overpower the band underneath. Luckily the strength of Richard Z. Kruspe’s songwriting and track sequencing skills insures that on this album, Emigrate always shines through. [Read more…]
You know what goes great with Thanksgiving? AC/DC. They’re back with Rock Or Bust, the best stocking stuffer you could give and/or receive this holiday season. [Read more…]
If you’re checking out LiZzard solely on the strength of “The Roots Within” (Which I did) then you’re in for a treat. On their latest, Majestic, LizZard tap into the best aspects of Tool, Chevelle (a la Wonder What’s Next), and combine it with elements of grunge to create a sound that’s a little bit familiar but still a whole lotta new. [Read more…]
A metal icon, a prog innovator, and now the progenitor of the modern rock opera?!?! It’s true! Devin Townsend adds another chit to his belt with the beyond epic Z2 double album. Yep, you read that right: Double. Album. Years in the making and finally fully realized thanks to fans who over-contributed to Townsend’s Casualties Of Cool campaign, Z2 is the epitome of all that has come over the last several years. There’s bits of the 4 album concept in here along with Epicloud and even hints of Casualties Of Cool. [Read more…]
Their frontman looks like Neil Fallon but sounds like Jello Biafra, the band slams down some rawk and/or roll meets punk meets rockabilly, and their latest EP is 9 tracks long but barely clocks in at 20 minutes. They’re called Child Bite out of the great state of Michigan and if that opening statement wasn’t a dead giveaway, they’re here to blow your freaking minds. [Read more…]
I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say that Old Man Gloom albums are somewhat of a cathartic, almost religious, experience. Despite the exercises in sonic extremes, OMG always litter their albums with a certain ambiance that tempers the brutality making the music they create collectively not only unlike anything heard in their respective “day jobs” (Isis, Cave In, Doomriders, Zozobra, Converge, etc.) but also unlike anything out in current heavy music today. Is it magic when these four gentlemen convene in a room together? If The Ape Of God is the sole evidence then the answer is decidedly “yes!” [Read more…]
Surprise albums make for the best albums. You know which ones I’m talking about: Those ones that seemingly come out of nowhere from a band you really love who maybe hasn’t produced an album in, say, eight years or so?
Which brings me to I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness. [Read more…]
What do you get when you put the singer/guitarist from The Trophy Fire, the drummer from Far, and the bassist for dredg in a room to create some new music? Definitely not what you’d expect. On the debut album from Black Map, this trio blows away all expectations and takes listeners on a sonic journey that’s a little bit prog, a little bit hard rock, and a whole lotta heavy with a healthy dose of space rawk thrown in for good measure. [Read more…]
I’m not saying this is the greatest Slipknot album yet…but it kinda is. An album that should not be is now less than 24 hours from being released. Fueled by death and inner turmoil, .5: The Gray Chapter is a fury-filled fuck you to naysayers and a triumphant step forward for the nine.
It’s also a giant fuck you to fired founding member Joey Jordison who many believed was the driving force as far as songwriting was concerned. Just listen to “The Negative One”, Slipknot’s first tease from the album released back in August. Never mind the obvious jab in the song name (“One” was Jordison’s number) all you have to do is take one listen to any of the lyrics within: “I hope you live/To see the day/When your world comes up in flames/And as you die/You see my face/You’re the only one to blame”. And that’s just one refrain. Stylistically this “gift to the fans” showed off strong songwriting with a vicious track that captured the raw ferocity of Slipknot merged with modern technology. [Read more…]