Sweet Cobra Unleash Earth On July 17th (Album Review)

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Chicago’s Sweet Cobra combine killer ballsy riffs with heartfelt vox to make Earth, their latest album, a unique listening experience that is easily one of the heavy highlights of 2015. [Read more…]

Rammstein Singer Joins With Hypocrisy’s Peter Tagtgren For Lindemann, Debut Album Skills In Pills Out Now!

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The only thing scarier than not completely understanding the words coming out of Till Lindemann’s German sung Rammstein songs is finally being able to understand them on his latest offering, Skills In Pills, which he completely sings in English. I’ll admit to not being familiar with Peter Tagtgren’s work with Hypocrisy but his work here as co-conspirator, collaborator….whatever you’d like to label him is indisputably pure magic. [Read more…]

Demon Hunter and ex-Project 86 members Invade Electronica With NYVES

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I love both Demon Hunter and Project 86 so a pairing between the singer of one of those bands and the ex- of another should be a no-brainer instant love fest, right? Not so fast there because what you might expect this to sound like is so far away from what it actually is. Instead of this post-metal thrashfest fueled by Ryan Clark’s undeniable vocal chops and Randy Torres’ guitars, listeners are treated to something else entirely: Electronic bliss [Read more…]

Straight Line Stitch Return With New EP Transparency, Available June 30th

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For some reason, I just never clicked with Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch. Gahd knows they’ve shared the stage with enough of the bands I really dig but for some reason I never paid attention. Friends, I’m telling you now, after listening to their latest EP Transparency I’ll be paying attention a whole lot more. And so will you. [Read more…]

Mutoid Man Release Bleeder On June 30th (Album Review)

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Warning: About two and a half minutes into “Bridgeburner”, the opener for Mutoid Man’s latest album Bleeder, this glorious melee of riffs and drums bombards listeners ears and may cause sudden uncontrollable headbanging. [Read more…]

Black December Debuts Vol. 1, 16Volt Fans Rejoice

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Man, Eric Powell is pissed off. If you thought 16Volt was the be all/end all of Powell then you ain’t heard nothing yet. Rising from the ashes of that industrial juggernaut, Black December might share some 16Volt traits but is something else entirely despite sharing the vocalist. Sure, opener “With This Ending” has enough of those memorable hooks and big choruses that set 16Volt apart from the rest but it’s fueled by this primal intensity not heard from Powell in some time. As a whole, Vol. 1 is a visceral beast and filled with enough rage this side of a Bush-era Ministry album. [Read more…]

Servant Sun Deliver Big Hooks On Self-titled EP

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With just three songs, Servant Sun’s self-titled EP packs a punch. Like Killswitch Engage’s younger brother but without the constant viciousness and these grand Alexisonfire moments, Servant Sun tow the line between light prog, alternative, and heavy rock perfectly. And those choruses! They’re undeniably huge and will draw you into their world instantaneously. For that, thank Andrew Macdonald who emotes and croons and screams with a voice that fills listeners with a sense of deja vu but uniquely stands on its own.  [Read more…]

Mutoid Man Slay Boston’s Royale With A Smile On Their Face

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Mixing brutality with levity, Boston via NYC’s Mutoid Man stormed the Royale stage recently while supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan. With a new release almost here (Bleeder, out through Sargent House on June 30th), Mutoid Man treated fans to a slew of those new tracks which fit in seamlessly alongside tracks from 2013’s Helium Head. [Read more…]

Elephant Riders Reissue Debut, Introduce New Drummer With Supernova/Challenger

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When I hear a name like “Elephant Riders”, I immediately think of a certain Baltimore outfit who sings about shoguns named “Marcus” and burning beards so If you’re going to come out of the gates as a band with a moniker like that then you better bring the rawk. Luckily for this review, and for new listeners, Malaga’s Elephant Riders definitely do just that. [Read more…]