Earth Caller Start 2018 With A Defiant Scream On Crystal Death

Starting off 2018 as loud as possible, Earth Caller return with a vicious slab of metal that totally encapsulates the old school NYHC sound that made bands like Biohazard and Life Of Agony stand out in the mid-’90’s. On Crystal Death, the Melbourne metallers channel hardcore greats by concocting something to honor that sound yet take it light years ahead. [Read more…]

Rex Brown Shows Off Songwriting, Singing, and Soul With Smoke On This…

Pantera was the first concert I ever attended and at said show in April of 1994 vocalist Phil Anselmo, still high on the fact that Far Beyond Driven had crushed expectations to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, declared that if Metallica weren’t going to make solid heavy metal records anymore then Pantera were taking their crown and sitting on the throne from now on. Using a lot of cuss words. [Read more…]

CKY Rise From The Ashes On Aptly Titled The Phoenix

CKY holds a special place in my heart. Like many an early ’00’s band, CKY was introduced to me during the beginnings my record store retail dayz. I’d hear certain albums incessantly and either have them forever seep into my musical consciousness (Like At The Drive-In and Cave In) or have them cause the involuntary act of throwing up in my mouth (So much so that I can’t be brought to mention those bands here). CKY was, luckily, in the former category. [Read more…]

Crowbar Brings The Lumbering Brutality On The Serpent Only Lies

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Crowbar will always hold a special place in my heart. While Pantera is technically the first live “show” I ever attended it was Crowbar, who opened, who will always be the first band I ever saw live. [Read more…]

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 12 (High On Fire, Luminiferous)

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Honestly, I don’t know why I’ve never fully immersed myself in the awesome that is High On Fire. I had a record once (2005’s Blessed Black Wings) but since I’ve only dabbled and been a casual fan. If you’re like me then prepare to slap yourself upside the head for missing out on High On Fire’s brilliance for so long especially after you sink your earholes into their seventh full-length, Luminiferous. [Read more…]

Prong Honor Their Roots On Covers Album, Songs From The Black Hole

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Creating the perfect covers album, much like remix albums to an extent, can be a tricky business at times. It takes the right kind of artist and the right collection of songs for one to really stand out. That said, it fills me with an immense amount of pride to report that Prong is definitely the right kind of band and Songs From The Black Hole is definitely the right collection of songs. [Read more…]

Full Devil Jacket Return 15 Years Later With Sophomore Album, Valley Of Bones

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In anticipation of Full Devil Jacket’s sophomore album, and first in almost 15 years, I recently went back to the FDJ catalog which is not only a refreshing body of solid heavy rock but also still relevant almost two decades on. Much like Valley Of Bones, the soon-to-be released follow-up. [Read more…]