Mark Morton Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends On Anesthetic

Listening to Mark Morton’s debut solo album is like listening to the greatest heavy music mixtape of all time. Not only is Anesthetic a coherent flow of genres but the mix of talent involved is a veritable who’s who across the spectrum as well. You have Nu-Metal luminaries (The late Chester Bennington, Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix), Hard Rock Icons (Buckcherry’s Josh Todd, Myles Kennedy), Thrash Metal Gods (Testament’s Chuck Billy) alongside Indie Rawkers (Oni’s Jake Oni), Living Legends (Mark Lanegan), and Singer/Songwriters (Naeemah Maddox) beautifully woven together through Morton’s musical tapestry.

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Within Temptation Return With Fiery Resist

Within Temptation is another one of those bands that has been on my radar for some time and I get the general gist of what they’re all about but never properly dove in before. And like so many times previously documented in these pages, I truly effed up. Especially if previous efforts sounded anything like Resist, Within Temptation’s seventh opus.

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My Ticket Home Bring Familiarly Surreal Sounds To Truly unReal Third Album

What’s “Unreal” here is how effortlessly My Ticket Home seemingly capture the best parts of an entire genre and made it relevant again on their third full-length. It’s 2017. Nu-metal is dead. So what comes next? Some new nu-metal? Sure, why not! Or “puke rock” as the band themselves call it. [Read more…]

36 Crazyfists Return With A Furious Batch Of New Tunes On Lanterns

36 Crazyfists is an odd duck of a metal band. Always have been. They were emo before it was cool within the genre and lumped in with metalcore when it wasn’t. Hell, I even sold my copy of their Roadrunner Records debut because I didn’t give it a chance the first time around but feverishly sought out another copy after a chance hearing of a song or two from that album on a random compilation. [Read more…]

Killing Joke Unleash Pylon, Album Number Fifteen From The Legendary UK Outfit (Album Review)

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Killing Joke is back. Again. Since the reformation of the original line up for 2010’s Absolute Dissent, Killing Joke has continued to impress, surprise, and grow stronger as a band which is a feat unto itself for any outfit together for almost 40 years. On Pylon, their sixteenth studio album, they complete the trilogy (With 2012’s MMXIII sandwiched in there) with perhaps their most masterfully executed album to date. [Read more…]

Turbowolf Impress On Sophomore Opus, Two Hands

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Two Hands, the latest from Turbowolf, is a fun fuckin’ record. Plain and simple. The second album from Turbowolf is sonically like The Sword meets CKY at times and doesn’t let the groove slip for a minute. Propelled by these masterfully structured fuzzed out riffs, beats to die for, and Chris Georgiadis’ unique yowl, Turbowolf epitomize all that could be great in rawk and/or roll. Two Hands will show you why. [Read more…]

36 Crazyfists Up The Metal Ante With Time and Trauma

CD400_inEasily their most solid effort since A Snow Capped Romance, 36 Crazyfists’ sixth album is a triumph from the moment “Vanish (We All Disappear)” bursts from the speakers. That’s not to say the Alaskan metallers have been slacking since that 2004 classic just that Time and Trauma has a newfound vigor and consistency that was seemingly lacking on recent albums. [Read more…]