In simplifying the complexity of Boston Hard rawkers Jump The Fall you could make the case that it’s as if Ed Kowalczyk is fronting Alter Bridge but they go way beyond that. With Ten Year Guilt: Part 1, they tread a fine line between Hard Rawk, Grunge, and even Glam at points to conjure a special kind of sound that’s all around magical.[Read more…]
Who knows what a potential new Static-X album would’ve sounded like. Would it have been like the more straightforward Metal album Cult Of Static was or would it have been similar to front man Wayne Static’s final (Up until now) recorded work on his solo outing, Pighammer, which tread the line between early Static-X and something else entirely.[Read more…]
If you need something to keep you cool through what is sure to be one helluva hot ass summer, then check out the ice cold temperatures exuding from the sounds of Executioner’s Mask and their new full-length, Despair Anthems. Or as the band tells it, they’re “like drinking an ice cold zima on a hot summer day” which is a fairly accurate descriptor as well.[Read more…]
The lack of exciting, new Industrial music in 2020 has only added to the collective “Whomp whomp!” that is this dumpster fire that we currently call 2020. But all is not lost! Music is still coming out, and more importantly, music like the latest from Dawn Of Ashes which looks to pick up the pace in terms of Industrial heavy hitters.[Read more…]
Skeleton begin Skeleton with “Skeleton”.
I can’t make this shit up!
But I digress.[Read more…]
Sure, there will be more and have been some massive albums from some huge artists in 2020 but, looking at my current tally for favorites of the year, I truly believe that this is the year of the underdog. Like SPICE.[Read more…]
Short and anything but sweet, Entry’s debut full-length is an incendiary blast of Swedish Crust Punk by way of Los Angeles. Featuring a brutal performance from Sara Gregory throughout, Detriment sounds like the result if their fellow Los Angelenos in Youth Code abandoned Industrial and focused their two-pronged attack solely on the Hardcore and the Heavy.[Read more…]
Yearning for more artists to offer up soundtracks for the darkened clubs where wearing all black is a requirement of getting in and you can dance like no one’s watching? Then the debut from Deeper Graves is for you![Read more…]
I’ve probably said this before but I’ll say it again: Cover albums are a tricky thing to master. As an artist, you want to honor those that came before while putting your own stamp while also not being too close to the original to make it all pointless while also not sounding like a parody. Make sense? Okay, then![Read more…]
The appeal of Mushroomhead has always eluded me. They came into prosperity and notoriety around the time that Slipknot also began to thrive and, while I wasn’t actively choosing a side, I found myself aligning with the more complex and intense of the two masked outfits. What I missed out on then (But am making up for now!) was a different kind of complex, a different kind of intense and a whole lotta missed awesome.[Read more…]