Per the press release for Viking, the upcoming new record by Chicago’s The Outfit, the quartet “isn’t re-inventing the wheel, and it never tries to; thats it’s charm”. That said, what they do deliver on Viking still stands out as easily one of the most anthemic Hard Rawk records of 2020.[Read more…]
The year is 2019 and we are typing up a review of a brand new record from Puddle of Mudd unironically. What a time to be alive! This has already been a banner year for comebacks with heavyweights like Slipknot, Rammstein, and Tool returning from lengthy slumbers as well as old school metallers like Sacred Reich and Alt-Grunge luminaries Cold who could easily be considered contemporaries to Puddle of Mudd who return with Welcome to Galvania, their sixth overall and first in almost a decade.[Read more…]
Flaw has always been a hard band to pin down. Emerging during the fall of the Nu in 2001 with Through the Eyes, the band stood out by incorporating groove into their Metal more akin to Down or Lamb Of God to an extent rather than Korn. Flaw disbanded soon after Endangered Species dropped in 2004 but vocalist Chris Volz persevered and, after delivering solid albums with both Five.Bolt.Main and later Volz, returned in full force with Flaw 2.0 and the subsequent comeback album, Divided We Fall.[Read more…]
There are bands out there today in 2019 that not only survived the Nu-Metal revolution but are still active and thriving. One such band is (Hed) P.E. who has constantly been contributing to the post-Nu Metal world with a consistent string of under the radar bangers. When Linkin Park was destroying with their sophomore triumph Meteora in 2003, (Hed) was subtly slaughtering with Blackout (This album is still a killer so get on that shit if you haven’t already). When the godfathers of Nu-Metal, Korn, unsuccessfully tried to return to their roots with 2010’s Remember Who You Are, (Hed) was keeping the torch lit with Truth Rising. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of (Hed) persevering.[Read more…]
If you’re looking to get your fix for bombastic Industrial-tinged Electro bangers in 2019 then look no further because Alpha Bionic from Gabriel and the Apocalypse is almost here! Filled with biting lyrics backed by chugging riffs and a massive wall of electronic ecstasy, Gabriel and the Apocalypse expand their already established sound to get exquisite results on their latest.[Read more…]
I have no fucks to give when it comes to my love for Powerman 5000.
Powerman 5000 has been on a creative roll since Anyone For Doomsday? was shelved back in 2001, like a band burdened constantly with something to prove, and continue to astound with their latest slab of spaced out rawk, New Wave. [Read more…]
It’s always a good indicator of a hiatused (Not a real word) or previously kaput band’s intentions when they not only return with a new full-length but also a plethora of material soon after. Case in point, the newly resurrected Flaw who are set to unleash a new EP barely a year after comeback LP Divided We Fall was released. [Read more…]
Who’da thunk I’d be here in 2017 writing ecstatically about a new Dishwalla album?!?! Honestly, I remember “Counting Blue Cars” from 1995 and absolutely NEEDING to get Pet Your Friends as soon as humanly possible and not much else which is weird because after hearing Juniper Road, their fifth studio album, I’ll be hard pressed with a reason to forget them again.
Flaw has always been a bit of an anomaly in the metal scene. Emerging at the tail end of the nu-metal era with bands like Ultraspank, Skrape, and Nothingface who all added even more groove to separate them from the herd, Flaw shined with chugging riffs and a vocalist whose lyrical flow was on par with Jonathan Davis or Corey Taylor, but with an even more intense delivery. [Read more…]
I’ll be honest: I haven’t listened to a thing (hed) p.e. has put out in almost a decade. I have fond memories of Blackout and still listen to it regularly but after that they became a band I wasn’t interested in for some reason. Forever! is the album that’s going to change my current status quo with the band along many longtime listeners as well as a whole new generation of heavy music fans. [Read more…]