Tooth & Nail Records' newest addition, Hearts Like Lions, have recently released an EP that is a little bit edgy, and very much charming.
Take some ibuprofen before you turn it up to 11 because the whiplash is inevitable and imminent with Blood In, Blood Out, the 10th studio album from legendary Bay Area thrashers, Exodus.
Dreams of Horror is a timeless collection of larger-than-life tracks hand-picked by his majesty of horror, King Diamond himself. This is an essential album for any heavy metal fan looking to rediscover their nightmarish origins, or for younger metalheads looking to uncover the bloody roots of their beloved genre.
The full extent of At The Gates' legacy is not something I can entirely comprehend, given that I was in diapers at their peak, when Slaughter of the Soul wreaked wonderful havoc on the ears of extreme music fans everywhere. Ultimately I discovered the group because their massive influence on bands to this day is undeniable; they were frontrunners in catalyzing extreme music. And although I was not there for their reign in the early 1990s, I could not be more thrilled that At The Gates has reclaimed their rightful throne as Swedish death metal gods. At War With Reality, their first album in almost 20 years, was well worth the grueling wait and is a testament to the tenacity and grit that allows this genre of music to persevere through generations.
With a brand new album, death metal supergroup These Are They are once again unleashing their ferocious sound. At the Feast of Seven Funerals is based on Lucius Mortimer, a hell-bent 1800's gun-wielding killer who celebrates death and revels in greed.
Complex, delicate, and otherworldly — The Contortionist combines these elements to design an album unlike any other. Featuring the ethereal vocal stylings of Michael Lessard, previously of Last Chance to Reason, The Contortionist brings to the table a uniquely electrifying compilation of tracks that ebbs and flows from open to close.
Off their highly anticipated new album, Obedience, comes the single "Foresworn"—a guttural, gruesome and unbelievably technical example of the genius and talent behind the modern death metal unit, Bloodtruth.
Very few bands today shred harder than Boston, Massachusetts natives, Revocation. This brutal bunch has the art of writing whiplash-inducing, damn good metal down to a science. With an impressive track record of 5 killer full-length albums in the span of just 6 years, Revocation is making a career of consistently delivering you the skull-smashing, thrashy goodness your ears crave. Deathless being no exception.
You may know Affiance for their hilariously genius music video, "Call To The Warrior," or for their epic cover of "The Final Countdown," but rest assured their brilliance does not end there. These Cleveland rockers are doing metalcore right, and are bringing their massive sound to the masses via their new full-length album, Blackout.
Cleveland metalcore heavyweights Affiance, have embarked on a CD release tour with Phinehas for their third full-length album Blackout, bringing their hard work and harder sounds to eager fans across the U.S. I was lucky enough to catch the band at California Brew Haus in Rochester, New York a few days ago where, despite a few unlucky setbacks, they still blew the roof off the place.
From the ashes of legendary doom metal band, Cathedral, rises Gaz Jenning's latest undertaking: Death Penalty. The group is slated to release their self-titled debut on September 16, featuring the track "Children of the Night"—an eerie, sludgy, and hauntingly heavy composition that essentially encompasses the ingenuity that Jenning's new band defines.
If a band chooses to write a song exceeding five minutes in length, not only should it immediately catch the listener's attention, but also hold it there. Unfortunately for With Our Arms To The Sun, their technical writing skills and musicianship can feel repetitive and the track "Tessellation" (taken from A Far Away Wonder, out September 23, 2014) loses the listener in the first two minutes.
To be perfectly honest, I have found everything that Texas In July released prior to this album to be utterly generic metalcore. That said, after two long and confusing years, a few major lineup changes, and a lot of metal, Texas In July is back with a vengeance. Bloodwork, their spanking new release, and first to feature vocalist J.T. Cavey and lead guitarist Cam Welsh, marks the beginning of a new chapter for this group; this release easily stands out high above the rest.
Decapitated is a death metal band to their core. Although they have only been heavily active since the year 2000, quite late to the game, they still boast a number of classic albums under their belt. Blood Mantra, their newest offering, is the second album featuring the latest incarnation of the group.
Swashbuckle takes the anger, style and no-fucks-given attitude of pirates and channels it into thrashy, fast and rambunctious metal—a perfect match made in the watery depths of hell. These bandits just released a quick and dirty EP that is full of the drunken debauchery and maritime madness that makes Swashbuckle so special.
The jazz-fusion band, Trioscapes, featuring Between The Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs, drummer Matt Lynch and their very own Sexy-Sax-Man, Walter Fancourt, are pushing the musical envelope once more with the release of their sophomore masterpiece appropriately titled, Digital Dream Sequence.
Within the Ruins recently released their earth-shattering full-length Phenomena, adding to their already amazing repertoire. This Summer, after 6 months of writing and recording, they headed out on the road with the Summer Slaughter Tour to give fans a real, live taste of their signature technicality and heavy style. I was lucky enough to be able to hang out with powerhouse vocalist Tim Goergen, at the New York City stop on August 8, 2014, and find out a little about what's next for the band, as well as talk comics, beer and life on the road.
Darkest Hour has been around for nearly two decades, but as their new self-titled album and recent signing to Sumerian Records proves, time is not relative—there is no limit to their ever-growing talent.
Veil Of Maya is known for being in their own category of unique, highly technical and gut-wrenchingly heavy metal. They took their talents on the road this Summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they've been blowing the minds of new and longstanding fans across the United States. Recently, on August 2nd, I was lucky enough to catch up with Veil Of Maya's vocalist Brandon Butler and guitarist Marc Okubo at Mayhem Festival in Scranton, PA. After tearing it up on the Sumerian Stage, these progressive deathcore giants took the time to talk with me about what's next for the band, swap some crazy stories and even share a secret or two.
From Watford, UK comes what has to be the most blatant, in-your-face, and utterly chaotic record of 2014. I was first introduced to The Hell when their unapologetic single, "It's The Motherfucking Hell (You Dick)," went viral and offended music fans everywhere, all the while capturing the forsaken hearts of deranged listeners like myself. These British bros are back at it with their second album Groovehammer, a compilation of quick, aggressive, tongue-in-cheek hardcore anthems. The Hell clearly does not take themselves very seriously, but in all seriousness—you probably should. This is about to either be your new favorite band, or your new favorite band to hate.