Progressive metal is not a genre of music for the faint of heart, and in that vein, newcomers of the scene I, Omega are not to be taken lightly. Their debut full-length album, Transients, features 10 tracks that are quite technical, even symphonic at times, but most notably, they are remarkably catchy. Their debut showcases their raw talent as skilled musicians, featuring riffs that will make your head spin and a singer with a vocal range so vast and precisely pitched, that the overall song composition is set to astound even the pickiest listener.
I have been following Chelsea Grin since their debut album, Desolation of Eden, was released and the band chugged the genre of deathcore straight into the hearts of metalheads everywhere. Unfortunately, as last Summer's Evolve EP foreshadowed and Ashes To Ashes proved, this Chelsea Grin that we had known and loved, is lost forever.
Channel Zero is a testament to the very resilience that has allowed metal to survive throughout the years. After a nasty breakup at the peak of their career in 1997, then for them to reunite for their fans so recently, only to be shaken up by the unexpected loss of their drummer, powerhouse Phil Baheux just last year, these Belgian metal titans have a tough-as-nails spirit that earns my utter regard.
Stage 48 in New York City is not your average rock venue. This swanky spot is a posh nightclub, complete with color changing walls and couches along the sides that looked too nice for my metal ass to sit in. On June 12th 2014, beneath the lavish, LED lighted ceiling, the Tri State Area metal scene erupted and invaded Stage 48 led by the pure brutality of bands: Rivers of Nihil, Fit For An Autopsy, Revocation, Carnifex, Whitechapel and the mighty DevilDriver.
Nevada Rose is taking metalcore to a whole new level by adding a super-heavy dose of electronica. Super charge your Summer music collection with the track "Meet Me At Midnight" off their new album, Paint Me In Light.
Anathema is certain to take any music fan who gives them a chance on a spiraling, emotional roller coaster with the title track off of their upcoming album, Distant Satellites.
As a long time Arch Enemy fan, I was anxious when I heard news of the recent lineup changes and caught wind that a new CD was in the works. But considering new recruits Alissa White-Gluz is an absolute powerhouse, and Nick Cordle can shred harder than most guitar wielding Virginians, I had incredible hope for the album. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high, War Eternal was not quite the invigorating surge of energy I had anticipated.
There are few things in life better than a well-timed breakdown, and Within The Ruins knows all about that. Check out the lyric video (see below) for their new track "Gods Amongst Men." It comes complete with exhilarating solos, vigorous riffing and a breakdown that every metalcore fan will be obligated to throw the fuck down to. The band's new album, Phenomena, will be available on July 22nd via E1 Music /Good Fight Music and let's just say that this girl can't hardly wait!
Australian progressive metal quintet, Voyager, are notorious for both creating one of a kind melodic pieces of music that are still incredibly heavy, and for being the only band I can stand to listen to who use a keytar.