Every Waking Moment (2006)
I’m not sure how this band is viewed on home turf and what not, nor do I care. But I’ve read up on the band for an interview I had to conduct at last year’s Taste of Chaos tour, and here are the main misconceptions: a) Buddy Nielson is not the asshole he is made out to be, and b) I really liked their previous release Let It Unfold You.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, when I hear or see the name Soilwork, it always seems to emit elaborate mental visions. For instance, the name produces images of gargantuan, extravagant and rusted machines, erratically cluttered with various cogs and levers, surrounded by a slew of skeletons, chains and other oddities.
In The Arms of Devastation (2006)
The Restoration of Chaos & Order (2006)
The four above adjectives could be used to describe just about any punk rock band from the Sex Pistols to Green Day to Rancid, but these words actually come from the official website of the band known as the Saigon Hookers. Boasting perhaps one of the most comical band names around, the Hookers are a down and dirty three piece indie rock band originating from the town of Kitchener, Ontario intent on rekindling a classic conception of punk rock. Not only is the band’s music fast and furious, but so is their work ethic.
With bands out there these days like Killswitch Engage, Unearth, Poison The Well and All That Remains, it’s only right that Springfield, Massachusetts’ own Ligeia make the same impact on fans all around the world. This is a band that is fresh to the scene and has an amazing sound. This is one of those bands you hear and say to yourself, “right on! These guys really deserve it just as much as anyone else!”
Chrome Division is a Rock and Roll band formed from some of the most elite rockers in the music industry today. Most of you probably alright know of Shagrath, right? Well if you don’t already of him you should; he is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He is from the legendary band Dimmu Borgir!
Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice (2006)
Stormblast MMV [Bonus DVD] (2006)
Killswitch Engage... yet another Metalcore band. Now a lot of readers are probably thinking “Oh shit... not more of these bands.” Well you don’t need to be thinking that about Killswitch Engage. These guys kick ass! Straight out of Westfield, Massachusetts, this band have paved their way from that town and into the spotlight, dragging millions of fans along for the ride. Currently, the band consists of Howard Jones (Vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (Guitar), Joel Stroelzel (Guitar), Mike D’Antonio (Bass), and Justin Foley (Drums).
There isn’t a whole lot to say about One Man Army and the Undead Quartet, except for them being one of the best fucking thrash metal bands I have ever heard. Hailing from the great Sweden, it’s no wonder why these guys are so good (Sweden seems to come out with ‘all’ the good bands). Consisting of Johan Lind Strand (Vocals), Mikael Lagerblad…
With Oden on Our Side (2006)
One of the most perplexing questions that critics, fans and record executives have all pondered for decades is who’s going to make it big in the mainstream? It’s really an impossibility to predict as year after year bands seemingly come out of no where and take the rock and metal world by storm with a multi-platinum selling record and a bunch of hit singles.