The split collaboration. Its a style of release that seems to evade me ever so much, sometimes it can be an advantage or disadvantage. You might like one side, but not the other. Or you may not like both sides. Endless possibilities so to speak. So I had heard about this release through 20 Buck Spin, and i’m not gonna lie, that peaked my interest. And it was of some bands that are brand new to me. I of course am talking about the split between Alaric and Atriarch.
This past Febuary, like so many others around the time ticket sales were announced, I purchased a ticket to The Decibel Magazine Tour. This tour was full of so many heavy hitters in the underground metal scene, Swedish NWOBHM revivalists In Solitude, Dutch occult rockers The Devil’s Blood, Swedish black metal masters Watain, and Polish black/death powerhouse Behemoth. If there was ever a tour to boast high quality acts, this was it. Would this be worth it and then some?
Its been about three years since Virginia based party thrashers Municipal Waste came out with their foutth full length Massive Agressive, which in all honesty was my first real introduction to this band. Their blending of humor, politics, gore, shlock, and sleaze pretty much peaked my interest which led me to this bands ealier material, notably Waste ‘Em All and The Art Of Partying. Its nothing I took overly seriously or considered too hard hitting, but I though it was decent.
Are you a death metal fan that craves some brutality with an old school feel to it? Then look no further then the debut album from death metal quintet Sarcophagy as they punish you with The Summoning. Apparently this band has been around since 1993 but its taken them quite a while to get this project off of the ground. But the fine folks at Sevared Records backed this up, and now its out for the death metal masses.
When it comes to the landscape of the sound that is modern metal, there are only a few names that I can think of, but at the top of the list for me comes one musician, and that is Jeff Loomis. His guitar work is pretty much the stuff of legend in my book, and his time with Nevermore has brought forth some incredible songs and moments. But seeing as how that phase of his career is behind him, its only best he returns to his solo work and with Plains Of Oblivion, he continues his path into greatness.
Has it really been 25 years since German thrash metal band Exhumer released a full length album? That’s a question I seem to ask myself a lot as soon as I heard that Metal Blade Records was going to issue their third full length Fire & Damnation. I’m a sucker for German thrash so it gave me just a hint of anticipation.
2012 has been a very solid year for metal in my view, but there have been seldom few that almost came close to hitting the perfect mark for me, most notably new releases from Asphyx and Cannibal Corpse. But we come across something that may end up topping them both for me, and that is the latest full length from Singapore based blackened death metal trio Impiety.
Well i’m not gonna lie, from time to time I like a litle bit of crustiness in my death metal, so when I heard about the new album from San Francisco based quartet Acephalix, I was pretty excited. And Deathless Master seems to take the sound that this band originally carried, and infused a legitimate death metal feel to it.
Well when it comes to industrial styles of metal, there is really only one band that comes to mind for me and that is Illinois based pioneers of the genre Ministry. For the better part of 3 decades, this band has pretty much shape a sound thats often imitated but never duplicated and is responsible for classics like The Land Of Rape And Honey, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, and their most well known release, the lovingly titled Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed and the Way To Suck Eggs. Their blending of altered vocals, crazed guitar riffs, and elements of electronic sampling made the listener appreciate what this band had to offer
When I first heard about the name of the fourth album from Califoria based Christian metallers Impending Doom, titled Baptized In Filth, needless to say I was more delighted than shocked. The shocked part referring to some of the fans of this band going up in arms about it and making a fuss. Not every band that has positivity and virtue within their lyrics can aim to please. So needless to say this reviewer had some moderate expectations. Continue reading