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New Music Mondays: Malevolence, Static Dress and More!

Sorry for all you rock lovers, but this week’s new music is all about the metal. There is a rock band tucked away in here, but outside of that this week is for the heavy fans!

Malevolence: Malicious Intent

A band that have a massive buzz about them this year, just coming off a huge arena tour supporting Architects. So, safe to say the hype for this album, including with me, is pretty high.

Safe to say, their new music doesn’t disappoint. Whether it’s the crushing heaviness of the opener or ‘Karma’ or the melody of ‘On Broken Glass’ there is a surprising amount of range for the hardcore punk/beatdown metal band. Heck, ‘Higher Place’ is practically a FFDP (but good)-esque ballad, and not only is it excellent but fits the album perfectly. My only slight gripe is that ‘Salvation’ features one of the best names in metal today, Matt Heafy, but uses him incredibly sparingly. At least, vocally they do. Still, the track and album as a whole are very good. 8.5/10

Static Dress: Rogue Carpet Disaster

Another British hardcore punk band with a new album, it must have been the week for it! A band that I had never actually heard of, Static Dress also put out a pretty decent album! Opening with a heavy bang with ‘Fleahouse’ and ‘Sweet.’, the band also show their versatility on ‘Attempt 8’ and ‘Such.a.shame’. While not quite as good as their heavier brothers above, it’s still a fun album that I’ll find myself listening to a fair bit over the next few weeks. 7/10

Weird Nightmare: Self-Titled

The pop-rock/punk band are the new project of Metz guitarist Alex Edkins. The debut album is a fun, upbeat album that is a breath of fresh air this week, let me tell you. Having this on on the drive home from Call of the Wild festival, it faded into the background in the best way, a good album to just sit and chill out to. Tracks like ‘Sunday Driver’ and ‘Oh No’ are particular highlights. 6/10

Cave In: Heavy Pendulum

The American rock band seem to have confused either me or Wikipedia, or quite possibly both. Wiki has the band down as rock, metalcore and post hardcore, yet I wouldn’t say what I heard here was any of that. This new music feels closer to sludge/doom/stoner metal than anything else. But then again, I haven’t heard their previous stuff, so this may be a bit of a departure of their sound!

Whatever the case, it’s a good album! The band are all clearly very competent players and are fantastic, interesting songwriters. However, 14 tracks may have been a little much. I like this style of music, but I personally got a bit bored during the second half as it was a lot of the same. Highlights include ‘Blood Spiller’ and the epic ‘Nightmare Eyes’. 7/10

Septicflesh: Modern Primitive

The Greek death metal band put out their 11th album last week. I’ve seen the name floating about a lot before and assumed they’d not be my sort of thing, but this was actually great. The melodic and symphonic elements contrast perfectly with the death parts and makes for a fun, interesting listen. Tracks like ‘Hierophant’ and ‘Coming Storm’ are perfect examples of what I’m on about, and are both definite highlights of the album! Straight up good symphonic death metal music ! 8/10

Geezer: Stoned Blues Machine

The stoner/blues metal band are hard to find much information on, given that Google immediately brings up Geezer Butler at every chance instead. As a result, I am going into this album relatively blind. Thanks to Spotify at least, i can see that this is the bands fourth studio album.

The album is fun, packed full of great, groovy riffs and some surprisingly big, catchy choruses. The three pre-release tracks are of course the highlights, the band doing a good job picking the singles. However, the whole album is damn enjoyable if you like this sort of style. It’s not too dissimilar to the Cave In album, just a little lighter and more accessible. 7.5/10

INFLUENCE: Conspiracy

A band that I am rather familiar with due to covering their first album at my old place, I have been a fan of INFLUENCE for a while. Because of this, of course I shall be listening to the new album and giving it a more in depth review, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for that later in the week if you’re interested! Just as a little spoiler though… it’s good!

Assumption: Hadean Tides

What to say about this album that isn’t going to make me come across like a dick. I don’t know if it was my speakers, but the mix wasn’t great at all. I struggled to hear the vocals much throughout while the bass drums and lead guitar were about the loudest things on the album. What they were doing sounded good, as much as I’m not too into the style, but it was hard to get past the odd mix. Maybe this is exactly how they wanted it and it’s just me not ‘getting’ it, but it was a weird choice. Because of that, I can’t give it much higher than a 4.5/10

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New Music Mondays: State Champs, Misery Index and More!

A slightly slower week this week, with no absolutely massive releases or a huge amount of albums out. But still, there was some great new music from the rock and metal world released this week, with six new albums out. Let’s check them out!

STATE CHAMPS: Kings of the New Age

New Yorkian pop-punkers State Champs put out their fourth album last Friday. I have to admit I know the name and have probably heard a track or two, but I never really got much into the modern wave of pop-punk.

However, having said that, this is a pretty damn good album. It’s a little heavier than traditional pop punk, but I also thinks it adds a more anthemic feel to it all. It’s arena pop-punk, and I am shocked it’s taken me this long to listen to it. Obviously the singles are all amazing, but there isn’t a bad track on the album really. I need to check out more from this band and genre ASAP, I think! 8/10

Misery Index: Complete Control

The Maryland based death metal band put out a DAMN heavy death metal album last week. And it’s great. Before Overtone I would never have even attempted to listen to this album, but it’s opened my eyes to a lot of fantastic death metal, this included. The riffs are brutal, crushing awesomeness and the gang vocals means that a few of the tracks are even pretty catchy. Just check out ‘Infiltrators’, it perfectly encapsulates the bands sound and attitude in just two short minutes. Great stuff! 8/10

Cage Fight: Self-Titled

The new band seem to go by so many different labels, be it punk, thrash, metalcore. Either the latter or metalic hardcore is probably the closest to their sound. Either way, it’s fucking fantastic. From the first track of the album I was hooked, and I stayed hooked throughout. I love that we are starting to get more and more female screamers these days as they are showing they can do it just as good as the guys. I also have to gush over just as smooth the transitions between the tracks are. At times I didn’t realise a new song had started until like 30 seconds in. It’s the sign of a great album as it flows perfectly. I was going to say the first X amount of tracks were fantastic, but honestly it just kept rolling with great track after great track! This is a ridiculously strong debut album and they have found a new fan in me! Not a bad track on the album and damn, I need to see them live soon! 9/10

Moon Tooth: Phototroph

The Prog Metallers have been around for a decade now, constantly wowing audiences with their talent and songwriting skill. That continues with Phototroph. Their new music may be their best yet. The guitaring in the opener and ‘Deathwish Blues’ is a technical masterclass, combining both lead and rhythm together perfectly. There are times even the vocals somehow sounds both completely separate from the instrumentation but also the perfect accompaniment. ‘O My Isle’ may be my favourite of the bunch, combining light, catchy sounds with a pretty heavy riff. Another band that I need to check out more of! 8.5/10

Visions of Atlantis: Pirates

It’s like if Nightwish and Alestorm had a lovechild. Symphonic metal about pirates is something I never knew I needed until now, and yet also I’m surprised there isn’t more of. All of it is great, but ‘Master the Hurricane’ is on a level of its own. Unquestionably epic from the string-heavy opening to the massive closing riff, it is how you do symphonic/power metal at its very best. A highlight on an album that also includes the likes of ‘Wild Elysium ‘ is an impressive feat and should hopefully set Visions of Atlantis up to be the next big thing in the sub-genre. 7.5/10

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Morgue Supplier: Inevitability

If anyone was here last week, you know what’s coming here. It’s death metal. What more do you expect. Granted, this had slightly more groove to it than the typical blast beat and ‘AHHHHH’, but it still didn’t do a great deal for me. As such, I don’t feel qualified to give scores to death metal, as I am just not going to like it enough to give it a good rating, no matter how good at the sub-genre the band is. I’mma give it a 4/10 and hope that works!

Decade of Silence: How Do Depressed Mode Sound After 13 Years Away?

Depressed Mode are a Finnish doom/death/prog metal band. Formed in 2005 as a solo project of Ossy Salonen, the band released two albums in the few years after before going silent through the 2010s. However, the band returned this last week with their first album in over a decade, and titled it accordingly! I’m not particuarly familiar with the band so I’m excited to be checking it out!

‘Death Walks Among us’ opens on a beautiful orchestral piece. It builds and builds perfectly. But, at a minute-and-a-half before the guitars and drums come in, it may be just a tad long. The strings continuing on in the back is an excellent touch, made even better moments later when the lead guitar harmonises with it. It then heads into full-on doom metal for the verse, the low growls also bringing in the death element. Surprisingly though, there were some clean vocals in here too. Not many, but it broke things up a bit and added a catchy element to it all.

The chuggy, almost breakdown part afterwards was fantastic. The growls fit in well and the violins when they come back in. The cleans come back in for what I assume is the chorus before and it even leads to a pretty sweet guitar solo, even if it was a tad short. The final chorus with the duelling clean and harsh vocals was FANTASTIC and rounds out one hell of an opening track. This is everything I could possibly want out of the heavier side o metal. It was heavy, packed full of great riffs and great screams. But, to top it off, it has some great clean vocals and a real epic feel to it thanks to the strings. The easiest playlist I’ve done in a while!

‘Endless November’ starts off slow but still heavy. The clean vocals remain too, reminding me of Tobias Forge in their higher, harmonised delivery. A higher, more female-led symphonic metal vocal adds even more depth to it. It plays off the other clean perfectly. It has a very black/doom metal vibe about it all. And it benefits from being on the proggier side length wise too, as the pace doesn’t really pick up until a few minutes in, the harsh vocals not coming in until after that. They’re pretty far back in the mix though, almost treated like another instrument. The operatic female vocal takes the lead here in a big way, giving us an even catchier chorus than the previous tracks! The whole song is more like symphonic metal than anything else, doom being the next closest. It’s epic and a lot of fun, another great song!

Check out our review of a similar band, Extinction in Progress, here.

‘Dissociation of the Extinguished Mind’ is another one with an epic opening, even having a pretty great guitar solo around the one minute mark. It stays slow for the verse and the growls return. There’s a great riff that comes in around the mid-point of the song, the lead guitar following the string accompaniment perfectly. There’s the odd vocal line and sound as well behind it, spoken word kinda style, and it really reminds me of Faith no More. The clean vocals afterwards added a nice change of pace, and again when they go back to them later, and around it are more heavy, growled verses. It fading out to a piano outro was also fantastic, adding an epic, creepy finale to things. Good stuff!

The piano continues on into the intro of ‘As the Light Dims’, and the violin over the top makes it all so beautiful. The guitars come in over the top, as do the female vocal lines. The dynamics of the track are fun, heading into some growls before dropping back down to the piano and female ‘ooo’s and ‘ahhh’s. It builds back up again with the Ghost-like clean vocals and huge distorted guitar chords. At one point all three vocal styles are duelling and it sounds AMAZING. The whole track is heavy, proggy greatness.

Unfortunately, this is where the album peaks for me. Don’t me wrong, the following five tracks are all awesome, and I will definitely be listening to them again a few times after this. Heck, the riff for ‘Serpents’ is my favourite on the whole album, and the track is a highlight for sure. And it was nice to have some more upbeat tracks again like ‘Eternal Darkness’. However, there are a lot of slower parts throughout the album. Anyone who visits this site reguarly knows that my patience for this type of music isn’t the best. It’s all fantastically written and awesome to listen to, but nine songs clocking in at over an hour is a little much for me all in one sitting!

Overall: As I’ve said, this was awesome. It was an epic, heavy, very well-written album full of everything you could ask for from the sub-genre. A fantastic return after well over a decade away!

The Score: 8/10

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10 Weirdest Rock Music Videos

Though we are far removed from the music video heyday of MTV’s golden years, they still play a large part in both the style and image of an artist. Whether it’s to explain and visualise the lyrical content or have absolutely nothing in common with it, music videos help the audience relate to the artist through a whole other medium than their music. However, some videos can even become more memorable than the songs themselves due to their creepy symbolism, crazy storylines or downright wacky visuals. While of course rock is not the only home of crazy music videos, it definitely seems like it’s had more than its fair share of strange over the years. Let’s look at some, shall we?

10 – Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Those faces. Oh god, make it stop. While not the most disturbing video on our list by a long shot, more, Soundgarden did a wonderful job of producing an uncomfortable atmosphere throughout their 1994 single. While the opening few seconds are pleasant enough, there is an obvious strange hue over everything, making the landscape yellower and the sky a worrying red colour.

Then come some of the most unnerving smiles ever put to film, made even worse by the occasional low budget effects work extending them even larger. Add that to the sheer amount of forced eye contact with most of said faces that makes you feel like they are boring into your very soul and this is definitely one to prepare for mentally before watching. All of this is set to a typical American suburb that forms the backdrop for an impending cataclysm, how lovely. But no wonder the video is so weird when Chris Cornell has even stated on numerous occasions that the lyrics are a jumbled mess of word play with no real context or story behind them!

9 – Foo Fighters: Long Road to Ruin

While there are a multitude of incredible Foo Fighters videos to choose from, this one feels like it came at Dave Grohl’s creative peak. An on the nose rib (Or maybe more a love letter to) the cheesy hospital dramas of the 90s, it sees the band all in fancy dress yet again, though this time alongside Parks and Rec alumni Rashida Jones. Filled with all the expected overacting and silliness, it follows a mustache-sporting Grohl from daytime TV actor to rockstar before concluding with a literal car crash. This is among the best of the silly side of music, a style that Foo Fighters do so well with almost every video they make.

8 – Nivana: Heart Shaped Box

Two consecutive entries onto this list from Mr Grohl. He’s either doing something very right or very wrong! Now, where to even begin with this video. Between what one can only assume is Jesus wearing a Santa’s hat being crucified in a field of poppies, a lady dressed in a muscle suit and angel wings and even just Kurt Cobain’s odd facial expressions down the camera, this video makes you uneasy from start to finish.

However, what makes this even more disturbing is the fact that it came just three months before the singer unfortunately took his own life, giving us an insight into just how he was feeling and what was going on in his mind leading up to the devastating event. He had even dedicated the song to then wife Courtney Love and, upon hearing the lyrics, it definitely adds fuel to the conspiracy surrounding the two of them. I mean, all of that AND crows that sing, what more can you have in a creepy video!

7 – Rammstein: Sonne

Another band whose videos are becoming the stuff of legend; German industrial metal band Rammstein heaped on the weird with their 2001 single. Beginning with the band members working down in an industrial mine, it appears innocent enough. However, once they are home and sat around the dinner table an enormous version of Snow White steps through the door, and it only gets worse from there. By the end of it, it has turned far away from the kid’s movie and more like a Brother’s Grim tale, it getting to an almost sexual level in its depiction of a mistress, spanking and all.

Assumedly there is some meaning behind it; it is hard to focus on trying to see said meaning while a giant, naughty Snow White is prancing about. While it’s a fantastic song and video, it does leave you willing for it to be over by the end. Heck, the video is even age restricted, so that should say it all!

Check out our review of Rammstein’s latest album here

6 – Avatar: Colossus

The most recently released entry to our list, Swedish metal band Avatar are also no stranger to oddness. Their theatrics from their stage shows carry forward to their videos, wearing the same medieval style clothing and singer johannes eckerström keeping up his signature jester face paint. He opens the video by making a speech about the soul and free will, and it only gets stranger from there.

The band continue to backdrop the video, playing in the form of a hologram cut to every so often. The main crux of the video, however, focuses on a robot, one built in the image of a human but only from the waist up, attached to a crane to help it move. Said robot is being tasked over and over with trying to construct a mechanism within a time limit, constantly failing even after being given strange incentives. I’m sure there’s plenty of metaphors to read from this, but in terms of weird videos it’s definitely up there!

5 – Marilyn Manson: Dope Show

All controversy aside, this list wouldn’t be complete without him. While, again, there were plenty of options to choose from real name Bryan Warner, Dope Show seems to encapsulate everything his often terrifying alter-ego stands for in just a few short minutes. Manson kitted out with bright red hair, nipple-less breasts and an Action-Man crotch; being treated like an alien, captured and experimented on in a place eerily reminiscent of movies’ depictions of Area 51, this video definitely starts off odd. However, it is later on, when that same creature is then treated like a celebrity by the wider public after becoming a Manson-mirroring rock frontman that this video really takes a jump towards crazy. More metaphors and this time the visuals at least completely reflect the lyrics, but in terms of a video on its own it is certainly odd.

4 – Muse: Knights of Cydonia

Another one that is thankfully weird without being unnerving or creepy. Muse’s clear nod to the campy world of Spaghetti Westerns is six plus minutes of pure awesomeness, and something that wouldn’t look out of place in a Tarantino movie. However, while at the same time as telling the story of betrayal and saving the damsel in distress, it somehow also fits in robots, apparent time travel and a chrome clad woman riding on a unicorn. What more can you really ask for in a music video?

3 – Nine Inch Nails: Closer

Strap in kids, because here is where this list super weird. Trent Reznor is an odd but brilliant man, as demonstrated by a lot of Nine Inch Nails’ music videos. But, maybe none more so than the band’s 1994 single.  Horrible images are abundant in this one. Set in what looks like a creepy taxidermy shop there are animal skeletons and decapitated pigs’ heads and all manner of other disgusting visuals. Add that to cuts of Trent, be it in steampunk style goggles or floating and rotating in the air or even tied up and wearing some very questionable leather and you have yourself a massively disturbing music video.

Trent does such a good job of keeping it all minimalistic yet still managing to make it creepy as anything. Heck, at least the lyrics make sense with the video again in this one, as vulgar and intense as they are. Oh, and it’s another age restricted one, sorry!

2 – Avenged Sevenfold: A Little Piece of Heaven

Any video that has a censorship warning at the beginning must be a lot to take in, ey? But boy, does this video live up to that need and massively surpass it. Covering a wide range of disturbing and frankly illegal acts in surprisingly gruesome detail due to the whole video being in an animated form, it is definitely not one for the weak of heart.

Following a man’s decent into lunacy after his girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal, it soon takes a turn into the supernatural with all thing’s hell, zombies and ghosts. And, just to make things even more extreme, the lyrics follow along the storyline exactly. While a masterpiece in terms of creativity and animation (as well as song writing) this video is absolutely nuts, and really brings into question how the video ever got the green light to be made in the first place. Oh, and you also have to question the sanity of the band themselves for writing something so grotesque!

1 – Any Tool Video Ever

Okay so while putting a bands entire music video library in at number 1 maybe be a bit of a cop-out, there really is not just one video you can rank as the weirdest out all of Tool’s collection. With most featuring the creepiest animation style ever, Claymation, and the rare one or two that doesn’t still being animated in some way, there is plenty of weirdness to go around. Songs like Prison Sex, Stinkfist and Schism really turn the craziness up to 11, though, providing fans with a surreal glimpse into their often-deep lyrics and meanings.

The videos are so significant to the songs, in fact, that they are usually played while the band is playing them live at their own shows. If I did have to pick one out of all of them, however, watching those walking mouths run up and attach themselves to the protagonist’s face in the Schism video always makes my skin crawl.

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Automaton: Crashdiet’s Strongest Album to Date?

The Swedish glam-metal band have been going a while now, having changed vocalists for a third time before their last album, Rust. Most bands would struggle after losing the frontman that brought the band the biggest fame (heck, just look at Iron Maiden), but Crashdiet have seemed to thrive with Gabriel Keyes at the helm. The singles from this album have got me excited and I cannot wait to review it. Check it out with us!

After a brief intro track, ‘Together Whatever’ rips into a surprisingly heavy riff, sounding closer to power metal than sleaze. However as soon as Gabriel comes in on vocals it is undoubtedly glam-metal. His voice adds somehow both polish and attitude to the instrumentation. A great build through the verse and pre leads to a fantastically catchy chorus. The backing ‘oh’s are great and very glam while the lead and backing vocals are just as catchy. The guitar solo between the second and last choruses is just as fantastic as one would come to expect from the genre, bridging the gap perfectly. Overall a very enjoyable radio hit and one that easily makes the playlist!

‘Shine On’ opens with an 80s electro-style synth before a great, heavy riff comes in over the top. The verse is steady again, focused heavily on the vocals as the drums and guitars are pretty simple and driving. It leads to another catchy chorus, the ‘hey’s most likely being fun to join in with live. After a brief guitar solo it drops down to the electro bit for a moment. Then an almost Iron Maiden-like riff and vocal line builds us back to the final chorus and outro. Another fantastic song!

Next up is lead single ‘No Man’s Land’. Right out the gate we are hit with two fantastic, heavy riffs, somehow combining Bon Jovi and Dream Theater. It follows the same structure as the previous two tracks, dropping down for the verses before building into huge choruses. It’s another good choice for a single as it’s got a stadium-filling, catchy chorus, a great guitar solo and some damn punchy riffs.

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‘Darker Minds’ changes the pace slightly, just enough to keep it interesting. It isn’t quite a ballad but it is markedly slower than the previous tracks and the chorus is almost uplifting in its melody. It’s the closest thing to all-out glam on the album so far and is very catchy. I have a weakness for a Bon Jovi/Motley Crue style chorus and this very much delivers that, pushing the track onto our playlist!

‘Dead Crusade’ while still a very good track, is more of the same. I would say the same about ‘Powerline’, but at least it features a fun guest slot from Steal Panthers Michael Starr. The man’s iconic voice is as strong as ever and blends very well with both Gabriel’s and the music behind them!

‘Resurrection of the Damned’ is another fine track. However, it does bare at least some resemblance to the similarly titled Skid Row track ‘We Are the Damned’. It isn’t an issue at all, but I struggled to get the other track out of my head upon the initial listen or two.

‘We Die Hard’ is another track with a heavily Bon Jovi chorus, which I massively appreciated. Outside of that there isn’t much to talk about with the track, though. The opposite could be said for ‘Shell Shock’. While there are better choruses on the album, the riff is incredible and the heaviness was great. Between the solid drumming, multiple great rhythm parts and fun backing vocals, it will most likely go down as an underappreciated gem this late on the album. Playlisted.

Another standard track in ‘Unbroken’ gives way to the album closer, ‘I Can’t Move On’. It’s a ballad, and oh boy is it a slow one. Yes, it picks up and adds some distortion or the final chorus, but before that it was just vocals and a guitar. If this was earlier on in the album it would have been perfect, but why do bands insist on having 10 songs that are all the same one after another and then have the only different one right at the end? A good song but leaves the album out on a whimper instead of a bang, especially when it fades out instead of a big finish.

Overall: This was great. Crashdiet found their stride immediately with Gabriel but this was as strong an output as Rust, arguably better. A band who know what they are about and are very good at writing music around that. I cannot wait to hear it live!

The Score: 8/10

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New Music Mondays: Rammstein, Ted Nugent and More!

Another week and some more fantastic new music in the world of rock and metal. From industrial to death to blues, there’s a bit of everything! Check it all out down below!

Rammstein: Zeit

Industrial metal kings Rammstein return with their eighth studio album, and a rather quick successor to 2019s Untitled Album. The band are yet to release a bad album and, to no ones surprise, they keep that record alive with this new music. Whether it is the slow piano build of the title track or the straight up chugging of ‘Giftig’ or ‘OK’. All three tracks are highlights of the album, but honestly there isn’t a bad track on it.

It’s a slower album than I was expecting, though. I do like their mid-tempo stuff a lot, and it has resulted in a much more epic-feeling album, but it’s weird to only have three or four faster tracks on it. I imagine it’s because the band are maturing as songwriters more and more, as the previous album was slower than their early ones too. Also, the final track being ‘Adieu’ and containing various different other ways of saying goodbye, could the band be trying to tell us something…? Either way, a very good album that boarders more on power metal than industrial. 8/10

Ted Nugent: Detroit Muscle

A controversial figure these days due to his political leanings, Ted can at least still write some okay rock music when he wants to. I have to admit this is the first Nugent album I’ve listened to all the way through. I’m British and us over here tend to prefer Canada’s version, Bryan Adams, over Nugent or Bruce Springsteen.

The album’s fun, even if it is full of his usual rhetoric. It annoys me that ‘Come and Take it’ is so catchy, given that it’s very ‘Don’t Tread on Me’. Still, this isn’t the time or place to get political. This is a good blues album full of pretty decent guitar riffs, some catchy choruses and a few fun riffs. ‘American Campfire’ and ‘Alaska’ are definite highlights for me, but the album as a whole is enjoyable to listen to from start to finish. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and may have to check out some more of his stuff after this. 6.5/10

Watain: The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain

The Swedish black metal band have been going a lot longer than I thought they had been. Now seven albums in their first decade of music is a bit of a mystery to me. Though black metal has never really been on my radar, I did know about these guys due to a fair amount of hype surrounding them around The Wild Hunt, so I have at least checked out some of their stuff. Though this company has definitely opened my eyes more to the heavier side of metal, black metal still seems like an anomaly to me. I get and enjoy death metal a lot now, and even like a fair amount of extreme stuff. black metal simply seems to not have as much going on in it usually and gets a bit monotonous.

However, this album does a good job at trying to bridge the gap, for me. There’s more going on than your typical black metal album; between guitar solos, thrashier guitars and some fun dynamics it definitely has some death and extreme elements. I still wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it and the whole 50 minutes in one sitting was a bit of a struggle, but I wouldn’t turn any of it off if it came on. I imagine this is very good for fans of the genre, if I enjoyed it. But I can’t give it more than 5.5/10

Paddy and the Rats: From Wasteland to Wonderland

The Hungarian Celtic punk band released their sixth album last week. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. It’s like all of Christopher Bowes’ projects blended together with a hint of Dropkick Murphys and Train. I have to admit it took me a couple of tracks to get into the vocals, and they’re still not quite as folky/piratey for my liking. However, don’t get me wrong, Paddy can definitely sing. Either way, it’s a very fun album, with tracks like ‘Ship Will Sail’, ‘Matadora’ And the album club-pop ‘Party Like a Pirate’. I love that this is the sort of direction this style of music is going, with Alestorm’s ‘Tortuga’ being another fantastic example. It’s all massively catchy album from start to finish and it’s insane that I haven’t heard of them before. Hopefully this pushes them to even greater heights, and they definitely have a new fan in me! 8.5/10

Crashdïet: Automation

The Swedish glam metal band are six albums deep now, and show no signs of slowing down! Automation is a good album BUT I want to review it as a whole, given that I’m a Big fan of the band’s music and we are speaking to them later this month. So keep an eye out on our website and socials as it will be up in the next few days!

Reef: Shoot Me Your Ace

The British pop-rock band get a lot less praise and love than they deserve. There is a lot more to them than ‘Place Your Hands’, with tracks like ‘Naked’ and even newer stuff like ‘How I Got Over’ been criminally underrated songs. Aside from that they are still one of the nest live bands around today, with frontman Gary Stringer always being on top form.

Now that the gushing is out of the way, the band’s sixth album is also very good. From the dirty blues title track through to tracks more like ‘Place…’ like ‘Refugee’ and ‘Wolfman’ there is a lot to love here. It’s a fantastic album full of catchy choruses, sorting vocals and effortlessly fantastic guitar riffs. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that it’s another album that doesn’t have a great deal of variety on it. It’s 42-minutes of awesome, fun blues rock so it’s a lot harder to dislike it all being similar, but a ballad or something out there may have been nice in the middle! Still, I ended up saving half of these tracks so any number of them could end up on the playlist! Another fantastic entry from the band! 8/10

FES: With Regards From Home

A band that we are very familiar with, given that it was the first gig we went to as a company. Their debut album was finally released on Friday and we’ve already reviewed it! Check it out here.

If I Die Today: The Abyss In Silence

Firstly, the concept of this album is really cool. Having life, death, the five stages of grief and then Darkness as the track titles is a chilling way to start off the story. The music fits the tone perfectly too, the hardcore metal bordering on blackened death working well. For the most part the tracks fit the titles, too. However, I know that they’re a very heavy band, but a couple of the tracks, such as ‘Life’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘Darkness’, could have maybe done with being a little slower or stripped back to really get the message across. However, the riffs were fantastic throughout and the vocals changed between heavy growls and extreme, hopeless-filled shrieks and made it pretty interesting. The emotion and talent is definitely there and the concept is fantastic, I’m just being picky and again wishing for some more variety. 6.5/10

Dischordia: Triptych

The Oklahoman death metal trio put out their first new album in six years last week. In fitting with the album’s artwork, it’s a trippy, heavy album. Pulling no punches, from the first note of ‘Minds of Dust’ to the closing one of ‘Le Petite Mort’ it is an all out assault. Tracks like ‘Bodies of Ash’ and ‘The Whip’ are personal highlights of an insane bunch. It’s definitely on the heavier side of death metal and will take me a bit of getting used to, but I’m sure after a few more listens I’ll love it. The instrumentation is off the charts, some of the riffs are incredible, and the growls are insanely low. If anyone’s into death metal check this out! 7/10

New Music Mondays: Bowling For Soup, Dorothy and More!

After Shinedown also delayed their album thanks to vinyl printing issues, I officially give up saying what is coming out the week later. However, even with that loss, we still have nine great bands who have released new music last week. Check them out below!

Bowling for Soup: Pop Drunk Snot Bread

Everyone’s favourite pop-punk band are back with their follow-up to their 2016 album, Drunk Dynasty. In that time they have suffered their only major line-up change, with long-time friend and tech of the band Rob Felicetti now on full time bas duties. It hasn’t effected the band’s sound or song-writing too much though, as this new music proves!

A lot of people seem to drop off around the time of Great Burrito Extortion Case which is a real shame as the subsequent two albums are up there with their early ones for me. Their last couple weren’t quite as strong, but Pop Drunk feels like the band have gained back some of their confidence and energy again. Whether it’s the fantastic singles ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’ and ‘Getting Old Sucks’ or hilarious, catchy album tracks like ‘The Letter 3’, there’s a lot to love about this album. Even the slower, more emotional ballad ‘The Best we Can’ is great. The only real dud is ‘Alexa Bliss’. I get what they were going for, the attitude and heaviness of a wrestling entrance song for the riff, but it didn’t fit with the rest of the track, or with Jaret’s voice. Still, the strongest album the band have done in a decade and one that should keep them right at the top of the pop-punk world. 8/10

Dorothy: Gifts From the Holy Ghost

The queen of US pop-rock returns with her first album in over four years. As usual her blend of blues-rock swagger and huge, stadium-filling choruses is fantastic. More than ever with this album her and the band remind me of a modern day G’n’R, just with a folky twang. ‘Rest in Peace’ is one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far this year, while tracks like the opener and ‘Made to Die’ are also awesome. But, then again, the whole album is great, there isn’t a noticeable bad track. So, fingers crossed this album finally catapults her at the top of the game, where the she belongs! 8.5/10

Northlane: Obsidian

This has always been the darker, more industrial side of metalcore that I just don’t get. It reminds me a lot of Silent Planet or Bad Omens, dark and gritty but not really what I would associate with metalcore, it lacked the riffs and angst that the likes of Killswitch and BFMV have/had. Tracks like ‘Echo Chamber’ and ‘Plenty’, the lighter ones, are okay. However when they go heavy it just sounds like a sluddgy mess of down-tuned guitars and meh vocvals, losing all personality and feeling. Also, you can hear that Spiritbox is already having on the scene, given that ‘Carbonized”s intro reminds me a lot of ‘Holy Roller’. Nothing on this album stood out to me at all and there is much better metalcore out there. 3/10

Jason Aldean: GEORGIA

A lot of this is slow emo-country. I know a lot of people like this sort of style, heck, the lead single from the album already has 12M+ on Spotify alone. However, I find it hard to get into a while album like this. It simply sounds dull, like he didn’t have fun recording it. For all the crap bands like Florida Georgia Line get for their bro-country tracks, I’d take them having a laugh and joking about tractors over this any day. Not a bad album at all, but a slow, sad, slog to listen to in one sitting. 4/10

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Night Gnomes

Firstly, what a name. Secondly, of course they are psych-rock. But, coming from someone who isn’t particularly a fan of the genre, they are good psych-rock. Heavier tracks like ‘Lava Lamp Pisco’ and ‘Acid Dent’ contrast well against the almost post-brit-pop sounds of ‘Dread & Butter’ and the title track. It has a heavy Kasabian vibe to it and, much like them, manages to keep you on your toes throughout the album. Not something I will listen to a lot, but I can definitely appreciate quality when I hear it! 7/10

Ocean Grove: Up in the Air Forever

I don’t know why I had in my head that these guys were pop-punk. I was wrong. This is the most 90s thing I have ever heard come out of a band started this millennium. Wiki defining them as nu-metal doesn’t give them enough credit. There are definite elements of Korn and Limp Bizkit but also some tracks reminded me of Soundgarden, Cane Hill and even Kaiser Chiefs. There is a lot to love about this album, and the blend of all the different styles is really interesting. I struggled to even pick highlights, as it was all pretty good. Check this out! 7.5/10

Stone Broken: REVELATION

The Walsall band have been around for a while now (I should know, I played with them back in the day) but really broke big a few years ago when they hit the states. People have finally started to realise the band sound a fair bit like Nickelback but for the most part the band have gotten ahead of the curve as most of this album doesn’t have that same sound. I have to admit, I think I prefer their older sound. I can’t believe I’m complaining about a band getting heavier, but this reminds me more of Skillet than anything else, and there is enough ‘butt-rock’ in the world still right now (as much as I also love that genre and band).

‘Stronger’ is the best track on the album and it’s more Nicklelback than Nickelback these days. ‘Me Without You’ is also a great ballad. But the opening few tracks, while good in their own right, just don’t do much for me. I’m struggling a lot on what to score this as I know it’ll grow on me more and more throughout the year… 6.5/107/10? You pick!

Bob Vylan: Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life

I’m going to struggle with this one. Do I ‘get’ it? I have no idea, honestly. It’s drum and bass/house music with some guitars included. Primordial have gone nuts over it so I guess it’s rock music? The music itself is fine, tolerable albeit basic. I’m on the fence with the lyrics. Some of it is very well founded, anti-establishment and some good feeling behind it. But then there’s Spongebob references and some pretty bad rhymes. Tracks like ‘Pretty Songs’ and ‘He Sold Guns’ are the best of a confusing album. I just don’t think I like the modern style of ‘rapping’, it doesn’t have the same effect on me that Eminem or NWA had. I really hope it grows on me, much like The Skints did, but right now this isn’t good to me. 3.5/10

Extinction In Progress: Shades of Pale

You know the drill. I reviewed the album just before its release. Check it out from our social media, the review tab or the link here.

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The Top 10 Most Underrated Guitarists

Guitarists are some of the most respected people in rock music. However, there are some that don’t get the credit they deserve. Whether it’s them being more on the unknown side or being associated with bands not universally liked, it has meant that some guitarists don’t always get the praise they should do. So, we thought we’d do a lost of ten of the most underrated guitarists of the rock world. Check it out down below and let us know if you agree!

10: Wes Boreland

Starting out with a slightly more obvious one. I have seen praise for the guy, just nowhere near as much as there should be. Yes, the riffs he writes for Limp Bizkit aren’t the most technical of things. But damn if they aren’t all great. Just have a look at the video below and tell me that this isn’t damn impressive and entertaining. And that isn’t even mentioning his solo stuff, which is just as weird but just as damn impressive. The whole band get far too much hate considering how talented each individual member is.

Check out our review of Still Sucks here

9: Kirk Hammett

I thought I’d get the most hated on guitarist out of the way early. Whether it’s him using too much wah, having to live up to Dave Mustaine or just generally being a part of the worlds most-cool-to-hate metal band, poor Kirk drew the short straw for sure. But the man is far too heavily criticised. He has written some of the best solos in metal history. From the likes of ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Fade to Black’, ‘One’ and even more recently with stuff like ‘Judas Kiss’, all have been great. Yes, he likes to use the wah peddle a lot, but it does give him his own distinctive sound and honestly it works perfectly. While not being one of the core songwriters of the band, his contributions to the biggest band in metal are still legendary, and he deserves a lot more credit for them.

8: Myles Kennedy

Do I need to say any more than that solo in ‘Blackbird’? The rhythm guitarist of Alter Bridge often gets overshadowed by arguably one of the best guitarists of the current era in Mark Tremonti, but to sleep on Myles is a big mistake. His blues playing is off the charts and makes for a really interesting writing style when it comes to their hard rock/metal music. And he’s show plenty of versatility too, playing with Slash live at most of their shows as well as releasing two completely different solo albums. The man is insanely talented and not talked about enough when talking about great guitarists.

Check out our review of The Ides of March here

7: Mick Mars

While Motley Crue are another band that are rather unjustly hated on, it can be said that they are not nearly as talented as Metallica. However, Mars is definitely the most talented member of the glam band. I mean heck, just listen to the intro of ‘Live Wire’ and tell me he isn’t fantastic. While he isn’t hated on anywhere near as much as some of the others on this list, he simply isn’t talked about at all, which is a real shame.

6: Michael Paget

A more modern guitarist now, and one from a rather intriguing band. Exploding onto the scene in the early 2000s with some blistering riffs and solos, Bullet for my Valentine were touted as the next big thing. However, after a couple of dud albums (and a couple of great ones) they have cooled off dramatically. However, what has never changed is Page’s incredible playing. Whether it’s the punchy riffs and breakdowns of ‘Scream Aim Fire’ or ‘Knives’ or his amazing soloing on ‘Alone’, ‘Army of Noise’ or their iconic ‘Tears Don’t Fall’, the guy is a massively underappreciated technical player. If only the band hadn’t taken a hit in popularity, he may have had the respect he so sorely deserves.

Check out our review of Bullet For My Valentine here

5: Phil Demmel

Joining Machine Head after the questionable Nu-Metal days of the band was always going to be a hard thing, but to say Demmel made the most of it is a massive understatement. While 2003s Through the Ashes of Empires was already written by the time Demmel joined the band, he sure put on one hell of a performance in the studio. And from there he went to feature on a run of albums that is hard to rival in terms of quality. The praise heaped on The Blackening speaks for itself while Unto the Locust is a worthy follow-up from a songwriting perspective. Meanwhile, Bloodstone and Diamonds remains my favourite album the band have put out, a versatile, underrated gem (pun intended). And I haven’t even mentioned his early work with Vio-lence yet! A true underrated guitar god. The whole track below is a guitarist’s wet dream.

4: The Trivium Guys

Okay so a slight wildcard entry here as it’s a twofer, but it’s hard to say just the one of the Floridian metal titans. Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu complement each-others playing styles perfectly at this point, and Triviums albums prove that. Just go and listen to any of their last three albums, or any of their albums at all in fact, and tell me that they are not both incredible players. We all know The Crusade set them back in popularity in a lot of the fans eyes (I don’t know why, it’s a great album) so much like Bullet they are simply not as popular as they should be. But their guitar work on In The Court of the Dragon alone is some of the best I have heard, and the fact that no one is talking about it is why they make it onto this list.

Check out our review of Court of the Dragon here.

3: Dan Sugarman

The most relative newcomer on this list. He makes it so high up due to the fact that a lot of people I talk to don’t know of him. I have raved that much about Ice Nine Kills recently that I shall spare you another lecture, but their newest guitarist is VERY good. Just check out this video of him shredding to Assault and Batteries. The guy isn’t currently playing live with them but I can already tell he’ll knock it out of the park, if his studio stuff is anything to go by. Everyone go out and listen to Horrorwood now, you won’t be disappointed.

Check out our review of Welcome to Horrorwood here

2: Mick Thomson

Not even being the most appreciated guitarist in your own band must be hard. While Jim Root is a phenomenal guitarist and songwriter who definitely deserves all the praise he gets, his bandmate often gets overlooked. However, just listen to his solo on ‘Psychosocial’ or that BEAST of a riff to open ‘Surfacing’ and you will understand just how good he is. For a guy who seems to be the least appreciated out of EIGHT other band members, he is far too good to not get any credit. The video below of him recording some of the stuff for their 2008 album speaks for itself.

1: Jake Pitts

Yes, I know, but before you go hear me out. Yes, Black Veil Brides get a LOT of hate online, and for some parts rightfully so. The band are forever-pandering radio rock, trying to appeal still to this day to the disenfranchised teenagers of the world, the ones who hate mummy and daddy especially much. However, beneath all the edgy lyrics and makeup is a damn good guitarist, and one who is almost wasted in BVB. Jake and Jinx are both fantastic rhythm players, but Jake’s soloing in the likes of the video below is fantastic. It really goes to show why the band get as much hate as they do. It certainly isn’t because they write bad music. It’s a real shame because it makes the rest of the band underrated, hence why Jake is at the top of our list!

And there we have it, our list of the top ten most underrated guitarists in rock. Did we miss any? I imagine we missed a bunch and can’t wait to be told about it! You can do so on our Facebook here or our Instagram here. And do let us know if you enjoyed this list and want to see more. I enjoyed the hell out of writing and researching this and if you want more I’ll gladly make it a regular feature! Heck, I’ll even do video ones, if you really want…

Shades of Pale: The Next Big Thing in Death Metal?

Extinction in Progress are an alternative death metal band from Finland. The band have released a couple of EPs, with the latest coming way back in 2015, but are finally putting out their debut album tomorrow. I have heard their singles off the album already and was impressed by them. I cannot wait to hear what they have to offer with the full release!

After an epic, almost power-metal intro, ‘Cold, Part 1’ rips into a thrash riff that reminds me a lot of late 2000s Machine Head. The vocals fit perfectly over the top, being hardcore-inspired screams before getting into low gutturals as the instrumentation gets pure black metal for the chorus. It drops down a bit for a lower bridge, the vocals being the death metal equivalent of a whisper. After a brief drop-out to just guitars it explodes into a HUGE riff. It also features some of the most disgusting vocals I’ve heard in a while. It’s fantastic. The added (albeit not too focused on) female vocals added a nice touch in the middle too, a beautiful reprise from the brutality for moments. They also all combine together to make for one hell of an epic conclusion. Awesome. Playlisted.

Part 2 of the track continues on the same energy and aggression, but at the same time is noticeably slower and sluggier in parts. How the band manage to pack the same anger into these parts is impressive. They go hard enough round them still to live up to their death metal label. The riff that kicks in in the middle had my face screwing up, it was fantastic, but doesn’t last nearly long enough before the band drop down to just clean guitars and actual whispers. However, the atmosphere generated is amazing and eerie, and it builds up slowly into a MASSIVE ending. Both parts are impressive and Cold in general is a masterpiece of black/death/any other metal. Check these out!

If you like this, check out our Gomorran review here

‘The Wedding’ jumps straight into the verse, the harsh vocals kicking in over a quick, technical riff. It again gets black metal AF in the chorus, a staple of the band so it seems, and a welcome one. The blast beats are insane. This track pulls no punches, going hard through the verses and choruses. It still manages to drop down to an awesome, slower clean riff. The dynamics the band put into their song keep it interesting and, as a newer fan of the genre, I definitely appreciate the tracks changing up and not being an all out assault. Still, it isn’t long before it explodes into the heaviness again, punching the listener in the face respectfully and repeatedly until the end. Great stuff!

‘The Loudest Silence’ opening on a quiet, clean intro was a fun little bit of irony. However, while it may not be the fastest track on the album by a fair margin, it is certainly still HEAVY. It carries the same energy as Gojira’s ‘Heaviest Matter in the Universe’; two tracks that explain exactly what you are going to be listening to. And also two tracks that throw every insane riff they have in their arsenal together. I love it.

And then what do they do? Make it jazzy in the middle and add a fucking sax. Horns in metal (especially death) is my weakness, and this was done perfectly. This even beats out that At the Gates track from last year that did a similar thing. As if I couldn’t have loved it any more. Safe to say this will be my favourite track on the album, another that easily makes the playlist!

‘Ashes’ opens on a bouncy as he’ll riff that almost sounded metalcore more than anything. Especially when it kicked in. It’s also a minute in before any vocals come in, another couple of amazing riffs being thrown in in between for good measure. I do have to say though that outside of these riffs nothing stood out to me too much about the track. I felt the same about ‘Feasting Upon a False God’, too, though the interlude track between the two, ‘Limbo’ was a great little atmospheric piece. It gave the listener a bit of breather and set the scene perfectly for the following track.

The next track is more of the same while the closing track, ‘Motherload’ goes massively black metal. It’s heavy, plodding and filled with extreme metal screams and growls. The guitars were a particular highlight too, setting a creepy, atmospheric atmosphere from start to finish. Between that and the dynamics shifting from stripped back, quite parts to heavy, double-bass-peddle filled highs, this is one hell of a conclusion to an album. It feels huge and massively epic. We live in a time when bands struggle to finish an album well (in my opinion), but Extinction in Progress nail it here! It also helps that the band go prog as fuck out of nowhere, the track clocking in at over 10 minutes. It’s prog done right too, ever changing and evolving to keep it interesting. If you check out any tracks from this album, make it this and the opener.

Overall: This was great! As a recent convert to death/black metal, this is one of the best things I have heard so far. The instrumentation is off the charts and the screams were damn impressive. And the ups and downs kept it constantly interesting, as well as adding plenty of feeling and atmosphere to it. I can’t wait to see where the band go from here, and hopefully it’s to the UK for a tour…

The Score: 7.5/10

New Music Mondays: Monuments, Cancer Bats and More!

So, after the delay of the new Fozzy album to May 6th, there isn’t a massive amount of new music for us to cover this week. However, there is still enough good stuff released that we are excited about, so join us in checking it all out below!

Monuments: In Stasis

The British prog metal band returned with their fourth album this week, continuing their impressive, underrated discography. From the opening note to the closing one this is a perfect example of how to do modern prog metal right. It obviously gives off heavy Periphery vibes, but I actually found myself enjoying this more than any of their stuff, I have to admit. Also four of the tracks feature awesome guest appearances, with the best being from Doom-master Mick Gordon himself. It’s a heavy, catchy album full of crazy riffs, heavy screams and catchy choruses, and I loved every minute. 8.5/10

Cancer Bats: Psychic Jailbreak

A band who seemed to be poised to be the next big things when I was first getting into the scene properly, Cancer Bats have sadly dropped off a fair amount in recent years, with me not even knowing this was being released until the time of writing! However, I’m still a big fan of Hail Destroyer and Bears, Mayors…, so I’m excited to check this out!

The first thing I noticed is that Liam sounds a fair bit different to what he used to. I had to Google to make sure it was still him. It sounds more like Rob Zombie. Doing his scream for nearly 20 years would be almost impossible, though, so I get why he changed it. It honestly makes them sound like a completely different band, and I was struggling to get into it because of it. Tracks like the title one and ‘Crocodiles’ were good, but it’s not like they have anything on ‘Hail Destroyer’ or ‘Sleep This Away’. Not bad overall, but completely different to what I was expecting. 6/10

Kurt Vile: (Watch My Moves)

The former War on Drugs guitarist released his whopping 9th studio album in only 14 years on Friday. I have to admit, a lot of it is a little too slow and Lou Reed for me. Don’t get me wrong, some of the tracks aren’t bad and I don’t mind the soft rock/indie/country style of it. But it’s an hour and a quarter of the same thing over and over. It’s good background music for sure, but I got five tracks in before I started getting pretty bored. 3/10

Alunah: Strange Machine

Brummy stoner rockers released their new album last Friday. I have to say, it’s an awful lot of fun. Reminding me of a female-fronted The Sword, of course with a healthy dose of Sabbath mixed in for good measure, it’s a sound there isn’t enough of these days. Tracks like the title one, ‘The Earth Spins’ and ‘Fade Into Fantasy’ are all excellent and show off the bands range well. I can’t complain at all about this album, 42-minutes of awesome rock music. Check it out! 8/10

Greyhaven: This Bright and Beautiful World

A band that I have heard the name of but unfortunately not had the chance to check out until this point. I definitely regret that after hearing this album. From the heavy opening track through slower tracks like ‘All Candy’ through to the epic conclusion with ‘Ornaments From the Well’, it’s a journey through and through. And I always find myself admiring bands that can do the whole prog thing while keeping the tracks under 5-minutes. This won’t be for everyone as it is definitely heavy, but it reminds me a bit of the Zeal & Ardor album in its experimentation and blend of styles. These guys should be massive if their other stuff is this good, and they have a new fan in me! 8/10

Nazareth: Surviving The Law

The 24th (wow!) studio album from the Scottish rock band is pretty damn good. Over half a century after their debut album the band return with a surprising amount of energy and motivation. ‘Strange Days’ sounds like a NWOCR anthem that easily could have come from the likes of Dead Daisies or Inglorious. ‘Runaway’ is also a massive highlight of the album for me. For a band that I really only knew the slower, ballady stuff of their early days from, they really impressed me here. A fun album that I’d love to hear live! 8/10

Darkher: The Buried Storm

I didn’t quite get this. It was an entire album of build-up, but the crescendo never came. The folk-doom sound overall was awesome, but it never dropping into anything really hurt it. It felt like that point in a movie when you have just reached the end of the second act and it feels all is lost before the big character evolution happens. Like it is definitely a good thing to be compared to cinematic soundtracks, but if it doesn’t go anywhere it’s not going to work. It’s 40+ minutes of piano, (admittedly beautiful) operatic vocals and slow guitars and drums if they ever come in at all. 2/10

Analepsy: Quiescence

Great instrumentation, terrible vocals. I never understood the appeal off a voice that sounded like it had been recorded through a muddy puddle, and it unfortunately didn’t change with this album. I’m becoming quite the fan of death metal through this company, but I just couldn’t get past the voice. Controversial opinion I imagine, but it reminds me of Cannibal Corpse pre-Corpsegrinder, just a little meh. 3/10

A Wilhelm Scream: Lose Your Delusion

I’m not sure how to feel about this. It’s pop-punk (maybe?), a genre I usually love. And it sounded like a mixture of two of the favourite bands of my early childhood, Blink 182 and Busted, but with a hardcore edge to it. However, something about this just didn’t quite click with me. None of it is bad by any stretch, but none of it is really that standout or great. It’s a combination of a lot of different styles that I love, but it seems a tad unsure about its actual identity. For a band seven albums into their career, it seems odd to have an album so messy. 4/10

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