nu-metal

.5: The Gray Chapter

Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Slipknot is back after 6 years without a new studio album after suffering the death of bassist, Paul Gray, and the departure of long-time drummer, Joey Jordison. I've been a Maggot for as long as I can remember, and Slipknot was the always the one band I came back to so I could just rage and mosh inside my head. Unfortunately, and I'm sorry to say, their new album .5: The Gray Chapter did not live up to the hype for a Maggot like me.

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

.5: The Gray Chapter - Singles

Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

It's almost here for all the Maggots I know are out there!  Slipknot's fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, is weeks away from dropping and it's the first album since the death of bassist, Paul Gray and the departure of the band's long time drummer, Joey Jordison.  As a preview, Slipknot released two singles: The Devil In I and The Negative One.  For those who are skeptical of the band's newest album, I would say it's safe to remain that way.

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Sounds Like: 
Slipknot, circa. 2001
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014

Patterns In Static

Artist: 
Reach
Label: 
Self Release

Reach, a post-rock/prog/alt/nu-metal band from New Jersey, come off on their debut EP as a Jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Patterns In Static is one giant hot mess of vastly different genres, which has only been done successfully in the past when bands draw from a maximum of two genres.

Sounds Like: 
TesseracT
Sounds Like: 
Memphis May Fire (Sometimes)
Sounds Like: 
Creed
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2013

Tempest - Single

Artist: 
Deftones
Label: 
Reprise Records

The Deftones never cease to amaze me. They've carved out a niche for themselves and have settled into their own unique style, but everything they put out seems to be consistently great. This song is my favorite of the two new singles (along with "Leathers"). It's one of their mellow songs, but still has plenty of Stephen Carpenter's metallic bite and sounds like it could be the theme to a movie and wonder if the deftones would write an interesting James Bond intro. Hmm...

Sounds Like: 
A Perfect Circle
Sounds Like: 
Nine Inch Nails
Sounds Like: 
Team Sleep
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2012

Iowa (10th Anniversary Edition)

Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner records

Atavist

Artist: 
Otep
Label: 
Victory Records

It took me a while to figure out how best to describe this album.  There's nothing really distinctive here.  It sounds like mainstream nu-metal groups.  Not to say that is a bad thing or that the band is untalented, just that they follow the template of an established genre.  There's no experimentation, no daring, nothing new, nothing memorable.  The group is certainly heavy and songs are laced with dark themes.  Fans of this genre will certainly appreciate this album, but it doesn't do anything to pull in the casual listener (like myself).  2 out of 5.

Sounds Like: 
System of a Down
Sounds Like: 
Korn
Name: 
Josh Conver
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2011

Visions Of The Lifted Veil

Artist: 
Fashion Bomb
Label: 
Full Effect Records

Fashion Bomb, not the typical name for a metal band but, oh well. At first I really didn't like the album "Visions of The Lifted Veil," but after listening to the whole album I grew to like it. This band has sort of a Marilyn Mason feel to it but at the same time this vocalist really knows how to sing. This album has some unusual sounds to it some songs have a techno feel with ominous noise in the background and others can get pretty heavy with some shredding solos.

Sounds Like: 
Marazene
Sounds Like: 
Helltrash
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010

My Own Summer School

Artist: 
Deftones
Label: 
Reprise Records

This release is a sampler of singles and stand-out tracks from the Deftones' entire career. Tracks are in descending order based on album, beginning with their yet-to-be-released "Diamond Eyes" on Reprise Records. you can't go wrong playing any track here. Each track is highly representative of the bands career at any given point. I'm definitely excited for "Diamond Eyes," and can't wait to hear what's next.

Focus on track 2, "Diamond Eyes." It's the priority single from their upcoming release. 3:08.

For the melodic, more experimental side of Deftones, play:

Sounds Like: 
Classic mix of everything Deftones
Name: 
Schyler Orr Else
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2010

It's Nothing Personal

Artist: 
Bury Your Dead
Label: 
Victory

I have to admit that I am not very familiar with Bury Your Dead, so I cannot compare this release to previous material. This album sounds like all the bands below plus a few hardcore breakdowns. In fact, it's pretty generic sounding turn-of-the-millennium nu-metal except for these breakdowns. Admittedly, the breakdowns are absolutely awesome. Myke Terry's vocals are also very strong and calssis brocore/toughguy. His singing is a little lame though. As are the guitar solos. The low tuning and bomvbastic double-bass drumming is a little reminiscent of Emmure, which I am a BIG fan of.

Sounds Like: 
Sevendust
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Sounds Like: 
Nonpoint
Name: 
Schyler Orr Else
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2010