nu-metal

Artist: 
Drowning Pool
Label: 
eOne Music

So, like every other person I know, I really like the song "Bodies" by Drowning Pool, and this is nothing like that. Don't get me wrong, there was some good stuff to be heard with this album, but the songs felt stale with their dynamics. Only a couple songs seemed to really grab my attention while the rest seemed to blend together. There is a lot of experimental sounds throughout this album but the overarching theme is to have heavy instruments in the background with maybe a twangy sound or some morbid chant of killing yourself. 

Sounds Like: 
Every other drowning pool album
Sounds Like: 
Disturbed
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2016
Artist: 
Grimes
Label: 
4AD

This album is some high quality engineering and production done by one of the smartest new musicians out there. We’ve all been waiting for more from Grimes since Visions blew us away with its dark ambience and dreamy light vocals, and Art Angels did not disappoint. It diverges from her typical sound that dates back all the way to Halfaxa (2010) and presents a distinctly pop-y vibe. One of the songs, Kill v. Maim, describes the album quite well with its chorus “behave aggressive!” as the album is powerful, fast, glamorous and in your face.

Sounds Like: 
Purity Ring
Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
Twin Shadow
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2015
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
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
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
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
Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner records

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
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: