southern metal

Down IV Part I - The Purple EP

Artist: 
Down
Label: 
Down Records

The latest offering from Phil Anselmo and Pepper Keenan is the first of a scheduled four EP's to be released, and if the next three are anything like this, then I can't wait until the day where I can sit down and listen to all four back-to-back. Now I understand why Keenan was absent on Corrosion of Conformity's latest album: he was too busy getting this gem together. Play it!

Sounds Like: 
Crowbar
Sounds Like: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Sounds Like: 
Black Label Society
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2012

Dead Set on Living

Artist: 
Cancer Bats
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

 Cancer Bats is heavy as can be, with a southern screamo twang that you just gotta love. There's never a point where he's not screaming, and there's not a soft track in sight, which should delight any metal DJ. There's definitely a feel of ADTR in these tracks, but none of them are so fast or too slow that they become unbearable. There's a great rhythym to the tracks, and they are all topped off with some fantastic guitar playing.

Sounds Like: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Sounds Like: 
The Showdown
Sounds Like: 
Operator
Name: 
Dave Hentz
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2012

Ex-Lives

Artist: 
Every Time I Die
Label: 
Epitaph Records

 Believe all they hype folks: this one's a killer. Vocalist Keith Buckley's experience as the lead singer of The Damned Things (a supergroup consisting of Buckley, ex-ETID bassist Josh Newton, and members of Anthrax and Fall Out Boy) seems to have rubbed off much to everyone's benefit, because this album is oozing with Southern swagger.  Mix it up with ETID's frantic, complex riffs and rhythms and you end up with a spastic, melodic, guttural, and intelligent burst of energy that demands your complete attention for the next half-hour. The ride is short, but sweet.

Sounds Like: 
A Life Once Lost
Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Sounds Like: 
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2012

Corrosion of Conformity

Artist: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Label: 
Candlelight USA

 Having never been properly introduced to Corrosion of Conformity, I can't say that I can make an informed opinion of how this album stacks up to  COC's other works. Older fans may be put off by the fact that this is their first album not to feature Pepper Keenan on guitar and vocals since 1987's Technocracy EP, but I think Woody Weatherman does an overall solid job as a frontman. The band consistently mixes punk, thrash, Southern Rock, and old-school heavy metal, and Weatherman channels a haunting Ozzy-inspired vocal delivery. Good shit, I say.

Sounds Like: 
Down
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Thunderpussy
Sounds Like: 
Crowbar
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2012

The Burn & Cry

Artist: 
The Burn & Cry
Label: 
Unsigned

It just goes to show you: you can't judge a book (or, in this case, a CD) by it's cover. I picked this up expecting some sort of metalcore band, but The Burn & Cry actually turned out to be a Southern/Groove metal band. There's nothing horribly spectacular about them as musicians, but MAN, they can write some good riffs. They do venture into the realm of nu metal a couple of times, and the quieter songs do get a little boring after a while, but overall, this is a fairly solid album with some very standout tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Clutch
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010

Stampede

Artist: 
Hellyeah
Label: 
Epic Records

This super band is still a super band. Hellyeah's album "Stampede" is raw and rough. These are the kind of songs that I would be listening to in a moss pit or circle pit. "Stampede is heavy, raw, and powerful, but I think it lacks some of the intensity I heard in their first album, but other than that its definitely still Hellyeah, cussing and swearing like a sailor! The best tracks on this album are "Cowboy Way", "Hell Of A Time," and "Stampede." Due to cursing "Cowboy Way" and "Hell of A Time" can't be played on air. Still these songs are raw and brutal just like they should be!

Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2010

Deathless

Artist: 
Throwdown
Label: 
E1 Music

Well at first I was looking forward to some sweet moshcore or brocore. I ended up with a hardcore version of Nickleback or Creed. Ugh, I know. It reminds me a lot of something you might hear on Victory Records but less original. Think of the newest Bury Your Dead album, "It's Nothing Personal." I also disliked that CD. It all just sounds very unoriginal and too manufactured. Throwdown didn't try very hard to make their songs good. It's too basic. The guitars are generic, the lyrics lame, the drumming boring. It's just not going anywhere. I don't feel like throwing down at all.

Sounds Like: 
If Nickleback tried to get hardcore
Sounds Like: 
Nonpoint
Sounds Like: 
Bury Your Dead
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Name: 
Schyler Orr Else
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2010