Progressive Metal

Artist: 
Morta Skuld
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Morta Skuld's song "Breath in the Black" is the single off the February 2017 album Wounds Deeper Than Time. This is some old school death metal right here and it rocks. The blast beats on the drums are mind blowing and its dark and gloomy enough to satisfy any doomhead. The vocals are growly and dark, no pig squealing, but they rock. The guitar and bass are just insane and compliment the drumming so well. For me this song is heavily drum and vocal focused so its important to see the guitar/bass playing a role but not taking over.

Sounds Like: 
old school death metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2017
Artist: 
Of the Sun
Label: 
Self-Released

Of the Sun is a Southern Progressive Metal band and Before A Human Path is their five song second album. Like most metal songs, these are on the long side except for one song and surprisingly I liked it. I usually don't enjoy really long songs but the diversity in each song kept me interested and surprised at every new sound that was integrated. The vocals vary significantly from different types of screams to melodic clean vocals. Each song sounded unique and combined different types of sounds that I wasn't expecting.

Sounds Like: 
Progressive Metal
Sounds Like: 
Southern Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Within the Ruins
Label: 
Entertainment One

Within the Ruins is a metalcore/rpm metal band from America best known, arguably, for their album Phenomena. Track one "Beautiful Agony" starts out pretty heavy but with your typical metalcore guitar riffs. This is a little heavier than their normal stuff and definitely has more metal in it than some of their tracks which are pretty much rpm with metal drums. This song doesn't actually have any clean vocals except towards the end but with that being said - it's not the heaviest song/vocals in the world by any means.

Sounds Like: 
I Declare War
Sounds Like: 
Rings of Saturn
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Protest the Hero
Label: 
Razor & Tie

Pacific Myth is the newest EP from progressive metal band, Protest the Hero. And to begin I want to say that I really love the album art work on the cover and on the inside of the lyric booklet. The manta rays in space on the cover is awesome in my opinion. This EP has a solid 6 songs on it and honestly I was pleasantly surprised and liked all of them.

Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Periphery
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2017
Artist: 
Husbandry
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

Fera has an energy that is frenetic and explosive at times. The lead singer's voice is memorable and the songs were described as sounding like "Fugazi meets Aaliyah". This post-hardcore noise-rock band doesn't hold back an ounce of energy in the bars and lyrics. If you're looking for something that is a fusion of metal and post-hardcore, then this album might be your golden egg.  

Sounds Like: 
Mars Volta
Sounds Like: 
Glassjaw
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Avenged Sevenfold
Label: 
Capitol Records

Avenged Sevenfold recently released their 7th studio album The Stage on Capitol Records. This is their first album since their nasty split with Warner Brother Records, as well as their first album with new drummer Brooks Wackerman (Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, Tenacious D). This album is also the bands first approach at a concept album, moving the album along on the theme of artificial intellegence and the future of humankind. I think that this concept was really well projected in the album both lyrically and musically.

Sounds Like: 
Metallica
Sounds Like: 
All That Remains
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Make Them Suffer
Label: 
Rise Records

Make Them Suffer is an Australian progressive metal band and Old Souls & Lord of Woe is a combination of their EP, Lord of Woe and their second album, Old Souls. This album includes 17 songs so it is a long one. I enjoyed this album for the most part because it sounded more metalcore than most of the albums I've reviewed recently but 17 songs that sound decently similar got kind of boring. I enjoyed the first half of the album but by the end I was ready for it to be over.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Sounds Like: 
Silent Planet
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2016
Artist: 
Black Crown Initiate
Label: 
eOne

Death metal band Black Crown Initiate released their second studio album Selves We Cannot Forgive via eOne Records. This album is their third release, following the EP Song of the Crippled Bull, as well as their first album The Wreckage of the Stars. I was initially drawn to Selves We Cannot Forgive because of my love for TechDeath, and for the most part I was very satisfied with this release. The album doesn't follow the typical direction that death metal follows, which actually really caught my attention.

Sounds Like: 
The Faceless
Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Gojira
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2016
Artist: 
We Are The Catalyst
Label: 
Ferocity Records

I may not be your average metal head, but I can say right off the bat that this song is absolutely incredible. You by no means have to enjoy typical metal subgenres in general to absolutely fall apart over the beauty of this song. The track manages to be ambient and ethereal, yet exceptionally heavy and powerful at the same time. The VOCALS in this song are breath-taking to say the least. Front woman, Cat Fey, has a voice that stunned me the moment the first notes broke out of her mouth.

Sounds Like: 
Lacuna Coil
Sounds Like: 
Evanescense
Sounds Like: 
If Hayley Williams was in a DOPE post-hardcore/hardcore band.
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Ihsahn
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Arktis., the newest release from the Norwegian composer, Ihsahn, is an interesting album for a few different reasons. I was incredibly surprised that the majority of this album is composed and performed by one man. I had at first thought that this was a band but after reading a bit about the album I realized that it was one man who had been a part of multiple other successful groups. This album in particular didn't really catch my interest very much since the vocals seem very droning and monotone.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Peccatum
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
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