Metal

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: 
Civil War
Label: 
Napalm Records

The Last Full Measure is the fourth album from the Swedish metal band, Civil War. Civil War contains a few former members from another popular Swedish metal band, Sabaton. Overall, this album was a pretty good album, for some reason I didn't love it and I've been liking most of the power metal albums I've listened to recently and do really enjoy Sabaton. But it was a solid album that was true to power metal with the heavy and symphonic instrumentals with uplifting beats.

Sounds Like: 
Hammerfall
Sounds Like: 
Sabaton
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Hammerfall
Label: 
Napalm Records

Built to Last is the tenth and most recent album from Swedish metal band Hammerfall. Built to Last is pretty much everything I exptected from a power metal album which isn't a bad thing. I really like this album and when I first began listening to it it almost sounded like what I expected a power metal version of Avenged Sevenfold would sound like. But as I kept listening it didn't sound like that for long and I came to enjoy Hammerfall for what it was.

Sounds Like: 
In Flames
Sounds Like: 
Helloween
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
ONI
Label: 
Blacklight Media/ Metal Blade Records

This album was thrust upon me by my good friend Andrew and honestly, I'm happy to have come across it. Oni's new debut album "Ironshore" is a technical metal masterpiece, mixing both the sounds of black, heavy metal, with the blustering sounds of upbeat pop and technical sound. This album features only nine songs, but each song is a different journey, and a different sound.

Sounds Like: 
The Human Abstract
Sounds Like: 
Protest the Hero
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
In Flames
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

In Flames singer Anders Friden has a super cool voice, although it is 100% metalcore. So if you're looking for heavier music, you're not going to find it here. With that being said, I think this is a very quality metalcore album and doesn't rely heavily on clean vocals too much. In a sense the music itself is almost doom-esque because it has the fuzzy background noise that many doom albums have but this is in NO way a doom album. For metalcore, the clean vocals are still very aggressive and are not effeminate.

Sounds Like: 
Soilwork
Sounds Like: 
Wovenwar
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2016
Artist: 
Darkthrone
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Norwegian black metal pioneers Darkthrone are back with their sixteenth studio album, Arctic Thunder, and it is a powerful return to their black metal roots, a place they haven't ventured into since 2004's Sardonic Wrath. In the last 12 years since Sardonic Wrath, Darkthrone has become largely a dark thrash metal band, much to the dismay of a large portion of their worshippers in the black metal community.

Sounds Like: 
Celtic Frost
Sounds Like: 
Early Darkthrone
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2016
Artist: 
For The Win
Label: 
Artery Recordings

San Diego band, For The Win released a new single Crash and Burn, and if you never emotionally grew up past the horrible age of 13 like me, you will absolutely love it. With high, expressive vocals and brief but dominant screaming, For The Win creates a sound reminiscent of old pop punk anthems but with that inspiringly ominous sound that post-hardcore bands do so well. The emotional lyrics, carried by a shaky yet passionate voice and electrifying guitar riffs are what make this song so powerful.

Sounds Like: 
If Knuckle Puck and A Day To Remember had a baby
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Whores
Label: 
eOne

Hardcore instrumentation with noisier aspects that sounds like a drive through the desert filled with cactus spines stuck in your hands. Great instrumentation with vocals that paired to create an ongoing explosive tone that didn’t get stuck in a loop of trite structures.

Sounds Like: 
Kowloon Walled City
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Berwanger
Label: 
Doghouse Records

You know rock isn't my expertise, but this some pretty chill stuff compared to what the album cover and title depict. It's enjoyable if you like this kind of music. I particularly don't listen to this, however it wasn't a bad listen. Even the the cheesy music video on youtube was somewhat intertaining. This is some more of that basic rock that you could get, almost has that 50s vibe to it, some of the chords sounded similar but thats just me. Anyways, its worth a listen, hope to see these guys soon again in a newer album. 

Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
Blink 182
Name: 
Alex Paris