Metal

Fantasy Empire

Artist: 
Lighting Bolt
Label: 
LOAD Records

So.. Lighttning Bolt is weird. But not weird in the normal sense. The music is muted and almost far away from you. It's mostly instrumental and almost thrash metal. They are basically a little harder than a punk band but the music is incoherent and the vocals don't match the music. Not only do the vocals sound like they belong with a much softer band, but they are super muted and sound like pure gibberish. While the music is really technical for the guitarist, the bassist and drummer are left with elementary riffs to support the not so there vocals and solos of the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
an awful version of System of a Down
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Restarter

Artist: 
Torche
Label: 
Relapse Records

Pretty loud and not as angry as you might expect. Makes me wish I had better speakers on my laptop. I feel like this is the kind of album that just needs to be played as loud as possible. Overall, it was pretty good. Nice mix of long and short songs. Lyrics are a bit muffled by all the guitar, but not in a necessarily bad way? It just seems like the music is much more the focus rather than the words. It's not their first album, and you can tell they've got some experience because it sounds really well put-together and everything flows nicely from one track to the next.

Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2015

Becoming

Artist: 
Courage My Love
Label: 
Homeskool Prom

This band is from Canada. It's already awesome. Female led, this bad breaks barriers by joining different elements and instrumets together to make a new sound with a metal twist. Beautifully constructed, with dark elements and plenty of upbeat fast songs you cannot go wrong. If you are a fan of Hayley Williams and Paramore, this is the album for you, but more on the metal side.

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Lauren Wexler
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

The Meating

Artist: 
Fossils
Label: 
Indisciplinarian

As a 7 track album I was deffinatley surprised how much I have come to like this band. It has punk influence intertweened with metal and hardcore lyrics/rifts. Reminded me of the band Letlive. But that similar style of punk with metal. Might be a weird combonation for most music listeners but if you enjoy metal and punk together while imganing running through a figure 8 mosh circle pit. Then this album is for you! 

Sounds Like: 
Letlive
Sounds Like: 
August Burns Red
Name: 
Ryan Reyes
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Tyranny

Artist: 
Lago
Label: 
Self-released

Lago released their self produced album Tyranny late in 2014 but this album was pretty great. They are a local band based in Chandler, AZ and they are a prime example of black metal. Their dark, death oriented lyrics with a hint of religious disdain are sung by a traditional grungy, deep, growling voice and accompanied by an eerie almost demon voice in the background. Besides the vocals have a creepy yet powerful tinge to it, Lago kicks butt.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitationn
Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Searching For Zero

Artist: 
Cancer Bats
Label: 
Metal Blade

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, the Cancer Bats are releasing their 6th album and they are pretty awesome. I have not heard any of their work before this but I'm glad I discovered them. The singer Jaye Schwarzer delicately mixes clean vocals with rough, grungy vocals that anyone can enjoy. Cancer Bats is great for anyone who likes metal or alt-rock. While they are punk rock and have pretty heavy guitar riffs, they are just a great listen. The drumming is pretty generic for punk rock, but the guitar compliments the singer really nicely.

Sounds Like: 
Gallows
Sounds Like: 
The Ghost of a Thousand
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Vritra

Artist: 
Devathorn
Label: 
World Terror Committee

Ever heard what black metal from Greece sounds like? If not, Devathorn's new album Vritra might be exactly the fix you need. While there never seems to be a terribly large amount of variety when it comes to black metal as a genre, Devathorn has definitely stood apart from other black metal bands in my mind. I didn't quite know what to expect coming into this album, and normally I'm not too huge on black metal, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album.

Sounds Like: 
Mayhem
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Psycroptic

Artist: 
Psycroptic
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

Psycroptic opens their sixth album in fifteen years with a powerful, heavy, grungy beautiful sound. Coming from the land of Tasmanian Devils, this band greatly replicates the eat-or-be-eaten motto of the Australian desert.  The double bass is jaw dropping and just super awesome. This band really kicks butt. This album is pretty short, only 38 minutes long with 9 songs. Each one is heart racing, mosh-inducing metal. This has been one of the best metal albums I've heard in a while.

Sounds Like: 
Incantation
Sounds Like: 
The Amenta
Name: 
Alexis Walker