Metal

Artist: 
Vanderberg's Moonkings
Label: 
Mascot Label Group

       Dutch four-piece rockers "Vanderberg's Moonkings" (fronted by a former 13 year member of  the band "Whitesnake") immediately sound like Gun's'n'Roses singing meets Lynyrd Synyrd rhythm on the opening track from their second studio album "MKII". 

Sounds Like: 
Guns'n'Roses
Sounds Like: 
Axel Rose meets Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
Sounds Like: 
1980s Hair Metal Ballads
Sounds Like: 
Classic 80s Hair Metal riff that made ballads like "Rock You (Like a Hurricane)" famous
Sounds Like: 
"Patience" and "Civil War" by Guns'n'Roses
Sounds Like: 
Poison
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
GWAR
Label: 
Metal Blade

The Blood of the Gods is thrash metal band, GWAR's 14th album and is the first released after the death of the founding member Dave Brockie. I personally haven't extensively listened to GWAR's previous albums so I can't compare this album to the older albums that featured Dave Brockie. Regardless, this album kept me interested and intrigued to listen to each next song. Trash metal isn't typically something I listen to so I didn't immediately fall in love with the album but after a couple listens it grew on me.

Sounds Like: 
Hatebreed
Sounds Like: 
Municipal Waste
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Converge
Label: 
Epitaph Records

The new Converge album, "The Dusk In Us", is a rollercoaster ride of diversity, and intensity. With elements of the 80's skater hardcore scene, the early 2000's metalcore scene, and modern grindcore, "The Dusk In Us" has enough diversity to keep anyone’s interest. Let's face it, most of these genres grow old quick when played alone, so I think it was a great move to lump all of the styles together. Converge even throws a ballad in the middle of the album, slowing things down and showing the bands sinister introspective side.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
DRI
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Sounds Like: 
Suicidal Tendencies
Sounds Like: 
Pig Destroyer
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Artist: 
Watain
Label: 
Century Media

Four years after their latest release "Wild Hunt", Black Metal legends Watain are hitting the studio once again to produce their sixth full length studio record "Trident Wolf Eclipse". Offering fans a taste of what's to come, Watain has released a single off of the new album entitled "Nuclear Alchemy". If this song has anything to say about the up and coming release, then Black Metal fans are in for a treat. Nuclear Alchemy is fast, brutal, evil, raw, and chaotic. This song has the tone of black metal, but the energy of death metal.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Mayhem
Sounds Like: 
Dark Throne
Sounds Like: 
Immortal
Sounds Like: 
Kvlt
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Artist: 
The Unguided
Label: 
Napalm Records

The Unguided in the Album “And the Battle Royale” starts with a heavy lines and ends with one. This band has come from Sweden with melodic, smashing hooklines that set up the remaining album for some great melodies and vocals that both emphasize and support the thrilling guitar lines. Though this sub-genre of Metal is generally not my “cup of tea”, I found my post-punk ears perking up to the subtle electronic and garage influences that are slipped between the power metal chords and the death metal singing that ups the energy of the entire album.

Sounds Like: 
Escape The Fate
Sounds Like: 
Zardonic
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Midnight
Label: 
Self-Released

Nice album art right?? ^^^^^

Midnight is total hardcore punk. Apparently the band has a large underground following. To me the album sounds a little like Slayer and Electric Wizard if they went punk. I would definitely say that this album is a specific taste, and many people may not like it.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
HollyWood Undead
Label: 
A&M Records

This is an album, it does album things, unfortunately it is not clean meaning it cannot be played on the radio. it is very fast paced with the obligatory higher pitched voice screaming words, something one can expect from most everything these days. Vaguely Fall out boy esque and truly, annoyingly UNCLEAN, has some old school emminem--> Slim shady vibes in the rap aspect, One thing that was completely unexpected was the appearance of a violin in the second track.

Synth work done extensively, if you want to listen to this ask someone to clean it.

Sounds Like: 
Fall Out Boy
Sounds Like: 
Emminem
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Death Toll 80k
Label: 
Svart Records

Finnish Grindcore band Death Toll 80k will be releasing their new album Step Down on November 17. The album was alright, featuring shorter songs and very intense instrumentation and vocals. This album is for sure not for the light hearted. Instrument wise, this album reminisced old Cattle Decapitation with subpar recording quality, which gave it a very dirty and explosive sound. I liked a lot of the guitar riffs, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Old Cattle Decapitation
Sounds Like: 
Anal Trump
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Slipknot, the metal gods themselves, have blessed the world with a live version of their greatest hits of all time. If you are usually let down by live versions of albums, I completely understand, nothing is like the studio recording. But, I promise this album delivers in every way possible, possibly even better than their studio versions. This live version album was recorded in Mexico City. When you listen to it, the music transports you to Mexico City as if you attended the show in person. Overall, musically this album is amazing with great riff lines and a very classic Slipknot sound.

Sounds Like: 
System of A Down
Sounds Like: 
Korn
Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Avatar
Label: 
eOne Music

Avatar is a really interesting band, with dark circus imagery and very beautiful metal. Gearing up to release a new album, Avatar released a new single "A Statue of A King". The new single honestly sounds like a Tenacious D. Looking at the video for this new song, the circus/theater theme is still there but there is a more patriotic theme. As a stand alone song, this is rather disappointing. This song travels around clean and rough vocals but the instrumentals are boring. Overall, this song is not very interesting and I hope it is not indicative of how the new album will be.

Sounds Like: 
Drowning Pool
Name: 
Alexis Wakler
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017