Metal

Artist: 
Caliban
Label: 
Century Media Records

If you like German metalcore along the lines of We Butter The Bread With Butter, then this is your shit. Caliban is a five-piece band from the fatherland and this is their tenth studio album. They definitely know what's up and what the fuck they're doing. Every song is a pulse-pounding ride through the psyches of these disturbed musicians. The vocals go between German and English, though the vast majority of the tracks is in English, so fret not if you're not particularly skilled in the gentle, subtle language that is German.

Sounds Like: 
We Butter The Bread With Butter
Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Lacuna Coil
Label: 
Century Media Records

This song is so scary and not in the standard White Metal Guy Yelling At You kind of way. It has a very gothic vibe, which is definitely fun to listen to. The song has some really good diversity by utilizing a male and female singer. While I wish the girl was emphasized more, her parts were still fantastic. This song also had some strings and keys in it which was a welcome change of pace. This is a great song that should be played on your metal show!

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Fallujah
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Fallujah is back with their third studio album and have released a number of singles running up to the release. This track is the first single off of their new album Dreamless and it is honestly not what I expected. I never really listened to a whole lot of Fallujah, though I knew that they had a unique style of metal. The intro is extremely synth driven, and that is not a bad thing. The ambiant nature that is achieved by the short intro is odd, but not at all unwelcome.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art Is Murder
Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Sounds Like: 
Soilwork
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Hatebreed
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

I have been seriously lacking in Metal terms of what I've listened to this year so far. With that said, I was excited to check out Hatebreed's single "A.D." off their forthcoming LP The Concrete Professional. Hatebreed wastes no time as the track erupts into metal riffs backed by punchy drum fills. My favorite part of this song is the hook, "it's time to re-think this dream that they call American." The vocalist borrows some punk flows that I found myself singing along to on my later listens.

Sounds Like: 
Throwdown
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Gojira
Label: 
Roadrunner

This is one of the weirdest metal related songs I've ever heard. Not in terms of style, but just the sound of every single thing going on. The guitar tone sounds like a cat meowing at the bottom half of most riffs. The bass is incredibly fuzzy which is something I'm not used to in metal. The drums don't sound completely stiff and fake either like a lot of metal. And the singer isn't even brutal sounding! The end of this song has a very pretty subdued section that really pushes this song to a higher level.

Sounds Like: 
Tool
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Whitechapel
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

This guy's voice is absolutely insane. The song is consistent with it's tempo. Rarely does the singer's voice change, even for "chorus" parts. Syncopated drums and guitar are the biggest highlight of this song. While the riff isn't brutal like many metal songs, it makes up for that by making it sound nasty. The lyric video for this song just has videos of saws and snakes and that is pretty much what this song sounds like. Overall, it is a very solid single for an album that I am now interested in.

Sounds Like: 
Death metal
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
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
Artist: 
A Day to Remember
Label: 
ADTR Records

"Paranoia" is a single off of A Day to Remember's upcoming currently untitled album and if this is representative of what the next album will be like, it's looking pretty good. This song seems to be describing what it feels like to live with paranoia and how it affects your everyday life. If this is in a literal sense or a metaphorical sense I am not sure but regardless it makes for an interesting song.

Sounds Like: 
The Amity Affliction
Sounds Like: 
Of Mice & Men
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Beartooth
Label: 
Red Bull Labels

"Aggressive" is a single off of Beartooth's upcoming album, Aggressive. And right from the beginning, it is easy to tell that this song is going to be good. I had previously only heard a few songs off of Beartooth's last album and while I liked them I never felt compelled to continue listening to the rest of the album. But this single alone made me excited to hear the rest of the songs off of Aggressive. This song has a great mixture of clean and unclean vocals as well as typical metalcore instrumentals which all blend beautifully.

Sounds Like: 
Attack Attack!
Sounds Like: 
The Word Alive
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
36 Crazyfists
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Have you ever heard X Ambassadors' song "Renegades"? Probably. It's everywhere. But have you ever heard a metal version of it? Look no further because something awesome is here. The 36 Crazyfists cover of the pop-alt song is almost unrecognizable from the original, other than the lyrics. It sounds like it was meant to be sung like this.  I'm never listening to the original again now that this exists. 

Sounds Like: 
36 Crazyfists
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2016
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