Metal

Another Love Song

Artist: 
A Mile Rising
Label: 
Self-Released

Four songs is not enough to showcase the awesomeness of this band. Seriously talented. Great instrumentals, with a guitar that sounds especially amazing. And vocals like WHOA there please sing to me for at least two hours thanks. And the album cover is literally a heart leaking green goo. Who doesn't love that? Back to the music. It's 4 songs of unimaginable greatness. Give it a listen, it's like 15 minutes, you won't regret it. I promise. 

Sounds Like: 
Three Days Grace
Sounds Like: 
Shinedown
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/11/2014

Lifer

Artist: 
Dope Body
Label: 
Drag City

This album was about as good as I expected, which was pretty good. Not the best thing I've ever heard, sure, but definitely listenable and worth a few hours on repeat. Voice and instrumental were good, but the guitar and the rest of it often overpowered the vocals so I couldn't hear/understand about 90% of the album. What I did understand was pretty good, like the album. Everything was pretty good. Probably about a 8/10 or so. Sorta screamo-y but not enough that it made me annoyed. Pretty good. 

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath kinda?
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2014

.5: The Gray Chapter

Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Slipknot is back after 6 years without a new studio album after suffering the death of bassist, Paul Gray, and the departure of long-time drummer, Joey Jordison. I've been a Maggot for as long as I can remember, and Slipknot was the always the one band I came back to so I could just rage and mosh inside my head. Unfortunately, and I'm sorry to say, their new album .5: The Gray Chapter did not live up to the hype for a Maggot like me.

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014

Deceiver of the Gods

Artist: 
Amon Amarth
Label: 
Metal Blade

This album 'Deceiver of the Gods' is the ninth album Amon Amarth has produced. I absolutely loved this album. This group never seems to disappoint and is consistantly good. If you like the sound of fast pasted bass drums and great riffs or if you enjoy the musical talents of bands like Arch Enemy, this is the ablum/band for you. Amon Amarth's albums also normally based off of Norse Mythology. To me some of the lyrics seemed to be surrounded by the legend of the Norse god Loki, also known as the trisker and his role in the end of the world.

Sounds Like: 
Arch Enemy
Sounds Like: 
Hypocrisy
Name: 
Morgan Hegeman
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2014

Book of the Worm

Artist: 
Hod
Label: 
Arctic Music Group

Down and dirty. The San Antonio based metal group Hod released their second studio album "Book of the Worm" in September, and boy is it hardcore rough. The guitars so raw yet very heavy and nicely put together. The riffage throughout the record is intense and intricate, creating complex, lengthy tracks at the back end of the album. The speed here is incredible; however, it may prove to be a little much at time:  most of the record is blast beats and fast paced guitar strumming.

Sounds Like: 
Gravehill
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2014

Awakening the Forest

Artist: 
Alunah
Label: 
Napalm Records

This is the most relaxing metal I've ever listened to. It's got very heavy guitar and drums often dominating the voice, which was already kind of hard to understand to begin with. But it works, and it sounds really good. Everything is slow and depressing, but there are some instrumental portions that are good for just playing in the background while doing homework or sleeping. The voice seems to be secondary to the music, so it's easy to forget that it's there and just get lost in the music.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2014

Le Paradis Funebre II, L'Adieu Du Silence

Artist: 
Der Blaue Reiter
Label: 
Neuropa

 To start out, this album is very different from anything I’ve ever listened to. I suppose I would classify it as gothic ambient music. It starts out with a classical opera feel, but then pretty much instantly flips to being very sad, dark and and ominous, and at some points I got the feeling that the tracks belonged in a horror movie. All of the songs have an intense militaristic element to them, like the beginning of a war scene in Lord of the Rings, but then they change back to the main synthy gothic theme of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Plastique Noir
Sounds Like: 
EllHelios
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

S/T

Artist: 
Wormwood
Label: 
Magic Bullet Records

Originally from Kansas, this super sludgely group has reformed to create this EP S/T. Now THIS is an album you should be spinning on your show. You can DEFINITELY hear a lot of Celtic Frost influence on this. I was surprised that the longest track on here is only 4 minutes, and that's pretty unique for a doom metal album. However, the length is completely appropriate for each track because it gives it the urgency and potency that the message calls for. The lyrical content is really centered around depressive themes and gives this album an emotional heaviness as well.

Sounds Like: 
EYEHATEGOD
Sounds Like: 
Celtic Frost
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

Riwen

Artist: 
Riwen
Label: 
Indie Records

Riwen is a new project from the guitarist from Cult of Luna. This 3-track EP didn't necessarily blow me away or anything, but it was an interesting mix of hardcore and thrash metal nonetheless.  I would say the vocals are more hardcore, but way more blackened and raspier. The riffs are pretty predictable and unoriginal though. I really dug the tempo changes and in the end it's just a good soundtrack to break shit to. The last track has some nice progressions, it ends off with some spoken word and haunting chords and violin solo.

Sounds Like: 
Slayer but more hxc vocals
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

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