Metal

Just Like You

Artist: 
Falling In Reverse
Label: 
Epitaph Records

ohwe...emm...jee

Sounds Like: 
Escape the Fate
Sounds Like: 
Survive This
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/04/2015

Ungod

Artist: 
Morgoth
Label: 
Century Media Records

After over 12 years without playing or performing, and almost 20 years spent outside of the writing process and studio, Morgoth has returned with their fourth studio album, entitled Ungod, and unfortunately, it is not much to write home about. It might be that Morgoth has lost their touch, or that it simply is not an enjoyable album for someone like me, but the album fell flat for me in a big way.

Sounds Like: 
Immolation
Sounds Like: 
Kreator
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2015

Even Less

Artist: 
Gristnam
Label: 
Housecore Records

Gristnam are a New Orleans grind-groove death metal band, and Even less is a 30 minute non-stop assault on your ears (in a good metal way). Featuring five tracks from their Bandcamp released Releases 1, as well as six brand new songs (which can also be downloaded on Bandcamp as Releases 2), this album rocks hard and fast from start to finish. The vocals are the perfect mid-range screamo pitch, which along with a rich low metal distortion and the occassion blast beat from the drummer, makes for a very satisfying listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Sounds Like: 
Retox
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2015

Aion I

Artist: 
Seven Year Storm
Label: 
Self-Released

Sean Lang released his independent album Aion I through an indiegog campaign as a side project. This Vancouver based drummer currently works with First Reign, A Night of Bowie, Byrd Dawg, and Seven Year Storm. He also has worked with at least 20 other bands. But enough talk of this kick butt metal drummer. His side project Aion I was one of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of metal I've ever heard. This 26 minute album takes you on a mental story that is both beautiful and powerful.

Sounds Like: 
Animals As Leaders
Sounds Like: 
Cloudkicker
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2015

One Man Army

Artist: 
Ensiferum
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Finland seems like a truly metal place. Alongside its black metal neighbors Norway (home of Burzum, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, and Dimmu Borgir, among many others) Poland (home of Behemoth), and its death metal neighbor Sweden (home of Amon Amarth, In Flames, Meshuggah, and Bathory, among many others), many tend to forget Finland even exists, both in the metal scene and in general. With any luck whatsoever, Ensiferum, with their new album One Man Army, will forever carve Finland into your memory on the list of metal countries.

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth
Sounds Like: 
Kvelertak
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/27/2015

Iris Divine

Artist: 
Karma Sown
Label: 
Sensory Records

Karma Sown are a progressive metal trio from Washington DC who have been making waves in their own special way. Although this album was already previously released on Bandcamp (apparently), it is now picked up by a label and being officially released, which is awesome because this album is pretty good. The album starts right away with the best song on the album: The Everlasting Sea. This track rocks so hard, and transitions very nicely into a slower second half of the song, which features an awesome solo.

Sounds Like: 
Dream Theater
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2015

Wound Empire

Artist: 
Abstracter
Label: 
Vendetta Records

Extremely sludgy, this record's tempo mixed with the sound is similar to a huge semi-truck that is in dire need of an oil change. The intro of the first track "Lightless" seems way to long, but recatches your attention with a pair of killer riffs in the middle. This kind of style will eventually get you really into the sheer depressive mood this record represents.  The tone in every instrument is quite low (including vocals), just adding to the blackened atmosphere.

Sounds Like: 
Nux Vomica
Sounds Like: 
Mastodon
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2015

Your Joyous Future

Artist: 
Muck
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

Muck is definitely the kind of band that parents warn their children about. I can only imagine the headache one might come out of their gig with. I mean, with a name like Muck, you might be able to imagine just how punk these guys are. It's not your mainstream, pop-punk, Blink-182 type punk, either. These guys are punch-you-in-the-face, run-around-in-circles, have-a-high-speed-chase, break-stuff punk band that will just blow up your sound system. This album is no exception to the inherently angsty sound of true punk.

Sounds Like: 
Terveet Kädet
Sounds Like: 
Youth Brigade
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2015

The Cosmic Trance into the Void

Artist: 
Hic Iacet
Label: 
Iron Bonehead Productions

Very heavy and dreadful, it is the soundtrack to a feeling as if some sort of spiritual doom is imminent. This is a quite awesome listen,  tempos and styles change frequently; so you are left to wonder is this doom, death, or black metal? In the end, it really doesn't matter, these guys capture your soul and rip it apart piece by piece with each gut wrenching riff. The sound is very raw and low, almost as if they are going for the sound a rusty chainsaw makes when it is trying to be started up with sludgy gasoline.

Sounds Like: 
Dissipation
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2015

Merging in Light - EP

Artist: 
In The Company Of Serpents
Label: 
Self-Released

The Denver-based, two-piece doom and sludge metal band In The Company Of Serpents has come out with what appears to be their first EP, entitled "Merging in Light". Even though it's only a three-song album, it is a 21 minute listen, mainly because it's just super-sludgy doom metal. Much like a similar album I reviewed earlier this year, Latitude Egress's "To Take Up The Cross" (http://kamp.arizona.edu/node/4141), it is not what I would've typically picked up. That being said, it was a very satisfying listen.

Sounds Like: 
Latitude Egress
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2015
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