Metal

Hammer of the Witch

Artist: 
Ringworm
Label: 
Relapse

This CD is what you want to listen to.  There are some other good things in the stacks, but this one easily takes the cake.  The fast paced nature of the band, coupled with solid guitar work and a vocalist that actually fits the rest of the sound of the band create a winning combination.  The only complaint I can really have against these guys is the short songs, which makes for a short album.  That is slightly remedied by the 13 track length of the album however.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Sounds Like: 
Tryptykon
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

The Coming Scourge

Artist: 
Bodyfarm
Label: 
Metal Blade

So these guys are pretty awesome.  The sound is fast paced, heavy and brutal.  Body Farm doesn't let you off easily here with this one and it's amazing.  Another thing they do great is that no song is overly long.  The songs keep moving at  a good pace so they finish in a timely, radio friendly manner.  The main sound you'll hear is the amazing guitarist.  He's backed by the vocalist who is easily understandable, but still has a hoarse sound to his voice.  It works well with the slightly dirty sounding guitar set.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

From All Purity

Artist: 
Indian
Label: 
Relapse

There's really not much to say about this band.  They just aren't that good.  The songs are extremely slow, long, and repetitive.  The sound isn't very clean either.  While that can be intentional (and in this case it may be), it does not work here.  They spend 8 minutes going through like 3 verses for a song.  The guitars dominate their sound, primarily bass with the drummer doing some really slow stuff in the background, keeping time.  The lead singer seems like he's only there because that's what rounds out a normal band.

Sounds Like: 
If time slowed down for any normal band
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

From All Purity

Artist: 
Indian
Label: 
Relapse

There's really not much to say about this band.  They just aren't that good.  The songs are extremely slow, long, and repetitive.  The sound isn't very clean either.  While that can be intentional (and in this case it may be), it does not work here.  They spend 8 minutes going through like 3 verses for a song.  The guitars dominate their sound, primarily bass with the drummer doing some really slow stuff in the background, keeping time.  The lead singer seems like he's only there because that's what rounds out a normal band.

Sounds Like: 
If time slowed down for any normal band
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

Blood Eagle

Artist: 
Conan
Label: 
Napalm Records
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Sounds Like: 
Mares of Thrace
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2014

The Perverse Worship of Satanic Sins

Artist: 
Anal Blasphemy / Forbidden Eye
Label: 
Night in Terrors

This is a split blackened death metal EP between Anal Blasphemy and Forbidden Eye. The album begins with Anal Blasphemy who have a very classic black metal sound. As far as black metal goes, they’re actually somewhat mellow and positive in their thematic output. You can definitely tell their hearts sing for the Dark Lord Satan. Their guitar tone is somewhat warm at times, and track 3, my favorite of the Anal Blasphemy side, is long and full of variation, lyrical progression, and a slow-down guitar solo. Great stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Carpathian Forest
Sounds Like: 
Cathedral
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2014

The Socks

Artist: 
The Socks
Label: 
Small Stone Records

The Socks are going to be taking the music scene by storm with their Self-Titled album. The rock group from Lyon, France goes back to the roots of hard rock. They take on the influences of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and the likes, but create a modern version. The best part is when there's the breakdown for the guitar solo, and the guy just shreds. These guys definitely know what they're doing, and have a handle on the direction they plan to go. None of the tracks end up getting repetitive or redundant and they keep you engaged.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Led Zeppelin
Name: 
Dalal Kaddoura
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2014

Metanoia

Artist: 
North
Label: 
NONE

I don't really know anything about metal so I feel very underqualified to be writing this review, but here goes nothing. I was hoping this album would sound like the sludgy stoner metal of bands like Sleep, and yeah, sometimes the guitars are fuzzy and sludgy, it kinda just sounds like some local metal band that you'd see at some dumpy little venue or something. Sometimes it's kind of cool and dissonant like on the second track "Nefelibata" and there is a lot of neat instrumentation, but I could not get past the very growly, run-of-the-mill metal vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Slint but with growly metal vocals kinda
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2014

The Satanist

Artist: 
Behemoth
Label: 
Metal Blade

Dear sweet mother of all things that are holy - I can't believe this album. It's no doubt that this is the best release in death metal so far this year, but I would go so far as to say that it's one of the top blackened death metal albums of the past five years...perhaps even decade. This album will absolutely devour you. It's not one of those albums you can just sit and passively listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Nile
Sounds Like: 
Satan
Sounds Like: 
The apocalypse
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2014

Kill The Power

Artist: 
Skindred
Label: 
DoubleCross Records

I'm sure you lay awake many a Saturday night thinking, "Man...what would it sound like if I mixed metal and reggae?" Well look no further my friend. This album is exactly that. Not only that, but Skindred also tosses in a little dubstep into the mix to keep things hip and happenin'. OVerall, the album is alright. I wasn't disappointed with any of the songs but at the same time I also wasn't blown away with epic awesomeness (one of the more important fundamentals for metal).

Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley meets metal
Name: 
Daniel Bos
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2014