Metal

Skills In Pills

Artist: 
Lindemann
Label: 
Warner Bros.

The lead singer of Rammstein, Till Lindemann, paired up with Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy to make their debut album as Lindemann. Their album "Skills In Pills" is not for the soft at heart. While it is not the hardest metal you will here this year or even the darkest, it is the definition of shock metal. The lyrics are sexual, in your face, and not apologetic about it. This was one of the best albums I've heard in a very long time. People only know Lindemann as this powerful, scary singer of Rammstein but Lindemann allows us to see his dirty, funny, and sexual side.

Sounds Like: 
Rammstein
Sounds Like: 
PAIN with Lindemann singing
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/04/2015

Immortalized

Artist: 
Disturbed
Label: 
Reprise Records

It's been an incredibly long wait, but it's finally here. Disturbed has come out of a five year hiatus and unleashed it's fifth straight chart topping album, fittingly called Immortalized. This album topped the Billboard 200 charts for an extremely good reason, as even after five years of inactivity, Disturbed has not lost an ounce of their ability to absolutely blow you away with early millenia metal. The album is just the Disturbed we've come to know and love. David Draiman still sounds epic and the band is still thunderous as ever.

Sounds Like: 
Good ol' Disturbed
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

Monarchy

Artist: 
Rivers of Nihil
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Rivers of Nihil is relatively new on the metal scene, as Monarchy is only their second studio album since they formed in 2009, but they are by no means rookies. This album hits hard and in all the right places, so it makes a lot of sense why Metal Blade would hype this album so much. All death metal should sound like this, or at least similar to this. It is very technical at parts and just plain brutal at others, with nothing hindering the progression of the album. You always want to hear what's coming next and just how they're going to attack next.

Sounds Like: 
Battlecross
Sounds Like: 
Ovid's Withering
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

Alchemy

Artist: 
Meytal
Label: 
Self Released

If you've never seen Meytal Cohen's drum covers on Youtube, drop everything right now and go check her out. She is an amazing drummer, but it was only recently that she was able to put together her own original album with a fully formed band. I had no idea what to expect from her and her band but I was curious enough to pick up the album, and I'm glad that I did. Now, it is a debut album, and Meytal is still finding themselves, but in terms of the simple quality of the music, it is a very good debut to say the least.

Sounds Like: 
Escape The Fate
Sounds Like: 
Breaking Benjamin
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

Rise to Power

Artist: 
Battlecross
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

There's a very good reason why Battlecross's third studio album Rise to Power was so hyped over the summer. Even just listening to the very first song will help you understand why people were so excited. Battlecross gets just about everything right when it comes to metal, and it's hard to not appreciate the abilities of these metallers out of Canton, Michigan. Rise to Power is hard-hitting, intricate, and powerful.

Sounds Like: 
Goatwhore
Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitation
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

M

Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse Records

While black metal is not for everyone, as it is often hard to appreciate the brutality and darkness of the genre, for Danish-born pop singer Amalie Bruun, also known as the one-woman black metal act Myrkur, that is not the case at all. Probably one of the last places one would go searching for black metal artists is the pop genre, but Amalie Bruun was introduced to it because she lived in a place so well known for its brutal metal, and was amazed how something could be so ugly and beautiful at the same time.

Sounds Like: 
Skyrim gone black metal
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

The Anthropocene Extinction

Artist: 
Cattle Decapitation
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

One of the most recognizable names in death metal, Cattle Decapitation has returned with their seventh studio album The Anthropocene Extinction. If you've never heard of Cattle Decapitation, it's time to put on your big boy pants and find out what death metal is really all about. Cattle Decapitation are hardcore environmentalists and animal rights activists at heart, and they've combined their beliefs with their incredible ability to create some of the best and most brutal deathgrind in the metal world.

Sounds Like: 
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sounds Like: 
Cradle of Filth
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015

Meliora

Artist: 
Ghost
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

The Swedish doom-metallers of Ghost are back with a new album, and it is glorious to behold. Papa Emeritus III has taken up the Satanic papacy and the Nameless Ghouls have donned horned masks and given us one of the most anticipated releases of the year. If you've ever heard Ghost, you know that they take a very unorthodox approach to their music in comparison to the majority of the metal world.

Sounds Like: 
Year Of The Goat
Sounds Like: 
Magna Carta Cartel
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2015

Chapter 1- Dawn of Days

Artist: 
Brave the Waters
Label: 
Independent

This album is really nice to listen to. It provides a very calming experience and has great instrumentation throughout. There is a nice mixture of minor and major chord progressions that create an ambient sound with metal undertones. This is great music to study to or listen to when you have a lot on your mind. I felt relaxed the whole time I listened to this album and the band has won me over as a fan.

Sounds Like: 
Explosions in the Sky
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2015

Hope Within Hatred

Artist: 
Shattered Sun
Label: 
Victory Records

Well, if you're looking for average metal, here it is. It was good, very good even, but not exactly great. There wasn't really anything special about it to make it different than any of the other stuff I've heard this year. Lots of screaming, lots of guitar riffs, lots of angry lyrics. The usual. Fairly upbeat except track 8, which is slower and completely sang, but it's actually really good. No idea what the title means, but it's a nice song. Overall, pretty good album.

Sounds Like: 
Metallica? That's what the CD wrapping said.
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015