Metal

Artist: 
Zeal and Ardor
Label: 
MVKA Records

Zeal and Ardor has been described as slave folk metal, folk mixed with black metal, and more. I think the slave narrative mixed with black metal with rpm influences is more accurate. However you want to describe this album, it’s beautiful. A lot of metal albums aren’t beautiful, they’re brutal, rough, adrenaline kicking and more. But this is chilling and empowering. This metal blends so well with the folk that you almost forget that its two different genres. The rpm is not distracting or overpowering, it adds to the creepy yet intriguing beauty of this album.

Sounds Like: 
slave narratives mixed with black metal and folk
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
Century Media Records

Body Count is a metal group founded by rap phenomenon Ice-T and they aren’t necessarily known for being the heaviest, most skilled or most polished metal group. This track “No Lives Matter” though… this is something that changes all those preconceived ideas about Body Count. First off: this is a really well done metal track, plain and simple. But the message and the execution of it gives you chills. Ice-T raps over the slam metal track and it fits perfectly. This is a mosh pit song. This is a song that will change and influence a generation.

Sounds Like: 
Ice-T
Sounds Like: 
rap metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Ex Deo
Label: 
Napalm Records

Of the album's I've looked at this semester, this is by far one of the heaviest. My initial attraction was for the appeal to Roman antiquity, and I was gratified when I heard the opening chords of heavy, bloodthirsty, and war-driving music. The lyrical content is based around the concept of Roman warriors during the times of antiquity, and the heavy, incessant riffs give one the feeling of being on the battlefield.

Sounds Like: 
Kataklysm
Sounds Like: 
Alestorm
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Striker
Label: 
Record Breaking Records

Imagine you’re a mom who used to party all the time and doesn’t really remember high school or college because she was constantly following bands. Striker’s new album Striker would be for people like that, its hair metal. This isn’t bad hair metal but there’s nothing really special about it either. One could describe this band as a generic hair metal band mixed with a crappy version of the Beastie Boys. In terms of instrumentation, the guitars are very powerful and pretty much the most dominant thing you hear in the album.

Sounds Like: 
Virgin Steel
Sounds Like: 
Brocas Helm
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2017
Artist: 
The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats
Label: 
Metalville Records

The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats are by far one of my favorite reviews of the year. I've always carried a love for Ireland and the sounds of folk-punk/ rock that it pushes out continuously. Being a huge fan of Dropkick Murphys, I picked this album up just to see if it carried a tune, and lo and behold the tune carried me away instead.

Sounds Like: 
Dropkick Murphys
Sounds Like: 
Flogging Mollys
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Superjoint
Label: 
Housecore Records

You like Sepultura? Mudvayne? You like heavy, in your ear, dirty death metal? Well, open your earholes and get stuffed with Superjoint's album, "Caught in the Gears of Application". This album is so heavy, there's only one airable track, and the whole time you're listening, it feels like your ear canal is collapsing in on itself. That isn't wholly a bad thing. if you're into the sludge metal scene, as Superjoint purely presents to us in this album.

Sounds Like: 
Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Anal Trump
Label: 
Joyful Noise Recordings

Anal Trump’s album, To All the Broads I’ve Nailed Before, has ten short tracks:

1. Mammograms Are Gay (0:03)

2. Nasty Woman (0:04)

3. Before I Proceed, I'd Like To Hear The Other Side Of The Argument Against Cervical Cancer      (0:04)

4. Flip Your Panties (0:02)

5. The Fat Picture (0:09)

6. If I Don't Respect Women, Then How Come I Own A Beauty Pageant? (0:03)

7. Of My Best Friends Know Some Woman That They Still Have Yet To Sexualize (0:10)

8. The Trump Rule (0:11)

Sounds Like: 
metal
Name: 
Alessandra Posada
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Obituary
Label: 
Relapse Records

Obituary released their first single for their upcoming self-titled 10th album. "Sentence Day," the single, is pretty much exactly what you would expect from Obituary. Its death metal, its a bit groovy, and it has a lot of fast squealing solos. The song is really good and I really dug the main riff, but its pretty standard death metal nonetheless. Either way, I am excited to hear new Obituary. Check out their new album Obituary on March 17. 

Sounds Like: 
Obituary
Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Footage of a Yeti
Label: 
Independant

Queens, NY death metal band Footage of a Yeti released their new EP Purging the Human Conditions in late January. I'm going to start out by simply saying that this album is awesome. I was guilty of being one of those metalcore kids in high school, but now I listen to mostly death metal. This band took some of the coolest elements from both genres and managed to put together an incredible album. Sound wise, the album includes a lot of the key techniques for both genres: tremolo picking, breakdowns, some ambient background sounds, and fast paced riffing.

Sounds Like: 
Motionless in White
Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Motionless In White
Label: 
Roadrunner

Motionless in White are back with a new single for their forthcoming album Graveyard Shift. This is the bands first release since switching to Roadrunner records, and  I have to say that I am really impressed. I was a huge fan of the Creatures era Motionless in White, and I think that this single reflects the aggressive and explosive sound from that album. The song features super heavy vocals and the a very aggressive guitar. Chris Motionless' vocals are sounding better than ever.

Sounds Like: 
Miss May I
Sounds Like: 
Asking Alexandria
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017