Metal

Artist: 
Revocation
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Before I begin, I feel the need to apologize for the few swear words I'll be using in this review. I'm sincerely sorry if such language offends anybody. However if you speak metalhead, you'll understand entirely what I'm trying to convey besides my lack of a sophisticated lexicon. Now that this is out of the way...

Sounds Like: 
If Megadeth and Black Dahlia Murder had a baby, it went through a punk/hardcore phase, and every single sound of worth from such a genre compressed into a perfect audible diamond.
Sounds Like: 
Awesomeness.
Name: 
Dethlateer
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2016
Artist: 
The SHRINE
Label: 
Century Media Records

Rare Breed is The SHRINE's most recent album with 13 tracks on it and features Keith Morris from the band Black Flag. This album starts strong with the song "Coming Down Quick" which has fast guitar riffs and has the classic rock and roll vibe to it. This isn't the usual type of music I seek out but I don't regret checking this album out.

Sounds Like: 
80's rock
Sounds Like: 
Foo Fighter
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2016
Artist: 
Pink Mass
Label: 
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Ever wonder what would happen if you took grind, mixed it with some black metal, added some gimp suits, and booked a show at a sweatshop-turned-sex-dungeon in hell? If so, you might be interested in this album. This is Slvt Cvlt by Pink Mass, and it is quite the experience. This isn't really the kind of thing you can describe as being good or bad (unless you're not a fan of the genres that it mixes together, in which case, you might want to forget that this album exists), but rather that it does exactly what it sets out to do and does it well.

Sounds Like: 
The soundtrack to a night in a psychopathic Columbian drug-lord's personal sex dungeon
Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2016
Artist: 
Striker
Label: 
Independent

This album is glorious, it sounds power, electric, and downright badass. Honestly when I popped this CD in I thought I was listening to Dio or another band like that. It’s crazy good. It’s old school hair metal that gets you dancing, moshing and all the good metal moves.

Sounds Like: 
Dio
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2016
Artist: 
Drowning Pool
Label: 
eOne Music

So, like every other person I know, I really like the song "Bodies" by Drowning Pool, and this is nothing like that. Don't get me wrong, there was some good stuff to be heard with this album, but the songs felt stale with their dynamics. Only a couple songs seemed to really grab my attention while the rest seemed to blend together. There is a lot of experimental sounds throughout this album but the overarching theme is to have heavy instruments in the background with maybe a twangy sound or some morbid chant of killing yourself. 

Sounds Like: 
Every other drowning pool album
Sounds Like: 
Disturbed
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2016
Artist: 
Toothgrinder
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Toothgrinder is a metalcore that recently signed to Spinefarm Records. Nocturnal Masquerade is their first full length album with two Eps underneath their belt. While this isn’t necessarily a BAD album, this isn’t one of my favorites. It’s hardcore and definitely metalcore but it could be better. It’s technical and well produced so the quality of the music or musicians isn’t the problem. The problem is the originality of the music. Honestly – I feel like I’ve heard all this music before just underneath a different band’s name.

Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2016
Artist: 
Borknagar
Label: 
Century Media Records

What do you get if you mix Norwegian black metal, progressive metal, and folk metal together? Borknagar.

Sounds Like: 
Amorphis mixed with Gorgoroth
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2016
Artist: 
Exmortus
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

Hey! You there! I see your heartrate is below 150 bps and you lack the proper equipment and mindset to ride into an armageddon style battle for the fate of the universe alongside literally anything that can rain down death and destruction upon their foes. But fear not! This album is here to help!

Sounds Like: 
Nekrogoblikon
Sounds Like: 
Dethklok
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2016
Artist: 
Mike Lepond
Label: 
Imports

So I thought this album was kind of odd. It has a lot of different types of metal in this album I feel. While the first song reminds me of something similar to Ace of Spades by Motorhead, the second song starts off with some interesting softer riffs that lead into some heavier stuff. There’s quite a range of songs to use from this album so depending on what you’re looking for, so there’s pretty much something for everyone.

 

Sounds Like: 
MotorHead
Sounds Like: 
Something for everyone
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2016

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