Metal

Artist: 
Iron Maiden
Label: 
Sanctuary Records Group LTD.

Put on your helmets and get ready to catch your heart when it bursts out of your chest for Iron Maiden's Book of Souls, the Live Chapter. With top picks from their worldwide Book of Souls tour, Iron Maiden pieced this album together, composed of their favored and most well-recieved tracks, to bring their sound in all its glory to the stage. This tour went from February of 2016 to July of 2017, more than a year of traveling to 39 countries worldwide, and the album is made up of the tracks that absolutely blew the audience as well as myself away.

Sounds Like: 
Maybe Metallica, but is their anyone who truly sounds like Iron Maiden?
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
12/07/2017
Artist: 
GBH
Label: 
Hellcat Records

So! Good instrumentals for one and all, reminescent of other punk rockers like the sex pistols or more closely, the clash. That said, this specific sub genre is not my cup of tea, the production is less than what mainstream music has lead me to expect. the lyrics are well thought out and conceptually interesting, even if track twelve steals the chorus from marilyn mansons 'Three Day Bender.' the vocals though are of a lower standard than I would have expected and this is mildly grating on my expectations.

Sounds Like: 
The Clash
Sounds Like: 
The Sex Pistols
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Hollywood Undead
Label: 
BMG Rights Management

If you are looking for a flashback to your sixth grade emo self, this is the album for you.  Rap Rock band from L.A., Hollywood Undead, is out with their new album, V. This is the epitome of emo music and if you don’t immediately think of black overdone eyeliner and hair parted way to the side when you hear this, you have been living under a rock. In my opinion, the rap sequences in all the songs are not very impressive. They also tend to like the lyrics “six feet deep” and referring to themselves.

Sounds Like: 
Deuce
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Anti-Flag
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

This album is straight up punk. It basically sounds like other Anti-Flag records. If you are a fan of other Anti-Flag albums and punk, you will like this album. 

Sounds Like: 
The Offspring
Sounds Like: 
Green Day kinda
Sounds Like: 
Anti-Flag
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
White Wizzard
Label: 
Self Released

"Storm the Shores" by White Wizzard from their album Infernal Overdrive is a blood-pumping, metal song that even people that aren't metalheads, such as myself, can enjoy. Personally, this single brought me back to my addiction to Guitar Hero 3. Like Guitar Hero 3, this single isn't too heavy for the masses and has exciting guitar solos that anyone will naturally feel the need to air-guitar through. Wyatt Anderson's clean vocals are more suitable for non-metalheads but they still pack a punch because of their energy.

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest - similar instrumental sounds and both heavy metal; slightly less high-pitch vocals than Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden - similar vocals and instrumental; less bass than most popular Iron Maiden songs
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Volumes
Label: 
Fearless

Different Animals is the progressive metalcore, Volumes', newest album with 12 songs on it and the first to feature their new vocalist, Myke Terry. Different Animals sounds like a very typical metalcore album which is not a bad thing! I really like hearing new good metalcore and this album is really solid. Volumes does mix it up with the song "On Her Mind" by featuring Pouya who adds a rap/R&B twist to it.

Sounds Like: 
Veil of Maya
Sounds Like: 
Northlane
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2017
Artist: 
Sleeping Romance
Label: 
Napalm Records

This album is very generic symphonic metal; female soprano singer, orchestra, heavy guitar, the whole package. I don't mean to say that it is bad, but it is very clearly a product of influences such as Nightwish, so much so that it is not very interesting to me. 

Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Sounds Like: 
Epica
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2017
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
Entertainment One (eOne)

With the well-known Zakk Wylde and new guitarist Dario Lorina, Black Label Society releases a single track from their soon-to-be-released album, Grimmest Hits. The track starts with a sick cadence and immediately immerses the listener into the groove of the song. With the dirty, American metal undertones and dark, Ozzy-influenced overtones, this track is an ideal preview of the album to come, as it not only gets the listener invested, it gives a taste of the band's sound and what one can expect.

Sounds Like: 
Alice in Chains
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Sinsaenum
Label: 
earMUSIC

The supergroup Sinsaenum has returned in 2017 to follow up their debut full-length album Echoes of the Tortured with a fiery and intensely dark EP, simply titled Ashes. 

Sounds Like: 
If Slayer played death metal
Sounds Like: 
If Goatwhore was from Oslo in the 90s
Sounds Like: 
If Dimmu Borgir and Marduk had a baby who also happened to be a guitar virtuoso
Sounds Like: 
If Pantera played black metal and Phil Anselmo wasn't a nazi
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Cavalera Conspiracy
Label: 
Napalm Records

This album is the side project of the Cavalera brothers and it is super awesome trash metal. I'm not normally into thrash metal but this entire album is perfect for a good ole fashioned beat down in the middle of the moshpit. With fast paced guitars and booming drums, the Cavalera brothers do not disappoint. For those who find metal too aggressive, the vocals are this album are welcoming.

Sounds Like: 
Chimaira
Sounds Like: 
Code Orange
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017