Metal

Axiom

Artist: 
Infernal War
Label: 
Agonia Records

I'm not quite sure how to describe Infernal War's Axiom. I can't really give a definitive answer to the question of what exactly it is. The band itself are hate-filled and angry, as any black metal band is, and they're looking to break the mold, but I'm not sure if they broke the mold or broke the machine. Infernal War sounds like a band that started out as British invasion punk, but then they were told they couldn't practice in the garage anymore so they became super angry at everything.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth and British invasion punk's foster kid
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2015

Savage Land

Artist: 
Gruesome
Label: 
Relapse Records

Gruesome is a combination made up of Daniel Gonzalez from Possessed, Gus Rios from Create A Kill, Matt Harvey from Exhumed, and Robin Mazen from Trash Attack. A while ago I did a review on Exhumed, and they weren't that great. But Gruesome sounds like Exhumed realized what they were doing wrong and got their act together. The lead singer for both Exhumed and Gruesome finally found a band that can complement his serious growling voice perfectly. The guitarist and drummer are on the same page and super heavy, super thrash metal and it’s a great sound.

Sounds Like: 
Arise
Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2015

Middle Of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere

Artist: 
Acid King
Label: 
self released/Svart Records

 Acid Kings hails from the great city of San Francisco, pioneering both doom metal in San Fran, but also a female fronted leader. This is only their fourth album in twenty years and I can’t say it was worth the wait. It may not be the greatest doom metal band in the world, but it’s not poorly made. They are led by female guitarist Lori who controls the band with sludgy grungy riffs that you’d expect to find in a dirty street garage.

Sounds Like: 
Altamont
Name: 
Alexis walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2015

Ecate

Artist: 
Ufomammut
Label: 
Neurot Recordings

Ufomammut is an Italian doom metal trio who just released their 8th album "Ecate". It supposedly is the story of the different manifestations of the Greek goddess Ecate. While that may or may not be visible to the listener, "Ecate" is a really good album. If you're into slow, dirty, grungy doom metal this is a good one. While not many people are into slow groove, off putting doom metal, this one is really cool.

Sounds Like: 
Sons of Otis
Sounds Like: 
YOB
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2015

The Hypothesis

Artist: 
CONTINUUM
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Where to begin with CONTINUUM? This album was one of the most relentless albums I've heard in a long time, and judging from what I've heard come my way from Unique Leader Records in the past, it is a great fit for them. The time signatures that this band are able to play in are absolutely insane, as well as the range of vocals that their vocalist achieves. This band is still relatively underground, but perhaps they like it that way.

Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2015

Fantasy Empire

Artist: 
Lighting Bolt
Label: 
LOAD Records

So.. Lighttning Bolt is weird. But not weird in the normal sense. The music is muted and almost far away from you. It's mostly instrumental and almost thrash metal. They are basically a little harder than a punk band but the music is incoherent and the vocals don't match the music. Not only do the vocals sound like they belong with a much softer band, but they are super muted and sound like pure gibberish. While the music is really technical for the guitarist, the bassist and drummer are left with elementary riffs to support the not so there vocals and solos of the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
an awful version of System of a Down
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Scryers of the Ibis

Artist: 
Ovid's Withering
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Just to preface, I heard that this album was sweet before being given it to review, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Ovid's Withering is a motley crew of death-metallers out of Tampa, FL who are obsessed with myth, fantasy, folklore, video games, and all things nerdy (as they put it) as well as brain-exploding metal.

Sounds Like: 
Meshuggah
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015

Restarter

Artist: 
Torche
Label: 
Relapse Records

Pretty loud and not as angry as you might expect. Makes me wish I had better speakers on my laptop. I feel like this is the kind of album that just needs to be played as loud as possible. Overall, it was pretty good. Nice mix of long and short songs. Lyrics are a bit muffled by all the guitar, but not in a necessarily bad way? It just seems like the music is much more the focus rather than the words. It's not their first album, and you can tell they've got some experience because it sounds really well put-together and everything flows nicely from one track to the next.

Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Electric Wizard
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2015

Becoming

Artist: 
Courage My Love
Label: 
Homeskool Prom

This band is from Canada. It's already awesome. Female led, this bad breaks barriers by joining different elements and instrumets together to make a new sound with a metal twist. Beautifully constructed, with dark elements and plenty of upbeat fast songs you cannot go wrong. If you are a fan of Hayley Williams and Paramore, this is the album for you, but more on the metal side.

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Lauren Wexler
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
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