Metal

Artist: 
Mastodon
Label: 
Reprise Records

Emperor of Sand is a flurry of great guitar riffs and beautiful drumming. The first two songs and more pop sounding and would work well for a standard radio station. The vocals are more high pitched with clean, simple instrumental accompaniment behind it. As the album progresses though, it gets darker, sludgier, and heavier. This album has something for every kind of metal fan. It feels great to have new Mastodon music, and this album doesn't disappoint. All of the songs are FCC clean and there really isn't a bad song on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Cult of Luna
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/23/2017
Artist: 
Anal Trump
Label: 
self-released

This is a grindcore album. It sounds like grindcore. That is, noisy and loud and you can't even really tell what's going on at all. ALso the whole album is like a minute and a half long. The name of the band is a clear reference to another famous grindcore band whose name I don't think I'm allowed to say here. The true artistry of this album is in the song titles, which are hilarious. Some of my favorites, in no particular order, are: Christian Discount, The ACLU Is Gay!, Let's See Some ID, and If It's Alright With Putin.

Sounds Like: 
Anal C*nt
Sounds Like: 
Brutal Truth
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
Falling in Reverse
Label: 
Epitaph Records

A lot of magazines who reviewed this album said it was FiR's saving grace. A lot of magazines said it is the best album that FiR has put out since their first album. With all that being said, I am utterly amazed at what I listened to. FiR went from a metalcore band to the Ronnie Radke pop synth show. This isn't metal, nor is it good. The instrumentals are overpowering and bland. Ever since Falling in Reverse lost their prime guitarist, the music has faltered. This album, in my opinion, is the worst album Falling in Reverse has put out.

Sounds Like: 
Falling in Reverse
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Dead Earth Politics
Label: 
Pavement Entertainment

The Mobius Hammersmith is Dead Earth Politics' most recent release that has five new songs on it plus two bonus tracks that are from previous EP's. After listening to this album I don't feel like I have much to say about it. I thought all of the songs were fine and I didn't end up disliking any of them. None of them really stood out from the crowd to me, but that doesn't mean they are bad. This album has unique sounding vocals that I liked that sounded kind of gravelly and rough.

Sounds Like: 
Rigor Mortis
Sounds Like: 
Child Bite
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Grave Digger
Label: 
Napalm Records

Healed By Metal is  the 18th album by German metal band Grave Digger and it features ten songs on it. I had heard of Grave Digger before but never actually listened to their music so I really wasn't sure what to expect but right from the first song I was already pleased. The album begins with the song "Healed by Metal" and because it's the same name as the album I was expecting it to really hook you into the album and that's exactly what it did. The song has good instrumentals and a sort of chanting chorus that I really enjoyed.

Sounds Like: 
Running Wild
Sounds Like: 
Rage
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
Fit For an Autopsy
Label: 
eOne Music

Fit for an Autopsy are a deathcore band from my home state of New Jersey. There new release The Great Collapse largely sticks to their brutal deathcore roots. However, only the second song into the album they showed some originality by adding clean vocals in along with Joe Badolato’s incredible growls. Clean vocals are used variously throughout the album as a background.

Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Sounds Like: 
Suicide Silence
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Igorrr
Label: 
Ad Noiseam

This single was my first encounter of Igorrr. The song begins with operatic vocals over a soft guitar background. These operatic vocals quickly become pained screams followed by a glitchy dubstep breakdown. This breakdown was then followed by beautiful female operatic vocals followed by another breakdown. In this breakdown the male screams and female vocals go back and forth in an epic display of vocal diversity. This is then followed by a continuing dubstep like synth. This is truly an interesting track that spreads many genres of music. I'm truly not sure who to compare this to.

Sounds Like: 
Volumes: For the sake of being eperimental
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Kobra and the Lotus
Label: 
Napalm Records

Kobra and the Lotus is a female fronted metal band (lead singer Kobra Paige). Their third album, High Priestess, rocked hard - I downloaded it to my iPod. Their EP Words of the Prophet was good too. Now the seven year old band is working on a new album I, Prevail expected to come out later this year. This is the single for that album and "You Don't Know" is definitely a different path for this band. They've progressively gotten softer and softer in terms of music. The vocals have always been clean, Paige never screamed or growled.

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Memoriam
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Memoriam released their single "Reduce To Zero" itheir upcoming album called For The Fallen. The UK metal band, often referred to as an "old school death metal," The track delivers a slow tempo metal track with rasping vocals. Though not much stands out, it is still a quality track if you're in the mood to slow things down and relax to some heavy guitar riffs. 

Score: 6.5/10

Sounds Like: 
Chapel of Disease
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
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