Metal

Artist: 
Beartooth
Label: 
Redbull Records

If you know Beartooth and heard Disgusting then you probably anticipated Aggressive. Honestly, I was a little let down when I listened to it. This is a good album. Solid metalcore vocals and a decent message but honestly a lot of the songs started to blend together and you couldn’t really tell when one song ended and the other began. The vocals of Caleb Shomo is still captivating and rough like most metalcore songs but this album didn’t really have any hard hitting songs like Disgusting or Sick EP.

Sounds Like: 
Letlive
Sounds Like: 
Architects
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
08/25/2016
Artist: 
King 810
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Just like most King 810 songs, you get the nitty gritty vocals of David Gunn and the heavy heart pounding drums of Andrew Workman. If you get a chance, listen to the unedited version of this track because it makes the song even better. Rhythmic and heart pounding, Brahma is a great song to blast to your listeners. The lyrics are dark per usual and the vocals by David are just anguished and rough, something I have come to love. When I listen to King 810 I can hear the sincerity and pain in all of their music. Brahma is no exception.

Sounds Like: 
The Last Ten Seconds of life (sort of)
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
08/25/2016
Artist: 
Infant Annihilator
Label: 
Self-Released

Hail to the unsigned kings of extreme, goregrind, slam, and (according to their Facebook page) Eggmetal, Infant Annihilator. An internet band from the UK, Infant Annihilator is the demonically conceived, gruesome brain-hellspawn of Black Tongue drummer Aaron Kitcher and guitarist Eddie Pickard. Originally working with Enterprise Earth vocalist Dan Watson, Infant Annihilator is now fronted by MeatSlab and Bludgeoned Beyond Reason vocalist Dickie Allen, who has a serious set of vocal chords on him.

Sounds Like: 
The most brutal metal assault in recent history
Sounds Like: 
Black Tongue
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/24/2016
Artist: 
Sinsaenum
Label: 
earMusic

When I first heard that ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was back as part of yet another group, his third post-Slipknot project, I admittedly almost immediately dismissed it. Now that I've heard the record, I'm eating my words in a big way. Sinsaenum, the supergroup brainchild of Dragonforce bassist Frédéric Leclercq, includes Dååth vocalist Sean Zatorsky, Loudblast guitarist Stéphane Buriez, Seth guitarist Heimoth, Vimic drummer Joey Jordison, and Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar. It is truly a dark metal dream come true.

Sounds Like: 
American blackened death metal
Sounds Like: 
Cradle of Filth (sort of)
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/24/2016
Artist: 
Sabaton
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

All hail the metal country of Sweden. That place bleeds metal and one of the most recognizable names in Swedish metal today is Sabaton. This single "The Lost Battalion" off of their newest album The Last Stand is a testament to the musical capability of this band and the fact that after seven studio albums, they have not lost their touch. Listening to this track is an inherently powerful experience.

Sounds Like: 
Powerwolf
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/22/2016
Artist: 
Heaven Shall Burn
Label: 
Century Media Records

I don't know what it is about Germany, but they consistently pump out some quality musical acts, and Heaven Shall Burn is absolutely no exception. Back with Wanderer, their eighth studio album due for release this September, Heaven Shall Burn is once again taking no prisoners with their no-holds-barred approach to metal music. Reminiscent of the Iconoclast albums, Wanderer is a masterpiece of German metalcore and an awesome trip from start to finish.

Sounds Like: 
Caliban
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/22/2016
Artist: 
Caliban
Label: 
Century Media Records

If you like German metalcore along the lines of We Butter The Bread With Butter, then this is your shit. Caliban is a five-piece band from the fatherland and this is their tenth studio album. They definitely know what's up and what the fuck they're doing. Every song is a pulse-pounding ride through the psyches of these disturbed musicians. The vocals go between German and English, though the vast majority of the tracks is in English, so fret not if you're not particularly skilled in the gentle, subtle language that is German.

Sounds Like: 
We Butter The Bread With Butter
Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Lacuna Coil
Label: 
Century Media Records

This song is so scary and not in the standard White Metal Guy Yelling At You kind of way. It has a very gothic vibe, which is definitely fun to listen to. The song has some really good diversity by utilizing a male and female singer. While I wish the girl was emphasized more, her parts were still fantastic. This song also had some strings and keys in it which was a welcome change of pace. This is a great song that should be played on your metal show!

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Fallujah
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Fallujah is back with their third studio album and have released a number of singles running up to the release. This track is the first single off of their new album Dreamless and it is honestly not what I expected. I never really listened to a whole lot of Fallujah, though I knew that they had a unique style of metal. The intro is extremely synth driven, and that is not a bad thing. The ambiant nature that is achieved by the short intro is odd, but not at all unwelcome.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art Is Murder
Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Sounds Like: 
Soilwork
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Hatebreed
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

I have been seriously lacking in Metal terms of what I've listened to this year so far. With that said, I was excited to check out Hatebreed's single "A.D." off their forthcoming LP The Concrete Professional. Hatebreed wastes no time as the track erupts into metal riffs backed by punchy drum fills. My favorite part of this song is the hook, "it's time to re-think this dream that they call American." The vocalist borrows some punk flows that I found myself singing along to on my later listens.

Sounds Like: 
Throwdown
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
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