Metal

A Skeletal Domain

Artist: 
Cannibal Corpse
Label: 
Metal Blade

    Cannibal Corpse strikes again with a another intensive, ear splitting LP: "A Skeletal Domain". Their signature attack is intensified with heavily distorted and powerful guitars by Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett. Long time drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz shows no signs of slowing down, providing extensive blast beats and pounding double bass. When the bass guitar is audible, Alex Webster provides his usual "free form" style of playing. Contrary to death metal stereotype, his part is crucial to their heavy sound.

Sounds Like: 
Dethklok
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2014

.5: The Gray Chapter - Singles

Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

It's almost here for all the Maggots I know are out there!  Slipknot's fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, is weeks away from dropping and it's the first album since the death of bassist, Paul Gray and the departure of the band's long time drummer, Joey Jordison.  As a preview, Slipknot released two singles: The Devil In I and The Negative One.  For those who are skeptical of the band's newest album, I would say it's safe to remain that way.

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Sounds Like: 
Slipknot, circa. 2001
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014

Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)

Artist: 
Pantera
Label: 
Rhino Entertainment Company

This album f***ing rocks, because it is the most extreme album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard top 200, one of the best guitarist who ever lived plays on it, and because it is Pantera's heaviest, brutal, lowest-tuned album ever. Although not their best album, there are still gems on this reissue that are worth rediscovering.

Sounds Like: 
Hellyeah
Sounds Like: 
Damageplan
Sounds Like: 
Down
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014

Hammer of the Witch

Artist: 
Ringworm
Label: 
Relapse

This CD is what you want to listen to.  There are some other good things in the stacks, but this one easily takes the cake.  The fast paced nature of the band, coupled with solid guitar work and a vocalist that actually fits the rest of the sound of the band create a winning combination.  The only complaint I can really have against these guys is the short songs, which makes for a short album.  That is slightly remedied by the 13 track length of the album however.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Sounds Like: 
Tryptykon
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

The Coming Scourge

Artist: 
Bodyfarm
Label: 
Metal Blade

So these guys are pretty awesome.  The sound is fast paced, heavy and brutal.  Body Farm doesn't let you off easily here with this one and it's amazing.  Another thing they do great is that no song is overly long.  The songs keep moving at  a good pace so they finish in a timely, radio friendly manner.  The main sound you'll hear is the amazing guitarist.  He's backed by the vocalist who is easily understandable, but still has a hoarse sound to his voice.  It works well with the slightly dirty sounding guitar set.

Sounds Like: 
Behemoth
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

From All Purity

Artist: 
Indian
Label: 
Relapse

There's really not much to say about this band.  They just aren't that good.  The songs are extremely slow, long, and repetitive.  The sound isn't very clean either.  While that can be intentional (and in this case it may be), it does not work here.  They spend 8 minutes going through like 3 verses for a song.  The guitars dominate their sound, primarily bass with the drummer doing some really slow stuff in the background, keeping time.  The lead singer seems like he's only there because that's what rounds out a normal band.

Sounds Like: 
If time slowed down for any normal band
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

From All Purity

Artist: 
Indian
Label: 
Relapse

There's really not much to say about this band.  They just aren't that good.  The songs are extremely slow, long, and repetitive.  The sound isn't very clean either.  While that can be intentional (and in this case it may be), it does not work here.  They spend 8 minutes going through like 3 verses for a song.  The guitars dominate their sound, primarily bass with the drummer doing some really slow stuff in the background, keeping time.  The lead singer seems like he's only there because that's what rounds out a normal band.

Sounds Like: 
If time slowed down for any normal band
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2014

Blood Eagle

Artist: 
Conan
Label: 
Napalm Records
Sounds Like: 
Sleep
Sounds Like: 
Mares of Thrace
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2014

The Perverse Worship of Satanic Sins

Artist: 
Anal Blasphemy / Forbidden Eye
Label: 
Night in Terrors

This is a split blackened death metal EP between Anal Blasphemy and Forbidden Eye. The album begins with Anal Blasphemy who have a very classic black metal sound. As far as black metal goes, they’re actually somewhat mellow and positive in their thematic output. You can definitely tell their hearts sing for the Dark Lord Satan. Their guitar tone is somewhat warm at times, and track 3, my favorite of the Anal Blasphemy side, is long and full of variation, lyrical progression, and a slow-down guitar solo. Great stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Carpathian Forest
Sounds Like: 
Cathedral
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2014