Metal

Chapter 1- Dawn of Days

Artist: 
Brave the Waters
Label: 
Independent

This album is really nice to listen to. It provides a very calming experience and has great instrumentation throughout. There is a nice mixture of minor and major chord progressions that create an ambient sound with metal undertones. This is great music to study to or listen to when you have a lot on your mind. I felt relaxed the whole time I listened to this album and the band has won me over as a fan.

Sounds Like: 
Explosions in the Sky
Name: 
Kevin Murphy
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2015

Hope Within Hatred

Artist: 
Shattered Sun
Label: 
Victory Records

Well, if you're looking for average metal, here it is. It was good, very good even, but not exactly great. There wasn't really anything special about it to make it different than any of the other stuff I've heard this year. Lots of screaming, lots of guitar riffs, lots of angry lyrics. The usual. Fairly upbeat except track 8, which is slower and completely sang, but it's actually really good. No idea what the title means, but it's a nice song. Overall, pretty good album.

Sounds Like: 
Metallica? That's what the CD wrapping said.
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

Crypt of the Devil

Artist: 
Six Feet Under
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

Yes. Just yes. If you've never heard of Six Feet Under, then you cannot call yourself a true metalhead, and if you're not at least a little bit excited about this album, then I'm not sure we can be friends. Formed by the vocalist from the legendary Cannibal Corpse, Chris Barnes, guitarist Allen West of Obituary, former Massacre and Death bassist Terry Butler, and drummer Greg Gall, this band was designed to damn souls and melt faces.

Sounds Like: 
Cannibal Corpse
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

The Tides of Damocles

Artist: 
Dawn of Azazel
Label: 
Self-Released

This album was brutal and I loved it. That's all that really has to be said, but I'll elaborate anyway. Dawn of Azazel brings a brutal, fast-paced, just hardcore edginess to the table with their new album The Tides of Damocles. It was a lot like the Ovid's Withering album that I reviewed a few weeks back. The vocals were unwaveringly powerful and hellishly throat-wrenching, the drums were full of blast beats and unadulterated power, and the guitars were technical, skillful, and just a joy to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Ovid's Withering
Sounds Like: 
CONTINUUM
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

Graveward

Artist: 
SIGH
Label: 
Candlelight Records

I'm not even sure where to begin with this album. It was by far one of the most unique things I've received all year. At first I couldn't really tell whether Japanese metal band SIGH had stole my heart with their new album Graveward or simply helped me dive into madness, but then I realized that they had essentially done both. This album is brutal, in many different ways. SIGH sounds like what I would imagine a supergroup made up of members from Dragonforce, Cradle of Filth, and Dimmu Borgir would sound like.

Sounds Like: 
Dimmu Borgir
Sounds Like: 
Cradle of Filth
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2015

Flykt

Artist: 
Forndom
Label: 
Nordvis

Forndom is a Scandinavian band that bases their music on Scandinavian folklore and stories. Now, I may not be able to understand their music, but the album itself is great. It’s sad, moody, and gloomy and feels like you’re in a forest waiting for the Black Death to come down upon you. It’s magnificent. It almost has a choir feel to the background vocals and the echoing of the vocals is great. Its five songs and 25 minutes long. Not too bad for most doom metal. It honestly sounds like someone died and this is their funeral march.

Sounds Like: 
Ghost - less satanic, more spiritualist.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/02/2015

Freedom

Artist: 
Refused - Single
Label: 
Epitaph Records

To pick this song as your single is a genius idea. This song is fast paced, great song and really gets the energy going. Refused published their single Elektra and it is so spot on. This band is apparently pretty old, they formed in 1991 and have taken two hiatuses throughout their career. They have 5 cds already made and are finally releasing new music soon to come out in 2015. This will be their first cd in 17 years. Pretty huge for Refused fans. But the song itself is pretty hyped and is your typical metal empowerment song.

Sounds Like: 
The International Noise Conspiracy
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/02/2015

A Life Unto Itself

Artist: 
Steve Von Till
Label: 
Neurot Recordings

Steve von Till, the vocalist and guitarist for Neurosis, has released his second solo album. And when I say solo, I mean solo. Von Till didn't even bring his distortion petal when from Neurosis when he started this project. If anyone has heard Neurosis, they know that it is post-metal and that's all well and good.

Sounds Like: 
The intro to War Pigs for 50 min
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2015

Origins

Artist: 
Dayseeker
Label: 
InVogue Records

I was very pleasantly surprised when I first listened to Dayseeker. I love the genre of music that they pursue as a whole, because of it's ability to be hard-hitting and angry and relentless, but still having the ability to step back and be emotional and beautiful. Dayseeker's new album Origins was no exception to these expectations. It was a very strong album from start to finish. Vocals were never wavering or weak, breakdowns were always hard and brutal, and drumming was always powerful and complex enough to give it a certain punch and definition.

Sounds Like: 
A Day To Remember
Sounds Like: 
Memphis May Fire
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo