Metal

Artist: 
Zeal & Ardor
Label: 
MVKA

Zeal & Ardor is fantastic and Devil is Fine completely blew me away, so as soon as I saw this single I knew it was going to be great. And this song did NOT disappoint! "Gravedigger's Chant" is a beautiful song that incorporates piano, drums, and other instruments to create haunting instrumentals. Haunting is the prime word I use to describe Zeal & Ardor's music. It would be a disservice to not mention the heavy influence of black spirtuals, something I had never seen in metal, or any genre for that matter.

Sounds Like: 
Ilenkus
Sounds Like: 
Avant-Garde Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2018
Artist: 
Underoath
Label: 
Fearless Records

So to begin, I don't really listen to Underoath and don't really know a lot about them so I was not sure what to expect from these singles but I knew that they should be pretty good. These are the two singles from their new comeback album, Erase Me, titled "Rapture" and "On My Teeth". These two singles completely lived up to my expectations!

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me the Horizon (That's the Spirit)
Sounds Like: 
The Almost
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2018
Artist: 
Inferi
Label: 
The Artisan Era

Inferi is tech death/melodic death metal band from Tennessee. I am reviewing two singles from their upcoming album Revenant. They have released 3 albums before this, and I honestly do not see why they do not have more of a following. They have been operating on bandcamp since 2007, and I believe they just recently got signed. I think that this album will be a turning point of their career and help them gain a larger fanbase. In their previous albums, you can often hear that they are bandcamp band; the other albums were very good, but the production was not always great.

Sounds Like: 
Dimmu Borgir but less symphonic and less industrial
Sounds Like: 
slayer mixed with ne obliviscaris??
Sounds Like: 
The Black Dahlia Murder
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Kataklysm
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Canadian Death Metal band Kataklysm returns with a new single off of their upcoming 13th studio album Meditations. The new single Guillotine is already setting a really high bar for the album. This song is just downright dirty and evil. Between the dirty chugging verse riff and the melodic but intense chorus, this song has everything a Melodeath fan would hope for. Maurizio Iacono's vocals are sounding as aggressive as ever, and the guitar and drum work is outstanding.

Sounds Like: 
Hypocracy
Sounds Like: 
As I Lay Dying
Sounds Like: 
Six Feet Under
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Burn the Priest
Label: 
Epic Records

Lamb of God has revived their alternate persona band Burn the Priest for their new covers album Legion: XX. This new single is "a high speed rendition of Accused's crossover thrash classic 'Inherit the Earth'" featured in the article Rolling Stones article "Lamb of God Revive Burn the Priest Moniker for New Covers Album". I really liked this single, I feel like it was heavy but artistic. This is also a cover song and I thought they did a great job keeping the essence of the song but making it also new and unique. 

Sounds Like: 
Lamb of God
Sounds Like: 
A Secret Death
Sounds Like: 
Band of Death
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Escape the Fate
Label: 
Better Noise Records

Escape the Fate is back with some more metalcore. This album is pretty generic, metalcore often suffers from sounding the same. The album isn't bad, but it definitely doesn't break any new ground. It is very similar to much of the band's other work.

Sounds Like: 
Falling in Reverse
Sounds Like: 
Escape the Fate
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
At the Gates
Label: 
Century Media Records

At the Gates is a death core band from Gothenburg. Their new album is going to be released in a bit. I am reviewing the first 2 singles from said album. 

With an album name To Drink From the Night Itself, I was expecting some good shit. Luckily, At the Gates delivers. These singles are good, heavy death core. They are kind of basic in terms of composition, but they are well executed. 

Sounds Like: 
Inferi kind of
Sounds Like: 
necrophobic
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
Red Sun Rising
Label: 
Caroline Distribution

Red Sun Rising's new album Thread is a playful, energetic play on the modern alternative rock that is being played. The whole album plays with upbeat on beat measures and mixes them with off tempo, minor key choruses. This whole album screamed "Summer of My Senior Year" or some other sappy teeny bopper movie. This album feels fun and carefree in the most mature way possible. The vocalist, Mike Protich, brings energy and enthusiasm that would lacking without his vocals. My favorite thing about this album is that it is catchy like pop but sincere, unlike most pop.

Sounds Like: 
Nothing More
Sounds Like: 
Highly Suspect
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2018
Artist: 
Suicidal Tendencies
Label: 
Suicidal Records

Suicidal Tendencies put out an EP called Get Your Fight On to precede their 13th studio album. It is 10 tracks long with only 3 songs being originals, 3 songs being covers or re-recordings, and the last four are different versions of the same song. Suicidal Tendencies are an 1980 thrash band from Venice, California. Starting with a bang and a Pepsi, Suicidal rocked the metal world and enraged hundreds of teenagers. I've always loved this band and found the band influential in many ways. While I'm excited for the upcoming album, I wasn't too enthused about this EP.

Sounds Like: 
slowed down, tamer Suicidal Tendencies
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2018
Artist: 
Ihsahn
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Arcana Imperii is the first single from Ihsahn's new album Amr. Ihsahn is a metal legend, and he is well known for his work with Emperor. 

This track is a weird mix of metal and it really reminds me of Opeth at times. The song is dark but has many clean parts that are melodic and even pleasant. There is also some synth in the track that adds a cool element that is not seen often in black metal. 

Sounds Like: 
blackened opeth
Sounds Like: 
tribulation
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
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