Metal

Artist: 
Ihsahn
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Arktis., the newest release from the Norwegian composer, Ihsahn, is an interesting album for a few different reasons. I was incredibly surprised that the majority of this album is composed and performed by one man. I had at first thought that this was a band but after reading a bit about the album I realized that it was one man who had been a part of multiple other successful groups. This album in particular didn't really catch my interest very much since the vocals seem very droning and monotone.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Peccatum
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
A Day to Remember
Label: 
ADTR Records

"Paranoia" is a single off of A Day to Remember's upcoming currently untitled album and if this is representative of what the next album will be like, it's looking pretty good. This song seems to be describing what it feels like to live with paranoia and how it affects your everyday life. If this is in a literal sense or a metaphorical sense I am not sure but regardless it makes for an interesting song.

Sounds Like: 
The Amity Affliction
Sounds Like: 
Of Mice & Men
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Beartooth
Label: 
Red Bull Labels

"Aggressive" is a single off of Beartooth's upcoming album, Aggressive. And right from the beginning, it is easy to tell that this song is going to be good. I had previously only heard a few songs off of Beartooth's last album and while I liked them I never felt compelled to continue listening to the rest of the album. But this single alone made me excited to hear the rest of the songs off of Aggressive. This song has a great mixture of clean and unclean vocals as well as typical metalcore instrumentals which all blend beautifully.

Sounds Like: 
Attack Attack!
Sounds Like: 
The Word Alive
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
36 Crazyfists
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Have you ever heard X Ambassadors' song "Renegades"? Probably. It's everywhere. But have you ever heard a metal version of it? Look no further because something awesome is here. The 36 Crazyfists cover of the pop-alt song is almost unrecognizable from the original, other than the lyrics. It sounds like it was meant to be sung like this.  I'm never listening to the original again now that this exists. 

Sounds Like: 
36 Crazyfists
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2016
Artist: 
BABYMETAL
Label: 
Toy's Factory

Metal Resistance is the Japanese band, BABYMETAL's second album and features 12 songs. All songs are in Japanese but each usually features a few English words but this album also features "The One" in English. To begin, this album is so many things, I had heard a couple of songs from Baby Metal before so I had some idea of what to expect when listening to this, but I honestly wasn't expecting to like this album as much as I did. This album is the perfect blend of J-Pop and metal, each song features J-Pop style vocals and metal style instrumentals.

Sounds Like: 
Band-Maid
Sounds Like: 
5572320
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2016
Artist: 
Volbeat
Label: 
Republic Records

I don't really know anything about this band, but I've been told that they're both awesome metal with a country motif and that they're (quite disdainfully) the Danish equivalent of Avenged Sevenfold. So, I imagine people's opinion of this single depends a lot on their preference of metal. In my opinion, it's a fun, if simple, single. I personally find Volbeat's unique vocal style pretty interesting, even if it is a little ridiculous.

Sounds Like: 
Avenged Sevenfold
Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2016
Artist: 
Deftones
Label: 
Reprise Records

The Deftones released Gore, their 8th studio album on April 8th. It has this dark gloomy sound, that isn’t quite doom metal and not quite dark alternative rock. It’s just a really good album that could be played on both a metal and alt show. The vocals are just captivating and the instrumentals behind it are neither boring nor too intricate that they blend out the vocals. Honestly just imagine closing your eyes, laying in a hammock and just lying there.

Sounds Like: 
Chevelle
Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant - maybe?
Sounds Like: 
Honestly this album has a sound of its own, make your own judgement on who you think it sounds like
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2016
Artist: 
Otep
Label: 
Napalm Records

Female fronted Otep released their 7th studio album Generation Doom and it’s amazing. I personally love female fronted metal bands because they usually bring a different perspective on the metal scene. Just because its female fronted doesn’t mean this album doesn’t shred or is purely clean vocals. Singer Otep Shamaya ranges from dark clean vocals to the growling, guttural vocals so many metal fans love. On to the songs, track 1 “Zero” needs to be cleaned and spun because it was amazing.

Sounds Like: 
Kittie
Sounds Like: 
In This Moment
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2016
Artist: 
Aborted
Label: 
Century Media Records

If you like death metal and you don't like Aborted, then you don't like death metal. This Belgian band of destroyers has been melting faces since 1995, and Retrogore is definitely a testament to their ability to create some fucking brutal shit. Chaos reigns supreme in this brain-smashing masterpiece of death metal.

Sounds Like: 
Haemorrhage
Sounds Like: 
Severe Torture
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2016
Artist: 
Death Angel
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Old school thrash metallers Death Angel are back with their eighth studio album The Evil Divide and this track is the first single off of the album. "The Moth" seems to me to be quintessential Death Angel. For younger bands, or bands just starting up, the sound of true thrash metal solidified by the early greats of the genre is extremely hard to replicate, and this single shows why. Death Angel knows exactly what they're doing and produces some truly outstanding thrash in a world where many bands who try to do the same miss the mark entirely.

Sounds Like: 
Anthrax
Sounds Like: 
Bathory
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2016
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