Thrash Metal

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

The Great Architect Of Nothing

Artist: 
Oshiego
Label: 
Horror Pain Gore Death

Oshiego's spin on death metal is rad. Although not afraid to rip faces off with speed and violence, they know how to slow it down to beauty and disgrace. Middle Eastern sounds are riffed in each song which is a welcome sound to death.  At times they can also be very punk as in The Inexorable Monarch. Songs like Black Flags of Khorasan incite listeners while also providing stimulating rhythms. At the same time Companions of the Left Hand is just simply badass. They differently provide a fresh carcass for death fans to devour.

Sounds Like: 
Nile
Sounds Like: 
Decapitated
Name: 
Damian Mason
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2013

Ritual Death Metal

Artist: 
Deathchain
Label: 
Svart Records

Many of these songs are long. Unfortunately, Deathchain struggled to keep my attention throughout pretty much all of these songs. It wasn't for a lack of being able to play their instruments well, it was probably more of a lack of quality song writing. I don't mean to say the songs are bad, just not my style/tempo. The songs don't transition much and tend to continue the same style throughout. Added to this that the album has a tendency to blend together and this is a tough album to listen to in one sitting.

Sounds Like: 
Death
Sounds Like: 
Masterstroke
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2013

Machine F**king Head Live - Sampler

Artist: 
Machine Head
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Being a Bay Area native that has had the pleasure of going to 2 Machine Head hometown shows, I can safely say that this album effectively catches the essence of the crushing brutality that is their live act. Frontman Robb Flynn's vocals are remarkably on par with his work on the records, and he manages to keep the crowd engaged and pumped up throughout their performances in the UK. The riffs are dark and heavy, the drums are tight, and it's laced with just the right amount of melody. MACHINE FUCKING HEAD!

Sounds Like: 
DevilDriver
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Lamb of God
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2013

Ride The Void

Artist: 
Holy Grail
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Holy Grail are the epitome of what has been missing from the metal scene lately: bands that aren't afraid to break down barriers and that don't pigeonhole themselves into just one subgenre. These guys blend elements of death metal, thrash metal, NWOBHM, and (maybe) just a hint of glam for good measure. The result is an album that is seriously FUN to listen to. Top-notch guitar work, catchy riffs, and soaring vocals make 'Ride The Void' one hell of a listen.

Sounds Like: 
White Wizzard
Sounds Like: 
3 Inches Of Blood
Sounds Like: 
Enforcer
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2013

Vulgar Display of Power - 20th Anniversary Edition

Artist: 
Pantera
Label: 
Atco/Rhino

Vulgar Display of Power had a much more direct, aggressive, "Fuck You!" feel to it than Pantera's previous album, 'Cowboys from Hell.' They recorded this album with the intent of making up for the lack of heaviness on Metallica's Black Album and to keep the thrash flag flying in the early 90's, an era when bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth were killing heavy, guitar-driven rock. Classics like "Mouth for War," "Fucking Hostile," and of course, "Walk" make this a hard-hitting classic. Includes the previously unreleased song "Piss."

Sounds Like: 
Exhorder
Sounds Like: 
Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
08/28/2012

Piss (single)

Artist: 
Pantera
Label: 
Rhino Records

 This is a recently-unearthed track from the Vulgar Display of Power sessions. It's a really groovy song that reminds me of the song Cowboys from Hell quite a bit. The late Dimebag Darrell shines through with really catchy intro/chorus riffs and a killer guitar solo. Phil Anselmo dominates the verses with his lyrics, and Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown maintain the heavy groove that became Pantera's calling card. They may not be the heaviest band to have existed, but the cowboys from hell still hold a monopoly on anything that kicks ass. It's good to hear a lost track from these guys.

Sounds Like: 
PAN. MOTHER. FUCKING. TERA.
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2012

Blood For The master

Artist: 
Goatwhore
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

I did not see this coming as Goatwhore's latest offering. Blood for the Master takes a different direction from the band's previous work as it tends to explore the realms of thrash metal more than continue in the New Orleans quartet's unique brand of blackened death metal. Coincidentially, I feel like the same thing happened with Vader on their 2009 album, "Necropolis," and that's still my least favorite Vader album to date. While this isn't my favorite Goatwhore album, it's still a pretty solid, heavy album.

Sounds Like: 
Vader
Sounds Like: 
Skeletonwitch
Sounds Like: 
early Celtic Frost
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2012

The Royal Arch Blaspheme

Artist: 
The Royal Arch Blaspheme
Label: 
Metalhit.com

So The Royal Arch Blaspheme is an uninteligible, convoluted mess.  There isn't much of technical  merit here, as the lead vocals are not understandable and the rest of each song is fairly repetitive.  If you're a fan of just grinding songs that don't really go anywhere, then this is definitely for you.  If you like anything else from your music, I would recommend something else.

Sounds Like: 
dirty mess
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
05/05/2011

Set for the Extinction

Artist: 
Kill the Client
Label: 
Relapse

Kill the Client definitely has some awesome intensity, but I think because of their intensity they come out muddled.