Metal

Artist: 
Avatar
Label: 
eOne Music

Avatar is a really interesting band, with dark circus imagery and very beautiful metal. Gearing up to release a new album, Avatar released a new single "A Statue of A King". The new single honestly sounds like a Tenacious D. Looking at the video for this new song, the circus/theater theme is still there but there is a more patriotic theme. As a stand alone song, this is rather disappointing. This song travels around clean and rough vocals but the instrumentals are boring. Overall, this song is not very interesting and I hope it is not indicative of how the new album will be.

Sounds Like: 
Drowning Pool
Name: 
Alexis Wakler
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Veil of Maya
Label: 
Sumerian Records

Every day I find myself feeling for those of us in the musical community that are a part of the metal scene, particularly the djent and progressive scenes, because of how crowded it’s getting. We’re all familiar with the bigger names in djent metal (particularly bands that founded or pulled the genre into popularity, like Periphery and anything Misha Mansoor has had a part in or even sorta breathed on), but it feels like there’s a new band on the scene ready to take things in a new direction.

Sounds Like: 
Periphery
Sounds Like: 
A Life Once Lost
Sounds Like: 
Animals As Leaders
Sounds Like: 
Vildhjarta
Sounds Like: 
TesseracT
Sounds Like: 
Textures
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Through The Eyes Of The Dead
Label: 
eOne

Before authoring this review, I had never listened to Through the Eyes of the Dead. When I first listened to this album, I was very impressed, and pleasantly surprised. I honestly had expected it to be some crappy metal band with a mediocre album. This could not be further from the truth. This album is pretty great, if you are into death metal.  If you aren't into metal, then this album might not be the best choice for you. The CD case claimed the album to be thrash metal, but in reality the album is death metal through and through.

Sounds Like: 
Oceano
Sounds Like: 
Cannibal Corpse
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
Ne Obliviscaris
Label: 
Season of Mist

Ne Obliviscaris is a wonderfully weird band. They somehow manage to combine death metal with violin and elements of classical and jazz music. It may seem a little far-fetched, but the band really knows how to combine this eclectic mix of genres into an amalgamation that ends up sounding great. This song is a pretty good representation of that unusual sound. 

Sounds Like: 
Opeth kinda
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2017
Artist: 
Tengger Cavalry
Label: 
Napalm Records

The Army of the Sky God is back with another of their numerous single-releases, Ritual & Redemption. True to their message of the warrior spirit, this song puts you in the wild, surrounded by wolves and fighting for survival. The mixture of Mongolian throat-singing and Asian folk instruments, heavy bass and melodic padding, are everything a Tengger fan would ask for.

Sounds Like: 
Stormtide
Sounds Like: 
Dalriada
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
Serenity
Label: 
Napalm Records

Have you ever faught in a bloodsoaked battle between kingdoms, and while emerging victorious thought "I wish I had a song to complement this moment"? If so, Serenity's new album "Lionheart" is the cd for you! This release is the ultimate symphonic viking metal album. With glorious clean singing, classic symphonic guitar riffing, and a victorious atmosphere, "Lionheart" does not dissapoint. 

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth (with clean vocals)
Sounds Like: 
Glory Hammer
Sounds Like: 
Dragonforce
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Antisect
Label: 
Rise Above Records

I’ll admit that I was never very much a part of the punk scene. I was that awkward kid during high school that was either more of a marching band kid or a wall-flower, depending on what day of the week it was. That being said, Antisect’s new album, “The Rising of the Light”, makes me wish I had been a part of the punk scene from the very beginning. Zip up your high top black boots and dust off your knuckle-dusters, because I’ve got something interesting for the anarcho-punk fans out there.

Sounds Like: 
Wolfbrigade
Sounds Like: 
Broken Bones
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Marilyn Manson
Label: 
Loma Vista Records

Marilyn Manson is back with his tenth album, Heaven Upside Down, to tear down any societal facades you’ve arrayed about yourself and drag you screaming back to the early days of middle school when you hated your parents and wanted the world to know it. While his sound is recognizable, even nostalgic, of that of his older music, it nonetheless is a continuation of the ever-popular goth-god Marilyn Manson.

Sounds Like: 
Rob Zombie
Sounds Like: 
Rammstein
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Uncle Acid
Label: 
Rise Above Records

The first track is simultaneously too condensed and too long. Blending of the long drawn out old school riff lines with distorted hair metal vocals does not seem or sound like a good idea in that track, thankfully the band fixes that issue in track 4, it takes 8 minutes but the elements that sounded odd together merge into an enjoyable song. I can fully understand the difficulties had with the shorter songs too much with poor pacing, that said this band has some ROCKING 8 minute long songs, reminescent of the grateful Ded if they had more distortion.

Sounds Like: 
Grateful Ded
Sounds Like: 
Distortion, the best white noise
Sounds Like: 
White Denim?
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Another Distraction
Label: 
Self-Released

Another Diastraction is a relatively young band from New Jersey. Fragments is their most recent EP. The overall style of the band is reminiscient of early Linkin Park/Chevelle/Papa Roach.

Sounds Like: 
Early Linkin Park
Sounds Like: 
Papa Roach
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
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