Metal

Artist: 
Living Colour
Label: 
Megaforce Records

I'll be the first to admit that I was surprised to see that Living Colour was still producing content. Personally, I'd be kicking it on a small tropical island by now, drink in hand. That being said, their new album "Shade" was a pleasant surprise, but be warned: If you're trying to avoid the current political turmoil, you might want to seek something out that's a little less political.

Sounds Like: 
Van Halen
Sounds Like: 
Faith No More
Sounds Like: 
Fishbone
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse

As a budding metal-head, there's nothing I appreciate more than a female lead vocalist that screams like the best of them. Not only does Amalie Bruun (lead singer, lead... well, everything except drums, Myrkur is a one-woman project, which is incredible) manage that throughout Myrkur's new album, "Mareridt", she has also managed to capture an atmosphere in this black metal album that skirts the edge of Viking metal. 

Sounds Like: 
Wolves In The Throneroom
Sounds Like: 
Primordial
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
KMFDM
Label: 
Ear Music

Thrash metal like vocal distortion played off an electronic background exemplifies this album, that’s not to say it IS thrash metal, that’s just the closest vocal comparison I can make. Apparently KMFDM is fairly influential on the metal stage, I of course know not of what I speak, but it is a pretty neat tidbit.

Sounds Like: 
Kunsts Ave Maria
Sounds Like: 
Michael Mayers &
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
VinterSorg
Label: 
Napalm Records

Have you ever wondered what an album full of similar sounding songs with only one difference sounds like? Well wonder no longer! this is the album for you, constant ambience in a nice 35~ minute setup! lyrics are hard to decipher so no worries about FCC! Also if you like german this is a great album for You!

To be honest the album is pretty cool I guess, I used it to relax after a crash with a mug of cocoa so It is good for calming down as best as any metal can be, I can't really recomend it though, so Play At Your Own Risk.

Sounds Like: 
Aschephoenix,
Sounds Like: 
Kinda like Jethro Tull maybe? except... no flute?
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Ikillya
Label: 
Urban Yeti Records

If you are angry about the current state of the country/world and like metal, this is the album for you. Ikillya's "War for an Idea" album is about just that. Starting off with "Your God," which condemns people for murdering others in the name of religion (non-specific, it seems like they hate all religion equally), and moving through the album to "Manifesto" which has lyrics like "one third of the population faces death daily from guns, gods or just a lack of water" and also addresses violence against women and tyrannical governments.

Sounds Like: 
Pantera (kind of)
Sounds Like: 
Black Inhale
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Belphegor
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Belphegor previews their upcoming album with a hard hitting song "Baphomet". In true Belphegor style, the double bass on the drums is ear blasting and just wicked. The guitars have a wicked, eerie sound and compliment yet highlight the drumming. The vocals by Helmuth are phenomenal and honestly give me chills. This is such a great song and is only around 4 minutes long. The drumming on this track is totally insane, no where near Black Tongue or Infant Annihilator but still crazy.

Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Fozzy
Label: 
Century Media Records

Fozzy is a hard rock American band fronted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho. They have been around since around 2000 and they've constantly put out great music. This new single is the preface to an upcoming album in October. The single Judas has hard rocking vocals with existential ideas but is really a great hard rock song. This is a perfect rock out tune and would be great for both an alt and a metal show. I really enjoyed this song and thought it sounded similar to early Stone Sour. This is a definite play and I highly suggest it for anyone. 

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Thy Art is Murder
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Thy Art does not disappoint with this album. It's so heavy and just insane. All the songs, including the FCC warning songs are great. Even if you're just playing this for your show, listen to the whole album. This is amazing. No Absolution - the stand alone single that came out March 2017 was a great idea of what to expect with this album. The vocals are heavy, fast, and super rough - I can't get enough. The drumming is insanely beautiful like always and just blow my mind. The double bass of the album is so crazy and I cannot get enough.

Sounds Like: 
Black Tongue
Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Aerial School
Label: 
Self-released

Imagine you're having a mid-life crisis and you decide to buy a motorcycle: this is the episode for you. It's super cheesy hard rock that genuinely sounds like your father's garage band. I would say this is hard rock and nothing more. This honestly isn't a good album, and I feel bad for this band because they put so much heart and soul into this album. It almost ambient which adds a nice touch but it has super cheesy lyrics similar to raunchy 80s Hair Metal band. Check it out if you want, but I don't think I'll be playing it anytime soon.

Sounds Like: 
A dad's garage band
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017

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Artist: 
He is Legend
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Nothing to heavy or "scary" as some people would put it. It's more hard rock than metal and would be perfect for both Alt and Metal shows. This album is rather generic when it comes to hard rock. ITunes and the band itself calls "Few" punk but its really generic hard rock like Three Days Grace. There's nothing wrong with that and some people might gravitate to this because it'll be a good opener for their show. It has decent clean vocals and a fast paced beat. It's really enjoyable but it is really just radio metal.

Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Misery Signals
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017