Metal

Artist: 
Sovereign Strength
Label: 
Mediaskare Records

Sovereign Strength may be one of the better bands you have never heard of. Their music comes at you hard and with intensity, and they breathe some fresh air into a genre being taken over by melodic wannabes. Yet the downside to this album is the blatant fact that it contains no substance. For instance one track is solely made of the lyrics, “you are so heartless,” over and over and over.

Sounds Like: 
any other hardcore band
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2010
Artist: 
Hundredth
Label: 
Mediaskare

I like the sound of Hundredth.  Most of the songs sound good and they tend to follow the same formula, but I think it works.  They grind away with the guitars while the singer does his pseudoscreaming/singing thing.  It's not really either.  The guitarist is definitely talented, but I think in general, they don't do much with him to challenge him.  I think it has to do with how central the singer is to the sound of the band.  Without him there isn't nearly as much to differentiate the songs from each other.  The drummer is in there for good measure, but I

Sounds Like: 
Underoath
Sounds Like: 
Haste The Day
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2010
Artist: 
Finntroll
Label: 
Century Media

So with Finntroll, I was expecting something with more fiddle, like Eluviete has.  Rather than that they are a more metal and less folksy band.  Depending on how you like your folk metal that's either a good or bad thing.  These guys have a good sound most of the time, there is no question about that.  There is some question about there folk aspects though.  At times it sounds like they have full wind instrumentation going on in conjunction with heavy fucking guitar riffs and it sounds cool.

Sounds Like: 
Eluveite
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2010
Artist: 
Blind Witness
Label: 
Mediaskare

So basically these guys are heavy hitting hardcore band that doesn't have the hardcore theme.  There's quite a bit of screaming and a lot of strong guitars, but the album doesn't really change from that.  There are drums thrown in for good measure, but the focus is often either on the guitarist, who does some cool stuff sometimes, or the vocalist who is barely understandably.  Everything has a very fast tempo.  It's like a nonstop train of blow out your ears.  Not a bad thing, but  not my favorite CD in the world.  I think they could have done with a bit m

Sounds Like: 
Haste The Day
Sounds Like: 
As I lay Dying
Sounds Like: 
Austrian Death Machine
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2010
Artist: 
Acrassicauda
Label: 
VICE Music

Basically these guys are awesome.  We must be doing something right if this is what's coming out of Iraq (too soon?).  Anyway, this is basically a grinding metal band.  They have a heavy guitar laden sound that is pretty good.  They do some cool things with guitar, and there are some times when I think they would be better to lessen up on the bass or drums to let the guitar come through more strongly, but it doesn't really hurt the sound.  The singer is a little odd, but he works for the band.  The drums are solid, btw, no complaints there.  It is only 4 s

Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Sounds Like: 
Slipknot (if I must)
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2010
Artist: 
Triptykon
Label: 
Prowling Death

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Sounds Like: 
Celtic Frost
Sounds Like: 
Hellhammer
Name: 
Garrett Widner
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2010
Artist: 
Helloween
Label: 
The End Records
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden
Sounds Like: 
Blind Guardian
Name: 
Garrett Widner
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2010
Artist: 
High on Fire
Label: 
E1 Music

I want to like the sound of High on Fire, but it's like they took modern instrumentalism and got an 80's metal singer and I am not ok with that.  Also, there is 1 song less than 5 minutes long and there are like three that are 8 minutes long.  I don't want to take away from their skill because these guys are definitely very good at their instruments, but they suck at picking a singer.  That said, this band is led by the guitars and then the vocals and is kept together by the drummer.

Sounds Like: 
An 80's metal band
Sounds Like: 
Robot Lords of Tokyo
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2010
Artist: 
Close Your Eyes
Label: 
Victory

I like the sound here, maybe because I like the sound of FFAF, but it's not for everyone and the singer in this band isn't as good as the singer in FFAF.  You can tell these guys are very christian in their music.  For the most part the songs are fast paced, but there isn't really much screaming.  Most of the time it's more melodic singing that works, but isn't the most metal sounding thing.  The drums definitely play a strong part in the band, keeping it all together and stuff.  The guitars are in there, but they kind of follow the drummer.  Many of the songs

Sounds Like: 
Funeral for a Friend but heavier
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2010
Artist: 
Jamie's Elsewhere
Label: 
Victory

If Story of the Year is metal, then Jamie's Elsewhere is definitely metal.  For what it's worth though, I like Jamie's Elsewhere more.  They have more variation on their sound (a lot more) and that is good.  The guitars take on a number of sounds both synthed and unsynthed.  There is only one singer, but he does quite a few different things.  I feel like there has to be another band member that does some vocals, but they only mention one guy doing them.  Anyway, the guitars are usually pretty cool sounding.  Most of the songs are pretty fast paced with cha

Sounds Like: 
Story Of the Year
Sounds Like: 
Evergreen Terrace (vocalist)
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2010
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