Metal

Artist: 
Amon Amarth
Label: 
Metal Blade

Considered to be one of Amon Amarth's key albums, this edition is a real treat for fans: Disc 2 contains a live version of the entire album in it's entirety. The band plays melodic death metal, with vocalist Johan Hegg providing a menacing growl and taking you on a lyrical journey through the world of the vikings. Musically, the band plays melodic death metal, although they frequently transition into slower mid-paced grooves as well. As a side note, the drums are performed by Martin Lopez, best known for his work with Opeth, so of course they're good. Play it!

Sounds Like: 
Ex Deo
Sounds Like: 
Heavier Opeth
Sounds Like: 
Lay Down Rotten
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2010
Artist: 
Maleblogia
Label: 
Comatose Music

This record takes you to hell and not back. The blast beat drumming is intense and constant thruout the record with exception to the harmonies and breakdowns. Its heavy as hell and sounds like Kataklysms bass asault and death vocals to make you wish you were in hell to see them live in concert. Play the CD at your own risk because you may break something besides your own fist...but Hell yeah, who cares. Pain is essential to glory right. Check it out.

Sounds Like: 
Kataklysm
Sounds Like: 
Cannible Corpse
Name: 
Charlie Mueller
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2010
Artist: 
Testament
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Their first studio album since 1999's "The Gathering," Testament returns to the world of thrash metal with some REALLY heavy stuff. The riffs are nice and heavy, there's plenty of trade-off guitar solos between Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, and former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph plenty of nice heavy beats to work around. Vocalist Chuck Billy especially shines on this album, channeling a vocal style that sounds like a lower-pitched/more agressive version of Dave Mustaine. The lyrics deal with religion, war, and... religious war.

Sounds Like: 
Megadeth
Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2010
Artist: 
Son of Aurelius
Label: 
Good Fight Music

Picture Greek/Roman mythology and add technical death metal and you will get Son of Aurelius.  Son of Aurelius is freaking awesome! "The Farthest Reaches" is their debut album straight from 2010. This new, up and coming band from Santa Cruz really tears its up! Their songs are very heavy and brutal, yet still very technical. Their riffs are quick and super fast and the solos smooth and flowing. Something that throws me off when listening to these songs is when they have a clean part, the guitar work is just so beautiful sounding.

Sounds Like: 
Self Collapse
Sounds Like: 
Arkaik
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2010
Artist: 
Gloominus Doom
Label: 
DRP Records

Ok so first of all I have never in my life heard what these guys did here...mixing reggae with heavy metal. And it doesnt sound bad either. The first song Portal Potty is awesome but unfortunately cannot be played cuz it says F**K.

Sounds Like: 
Six Feet Under - Vocals
Sounds Like: 
Municipal Waste
Name: 
Charlie Mueller
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2010
Artist: 
Agathodaimon
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

These guys have alot of atmosphere in their songs. They are often very descriptive of gloomy days and the fall of a God. They talk about the end of the world and the persistence of death and evil. The music itself is decent. There are solos spread throughout the album but for the most part they are very melodic as they mix the high and low screams with clean vocals. They have a good sound and it is quite similar to more current In Flames and the clean sections are somewhat like Enslaved's clean vox.

Sounds Like: 
In Flames
Sounds Like: 
Enslaved
Name: 
Charlie Mueller
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2010
Artist: 
Halford
Label: 
Metal God Records

No, your eyes do not deceive you: Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame has released a Christmas album. That pretty much says it all. Sure, some people may think that Halford is commiting career suicide by releasing this album, but some of these metal versions of Christmas songs actually sound pretty cool.

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2010
Artist: 
Monster Magnet
Label: 
Napalm Records

These veterans of metal are back, and they still know how to rock as good as anybody.  The band with the classic metal track "Space Lord" to their credit comes at you full force with their eight studio album, and it's a good one.  Monster Magnet is described as a Stoner metal band, which is a subgenre of heavy metal, combining elements of psychedelic rock, blues-rock, traditional heavy metal and doom metal.  The record is filled with powerful guitar, intense drumming, dark storytelling, and the just about perfect metal voice of Dave Wyndorf.  Whether you're listening to

Sounds Like: 
Ode to IO
Sounds Like: 
Orange Goblin
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2010
Artist: 
Powerglove
Label: 
eOne Music

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Sounds Like: 
Sonata Arctica
Sounds Like: 
Children of Bodom
Sounds Like: 
Dragonforce
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2010
Artist: 
Hellyeah
Label: 
Epic Records

This super band is still a super band. Hellyeah's album "Stampede" is raw and rough. These are the kind of songs that I would be listening to in a moss pit or circle pit. "Stampede is heavy, raw, and powerful, but I think it lacks some of the intensity I heard in their first album, but other than that its definitely still Hellyeah, cussing and swearing like a sailor! The best tracks on this album are "Cowboy Way", "Hell Of A Time," and "Stampede." Due to cursing "Cowboy Way" and "Hell of A Time" can't be played on air. Still these songs are raw and brutal just like they should be!

Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2010
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