Heavy Metal

ReMachined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's 'Machine Head'

Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
Classic Rock Magazine

Classic Rock Magazine pulled out all the stops for this tribute album and actually got respectable and established artists to pay tribute to Deep Purple's classic album. It's interesting to hear their interpretations of these songs. The Glenn Hughes, Kings of Chaos (former members of Guns n Roses) and Santana covers are really good, so play those too if you're into something a little less heavy.

Sounds Like: 
Deep Purple
Sounds Like: 
Rainbow
Sounds Like: 
Thin Lizzy
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2012

Rize of the Fenix (Clean version)

Artist: 
Tenacious D
Label: 
Columbia Records

Tenacious D, which if you did not already know, is composed of two members, one being Jack Black (yes-the actor), and Kyle Gass. There really is no one like these guys out there, nor main stream comedy bands in general. If you are looking for a creativity these guys do not fall short. All of there songs are very different, each following a funny and unique theme. There is also some impressive instrumentation and catchy guitar riffs throughout the CD.

Sounds Like: 
Lonely Island, System of a Down
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2012

Blood Ceremony

Artist: 
Blood Ceremony
Label: 
Rise Above Records

 This album is a really great throwback mixture of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull, and by that I mean it's pretty much Sabbath style riffs all over the place with flute sprinkled throughout. Great for a retro album, the doom is definitely there, and there's a girl with a great voice that sings on it. Definitely play something from here. 

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Jethro Tull
Sounds Like: 
Dio
Name: 
Jeremiah Traeger
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2012

Undaunted - Single

Artist: 
Adrenaline Mob
Label: 
EMI/Elm City

Considering that this band features ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Symphony X singer Russell Allen, I was surprised at how this song turned out. It's a surprisingly radio-friendly hard rock song. Portnoy's drums are surprisingly simple. You rarely even hear him do any of his trademark fills. Allen, on the other hand, tries to come off as too much of a tough guy for his own good. Mike Orlando does, however, get to show off some of his chops with a rather phenomenal guitar solo. Overall, this stuff isn't bad, but it certainly isn't memorable either.

Sounds Like: 
Disturbed
Sounds Like: 
Black Label Society
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2012

I Know How To Die - Single

Artist: 
Motorhead
Label: 
UDR

Diary of a Madman - Legacy Edition

Artist: 
Ozzy Osbourne
Label: 
Epic

Like most people, I always was a bigger fan of Black Sabbath than Ozzy's solo career. This doesn't stop the album from having some of my favorite Ozzy songs, and it's always great to hear some great fretwork from the late Randy Rhoads. Disc 2 is a live set with a set from the Blizzard of Ozz tour. Don't be fooled by the tracklisting, though: this is NOT "Tribute," which had better sound quality.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2012

In the Ire of Creation

Artist: 
Immersed
Label: 
Unique Leader

Immersed...They're pretty fucking intense.  It's hard to not like them unless you're into that lighter shit that wines and moans about how hard life is.  Throughout the album they will never let you down and never decrease the intensity once they get it up to appropriate levels after the 'intro'.  The drummer is pretty solid here all around, though he tends to not do anything crazy, other than keeping up with the guitarists.  The guitarists tend to do a pretty good job, though nothing spectacular.  There is one vocal style in this album and it reminds me a bit of In

Sounds Like: 
Amazing
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2011

Stoned

Artist: 
Acid Witch
Label: 
Hell's Headbangers Records

These guys play some slow, heavy, sludgy, Black Sabbath-inspired music, wrapped up quite nicely with some incredibly cheesy lyrics about (i bet you can't take a guess from their name...) drugs and horror movies. And... that pretty much just sums it up really. It's good, and there are some seriously monster-riffs on here, but it's all-in-all kinda forgettable. It does have it's highlights, it's just that I like a little bit of variation in my stoner/doom riffs. I'd still reccommend a listen, especially if you... partake.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Entombed
Sounds Like: 
High on Fire
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2010

Tribalcore Leader

Artist: 
One Brick Down
Label: 
self-released

One Brick Down is a solid metal band.  I haven't been able to say that about most of the cds I've reviewed this year, but these guys really know what they're doing.  Amidst some pretty awesome solos and the crazy instrumentation that is not typical of metal, these guys do tend to put something together that is very unique.  There is one thing though, the band's songs tend to mesh together a little too much in my opinion.  It's not that there isn't enough difference in the guitar riffs and the vocals, but it's just that the sound they generate is always so similar. 

Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Sepultera
Sounds Like: 
Mid-east band
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2010

Coming Home - Single

Artist: 
Iron Maiden
Label: 
Universal

Sometimes, I feel like I was the only one who didn't enjoy Maiden's 2006 album "A Matter of Life and Death." It just seemed too slow for me, and I got bored. Unfortunately, they seem to continue on with this trend on this song from their newest album, "The Final Frontier." It could've been a great song, but you get bored listening to it.

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Megadeth
Sounds Like: 
Ozzy Osbourne
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2010
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