Heavy Metal

Artist: 
Volbeat
Label: 
Republic Records

I don't really know anything about this band, but I've been told that they're both awesome metal with a country motif and that they're (quite disdainfully) the Danish equivalent of Avenged Sevenfold. So, I imagine people's opinion of this single depends a lot on their preference of metal. In my opinion, it's a fun, if simple, single. I personally find Volbeat's unique vocal style pretty interesting, even if it is a little ridiculous.

Sounds Like: 
Avenged Sevenfold
Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2016
Artist: 
Drowning Pool
Label: 
eOne Music

So, like every other person I know, I really like the song "Bodies" by Drowning Pool, and this is nothing like that. Don't get me wrong, there was some good stuff to be heard with this album, but the songs felt stale with their dynamics. Only a couple songs seemed to really grab my attention while the rest seemed to blend together. There is a lot of experimental sounds throughout this album but the overarching theme is to have heavy instruments in the background with maybe a twangy sound or some morbid chant of killing yourself. 

Sounds Like: 
Every other drowning pool album
Sounds Like: 
Disturbed
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2016
Artist: 
Mike Lepond
Label: 
Imports

So I thought this album was kind of odd. It has a lot of different types of metal in this album I feel. While the first song reminds me of something similar to Ace of Spades by Motorhead, the second song starts off with some interesting softer riffs that lead into some heavier stuff. There’s quite a range of songs to use from this album so depending on what you’re looking for, so there’s pretty much something for everyone.

 

Sounds Like: 
MotorHead
Sounds Like: 
Something for everyone
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2016
Artist: 
Mutoid Man
Label: 
Sargent House

So once again, I am not an avid metal listener. That being said, I think Bleeder is the first album I have picked up that has given me a true heavy f****ing metal experience. I turned the volume in my headphones all the way up because that is the only way this album can and should be listened to. The instruments are banging the whole time, the singer is screaming until hoarse, even dipping down into screamo range. This album is extremely hype and probably necessitates some head-banging as well.

Sounds Like: 
HEAVY F***ING METAL DUDE
Name: 
Dalmar Wiltshire
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Wild Throne
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Listening to this album is like having someone yell "FUCK YOU" to your face repeatedly, in a good way. Harvest of Darkness is chaotic, furious, and metal. The band from Bellingham, Washington form a tight unit, with fast drums, screeching guitars and crunching riffs, all led by their wailing (also in a good way) lead singer. Its like if Led Zeppelin one day decided to be angry and play faster.

Sounds Like: 
Dillinger Escape Plan Meets Queen's of the Stoneage
Sounds Like: 
Heavy Mars Volta
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Valkyrie
Label: 
Meteorcity Records

Shadows is Valkyrie's newest album with only 7 songs on it. But really, that's all you need, as they average around 5-6 minutes long each. I'm going to say right off the bat, I am not into this album. The songs feel like they go on for way too long and they literally all sound the same. Each song is essentially one really long guitar solo and each time I tried listening to this album I just zoned out. The one postive thing I will say about this is the album cover art is very pretty. The album art was what intially made me want to listen to it.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Classic Rock
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/18/2015
Artist: 
RAM
Label: 
Metal Blade

It's good to know old school metal is still alive and breathing. "Svbversvm" by the Swedish metal group "RAM" is just that, which is nice if you're a nostalgic metal fan that dips into Judas Priest or Iron Maiden every now and again. This is RAM's fourth full length release, and their 15 year experience can be felt immediately as you give this a spin. The sound is all around incredible, especially the sheer power of the guitars (provided by Harry Granroth and Martin Jonsson)  which are absolutely flawless.

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Savatage
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2015

Ire

Artist: 
Parkway Drive
Label: 
Resist Records / Epitaph Records

Oh boy, this was always going to be weird. Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive warned fans ahead of their latest release Ire that their new sound would be more akin to 80’s style heavy metal rather than their traditional “restrictive” metalcore sound. Fans of this band are probably going to absolutely despise this album, since it represents a rather dramatic change to their usual sound.

Sounds Like: 
Memphis May Fire
Sounds Like: 
Trivium
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
Huntress
Label: 
Napalm Records

If you've ever heard Volbeat, Huntress sounds very similar to them. Obviously its female fronted there is a different dynamic, but it has similar themes. If you've ever seen a picture of In This Moment you know how sexual a lot of female fronted bands can be - whether that is good or bad - and Huntress does pull in a lot of that sexuality like Mariah Brink but doesn't make the entire band about her breasts. This was a really good album and I really enjoyed it. Jill Janus has a very powerful voice that commands the band but doesn't overpower it.

Sounds Like: 
Kobra and the Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Hysterica
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
Artist: 
Iron Maiden
Label: 
BMG Music

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