Heavy Metal

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

There's a phrase that some Maiden fans dread when someone tells them about a new Maiden album: "It sounds like Maiden, you know?" Does it apply here? Yes and no.

Sounds Like: 
Bluesy vibes throughout the tracks, but still somehow retaining the classic Maiden punch.
Name: 
Joey Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2015
Artist: 
Disturbed
Label: 
Reprise Records

It's been an incredibly long wait, but it's finally here. Disturbed has come out of a five year hiatus and unleashed it's fifth straight chart topping album, fittingly called Immortalized. This album topped the Billboard 200 charts for an extremely good reason, as even after five years of inactivity, Disturbed has not lost an ounce of their ability to absolutely blow you away with early millenia metal. The album is just the Disturbed we've come to know and love. David Draiman still sounds epic and the band is still thunderous as ever.

Sounds Like: 
Good ol' Disturbed
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015
Artist: 
Gruesome
Label: 
Relapse Records

Gruesome is a combination made up of Daniel Gonzalez from Possessed, Gus Rios from Create A Kill, Matt Harvey from Exhumed, and Robin Mazen from Trash Attack. A while ago I did a review on Exhumed, and they weren't that great. But Gruesome sounds like Exhumed realized what they were doing wrong and got their act together. The lead singer for both Exhumed and Gruesome finally found a band that can complement his serious growling voice perfectly. The guitarist and drummer are on the same page and super heavy, super thrash metal and it’s a great sound.

Sounds Like: 
Arise
Sounds Like: 
Exhumed
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2015
Artist: 
Pantera
Label: 
Rhino Entertainment Company

This album f***ing rocks, because it is the most extreme album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard top 200, one of the best guitarist who ever lived plays on it, and because it is Pantera's heaviest, brutal, lowest-tuned album ever. Although not their best album, there are still gems on this reissue that are worth rediscovering.

Sounds Like: 
Hellyeah
Sounds Like: 
Damageplan
Sounds Like: 
Down
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014
Artist: 
Primal Fear
Label: 
Frontiers Records

Primal Fear comes back with one of the most haunting and chilling albums. After spending a few years without an album release, Delivering The Black comes and gives what their listeners were waiting for: haunting vocals, distortion guitar, insane kick drums, and insane harmonies. Each member plays their part to create the song, the drums creating the backbone, bass creating the heart, the rhythem guitar setting the stage for the vocals and lead. The album comes at you fast and hard, with no time to take a breath. Don't think and just play.

Sou