Heavy Metal

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.

Sounds Like: 
Nightmare
Sounds Like: 
Hammerfall
Name: 
Dalal Kaddoura
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2014
Artist: 
Godhunter
Label: 
Battleground Records

Tucson's own Godhunter released this full length of Battleground Records. Full of doomy and dense riffs layered off with some seriously heavy vocals - this album does not disappoint and serves as a solid follow-up to the Wolves EP. They bring that harsh Tucson sound but are still even somewhat reminiscent of that NOLA style sludge. For me, what makes this album is the lyrical content and the overall concept of the record. It's a reminder of how what's going on in our town can serve as a premonition of bigger issues going on in the country.

Sounds Like: 
HEAVY FUCKING METAL
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2014
Artist: 
Red Fang
Label: 
Relapse Records

My first experience with Red Fang was back when higher-end YouTube pages had a video on their channel page, and I happened to be on the Relapse page, probably looking for more Obscura tracks.  A Red Fang music video was on there, for which song I cannot recall.  I do recall there were a whole lot of empty beer cans, though.  “These guys are okay I guess,” I thought.  Poor, young me clearly didn’t know what was going on.

Sounds Like: 
Baroness
Sounds Like: 
Orange Goblin
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2013
Artist: 
Black Sabbath
Label: 
Vertigo Records

The first single from Black Sabbath's highly anticipated new album sounds like the Sabbath of old. This track sounds like a more polished version of something that could have been on their first album. Ozzy's vocals sound bleak as ever. Tony Iommi can still come up with the best guitar riffs and still sound original even 40 years into his career. Geezer Butler still makes his presence known with bass lines perfectly complementary to Iommi.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2013
Artist: 
Ghost B.C.
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

Every now and then, an album comes around that turns the metal world on it's head. Ghost's latest offering stands a good chance of being that album for 2013. They're well schooled in black metal and death metal, and use those song structures to make 1970's proto-metal reminiscent of Blue Oyster Cult and King Diamond. Some might laugh at the fact that this kind of music deals with Satanism, but I say it's a fantastic album.

Sounds Like: 
Mercyful Fate
Sounds Like: 
Opeth
Sounds Like: 
Blue Oyster Cult
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2013
Artist: 
Darkthrone
Label: 
Peaceville

First of all, I should put out this reminder that if you picked up this CD because you want black metal you're very misled because Darkthrone completely changed their sound with their eleventh album The Cult is Alive in 2006. This album in particular still goes off on their new heavy metal sound and incorporates a lot of crust punk with thrashy guitars and speedy riffs, but goes into this old school 80s power metal nostalgic sound. The vocals go from this heavy metal voice to a 80s King Diamond sound.

Sounds Like: 
King Diamond
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2013
Artist: 
Holy Grail
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Holy Grail are the epitome of what has been missing from the metal scene lately: bands that aren't afraid to break down barriers and that don't pigeonhole themselves into just one subgenre. These guys blend elements of death metal, thrash metal, NWOBHM, and (maybe) just a hint of glam for good measure. The result is an album that is seriously FUN to listen to. Top-notch guitar work, catchy riffs, and soaring vocals make 'Ride The Void' one hell of a listen.

Sounds Like: 
White Wizzard
Sounds Like: 
3 Inches Of Blood
Sounds Like: 
Enforcer
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2013
Artist: 
Dethklok
Label: 
William's Street

What is there to say about Dethklok that hasn't already been said. These guys are the epitome of metal in many ways. They are brutal. They are heavy. They hate you (seriously, in the booklet it says "Please die"). And they are fucking skilled at what they do. If you're unfamiliar with Dethklok, SHAME ON YOU!!! However, I will describe them anyway. They focus on much of the instrumentation, which is driving and epic and never lets up. The guitars set the pace, the vocalist keeps up and has a great low voice and a great sound and the drummer is there providing the backbone of the sound.

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth
Sounds Like: 
Goblin Cock
Sounds Like: 
Tenacious D
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2012
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