Heavy Metal

Artist: 
Dead Earth Politics
Label: 
Pavement Entertainment

The Mobius Hammersmith is Dead Earth Politics' most recent release that has five new songs on it plus two bonus tracks that are from previous EP's. After listening to this album I don't feel like I have much to say about it. I thought all of the songs were fine and I didn't end up disliking any of them. None of them really stood out from the crowd to me, but that doesn't mean they are bad. This album has unique sounding vocals that I liked that sounded kind of gravelly and rough.

Sounds Like: 
Rigor Mortis
Sounds Like: 
Child Bite
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Grave Digger
Label: 
Napalm Records

Healed By Metal is  the 18th album by German metal band Grave Digger and it features ten songs on it. I had heard of Grave Digger before but never actually listened to their music so I really wasn't sure what to expect but right from the first song I was already pleased. The album begins with the song "Healed by Metal" and because it's the same name as the album I was expecting it to really hook you into the album and that's exactly what it did. The song has good instrumentals and a sort of chanting chorus that I really enjoyed.

Sounds Like: 
Running Wild
Sounds Like: 
Rage
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2017
Artist: 
Ex Deo
Label: 
Napalm Records

Of the album's I've looked at this semester, this is by far one of the heaviest. My initial attraction was for the appeal to Roman antiquity, and I was gratified when I heard the opening chords of heavy, bloodthirsty, and war-driving music. The lyrical content is based around the concept of Roman warriors during the times of antiquity, and the heavy, incessant riffs give one the feeling of being on the battlefield.

Sounds Like: 
Kataklysm
Sounds Like: 
Alestorm
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Superjoint
Label: 
Housecore Records

You like Sepultura? Mudvayne? You like heavy, in your ear, dirty death metal? Well, open your earholes and get stuffed with Superjoint's album, "Caught in the Gears of Application". This album is so heavy, there's only one airable track, and the whole time you're listening, it feels like your ear canal is collapsing in on itself. That isn't wholly a bad thing. if you're into the sludge metal scene, as Superjoint purely presents to us in this album.

Sounds Like: 
Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Avenged Sevenfold
Label: 
Capitol Records

Avenged Sevenfold recently released their 7th studio album The Stage on Capitol Records. This is their first album since their nasty split with Warner Brother Records, as well as their first album with new drummer Brooks Wackerman (Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, Tenacious D). This album is also the bands first approach at a concept album, moving the album along on the theme of artificial intellegence and the future of humankind. I think that this concept was really well projected in the album both lyrically and musically.

Sounds Like: 
Metallica
Sounds Like: 
All That Remains
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Black Sabbath
Label: 
Self-Released

This one won't need much of a review because it's fucking BLACK SABBATH. "The End" is an EP that was released on their final tour by the same name, and was made available only by going to that tour. I was lucky enough to see them live at the last Ozzfest, and they are absolutely better than ever. The first 4 tracks on this EP are unreleased tracks from their last studio album "13", and the last 4 are live recorded tracks from "13" and "Black Sabbath, Vol 4". This EP is incredible. Each song sounds as if it was recorded in their prime.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath, duh
Name: 
Josh Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Pain
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Sweden's Peter Tagtgren, owner of Abyss Studio and all-around well-versed musician and producer brings new sound to the stage with this September-release album, "Coming Home". The album is a melting pot of style, and each song has a unique spin to it that only Tagtgren is capable of. As someone who heavily influences the metal world in Sweden, and across the world, many had high hopes for the album and none were dissappointed.

Sounds Like: 
Hypocrisy
Sounds Like: 
Lindemann
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2016
Artist: 
Freya
Label: 
Holy Mountain Music

So Freya has a few other albums. One that came out in 2003 and the other 2007. I haven’t listened to those so I can’t give a good description on how this album sounds in comparison to those. This album though was a bit disappointing to a new listener. There was no innovative sounds or anything like that. It’s your typical metal – almost just heavy metal, sometimes thrash.  But overall it was just a boring album. They didn’t have one song that caught my ears and they were just safe in their guitar and drum solos.

Sounds Like: 
The Union Underground
Sounds Like: 
Ill Nino
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2016
Artist: 
Dio
Label: 
Rhino Records

Honestly I don’t know what I have to say for this album: it’s DIO. Plain and simple. It’s a kickass album because this is kickass music. It’s super cool to have all his hits on one album and this needs to be spun. If you’ve never heard DIO before first: spin this, second: this album is the epitome of classic heavy metal. The creator of the devil horns will be reborn on our air because there isn’t a bad song on this album although I would avoid track 4 “King of Rock and Roll” because it’s live.

Sounds Like: 
Dio
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2016
Artist: 
BABYMETAL
Label: 
Toy's Factory

Metal Resistance is the Japanese band, BABYMETAL's second album and features 12 songs. All songs are in Japanese but each usually features a few English words but this album also features "The One" in English. To begin, this album is so many things, I had heard a couple of songs from Baby Metal before so I had some idea of what to expect when listening to this, but I honestly wasn't expecting to like this album as much as I did. This album is the perfect blend of J-Pop and metal, each song features J-Pop style vocals and metal style instrumentals.

Sounds Like: 
Band-Maid
Sounds Like: 
5572320
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2016
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