Heavy Metal

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
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
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