Metal

The Meating

Artist: 
Fossils
Label: 
Indisciplinarian

As a 7 track album I was deffinatley surprised how much I have come to like this band. It has punk influence intertweened with metal and hardcore lyrics/rifts. Reminded me of the band Letlive. But that similar style of punk with metal. Might be a weird combonation for most music listeners but if you enjoy metal and punk together while imganing running through a figure 8 mosh circle pit. Then this album is for you! 

Sounds Like: 
Letlive
Sounds Like: 
August Burns Red
Name: 
Ryan Reyes
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015

Tyranny

Artist: 
Lago
Label: 
Self-released

Lago released their self produced album Tyranny late in 2014 but this album was pretty great. They are a local band based in Chandler, AZ and they are a prime example of black metal. Their dark, death oriented lyrics with a hint of religious disdain are sung by a traditional grungy, deep, growling voice and accompanied by an eerie almost demon voice in the background. Besides the vocals have a creepy yet powerful tinge to it, Lago kicks butt.

Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitationn
Sounds Like: 
Infant Annihilator
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Searching For Zero

Artist: 
Cancer Bats
Label: 
Metal Blade

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, the Cancer Bats are releasing their 6th album and they are pretty awesome. I have not heard any of their work before this but I'm glad I discovered them. The singer Jaye Schwarzer delicately mixes clean vocals with rough, grungy vocals that anyone can enjoy. Cancer Bats is great for anyone who likes metal or alt-rock. While they are punk rock and have pretty heavy guitar riffs, they are just a great listen. The drumming is pretty generic for punk rock, but the guitar compliments the singer really nicely.

Sounds Like: 
Gallows
Sounds Like: 
The Ghost of a Thousand
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015

Aion I

Artist: 
Seven Year Storm
Label: 
Self-Released

Sean Lang released his independent album Aion I through an indiegog campaign as a side project. This Vancouver based drummer currently works with First Reign, A Night of Bowie, Byrd Dawg, and Seven Year Storm. He also has worked with at least 20 other bands. But enough talk of this kick butt metal drummer. His side project Aion I was one of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of metal I've ever heard. This 26 minute album takes you on a mental story that is both beautiful and powerful.

Sounds Like: 
Animals As Leaders
Sounds Like: 
Cloudkicker
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2015

Breakfast of Failures

Artist: 
The Blind Shake
Label: 
Goner

If you are a surfer that is into metal you will like this album. That description sounds a bit weird but that is what the album sounds like, and it really isn't a bad album. The "surf" genre is a popular one but The Blind Shake did it well and added their own twists to this genre. If your show is going for a mellow but still rad mood I would recommend playing this album. 

Sounds Like: 
Merchandise- but more grungy
Sounds Like: 
Tennis
Name: 
Caitlin Brenton
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2014

BLIXT

Artist: 
BLIXT
Label: 
Cuneiform Records

Theoretically, this album could be awesome. As a fan of both jazz and metal, I popped this into my CD player with a great deal of optimism. I was immediately disappointed. The sound quality is pretty awful; it sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage in the 80s. The guitar in particular sounds just terrible. The music itself is basically metal instruments playing jazz. The fundamental song structure, melodies, etc are all jazz-based, but BLIXT uses distorted guitars & bass and metal drumwork to play each song.

Sounds Like: 
EXP
Sounds Like: 
Mahavishnu Orchestra (Not really)
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2013

Revelry & Resilience

Artist: 
Gypsyhawk
Label: 
Metal Blade Records

When you first listen to this CD, it's like you've just opened a time-capsule from the 70's, but the modern air slips its way in the capsule and touches the songs ever so slightly. The stylings of Gypsyhawk is so rare to find in metal nowadays, which is why "Revelry and Resilience" has been a bit of a gem for me to listen to and review. Gypsyhawk combines the showmanship of old school guitar playing with the kick of Billy Gibbons-esque vocals, and is reminiscent of early ZZ Top Whitesnake-blues rock records. In short, it's fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Black Stone Cherry
Sounds Like: 
ZZ Top
Sounds Like: 
The Showdown
Sounds Like: 
Scorpions
Sounds Like: 
Thin Lizzy
Name: 
Dave Hentz
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2012

Rize of the Fenix (single)

Artist: 
Tenacious D
Label: 
Columbia Records

Tenacious D is back with a new album — to come out soon! This is their announcement of its birth, and it's pretty rockin'. If what the lyrics say are true, the D should be returning to its raw awesomeness that it had back in the 90s, with such gems as "City Hall" and "Tribute." Though, both KG and Jables have been doing kid's movies for the past few years, so they might not be smoking enough weed to keep up with their former glory. But it's Tenacious D, so you better be hopeful.

Sounds Like: 
Tenacious D
Sounds Like: 
Sex in a hippy van in space
Name: 
Greg Gonzales (Dr. Gonzo)
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2012

Karen Page

Artist: 
Karen Page
Label: 
Rotten Records

Have you ever been at a Mexican food restaurant, and at the end of the meal, mixed your ice cream together with whatever is left of the table such as chips, salsa, beans, soda, black pepper, salt, etc to create some sort of interesting concoction? All those things individually are great on their own. But all in one bite? Absolutely horrible. Much like Karen Page.

Sounds Like: 
Trash
Sounds Like: 
Convalesce?
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2010

New Zealand@SXSW

Artist: 
various
Label: 
NZ On Air

This is a compilation of new songs from New Zealand artists. Definitely pop music in general in the sense that I would expect to hear it on the radio, and none of it gets too crazy or original, especially not the first 4 songs. 

Sounds Like: 
Amy Winehouse
Sounds Like: 
Jane's Addiction
Sounds Like: 
The Faint
Name: 
Ashley Gander
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/