Metal

Artist: 
Goatess
Label: 
Svart Records

Goatess comes out with their album “Purgatory Under New Management” and quite honestly I’m not impressed. Its doom metal sure, but its lacking in a lot of things. First off the vocals sound exactly like Ozzy Osbourne, which would be amazing under the right circumstances. But the instrumentals don’t fit the vocals and vice versa. With most songs clicking in just around 7 minutes and 30 seconds, I found this album to be a little pretentious and just too long. There’s no real development of the music, story, or musicians’ talents.

Sounds Like: 
Ozzy Osbourne with a crappy doom metal band
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2016
Artist: 
Toothgrinder
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Toothgrinder is a metalcore that recently signed to Spinefarm Records. Nocturnal Masquerade is their first full length album with two Eps underneath their belt. While this isn’t necessarily a BAD album, this isn’t one of my favorites. It’s hardcore and definitely metalcore but it could be better. It’s technical and well produced so the quality of the music or musicians isn’t the problem. The problem is the originality of the music. Honestly – I feel like I’ve heard all this music before just underneath a different band’s name.

Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2016
Artist: 
With The Dead
Label: 
Rise Above Records

With the Dead is a super group comprised of members from Cathedral and Electric Wizard. I am a huge fan of doom metal, but was surely disappointed at the “most anticipated doom metal album of the year” according to Metal Injection. Being from Cathedral, and Rise Above Records, you would think this group would have a better understanding of doom metal that fans enjoy and want. To give them credit, they got the sad, dismal funeral sound you expect out of doom metal.

Sounds Like: 
Crappy Cathedral
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2015
Artist: 
The Glorious Rebellion
Label: 
Magnetic Eye Records

With deep vocals, the low-fy album Euphoric sounds like it was recorded in a garage. But that isn’t bad. This band is good, they’re from Florida and Euphoric will be their debut album. So in a way this is an up and coming band to keep an eye out for. With elements of classic rock and almost 2000’s metal, The Glorious Rebellion has a pretty typical metal album. It isn’t too heavy by any means and the vocals are always clean. No crazy drumming or eccentric guitar, this album is good.

Sounds Like: 
Tripping the Mechanism
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
Audiotopsy
Label: 
Napalm Records

Audiotopsy is comprised of Billy Keeton from Mudvayne and Hell Yeah, Greg Tribbet on guitar, and Perry Stern on the bass and Mudvayne drummer Matthew McDonough making a super powerful group. This is their first album and it is really good. It’s hard, but it doesn’t go too hard for people who are afraid of serious death metal. This sounds eerily similar to Tool in some songs and other songs they have their own sound. Obviously they sound a little like Mudvayne.

Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Sounds Like: 
Coal Chamber
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
Reflections
Label: 
Good Fight Entertainment

If you have heard any metalcore band before, you can probably guess how Reflection sounds. That being sad, they're a really good band. They’re a small band from Minnesota and this is their third album. The last one came out in 2013 called Exi(s)t. This album is definitely for metalheads already out there and probably is a little shocking to a lot of alt fans. But this album is really good. It’s heavy in all the right places and has soft vocals and electronic effects where they’re needed.

Sounds Like: 
The Devil Wears Prada (in their early years)
Sounds Like: 
Aversions Crown
Sounds Like: 
Capture The Crown
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
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: 
Forndom
Label: 
Nordvis

Forndom is a Scandinavian band that bases their music on Scandinavian folklore and stories. Now, I may not be able to understand their music, but the album itself is great. It’s sad, moody, and gloomy and feels like you’re in a forest waiting for the Black Death to come down upon you. It’s magnificent. It almost has a choir feel to the background vocals and the echoing of the vocals is great. Its five songs and 25 minutes long. Not too bad for most doom metal. It honestly sounds like someone died and this is their funeral march.

Sounds Like: 
Ghost - less satanic, more spiritualist.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/02/2015
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