Groove Metal

Artist: 
DevilDriver
Label: 
Napalm Records

DevilDriver is back this year with their seventh studio album and first album since 2013, Trust No One, and it promises to be more of the hard-hitting, grooving, melodic death metal that we've come to know and love. "Daybreak" is the first single off of the new album and it is very fun to listen to. With a pulse-pounding main riff and groove that will keep you headbanging for days on end and a flying-high sound in the chorus, you really can't go wrong with this track.

Sounds Like: 
Degradead
Sounds Like: 
Children of Bodom
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2016
Artist: 
Avatar
Label: 
eOne Music

Avatar, the circus-obsessed band hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, a land and a city that bleed incredible metal, have announced the details for their sixth studio album, called Feathers and Flesh. Off of this new album comes this single, "For The Swarm." This single is extraordinarily short, clocking in at just under 2 minutes in length, but it's one hell of an earworm. Right from the get-go, the guitar cements this oddly insect-like riff into your head, and as soon as the rest of the band steps in, it's a sound you won't easily forget.

Sounds Like: 
Love and Death (musical style)
Sounds Like: 
System of a Down (lyrical styles)
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2016

Arc

Artist: 
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Label: 
Relapse Records

If you aren't a metal head, it might be surprising to hear Agoraphobic Nosebleed is one of the bigger bands of the the grindcore scene. Since their start in the late 90s, ANb as put out an astounding amount of music in a variety of different metal styles. For this EP, I would say their accessibility went up while their chill went right the fuck down. From the first distorted screech opening the EP going straight into a lead-heavy death march of bass, sludgy guitar and gun-like drums, you probably wouldn't guess that this was a "happy" album.

Sounds Like: 
A bit like Trap Them
Sounds Like: 
A much less speedy Pig Destroyer
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2016
Artist: 
Incite
Label: 
I Scream Music

Ok, this album was released in 2009. I don't know how it ended up in the stacks at KAMP student radio in the year 2015, but I will do my duty as a DJ and review it anyway. "Incite" is a Phoenix area based band that plays Pantera-style groove metal, with numerous thrash elements that appear throughout the record. It basically sounds like some badass, southwest anger. This is a great quality to bear for metal listeners like me, but for death/black metal fans, this is nothing short of disappointment.

Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
Artist: 
Chemical Burn
Label: 
MegaSonic

This sounds like anything Pantera has ever released. Now mix that in with a Metallica type rhythm sections that are tuned down with some distortion, and this record appears. "Raining Anvils" by the California based group "Chemical Burn" features very little creativity enmeshed with a bad attitude. I will give this record some credit however, it is very heavy and catchy; yet the issue with me (and probably the vast majority of listeners) will find obvious and almost annoying similarities with Pantera's old groove metal sound.

Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Metallica
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2015
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: 
QUOR
Label: 
QUOR Music

Local band out of San Diego. Bands that send me 4 copies of their CD are usually pretty crappy, but these guys really surprised me. They have heavy, groove-driven riffs, soaring choruses, a hint of hardcore, and just the right amount of melodic sensibility. This four-song EP is a pretty good listen and likely a good indicator of things to come.

Sounds Like: 
A mix of Pantera, Mastodon, and Alice in Chains
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2013
Artist: 
Machine Head
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Being a Bay Area native that has had the pleasure of going to 2 Machine Head hometown shows, I can safely say that this album effectively catches the essence of the crushing brutality that is their live act. Frontman Robb Flynn's vocals are remarkably on par with his work on the records, and he manages to keep the crowd engaged and pumped up throughout their performances in the UK. The riffs are dark and heavy, the drums are tight, and it's laced with just the right amount of melody. MACHINE FUCKING HEAD!

Sounds Like: 
DevilDriver
Sounds Like: 
Pantera
Sounds Like: 
Lamb of God
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2013
Artist: 
Gojira
Label: 
Roadrunner

The progressive hippie juggernaut from France shows no signs of stopping for their fifth full-length album. It's even good enough to impress those pretentious hipsters at Pitchfork. (I'll let you be the judge of whether that's a good or bad thing.) But make no mistake: the riffs are crushing, the lyrics are well-written, and the whole album is a marriage of brawn and brains that is undoubtedly one of the best albums of 2012.

Sounds Like: 
Mastodon