Groove Metal

Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Sepultura
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Back with their fourteenth studio album Machine Messiah, Sepultura is back rocking the charts with their single "I Am The Enemy." Short, sweet, and to the point, Sepultura is giving the fans everything they should come to expect from such a legendary band. The song hits very hard and is ideal for use in any metal show. It's Sepultura, and regardless of what you think of the Cavalera drama and the issue that a lot of fans have with the current Sepultura lineup, this is a solid track that sounds distinctly heavy and fucking rules.

Sounds Like: 
Older Sepultura
Sounds Like: 
Slayer
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Lo-Pan
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

I could give you a play-by-play of each song on this track, or, being as I'm not a long-time listener of Lo-Pan, I can give you my initial reaction. From the album art and presentation of the album, I had in mind a sort of southern metal-based sound, but was surprised to find a unique, and wholesomely rock sound with Lo-Pan's In Tensions.

Sounds Like: 
Scissorfight
Sounds Like: 
Roadsaw
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Brujeria
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Initially I didn't really like "No Aceptan Imitaciones". It was a little heavier then what I prefer, but after listening to it a couple more times I grew to like it. The beginning is what mainly threw me off. It sounds really broken and robotic in the beginning, but once you're over that the rest of the song is pretty good. If you don't speak spanish to sum up the song its essentially saying fuck imitators, I'm the real shit. I'd definitely give it a listen if you're looking for something heavier. I enjoyed it although I prefer the less heavy stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
Divine Heresy
Name: 
Arabella Cavazos
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
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
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