Melodic Death Metal

Artist: 
Kataklysm
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Canadian Death Metal band Kataklysm returns with a new single off of their upcoming 13th studio album Meditations. The new single Guillotine is already setting a really high bar for the album. This song is just downright dirty and evil. Between the dirty chugging verse riff and the melodic but intense chorus, this song has everything a Melodeath fan would hope for. Maurizio Iacono's vocals are sounding as aggressive as ever, and the guitar and drum work is outstanding.

Sounds Like: 
Hypocracy
Sounds Like: 
As I Lay Dying
Sounds Like: 
Six Feet Under
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Arch Enemy
Label: 
Trooper Records

Arch Enemy recently released their new album Will To Power on Trooper Records. The single “The World Is Yours” was released previously, and as a metalhead, it has me very excited for this new album. The melodic death metal group, fronted by one of metal’s best female vocalists Alissa White-Gluz, has really stamped their names on the metal scene. Alissa’s vocals are sounding absolutely incredible, but my favorite aspect of the track might be Jeff Loomis’ amazing guitar work.

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth
Sounds Like: 
The Agonist
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Once Human
Label: 
earMusic

I was truely glad to come upon such a fantastic example of modern day metalcore and local music. Once Human's album Evolution is one of the few metalcore albums I've listened to that truely encapsulates the feelings behind metal music and the aggression the artists seek to perfect, in terms of cadence, continuum, and rhythmic sound. The album begins with a wonderful introduction, with heavy riffs and mixed melodic sounds, it gives one a true sense of the word metalcore and also encompasses much of the sound one can expect in the album.

Sounds Like: 
System Divide
Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Make Them Suffer
Label: 
Rise Records

Make Them Suffer is an Australian progressive metal band and Old Souls & Lord of Woe is a combination of their EP, Lord of Woe and their second album, Old Souls. This album includes 17 songs so it is a long one. I enjoyed this album for the most part because it sounded more metalcore than most of the albums I've reviewed recently but 17 songs that sound decently similar got kind of boring. I enjoyed the first half of the album but by the end I was ready for it to be over.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Sounds Like: 
Silent Planet
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2016
Artist: 
Amaranthe
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Maximalism by Amaranthe is one of the most interesting albums I've heard recently. It has 11 tracks and each feature three vocalists which is pretty unusual but they are able to create fantastic songs by utilizing the differences in their voices and styles. And whenever there's a female vocalist for a metal album I'm always interested. Each vocalist sounds great and they don't limit themselves to the metal genre as many of their songs have hints of other genres in them.

Sounds Like: 
Kamelot
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Syndicate
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Dark Tranquility
Label: 
Century Media Records

This is the newest release from the Swedish melodic death metal band, Dark Tranquility which features 12 songs. As far as death metal goes, this is an album you should be on the lookout for when it releases because it is pretty great. The instrumentals are engaging and switch from typical metal instrumentals to a softer more electronic feel which kept me interested. The vocals are good but I felt the unclean vocals were decently boring but that's just my opinion since it takes a lot for me to like unclean vocals.

Sounds Like: 
In Flames
Sounds Like: 
Insomnium
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Sinsaenum
Label: 
earMusic

When I first heard that ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was back as part of yet another group, his third post-Slipknot project, I admittedly almost immediately dismissed it. Now that I've heard the record, I'm eating my words in a big way. Sinsaenum, the supergroup brainchild of Dragonforce bassist Frédéric Leclercq, includes Dååth vocalist Sean Zatorsky, Loudblast guitarist Stéphane Buriez, Seth guitarist Heimoth, Vimic drummer Joey Jordison, and Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar. It is truly a dark metal dream come true.

Sounds Like: 
American blackened death metal
Sounds Like: 
Cradle of Filth (sort of)
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/24/2016
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: 
Degradead
Label: 
Metalville

I was really surprised with this album! At the beginning the whole album seems like it will just be screaming the entire album, which there is quite a bit of, but there is also a lot of audible singing that creates a nice flow between the two variations of vocals. Vocally, I feel like this album is really strong!

Sounds Like: 
The Devil Wears Prada - has the strong instrumentalists with the mix of different types of vocals. Totally metal
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2016
Artist: 
Varg
Label: 
Napalm Records

When I saw a CD with the word VARG written on the front, then proceeded to check the tracklist and see "Dunkelheit," you could imagine my excitement. Is Varg Vikernes releasing Burzum reprises under a new moniker? I hastily popped the disk in for a listen. Needless to say, there was absolutely no Burzum to be found, but that doesn't mean I was disappointed.

Sounds Like: 
If Amon Amarth collaborated with a metalcore band to write black metal.
Sounds Like: 
Catchy metalcore, doesn't try too hard.
Name: 
Joey Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2016
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