Speed Metal

Artist: 
Hammerfall
Label: 
Napalm Records

Built to Last is the tenth and most recent album from Swedish metal band Hammerfall. Built to Last is pretty much everything I exptected from a power metal album which isn't a bad thing. I really like this album and when I first began listening to it it almost sounded like what I expected a power metal version of Avenged Sevenfold would sound like. But as I kept listening it didn't sound like that for long and I came to enjoy Hammerfall for what it was.

Sounds Like: 
In Flames
Sounds Like: 
Helloween
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
Grave Digger
Label: 
Napalm

The veteran German metal group "Grave Digger" returns for yet another studio release entitled "Exhumation (The Early Years)". However, this is simply a collection of their old songs from back in the 80's, re- recorded for a fresher, more modern sound. This record contains all of Digger's most memorable, epic songs from the beginning. The only original member on this release is vocalist Chris Boltendahl. Axel Ritt does all the electric guitar work, and his sound is much heavier and cleaner than Digger's older sound, which was much thrashier and raw.

Sounds Like: 
Iced Earth
Sounds Like: 
Saxon
Sounds Like: 
Manowar
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015
Artist: 
Satan
Label: 
Listenable Records

Satan truly is immortal. This five-man heavy metal/speed metal band, starting as early as 1979 in the landscape of British New Metal, helped build the modern genre of speed metal with their quick distorted guitar runs and breakneck pace. Through their long history, they've survived several name changes and band member switchups. For most bands these complications are a death sentence. For Satan, it made "Life Sentence," a fantastic speed metal LP released in 2013 after a decade and a half of inactivity.

Sounds Like: 
Raven
Sounds Like: 
Cloven Hoof
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
DragonForce
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Sounds Like: 
Hammerfall
Sounds Like: 
The Black Halo
Name: 
Sky Sobol
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2012