Year: 2017

AMELIA NICHOLS

Amelia Nichols Journalist   Greetings All! My name is Amelia Nichols, and I hail to you from the small town of Corry, Pennsylvania. Some little tidbits about me are well… I do enjoy watching cartoons. (Yep, totally guilty of watching them even when the children are not home.) I also enjoy the paranormal, ghost hunting shows. (Total sucker for Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Lockdown.) I do also enjoy making people more aesthetically pleasing, as I am in the process of obtaining my cosmetology license. But when I’m not making people pretty, and watching spooky ghost shows or cartoons, I work at a restaurant as a server, slinging pancakes or meatloaf to hungry guests. I’ve been a server and or a bartender for 15 years, and even played the role of the big cheese once as manager. I guess you could say talking to people is kind of my thing. As far as music goes, I am listener of many genres. Most of my influences coming from my mother, when I was young. I listen to just about everything, but I frequent more rock music and some of the heavy metal genres. I got very involved in our local metal scene when I started dating my now, longtime partner-in-crime, Dave, as he was a drummer in a local death metal band. I was a bartender at a local venue, and...

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AFTER THE MINOR – THE DECADENCE…THE DECAY…

AFTER THE MINOR – THE DECADENCE…THE DECAY…  America’s high five once again has metal bragging rights with Flint natives After the Minor’s release of their sophomore album The Decadence…the Decay.  This album dropped a couple of months ago (August) and I’m ashamed that I haven’t been jamming this jewel since its release because it really fucking good. Those of you that have read my reviews know that I’m always asking for metalcore, hardcore, and deathcore bands (clearly I like the cores) to submit to Bloodrock Media for review; we are drowning in death, doom, and black metal albums and it...

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SOUND STORM – VERTIGO

SOUND STORM – VERTIGO (Rockshots Records) Listen to the first couple tracks of Vertigo, and you’ll easily figure out what Torino, Italy’s Sound Storm is going for; all out, in your face cinematics, and at least in part, they succeed! The album starts off with a nice, short intro, as the title track. To its credit, it doesn’t run long and it has a well defined direction. Nice job. It carries directly into “The Dragonfly”, which continues Vertigo’s semi-slow tempo with some kickin’ double bass. If one dug deep enough, one could find himself thinking there’s a bit of similarity...

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CARDIANT – MIRRORS

CARDIANT – MIRRORS (Inverse records) Looking at the album cover, you’d never suspect that Finland’s Cardiant would sound like anything but Green Jelly (Jello?). I like being surprised like that. In fact, these guys don’t sound anything like that at all! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say that they sound like a mixture of Dragonforce, Ghost, and Avenged Sevenfold. Erik’s voice just has that M. Shadows timber to it. I actually thought he was Robert Stjärnström from Machinae Supremecy for a good two songs. Buuut then I checked and alas, no. The disk is good. Not great, but it...

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HARD ACTION – HOT WIRED BEAT

HARD ACTION – HOT WIRED BEAT (SVART RECORDS) Finnish action rockers Hard Action are set to release their second full-length album Hot Wired Beat on December 1st via Svart Records, aiming to outdo themselves in every way from their first release Sinister Vibes which came out in 2015. From the press release provided to us by Svart Records, “The Hard Action of today is a slightly older, more street-smart, tighter bunch of hairy youngsters. Hot Wired Beat boils with the hot blood of youth but its better musicianship and production values give room for certain more traditional aspects of rock music such...

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DESOLATE SHRINE – DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID

DESOLATE SHRINE – DELIVERANCE FROM THE GODLESS VOID Finnish death metallers Desolate Shrine released their fourth full-length album Deliverance from the Godless Void on November 10, attempting to erase the line between death metal and doom metal. Dear readers, let us break down this, these eight tracks of death and doom. Feel free to sing the doom song now. Opener “The Primordial One” kicks off with a ton of blast beats before heavy melodic guitar and low growling vocals come in. More blast beats continue throughout the track and the low growls of vocalists R.S. and M.T. occasionally turn into banshee wails, showing off...

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RAM – ROD

RAM – ROD (METAL BLADE RECORDS) Let’s take a trip to the past, my friends. Except not really, because the album we’re about to discuss came out this year. This month, in fact. It just sounds like it came straight from the 80’s. Swedish metallers RAM are back again with their mission to create music which at its very core is heavy metal in its purest form, this time with their fifth album Rod, released November 3 via Metal Blade Records. This album’s just a tiny bit different from their previous works, and we’ll get to that in a bit, but...

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FIGHT THE FIGHT – FIGHT THE FIGHT

FIGHT THE FIGHT – FIGHT THE FIGHT (METAL BLADE RECORDS) Norway’s Fight the Fight have released their debut self-titled full-length album in January, even though vocalist Lars Vegas, guitarist Amok, guitarist Lord, bassist HM, and drummer Detyler have actually been together for over a decade under the name Faenskap (which even Google Translate has failed me in figuring out exactly what that means) playing major festivals in Norway and touring across Europe in support of bands like Satyricon. Starting off, “Fight the Fight” is the perfect opening track to show off the band’s musicianship. It’s energetic, it’s catchy, Vegas showcases an impressive range, and the guitar solo is killer. Another enjoyable...

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