Author: Ethan Grason

LIONHEART – WELCOME TO THE WEST COAST II

LIONHEART – WELCOME TO THE WEST COAST II About a year ago, a largely known California hardcore band, Lionheart, announced that they would be parting ways as a band, and would not continue to make music. For those people who groove to hardcore music, you most likely have at least heard of this band. They emerged in 2007 as a hardcore outfit, and since have released 5 studio albums, one of which being Love Don’t Live Here, which made it all the way to #2 on the Itunes metal charts. With this impressive of a repertoire, it didn’t make much sense for...

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INSECT DEATH – PERPETUATING IDIOCY

INSECT DEATH – PERPETUATING IDIOCY (ZERO BUDGET RECORDS) The Minnesota based grindcore project, Insect Death released their album Perpetuating Idiocy  last year, and it kind of fell under the radar. The pet project of Will Maravelas (We Are Legion, Chalice of Suffering), this album was only delivered to me with the music and one short quote from Will himself. “Insect Death. It’s angry and loud, and I dedicated the noise to moms. She doesn’t like metal, but it’s metal to love your mom.” You heard him guys, mothers are metal as hell. But slightly more metal than that is Insect Death. The description of...

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A NIGHT IN TEXAS – GLOBAL SLAUGHTER

A NIGHT IN TEXAS – GLOBAL SLAUGHTER The brutal 5-piece Australian deathcore outfit, A Night in Texas, are soon to release their their next studio album, Global Slaughter, on December 11th of 2017. With 2017 having been full of amazing albums so far, this one is no exception. The album is centered around topics like the American political state, pollution and destroying the planet, which is interesting considering a lot of music over the past year has seemed to stray away from topical subjects in tread of more emotional subject matter. Taking it back to metal roots, and screaming F%$@ the government, right? But in...

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SANDOR VALY – YOUNG DIONYSIS

Sandor Valy – Young Dionysis Conceptual Artist Sandor Valy is soon to release his newest body of work on September 15th of this year, courtesy of Ektro Records. Already having a reputation for his abstract and interesting view on art, more specifically his interpretation of art, this album is just part of a larger art project including sculptures, dance, etc. With the intro track being played on a piano with a sander, drumsticks, and eventually destroying it with an axe (in true Bloodrock Media fashion), and continuing to play the destroyed piano, there is not much else to say, besides lets get into the...

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KARAMAZOV – SELF CONTROL

Karamazov – Self Control Minneapolis based solo project Karamazov is soon to release his newest EP, Self Control on August 18th of this year. Otherwise known as Luke Olson (ex Blue Ox, ex Ambassador Gun)after the disbandment of Ambassador Gun, he decided to do something that’s been becoming a bit more popular recently, and mix electronic music with metal elements. Artists such as the recently famous EvOlution (Dallas Turner) have taken the idea of making electronic music and adding metal elements to it to the next level. each seems to do it a bit differently, as Dallas mainly featured vocalists, especially deathcore, Luke focused mainly on local...

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DZÖ NGA – THE SACHEM’S TALE

Folk black metal band Dzö-Nga recently released their newest album The Sachem’s Tale on July 17th, courtesy of Avantgarde Music. Based on Algonquin folklore, this album depicts a trip up the Himalayan mountains in an otherworldly manner. This album caught my attention very quickly due to its classical orchestral composition. This isn’t so much a black metal album as it is a classical folk story. The moments where the black metal comes through are decent, but this band’s songwriting ability really shines in their compositions. Because of this, my favorite song was “Halle Ravine,” with a full instrumental of just an orchestral composition....

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SAMADHI SITARAM – KALIYUGA BABALON

Russian conceptual metal band Samadhi Sitaram recently released their newest full length album Kaliyuga Babalon courtesy of Sliptrick Records. This band definitely falls under conceptual with their music, but it’s done in a pretty cool way. A mix of somewhat nu-metal style guitar tracks adds a melodic touch to it, but it keeps the heavier breakdown style of the music the vocals are modeled after. One of my favorites on the album was “Shangri La,” which sounded like a melodic deathcore song, with chugginess and groove metal influence but paired with deathcore style vocals. What really intrigued me about this band is that...

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PLANET EATER – BLACKNESS FROM THE STARS

Canadian based metal band Planet Eater recently released their newest full length album Blackness From The Stars, on August 4th, and I could tell from the first 15 seconds, this was gonna be a good one. The first thing I have to commend these guys on is their unique sound, because I honestly can’t tell what exact genre this is, but in a good way. They blended the proggy riffs, death metal grooves, and all the other ideas together so well that it definitely sets them apart. One of my favorites on the album was “A Fault to Fix”, with its groovy as hell guitar and...

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