Author: Mitch Ellerbrock


A lot of pretty great music comes from Australia, so when I heard that five guys from Melbourne calling themselves Naberus released The Lost Reveries through Eclipse Records, I was pretty stoked to hear it. Influenced by melodic death and thrash metal, the band actually manages to weave those two together pretty well, and it absolutely stands out among the obscene number of metal subgenres out there today. The energy that the band puts into the music definitely shows itself in a lot of different ways. Opening with the track “Drones”, vocalist James Ash shifts between screams, growls, and clean...

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Forming in 2015 and hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, alternative rock band Twelve Noon have released their debut album Saints and Sinners via Eclipse Records. Claiming such influences as Alice in Chains,  Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage and Tool, among others, it’s definitely difficult to accurately classify this band, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Saints and Sinners opens up with “Change My Ways”, which has grungy overtones and a heavy, driven riff met with a melodic chorus peppered with scathing vocals. The next track unexpectedly slows things down with “Breaking Down”, an emotional jaunt through melodic yet heavy riffs and a radio friendly yet still...

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By now, you’re probably at least a little bit familiar with Chicago-based hard rock band Soil. They formed twenty years ago, and in 2001 they released their debut album Scars, which was an amazing album. If for some reason you still haven’t heard it, go get it. However, I’m not here to write about that album. As I said, Soil (often stylized as SOiL) have been around for twenty years, and that’s a long time. To celebrate the occasion, on September 15, they’ve released Scream: The Essentials via Pavement Entertainment and AFM Records, a sort of greatest hits album with unreleased and alternate...

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Australian metal outfit As Paradise Falls burst onto the scene in 2014, and in 2015 they began recording their first full length album, Digital Ritual. Unfortunately, while they were recording the album, guitarist Glen Barrie passed away in his sleep. Fast forward to two years later, As Paradise Falls have risen above this tragedy, releasing an album that delivers on oh so many levels. Released worldwide on July 21, 2017, Digital Ritual brings with it a fairly interesting concept – that of technology not simply controlling, but actually ruining our lives; and that in and of itself raises some interesting questions about our...

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