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LOSTAIR – AD JUBILAEUM

LOSTAIR - AD JUBILAEUM (Revalve Records) I didn't even read the press release, because with an album title like Ad Jubileaum, I wanted to keep an open mind. What I was expecting was Italian death metal, and that's not quite what I got. "Ad Jubilaeum" is Latin for "The...

GLASS MIND – DODECAEDRO

GLASS MIND - DODECAEDRO (Rock Shots Records) We don't get a lot of music from Mexico, and when we do, it's mostly death metal. It's in that respect that I imagine Glass Mind having a tough time booking shows, because I can't imagine there being a lot of prog rock...

H1Z1 – UNBOUNDED

H1Z1 - UNBOUNDED (self released) I always like reviewing bands from my area, not because I play favorites - because a band doesn't get better by pandering - but because I've seen most of these bands live and getting the chance to listen to their recorded material is a...

ASYLUM 8 – REPRESSED

It was just insanity cast into a sonic penis, shoved into my ears with no lube, and then fucked the ever loving shit out of my earholes, and at some point I was dizzy from how good it felt, you know? Fifteen minutes into it, you’re not even saying words anymore, you’d just sort of grunting and enjoying it.

BIG MESS – TRY TO ENJOY IT

BIG MESS - TRY TO ENJOY IT (INDISCIPLINARIAN) Copenhagen's melodic punk band Big Mess released their second album Try to Enjoy It back on September 29 via Indisciplinarian. A follow-up to 2016's You Know I Care, this album is 12 tracks of energetic, melodic, and...

ALTAIR – DESCENDING: A DEVILISH COMEDY

ALTAIR - DESCENDING: A DEVLISH COMEDY When I first caught word of Italian power metal band Altair, the gamer in me automatically thought of Assassin's Creed, and that alone made me want to check out Descending: A Devilish Comedy, which is actually the band's second...

APOLOGOETHIA – PILLARS

APOLOGOETHIA - PILLARS (INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS) Spanish metallers Apologoethia are set to release their highly anticipated four-song EP Pillars on November 24 via Invictus Productions. The band comments that this debut EP "explores the dark side of human knowledge, an...

JUPITER ZEUS – EYES ON THE PRIZE

JUPITER ZEUS - EYES ON THE PRIZE Out of Perth, Australia comes Jupiter Zeus. After three long years, the band dropped their EP Eyes On The Prize on October 3, 2017. This isn't the band's first rodeo, but this time, they're targeting a bigger audience: all of us. So...

ROYAL GUARD – LIGHTS & DREAMS

ROYAL GUARD - LIGHTS & DREAMS (SLIPTRICK RECORDS) Straight out of Voltana, Italy comes the hard rock quintet Royal Guard. Their album Lights & Dreams dropped on September 5, 2017, courtesy of Sliptrick Records. Let me tell you - this isn't an album you're going to...

SORCERER – THE CROWNING OF THE FIRE KING

The name Sorcerer conjures up images of ancient magic, towering spires, and tomes filled with well-kept secrets. In short, everything you'd expect from an epic doom metal band. Coming out of Sweden and formed back in 1998, they released their first album In the Shadow...

GWAR – THE BLOOD OF GODS

GWAR - THE BLOOD OF GODS (METAL BLADE RECORDS) GWAR are mostly known for their overly ridiculous stage shows where they spray fake blood and piss and whatever else into the crowds, but beyond all that, they actually make music and they've released their first...

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...

THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY – STYGIAN

THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY - STYGIAN (INNERSTRENGTH RECORDS) Italian death metal/deathcore group The Modern Age Slavery will be releasing their 4th studio album, Stygian, (Innerstrength Records) on November 24th. Stygian consists of 8 original tracks, and a cover of...

BATUSHKA – LITOURGIYA

Batushka - Litourgiya (Metal Blade Records) Here's a quick question: when you think of Poland, what comes to mind? If you said gut-wrenching black metal, you'd be correct. That's where the unknown members of Batushka come from (they intentionally wish to not reveal...

POWERMAN 5000 – NEW WAVE

Powerman 5000 – New Wave (Pavement Entertainment) Industrial metalers Powerman 5000 released their 11th album, New Wave, via Pavement Entertainment yesterday, October 28th and if you like party music then you are in for a treat. New Wave kicks off with “Footsteps and...

TRIVIUM – THE SIN AND THE SENTENCE

TRIVIUM - THE SIN AND THE SENTENCE (ROADRUNNER RECORDS) Trivium released their eighth studio album, The Sin and the Sentence, a week ago today (October 20th for those who can't math) and h.o.l.y. h.e.l.l. is it good. Trivium likes to change it up, their 2015...

SUNWALTER – ALIEN HAZARD

SUNWALTER - ALIEN HAZARD (Sliptrick Records) You know, I just don't get to cover enough bands from Russia. I was glad to pick up this album to review. With an odd name like Sunwalter, it sort of stuck out. Sunwalter are an epic metal band, but don't let that fool you....

MONOLITH CULT – GOSPEL OF DESPAIR

MONOLITH CULT - GOSPEL OF DESPAIR (Transcending Records) Out of West Yorkshire, England (and I had to do a huge amount of homework to find that out) comes Monolith Cult, a doom metal band that actually had someone do an original art piece for their cover.  Much...

FM2000 – HUBBA BUBBA REHAB

Usually, when I hear of a band coming out of Finland, my first thought is one of the ten thousand metal subgenres. How interesting it was, then, to learn of heavy punk outfit FM2000 and their seventh full-length album Hubba Bubba Rehab which was released October 13...

ACT OF DEFIANCE – OLD SCARS, NEW WOUNDS

ACT OF DEFIANCE - OLD SCARS, NEW WOUNDS (Metal Blade) "Act Of Defiance is built around the idea of writing and composing the way we want without any other influences on the music, and if people don't like it, that's fine," says Act Of Defiance guitarist and co-founder...

VVON DOGMA I – COMMUNION EP

VVON DOGMA I - COMMUNION (Self Released) Out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada comes VVON DOGMA I, a musical creation that is, quite honestly, not for everyone. You have a four-piece band centered around the singer's (ChaotH) *ahem* NINE- STRING BASS. Nine. NINE. Putting...

THE OXFORD COMA – EVERYTHING OUT OF TUNE

Coming out of Arizona, grunge rockers The Oxford Coma have released their fourth album Everything Out of Tune, which they describe as "progressive psychedelic grunge," on Friday the 13th via Siggy Records. The album was produced by Steve Albini (if you don't know...

KING PARROT – UGLY PRODUCE

Australian thrash metal outfit King Parrot are at it again with their third full length album Ugly Produce. It's definitely got an interesting sound, if I'm being nice about it. A little bit thrash, a little bit punk, and a little drunken stupor. When I saw King...

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