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GRIEF & BLISS – ENDEAVOR

They say that it never rains in Southern California but Grief & Bliss' release Endeavor makes you wonder if this is actually true. Endeavor is made up of four phenomenally emotional and addictive tracks....SERIOUSLY addictive tracks, I've basically been hooked since...

POKERFACE – GAME ON

POKERFACE - GAME ON (self released) Out of Moscow, Russia come POKERFACE, an amalgam of death, thrash, and epic metal. Not a bad combination, when you think about it. Game On presents a wealthy amount of driving beats and heavy tones, along with Lady Owl's somewhat...

PLASTIC TONES – WASH ME WITH LOVE

PLASTIC TONES - WASH ME WITH LOVE (Svart Records) I love getting stuff like this; BRM gets so much heavy music that it's almost deafening, so when I get assigned a review for a power pop group, I smile immediately. Plastic Tones are from Helsinki, Finland; a country...

RIG TIME! – WAR

Break out your teen angst guys and ghouls, 'cause this one is full of raging against machines, your parents, the government, and all that jazz. If you're looking for complexity or high brow lyricism, this album ain't for you, Jack. But if you're in more of a "meat and...

AS PARADISE FALLS – DIGITAL RITUAL

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...

BINARY CREED – A BATTLE WON

BINARY CREED - A BATTLE WON (Rockshots Records) If there's one thing we know about the metal scene, it's that you won't hear a lot of bad music coming out of Sweden. The rule holds up; as I plugged in Binary Creed's latest release, A Battle Won, I knew within the...

BIONATOPS – VOICES

BIONATOPS - VOICES (Nefarious Industries) Before I begin, I will summarize this entire review up in one sentence: Bionatops is as if Mike Patton (Faith No More) and Les Claypool (Primus) did acid, fucked like rabbits, and had a shiny new baby - what the fuck?!?! Got...

DREAMSHIFT – SECONDS

Dreamshift is a solo artist from hailing from Bavaria, Germany.  His album Seconds was picked up by STF-Records and will be released physically and digitally on October 6, 2017. The first thing I noticed about the album, Seconds, was the album artwork. It is very...

PSY:CODE – MORKE

What do you get when you cross sick groove with industrial-esque heavy metal and drench it in badass sauce? You get the metal monsters of Denmark known as PSY: Code and their ripping new album Morke. Spanning genres ranging from melodeath to industrial to straight up...

ATRIARCH – DEAD AS TRUTH

Straight outta Portland, Oregon, dark noise/somber metal band Atriarch unveils their 4th release Dead as Truth, not quite goth but utilizing a dark tone and waves of grey ambiance. Atriarch has crafted a sort of grunge/sludge metal combo that is wholly unique unto...

HOWLING GIANT – BLACK HOLE SPACE WIZARD PT2

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Howling Giant aren't your typical good ole' Southern boys. Instead, singing about the cosmic spaceways, rogue A.I. and numerous other curious occult things, this band is trippy. The good kinda trippy, taking you outta the funk of the...

SINICLE – ANGELS & DEMONS

This, my friends, is an album that teaches you the virtue of a tiny bit of patience. Being straight up real deal with ya like I always am, I gotta say the first real track "Damnation" had me about 2 seconds from sharpening a pitchfork and lighting a torch. The music...

ENSIFERUM – TWO PATHS

Finnish folk/heavy metal quintet Ensiferum is yet again back on the war path with a fresh new album, Two Paths, loaded from top to bottom with metal jams ready to rock the shit outta 2017.  With intricate shredding riffs, slick as sealskin drumming and a vocal...

CRIPPER – FOLLOW ME: KILL!

Hard as rusty nails and twice as unforgiving, Cripper is back to tear shit up and leave you begging for more with their latest drop Follow Me: Kill!  They prove yet again just how ferocious they are. With four albums already under their belt, Cripper has more than...

RIOT – ARMY OF ONE

Tonight is a special one boys and ghouls 'cause we're bringing you a double dose of classic metal shredding with Army of One and Through the Storm bonus edition releases from metal legends Riot out now! Let's take a heavy trip down metal memory lane as we first delve...

COFFIN CAROUSEL – BETWEEN DEATH & DEAD

COFFIN CAROUSEL - BETWEEN DEATH & DEAD (Eclipse Records) From sunny Australia comes Coffin Carousel, a doomy sounding punk metal band (or so they label themselves), ready and willing to rape your ear holes. My first impressions of Between Death & Dead is that this...

MIST OF MISERY – SHACKLES OF LIFE

MIST OF MISERY- SHACKLES OF LIFE (Black Lion Records) This one's gonna be a short one, folks, and that's because it mostly falls to one side of the bar. For a Swedish black metal band, this album is a rare miss. I'll be honest, the first two tracks on the album, I...

SIFTING – NOT FROM HERE

SIFTING - NOT FROM HERE (Eclipse Records) When we here at Bloodrock are assigned albums to review, we usually get our pick of the litter. That means we typically do a bit of research on the bands beforehand to figure out which ones we'd like to review, based on...

LO! – VESTIGIAL

LO! - Vestigial (Pelagic Records) I hesitate to put a solid label on Sydney, Australia natives LO!. They're a band I've followed for a couple years and, frankly, they defy definition, which happens to be one of the things I love most about them; you can't firmly place...

COVEN – THE ADVENT

Coven, the Brit metal inspired beasts from the East are hard at work at their full length debut album, due out in 2018. In the meantime though they've decided to come out swinging hard with their first EP The Advent. The band's mission statement is clear: “We want to...

HADES ARCHER – THE TEMPLE OF THE IMPURE

Chilean deathmetal duo Hades Archer is mounting their latest sonic assault in the form of Temple of the Impure, hailed as the band's cleanest produced album to date while maintaining that grungy hedonistic brutal style they call their own. Do the boasts hold true?...

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...

NECROT – BLOOD OFFERINGS

‘Menacing’ and ‘fast’, those are the two words that come to mind first, well right after ‘Holy Shit!’. This is absolute in your face, skull splitting, spine breaking death metal. Insert 3 men known as Necrot and their latest offering to the dark gods of metal Blood...

NOSTOC – AEVUM

August 7th marked the day Costa-Rican prog-metal prodigies Nostoc unleashed their debut album Aevum on an unsuspecting world and hot damn boys and ghouls, this one is a certified scorcher. A titanic blend of straight up heavier than a dwarf star metal and harmonic...

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