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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...

ANCIENT VVISDOM – 33

Fans of Occult Rock rejoice!  Magic Bullet Records has another killer album under its belt, Ancient VVisdom’s “33.” 11 tracks of dark, brooding acoustic and metal tunes boiled up in a cauldron in Cleveland, Ohio, await you this October and take you along a nice,...

WARCALL – INVADERS

Canadian metal trio WarCall is back at it again with their fresh release Invaders. With their 4th release and one heavily influenced by Sun Tzu's The Art of War as well as the band's own unique style of storytelling, aim to craft an album that is as adrenaline...

NABERUS – THE LOST REVERIES

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...

TWELVE NOON – SAINTS AND SINNERS

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...

SIINAI – SYKLI

Siinai is a group out of Helsinki, Finland. There is a bit of mystery to this group, which adds to the style of music they bring to the table. The album, Sykli, will be released by Svart Records on October 27th, 2017. The pre-order is available now through Svart...

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – NIGHTBRINGERS

Anyone who knows me knows there are very few things in music I love writing about more than some hometown boys tearing shit up. Well thanks to the Michigan quintet of madness known as The Black Dahlia Murder and their new sick album Nightbringers, I'm about to indulge...

SOIL – SCREAM: THE ESSENTIALS

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....

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...

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