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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...

INTEGRAL – RESILIENCE

Fresh out of Italy with a monstrous sound, newcomers Integral recently dropped their debut album, Resilience. Formed back in 2013 the crew made such a splash with their first demo back in 2015 they were signed to Japanese label Ghastly Records barely a year later....

AMERICAN WRECKING COMPANY – EVERYTHING AND NOTHING

I bet you thought the days of numetal bands were over didn't you? Well my friend you'd be wrong and American Wrecking Company has the proof in hand. Bringing to mind the essence of bands like Fear Factory, American Head Charge and Flaw, American Wrecking Company isn't...

ICE WAR – ICE WAR

So Jo Capitalicide's new solo project Ice War just slipped the internet a sneak peak at the upcoming self-titled album with "Battle Zone", the full self titled album though takes it to the next level. If you're looking for some 70's meets 80's style punk/rock/metal...

FUNERALGLADE-MAY THE FUNERAL BEGIN

While there's much to be said of age bringing wisdom and experience with more of it, the fiery nature of youth is at times just as undeniably valuable and potentially even more fierce. Funeralglade is an example of the latter end of that spectrum, while none of it's...

DIMMAN – GUIDE MY FURY

August 25th sees the debut EP from Finnish melo-death metal machine DIMMAN, and it's a pretty solid example of trimming the fat for that quality beef. The quartet of original tracks here are a bit of a teaser but a somewhat filling one, like when your appetizer is...

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...

NEMECIC – DEATHCANTATION

NEMECIC - THE DEATHCANTATION (Inverse Records) Out of Finland comes Nemecic, a five- piece juggernaut in training! I tried to find out more about them but there is surprisingly little on their Facebook - get to work on that guys! That said, there isn't much that can...

INFECTED RAIN – 86

INFECTED RAIN - 86 I've been following this band for the better part of a decade, and, while nu metal hasn't really been a word that's passed around with affection these days, we all still love Coal Chamber and Slipknot, right? Ok let's move on, then. Infected Rain...

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...

DHARA – DHARA

dhärä is a brand spanking new progressive rock band hailing from New York in a similar vein to bands like Animals As Leaders or Polyphonia. Foregoing a vocalist, they rely on their musicianship to speak for itself.  And son-of-a-bitch does it speak for itself!...

PORTRAIT – BURN THE WORLD

Lying somewhere between Iron Maiden and In Flames there is Portrait and with their new release Burn the World they show while similar to other power metal bands, they stand aside on their own 2 feet with head's held high. Crisp slashing guitars, soaring vocals and...

BYZANTINE – THE CICADA TREE

The cicada, an insect with a 17 year lifespan, spends the majority of its life laying dormant underground; only emerging to morph, mate, give birth, and die.  July 28th the cicada cycle began again with the release of The Cicada Tree by metal aficionados Byzantine;...

IN OTHER CLIMES – PARTY ANIMAL ADVISORY

France based hardcore group In Other Climes will be releasing a 7” titled Party Animal Advisory (Explicit Lifestyle) on August 18th, courtesy of Bastardized Recordings. This two-tracked release truly personifies the outgoing, reckless spirit that In Other Climes...

CANYON OF SKULL – THE DESERT WINTER

Austin, TX based instrumental doom metal duo Canyon of Skull will be releasing their sophomore album, The Desert Winter on August 19th. Let me start off by just saying this album is not for the faint of heart. "The Desert Winter" is a relentless, cold, heavy track...

CRIMFAL – AMAIN

There are two types of epic death metal bands, pure ragers with sick musicianship and theatrical bands (also usually with sick musicianship) that blend nontraditional influences in their music (be that a pirate theme, sci-fi fantasy themed albums, celtic/folk...

DETHRONE THE SOVEREIGN – HARBINGERS OF PESTILENCE

Progressive metal band Dethrone the Sovereign released their debut album, Harbingers of Pestilence, on July 27th. If I could describe this release shortly, I’d say Dethrone the Sovereign is Born of Osiris’ cooler older brother. Easily compared, but yet oh so...

HORRIFIC – YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

Old school Heavy Metal? Punk? Thrash? Maybe a little Death Metal? If you answered yes to any of the above, then the answer is here, and you have it all in the re-release of YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. Coming back with Slasher Dave’s only full-length release once again, it’s...

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