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FROM ASHES TO NEW – THE FUTURE

From Ashes to New - The Future (Better Noise Records) From Ashes to New is ready to slay our earholes with their signature brand of nu rock with their sophomore release The Future, available today (April 20th), courtesy of Better Noise Records.  “We went through the...

UNDEROATH – ERASE ME

Underøath - Erase Me (Fearless Records) Underøath are set to release their 8th studio album, Erase Me, tomorrow (April 5, 2018) courtesy of Fearless Records.  Erase Me is a departure for the once openly Christian metalcore pioneer, for the first time the group is not...

RIVERS OF NIHIL – WHERE OWLS KNOW MY NAME

RIVERS OF NIHIL - WHERE OWLS KNOW MY NAME (Metal Blade) Rivers of Nihil's new and third album, Where Owls Know My Name, is the work of a band growing in confidence and maturity. Having been a fan of their first two records, my initial comparison for them has been...

FROST GIANT – THE HARLOT STAR

FROST GIANT - THE HARLOT STAR(Transcending Records) Let me be quite honest: I will listen to just about any band whose name comes from some sort of pop culture reference. I once heard that there was a band in the late 90's called Chuck Norris' Fist. I'm not even...

FACING FIRE – FACING FIRE

FACING FIRE - FACING FIRE (Pavement Entertainment) Facing Fire is a hard rock band from Southern Ohio. Collectively, the members have been in multiple bands and played countless shows.  They officially formed as Facing Fire in late 2016 when vocalist Scott Artis,...

CAVO – BRIDGES (DELUXE EDITION)

Cavo - Bridges (Deluxe Edition) (Pavement Entertainment) Post-grunge St. Louis natives Cavo have released a deluxe edition of their 2016 release, Bridges courtesy of Pavement Entertainment.  Adding two bonus tracks and an alternative version of their 2008 hit,...

MEDITATOR – A DARKNESS UNKNOWN

MEDITATOR - A DARKNESS UNKNOWN (self released) What do you get when you mix Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon, The Human Abstract, and Meshuggah?  I'm so glad you asked, what is created from this glorious combination is the magnificent studio project...

THE DIVIDED LINE – PARAMNESIA

THE DIVIDED LINE - PARAMNESIA (self released) The first thing you'll notice about Toronto's The Divided Line is that their singer, Cave, sounds like a very decent in-between of Maynard James Keenan and David Draiman. There's just enough ether in his voice to emulate...

OWL MAKER – PATHS OF THE SLAIN

OWL MAKER - PATHS OF THE SLAIN (self released) I checked the band's facebook, there's surprisingly little about the band that put out Paths of the Slain, which is kind of a let down, because I'm thoroughly enjoying their EP! Their logo suggests death metal, and given...

DAEDALEAN COMPLEX – AFTER THE FALL

DAEDALEAN COMPLEX - AFTER THE FALL (PRC Music) My first impressions from listening to the newest offering from Quebec's Daedalean Complex was one of perplexion, but it quickly morphed into a nice reinforcement of a theory I have about bands and artists that don't live...

INFINITAS – CIVITAS INTERITUS

INFINITAS - CIVITAS INTERITUS Jesus Christ, here we go. Okay, guys, I really wanted to like this. I really, really, REALLY did. I'm not going to break the album down track by track like I normally do. I think I need to take a different approach on this specific album,...

GOOD TIGER – WE WILL ALL BE GONE

GOOD TIGER - WE WILL ALL BE GONE (Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records) On occasion, I catch myself thinking as I'm listening to a band's album, "Man, this group would've been huge back in the day." The day being referred to, of course, is the one pre-internet, when a...

NOVAREIGN – LEGENDS

Southern California has a pretty damn good metal scene, and now that scene can boast one more great act because power metalers Novareign are set to release their debut full length album Legends which they've described as "an hour-plus of shred-tastic, over-the-top,...

STARSOUP – CASTLES IN THE SAND

Starsoup sounds like the next big thing from Campbell's, but it's actually a progressive rock project from Moscow and they released their second full-length album Castles in the Sand back on November 20, 2017. I had a chance recently to check out the album and it's...

ASKING ALEXANDRIA – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

ASKING ALEXANDRIA - ASKING ALEXANDRIA (Sumerian Records) Metalcore/Pop metallers Asking Alexandria released their self-titled album on December 15th courtesy of Sumerian Records.  This is their fifth studio album and their most adult offering to date.  Asking...

HARM’S WAY – POSTHUMAN

HARM'S WAY - POSTHUMAN (Metal Blade Records) Chicago hardcore metallers Harm's Way is set to release their fourth full-length album, Posthuman, on February 9th courtesy of Metal Blade Records. "Harms Way's metallic hardcore has won them fans on four continents; their...

PROMETHEAN MISERY – GHOSTS

PROMETHEAN MISERY - GHOSTS (PRC Music) Promethean Misery is an Australian-based, one-woman project geared towards the ecstasy of doom. This newly released album, titled Ghosts, is dark, gloomy, and haunting -- which is everything you'd want in a Neoclassical Doom...

SONIC PROPHECY – SAVAGE GODS

SONIC PROPHECY - SAVAGE GODS (Rockshot Records) Sonic Prophecy released their third album on January 19, 2018 courtesy of Rockshot Records. Their previous albums were released in 2015 and 2011, respectively. Their music has been featured in movies, t.v shows and video...

BELL WITCH – MIRROR REAPER

BELL WITCH - MIRROR REAPER (Profound Lore Records) Honestly, doom metal is not the genre I immediately gravitate toward as a metal fan. My tastes tend to include the frenetic, fast, overpowering, and bombastic. So as I volunteered to take on the latest album from...

ANGUIS DEI – AD PORTAS SERPENTIUM

ANGUIS DEI - AD PORTAS SERPENTIUM (Svart Records) Okay, here we go. So, I was fairly nervous listening to this band for the first time. Here's my deal with Black Metal bands (keep in mind, I'm being very light-hearted when I say this, so this isn't to be taken...

SECURE – CHASING RAINBOWS

SECURE - CHASING RAINBOWS (self released) We don't get many bands from Russia, but when we do, it's usually a good one. Such is the case with Secure's newest EP Chasing Rainbows. It's a surprising blend of emo- style metal and a little bit of Devon Townsend; nothing...

REVENGER – THE NEW MYTHOLOGY VOL. 1

REVENGER - THE NEW MYTHOLOGY VOL. 1 (self released) It's nice to know that in a world where more strings equals apparently heavier music, there's a metal band who keeps it real. I did a little homework on this and I can say, Vancouver's Revenger really improved their...

DARK HOUND – DAWNING

Quick, when you think Nashville, what comes to mind? Country music? That crappy TV show? How about heavy metal? That's exactly what we're about to talk about, as Dark Hound are set to release their second full-length album titled Dawning in January 2018, after their...

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