Album Review: GOATWHORE Vengeful Ascension

Posted by | June 27, 2017

Vengeful Ascension is a refinement rather than a retooling of the Goatwhore sound… there's nothing here we haven't heard out of these guys before, but the album shows a lot more versatility than the characterless, pedal-to-the-floor blur that has characterized large chunks of their last several albums.

| June 27, 2017

Album Review: FROWNING Extinct

Posted by | March 6, 2017

While the debate of what metal subgenre is the most extreme would be endless and revolve around subjective opinion, I'd make the claim that funeral doom should be one of the main contenders. The defining slow tempo of the style along with distorted vocals and lyrical themes embody the epitome of an anti-mainstream sentiment and therefore make for what one should consider "extreme."

| March 6, 2017

Album Review: SIX FEET UNDER Torment

Posted by | February 27, 2017

Overall, I like Torment, but I’m definitely not in love with it. The musicianship that is immortalized on this album is fantastic, and there are definitely quite a few wonderful gems as well, but there are flip sides to these pros as well. M

| February 27, 2017

Album Review: LOTUS THIEF Gramarye

Posted by | September 23, 2016

It's fair to debate Lotus Thief's classification as metal, but metal's arcane soul and depth of spirit are undeniably present, and anyone with a true appreciation of those elements should find nothing but joy and ecstasy in Gramarye.

| September 23, 2016

Album Review: EXALT The Shape You Took Before the Ache

Posted by | September 13, 2016

Like most good trends, the popularity and presence of metallic hardcore has been at a constant ebb and flow. Peaking with the momentum from Converge at the start of the 2000's, the genre eventually lost pace with a focus on melody and the post-hardcore scene. But luckily in more recent years, we have seen a rise in more experimental and forward-thinking groups. Acts like Code Orange and Harms Way were the first I noticed to peek into the underground spotlight, but it seems the floodgates are breaking open as a particularly new sound is becoming increasingly present and compelling.

| September 13, 2016

Album Review: DEFTONES Gore

Posted by | April 7, 2016

Regarding the legacy of the band, I view Deftones as divided into two entities, segmented by the passing of Chi. Adrenaline through Saturday Night Wrist represents their mastering of nü angst to alt-metal experimentation as the two releases in the past six years would act as the next matured stage in the band. Personally, both Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan seemed to just hit the nail on the head after the tense hiatus. While those two LPs were received quite well by both critics and fanbase, it felt as if there was a reluctance to hold them as highly as previous releases with the absence of such a founding member still on the mind. In hopes of bridging this gap, the group takes the third step forward in a continuation of their established creativity and depth with Gore.

| April 7, 2016

Album Review: ABBATH Abbath

Posted by | February 2, 2016

Seeing as how done Abbath sounded in 2009, I wasn’t sure what to expect from his eponymous debut. Given that he was the primary creative force behind both of his last two projects, how much difference could a name change really make?

| February 2, 2016