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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
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Album Review: TRUCKFIGHTERS V

Posted by | October 10, 2016

Being a relative large fan of stoner rock and groups from the Palm Desert scene, it has been a bit of a shame to witness the genre slowly fade. I miss the down-tuned glory days of Kyuss and Dozer. And seriously, when is the next Desert Sessions release coming out?

| October 10, 2016
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Quick Review: SOILWORK Death Resonance

Posted by | August 23, 2016

Even though collections such as Death Resonance are often cast aside and typically not recognized as part of a band's traditional discography, it's speaks volumes that even songs not deemed good enough for Soilwork's studio albums are of this quality. Any fan of Soilwork or melodeath in general should be able to find something to appreciate here.

| August 23, 2016
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Album Review: WHITECHAPEL Mark of the Blade

Posted by | June 22, 2016

Witnessing the evolution of a genre shifting to its next stylistic phase is somewhat entertaining. It's like watching paint dry off a well-crafted piece of art. The process is slow, but in the end, worth it. Deathcore has been stuck in the same trenches for quite awhile, yet are finally beginning to reach and climb its way out. Pushing through the breakdowns and blast beats mold, a majority of these acts have changed a focus towards groove and melodic dynamics. With After the Burial and Fit for an Autopsy previously making a shift towards a progressive side of the genre, Whitechapel is the next to follow suit.

| June 22, 2016
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Album Review: KATATONIA The Fall of Hearts

Posted by | May 23, 2016

A winsome collection of lilting prog and impassioned melodies, The Fall of Hearts takes us even further afield from the metal scene than usual for a latter era Katatonia effort. Relying more than ever on acoustic space and lightly amplified instrumentation, distorted guitars only occasionally pierce through the otherwise contemplative soundscape

| May 23, 2016
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Album Review: PRIMITIVE WEAPONS The Future of Death

Posted by | April 21, 2016

I've said it before and I'll say it again; David Castillo is one of today's most under-rated and significant individuals in the music industry. His side project White Widows Pact established the dark and visceral side of the genre, yet that only added momentum onto an abundance of catchiness for Primitive Weapons. Never have I heard melody mixed in with hardcore, metallic music so well.

| April 21, 2016
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Album Review: MOON TOOTH Chromaparagon

Posted by | February 18, 2016

Bands such as Native Construct, Caligula's Horse, and now Moon Tooth provide a cohesive melting pot of all previous aspects of progressive metal. These present-day/up-and-coming acts seem to excel in a combo of both the 'what the fuck, this is weird' and 'damn, that's impressive' factors simultaneously.

| February 18, 2016
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Album Review: MAGRUDERGRIND II

Posted by | February 12, 2016

It’s been a long, sad silence for Magrudergrind. For awhile I just assumed them dead. The announcement never came, but like a missing persons case I just figured the inevitable had happened. Last year brought joy and good news to thankfully snuff out that thought. But…now my feelings are mixed

| February 12, 2016
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Album Review: NILE What Should not Be Unearthed

Posted by | August 3, 2015

Nile demands our attention whenever they leap onto their chariots into battle. Their latest ride is entitled, What Should not be Unearthed. And the title is very deliberate, as the band aims to explore the spirit or force beneath the many world myths and religions, including that of their Egyptian muse

| August 3, 2015
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Album Review: MELECHESH Enki

Posted by | March 11, 2015

Setting aside the fact that they were one of the first non-Israeli bands signed from the Middle East, with their foundations in geographic and religious history, Melechesh have triumphed musically to attain their own particular style and sound without sounding niche or trite.

| March 11, 2015