Friday, March 29, 2013

Watch Us Fade - Past, Present, Hell EP - Album Review

Year: 2013

Watch Us Fade is a Death Metal band hailing from Tamworth, United Kingdoms. They are an up and coming band formed in 2011. They play a style of death metal where they showcase a lot of influences from other genres as well. They released their second EP, titled 'Past, Present, Hell' on 28th March, 2013.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent - Album Review

Year: 2013

Back in the early 2000's, a new trend had emerged in the form of Metalcore. All the new and popular bands were playing it. This was just like Thrash Metal in the late 1980s and Nu Metal in the late 1990s. But as quick as this trend started spreading, bands started running out of fresh ideas and were constantly seen releasing very mediocre records. The lack of quality material, led many to believe that the death of Metalcore was upon them. Killswitch Engage are back with a new album that seems to say, "No! Metalcore still lives!".

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Devourment - Conceived In Sewage - Album Review

Year: 2013

Is change a good thing in the world of metal? What happens when an established band decides to experiment and change their sound a little bit? It can go two ways. It can result in abominations like 'St.Anger' and 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. Or it can result is successful albums like 'Cowboys From Hell' or the recent 'The Underground Resistance'. What effect do little changes have on this particular record?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Execution - Perversions And Blasphemy - Album Review

Year: 2013

Extreme Metal has always seen a mix of two or more sub genres over the course of it's existence. Some of the resulting products have been very successful, like Symphonic Black Metal, Deathgrind, Crossover Thrash, Doom Death Metal for example. So how about a combination of Black Metal and Thrash Metal with subtle influences of Speed Metal? It has been tried before by band like Absu and Skeletonwitch, but this type of music remains largely underground.

Execution, a band from Los Angeles, California, USA, plays this type of music and are very skilled at what they do. Their debut,  Perversions And Blasphemy was released on 5th March, 2013, through the record label Metalhit.com.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Devoid - The Invasion EP - Album Review

Year: 2013

Devoid have come out with a 4 song EP this year. Their debut 'A God's Lie' was a brilliant piece of Thrash / Death Metal and it bagged the Best Album Award at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2011. So how does 'The Invasion EP' live up to such an accomplished predecessor?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Joel Grind - The YELLOWGOAT Sessions - Album Review

Joel Grind, the front man of thrash band Toxic Holocaust, has come out with a solo effort. Here, he takes on all responsibilities such as vocals, guitars, bass, drums and even production and mixing of the record. An important point to consider is, all the tracks were written in a matter of 2 days. Yes, you read it right. 2 DAYS. So how does his effort pan out? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Six Feet Under - Unborn - Album Review

Year: 2013

Six Feet Under began as the side project of vocalist Chris Barnes (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and guitarist Allen West (Obituary). Over the years, this band has released 12 studio albums between 1995 to 2012, while being subject to numerous line up changes. Their previous effort, Undead, which came out last year, was very well received with many pointing out that the band was maturing as artists. Now within a year of releasing Undead, the band gets ready to release Unborn on 19th March 2013  through Metal Blade Records.

So, does the new album continue to show the band maturing or does it take them back to their days of playing uninspired cave man metal?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Omnium Gatherum - Beyond - Album Review

Year: 2013

Omnium Gatherum are a Finnish melodic death metal  band and they have 5 studio albums to their name. Beyond  is their 6th, released on 22nd February 2013. This band is known for their blend of melodious guitar work with harsh guttural death metal vocals. Their previous album New World Order was critically acclaimed and garnered much praise in the metal community.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ravenous - We Are Become Death - Album Review

Year: 2013

Ravenous is a Thrash Metal band hailing from Southampton, United Kingdom. Their debut record 'We Are Become Record' was released on Coffee Jingle Records on 16th February 2013.

Recently the metal community has seen a resurgence of the thrash metal scene or the re-thrash scene as it is popularly known. Majority of the bands in this scene, seem to suffer from a single fault, that they lack originality. They tend to imitate successful thrash bands from the 80s. However there are a few bands that shine through.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Corpseflesh - Tattooed By A Blowtorch - Album Review

Year: 2013

Corpseflesh is an Australian Brutal Death Metal band. Their debut record 'Tattooed By A Blowtorch' was released on 29th January, 2013. It is a completely unexpected stunner from an unknown band.