Album Review: Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea

By Ryan Falla

Pirate metal band Alestorm finally returns from their three-year voyage to bring us their fifth studio album, ‘No Grave But the Sea’. Alestorm has cemented their reputation as that of a unique novelty approach to writing music. Alestorm takes the concept of pirate metal beyond the novelty to create a competent genre of music that hits a specific niche intensely. The biggest question that stands is the ability of Alestorm to put out a quality record without pigeonholing themselves into a one-note record with their overly specific niche tastes. Continue reading “Album Review: Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea”

Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown

By Andrew Bansal

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to listen to a terrible karaoke metal album, but of all original material and being performed by the band that the songs belong to? Well, your weirdest metal dreams are about to come true, because that is exactly how the subject of this review sounds. Glenn Danzig, the much loved, admired, adored and worshipped metal legend, is releasing his tenth studio album of original material, and the first since 2010. Thank goodness it took seven years and did not surface any earlier. ‘Black Laden Crown’ will unleash itself like projectile vomit on the internet, radio airwaves, record stores, car stereos, home speaker systems and through any and every other possible means of audio communication, and the album couldn’t possibly be any worse that it is, even if it attempted to be. Continue reading “Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown”

Album Review: DragonForce – Reaching Into Infinity

By Francisco Zamudio

If you ever want to be taken back to the days of old school nintendo, where you stayed up late nights battling alien invaders, slaying dragons and cursed demons and needed a soundtrack for the final boss – you need look no further than the worldly metal of DragonForce, with members from Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Ukraine  and China. Shredders Herman Li and Sam Totman have been going strong since early 2000, and now they’re releasing their seventh full-length album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity’. Continue reading “Album Review: DragonForce – Reaching Into Infinity”

Album Review: Mark Slaughter – Halfway There

By Rosie Walker

In the late ’80s, the glam metal band Slaughter emerged from the Mojave Desert. The Las Vegan group saw success with frontman Mark Slaughter at the helm. They still tour today, but haven’t released any new music in years. Mark, with his limitless creativity, started a solo career in 2015. His second solo album ‘Halfway There’ is ready for release, and is an enduring, charismatic follow-up to his first record, ‘Reflections In A Rear View Mirror’. Grabbing the attention of the scene with his unwavering determination and skill, Mark Slaughter’s new record proves the relevance of rock n’ roll. Continue reading “Album Review: Mark Slaughter – Halfway There”

Album Review: Beastmaker – Inside the Skull

By Ryan Falla

Many of you may remember Beastmaker as Metal Assault’s emerging artist of the year for 2016 with their debut EP ‘You Must Sin’ and the full-length album follow-up ‘Lusus Naturae’. It’s no surprise to see Beastmaker hitting 2017 even harder than the previous year they already left behind in flames. Now we get to listen to the much anticipated follow up, ‘Inside the Skull’, and revel in all of its glory. It is an amazing, groovy stoner trip through dark psychedelia that you won’t be able to get enough of. Continue reading “Album Review: Beastmaker – Inside the Skull”

Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I

By Andrew Bansal

Canadian group Kobra and the Lotus emerged as the strongest new force in heavy metal with their 2012 self-titled full-length, and followed it up successfully with the 2014 release ‘High Priestess’. Three years later, the band has returned after having forging an ambitious double album, ‘Prevail’, and its first part was released today, Friday May 12 2017 via Napalm Records. Powerful clean singing, scorching guitar leads, technically precise rhythm section and catchy melodies and harmonies are traits commonly found in all of this band’s works, and on ‘Prevail I’, they attempt to retain all of these elements but also explore their musical identity in various new ways. Continue reading “Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I”