Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us

By Andrew Bansal

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Oxnard, California based power violence band Nails have been around for nearly a decade, and for the longest time, marched on with a do-it-yourself ethos, playing shows wherever they were allowed to, in the dumps and dungeons of the Los Angeles/Southern California extreme music underground. Amidst crushing every stage they stepped foot on, they also kept releasing studio recordings on a regular basis, and up until 2013, had two EPs, a split and two full-length albums to their name, the last LP ‘Adandon All Life’ having been released by Southern Lord Recordings in 2013. All these releases came across as very short, precise and deadly. Forward to 2014, they got signed to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, and quickly, all the mainstream rock media outlets that ignored this band’s existence for so many years started noticing them, to the extent that Nails is now gracing cover stories, and lo and behold, they even got accepted on Metal Archives, where they were previously thought to be too brutal to get classified as metal. Based on this breakthrough of theirs, their third full-length and Nuclear Blast debut ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’ is releasing on June 17th 2016, and comes as more anticipated and hyped than any previous Nails release. It remained to be seen whether it still retained the angst and venom the band’s music has been known for. Continue reading

Gojira – Magma

By Andrew Bansal

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French progressive extreme metal quartet Gojira have enjoyed a meteoric rise since the release of their fifth LP ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ (2012) and the globally reaching touring cycle that subsequently came with it. But this was no sellout move by any means, and they achieved all of this success by progressing vastly as songwriters within a short period of time, striking the right balance between complexity and accessibility. In existence since ’96 (and since 2001 under this name), Gojira have made a distinct statement with each album and have never made the same album twice. So, when it was time for follow-up to ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’, it was unanimously expected of Gojira to not only retain their newfound popularity, but also to deliver the goods on all fronts in a manner that would satiate their longtime fans as well as expand their outreach in equal measure. Enter Gojira’s sixth full-length effort ‘Magma’, slated for a June 17 2016 release via Roadrunner Records. Continue reading

Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette

By Andrew Bansal

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With a stellar self-titled debut full-length release and tremendous live performances appearing on high-profile national and international tours, Austin, Texas hard rock band Scorpion Child were the breakthrough artists in the world of heavy music in the year 2013, but then disappeared to regroup and rebuild, and much to the delight of their newfound fanbase of 2013, they have now returned with a revamped lineup and a brand new LP ‘Acid Roulette’, slated for release throughout the U.S, U.K. and Europe on June 10th 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Blending blues and psychedelia into their brand of hard rock on the tunes that decorated their debut effort, Scorpion Child recreated the classic ’70s vibe with greater conviction and power than their peers, and brought forth a highly discernible degree of fresh exuberance. They were certainly missed for the last two years. Much was expected from their new album, and it remained to be seen whether they’re still worthy of being the frontrunners in the new breed of young bands waving the classic hard rock flag. Continue reading

Mars Red Sky – Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)

By Andrew Bansal

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French psychedelic stoner rock trio Mars Red Sky have been in existence since 2007, and first landed on Metal Assault’s radar in 2012 through a random exploratory Bandcamp session. It’s incredible how hard rock/heavy metal music is supposedly ‘dead’ and yet people can still discover such great hidden talent if only they tried. Mars Red Sky’s 2011 eponymous debut LP left an indelible impression on Metal Assault, and their stature was further heightened by the 2014 follow-up album ‘Stranded In Arcadia’. Now, the band is ready to release their third full-length ‘Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul) on May 20th 2016 in North America via Listenable Records, and just like their previous efforts, promised to be quite the hallucinogenic trip down psychedelic pastures. Continue reading

Spell – For None And All

By Andrew Bansal

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When it comes to modern-day traditional heavy metal, hardly anyone can deny or argue against Canada’s status as world leaders in the genre, with bands like Striker, Skull Fist, Cauldron, Axxion, Iron Kingdom and many others marching triumphantly in their respective conquests to keep the old school alive. Adding to the crop of such bands, Vancouver BC trio Spell existed as Stryker for a few years before changing their name in 2013 and releasing the debut Spell full-length ‘The Full Moon Sessions’ in 2014. Now they are ready to release the follow-up LP ‘For None And All’ on May 27 2016 via Bad Omen Records, another potential treat for old-school metalheads constantly seeking new bands with the old sound. Continue reading

Kvelertak – Nattesferd

By Andrew Bansal

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Norwegian six-piece Kvelertak have garnered the hard rock/heavy metal world’s attention with their eclectic blend of rock ’n roll, extreme metal and hardcore punk, portrayed excellently on their 2010 self-titled debut LP as well as on the 2013 follow-up ‘Meir’, and presented with tremendous energy on stage. The band released their third full-length ‘Nattesferd’, on Roadrunner Records in May 2016. It takes an open mind to be fully appreciate Kvelertak’s music, and the band’s fans expect the unexpected from them. But ’Nattesferd’ takes even their most loyal, die-hard and open-minded fans by surprise. Continue reading