Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

By Andrew Bansal

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In the recent past, Iron Maiden have retained and enhanced their reputation as the ultimate heavy metal institution, triumphantly exploring newer territories and large-scale business ventures, such as touring the world in their own ‘Ed Force One’ jet flown by singer Bruce Dickinson and releasing the Trooper beer, but most importantly, through unmatchable live performances that have continually set and raised the standard for the genre. Since the release of their 2010 effort ‘The Final Frontier’ and the subsequent world tour, they finally put out an official release of the ‘Maiden England’ DVD and toured the globe again to bring back some of the selections from the 1988 ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ tour, giving younger fans a much welcomed opportunity to get a taste of that era. Fast forward to 2015, Iron Maiden have completed a set of brand new tunes and the most important metal event of the year is upon us, as the band is ready to unveil their sixteenth full-length studio album, the double LP ‘The Book Of Souls’ on September 4th. Here is Metal Assault’s take on what listeners can expect from it. Continue reading

Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm und Drang

By Andrew Bansal

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American heavy metal giants Lamb Of God released their seventh full-length studio album ‘VII: Sturm und Drang’ on July 24th 2015 via Epic Records, and above all else, it is a product of the band, their vocalist in particular, undergoing dark, long periods of tribulation. In 2012-13, frontman Randy Blythe was jailed for and acquitted of manslaughter charges faced as a result of a fan’s death on a stage in Czech Republic, and during this time, Blythe’s own well-being as well as Lamb Of God’s future were under threat. But, lyrically fueled by the experiences of the vocalist and musically boosted by the heightened levels of skill and maturity of the rest of the group, Lamb Of God have emerged triumphant with what can be best described as their finest hour. Continue reading

Vattnet Viskar – Settler

By Andrew Bansal

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New Hampshire-based atmospheric/post/progressive black metal band Vattnet Viskar are ready to release their second full-length album ‘Settler’ on June 29 2015 via Century Media Records. They started out in 2010 and released a self-titled debut EP in 2012, but the 2013 debut full-length ‘Sky Swallower’ and subsequent touring garnered them widespread attention as one of the most promising modern flagbearers of extreme music. The new album serves as a great follow-up and an ideal step forward. Continue reading

Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing

By Andrew Bansal

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San Diego-based one-man industrial doom act Author & Punisher, brainchild of electromechanical innovator Tristan Shone, has compelled the world to take notice of its uniqueness with a string of live performances across the US and Europe over the past three years. Shone has achieved this by using an intricately arranged drone machines, dub machines and masks, all of which he invented himself. His compositions are vastly different from anything that would fit the descriptions of a typical heavy metal act, but he has still garnered a legion of admirers among followers of the genre. As a result, ‘Melk En Honing’, the fifth Author & Punisher full-length album and debut on Housecore Records set for release on June 30 2015, has been highly anticipated among fans and critics alike. Continue reading

Wilson – Right To Rise

By Andrew Bansal

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Detroit rock ‘n roll party crashers Wilson put out a stellar debut album called ‘Full Blast Fuckery’ in 2013 and followed it up with extensive touring to present insanely high-energy and fun-filled shows anywhere and everywhere they could. Now, they are back with their sophomore full-length effort ‘Right To Rise’, set for release on June 29th via Razor & Tie. On this album, they maintain the rawness and exuberance that dominated the debut, but have successfully channeled it into a set of catchy, massive-sounding tunes that embody the spirit of their homeland. Continue reading

Demon Lung – A Dracula

By Andrew Bansal

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Las Vegas-based doom metal quintet Demon Lung are ready to release their second full-length album ‘A Dracula’ via Candlelight Records, a set of tunes inspired by the 1977 horror movie ‘Alucarda’, and recorded in Oregon under the masterful guidance of Billy Anderson. Demon Lung’s spellbinding live rituals have made them a standout, and they are without doubt the finest heavy music export to come out of Las Vegas in a long, long time. While their 2012 EP ‘Pareidolia’ and the 2013 debut full-length ‘The Hundredth Name’ were appreciable attempts at capturing on record the intensity and aura of themselves as a live band, ‘A Dracula’ truly supersedes both those releases. Continue reading