Origin – Omnipresent

By Francisco Zamudio

With about 15 years of existence behind them, it’s tough to call Origin one of the new breed of modern American death metal bands. You can, however, state them as a great example when it comes to describing the evolution of extreme and technical death metal. While other groups with just as many releases tone it down and call it “maturity”, Origin returns with just as much, if not more aggression and has evolved into a hyper-space demon. Their sixth full-length Omnipresent, released on July 4th in Europe via Agonia Records and on July 8th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, is a display of
an extremely dynamic hybrid death metal that blends the styles of technical, brutal, slam and grindcore, and is about capturing the current time and space where Origin has nailed down their style as well as their line-up. Continue reading

Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls

By Andrew Bansal

For the past three years, ever since parting ways with KK Downing and welcoming new guitarist Richie Faulkner into the fold as his replacement, metal gods Judas Priest have been talking about the possibility of a new album, a back-to-the-roots effort after the 2008 concept album ‘Nostradamus’ which was clearly a departure from the norm. All the hype and talk has eventually materialized and for the band and their fans, the moment has finally arrived. The seventeenth Judas Priest album ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ is about to be unleashed. I was given access to the album a week ago, and it was time to temporarily put aside the fact that I’ve always worshipped this band and always will, to give it a good number of thorough and objective listens for the purpose of this review. Continue reading

Xombie – Capital X

By Andrew Bansal

The ‘rap metal’ genre had its heyday in the 90s, and while there’s no signs to suggest that it’s undergoing any kind of major resurgence, a handful of the older bands have kept it alive and this style of metal continues to have a fan-following. Aside from the 90s groups, new bands pop up every now and then with their interpretation of this type of sound. New York City’s Xombie is one such band, and their new album ‘Capital X’ is an honest, uninhibited effort to bring forth a fresh representation of the genre. Continue reading

Larusso – Life In Static

By Andrew Bansal

Salt Lake City, Utah’s alt rock band Larusso have been around for a few years and have maintained the DIY work ethic throughout, releasing EPs and full-lengths on their own, and playing live shows on a regular basis, both locally and nationally. They have completed work on their new album ‘Life In Static’ and it’s slated to be self-released on August 15th 2014. Continue reading

The Lost Poets – Insubordia EP

By Andrew Bansal

The Lost Poets is an intriguing rock duo based out of Stockholm, Sweden, with an eclectic musical style and a dark, mysterious visual image (as evident from the band photo below). They recently released a new five-track EP called ‘Insubordia’ and the short but precise and thought-provoking 17-minute dosage of music on it deemed the band worthy of an introduction to the readers of this website. Continue reading

When Summer’s Gone – Knockout Mechanism

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Pittsburgh PA, When Summer’s Gone is a hard rock quartet that started out in 2008, and building upon a compelling debut full-length album ‘December’ which came out in 2009, followed by two EP releases, the band put out their sophomore full-length effort ‘Knockout Mechanism’ in February of this year, presenting a 9-track, 36-minute slab of straight-up, no-bullshit hard rock. Continue reading