Album Review: Arcadea – Self-Titled

By Ryan Falla

We’re getting some real top-notch experimental prog metal from drum virtuoso Brann Dailor of Mastodon, with the recently released self-titled debut from his new project, Arcadea. Just to give you an idea of how experimental this record is, the only instruments on this Arcadea are drums, keyboard, and synth. You really get a strong idea of what kind of influences Brann has on Mastodon; the high-concept prog that is a fine mixture of metal and synth-experimental. Continue reading “Album Review: Arcadea – Self-Titled”

Album Review: Cellar Darling – This is the Sound

By Rosie Walker

The folk metal act Eluveitie started out as a studio project in 2002, yet this Swiss group of guys and gals quickly became much more. The band’s innovative style of combining their country’s traditional instruments with death metal made them unique and successful. Becoming one of the biggest metal acts in Switzerland took its toll and a lot line-up changes have happened over time. The biggest split occurred last year when they lost several key members simultaneously. Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter, and Ivo Henzi left the band last spring, but they made it abundantly clear that they were not done making music. In September of 2016, the three self-released the first single from their new band, Cellar Darling. The song, ‘Challenge’ was received with open arms and became an instant hit. Now signed with Nuclear Blast Records, the band is ready to release their debut album, ’This Is The Sound’, on June 30th. Continue reading “Album Review: Cellar Darling – This is the Sound”

Album Review: The Slit – VI VI VI

By Lisa Burke

Have you been wondering what bands out there in the heavy metal and rock scene in local Los Angeles are worth a listen to these days? Well, there are plenty if you take the time to seek them out. The excitement in the modern music released these days is most often found in the mix of genres some of the bands are gaining interest in. Southern California’s The Slit straddles the line between hard rock and heavy metal while also keeping one foot in the grunge world with some of the guitar elements as well as some old school punk ideology in the vocals. On May 1st 2017, they released an 8-song album called ‘VI VI VI’ and have been out and about in the local scene to debut these new songs. Continue reading “Album Review: The Slit – VI VI VI”

Album Review: Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment

By Ryan Falla

Revered punk/thrash act Municipal Waste finally graces us with the follow-up to 2012’s ‘The Fatal Feast’, the new album ‘Slime and Punishment’. Municipal Waste is a widely renowned act that melds punk and thrash in a way that evokes strong memories of Suicidal Tendencies. Saying ‘Slime and Punishment’ goes back to the roots of thrash/punk would be a disservice; Municipal Waste is the root of a new generation of punk. Their music is clean and riff heavy in line with thrash, yet they play with a grimy aggression of ’80s punk. Continue reading “Album Review: Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment”

Album Review: Broken Hope – Mutilated and Assimilated

By Francisco Zamudio

Since their return from hiatus in 2012, Broken Hope has quickly gotten back into the game. Following up on the 2013 comeback album ‘Omen of Disease’, this year they bring their seventh album ‘Mutilated and Assimilated’, through Century Media. It’s death metal at its purest, filled with guttural vocals, crushing riffs and blasting beats. Probably their best material to date, ‘Mutilated and Assimilated’ is a relentless onslaught. Continue reading “Album Review: Broken Hope – Mutilated and Assimilated”