Album Review: Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon

By Cesar Villatoro

When the album ‘Labyrinth Constellation’ came out in the early months of 2014, it took the death metal world by surprise and established Long Island, New York group Artificial Brain as one to be reckoned with. By artfully combining elements of old and new-school death metal, dissonant avant-garde style riffs, and trace elements of black metal, Artificial Brain were able to create a musical canvas which made them stand out from the legions of up and coming extreme metal bands, yet place them in the same league with greats such as Ulcerate, Deathspell Omega and Gorguts. With the bar having been set so high for a debut release, fans were eager to hear what the band had to offer for their sophomore album ‘Infrared Horizon’ — which was once again produced by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrythmia, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves. Artificial Brain managed to meet and surpass any and all expectations with ‘Infrared Horizon’, a true successor in every way to their lauded debut album. Successfully improving upon the aforementioned musical styles utilized while continuing to push the limits as to how much sonic chaos and brutality one can combine, the band managed to reach a new plateau their signature sound of galactic discord. Continue reading “Album Review: Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon”

Album Review: He Is Legend – Few

By Rosie Walker

From the unsuspecting town of Wilmington in North Carolina, the band He Is Legend, readies for the release of their fifth album. Most of the members have been playing together since high school and under their Richard Matheson inspired band name, released their first full-length album in 2004. With many ups and downs the band has come out on the other side stronger than ever with this new album, ‘Few’. The record comes from a very personal and creative place for the band, and it shows. Inspired by the writer, Helena Blavatsky, He Is Legend went to some innovative, dark places. With a few trails and triumphs under their belt, these fellas have really modified their sound through out the years, yet they have beautifully meshed their original noise with some new, inventive sounds for this new release that will have the listener putting it on repeat. Continue reading “Album Review: He Is Legend – Few”

Album Review: Don Jamieson – Communication Breakdown

By Jaide Alicia

Metal Blade Records has provided us with yet another solid comedy release from former ‘That Metal Show’ host and comedian Don Jamieson. Having seen Don perform live a handful of times, I can say that his stories never get old- be it the infamous Keifer Sutherland story or simply him talking about being inebriated, the laughter just pours in. His new album ‘Communication Breakdown’, slated for release on April 21st, contains perfect 2-4 minute somewhat R-rated comedy bits, and with titles ranging from “Vagina No-No’s” and “Threesome (Almost)”, how can you not want to listen? Continue reading “Album Review: Don Jamieson – Communication Breakdown”

Album Review: Junkyard – High Water

By Ryan Falla

Junkyard is a band with quite an interesting story. Starting out in the ’80s on the Sunset Strip, the band released a small handful of releases under Geffen records, but since fading away from the limelight while continuing their musical career playing occasional live shows, before hitting full steam with a multitude of “reunion” shows that escalated into tours and highly successful gigs across America. Continue reading “Album Review: Junkyard – High Water”

Album Review: Novembers Doom – Hamartia

By Francisco Zamudio

While it probably shouldn’t be described as avant-garde, there’s always an attempt to be different and shy away for the norm. And in that comfort zone, it’s all strictly opinion on how you define successful, never mind if it could still considered “good”. And going the safe route for many bands will likely gain you more fans just as many as those you lose by playing it safe. By having a mixed identity in the music, you cater to that current A-D-D music listener – and I feel you lose something. Those moments when you do hit your stride, it’s nearly on point. 28 years and 10 albums into their career, Chicago based November’s Doom have hit a stride with their new album ‘Hamartia’, the second record with a maintained line-up, the previous being the 2014 release ‘Bled White’. Continue reading “Album Review: Novembers Doom – Hamartia”