Armored Saint – Win Hands Down

By Andrew Bansal

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It is not often that Los Angeles metal veterans Armored Saint release a new album, so when they do, it’s a highly anticipated event among old-school metalheads across the globe. The band’s previous album ‘La Raza’ (2010) was ten years in the making, and fans hoped that the next album would not take as long. Sure enough, Armored Saint worked on their seventh full-length studio album ‘Win Hands Down’ for about five years, and the output is ready to be unveiled on June 2nd 2015 via Metal Blade Records. They’re the kind of band that maintain a stronghold in people’s minds and memories even when they’re not active or in the news, and as a result, expectations surrounding this new record in the lead-up to its release have been sky-high. Continue reading

Albatross – Fear From The Skies

By Aniruddh ‘Andrew’ Bansal

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Indian heavy metal band Albatross caught the eyes and ears of many in their home country and across the world with their first two EP releases ‘Dinner Is You’ (2010) and ‘The Kissing Flies’ (2012), by pursuing a style of horror-themed traditional metal that instantly distinguishes them from the rest, and executing this style successfully to achieve commendable output. With an enhanced line-up and an innovative approach, Albatross spent the last three years writing and honing new material. The result is their debut full-length album ‘Fear From The Skies’, out now via Transcending Obscurity India, and sees the band venture into unconquered territory in more ways than one. Continue reading

Venomous Maximus – Firewalker

By Andrew Bansal

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Hailing from Houston, Texas, stoner metal quartet Venomous Maximus announced their arrival with in 2012 with the release of their debut full-length album ‘Beg Upon The Light’. Traveling a path on which they’ve gained recognition from mainstream Texas-based press outlets and underground metal fanatics alike, Venomous Maximus put a great amount of work and thought into the follow-up album. Their sophomore effort ‘Firewalker’ is now ready for release on May 19 via Shadow Kingdom Records, and should stand to serve as a representation of the group’s metamorphosis. Continue reading

CalatrilloZ – Psalms Of Zahyin

By Andrew Bansal

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London-based symphonic metal quintet CalatrilloZ have honed their individual and collective personalities both sonically and visually since their 2009 inception, and with much investment of thought and deliberation put behind it, they are ready to release their debut full-length album ‘Pslams Of Zahyin’ in June 2015. In an era that is witnessing most so-called symphonic metal bands overstepping the fine line and lose the right to be truly labeled as metal, CalatrilloZ bring forth a fresh, intelligent approach that simultaneously obeys and disobeys the rules and stereotypes. Continue reading

Secondborn – Symbols (EP)

By Andrew Bansal

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Lafayette, Louisiana based six-piece Secondborn are ready to announce their arrival with the imminent release of their 6-song EP ‘Symbols’. The upbeat, melody-driven, progressive set of tunes presents the band in a largely positive light and seems poised to create a solid first impression. Continue reading

The Great Game – Self-Titled

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Spain but hailing from geographically all-encompassing regions, prog/experimental/fusion group The Great Game clearly know no rules or boundaries when it comes to musical style, and compose music in a manner that potentially appeals to a wide range of listeners. Their 2015 self-titled full-length effort is a shining example of this very trait, engulfing a multitude of sonic landscapes within itself. Continue reading