Black Trip – Goin’ Under

By Andrew Bansal

Swedish heavy metal band Black Trip, comprising two current members of Enforcer and former members of bands such as Entombed, Nifelheim and more, released their debut album Goin’ Under in Europe in 2013 and charted at number 20 in Sweden. The effort finally saw an official North American release via Prosthetic Records in August 2014. The band was originally formed in 2003 but wasn’t actively working together until 2011, and this record signifies the true launch of this group of versatile musicians pursuing a style of music markedly more vintage than any of their other projects. Continue reading

Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out

By Andrew Bansal

Earlier this year, San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans Exodus announced a largely unexpected major lineup change, the return of vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza who previously fronted the band for two stints, 1986-93 and 2002-04. Zetro replaces Rob Dukes, who served as the Exodus vocalist for the past nearly 10 years, recorded four albums for them and toured the world delivering material from the band’s entire catalog to fans everywhere. ‘Old-school’ fans jumped in joy and unanimously welcomed back Zetro with open arms, but having enjoyed Dukes’ contributions to Exodus and being an admirer of what he brought to the band as a frontman, I remained skeptical of this switch and waited till I heard the entire album to decide whether I’m aboard the revivalist bandwagon. Continue reading

The Oxford Coma – Morphine EP

By Andrew Bansal

As a follow-up to their 2012 debut full-length ‘Adonis’, Phoenix AZ based psychedelic rock/metal trio The Oxford Coma have completed work on a six-track, 24-minute EP called ‘Morphine’ which is now streaming in its entirety on their bandcamp page and is set for a limited edition blood red vinyl release on December 2nd 2014. Besides boasting of an attention-grabbing band name, The Oxford Coma’s music on this EP is intriguing in equal measure. Continue reading

Vajra – Blind (Blood Mix) [Single]

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from New York City, Vajra is a female-fronted alternative/progressive rock group that began in 2011, exploring East Indian themes and the brainchild of vocalist Annamaria Pinna. They’ve been generating local interest with live performances in NYC over the last three years, and in an endeavor to reach out to greater pastures recently self-released a new single ‘Blind (Blood Mix)’, off of their debut full-length album ‘Pleroma’, featuring Blake Fleming (ex-The Mars Volta) on drums, the vocals co-produced and mixed by Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down, Prince, Johnny Cash), and the album mastered by Tom Baker (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ministry, Prince). Progressive music knows no boundaries and when presented in a manner rock/metal fans can appreciate, I’m always all ears to check out upcoming artists pursuing this style, and after listening to this Vajra single, I can safely say I’m glad I did. Continue reading

Philm – Fire From The Evening Sun

By Andrew Bansal

To any regular visitor of this website, the name Dave Lombardo needs no introduction. Thrash metal has dominated the Los Angeles-based drummer’s life, but he has closed that chapter of his musical career and is now attempting to carve a new identity with complete commitment to Philm, a band he formed in early 2010 with two of his closest friends Gerry Nestler (guitar/vocals) and Pancho Tomaselli (bass). Philm started playing occasional shows in the LA area that year, did some small-scale touring in the US and internationally, and released their debut album ‘Harmonic’ in 2012, to a mixed response. Since then, they’ve had the next batch of material ready for release for a long time but were awaiting a record deal, and on September 16th, Philm’s second LP ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’ finally saw the light of day via UDR Music. Continue reading

Dying Embrace / Dusk – ‘Through Corridors Of Dead Centuries’ Split

By Aniruddh ‘Andrew’ Bansal

Dying Embrace and Dusk, hailing from Bangalore (India) and Karachi (Pakistan) respectively, are undoubtedly two of South-East Asia’s oldest doom metal entities, and as a rare and special offering to fans of the genre, they have joined forces to contribute five tracks each for a split full-length release called ‘Through Corridors Of Dead Centuries’ which was released internationally via Indian record label Cyclopean Eye Productions in August. This collaborative release has been talked about by members of both bands for the past two years or so, and it’s exciting to finally see its release, to hear what these cult legends of the scene have to offer on their newest material. Continue reading