By Francisco Zamudio
I couldn’t imagine a world closed off to music from different parts of it. Like math, it’s a language that crosses borders, breaks down walls, stretches the mind and emotion, and informs the listener about the world around you. This is heavily apparent only in rock and metal music, where instrumentation takes songwriting to different plains and mixes in its influences from its surroundings and its culture, in many worldly instances. The evolution of metal has reached all corners of the world and to dismiss and ignore that music is a crime and disservice to metal everywhere. Here now we have a phenomenal group from India named Demonic Resurrection, who on their fifth album have evolved into what modern metal fans, especially death metal fans, look for – or didn’t even know that they wanted. ‘Dashavatar’ is a solid album from beginning to end involving lots of atmosphere and subtleties that sharpen the sound. Continue reading “Album Review: Demonic Resurrection – Dashavatar”
By Doug Walker
Back in the early ’90s, as metal was giving way to grunge a few years before the record industry began to die, Body Count stepped firmly on the scene and delivered a crossover masterpiece like none other with their debut release, featuring seminal hip-hop pioneer Ice T and metal guitar mastermind Ernie C. It was, quite possibly the most definitive and literal example of heavy metal/hip-hop crossover that had come out at the time. This was when music was still “dangerous” and they were in a whirlwind of controversy over their anthem ‘Cop Killer’. I don’t know how to explain it to anyone who didn’t live through it, but they pissed everyone’s parents off more than any other metal band, which made them very easy to love. Throughout their career, they’ve been sporadic with their releases, but the newest one comes a few years from its predecessor and has all the teeth and heaviness you would expect if you had only heard their first album. Continue reading “Album Review: Body Count – Bloodlust”
By Ryan Falla
Denver based thrash metal band Havok has released their fourth album, ‘Conformicide’, with heavy expectations. Not only have they been tearing it up in their early career, they personally have full confidence that ‘Conformicide’ is their best release yet.
You know what? I agree with Havok. Continue reading “Album Review: Havok – Conformicide”
By Rosie Walker
In 2013, Jake Dreyer and Joseph Michael had a vision. Given their experience in projects like Iced Earth and White Wizzard, they wanted to form a metal band, but not just your average sounding, mediocre metal band. Their unique, capable abilities allowed them the possibility of making a heavy, technical metal band with only clean vocals that are still as aggressive as growls. They conceived their project Witherfall and self-released their debut album, ‘Nocturnes and Requiems’, in February 2017. These metalheads are some very patient guys. It took a while for this tight-knit group’s labor of love to see the light of day, but it’s been worth the wait. Life is full of set backs and uncertainties. Everyone is excited the album is finally here, but grievous that it didn’t come out in time for late drummer Adam Sagan to hear it. So, the album has been dedicated to his passing and his amazing contribution to making the album happen. Continue reading “Album Review: Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems”
By Ryan Falla
Are you a fan of Liquid Tension Experiment? Steve Vai? Buckethead?
John 5 is, and he shows his affinity for virtuoso jamming in his new solo release ‘Season of the Witch’. John 5, previously of Marilyn Manson and currently of Rob Zombie, puts together a phenomenal body of virtuoso rock. Every track is a guitar led shred fest that quickly builds wildly progressive rhythms for John 5 to lay down his talent on top of. Continue reading “Album Review: John 5 and the Creatures – Season of the Witch”
By Ryan Falla
Sweat Lodge is what would happen if Black Sabbath was chomping down on LSD instead of smoking dope. Releasing ‘Tokens for Hell’ as the final EP to their catalogue before a 2017 hiatus, ‘Sweat Lodge’ goes out in style and flair as the members move forward to new and great opportunities. Continue reading “Review: Sweat Lodge – Tokens For Hell EP”