Review: Melvins – The Bulls & The Bees EP [9 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

After the Magrudergrind, Enslaved, Wormrot and Immolation releases, the Scion A/V label is adding further to their impressive metal catalog with the latest offering, the Melvins EP titled “The Bulls & The Bees”. Just like previous Scion releases, this one is also available for free download, and the 23-minute EP presents five original tracks, the first since the 2010 full-length release “The Bride Screamed Murder”. The Melvins incorporated some weird experimentation into that album, and proved to be a departure from albums like “(A) Senile Animal” and “Nude With Boots”. But this new EP sees the Melvins return to more familiar territory, and will go down well with most fans, if not all. Continue reading “Review: Melvins – The Bulls & The Bees EP [9 out of 10]”

Album Review: Overkill – The Electric Age [10 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Two years back, thrash legends Overkill put out “Ironbound”, one of the best metal albums released in recent times, and if anyone needed proof of the fact that the band is as strong as ever, Ironbound was it. On the back of that tremendously successful album and an absolutely fantastic world tour which swept all attendees off their feet, Overkill are back with their sixteenth studio album “The Electric Age”, an album I’ve been anticipating with baited breath. After such an incredible album, it must have been a hard task to follow it up, and now it’s time for me to find out whether the band has successfully done so. Continue reading “Album Review: Overkill – The Electric Age [10 out of 10]”

Album Review: Aura Noir – Out To Die [8.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Norwegian black/thrash trio Aura Noir have maintained a cult status in the extreme metal universe over the past 19 years, and remained prolific throughout this period, releasing four full-length studio albums interspersed with a multitude of demos, EPs, splits and a live album. With their last full-length release “Hades Rise”, the band succeeded to a large extent in breaking out of the European underground, and subsequently made their first visits to North America in 2011. Inspired by a fan base that’s now stronger than ever, Aura Noir are ready to present their fifth full-length album “Out To Die”. Continue reading “Album Review: Aura Noir – Out To Die [8.5 out of 10]”

Album Review: Albatross/Vestal Claret Split [10 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

Having developed an appreciation for Indian horror-themed heavy metal band Albatross after listening to their 2010 debut EP “Dinner Is You”, and having kept an eye on their activities for the past couple of years, I’m excited to get a chance to review their follow-up release, a split album with Connecticut-based occult/doom metal band Vestal Claret. In essence, it’s a combination of Albatross’ “Kissing Flies” EP and Vestal Claret’s 17-minute track “Black Priest”. It’s a very apt pairing, because it brings together two bands that have similarities as well as differences when it comes to their musical styles and themes. Continue reading “Album Review: Albatross/Vestal Claret Split [10 out of 10]”

Review: Cop Problem – Cop Problem EP [9.5 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

One of the joys associated with being a reviewer is the endless opportunity to explore new music and in the process, discover bands I had previously never heard of. Philadelphia-based hardcore D-beat punk quartet Cop Problem is one such band. I decided to check out their debut EP today, at random, and I’m glad I did, because I’m mightily impressed with what I’m hearing on this three-song EP. Continue reading “Review: Cop Problem – Cop Problem EP [9.5 out of 10]”

Album Review: Black Breath – Sentenced To Life [8 out of 10]

By Andrew Bansal

After a killer debut full-length release and a slew of impressive live performances, Seattle-based band Black Breath are now ready to unleash their sophomore album “Sentenced To Life”, and just like its predecessor, this is yet another punishing, relentless onslaught that will not only pulverize the listener’s ears, but will tear venues apart when played live. Continue reading “Album Review: Black Breath – Sentenced To Life [8 out of 10]”