Album Review: Iron Monkey – 9-13

By Ryan Falla

Being groovy may not be the first instinct upon extreme sludge musicians, yet with Iron Monkey’s new record ‘9-13’, a heavy focus is placed upon groove elements; a tone that gives immediate distinction to Iron Monkey. ‘9-13’ follows the steps of bands like Pantera and places an emphasis on grooving out before they apply their brutality. Given that groove is the core of good music, Iron Monkey is already off to a great start on this album, their first in nearly two decades. Continue reading “Album Review: Iron Monkey – 9-13”

Album Review: Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate

By Rosie Walker

Just over a decade ago, the band Savage Messiah launched out of London and has been climbing up the popularity ladder rather quickly. Young, hungry, and eager, this quartet has the means to make a dent in the heavy metal scene. Drawing international recognition with their 2014 record, ‘The Fateful Dark’, for its refreshing creativity and honest heavy metal anthems, folks have been anticipating what these British metalheads would come up with next. On October 27, they released their fourth album,’Hands Of Fate’, and it is one of the biggest new release letdowns of 2017. Continue reading “Album Review: Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate”

Album Review: In Search Of Sun – Virgin Funk Mother

By Rosie Walker

London, The Old Smoke, is one of the world’s leading cities for the arts and culture. To be a band and get noticed in this cosmopolitan capitol is no easy task. The young act, In Search Of Sun, is tactfully showing everyone how it’s done. Their alternative, progressive, vibe is resonating and peaking curiosity in the rock scene. The success of their 2014 debut album, ‘The World Is Yours’, has led them to a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. This determined group, with the help of their very successful Kickstarter campaign, is ready to release their second album, ‘Virgin Funk Mother’, on November 3rd. Continue reading “Album Review: In Search Of Sun – Virgin Funk Mother”

Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

By Francisco Zamudio

Longevity is an admirable quality almost lost in today’s music (and when we say “music” here on Metal Assault, 99.9% of the time we’re talking solely about rock and metal). Many factors contribute and affect a band, let alone a musician’s livelihood. To be able to say a band has survived and established a healthy career, one that allows you to live off of and for a span of 30 years – that speaks volumes. Dedication is also an admirable characteristic. The loyal death metal fanbase, “cvlt” or not, stays dedicated to this specific underground genre. Few underground bands can say they have reached mainstream status in a world where remaining “underground” is a badge of honor. Of those few, Cannibal Corpse has helped set the bar for what a successful death metal band can be. Now on their 14th full length release, CC is set to beat you with that bar that is ‘Red Before Black’, out November 3rd on Metal Blade. Continue reading “Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black”

Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith

Interview by Jason Williams

Long Island NY technical death metal group released a highly impressive sophomore full-length ‘Infrared Horizon’ earlier in 2017 via Profound Lore Records, and are currently on a North American tour supporting Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and Full Of Hell. As part of this tour, they played a show at The Regent in downtown Los Angeles, and our writer Jason Williams sat down with vocalist Will Smith for an interview. Check out the conversation below. Continue reading “Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith”

Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room

Photos by C. Jones

October 25th 2017, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Vol. 13 of our series of Metal Assault Night events at The Viper Room took place last Wednesday October 25th, and featured the power-packed lineup of hometown favorites Huntress and Edge Of Paradise, UK all-female hard rock group Joanovarc, and San Diego traditional metal duo Tzimani. Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Metal Assault Night Vol. 13 @ The Viper Room”