Album Review: Jason Kui – Absence of Words

By Ryan Falla

Jason Kui is a Hong Kong based virtuoso guitarist and product of inspirations spanning from John Petrucci to Eddie Van Halen. With his debut solo record, ‘Absence of Words’ finally coming to America, we get to experience the culmination of many dreams finally come true. Jason Kui has spent much of his young career as a session guitarist both live and in studio, in fact he just finished a 100+ date tour as the lead guitarist for a popular Hong Kong based act. Continue reading “Album Review: Jason Kui – Absence of Words”

Album Review: Trivium – The Sin and The Sentence

By Rosie Walker

Trivium was just a handful of high school students when they started out nearly 20 years ago. Having released seven full-length albums since then, this Florida-based band has made a pretty big name for themselves. They are considered to be one of the more noteworthy acts to come out of the new wave of American heavy metal movement. The fact that they are still evolving as a band shows their bravery, hard work ethic, and exploratory spirit. As they prepared to unleash their newest creation, ‘The Sin and the Sentence’, many waited in high anticipation. This eighth studio album which came out today, October 20, through Roadrunner Records, might have some of their fans in for a surprise. Continue reading “Album Review: Trivium – The Sin and The Sentence”

Album Review: Antisect – The Rising of the Lights

By Ryan Falla

Some bands never go out of style, even bands that have been disbanded for over twenty years. Anarcho-punk band Antisect was founded in 1983 and, despite disbanding within a decade, has come back in full force with their new record ‘The Rising of the Lights’. Even though it’s been exactly thirty years since their last record release, Antisect has come back harder and stronger than ever. Not only is this as gritty as punk can get, Antisect intentionally subverts the norm of aged punk musicians milking their old form for the sake of relevancy. Continue reading “Album Review: Antisect – The Rising of the Lights”

Album Review: The Kennedy Veil – Imperium

By Rosie Walker

Hungry and uncompromising, the young death metal band The Kennedy Veil is stepping up the modern metal game. In 2009, out of Northern California, four fellas founded this group and have made a point to be heard. With just two full-length albums under their belt, these guys are still bright eyed and bushy tailed. Proving their worth by the success of their records and from touring with legends like Exhumed and Cattle Decapitation, the scene is ready to hear what’s next. On October 20, the band will be releasing their third album, ‘Imperium’, through Unique Leader Records. Continue reading “Album Review: The Kennedy Veil – Imperium”

Album Review: GWAR – The Blood Of Gods

By Francisco Zamudio

As this dirtpile spirals downward at the hands of an orange tyrant, the scumdogs of the universe have returned to take their rightful place as destroyers of the earth. Although they would like nothing more than to see this heap of excrement vaporized from existence, they violently insist that is by their hands and their hands alone. As warriors Oderus Urungus and Flattus Maximus have been taken prisoner by the great void, never to return, those remaining have vowed to infect our earholes and various orifices with their brand of audio rape. Continue reading “Album Review: GWAR – The Blood Of Gods”

Album Review: Fozzy – Judas

By Ryan Falla

Well how about this, beloved WWE wrestler Chris Jericho brings us his 7th full-length album, ‘Judas’, with his band Fozzy. Chris Jericho has been a constant figure in the metal scene the last decade, rubbing elbows with all breeds of metal and rock superstar. His passion for metal allowed us quite the gift, as the last record I listened to from a WWE star was Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s debut. I was holding hope that ‘Judas’ is as fun to listen to as other works by wrestling stars. Continue reading “Album Review: Fozzy – Judas”

Album Review: Gothminister – The Other Side

By Ryan Falla

Since 2003, Gothminister has been blowing the music world away with their trippy sense of industrial metal. Now it’s time for the release of their new album ‘The Other Side’, and like all Gothminister albums before, this record drives a heavy industrial groove that carves out a strong identity rather than slip into the flow of overt familiarity. You wouldn’t be surprised to know they’re based out of Norway, given the familiar European industrial flow of the record. Continue reading “Album Review: Gothminister – The Other Side”

Album Review: The Haxans – Party Monsters

By Ryan Falla

There’s something very special about The Haxans and their debut record ‘Party Monsters’. A power-duo featuring Ash Costello (New Years Day) and Matt Montgomery a.k.a. Piggy D (Rob Zombie), this is a band that describes themselves as “goth pop”. Delving into their debut record, it comes as no surprise that The Haxans have tinges of Rob Zombie-esque sound work given their goth-pop musicality and ties to Rob Zombie. There’s a lot in ‘Party Monsters’ that creates a unique sound that is The Haxans, as they very much do their own thing with this foundation. Continue reading “Album Review: The Haxans – Party Monsters”

Album Review: Belphegor – Totenritual

By Rosie Walker

Named after one of the seven princes of Hell, the band Belphegor likes to push boundaries of what is socially acceptable. With startling aesthetics and evil lyrics, Belphegor is one of the most popular modern black metal bands in the world. Conjured in 1991, these Austrian fellas are always evolving and developing their dark, sinister sound. Things really picked up for the band in the mid 2000s, when the extreme European metal scene started to pay attention to the band’s commitment and dedication to their craft. They released their eleventh full-length album, ‘Totenritual’, through Nuclear Blast Records on September 15, and the anticipation was high. Continue reading “Album Review: Belphegor – Totenritual”