Album Review: Against The Grain – Cheated Death

By Ryan Falla

Newly minted Ripple Records band Against The Grain has released their fifth album, ‘Cheated Death’, the first with their new label. Against the Grain already holds a deep discography, one which has established the band as heavy rock warriors. A smooth mixture of speed rock and groove tunes brings another successful record into the quickly growing discography of Against the Grain. Continue reading “Album Review: Against The Grain – Cheated Death”

Album Review: Wedge – Killing Tongue

By Ryan Falla

Another grand slam of an album to come out in the month of February; Wedge introduces their sophomoric effort ‘Killing Tongue’, the strikingly impressive follow-up to their incredible self-titled debut. This record hits all of the good tones from the ’60s and ’70s, there’s a ton of Hammond organ work, giving the band shades of Deep Purple within their eclectic tonalities. Continue reading “Album Review: Wedge – Killing Tongue”

Album Review: Gygax – 2nd Edition

By Andrew Bansal

Ventura, California’s Dungeons-and-Dragons-themed rock n’ roll group Gygax made a spectacular landing in the world of heavy music in early 2016 with their debut LP, cleverly christened ‘Critical Hits’. In the opinion of just about everyone who listened to it, it’s the finest debut full-length to have graced our favorite genre in a long time. Musically, with their Thin Lizzy-inspired hard rock/heavy metal, Gygax was carrying on from where two of the members’ previous band Gypsyhawk left, but combined with the lyrical theme and imagery, ended up creating a niche all of their own. Now, the ‘2nd Edition’ is ready for release, and it is an exciting time for heshers and nerds alike. After a debut of such sky-high calibre as that of ‘Critical Hits’, expectations were obviously high, but if you thought Gygax would not be able to match and better that effort, you were very wrong. Continue reading “Album Review: Gygax – 2nd Edition”

Album Review: Fu Manchu – Clone of The Universe

By Ryan Falla

Well, I’ve already found my favorite album of the year. Fu Machu has released their 12th studio album, ‘Clone of the Universe’, following their last release ‘Gigantoid’ from four years ago. Fu Manchu has established a status as “fuzz rock” pioneers, a succinct mixture of stoner metal and heavy grooves. Their latest release reminds us of why Fu Manchu has garnered this status as masters of their craft. Continue reading “Album Review: Fu Manchu – Clone of The Universe”

Album Review: John 5 and the Creatures – It’s Alive!

By Ryan Falla

John 5 and the Creatures recently released a new studio album, ‘Season of the Witch’, and the newly released live follow-up looks to be exciting as the latest studio release. The 16-track live record ‘It’s Alive!’ is an absolute blast. John 5 and the Creatures is a purely instrumental experience that hits all the right notes; the music doesn’t express the overt flamboyance that tends to follow guitar-virtuoso based experiences. There’s a thin plane of existence between showing off and musical integrity, and John 5 exists comfortably within that niche. Continue reading “Album Review: John 5 and the Creatures – It’s Alive!”

Review: New Years Day – Diary Of A Creep EP

By Ryan Falla

‘Diary of a Creep’, the new release by acclaimed rock act New Years Day, is a six-song EP containing a brevity of covers along with a new original track. A record for established fans of the band, it leads off with the strong original ‘Disgust Me’, which builds a solid foundation for the EP. The successful lead-off track justifies the cover-song-majority on this one. Continue reading “Review: New Years Day – Diary Of A Creep EP”

Album Review: Howling Sycamore – Self-Titled

By Ryan Falla

Howling Sycamore’s self-titled debut album is an exuberantly written one; an exercise in pushing traditional power metal to new heights with uniquely crafted visions. In the case of Howling Sycamore, both the band and the record, a strangely invigorating plateau of power metal is formed through a strongly identifiable tonality that adheres to Twin Peaks style imagery. This is very much a power metal record with flavoring of hardcore or extreme metal. Continue reading “Album Review: Howling Sycamore – Self-Titled”

Album Review: Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue

By Ryan Falla

The follow up to 2013’s debut record by Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Walk Through Exits Only, is exactly what you would expect from Anselmo. ‘Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue’, the latest release by Anselmo & The Illegals, is angry, and aggressively dominates. Continue reading “Album Review: Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue”

Album Review: Accuser – The Mastery

By Francisco Zamudio

There’s no denying the resurgence of thrash and that’s no disrespect to the tons of great underground thrash bands that have been at it over the past, let’s say decade. There’s no shortage of modern age metal bands that incorporate the thrash sound, among many other styles crammed into a marketing cream pie. The thing most important is how thrash bands from the late ’80s and ’90s are still at it and going strong. Fist to fist, this helps the thrash scene grow. One such great band is Accuser coming out of Germany with their 11th full-length release, ‘The Mastery’. Continue reading “Album Review: Accuser – The Mastery”

Album Review: Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons – The Age of Absurdity

By Francisco Zamudio

Living legend Phil Campbell attempts to pass on the mantle of rock n’ roll to his sons, giving them a taste of what daddy dearest has helped forge through his amazing decades as the great Motörhead shredder. Music heals and feels right for Phil and his guitar work to thankfully shine on this, their debut record ‘The Age of Absurdity’, a follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP. Phil has written some great music here and still maintains the feel after all these years. Although they decided to go a more commercial route here with the style of rock they produced, it can still have a spot on your playlist for a go-around. Phil’s guitar work is outstanding, no surprise there. Sons Todd (guitar), Dane (drums) and Tyla (bass) have provided a good back up to carry this out, as well as carry the Campbell name. Continue reading “Album Review: Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons – The Age of Absurdity”