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Louder than Life Festival Announces Lineup, Featuring Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Mastodon, and More

Louder than Life Festival Announces Lineup, Featuring Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Mastodon, and More

The lineup for the inaugural 2014 Louder than Life Festival–which will be held October 4 and 5 in Louisville, Kentucky–has just been announced; alongside whisky and “gourmet man food,” Judas Priest, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Temple Pilots, Volbeat, Papa Roach, Mastodon, and many others are slated to perform–you can see the full […]

Interview: Get Scared Guitarist Johnny B Talks New Album Everybody's Out to Get Me

Interview: Get Scared Guitarist Johnny B Talks New Album Everybody’s Out to Get Me

The LP hit stores November 11 Via Fearless Records!

Review: Crossfaith - Apocalyze

Review: Crossfaith – Apocalyze

On their third full-length, these Japanese rockers and 2013 Warped Tourees continues to develop their brand of electronica-influenced metalcore, blending synth riffs, eerie atmospherics, and grimy dubstep with pummeling breakdowns. While the formula may sound intriguing, lackluster songwriting makes much of the record sound repetitive and uninspired. Only two standouts tracks, “Counting Stars” and “Burning […]

Review: SOiL - Whole

Review: SOiL – Whole

SOiL haven’t been the same since frontman Ryan McCombs left after singing on the group’s first three albums including 2001’s hit-laden Scars, so his return here is a welcome one. The 11-song set finds the Windy City group in hard-hitting, tight-riffing form, stomping through the likes of “Loaded Gun” and “My Time” with an audibly […]

Review: Primitive Man - Scorn

Review: Primitive Man – Scorn

It takes balls to open your debut album with an 11-minute sludge epic (the title track no less), but that’s precisely what this Denver blackened doom trio brings to the table—gigantic, filthy, scarred, and quite-possibly-diseased balls. Primitive Man’s sound is heavy and almost hypnotic in its feedback-swaddled darkness, and Ethan Lee McCarthy growls like a […]

Review: O'Brother - Disillusion

Review: O’Brother – Disillusion

Genre-bending rockers O’Brother beat the sophomore slump on Disillusion, an album as complex and textured as it is loud. Think Deftones meet Radiohead meet Alice in Chains. From distorted, sludgy guitars (there’s three of them in the band!) to frontman Tanner Merritt’s haunting vocals, this is an album with a beginning, middle, and end—each song […]

Review: Walking Papers - Walking Papers

Review: Walking Papers – Walking Papers

The presence of Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season) is the hook for this Seattle “supergroup,” but the voice and songs of Jeff Angell are the focus of this bluesy, after-hours affair. Unfortunately, Angell often sounds like Buckcherry’s Josh Todd trying to take a walk on the Tom Waits […]

Review: Norma Jean - Wrongdoers

Review: Norma Jean – Wrongdoers

Norma Jean proved they had a sense of humor when they released the lyric video for six-second joke song “Ahh! Shark Bite! Ahh!” in the lead-up to this album. But when it comes to the substance of its sixth full-length, the band isn’t goofing around. Wrongdoers may not be groundbreaking, but it’s certainly up to […]

Review: Iwrestledabearonce - Late For Nothing

Review: Iwrestledabearonce – Late For Nothing

IWABO’s beloved frontwoman Krysta Cameron left to have a baby and run her Etsy shop, probably the only time in metalcore history that a band’s vocalist has done so. Courtney LaPlante makes a more-than-capable substitute on the band’s third album, but IWABO are a band that prizes change for its own sake, anyway. They’re shapeshifters […]

Review: Impiety - The Impious Crusade

Review: Impiety – The Impious Crusade

Since 1990, Singapore’s Impiety have explored facets of extreme metal, with varying results. The band’s new EP, The Impious Crusade, improves on 2012’s Ravage and Conquer full-length, featuring a more powerful and coherent blend of thrash, death, and black metal. After a tribal two-minute “Prelude,” Impiety disengage the emergency brake with three originals that vary […]