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Review: Eluveitie — Origins

Review: Eluveitie — Origins

For a band whose focus is the forgotten life of the ancient Swiss, Eluveitie is pretty exciting. Marrying death-metal aggression with Celtic folk lilt, the music weaves shredding guitar and skirling bagpipe into a cohesive and engaging fabric. It helps if you’re enough into creative anachronism to recognize a hurdy-gurdy or appreciate lyrics sung in […]

Review: Godsmack — 1000hp

Review: Godsmack — 1000hp

It’s been four years since Godsmack released ‘The Oracle,’ their most recent studio album. Which isn’t exactly an eternity, but when taken into account that their album prior to that, ‘IV,’ was separated by another four year gap, it starts to feel like new music from the Boston-area bruisers doesn’t come too often. This makes […]

Review: Entombed A.D. — Back to the Front

Review: Entombed A.D. — Back to the Front

After Entombed’s LG Petrov and Alex Hellid—the Swedish death-metal pioneers’ original vocalist and guitarist, respectively—went their separate ways last year, Petrov announced that the band he continues to front would go by the moniker Entombed A.D. Name aside, the group’s debut, ‘Back to the Front,’ is a rumbling combination of the kind of grit, groove, […]

Review: Capture the Crown — Reign of Terror

Review: Capture the Crown — Reign of Terror

Australia’s Capture the Crown bring a heavy dose of straightforward metalcore aggression on this, their second LP. The album contains far fewer electronic elements—and harmonic riffs—than their synth-laden 2012 release, ‘Til Death,’ underscoring the scene’s shift toward a more authentic hardcore sound. The result is an intense, if repetitive and less original, breakdown-infused sound, spruced […]

Review: Theory of a Deadman — Savages

Review: Theory of a Deadman — Savages

Theory of a Deadman is still out to be all, or at least, most things to all people. At its heart, the Canadian quartet hits hard on dark, angsty tracks such as “Drown,” “Heavy,” and “Panic Room,” while Alice Cooper guests on the thrashy title track. It would be interesting to hear the group go […]

Review: The Dagger — The Dagger

Review: The Dagger — The Dagger

The track titled “1978” on this Swedish retro-metal band’s debut album tells you everything you need to know. Guitarist David Blomqvist layers fat melodic leads, while singer Jani Kataja eulogizes ’78-recorded platters like Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live and Dangerous.’ Death-metal freaks would never guess that The Dagger features three ex-Dismember instrumentalists. […]

Review: Four Year Strong — Go Down In History

Review: Four Year Strong — Go Down In History

Four Year Strong may technically be a pop-punk band, but the group’s first new set of recordings in three years sees them eschewing the genre’s formulaic hallmarks to create a dizzyingly technical collection of whine-free songs. From the palm-muted glory of “Tread Lightly” to shifting syncopation of “So You’re Saying There’s a Chance” (bonus points […]

Review: Overkill — White Devil Armory

Review: Overkill — White Devil Armory

Twenty-four years and 17 albums on, these New Jersey thrashers are as ferocious as the day ‘Feel the Fire’ came out in 1985. ‘White Devil Armory’ starts out with 50 seconds of drone, which is as quiet as the 11-track set gets before Overkill gallops into “Armorist,” a raging blast of hardcore fury and spitting […]

Review: Within the Ruins — Phenomena

Review: Within the Ruins — Phenomena

Picking up where last year’s breakthrough, ‘Elite,‘ left off, this Massachusetts band delivers crushing deathcore that takes chances and sometimes succeeds. On songs like “Gods Amongst Men” and “Clockwork,” the group blasts through material that’s both dynamic and hummable. At times, the crazy, staccato arrangements that the band whips up are a wonder to behold. […]

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

Review: Mutilation Rites — Harbinger

While many black-metal bands try hard to sound frostbitten, the second release from Mutilation Rites comes in blazing hot. Building on the sound of 2012’s scathing ‘Empyrean,’ the quartet has created a record that is both engrossing and mean, a satisfying mixture of methodical dark sorcery and not giving a fuck. Menacing guitar harmonies and […]