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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 […]

Review: Ill Niño — Till Death, La Familia

Review: Ill Niño — Till Death, La Familia

After a few shaky records, Latin metal kings Ill Niño’s seventh album is a refreshingly melodic and undeniably brutal one. Each band member comes through, from Cristian Machado, who croons and howls his heart out, to Ahrue Luster, who lays down fiery lead guitar work, to the rhythm section, which delivers the sort of ‘Roots’-rocking […]

Review: I the Breather — Life Reaper

Review: I the Breather — Life Reaper

Vocalist Shawn Spann has felt lost at times, and his faith has helped him get back on track, as the inspirational metalcore tracks on I The Breather’s third full-length reveal. As the group’s name implies, its holy cauldron of low-octave, chop-infested heaviness and melodic, super-creative segments dish out the idea that the dude upstairs allows […]

Review: For All Those Sleeping – Incomplete Me

Review: For All Those Sleeping – Incomplete Me

On their third full-length album, ‘Incomplete Me,’ Minnesota metalcore quintet For All Those Sleeping continue the blend of emo melody and metallic fury that landed their last album Outspoken on the Billboard 200. While the band isn’t aiming to break new ground, they have crafted some excellent songs that further the idea that melodic metalcore […]

Review: Kobra And the Lotus — High Priestess

Review: Kobra And the Lotus — High Priestess

Kobra and the Lotus frontwoman Kobra Paige is a classically trained vocalist with a vibrato like a razor and a fiery devotion to the works of her ancestors. Her band’s newest full-length is about as close to a classic Iron Maiden or Judas Priest album as it’s possible to get without actually taking place in 1977. […]