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Review: Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls

Review: Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls

Prurient is the project of Dominick Fernow, an experimental composer who has released dozens of genre-crossing recordings. As Prurient, Fernow alchemizes harsh electronica and industrial into textures that question the foundations and potential of noise music. With his staggering double LP, ‘Frozen Niagara Falls,’ Fernow steps further into the void, pursuing untapped terrain through atmospheres […]

Review: Kamelot – Haven

Review: Kamelot – Haven

Kamelot’s eleventh opus is a magnificent, if sometimes indiscernible, soundscape, blending relentless drumming with gorgeous guitar melodies (courtesy of founder Thomas Youngblood) and the impressive vocals of more recent addition Tommy Karevik. The disc also features some standout guest spots: Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz electrifies “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy),” while the exquisite “Under Grey Skies” […]

Review: Ash – Kablammo!

Review: Ash – Kablammo!

In the early 2000s, Northern Ireland’s Ash recorded chart-topping alt-rock albums and appeared in high-profile video games and on soundtracks. Then, after 2007’s ‘Twilight of the Innocents,’ the band ceased making records and dropped off the map. To resurrect their career with a bang, they’ve turned off the keyboards and turned up the amps on […]

Review: Iwrestledabearonce – Hail Mary

Review: Iwrestledabearonce – Hail Mary

On their fourth album, Iwrestledabearonce attempt to deviate from their past releases by incorporating new technical aspects into their already spastic sound. Adding in elements such as messy polyrhythms on “Gift of Death,” blistering traditional guitar solos on “Doomed to Fail Pt. 1,” and a melodic scream-less vocal performance from Courtney LaPlante on “Doomed to […]

Review: Apocalyptica – Shadowmaker

Review: Apocalyptica – Shadowmaker

Apocalyptica is best known for its cello-driven Metallica covers, but the outfit, while still exceling with instrumentals, has also diversified its sound since debuting in 1993. On their eighth studio full-length, producer Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Ghost B.C.) showcases their current blend of classical riffs, modern rock melancholy and manic rhythms. The pulsating “Cold Blood” lets […]

Review: Annisokay – Enigmatic Smile

Review: Annisokay – Enigmatic Smile

Annisokay’s sophomore effort finds the German quintet honing their straight- forward metalcore sound. Helmed by producer extraordinaire Joey Sturgis, the record blends dark, deathcore influenced riffs with melodic singing and atmospherics. Standouts like the rhythmic, thrashing “Snowblind” show off the wide vocal range of clean singer and guitarist Christoph Wieczorek, though overall the band isn’t […]

Review: Gallows – Desolation Sounds

Review: Gallows – Desolation Sounds

By nature, hardcore isn’t generally very progressive. But Gallows’ fourth full-length finds the band exploring what lurks beyond the darkest corners of the genre. The requisite vitriol is there, but so are moody, mid-tempo songs like “Chains” and the goth-rocker “93/93.” Not every experiment on ‘Desolation Sounds’ works—and the atmospheric ballad “Cease to Exist” feels […]

Review: Full Devil Jacket – Valley of Bones

Review: Full Devil Jacket – Valley of Bones

Fifteen years is a long time between albums, especially if it’s from a debut to a sophomore release. But Full Devil Jacket make the wait (mostly) worthwhile. Where the sound on their debut tended toward grinding Alice in Chains-style malevolence, the new tunes offer more energy, lending the album an air of urbane aggression that, […]

Review: One-Eyed Doll – Witches

Review: One-Eyed Doll – Witches

Criminally under-heard Austin duo OED—fronted by Kimberly Freeman, one of this magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock perennials—has always done exactly as they please, remaining steadfastly D.I.Y. and focusing on smart, not-necessarily-commercial releases. Their latest is a concept album about the Salem witch trials that toggles between Ren Faire folk, ’90s alt pop and thorny […]

Review: Minsk – The Crash and the Draw

Review: Minsk – The Crash and the Draw

On its first full-length album in six years, this Illinois band still specializes in sprawling post-metal that ebbs, flows and pummels in a Neurosis and Pelican sort of way. Not surprisingly, Minsk goes long on opener “To the Initiate,” a crushing number fueled by Timothy Mead’s spellbinding keyboards. Later, the quintet knocks one out of […]