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Review: Hellyeah — Blood for Blood

Review: Hellyeah — Blood for Blood

With the acrimonious departure of longtime members Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla, Hellyeah have discovered new fuel for the fire. Blood for Blood is punchy and vitriolic, full of unforgiving tracks like “Soul Killer” and “Say When,” the latter featuring Vinnie Paul’s most acrobatic drumming since Pantera. But two of the most powerful cuts are […]

Review: Bloody Hammers — Under Satan’s Sun

Review: Bloody Hammers — Under Satan’s Sun

North Carolina’s Bloody Hammers specialize in gothy, super heavy occult rock that draws its vibe from Goblin and its sound from Queens of the Stone Age, if everyone in that band was a vampire. Most everything here feels familiar: the pile-driving riffs, the insistent hooks, the fact that it sounds like the soundtrack to one […]

Review: The Atlas Moth — The Old Believer

Review: The Atlas Moth — The Old Believer

With their third full-length, The Atlas Moth rocket way beyond the high expectations built by 2011’s lauded An Ache for the Distance. The Chicago five-piece double down on their dream-psych atmosphere, Isis-meets-Deftones triple-guitar action, and hellish black-metal shriek with more epic arrangements, tasteful keyboard lines, and stentorian clean vocals courtesy of guitarist David Kush. Guest appearances […]

Review: The Word Alive — Real

Review: The Word Alive — Real

On their third full-length, Phoenix metalcore veterans The Word Alive perfect the sound they’ve crafted since their formation in 2008. The first track “Play the Victim” captures the album’s many strengths: heavy rhythms, tasty riffs, well-crafted arrangements, and the soaring vocals of Tyler “Telle” Smith. Other standouts include “Never Forget” and “Glass Castle,” which both […]

Review: October File — The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair…

Review: October File — The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair…

In 2014, it’s hard to find many bands championing industrial metal, but October File are defending the faith. On their verbosely titled seventh album (which also includes the subtitle: An Introspective of Human Condition), the British post-punks go full bore, creating a driving, mechanized assault of fuzzy guitars and scathing emotional lyrics. At times, the […]

Review: Buzz Osborne — This Machine Kills Artists

Review: Buzz Osborne — This Machine Kills Artists

Melvins mastermind Buzz Osborne says he has “no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a half-assed version of Woody Guthrie,” on his acoustic solo debut. Sure enough, This Machine Kills Artists is neither crappy nor half-assed, though the title does reference the famous words Guthrie painted on his guitar in […]

Review: Marty Friedman — Inferno

Review: Marty Friedman — Inferno

After longtime Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman quit the band in 2000, he moved to Japan, became a TV celebrity, and released many eclectic solo albums. His latest, Inferno, is his most back-to-basics offering, packed with trenchant, off-kilter melodic thrash riffs and virtuosic solos. Guest stars provide extra firepower: Danko Jones and Children of Bodom’s Alexi […]

Review: Misery Index — The Killing Gods

Review: Misery Index — The Killing Gods

On their fifth full-length album, Baltimore’s premiere death-metal crew display symptoms of progression, the nonstop assault of their previous efforts replaced with moments of atmosphere and melancholy. Sure, tracks like “Gallows Humor” and “Sentinels” bring the relentless pounding metalheads expect from Jason Netherton & Co., but the first five tracks—each, one movement of a single […]

Review: Crobot — Crobot

Review: Crobot — Crobot

The only complaint we have about Crobot’s new EP is that it’s not enough. Just a few years old, the central Pennsylvania quartet stomps through these four songs with the authority of a group that’s been around for decades, weaving together the deep grooves of stoner rock with grunge, blues, and metal influences. “Legend of […]

Review: Avatar — Hail the Apocalypse

Review: Avatar — Hail the Apocalypse

From the crushing riffage of their new album’s eponymous opening track, Avatar take listeners on a rollicking ride through a nightmarish fun house befitting the group’s carnivalesque image. The band’s demented clown/ringleader/frontman, Johannes Eckerström, leads the way, unleashing a vocal range that spans the roar of Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe to Marilyn Manson-like growls […]