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Review: Suicide Silence — You Can’t Stop Me

Review: Suicide Silence — You Can’t Stop Me

For their aptly named first album since the passing of vocalist Mitch Lucker, deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence stomped into the future—but also kept an eye on the past. Nowhere did the quintet do so more than on the title track, which incorporates powerful lyrics penned by Lucker before his death. But life goes on in […]

Review: Judas Priest — Redeemer of Souls

Review: Judas Priest — Redeemer of Souls

Whether Judas Priest were aware that this album might be their last and wanted to go out strong, or whether they were trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of fans dismayed by their 2008 double-disc rock opera ‘Nostradamus,’ the metal gods succeeded either way. ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is a bolt from the blue, a […]

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. […]

Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Whether Judas Priest were consciously aware their next album might be their last and wanted to go out with the power of a firework display, or whether they were trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of the many fans dismayed by their 2008 double-disc rock opera ‘Nostradamus’ is unclear. What’s apparent is that ‘Redeemer […]

Review: Every Time I Die — From Parts Unknown

Review: Every Time I Die — From Parts Unknown

Bursting with ideas and ambition, Every Time I Die’s seventh studio album is a near-perfect blend of kinetic intensity and anything-goes writing. There’s amazing stuff crammed into the songs—boogie licks, guitar shred, odd time signatures, prog-schooled dissonance—but no lumps in the gravy, as each idea flows smoothly from the last. Credit the band’s chops for […]

Review: The Relapse Symphony — Shadows

Review: The Relapse Symphony — Shadows

On this, their debut full-length, The Relapse Symphony play the sort of brand of glam-inflected metalcore that has been dragged into the spotlight by groups like Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria, but the Washington D.C. quintet’s sound is more accessible—and catchy—than those bands’ recent releases. In particular, standout track “Make Your Move” shows strong, […]