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Review: The Dead Rabbitts – Shapeshifter

Review: The Dead Rabbitts – Shapeshifter

Phoenix-based metalcore supergroup The Dead Rabbitts formed as the side project of Escape the Fate frontman Craig Mabbitt, and also includes current and former members of Greeley Estates and Alesana. Their latest album is notably heavier than Escape the Fate’s recent hard-rock- and glam-influenced work, packing in plenty of tightly crafted breakdowns and dissonant riffs. […]

Review: Linkin Park – The Hunting Party

Review: Linkin Park – The Hunting Party

Thirteen years after being steeled in the crucible of Ozzfest, and millions of record sales later, Linkin Park have grown into one of America’s biggest rock bands. But now they’re ratcheting the kick-ass up another notch: Their new album, ‘The Hunting Party,’ is not only the hardest and heaviest thing they’ve ever released, but it’s […]

Review: Septicflesh — Titan

Review: Septicflesh — Titan

It’s been six years since Greece’s Septicflesh reinvigorated their sound with the epic Communion, and not much has changed. On Titan, one finds the same mixture of cinematic orchestrals, layered growls, and pneumatic drums. What’s lacking at times is cohesion—often, Septicflesh’s polished, overproduced sound feels haphazard and directionless. Still, tracks like “Order of Dracul” and […]

Review: Trap Them — Blissfucker

Review: Trap Them — Blissfucker

The fourth album from crust/hardcore/sludge/grind outfit Trap Them may contain some of the catchiest songs they’ve ever written—see the smokin’ hot riff of “Gift and Gift Unsteady,” reminiscent of Entombed’s classic “Seeing Red” lick—but it’s just as heavy as always. Heavier, even: The grindcore of late album cut “Former Lining Wide the Walls” (two, maybe […]

Review: Tombs — Savage Gold

Review: Tombs — Savage Gold

2011’s acclaimed Path of Totality set the bar high, but Tombs prove up to the challenge with Savage Gold, which explores even darker, deeper terrain. The first half of the record is mostly harsh and unrelenting, with doomy segues serving as mere breathers between bouts of Morbid Angelesque punishment. With the more hypnotic “Echoes,” however, […]

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 […]