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 over outstanding tracks like “What I Don’t Know” and “Tsar Bomba.” Save the gloomy, and somewhat boring, “Tower” and “Something in the Way,” Avatar’s sound is fierce, honed, and cathartic enough to have many new fans running away with this circus. JEREMY BORJON
Check out “Bloody Angel” from Hail the Apocalypse.