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Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain


CannibalCorpse-ASkeletalDomain-300x300I have been sitting here trying to think of an approach to review Cannibal Corpse’s new album, A Skeletal Domain, their 13th studio album since 1990.  I mean when you take a band that churns out speedy riffs and ruthless death metal album after album, what words can I use to describe the brutal consistency of the band?  I guess if there is one thing Cannibal Corpse has going for themselves is their stability with their lineup; it’s been the same since 2005.  As much as apprentice members can breathe new life into a band, having the same members for a long period can allow a band to grow together and become a leader in their genre; the example to emulate.  This is where Cannibal Corpse stands out among their peers. Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #6 & #5


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

6.  The Ultimatum – Jeff Loomis

It wasn’t until fairly recently I became familiar with Loomis’s solo career.  I imagine watching a video like the one below would inspire many budding shredders to shred even harder.  This song rides on his ability to play solos for an extended amount of time.  Seeing is believing; this is a really cool play-through video.  Enjoy!

5.  Cosmic Sea – Death

Death opened the door for death metal in my world.  It was when I saw the video for Lack of Comprehension off the Human album (same album where Cosmic Sea appears) that I realized just how technical and heavy death metal could be.  Up to that point, I thought that genre had no discernible rhythm.  From there it spread to other bands and before I knew it I developed quite a fondness for death metal in general from the brutal to the technical to the groovy as long as it has some kind of identifiable structure to it.  It has to be more than just growls and blast beats.

Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth


If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Album Review: Witches of Doom – Obey


downloadAlbum:  Obey

Genre:  Hard Rock, Stoner, Goth

Songs:  9

Length:  46 Minutes

Albums:  This is their debut album

Release:  April 2014

From:  Italy

Label:  Sliptrick Records

FFO:  Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, The Cult, Sisters of Mercy, Moonspell, and a stoner band of your choice. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: With Our Arms To The Sun – A Far Away Wonder


image-21Album:  A Far Away Wonder

Genre:  Cinematic / Expressive / Progressive / Moody / Atmospheric / A Pinch of Desert Rock / Experimental

Songs:  8

Length:  47 Minutes

Label:  Independent

Release Date:  23 Sep 2014

Albums:  This is their 3rd studio album.

Location:  Arizona, US

For fans of:  Isis, Palms  Read the rest of this entry

Stream of the Week: Bloodsoaked – Religious Apocalypse


Released just this month (Sept 2014), the new Bloodsoaked album, Religious Apocalypse, features three crushing new tracks combined with several live tracks and two covers of Cinderella and Ratt.  Yeah, I am not sure how 80s bands fit into this mix of death metal, but they definitely put their own twist on those classics.  Is anything out of the 80s “classic.?

First, focusing on the three new songs – Devouring, Abomination, and Religious Apocalypse…they are nothing short of brutal with that classic 80s (I said it again) death metal feel.  They are clean, but not overproduced; complete with that raw, unedited feel from some of the more classic 80s (damn, I did it again) death metal bands.

The live tracks represent a selection of their older material which are equally brutal, but live.  You know how live songs go.  They sound good, but don’t “sound” all that good.  It’s hard to capture the essence of a band with a live recording.  But, Bloodsoaked sounds like they nail it live.

And, lastly, what interests me are their glam covers of bands I used to love.  Ok, maybe I didn’t love Cinderella, but I was a big fan of Ratt back in their heyday.  Bloodsoaked basically kept the core of the song intact, meaning you should easily recognize them if you are into classic 80s songs (last time, I promise).  Throw in some growls and double bass and the covers are pretty cool, actually.  Overall, some cool brutality, cool covers, and some live tracks that demonstrate the band’s ability to play live brutally.  Here is the link below.  Enjoy!

http://bloodsoaked.net/album/168548/religious-apocalypse?autostart=true

 

Video of the Week: Tool – Ænema


I was trying to look for something new that I thought would be cool, but other than having the same problem as Matt – finding videos of bands in forests or empty warehouses, I thought I would revisit some old Tool videos because they are pretty damn cool.  And, sometimes one doesn’t have to actually understand what is going on in the video for it to be cool.  Nor, does one actually have to see the band in it for it to be cool.   Sometimes you just have to look at it and go, What the fuck?  That’s what I think of this video.  Not to mention, Tool has been talking about an album that might be released in the next decade or so.  So, why not revisit?  Oh, this one is uncut so if you don’t like swear words…this is your disclaimer.

Game Review: Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One)


sniper+elite+3+ssIn my attempt to break away from wildly popular shooter games (you know what they are), I picked up “Sniper Elite III” to shake things up a bit when it comes to fast-moving shooter action.  Not to mention, there just aren’t “that” many games out for Xbox One right now, so my choices were limited.  I haven’t played the previous editions of the sniper franchise and it worked out great because I didn’t really need to know about those games coming into part III.  Despite the fact that this story took place before “Sniper Elite V2” I didn’t feel I missed out on story and concept.  All I really needed to play this fun game was patience.  Sometimes I had it; sometimes I didn’t and here is my “Sniper Elite III” story.

The biggest reason I enjoyed this particular tactical shooter is that I had time to plan my attack and decide which approach I was going to take.  I could go quiet or I could go loud or both.  Mostly, I preferred sneaky and stealthy.  I can be a methodical kind of guy, so this aspect of the game pleased me.  Because the game took place during WWII in Northern Africa, there were lots of large rocks, hills, and dessert-atmosphere to hide behind; perfect for sniping. Read the rest of this entry

Tales From Bandcamp: Undermine The Supremacy – Ashes


When you think of metal and their country of origin, do you automatically think of the US or Europe?  Is Australia the first country that comes to mind when thinking about cool metal bands?  Perhaps you should start thinking about Australia a little more often.  It seems like as each day passes there are more bands popping up from down under well worth checking out.

Undermine the Supremacy is one I am focusing on today that slipped their band info into our inbox.  Thank you for that, by the way.  This Queensland five-piece is all about metalcore, you should know.  I am not going to spell out how bone-crunching their songs are or how deep the vocalist can growl.  I won’t waste any of your time talking about their chunky riffs or headbanging cadence either.  Why do all that when you can just check it out for yourself.  Go ahead.  Hit that play button!  If you enjoy the bombastic breakdowns of metalcore, you’ll have a hard time hitting the stop button.

For fans of:  Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Heaven Shall Burn, Calaban, Lamb of God.

Song of the Week – Needless Needle


Band:  Witches of Doom

a3565954274_2Album:  Obey

Genre:  Hard Rock, Stoner, Goth

Release:  April 2014

From:  Italy

Label:  Sliptrick Records Read the rest of this entry