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Label: Victory Records
Release Date: 29 Jun 2015
Length: 37 Minutes
Previous Studio Albums: Slaughter The Weak (1997); Dead and Buried (2001); Fueled By Hate (2004); Warzone (2006); What Horrors Await (2009); Kill on Command (2011); Terror Regime (2013).
Genre: Death Metal
For Fans Of: Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Obituary
Location: Wisconsin, U.S.
Have you ever eaten from a food truck? If so, then the reason you went there is either because you were hungover or you knew that food trucks and their minimalistic menu is usually pretty amazing. The reason they make food that people line up for because they perfected whatever it is they’re cooking and people like that; they go back for more. By now, I think you get the metaphor. Read the rest of this entry →
Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.
This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry →
Unleash The Archers
Canada’s Unleash The Archers was featured right here on A Metal State of Mind a few years ago. We were fortunate enough to catch up with them for a quick interview which you can read here and check out their previous work while you are at it. It’s about the fantasy and power metal with this outfit. The strong female vocals are styled right up there with classic Rob Halford. The music is fast-paced, doused with occasional blast beats, and a touch of death metal here and there. Very much fitting for sword battles…or a Mad Max battle. They must have done something right…they are now part of the Napalm family. Enjoy!
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Length: 62 Minutes
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Previous Albums: Initial Process (2011); Eight Pieces, One World (2013)
For those that live for the robust compositions of progressive metal, Max Pie should spark some interest. Their new album, Odd Memories, is about to hit store shelves and digital libraries. It leans a bit to the power metal side of the spectrum. So, it is progressive metal that makes you feel good when you are done hearing it. The good thing though, is that the album is a bit more diverse than just odd time signatures and power metal, sing along choruses. Promised Land is a great example of a song that makes you want to sing with the band, and sing it in the shower at the top of your lungs, but Cyber Junkie has a lot more chunk and heavy metal riffing. Read the rest of this entry →
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 2 Jun 15
Length: 73 Minutes
Previous Albums: Walls of Jericho (1985); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988); Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991); Chameleon (1993); Master of the Rings (1994); The Time of the Oath (1996); Better Than Raw (1998); The Dark Ride (2000); Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003); Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy (2005); Gambling With The Devil (2007); 7 Sinners (2010); Straight out of Hell (2013)
Genre: Power Metal
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Label: Century Media
Release Date: 2 Jun 15
Length: 51 Minutes
Previous Albums: This is their 14th album. See article for the rest of the albums.
There are very few bands out there that you can say started out one way, evolved into something completely different, and then came back to their roots. At least not the way England’s Paradise Lost has done it. They have come damn near full circle with their latest release, The Plague Within, which we’ll talk more as I build up to it. In the late 90s, they formed Paradise Lost…what is now considered one of the pioneers of gothic metal. Their first four albums, Lost Paradise (1990), Gothic (1991), Shades of God (1992), and Icon (1993), were heavily gothic/doom albums – not the kind of songs you would have heard on the radio…at least not in America. Most of Nick Holmes’ vocals were gritty and growling and the music was dark and brooding. Icon started the slow and eventual evolution that Paradise Lost embodied for nearly two decades. Here is a clip from their debut album, Lost Paradise.
Release Date: 19 May 2015
Length: 42 Minutes
Genre: Nu Metal
Previous Studio Albums: Coal Chamber (1997); Chamber Music (1999); Dark Days (2002)
Location: California, U.S.
I never thought I would see another reboot of Coal Chamber in any way, shape, or form especially after the way things fell apart over a decade ago. But, as quickly as Dez’s DevilDriver crumbled and went on hiatus, Coal Chamber resurfaced, got most of the original (or long-time) band members together, and have a new album out now. Dez surely didn’t waste much time. Those Coal Chamber reunion shows in Australia obviously sparked something. Anyway, Rivals is Coal Chamber’s 4th studio album and surprisingly picks things up where they left off. I say surprisingly because this album sounds like Coal Chamber never broke up at all. Read the rest of this entry →
As summer looms, it must be a good time to release metal because it seems to be coming at us from all angles. Here is another group of music files, videos, and clips to take a listen to. This is a diverse grouping, so be prepared.
Pyramaze is about to release Disciples of the Sun on May 22nd. The title track below is their first video. They fall under the umbrella of melodic metal, but don’t let labels steer you in any particular direction. The music should do the talking.
Release Date: 5 May 2015
Label: Metal Blade
Length: 37 Minutes
Previous Albums: Haunted (1995); Warpath (1997); Maximum Violence (1999); True Carnage (2001); Bringer of Blood (2003); 13 (2005); Commandment (2007); Death Rituals (2008); Undead (2012); Unborn (2013).
Genre: Death Metal
Location: Florida, United States
Six Feet Under is back with another dose of groove-laden death metal. The only problem the groove part. The classic rhythm that laid the foundation for most of the eleven Six Feet Under albums simply doesn’t exist on Crypt of the Devil. Instead, it has been mostly replaced with blast beats, tighter riffs, and abrupt tempo changes. On paper, that really doesn’t sound like a problem does it? For some reason it doesn’t work as well as I think they might have planned. There is either something missing from the recipe or there is too much of something that spoiled the end result. Let’s figure this out… Read the rest of this entry →
I wish we had time to talk about every band/artist that gets sent to us. Unfortunately, time is not always on our side despite our finest efforts. But, we do our best to spread the word because no one should be deprived of metal in whatever metal subgenre it comes in. Here are a few bands we checked out that may or may not find a home in your music library someday.
Have you ever thought about what Maroon 5 would sound like with growling vocals? Neither have I. Honestly, I never knew such a thing existed. Personally, I can’t really stand Maroon 5, but hearing someone else metalize it puts a new spin on it. The Persevering Promise currently has their debut album out called An Illusion in Shambles. If you are into genre labels, they are considered post-hardcore, but it would be hard to tell from the cover song, so I included another song from their album.