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Album Review: Overkill – White Devil Armory

downloadRecord Label:  Entertainment One U.S.

Release Date:  22 July 2014

Songs:  13 (including two bonus tracks)

Length:  61 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash

Studio Albums:  Seventeen of them

Location:  New Jersey, U.S. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Judas-Priest-Redeemer-of-SoulsRecord Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Release Date: 8 July 2014

Songs:  18 (on deluxe edition)

Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)

Style:  It’s Judas Priest

Albums:  Seventeen

Nationality:  United Kingdom

For fans of: Metal

What is there to say about such a storied band?  Formed in the sixties and still kicking it Judas Priest style.  They sound great, that’s for sure.  I have read a few things about how “heavy” this album would be, but personally it just sounds like Judas Priest.  There are some moments heavier than others, but nothing that supersedes the high-octane of Freewheel Burning, Ram It Down, or Painkiller.  The lack of those types of songs doesn’t make Redeemer of Souls any less satisfying.  In fact, the album is quite satisfying and highly representative of what you would expect from the band.  It’s all around heavy, rhythmic, and energetic. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Eira – Lacrimosa

lacrimosaRecord Label:  Self-Released

Release Date:  30 June 2014

Songs:  9

Length:  65 Minutes

Style:  Technical/Progressive Death Metal and in some cases…Blackened.

Albums:  This is their debut album.  EP A Death Painted Portrait in 2012

Nationality:  United States, Buffalo, NY

For fans of: Opeth, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #14 & #13

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!

14.  March of the Lor – The Sword

This a particularly heavy The Sword song.  I love how the song can swing from a cool 70s vibe and they turn into a song that could induce a nice circle pit.  The sword has a calm and collective demeanor on stage and still cause a pit; as I witnessed at a show last year.  These dudes can be quite heavy when they want to be and that’s one of the many reasons I like them so much.

13.  Into The Lungs of Hell – Megadeth

Considering all the talent that has ever graced this band, I think they should have recorded more instrumental songs.  Between the rhythm section and their guitar playing prowess, they could have made instrumental songs a regular thing.  But, they have a few and this is the one that made my list.  Again, loads of guitars!  Yay!  This a very well spliced fan video featuring humans…being human.

Album Review: 1000Mods – Vultures

CoverRecord Label:  The Lab Recs

Release Date:  30 May 2014

Style:  Sludge/Stoner/Psychedelic

Songs:  8

Time:  39 Minutes

From:  Greece

Studio Albums: 2011 – Super Van Vacation

For fans of:  Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer Read the rest of this entry

Game Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)

unchartedvita-300x300When I bought the bundled Playstation Vita, it came with Uncharted:  Golden Abyss among other games.  It was one of the original released games on Playstation’s latest hand-held system and is found exclusively on the Vita.  Since I am not a Playstation owner, this was my first time with the Uncharted franchise.  Though I heard many great things about the game, I couldn’t help but think I’ve seen this before…archaeology, bad guys, scaling perilous cliffs, tomb raiding.  It sounds so familiar, but I can’t quite place it ;)  Anyway, my expectations were actually pretty low.  At the end of the story, I have to say I was pleasantly pleased.

The game takes place in Panama at a dig site.  Drake is accompanied by a friend, but before too long it is evident that Drake’s friend is not really his friend, but a partner of Guerro…the warlord.  Oooh! The plot thickens and chaos ensues.  Guerro has an abundance of fearless henchmen that are available for target practice with Drake’s shooting and stealth killing prowess.  All the trappings of a tomb raiding game are present…scaling the impossible, finding artifacts, and getting closer to the truth.  Drake is accompanied by Chase…a chick.  She’s cool, but gets herself in a little bit of trouble where Drake must bail her out all the while collecting artifacts and revealing the story of what happened down there. Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Divine Chaos – A New Dawn in the Age of War

DC-NewDawn_Artwork_10.05.13_V10-300x300Label:  Evil Eye records

Release Date:  29 May 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  52 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash / Death

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album.

Location:  United Kingdom

For Fans of:  Carcass, Sepultura, Death, Megadeth  Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Deep in Hate – Chronicles of Oblivion

stillLabel:  Kaotoxin

Release Date:  3 Jun 2014

Songs:   9

Length:  35 Minutes

Genre:  Metal/Death/Deathcore

Studio Albums:  2007 – Only The Strong Survive; 2011 – Origins of Inequality

Location:  France

For Fans of:  Death metal in general, but specifically speaking Whitechapel, Aborted, Carnifex, and Decapitated. Read the rest of this entry

Retro Roundtable Review: Life of Agony – Ugly

51e14F6r9eL._SY300_Label:  The All Blacks B.V.

Release Date:  9 Oct 1995

Songs:   12

Length:  54 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash / Hardcore

Studio Albums:  1993 – River Runs Red; 1997 – Soul Searching Sun; 2005 – Broken Valley

Location:  New York Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Awakening Sun – Imbalance

ARTWORKI was impressed with the first full-length album from this Lithuanian quartet, now labeled as Lithuanian/Netherlands quartet.  Sold Out was a solid album of groovy death metal with a pleasant cadence of brutal beats and rhythms.  Six Feet Under meets Amon Amarth comes to mind for a quick comparison.  It was enough to keep this band on my radar.  When I saw they filmed a video for In The Clouds of Dust, I waited impatiently for the next chapter in Awakening Sun’s evolution.  Only, it didn’t come as fast as I had hoped.  Based on my cursory research, the band had some lineup issues and mostly all the same shit other new bands go through…time, money, etc.  Then, I realized the release of Imbalance passed me by somehow.  Only now, this very second, I am tickling my ears with their sophomore effort.  As indicated from their bandcamp page, this is the work of mostly one person.  Since then, the band has acquired full-time members and they are already working on new material. Read the rest of this entry