Category Archives: Exploring New Things

Every now and then we come across something that is just a bit different.

Jazzed-up Tuesday: Symetry – Roots Project


Do you know how well metal and jazz go together? If not, let Symetry’s music do the talking. They’re a French jazz metal band and they’ve released one album. This is the title song.

Just by the way, if you’re into djent, you’re halfway into modern jazz already.

 

New music for Monday: Set Before Us – Wildfire


Set Before Us, a new Swedish metalcore band, have just come to our attention. They’ve released their first single and it impressed me. If this is the shape of things to come, I’d like to hear their first album too.

 

Stream of the Week – Gunpowder Gray


What happens when you take a couple of guys from an Atlanta-based death metal band called Disfigurement and let them form another band?  You get Gunpowder Gray and it sounds nothing like death metal. First of all, I commend them for coming up with something completely different from the brutality of their day jobs.  Gunpowder Gray is bluesy, riff driven music in the vein of Black Sabbath and Pentagram which I am sure will interest many of us old guys.  It’s an old-school vibe that’s fun and has great rhythm.  Their self-titled album is just purely cool classic hard rock.  Gunpowder Gray was recently released on 19 April 2014 via Boris Records.  It’s a short seven tracks, but very enjoyable.  Not everything glorious has to be long right?

Stream of the Week – Whose Hearts Were His


This week’s Stream of the Week hails from Kansas City, Missouri.  Gabe Fry is the brain behind Whose Hearts Were His – his new solo project.  He was formerly part of Solace and Stable, a band we featured here on A Metal State of Mind a couple of years ago.  If you would like to check that project out as well, you can click here.  The new self-titled album is set for release in the near future – not date indicated just yet, but if I am supplied one I will let you know.  For now you can check out this track, Tongues Like Knives, to water your mouths for more of what’s to come.

For fans of:  Gojira, Between The Buried and Me, The Red Chord

Members:  Gabe Fry

Stream of the Week: Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch


How it that a band like Ringworm passes me by unnoticed?  Just when I feel I am broadening my horizons in metal to the nth degree, awesome bands just appear out of nowhere.  Except, they aren’t from nowhere.  They are from Cleveland.  That’s somewhere.  I know it is because I have driven through there like four times – never stopped.  Perhaps it’s all about marketing because I just checked, I am not living under a rock.  Anyway, if their Relapse Records debut album, Hammer of the Witch, doesn’t inspire chair throwing before 1:18 into Dawn of Decay, then I don’t know what to say about you except that you probably like Nickelback.

Their release date, 18 March 2014, kind of came and went like any other day.  Then I started seeing all these posts about the band as it soon appeared in our own inbox.  I figure it’s worth checking out.  To make a long pointless story short, it’s a killer mix of everything great about groove, hardcore, thrash, and death metal.  The vocals are intense, yet mostly coherent which is not always important, but nice when you can make out more than a few words.  Seriously, if I needed to hire someone to yell at my kids to get them to go to bed on time, I would hire this guy.  Listen and you will see why.

Overall, the album is pretty f’n solid; fifteen tracks of break neck, throw something across the room viciousness.  Enjoy!

Sockweb – Father-daughter grindcore duo


0002548164_10

Joanie, 7, and her father Adam from Indiana have been working hard on Sockweb‘s debut album ever since they showed off their absolutely adorable grindcore song “I Want Pancakes” last year. Joanie writes all the lyrics and is also the lead singer. Her career in metal is starting off early and it sounds damn good already!

Read the rest of this entry

Stream of the Week: Acts of Tragedy – Cursed Words


Acts of tragedy hails from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia.  Before I get into a little more detail about our Stream of the Week let me try to paint a picture for you.  The band’s listed influences are Pantera The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Lamb of god, Periphery, Parkway Drive, Metallica, and Alter Bridge to name a few.  Does that excite our progressive, thrash, and deathcore lovers?  Not sure how Alter Bridge fits into the mix, but Acts of Tragedy certainly embodies a style in line with their influences.

Their six-track EP, Cursed Words, was released 1 July 2013.  The second track, What Remains, features Kevin Talley on drums.  You might know him as one of those drummers that has played roles in “almost” as many bands as Gene Hoglan.  In other words, he gets around and is a cool addition to the track list.  Overall, there is no shortage of aggression, but also includes a more melodic side with the song The Descending DownCursed Words is a helluva start.  I look forward to seeing what Acts of Tragedy brings us in the future.  Check them out for yourself.

Stream of the Week: The Kennedy Veil – Trinity of Falsehood


The Kennedy veil is the focus of this week’s Stream of the Week.  They are a Sacramento, California-based band that embody technical death metal. In other words, it’s speedy, brutal, and boasts a higher level of technicality that keeps things interesting despite the sheer constant speed of the songs.  Trinity of Falsehood should be available now via Earsplit Records.  The full-length work is short, just over 32 minutes, but packs a brutal cadence of glorious death metal.  Think Deicide, Suffocation, Decapitated, and Morbid Angel; The Kennedy veil would fit right in on a tour with any of those bands.  Enjoy!

What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox – 20 Feb 2014 Post #3


???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It’s time for the third installment of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox for 2014.  This time around we have excess material floating in the mailbox, therefore I will sift through it and bring you what I think is the best and most eclectic bunch.  Here you go, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Witchhammer

Song:  Save Me

Genre:  Power/fantasy metal

Read the rest of this entry

Stream Of The Week – Fleshworld


Poland’s Fleshworld combines elements of post-rock, post-metal, sludge, and a few other things that make this style of music stimulating.  They certainly bend the genres to make their own unique sound that bounces from a more harsh doom style to a peaceful atmospheric tranquility.  Needless to say, their songs are long enough to accommodate the tempo changes; 6 songs chiming in at 45 minutes is nothing to shake a stick at.  These songs are purposefully created to reach down to your inner core and make you feel “something.” That’s my impression and I am sticking to it. Overall, the album’s sudden changes in mood and atmosphere is what makes it captivating and keeps me listening.  Like We’re All Equal Again is their debut album released on Unquiet Records.

For fans of:  Isis, Cult of Luna