Who needs more doom metal in their life? Everybody! That’s who! Doom is awesome. Especially when there are so many bands doing cool and interesting spins on the genre. My latest peruse of Bandcamp has let me to check out Khemmis (clicked on it mainly because that cover art is freaking awesome. Do you hear that bands? Even in the digital age, kick ass cover art still sells.) A crusty layer of fuzzy stoner doom touched with spatterings of old-school hard-core, NWOBHM, and death metal will hammer your eardrums with some wonderfully chunky grooves. At times you get a tune that is like Pallbearer’s tone crossed with Iron Maiden’s bombastic leads and solos other are a Candlemass’ stomping grooves meets Madball’s beatdown vocals affair. As crazy as those cocktails sound Khemmis pull them off with ease, gusto, and panache. Regardless of the stylistic mix they are jamming with Absolution simply rocks hard front to back and is a must listen for any discerning doom fan. Listen, buy, support, share, doomstomp!!!!! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Right off the bat, the most striking thing about Vattnet Viskar’s sophomore album would be its bright and happy cover art. If you didn’t know any better you could imagine that an album of cheery electronic music lies within it. However, Vattnet Viskar is a post-metal band and that photo isn’t as cheery as you may think it is. If you are from my generation (the 80s) or earlier you surely remember the Challenger mission. Things didn’t go very well and spaceships exploded and lives were lost. The photo in the cover art is inspired by a photo of Christa McAuliffe while she was on a ‘Vomit Comet’ training simulation about a year prior to being tragically lost in the Challenger launch disaster. It’s a quite a surreal and contrasting pic. So happy and at a peak in life only to have it all soon violently ripped away from her. But, still kind of life-affirming in a way. Now, does that cover art look a bit more metal to you?
It was An Evening With Machine Head. I think this is the fifth time I have seen An Evening With (insert band name here) and it is well worth it. Why? Because you get to see, Machine Head in this case, play an assortment of songs they would never have time to play during a normal 75-90 minute set on any other headlining or festival tour. The only problem with a tour like this is that you really have to like the band a lot to want to go see just them. Sometimes a strong headlining act supported by decent bands is a nice package that makes the trip worth it. Machine Head proved plenty capable of going it alone. They rocked Tokyo’s Club O-East in the Shibuya district on 6 July 2015 for 2 ½ hours.
Surprisingly, Flynn and Co. did not open the set with a song from Bloodstone & Diamonds. I kind of expected Now We die to start the show. It seems the song was built for that with its intro and thrashy cadence. I mean, they are supporting their new album; it makes sense to kick things off with a new song. Instead, they began the night with Imperium, which worked out quite well. It wasn’t until the third song we were treated to new material in the form of Now We Die…another crowd pleaser. Read the rest of this entry →
As expected, 2015 is shaping up to be yet another stellar year for us metal fans. And with Iron Maiden, BtBaM, The Sword, Deafheaven, Avatarium, and Ghost releasing new material in the coming months, it’s only up from here. Here’s a selection of some albums I’ve enjoyed quite a bit in the past half of the year. Check ’em out and share what you’ve been digging on. Peace Love and Metal!!!!
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 →
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Our thanks go again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of female-fronted albums with us. Since we don’t review a great number of albums of the type that Sonic Cathedral does, our monthly digest of their reviews covers a lot of musical territory.
Like Metal State, Sonic Cathedral usually selects which albums to review from the dozens and sometimes hundreds released every month. As a result, their reviews cover the best of the best. They choose their material so well that Sonic Cathedral is widely recognised as the site for FF fans, bands and labels.
They reviewed eight albums during June. Here’s a brief look at all of them. Women have been at the heart of music for thousands of years, and it’s gratifying to note how many women continue to be supreme performers in every genre I can think of.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Break the Silence, Crimson Chrysalis, Electro Metal, Elvellon, Elyose, Enraptured, Gothic Rock/Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, High Priestess, Immortal Waltz, Ipso Facto, Kobra and the Lotus, Luna Park Ride, Melodic Metal, Onyria, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for June, Spellbound, Symphonic Metal, Symphonic Rock, Tarja, The Edge of Paradise, Time Stands Still, Unleash The Archers
Posted by Irmelinis
Somehow it feels like it’s been a slow beginning of the year, but when I started to look over my lists of albums I’ve listened to and rated, I could gather quite a large collection of favourites. Counted 17 really good releases in 6 months, that’s not bad! Not including all of them, here’s some of my must-listens of 2015:
Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours (hipster black metal)
It’s a very clever mix of frantic black metal and chaotic post-hardcore, with a well structured, intriguing story in the lyrics, impressive drum work and everything else a good, memorable album should have.
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 →
Posted by Irmelinis
A small selection of new music videos released in June, including Septekh, Being As An Ocean, Nekrogoblikon, Mutilation Rites, Deadspace and ColdSpell.
Being As An Ocean – Little Richie (melodic hardcore), from their self-titled third album released June 30.
Posted by ChristopherMammal
One of the greatest joys of growing up is being fascinated and charmed by lovely new things. Since I’m 65 years old now, I’ll probably mature in the next 20 years and become crusty and set in my ways. Until then, I’ll grab all the thrill and delight there is to be found in new discoveries.
Mörglbl is a new discovery for me. I make that admission with my head hung low in shame because they’ve released six albums including “Tea Time For Pünks” and this is the first time I’ve heard them. I’ll rectify that shortcoming soon enough by treating myself to all their previous work. Who needs groceries when there is music like this to sate my appetite? Read the rest of this entry →