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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

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Full Album Stream: Dystopia – Way To Unfold


If you are into cool grooves and dramatic themes, you may want to check out this Hungarian band called Dystopia.  They are torn from the hard rock sheet of music and possess strong, clean vocals and melodic harmony that makes them easy to absorb.  They employ some special guests on their new album and you might here a growl here and there from bassist Peter Bajusz, but mostly the music is clean.  The guitar solos are exceptionally melodic and enjoyable.  Way To Unfold was released independently on 3 April 2014 and is their second full-length album, their first in seven years.

As the album starts off with some of their heavier work on Acid Smile and Devil’s Playground, the rest of the songs move from chunky riffing and fist-in-the-air cadences to softer, more melodic songs and back again.   From beginning to end, Way to Unfold, is an enjoyable album and bit of departure, though a nice one, from the aggression of thrash and death metal I listen to on a regular basis.  The album is available from bandcamp; just name your price.  Check out the stream below.

For fans of:  Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Firewind, Sevendust

Roundtable Review: Wings Denied – Mirrors For A Prince


downloadLabel:  Unsigned

Release Date:  13 May 14

Songs:   10

Length:  55 Minutes

Genre:  Progressive Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their debut studio album

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Retro Roundtable Review: Faith No More – The Real Thing


The_Real_Thing_album_coverLabel:  Slash Records

Release Date:  June 1989

Songs:   11

Length:  56 Minutes

Genre:  Interesting Metal

Studio Albums:   6 total.  The Real Thing was their third studio album

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Album Review: Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican


blacklabelcatacombscover.102307As any fan of a sludgy, southern, bluesy style of metal, the impending release of a Black Label Society album comes with a certain level of anticipation…and expectation.  Catacombs of the Black Vatican is the latest in a long line of studio albums, EPs, live, and compilation albums.  Despite being busy with Ozzy for many years, Zakk Wylde has managed to carve his own path to success with guitar in hand.  It took me a while to appreciate the southern vibe from any band, but several years ago when Order of the Black was released, it opened the door to a genre I feel filled a void in my heavy metal heart.  Since then, my collection of sludgy stuff increased exponentially thanks to that particular album.  In kind of a twist of fate, my non-metal wife liked it too.  Who would have thought the genre I was avoiding would be one she “kind of” liked.

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Album Review: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat


Steel-Panter-All-You-Can-EatOnce again, Steel Panther is back with the follow-up to their very successful Balls Out release from 2011.  What’s really not to love about this good-time 80s styled hard rock?  All You Can Eat is another round of highly offensive fun, but then again it depends on what exactly offends you.  I mean, I can’t say that Steel Panther is lying or exaggerating in their lyrics.  Seems to me like all these events and situations are certainly plausible or even possibly factual.  They are just very blunt and literal about how they perceive the world.  And, just when you think they will never top a song like Weenie Ride, they come up with She’s On The Rag…to include the alternate (acoustic) version of that bloody song with different lyrics.  There is a good time to be had here.

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Roundtable Review: Tribazik – Data Warfare


TRIBAZIK-–-DATA-WARFARE-e1391949507175Label:  Shyride Records

Release Date:  10 Feb 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  50 Minutes

Genre:  Electronic/Industrial Psychedelic Space Metal

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album

Location:  England (London)

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Roundtable Review: The Strigas – A Poisoned Kiss to Reality


SBR005 CoverLabel:  Southern Brigade Records

Release Date:  28 Feb 2014

Songs:   12

Length:  42 Minutes

Genre:  Hard Rock/Gothic

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

Location:  Italy

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Album Review: Servers – Leave With Us


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“Your only chance to survive, is to leave with us…”

Release date: 24th of February on Undergroove Records

Length: 45 minutes of  heavy earworms

Genre:  Feel-good, sludgy rock

Previous releases: This is their first album, and what a fine debut it is!

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Roundtable Review: Altitudes & Attitude


kvq0_image001-300x300Label:  Megaforce Records

Release Date: 14 Jan 2014

Songs:   3

Length:  13 Minutes

Genre:  Hard Rock

Studio Albums:   First EP

Location:  United States

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