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!
Song: Save Me
Genre: Power/fantasy metal
I guess that’s something to say about your band when you become the first “unsigned” band to get to play at England’s famed Download Festival two years in a row. It’s also has to be pretty cool to be the headlining act on the unsigned stage at England’s up-and-comer metal festival, Bloodstock. They are definitely stepping off on the right foot. After coming off a successful debut self-produced album, The Virus Has Spread, Fallen Fate is back with Into the Black – approximately 45 minutes of wreck-your-neck American style thrash metal.
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Release Date: CD, 31 July 2012; Vinyl, 4 February 2014
Length: 33 minutes
Genre: Black heavy/thrash metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
Location: Vancouver, Canada
It’s time for the *yawn* Grammy’s; excuse me I don’t mean to be rude, but this normally a waste of time for metal and for people who like metal. However, this year might be a bit different. Keep in mind this is America; we are talking about a country where metal is not as out in the open as it is across Europe. I miss Europe! I can see where my European friends would think this is a weak list of “metal” bands, and I would normally agree, but again this America and I want to point out one thing. These are all metal bands. Last year, Halestorm beat out Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden and Lamb of God if I remember correctly. Really? Nothing against the catchy Halestorm, but they won out of sheer popularity and record sales. They got played on the radio…during daylight hours. It just goes to show that the people who run the Grammy’s and/or cast votes know nothing about “great” metal. Again, nothing against Halestorm, I do like them, but how does a band like that beat such heavyweights? The year before, Foo Fighters cleaned house and though they are a great band, I wouldn’t exactly call them metal. Again, they beat out actual metal bands.
Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10. My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year. After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums. So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year. So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.
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The good thing about Shrapnel Storm is that they concoct a groovy death metal brew of brutality, but the unfortunate thing is there are only two songs on this way-too-short promo. Despite this unfortunate conundrum, the two songs donning the We Come In Peace… is packed with enough energy between the two songs that a spot on the radar of bands to watch for is now cemented. The Finnish death metal band, at the moment, is giving us a taste of what is to come. Recording for a full-length album will commence in April 2014 with a release date yet to be set. For now, this is what they have to offer and I, for one, look forward to the full-length album in 2014.
I am not sure what to call Man Must Die; perhaps death metal or grindcore might be a good fit, but labels don’t really mean much. What I should say is that the 10 songs on their new album Peace Was Never An Option are nothing less than guttural, brutal, bone-crunching, with a flair for melody. The Scottish quartet stitches together some brutal elements that remind me a little bit of Napalm Death with the vocal style and tempo changes. The big difference from a constant barrage of brutality is that they do find room for well-composed guitar melodies and short solos. They aren’t thrown in there like some metalcore bands do it…faced and out-of-place. Man Must Die does a great job of transitioning from harsh to heavenly when it comes to infusing melody with an otherwise devilish pace. Their overall feel transitions from a more standard death metal formula and touches upon grindcore and thrashy elements a little bit for a fairly brutal concoction of enjoyable metal. Their album was released on Lifeforce records and is out now worldwide.
Album Review: Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol 2
It’s time for the second edition of The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol 2; Five Finger Death Punch’s second album of 2013. As you may have read here, my impression of Vol 1 wasn’t exactly that stellar, but I found some redeeming qualities in some of the songs. I like their groove and level of angst they put into their riffing, but find myself lost on their lyrical content. It’s strange because usually lyrics are the least important thing to me, but I guess when they are so childish they throw me off preventing me from focusing on everything else I love about metal. Let’s face it, I am far from being a teenager and to me this is the audience they are appealing to. I am just not that angst-ridden anymore. I need more substance in my songs for those situations where lyrical content somehow strikes me. Just like they articulate in track #2, Weight Beneath My Sin…
…It’s the same old fucking story, the same old fucking lies, the same old fucking ending…
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This thrash/death outfit from Brazil formed 20 years ago this year. There have been many changes in the band’s line-up, but the music is still as solid and edible as you could want. The song is from their new album, “Esquadrão De Tortura”, released on November 15. Try to keep your head still when the music hits the 2:10 mark.
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Yay, it’s Friday! To prevent an overload of lovely progressive music here on the blog I decided to pick a song that our non-proggy readers could enjoy too. “Immortality Made Flesh” is a fast-paced and fun technical melodic thrash tune, with an abundance of catchy riffs and insane guitars. It’s a single from their upcoming album (I’m looking forward to it!) that will be released in February next year. A perfect energy boost for the beginning of the weekend. Enjoy and have a nice one!