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Album Review: Chainfist – Scarred


PromoImageFor Fans of:  Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Big Four Influenced

Record Label:  Mighty Music

Release date:  6 Oct 2014

Genre:  Thrash / Hard Rock

Nationality:  Denmark

Songs:  11

Length:  50 Minutes

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Roundtable Review: Rise of the Northstar – Welcame


WELCAMEartLabel:  Repression Records

Release Date:  22 Sep 2014

Songs:   11

Length:  50 Minutes

Genre:  Hardcore/Thrash

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

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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

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Roundtable Review: Ashura – Mindhood


AshuraCoverLabel: Earthquake Terror Noise

Release Date: 26 May, 2014

Songs: 8

Length: 55 minutes

Genre: Thrash Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Italy

 

 

 

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #18 & #17


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 comprised of 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!

18.  Spastic – Revocation

This is probably one of the newest songs on my countdown of favorite instrumental songs.  This is another one that is loaded with cool guitar rhythm and lead and speed.  It is also very much a Revocation song complete with all their technical progressiveness just a lack of vocals.  This one appears on their self-titled 2013 release.  This play through video of the band is pretty bad ass too.

17.  Orion – Metallica

Other than Leper Messiah which launched me into thrash metal way back in the day, Orion was the other stand out song for me on this pivotal Master of Puppets album.  Again, guitars are quite prominent in this one, including bass, but I also like the rhythm and smooth tempo.  I felt I was able to lose my 13 or 14 year old self in this song. This is the last of the Metallica instrumental songs on my list.  I have seen Metallica five times and I do not recall ever seeing this song played live.  Bummer!

What’s Cookin’ In The Inbox: 16 Apr 2014 Post #4


832mailboxIt’s been a little while since the last batch of music samples has been posted for your listening pleasure.   Now that I have had a nice break in career activities I found time to sift through a bunch of emails.  Below is an assortment of things that might interest you.  My goal, as it is most of the time, is to bring you bands that cross a broad spectrum of genres for your sampling enjoyment.  As always we give thanks to those that reach out to us.  Thank you for thinking of us.  Enjoy this edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox.

Band:  Vie Jester

From:  Los Angeles, CA

Social Media:  facebook 

Other:  Website 

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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!

Album Review: Def-Con-One – II


SC 235-2 DEF-CON-ONEThe opening riff in H8 Ball reminds me of a familiar Pantera riff.  The similarity kind of ends there as the song evolves, but that particular riff gives me an early Pantera feeling.  Besides, there are tons of worse bands to be compared to; Pantera is surely a complement.  Unlike many opening thrash songs that are fast and pulse pounding, this one is more calculated, slow, and bone crushing.  II is the name of Def-Con-One’s second studio album.  It’s a simple enough title broadly indicating the sophomore effort, but does it hold its own weight against their debut, one that was given the nod of approval two years ago here on A Metal State of Mind?  In short, yes.  Their debut was described as a militaristic style with its machine gun double bass and tight riffing.  II offers a similarly intense level of ferocity as Warface, but it’s packaged a bit differently.

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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.

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

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