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ALBUM REVIEW: Evergrey ‘Hymns for the Broken’

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Evergrey delivers their first album following a lineup change, the groups ninth overall. Hymns for the Broken is a 12 track thrill ride, boasting the classic dark metal essence that has kept fans in love for years. The first musical track, “King of Errors,” opens with a gripping drum and piano intro that gets accompanied by a tasty guitar riff. About a minute into the track, we get the first lines from Tom S. Englund. He wastes no time showing his audience his exceptional Viking metal voice…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Autocatalytica Self-Titled Debut LP

The Brooklyn-based “psychomaniacal, spazzgazm of progressive-math-metal-mayhem,” opens with the track “Oxygonical.” It’s a textbook thrash song. We’re supposed to listen and have a sense of violence and mayhem and, in that regard, the song succeeds, but does so in a way that every other thrash-metal coattail rider has done since Anthrax: lightning fast guitars, lightning fast bass drums, lots of cymbal crashes and a front man that can scream his head off about something.  Please follow and like us:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Triptykon ‘Melena Chasmata’

Zurich doom metal heavyweights Triptykon, fronted by the illustrious Thomas Gabriel Fischer, have made their way back onto the music scene with the release of a full-length studio album, the group’s first since 2010 Eparistera Daimones. The new album, Melena Chasmata, is a nine track exodus through the mind and beliefs of Fischer and the rest of the band. The album kicks off with “Tree of Suffocating Souls,” a song that differs greatly from Fischer’s early work with Hellhammer or Celtic Frost but follows the line set when he broke…

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ALBUM REVIEW: The North ‘Tradewinds’

The North is a post-melodic hardcore band from Virginia Beach. The group (a quintet) is barely on its second year in existence, having come together in late 2012. After a brief period of various issues with several members of the band, the group has reconvened and put out the album Tradewinds. The album opens up with the short melodic track, “Always Have a Back Up Plan.” The track opens with a steady, phased out guitar riff under the vocals. The song follows the typical formula of a band with both…

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GWAR Frontman David “Oderus Urungus” Brockie Dead At 50

After more than 43 billion years of metal and mayhem, GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus has finally found a way to die. The mightiest warrior in the cosmos did not die in an epic battle, however. Urungus was stricken down by the death of the man behind the cuttlefish, David Brockie. He was 50-years old. Brockie’s body was found by a band mate in his Richmond home Sunday, March 24. An official cause of death has yet to be ruled. A full autopsy will be performed to determine a precise cause…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Our Last Enemy ‘Pariah’

When I first clicked play on Australian industrial metal band Our Last Enemy I wasn’t impressed. It seemed as if I had already heard the song “Devour the Sun” before and not from the groups upcoming album Pariah. It just seemed like all other music of the genre: melodic rhythm guitar over a shredding lead riff with a few breakdowns with some vocals croaked over top. Kind of like Korn and Static-X had a child from New South Wales. But as “Devour the Sun” turned into “Wolves of Perigord,” Our…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Men Without Armies Self-Titled EP

Thundering down beats, galloping guitar riffs, deep, dark bass lines and tight, percussive drum fills are the first thing that comes across the speakers when one hits “play” on Men Without Armies debut, self-titled, EP. The EP starts off with the dark and rolling metal “love” song, “Bitter Little Pill” then tears through the EP’s second track, “Metal Rain” where the group proudly spouts their devotion to their work through the chorus, “metal is my religion”. Please follow and like us:

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The American Dream Tour Selling Out Fast

Bring Me the Horizon, one of the bands that will be headlining The American Dream Tour, announced via Facebook and other social media that tickets for shows on the upcoming tour are quickly selling out. Tickets for the event featuring BMTH, along with Of Mice & Men, Issues, Letlive, and Northlane, have been on sale since late 2013, and of the 45 stops the tour is making between February 3 and April 1, 18 shows are already sold out. Stops such as Orlando, Denver, both Chicago shows, both New York City…

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Asking Alexandria Announces Involvement In Pair Of Upcoming Festivals

Asking Alexandria has announced they will be playing at a pair of upcoming festivals in the first half of 2014. The first of which, Westfest, will be Feb. 20 in Auckland, New Zealand where the group will be headlining alongside Korn, August Burns Red, Black Veil Brides, Whitechapel, Terror, and Saving Grace. Other notable performances will be made by Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie, among others. Please follow and like us:

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Sonisphere 2014 Lineup Expands

The British music festival, Sonisphere, has recently announced several additions to its lineup for the upcoming July 4-6 event in Knewbworth Park, England. Among the bands included in the latest addition to the festival’s roster are thrash metal icons Slayer, rock legends Alice in Chains and heavy metal veterans Mastadon, along with Airbourne, Ghost, Gojira and Karnivool. SLAYER has been confirmed on SONISPHERE FESTIVAL in Knebworth, UK the weekend of July 4-6th 2014. http://t.co/TeG9VO3WsV — Slayer (@Slayer) January 6, 2014 Please follow and like us:

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