Gehennah – Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Gehennah

Album: Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die

Label: Metal Blade Records

 

Gehennah are the basic embodiment of every poser’s worst fears. They are leather clad, real as hell, and absolutely willing to use assault and battery to achieve their goals. Like any credible sort of metal heshers, they are remarkably inconsistent, as Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die is their first full-length release in seventeen years. They have had some EPs between then but this is the first release since 1999 that’s longer than ten minutes. Continue reading

Bombs of Hades – Death Mask Replica (2016)

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Author: GTO

Artist: Bombs of Hades

Album: Death Mask Replica

Label: War Anthem Records

 

Bombs of Hades constitute one of my favorite bands from the Swedeath revival. Groups like Entombed, Dismember and Grave were my introduction to death metal–I enjoyed their punk-style riffs and their aggressive mentality. The sound was incredible, yet I wanted more–I wanted Swedeath to embrace its punk and crust side even more and incorporate those into the frantic styles of death metal. Continue reading

Game Over – Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Game Over

Album: Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Label: Scarlet Records

 

Last year, there was a tongue-in-cheek short film released called Kung Fury. Garnering mostly enthusiastic reactions, people enjoyed the over-the-top homages to the ridiculousness of 80s action films. However, there was a subset of people who took a different note. The ridiculous and cheesy movies of the 80s are sometimes only judged to be so in hindsight. The movies did not set out to be humorous; they took their source material seriously. And by failing to likewise take their source material seriously, Kung Fury becomes little more than a piss-take by people who see the genre as little more than a joke.

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Ihsahn – Arktis. (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Ihsahn

Album: Arktis.

Genre: Extreme Progressive Metal

 

Label: Candlelight Records

 

 

 

When I was in my last year of high-school, I formed a band with a group of friends, centered around progressive extreme metal, mainly in the vein of Opeth. Our lead guitarist was a lover of funeral doom metal; injecting his emotive and far-reaching riffs into our music. Our drummer and bassist were mainly followers of melodic and technical metal, at once keeping us both grounded with melodies but being able to play with that technicality. And I, as rhythm guitarist and part-vocalist, brought the biggest share of my love of black metal into the group. What resulted was a band whose music shifted between many styles whilst adhering to a strict identity, and the very next year Ihsahn released his solo debut The Adversary, elevating him as the peak of my personal musical inspirations.  Continue reading

Hordak – Padre (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Hordak

Album: Padre

Genre: Black/Heavy/Pagan Metal

Label: Casus Belli Musica

 

Hordak is a Spanish Pagan Metal band, more specifically Celtiberian Pagan Metal, since they are trying to capture the same image as Viking Metal, but from Celtic and Iberian roots. This is a rather difficult to decipher tag, as I think of something like Eluveitie when I hear Pagan Metal, but of course Eluveitie is not actually Pagan Metal. So what is Hordak trying to convey with this tag? I’m not really sure, to be honest, but I will say that their music is awesome, and I will try my best to describe it better.  Continue reading

Silver Machine – III – The Sound of the Shell (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Silver Machine

Album: III – The Sound of the Shell

Genre: Heavy metal

Label: Independent

 

 

 

Silver Machine are a French heavy metal band who have managed to eke out a couple demos over the last few years and have just released their full-length debut, III – The Sound of the Shell. They are certainly of a more traditional slice of metal, with a very simple and stripped-down approach to their music. You will not find any silliness in this release: there is no ridiculous showmanship or any annoying over-production. What you will find is the absolute minimum number of components to produce a decent, quality metal album.  Continue reading

Yuma Sun – Watch Us Burn (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Yuma Sun

Album: Watch Us Burn

Label: Membran

Genre: Occult Rock/Post-Punk/Country

Is occult country-rock a thing? Should it even be a thing at all? Well, Yuma Sun, the Bergen based quintet is as close to occult country-rock as it is possible to come. Gothic country or death country is already a thing, but those tags do not do accurately reflect on what Yuma Sun tries to embody with their music. The underlying theme of Yuma Sun and especially on Watch Us Burn and their previous two albums is the occult side of US southern evangelical Christianity and by combining elements of 60’s and 70’s occult rock together with a dark and mysterious country sound they manage to nail the sound of impending doom.   Continue reading

Stabbed – Submerged (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Stabbed

Album: Submerge EP (2016)

 

Label: …none?

 

Genre: Alt-Rock/Djent/Groove Metal

 

Back in 2004 as a high schooler, I attended some of my first local shows. At the time the local scene of South Australia was mostly torn between a few up and coming groove-metalcore bands who would go on to open for every international act for the next decade, and the old vanguard of a select few bands still clinging and adapting the last gasps of nu-metal. With bands like Mudvayne, Slipknot and  Mushroomhead as the template, they began pushing out into slightly more experimental music using odd time signatures, ambience and synths. Whilst it was fun in a live setting, it wasn’t something you’d bother picking up the CD for. I haven’t done any research on the popularity of Stabbed, but with 500 views as their top viewing Youtube hit, I’m gonna go ahead and say they’re pretty indie, and their EP should be judged as such.  Continue reading