Bat – Wings of Chains (2016)

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Author: GTO
Artist: Bat
Album: Wings of Chains
Label: Hells Headbangers

Bat comes straight out of hell with their debut Wings of Chains on Hells Headbangers. Clearly, their existence in the realms of demos and EPs weren’t enough and now a full length has to be released to quell the masses of their need for fiery, aggressive, and spitfire style of metal that can be cranked out over the course of thirty minutes. Continue reading

Lord Mantis – NTW EP (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Lord Mantis

Album: NTW EP (2016)

Genre: Black/Sludge Metal

 

Label: New Density

 

 

 

After dominating so many end of year lists with Death Mask in 2014, one of the last remaining titans of blackened sludge Lord Mantis return with a phenomenal EP, after kinsmen Indian and Coffinworm head to the blacker pastures of the defunct-band realm in the sky. In case you don’t recall the cover art of Death Mask, you should revisit it before learning that this EP is named for the track Nice Teeth Whore. And yes, yes. That is a fucking uterus on the album cover, in all its fallopian fortitude, with the umbilical swarm and all.  Continue reading

Riff Theory #2 – Yob – In Our Blood

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Author: Bloodshot Grub

Title: Riff Theory #2 – YOB

Song: In Our Blood

 

Listening to metal and playing music have always gone together in my life. It wasn’t long after I first heard Dream Theater’s Images and Words that I decided I wanted to be a drummer, and that was the beginning of a lifetime of musical study that resulted in, among other things, me becoming a huge music theory nerd. So here’s a place for me to pay tribute to and nerd out about metal’s great riffs, past and present. Welcome to Riff Theory. Continue reading

Riff Theory #1 – Thantifaxath – The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Title: Riff Theory #1 – Thantifaxath

Song: The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel

Album: Sacred White Noise

(Ed: A new feature we’re trialing, most likely paired with tues/thurs reviews. Feedback welcome!)

Listening to metal and playing music have always gone together in my life. It wasn’t long after I first heard Dream Theater’s Images and Words that I decided I wanted to be a drummer, and that was the beginning of a lifetime of musical study that resulted in, among other things, me becoming a huge music theory nerd. So here’s a place for me to pay tribute to and nerd out about metal’s great riffs, past and present. Welcome to Riff Theory. Continue reading