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

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Lamb of God – VII: Strum und Drang

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Lamb of God

Album: VII: Sturm und Drang

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Sometimes there are obvious reasons why an album doesn’t work. Severe flaws in the production, a change in style that just doesn’t pan out, or just bad musical ideas. Sometimes, as has been the case with Lamb of God‘s last few albums, it’s a little more difficult to pin down. They certainly weren’t overtly doing anything wrong on Sacrament, Wrath, and Resolution, but something was lacking. Not that any of those are bad albums, and the first and last of those three at least had a few memorable songs each, but there never seemed to be any reason for me to listen to them when I could always just put on As the Palaces Burn or Ashes of the Wake and get killer, inspired songs from beginning to end (and the former with Devin Townsend’s idiosyncratic but very effective production, which I keep hoping will make a return appearance). Continue reading