Rene Botello

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Venom Prison: “Samsara” Album Review

The world is changing, and music is a reflection of that change. As we spiral down a dark endless pit, metal is usually at the forefront of that change, not afraid to take a look in that darkness and beat the hell out of it. One of premier bands taking a swing at the musical senses is Venom Prison. Over

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Aenimus: “Dreamcatcher” Album Review

I’ve been abducted by an unseen force today. This is literally the feeling I get while listening to Aenimus‘ new release, Dreamcatcher. Aenimus have also released their newest lyric video, “Eternal,” which can viewed below. The song is a great representation of Dreamcatcher. It’s a progressive atmospheric death metal conglomeration. But be forewarned – there are some clean vocals on here,

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Fall: “The Dreamer Of Tragedy” EP Review

Texas-based melodic metal band Fall aim high with their new effort The Dreamer of Tragedy. This four-song EP takes the listener on a different path compared to their previous album, The Insatiable Weakness, which was more of a straightforward melodic death metal venture. On this outing Fall have grown musically and prove they have the chops and density to write

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Unearth: “Extinction(s)” Album Review

Get in the fucking pit! That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I hit play on Unearth’s new album Extinction(s). I would advise caution when listening to this while you’re driving, as you may be prone to speeding. Since 2001, Unearth have taken the reigns of metalcore and strangled the hell out of it with precision and dominance

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Psycroptic: “As The Kingdom Drowns” Album Review

Psycroptic will melt your face off with their seventh release, As the Kingdom Drowns. Australia is known for kangaroos and Crocodile Dundee (if you’re old enough to remember), so technical musicianship is not something you expect. Be glad for what Psycroptic have to offer. Fast-paced fretwork, punishing drums, low and precise bass lines, and hoarse-throat inducing vocals are presented to my

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Album Review: Suicidal Tendencies, “STill Cyco Punk After All These Years”

Suicidal Tendencies have carved their legacy by doing their own thing. Led by Mike Muir, they have become synonymous with Venice Beach and skate punk music, at least initially. Even today, they still maintain similarities to their earlier work. STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is a re-imagined piece of work which first came out in 1995. A solo

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Album Review: Exocrine, “Molten Giant”

Hailing from Bordeaux, France, Exocrine will make their Unique Leader Records debut on August 17. Formed in 2013, the band brings atmospheric elements to their tech-death inspired music. The album, entitled Molten Giant, contains eight blistering tracks that push the envelope and propel its own path to domination. Molten Giant‘s first single, “Hayato,” gives the metal audience a taste of what these

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Black Fast: “Spectre of Ruin” Album Review

Black Fast have quickly become a favorite for metalheads in the few years since their debut, Starving out the Light, in 2013. Spectre of Ruin, their newest album, should put the last nail in the coffin, proving they have the musicianship for longevity. This new effort continues on their sonic foundation of creating music that is brutal and well thought

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Aenimus - Dreamcatcher - Cover

Aenimus: “Dreamcatcher” Album Review

I’ve been abducted by an unseen force today. This is literally the feeling I get while listening to Aenimus‘ new release, Dreamcatcher. Aenimus have also

Exocrine - Molten Giant - Album Cover

Album Review: Exocrine, “Molten Giant”

Hailing from Bordeaux, France, Exocrine will make their Unique Leader Records debut on August 17. Formed in 2013, the band brings atmospheric elements to their tech-death inspired