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Album Review: Juicer, “Mach IV”

Hailing from Norway, Juicer formed in 2013 originally as a juvenile punk rock band citing influences such as MC5 and Black Flag. The five piece later morphed their sound to include ’70s hard rock, ’80s glam and ’90s punk rock. Created in a studio in Trondheim, they worked the sound on Mach IV to focus on a guitar rock vibe.

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Album Review: Bangladeafy, “Ribboncutter”

Bangladeafy are a tech metal duet from New York City. With Jon Ehlers as bassist/vocalist/keyboardist and Atif Haq on drums, Ribboncutter is ultra-unique, a versatile output that dances like electrical impulses down your sonic fibers. The songs on Ribboncutter could be a backdrop to an action packed movie. Admittedly, I am not well versed in the tech metal genre but

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Album Review: Pulverized, “Monuments Of Misanthropy”

Pulverized originate from Chile and their upcoming album Monuments of Misanthropy roars with fiendish, classic death metal. With a combination of Spanish and English themes of life, death, Christianity and its moral decadence, we have an album of diabolical delight. Demonic vocals, extreme riffing and frenetic drumming are delivered on songs like “Devocion” and “Consumed by Ignorance.“ The production on

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Album Review: Binah, “Phobiate”

At the tail end of what is a disgustingly hot and humid summer here on the Eastern Seaboard, I am receiving an abundance of promotional material to review. One of these goodies comes from Binah, and with their upcoming album Phobiate, they are setting the mood for autumn. Like the doom/death metal genre, many see autumn as a time of decay,

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Alms - Act One - Cover

Album Review: Alms, “Act One”

Having grown up alongside older siblings in the ’70s and ’80s, I was exposed to perhaps the pinnacle of hard rock/ early metal. Our house flowed endlessly with the sounds of Deep Purple, Cream, Boston, KISS, Alice Cooper, and a plethora of absolutely amazing classic rock musicians who I love and admire to this very day. So taking a listen

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Album Review: Cultural Warfare, “Warmageddon”

With an audible passion and intensity, off we go on a thrash metal ride with Cultural Warfare and their debut long-player, Warmageddon. The first single on Warmegeddon, “Divided We Crawl,” speaks of how society continues to have a divisional rift. My choice track, “Eyes of the Land,” features frenetic riffing by axemen Billy Garoutte and Kevin Doughty. It is forceful, brilliant,

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Album Review: Subtype Zero, “The Astral Awakening”

Subtype Zero, formerly known as Cringe until a legal challenge led to a name change, are delivering intense thrash metal out of Ohio. The Astral Awakening is their first full length since their formation in 2014, although they previously released an EP, Through the Mist, and a split with Crypt Rot. JB Van Der Wal (ex-Aborted, DOOL) mastered the album. The musicians are

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EP Review: Psykopath, “Primal Instinct”

Thrash metal is a symphony to my senses. It has forever caressed me with its crescendo of mayhem, lightning fast riffs, raging drums, and frantic notes churned into an intoxicating cocktail. With this in mind, I was not disappointed by Primal Instinct from Norwegian thrashers Psykopath. Primal Instinct features only three songs, and damn, I want more. Produced by Yngve Andersen

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Archaeobeast - Manifesting the Antichrist - Cover

EP Review: Archaeobeast, “Manifesting The Antichrist”

After playing Archaeobeast‘s EP, Manifesting the Antichrist, several times, one thing comes to mind: old school death metal perfection. Hailing from Virginia, Archaeobeast deliver everything one likes to hear in a versatile little death metal album: twisted, prominent riffs; labyrinthine song structures; a subtle sense of melody; a grim hint of doom, furious, varied leads; and the insidious vocals of

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Album Review: Return To Void, “Memory Shift: The Day After”

Return to Void, a Finnish metal band with progressive elements, formed in 2015 and started as an acoustic tribute to Bruce Dickinson’s solo material until they decided to take their own original path. Memory Shift: The Day After is their second album, and it will be released on August 10 via Pitch Black Records. I was quite taken aback by the

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Juicer - Mach IV - Cover

Album Review: Juicer, “Mach IV”

Hailing from Norway, Juicer formed in 2013 originally as a juvenile punk rock band citing influences such as MC5 and Black Flag. The five piece

Bangladeafy - Ribboncutter - Cover

Album Review: Bangladeafy, “Ribboncutter”

Bangladeafy are a tech metal duet from New York City. With Jon Ehlers as bassist/vocalist/keyboardist and Atif Haq on drums, Ribboncutter is ultra-unique, a versatile

Binah - Phobiate - Cover

Album Review: Binah, “Phobiate”

At the tail end of what is a disgustingly hot and humid summer here on the Eastern Seaboard, I am receiving an abundance of promotional

Alms - Act One - Cover

Album Review: Alms, “Act One”

Having grown up alongside older siblings in the ’70s and ’80s, I was exposed to perhaps the pinnacle of hard rock/ early metal. Our house