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DIAMOND PLATE “PULSE”

Thrash is to metal as butter is to Southern cooking. It just won’t taste right without it. Diamond Plate’s new release, Pulse, has all the right ingredients with a focus on thrash to satisfy your palate. The album has a polished, mechanically tight feeling and production reminiscent of Metallica‘s … And Justice for All, but it keeps the poise and

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LOUNA “BEHIND A MASK”

Louna are hard rockers with traces of pop-punk and emo. While it isn’t my cup of tea, Behind A Mask is certainly well-produced and features a female vocalist who provides an interesting range of intensity that powers this band. Her vocals can be clean and pitch-perfect to intense and powerful. What surprises me after reading up on them is their

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HOWL “BLOODLINES”

Howl‘s latest release, Bloodlines, is a deluge of demon-infused metal. The album kick starts with a bludgeoning mosh vamp titled “Attrition,” and it sets the tone for the rest of the recording right there. It is no-frills, attack-style heavy metal. “Demonic,” the third track of Bloodlines, has a surprisingly catchy chorus for such an intense band. However, it just may

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ASG “BLOOD DRIVE”

When I first listened to Wilmington, North Carolina’s ASG, I was hoping for a sound reminiscent of another North Carolina outfit named Corrosion of Conformity. While you do get a bit of that, what really started to pique my interest the more that I listened to Blood Drive was the vocals. I couldn’t quite place what I was hearing. The

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ZOZOBRA “SAVAGE MASTERS”

Zozobra‘s Savage Masters is extremely impressive. Reading into their discography, it is an aggressive departure from previous releases. The tones of the guitars are clearly from vintage equipment, which gives Zozobra‘s sound a warm, unique-yet-familar feel. When mixed with Caleb Scofield’s vocals, you get a style reminiscent of Sepultura but with more complex transitions and song structure. Savage Masters is

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NORSKA “SELF-TITLED”

As the tunes rolled in for me to download and review, Norska‘s self-titled release immediately ranked high on my list, along with Zozobra and Kowloon Walled City. Norska features vintage guitar tones that help to create a nice sludgy surface, and this album is pure raw metal. There is nothing overly flashy, over-the-top, or gimmicky. Just good solid heavy music.

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY “CONTAINER SHIPS”

Of all the albums I have reviewed so far, this album is stuck in my rotation. I absolutely love it. It is a mix of post-hardcore, stoner, and Kowloon Walled City. To me, Container Ships is an album full of musical emotions, from the aggressive to the pensive. Think Helmet-meets-Deftones. The album kicks off with “The Pressure Keeps me Alive

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST “FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION”

Toxic Holocaust are another one of those novelty groups that are just good enough for what they do: retro-thrash that is a throwback to the old Slayer albums. With this in mind, From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction hits the mark and then some. Its a 21-track album full of music that has been done. Now this is not to

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AS THEY BURN“WILL, LOVE, LIFE”

When it comes to describing music I hate using genres. What do I hate even more? Fucking subgenres. I don’t know why we feel the need to classify everything. It seems as if we have to put everything in its own little place all the time. I’m happy to admit that I don’t know all the little what-the-fuck-ever-cores and subgenres

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SIX FEET UNDER“UNBORN”

You can only listen to the strained grunt of a death metal vocalist so many times before it all begins to sound the same. Six Feet Under slow things down on Unborn compared to death metal stalwarts Deicide and Morbid Angel, but with this more purposeful musical attack, the vocals have become exposed as completely monotone and devoid of any

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DIAMOND PLATE “PULSE”

Thrash is to metal as butter is to Southern cooking. It just won’t taste right without it. Diamond Plate’s new release, Pulse, has all the

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LOUNA “BEHIND A MASK”

Louna are hard rockers with traces of pop-punk and emo. While it isn’t my cup of tea, Behind A Mask is certainly well-produced and features

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HOWL “BLOODLINES”

Howl‘s latest release, Bloodlines, is a deluge of demon-infused metal. The album kick starts with a bludgeoning mosh vamp titled “Attrition,” and it sets the

ASG “BLOOD DRIVE”

When I first listened to Wilmington, North Carolina’s ASG, I was hoping for a sound reminiscent of another North Carolina outfit named Corrosion of Conformity.

ZOZOBRA “SAVAGE MASTERS”

Zozobra‘s Savage Masters is extremely impressive. Reading into their discography, it is an aggressive departure from previous releases. The tones of the guitars are clearly

NORSKA “SELF-TITLED”

As the tunes rolled in for me to download and review, Norska‘s self-titled release immediately ranked high on my list, along with Zozobra and Kowloon

AS THEY BURN“WILL, LOVE, LIFE”

When it comes to describing music I hate using genres. What do I hate even more? Fucking subgenres. I don’t know why we feel the

SIX FEET UNDER“UNBORN”

You can only listen to the strained grunt of a death metal vocalist so many times before it all begins to sound the same. Six