Supporting underground metal since 2006

Jason Zins

MEMORY GARDEN “DOOMAIN”

Hailing from Sweden, Memory Garden have been creating powerful metal since 1992.  They have issued five other full-length albums in this time frame.  Doomain is some seriously cool stuff.  It’s like a blend of doom and power metal.  The cool part of power metal.  The melodies and harmonies are fantastic.  It took me a listen or two to acclimate, but

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HEAVEN SHALL BURN “VETO”

Heaven Shall Burn have a rich history of metalcore. They have been the German band in this genre, although they have fallen short with their last two releases. That said, I was ecstatic at the first listen to their newest release, VETO. Heaven Shall Burn have taken the metalcore sound from their beginnings and blended it with pure death metal. 

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BLEED FROM WITHIN “UPRISING”

Bleed from Within, the deathcore quintet from Scotland, recently released their sophomore album, Uprising, via Century Media Records.  Three years after the release of their last album, Humanity, they have matured and prepared themselves for world domination. Uprising is a well-produced, great sounding album.  You can hear the textures in the songs, the drum sound is incredible and the mix

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM “UGLY NOISE”

I promised myself I would keep an open mind for this review.  Flotsam and Jetsam hold a special place for me, and I have been a fan since Doomsday for the Deceiver came out back in the mid mid-’80s, before Metallica enlisted Jason Newsted.  Yes … I am that old! The band is back to the Cuatro-era lineup and poised

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FROSTHELM “THE NORTHWINDS REND FLESH”

Finally … some pure, killer death metal from my home state of North Dakota. Frosthelm  are making quite the name for themselves both locally and nationally.  Combining elements of death and black metal, and a bit of thrash at times, they immediately go for the jugular.  They are able to combine genres and different influences to meld a brand of

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TEAR OUT THE HEART“VIOLENCE”

Tear Out the Heart are an ambitious band hailing from St. Louis Missouri.  They have only been around since 2011, and Violence marks their first album for Victory Records.  They have a very unique sound and they are out to prove to the world that they will be a viable force in the metalcore realm. It’s hard to put a

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TERROR“LIVE BY THE CODE”

Terror have been a staple in the hardcore scene for 10-plus years.  Like most bands in this genre, they tour incessantly, preaching the gospel of the genre.  They are serious about their music and out to prove they are here to stay with Live By The Code.  It’s not just a music career for them … it’s a lifestyle they are proud

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JUNGLE ROT“TERROR REGIME”

Jungle Rot have been a presence in the death metal scene for almost 20 years.  They have put out eight solid albums and toured incessantly during this time  They, however, have never seemed to garner the respect of the metal community. In 2013 that will change, as Terror Regime is their best offering to date.  It’s a bit different than

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ALPHA TIGER”BENEATH THE SURFACE”

If you like your metal served with a dash of ’80s power, ala Helloween, Queensryche or Fates Warning, Alpha Tiger is the new German meal served on a silver platter.  First thing I had to do was get past the corny band name.  I know, it’s getting harder and harder to find a metal names not taken or used in

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DEATH WOLF”II: BLACK ARMOURED DEATH”

Danzig. The man is a legend in punk and metal and will always live in infamy in the music world.  His bands, The Misfits, Samhain and his namesake band all contributed to modern metal and no one can deny that fact.  In 2000, guitarist Morgan Håkansso, better known in his primary black metal band, Marduk, formed a Misfits/Samhain tribute band

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MEMORY GARDEN “DOOMAIN”

Hailing from Sweden, Memory Garden have been creating powerful metal since 1992.  They have issued five other full-length albums in this time frame.  Doomain is

HEAVEN SHALL BURN “VETO”

Heaven Shall Burn have a rich history of metalcore. They have been the German band in this genre, although they have fallen short with their

BLEED FROM WITHIN “UPRISING”

Bleed from Within, the deathcore quintet from Scotland, recently released their sophomore album, Uprising, via Century Media Records.  Three years after the release of their

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM “UGLY NOISE”

I promised myself I would keep an open mind for this review.  Flotsam and Jetsam hold a special place for me, and I have been

TEAR OUT THE HEART“VIOLENCE”

Tear Out the Heart are an ambitious band hailing from St. Louis Missouri.  They have only been around since 2011, and Violence marks their first

TERROR“LIVE BY THE CODE”

Terror have been a staple in the hardcore scene for 10-plus years.  Like most bands in this genre, they tour incessantly, preaching the gospel of the genre.

JUNGLE ROT“TERROR REGIME”

Jungle Rot have been a presence in the death metal scene for almost 20 years.  They have put out eight solid albums and toured incessantly

ALPHA TIGER”BENEATH THE SURFACE”

If you like your metal served with a dash of ’80s power, ala Helloween, Queensryche or Fates Warning, Alpha Tiger is the new German meal