Supporting underground metal since 2006

Jason Zins

7 WEEKS “CARNIVORA”

I love my job!  I get to hear new and exciting bands before they break the scene and hit the world with a big hammer. France’s 7 Weeks are poised to do just that. The release of their third album, Carnivora, is a huge event for the music world.  This is a band that melds influences of such bands as

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PSYCHOTHERMIA, “FALL TO THE RISING SUN” ALBUM REVIEW!

Formerly known as Canobliss, San Diego’s Psychothermia scream out of the gates with their own version of melodic metal. The first five songs on Fall to the Rising Sun are ass-kickers and really could make these guys huge. The title track is an all-out assault and starts this album off on the right foot. Psychothermia have their own signature here, and it’s

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SCENT OF DEATH, “OF MARTYRS’S AGONY AND HATE” ALBUM REVIEW!

Brutal, technical death metal from Spain, Scent of Death have paid their dues and are now poised to hit the metal community with a sledge hammer. I’m pretty choosy when it comes to this genre of music.  There are really good bands out there, and some really terrible bands.  Of Martyrs’s Agony and Hate is more than blast beats and

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7 DAYS DEAD, “BEYOND WITHIN” EP REVIEW!

No BS, straight-from-the-gut metal with melody.  Period.  7 Days Dead‘s new EP, Beyond Within, is a great listen.  Kick ass guitar riffs and awesome vocals; these guys are out to prove that is all you need to entertain in this day and age.  I have listened to this four-song EP at least 20 times this week and I still haven’t

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MAUDLIN, “A SIGN OF TIME” ALBUM REVIEW!

Whoa……THIS is cool! As a huge fan of Neurosis, Type O Negative, and Mastodon, Maudlin‘s A Sign of the Time is right up my alley.  It is groovy, layered, psychedelic, thought-provoking, mellow, brutal, and 10,000 other adjectives I can’t think of right now.  It’s like laying in the grass on a warm, clear night, staring at the stars with Pink

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OTEP, “HYDRA” ALBUM REVIEW!

Otep is BAAAACCCKKKKK! But according to Otep Shamaya herself, this will be the band’s final album, and it is a concept masterpiece based on her own novel. It depicts the story of a girl corrupted by the world who rises from the ashes and becomes a messiah.  I abbreviated Shamaya‘s description of the story a bit, simply because you need

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MELDRUM, “LIFER” ALBUM REVIEW!

Meldrum‘s third album, Lifer, is dedicated to guitar virtuoso Michelle Meldrum, who passed away in May 2008.  Her former bandmates recorded this as a tribute to her, and drummer Gene Hoglan, guitarist/bassist Laura Christine and vocalist Michelle Madden pour their heart and soul into this release. You can fully hear this after only one listen. “A Toast to Romance” is

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HELLOWEEN, “STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL” ALBUM REVIEW!

I was fortunate enough to be around when The Keeper of Seven Keys Parts 1 & 2 came out back in the ’80s. I considered Helloween ahead of their time,  a group of extremely talented musicians and songwriters. However, they had some internal problems and drifted from their origins and into the abyss. There were a few glints of brightness

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MACHINA, “TO LIVE AND DIE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN” ALBUM REVIEW!

With the alumni of Evanescence (John LeCompt and Rocky Gray) and Future Leaders of the World (Phil Taylor and Thad Ables), I fully expected this release to feature creative songwriting, musicianship, and overall an abundance of talent.  I am not disappointed in any way! To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden is chock full of cool riffs and

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A LIFE ONCE LOST, “ECSTATIC TRANCE” ALBUM REVIEW!

I’ll admit it right off the bat. A Life Once Lost’s Ecstatic Trance was not what I expected to hear. I really like Iron Gag, their last release, and the musical direction and comparisons to Lamb of God/Pantera are not far off. After waiting few years for a new release, Ecstatic Trance really threw me for a loop. This album

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7 WEEKS “CARNIVORA”

I love my job!  I get to hear new and exciting bands before they break the scene and hit the world with a big hammer.

7 DAYS DEAD, “BEYOND WITHIN” EP REVIEW!

No BS, straight-from-the-gut metal with melody.  Period.  7 Days Dead‘s new EP, Beyond Within, is a great listen.  Kick ass guitar riffs and awesome vocals;

OTEP, “HYDRA” ALBUM REVIEW!

Otep is BAAAACCCKKKKK! But according to Otep Shamaya herself, this will be the band’s final album, and it is a concept masterpiece based on her

MELDRUM, “LIFER” ALBUM REVIEW!

Meldrum‘s third album, Lifer, is dedicated to guitar virtuoso Michelle Meldrum, who passed away in May 2008.  Her former bandmates recorded this as a tribute