Author Archives: theradicalsloth

The Spiral Electric – Self-Titled

Release date: March 29, 2019 Label: Self-Released The Spiral Electric describe themselves as ” a new psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, bringing a mixture of roaring guitars and orbiting synthesizer not heard this side of the galaxy since HAL 9000 dropped acid with Brian Jones in the windmills of your mind.” Equal parts heavy and dreamy, […]

Messora – The Door

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Self-Released Messora has released a solid chunk of metalcore that grooves. Although the Montreal-based band is described as a trio, The Door is central member and founder Zach Dean’s album. Dean performs guitar and vocals, and does so with intensity. Although the metalcore genre is often not particularly unique or interesting, […]

Agnostic Front – Get Loud

Release date: November 8, 2019 Label: Nuclear Blast Get Loud! is the twelfth release from hardcore legends, Agnostic Front. Even after all this time, I still think vocalist, Roger Miret, has one of the most unique deliveries in the genre. At this point, you kind of know what you’re getting…energetic and in-your-face hardcore. Spray Painted Walls stomps into the […]

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Century Media Records Heart Like a Grave is full of “Finnish melancholy, drawing inspiration from some of the bleakest tales, lyrics, and poems of the north.” For the most part, the quintet effectively balances between memorably light and dark moments. Insomnium delivers some truly gorgeous and devastating passages, alternating between symphonic fragility and […]

Third Chamber – Harvesting Our Decay

Release date: November 22, 2019 Label: Self-Released Third Chamber makes death a primary ingredient in their melting pot of metal. Hints of grindcore and hardcore also stand out among politically charged lyrics. Harvesting Our Decay is not music for the soft. The title track stirs together hammering riffs with a heavy dose of blast beats. For a self-released debut, the production […]

Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions

Release date: September 27, 2019 Label: Entertainment One U.S. If you’ve been living under a rock, Creeping Death have been carrying the mantle of old-school death metal since 2015. Consider Wretched Illusions a war cry. The band emerges from their underground cave to murder ear drums on Ripping Through Flesh. Bloodlust Contamination crashes through your speakers with in your face […]

Counterparts – Nothing Left to Love

Release date: November 1, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records In a genre full of narcissistic machismo and chest-pounding, Counterparts sets themselves apart from the pack with introspective looks at human faults and truth. That’s not to say that the sound is soft. The eagerly anticipated Nothing Left to Love  is full of innovative plays on hardcore and […]

Exmortus – Legions of the Undead

Release date: October 25, 2019 Label: Exmortus Music/M-Theory Audio Oh, the horror! Exmortus is celebrating the coming of Halloween with a horror-themed EP titled Legions of the Undead. The thrashers include two new tracks – Legions of the Undead & the Evil Dead- inspired Swallow Your Soul. In addition, you get covers of Danny Elfman’s Beetlejuice theme, Bernard Hermann’s iconic Psycho Theme, and the 19th Century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s haunting Night […]

Breath After Coma – Woke Up in Babel

Release date: April 5, 2019 Label: Ikaros Records The Athens 4 piece band, Breath After Coma carry influences, which vary from the garage revival of the 00’s to modern rock and roll, with characteristic riffs and mind boggling energy.  Woke up in Babel is engraved musically and lyrically with their own distinctive sound and character. Opening track […]

Gatecreeper – Deserted

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Gatecreeper’s new album Deserted is a furious mix of snarling guitars and driving, rhythmic pummeling. The band takes death metal from its 80’s Floridian roots and 90’s Swedish expansion straight into the here and now. Deserted comes out swinging with with super gross death metal that’s best played with the volume turned […]

The Number 12 Looks Like You – Wild Gods

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Overlord Records The fact that I listened to this band when they were in their prime dates me. It’s been a decade since we’ve heard new music from mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You, but Jesse Korman and company are back to melt faces. Last Laugher is prog-rock for […]

Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue

Release date: August 23, 2019 Label: Pure Noise Records Easily one of the most exciting young hardcore bands in the world, Knocked Loose just released A Different Shade of Blue. This album is as heavy and as aggressive an album as you can find. Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory is full of anger and chunky breakdowns. Seriously, the […]

Monolord – No Comfort

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Monolord is the band I’ve listened to the most in the last year…by a long shot. Playing a fuzzy brand of doom that channels Black Sabbath, the band releases their Relapse Records debut this week. It’s fun to see a band you love progress from album […]

Waingro – III

Release date: August 15, 2019 Label: Sludgelord Records Waingro combines the heaviness of hardcore, the groove from stoner rock and adds desert rock highlights reminiscent of Truckfighters on their recently released III. The band brings a ton of energy, while still remaining super tight. The opener New Colony tells you everything you need to know about the album. Rumbling rhythm guitar, […]

The Contortionist – Our Bones

Release date: August 9, 2019 Label: Entertainment One U.S.  The Contortionist have cultivated a style rooted in the dark, intimidating world of progressive tech-death. Despite their propensity for all things heavy and fast, I think the band is it’s best when they slow things down (think Chill-tortionist). Follow is classic Contortionist…pretty catchy, pretty aggressive-yet-jazzy music. Early Grave tackles […]

Mountain Dust – Seven Storms

Release date: May 18, 2018 Label: Relapse Records Montreal’s Mountain Dust recently released an opus entitled Seven Storms. The band  differentiates themselves from many in the herd with diverse instrumentation and songwriting prowess. Seven Storms is rooted in heavy rock from the late ’60s and early ’70s; however, their sound also references spaghetti Westerns –  […]

Torche – Admission

Release date: July 12, 2019 Label: Relapse Records I think for many people Torche is one of those bands they’re  aware of without knowing much of their material. Admission may be the album that changes that for a lot of people. The band has long been reluctant to call themselves metal but they certainly play enough slow and sludgy […]

He is Legend – White Bat

Release date: June 28, 2019 Label: Spinefarm Records He is Legend is criminally underrated. Like a good bottle of whiskey, they get better with age. After nearly 15 years since their first record, the band has released White Bat. While He is Legend isn’t traditional heavy metal, they bring rock-n-roll swagger and their sound is best described as Hollywood […]

Jimbo – Where the Vultures Gather (EP)

Release date: July 12, 2019 Label: Self-Released First off…great band name. Jimbo is a Canadian band that blends psychedelic rock with 90s grunge. Where the Vultures Gather has a radio-friendly sound but that doesn’t mean the band is pulling punches. Mama Wawa is a fuzzy stoner/psych track that will peel the paint off the walls. Pyretherin is less aggressive but moves […]

Dub Trio – The Shape of Dub to Come

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: New Damage Records Dub Trio is composed of three studio musicians who have released a string of records that redefine the term “dub.” The band started as a dub experiment and each successive album has been heavier and heavier. The Shape of Dub to Come finds the band dipping into the regions […]

Lord Dying -Mysterium Tremendum

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Entertainment One Lord Dying is back! After four long years, the band is back to tell us more about death, mortality, and what awaits us on the other side. The guitars on this album are absolutely stunning and nail the balance between pummeling riffs proggy interludes that so many bands strive […]

Wykan – Brigid: Of The Night (EP)

Release date: June 7, 2019 Label: Self-Release  Based out of Montreal, Wykan provides a heady brew of what could be described as blackened doom. As a story, this 3-song EP is about the Celtic Goddess known as Brigid. The  three songs are a historical take on ceremonies and festivities based on her deity representation and relationship […]

Full of Hell – Weeping Choir

Release date: May 17, 2019 Label: Relapse Records  Full of Hell brings us a new album combining grindcore with death metal riffing. Burning Myrrh was the first single released off the album and the band takes themes of religion and hatred and sets them ablaze. On Haunted Arches, Full of Hell unleashes an insane mix of crushing drums and organized chaos. Thundering […]

Helms Alee – Noctiluca

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Sargent House  Shortly after the release of Stillicide, I got to see Helm’s Alee open for The Melvin’s. They stole the show. If this band isn’t on your radar, you’re making a big mistake. With Noctiluca, we see Helms Alee stretching their limbs and showing us new wrinkles to their sound that we’ve not heard before. […]

Starflyer 59 – Young in My Head

Release date: April 26, 2019 Label: Tooth & Nail Records In 1994 & 1995 Starflyer 59 released Silver and Gold, two of what I think were the best shoegaze albums ever made (if you’ve never listened to these albums, stop what you’re doing and listen to Duel Overhead Cam). Almost 25 years later the band has traded their heavy drone for […]