Category Metal


ROYAL THUNDER – Crooked Doors

Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors Release Date: April 7, 2015 Label: Relapse FCC OK Try: Any of the first 8 tracks I hate to start on a tangent, but Royal Thunder‘s CVI was easily one of the best albums of 2012–a perfect coalescence of the promises hinted upon throughout their self-titled debut EP: an updated […]


PRONG – Songs from the Black Hole

Prong – Songs from the Black Hole Release Date: March 25, 2015 Label: eOne FCC: 2, 3, 6 Try: 1, 5, 8, 9 Prong has seen some kind of renaissance in the last decade, releasing a slew of studio albums, a live record, and now a collection of covers. They eschew expectations across the board, […]


A FOREST OF STARS – Beware the Sword You Cannot See

A Forest of Stars – Beware the Sword You Cannot See Release Date: February 27, 2015 Label: Prophecy Productions / Lupus Lounge FCC: 1, 3, 5 Try: 2, 4, and 6 thru 11 when feeling adventurous You don’t go around saying bands are basically the spiritual cousin to Sleepytime Gorilla Museum all willy-nilly-like; proper analogs […]


Mammoth Mammoth – Volume IV: Hammered Again

Mammoth Mammoth– Volume IV: Hammered Again Release date: 2015Mar27 Label: Napalm Records Rating: 4/5 Australian stoners Mammoth Mammoth return with 10 dabs of hard rock insanity. “Life’s A Bitch” and “Lookin’ Down The Barrel” demonstrate two different sides (punk and hair metal) with the latter taking on a strong Guns N Roses feel.“Electric Sunshine” plays […]


Acid King – Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere

Acid King– Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere Release date: 2015Apr18 Label: Svart Records Rating: 3.5/5 Acid King was formed in 1993 in San Francisco, CA. Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere is their first release since 2005’s III. “Intro” plods along with smokey hooks and flourishes. A primer for what’s to come. “Silent Pictures” delves […]


Valkyrie – Shadows

Valkyrie– Shadows Release date: 2015May12 Label: Relapse Rating: 5/5 Valkryie is a four-piece formed in 2002 featuring Alan Fary (bass), Warren Hawkins (drums), Peter Adams (guitar/vox) and Jake Adams (guitar/vox). “Mountain Stomp” opens with solid organic hooks that channel Black Sabbath. “Golden Age” is the yin to the yang of “Shadow of Reality”, the former […]


Burnt Books – Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Burnt Books– Where’s There’s Smoke, There’s Fire Release date: 2015Mar20 Label: Retro-Futurist Records Rating: 3.5/5 Burnt Books hail from Columbia, SC with a blend of hardcore, post-punk and sludge. “Shadow I Cast” is an old-school melodic stomper, followed by the wall of breakdowns on “Useless Emotions”. “Those Arms” lowers the pace to a sinister crawl […]


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