ALBUM REVIEW: Trespass – Wolf At The Door


 

When an album opens with nothing but high hat and then adds the guitars, you know you have a banger. Trespass’ Wolf At The Door (From the Vaults) is quintessential NWOBHM. Even in this digital age, Wolf At The Door still has the tonality of analog seventies metal albums. There is a grounding, brownness to the sound. The pacing and mixing give it a throwback, classic feel. The songs come complete with velvety guitar solos over hard-driving drums. ‘Wolf At The Door’ would sound awesome on vinyl as it has the tones and feeling that support analog listening.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Black Rainbows – Superskull


 

Stoner rock is often thought of in the same dim light as Doom, but this Italian band has dropped an album that serves as an example of how the two genres differ. While stoner rock and doom both share DNA with Black Sabbath, these guys ride on their riffs with a boogie that share a similar cactus patch as Clutch. They do pay homage to Sabbath, mainly in the singer’s piercing declarations that sound like Ozzy by way of nineties grunge. Their fuzz-laden riffs focus on grooving, rather than carrying the stark undercurrent of aggression that powered Sabbath’s darker guitar sound.

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Slipknot Surprise Releases a New EP – “Adderall”


 

Slipknot continues a crazy active week as they surprise release a new EP – Adderall (Roadrunner Records). In addition to the new track “Death March” which already premiered with a new video, the EP features demos and other tracks that did not make their controversial album The End, So Far (Roadrunner Records). The band kicked off their European tour and will perform at Download Festival this weekend. Listen to the EP here:

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KISS to Slipknot to Gorgoroth: Metal, Merchandising, Masks, and Makeup


 

Rock and heavy metal music has had a long history with makeup. We can trace it back to the glam rock period of the 1970s, which, in turn, evolved into the metal scene (in terms of showmanship). Bands like KISS, the New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper decided that makeup would be an important part of their performance and persona. The line linking those theatrical acts forged in the 1970s to contemporary black metal bands, such as Ghost or Gorgoroth, today is not always a linear one, but there are ways we can signpost it.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Arcane Order – Distortions From Cosmogony


 

Blending dark cinematics with frightfully forceful instrumentations, The Arcane Order effectively combine the two for their explosive full-length Distortions From Cosmogony (Black Lion Records).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Aodon – Portraits


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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Owls and Eagles Shares a New Music Video for “New Expectations”


 

Owls & Eagles, a two-piece psychedelic doom band from Calgary Alberta recently released their debut album Patience Vol.1, via Moments Records. The band has released a music video, a live performance clip for the track “New Expectations” which you want watch at the link below. The band spent over two-and-a-half years This upcoming album is a concept album, its taken us 2.5 years to get it out.

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Slipknot Reveals a New Member and Their Mask and Share a New Music Video for “Death March”


 

As first reported by Lambgoat.com, Slipknot has shared a new image and teaser of their new member, likely replacing Craig Jones, who departed the band yesterday. In addition, Jay Weinberg tweeted a new teaser revealing a new mask in time for their European Tour, including Download Festival. Meanwhile, the band shared a new music video for a track called “Death March” directed by Clown, and streaming on all DSPs. Although Clown is not with the band on the current tour, he remains a guiding force in the band. Perhaps we are finally getting the Slipknot “Lost Album” soon!

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