ALBUM REVIEW: Gatecreeper – Deserted

The fresh-faced group, GatekrGatecreepereeper has been making waves in the scene for the last couple of years. Their undaunted aggression and sinister viciousness made a mark when they released their first full-length album, Sonoran Depravation (Relapse Records) in 2016. They have a thought-provoking take on the classic Death Metal sound which sets them apart from a lot of other young, hungry acts. Now, this budding band is back with their sophomore record, Deserted (Relapse Records) and their magnetic extremes have reached a new level of exceptional. Continue reading

Nervosa Shares New Live Video – “Raise Your Fist”

Brazillian metallers Nervosa has shared a new live performance video for their song, “Raise Your Fist”! It’s a slice of brutal Thrash Metal the is sure to have you moshing around your room. The track comes from their recent album Downfall of Mankind, out now on Napalm Records. Check it out!  Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Overththetop -“Fact/Trust”

Members of New York city metal bands Alekhine’s Gun, Desolate and Severed, have come together in a new group Overthethetop! Mashing up brutal grindcore and tasteful synthwave, Overthetop comes off like the bastard child of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Carpenter Brut. The band is preparing their debut album for release this summer. Check out their new single “Fact/Trust” right now! Continue reading

Lamb of God’s “Wrath” Turns Ten Years Old

As the chaotic decade of the aughts was closing down, metal’s upper echelon of bands was never in better hands. Few bands embodied the changing of the guard like Richmond Virginia’s Lamb of God who ushered in the decade with New American Gospel (Prosthetic) after famously changing their name from Burn The Priest and really reset the bar of possibility for modern, popular metal bands. The upper tier of genre greats were struggling to find themselves, so along with other leaders of the era such as Mastodon, Gojira, Amon Amarth, and Machine Head, LoG spearheaded a new generation. The five albums (and one live album/DVD) the band put down in ten years really each marked their own distinct high point for the band. Wrath (Epic/Roadrunner) arrived with fanfare and expectations higher than ever. Three years after the slickly produced Sacrament, the band was craving the rawer, more direct approach of their earlier albums and went with producer Josh Wilbur at the helm. Of course, their musicianship was never higher and lyrically the album would touch on timeless themes of American politics, religion, fear-mongering, desperation, anger at systematic injustice, addiction, and self-analysis. Continue reading

Abysmal Torment – The Misanthrope

In case you were caught unawares, the “tech” in the tech death sub-genre of metal means technical. It’s an important distinction to make since death metal can be many things, not all of it deserves the lofty label. The earliest purveyors of the style might have been extreme, and well accomplished at playing their instruments, but not living up to the name. Later bands definitely upped the ante on what could be accomplished and now we are talking about an umbrella of bands that could mean Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Death, Beyond Creation, Gorguts, Neuraxis, Obscura, Cryptopsy, and many more. Hailing from the small island nation of Malta, comes Abysmal Torment, who want you to know in no uncertain terms they can carry the weight. Their new album The Misanthrope (Willowtip) is a brutal exploration of the style in every track. Continue reading

All That Remains Returns to Their Heavy Roots On New Song “Fuck Love”

All That Remains just dropped a fiery new single via their YouTube channel and announced on social media, and if it is any indication, the band is hopefully returning to their roots of their first three albums. ‘Fuck Love’ brings back a lot of the force and the crushing feels of that era. The new ATR album is due in early 2019 and will be the follow up to 2017’s Madness which was released via Razor & Tie records. Continue reading

Bleeding Through – Love Will Kill All

There was a strong wave in the metalcore scene that hailed from Southern California in the early 2000s that inspired many of the younger acts that we will see on the final run of Warped Tour like Of Mice and Men and Motionless In White. Riding along that wave was Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice and Eighteen Visions. Continue reading