Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 2011 Best Heavy Metal Albums CDs

1. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak' (The End)
The End Records

Kvelertak is groovy black n' roll. Lean guitar riffs, catchy melodies and ample aggression make for an appealing combination. The songs are fun, but with a punk vibe that adds a swagger and attitude. The vocals are harsh, providing a sharper edge to the music. Tracks like “Blodtørst” even have brief acoustic moments.

In addition to Erlend Hjelvik's throat searing vocals, there are guest appearances from Ryan McKenney (Trap Them), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver) and Hoest (Taake). “Sultans Of Satan” includes some melodic vocals in addition to the harsh yells. It also incorporates some bluesy Sabbath style riffs. There's no shortage of riffs on Kvelertak, as the band utilizes a three guitar attack.

2. Omnium Gatherum - 'New World Shadows' (Lifeforce)
Lifeforce Records

The album begins with the majestic and epic “Everfields,” a nine minute opus. It moves along at a moderate pace, then both the speed and aggression increase before a mid-song acoustic interlude. Jukka Pelkonen's death metal vocals are edgy and a little lower pitched than the usual, making them sound more distinctive. It's a diverse and progressive song with a lot of tempo and texture changes and a strong opener.

Omnium Gatherum have really hit their stride on New World Shadows. They've stepped up their songwriting and musicianship, and have delivered their best album to date. Melodic death metal fans will definitely want to check this one out.

3. Within Temptation - 'The Unforgiving' (Roadrunner)
"Within Temptation - The Unforgiving"Roadrunner Records

The Unforgiving is a concept album, based on a comic book created in collaboration with the band by Steven O'Connell. Musically, Within Temptation still plays bombastic and melodic symphonic metal, but add in some retro '80s vibes and other genres on some of the songs. The opener “Shot In The Dark” has a lot of atmosphere along with big hooks and powerful vocals from Sharon den Adel.

“In The Middle Of The Night” is a standout, an arena-ready anthem that's more intense than the usual WT song, but has great riffs and a memorable chorus. One of the strengths of The Unforgiving is the balance between orchestration and riffs. The symphonic elements don't bury the guitars, they both comfortably co-exist.

4. Amon Amarth - 'Surtur Rising' (Metal Blade)
Metal Blade Records

Their brand of melodic Viking metal won't ever cross over to the mainstream, but their appeal in the metal world has continued to grow, and their latest CD Surtur Rising will only continue their momentum. Surtur Rising gets off to an aggressive start with “War Of The Gods.” Catchy riffs, a searing solo and Johan Hegg's trademark low-pitched but understandable rasp make it a strong and memorable opener. “Tock's Taunt” runs the gamut from a brief mellow section to very melodic to double bass intensity.

There's no title track per se, but the band considers “Destroyer Of The Universe” to be that track. It's one of the more intense songs on the album. It's companion piece, at least lyrically, is “The Last Stand Of Frej,” which tells the same story from a different perspective.

5. Mercenary - 'Metamorphosis' (Prosthetic)
Prosthetic Records

Many doubted that Denmark’s Mercenary would be able to overcome the loss of leather-lunged screamer/singer Mikkel Sandager after the man’s departure following 2008’s album cycle for Architect of Lies. In light of all this, it’s impressive that Metamorphosis was created at all, never mind the fact that it also happens to be completely killer.

Taking the proverbial bull by the horns, bassist Rene Pederson has stepped up to the plate as the band’s new singer, handling both clean and harsh vocals with stunning confidence. Pederson leads the charge here, side by side with guitarist Jakob Molberg, whose significantly impressive chops are once again dropping jaws and raising fists with their near-flawless mastery of melody and technical prowess.

Artillery – My Blood (2011)

My Blood is the sixth studio album by the Danish technical thrash metal band Artillery. It was released in 2011 on Metal Mind Productions.

Track listing

1. "Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)"
2. "Monster"
3. "Dark Days"
4. "Death Is An Illusion"
5. "Aint Giving In"
6. "Prelude to Madness"
7. "Thrasher"
8. "Warrior Blood"
9. "Concealed In The Dark"
10. "End Of Eternity"
11. "The Great"

Video "Warrior Blood"

Artillery’s brand new album My Blood has just been released in Europe and Japan.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: March 22, 2011

  • Agnostic Front - My Life, My Way (Nuclear Blast)
  • Assassin - Breaking The Silence (SPV)
  • Bloodshot - Murder The World (Scarlet)
  • Born Of Osiris - The Discovery (Sumerian)
  • Dodsferd - Spitting With Hatred The Insignificance of Life (Moribund)
  • Dotma - Sleep Paralyses (Scarlet)
  • Engrained - Deep Rooted (SPV)
  • Evil Survives - Metal Vengeance Re-Release (Heavy Artillery)
  • The Haunted - Unseen (Century Media)
  • Immortal Dominion - Primortal (427)
  • My Inner Burning - Eleven Scars (SPV)
  • Odd Dimension - Symmetrical (Scarlet)
  • Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (Vagrant)
  • Straight Line Stitch - The Fight Of Our Lives (E1)
  • Tesseract - One (Century Media)
  • Woods of Ypres - Against The Seasons: Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer Heat Re-Release (Earache)
  • Woods of Ypres - Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth Re-Release (Earache)
  • Woods of Ypres - Woods III: Deepest Roots and Darkest Blues Re-Release (Earache)
  • Woods Of Ypres - Woods IV: The Green Album Re-Release (Earache)

Straight Line Stitch – The Fight of Our Lives

Straight Line Stitch exhibits the heaviness of a full fledged metal band with tracks like “No Tomorrow”, whilst simultaneously showcasing the sensibilities of modern rock. Lead singer Alexis Brown has proven she’s much more than a pretty face – her screams demand attention and her singing is awe-inspiring. Not to mention she’s backed by a band that have exhibited serious growth since their debut album a mere three years ago. The Fight Of Our Lives is an album that is an improvement in almost every aspect, including an improvement to your playlist. 8.9/10

You can catch Straight Line Stitch out on the road pretty much everywhere, I am not joking these guys tour relentlessly, but most definitely check them out on the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock ~ Hell Hath No Fury Tour with In This Moment, System Divide and Sister Sin.4/5

I’ve yet to see Straight Line Stitch live, and I’ve read good and bad things about them. That’s the danger of reviews though, and I’ll end up seeing them for myself to draw my own conclusions but I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. This album is one that begs to be heard live. 4/5

Straight Line Stitch - "Conversion" OFFICIAL VIDEO

01 – Tear Down The Sky
02 – Conversion
03 – Laughing In The Rearview
04 – Cold Front
05 – No Tomorrow
06 – Bar Room Brawl
07 – One Reason
08 – Never Surrender
09 – Living Dead
10 – Sould Of Silence
11 – Ashes In The Wind

Straight Line Stitch Myspace page

Graveyard – Hisingen Blues (2011)

“Hisingen Blues” was produced, recorded and mixed in a raw, authentic yet strong and clear way by Don Alsterberg in Don Pierre Studios / Gothenburg, where the band together with Don has managed to create a totally analogue recorded and mixed production that skillfully combines a 70’s vibe with a more powerful modern sound..

Hisingen Blues, out on March 25 (Europe) and April 19, 2011 (North America)

Hisingen Blues

Fore more songs Graveyard Myspace

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Born Of Osiris – The Discovery (2011)

Born of osiris isn't trying to be heavy there going progressive ambient. Definitely sounds like there most technical shit tho and most experimental. I'm all for that. There going in the right direction too much metal nowadays is the same. Just listen to this shit when ur high.

Born Of Osiris - The Discovery FULL Album Preview 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

February 2011 Best Heavy Metal CDs

 Useful list for you to buy the best Heavy Metal music out there!

1. Evergrey - 'Glorious Collision' (SPV)

Evergrey - Glorious CollisionSPV Records

Evergrey's sound is intact, but Glorious Collision finds the Swedes with a newfound spark and some of the best songwriting they've done in years. The songs are relatively straightforward, but hold up extremely well. I've had the album for a couple of months, and after multiple listens can attest to the catchiness of many of the tracks. The keyboards are also more prominent than on the past few albums, not surprising since Zander had a much bigger part of the songwriting than usual.
While much of Glorious Collision is compact and focused, “You” shows the band's more expansive side. It's the longest song, at over 6 minues, and allows time for instrumental breaks and solos in addition to plenty of melody and bombast. The 13 tracks are very consistent in terms of quality, but a few stand out even more. “Frozen” is intense and powerful, but also dynamic with a sing-along chorus.

2. Crowbar - 'Sever The Wicked Hand' (eOne)

Crowbar - Sever The Wicked HandeOne Music

It's been a while since we've heard new music from Crowbar. Frontman Kirk Windstein is a pretty busy guy, who is also a member of Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow. The rest of Crowbar's 2011 lineup includes bassist Patrick Bruders (ex-Goatwhore), drummer Tommy Buckley (Soilent Green) and the newest addition, guitarist Matt Brunson (Shedding Old Skin). Crowbar's new CD Sever The Wicked Hand comes six years (to the day) after the sludge-meisters' last full-length.
“Isolation (Desperation)” is a really strong opener, a groovy and melodic track. The title track is more intense and heavier with riffs that are fast and thrashy at the beginning, then get thicker and more oppressive as the tempo slows. “Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth” thunders along at a glacial tempo, an edgy ballad that has Windstein almost crooning.

3. DevilDriver - 'Beast' (Roadrunner)

DevilDriver - BeastRoadrunner Records
DevilDriver's last album, while nowhere near mainstream, was more accessible than the one before. They've reversed that trend on their latest effort Beast. It lives up to the title, a relentessly aggressive and angry CD that still manages to churn out plenty of the band's trademark groove.
Beast erupts out of the gates with “Dead To Rights,” which alternates between galloping thrash riffs and slower grooves along with an extended guitar solo. It's intense and punishing, but also infused with melody. And while nothing on this album can be considered mellow, the listener gets a 20 second reprieve at the beginning of “Hardened” before the rapid-fire drums kick the song into gear.

4. Abysmal Dawn - 'Leveling The Plane Of Existence' (Relapse)

Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of ExistenceRelapse Records

Abysmal Dawn plays with a lot of technical skill and they certainly bring the brutality, but so does nearly every other death metal outfit. What sets a band like AD apart is their songwriting. Inserting moments of melody, changing up speeds and intensities and writing clever riffs and hooks makes their music much more memorable and holds up better under multiple listens.
“My Own Savior” is a highlight of Leveling The Plane Of Existence, with a meaty groove and more excellent solo work. It's one of Charles Elliott's best vocal performances as well. On the entire album he has stepped up his game, utilizing a wider palette of styles, from guttural growls to frenzied screams. Another excellent track is “Pixilated Ignorance,” a rapid-fire blast of extremiity featuring a solo from Krisiun's Moyses Kolesne.

5. Allen/Lande - 'The Showdown' (Frontiers)

Allen/Lande - The ShowdownFrontiers Records
The Showdown is in the vein of previous Allen/Lande albums. The songs straddle the line between hard rock, power metal and melodic metal. There are hooks galore, even on the more aggressive tracks. One of the best songs on the CD is “Turn All Into Gold.” It has a memorable chorus, but also crunchy guitars and excellent solos.
It doesn't matter what the tempo of the songs are, Allen and Lande always deliver top-notch vocal performances. They can turn up the power on intense songs, and use more texture and emotion on the ballads like “Copernicus.”

source: Heavymetal about

Children Of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever (2011)

Relentless, Reckless Forever is the seventh album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, released on March 8, 2011 through Spinefarm Records / Universal Music.

Children Of Bodom's new, highly acclaimed Relentless Reckless Forever album has sold 100,000+ copies worldwide right upon its release, and the band's seventh studio outing has also already been certified gold (10,000+ copies) in the band's home country Finland.

To watch Was it Worth It? and many Children Of Bodom songs go to their official Youtube page.

01 – Not My Funeral
02 – Shovel Knockout
03 – Roundtrip to Hell and Back
04 – Pussyfoot Miss Suicide
05 – Relentless Reckless Forever
06 – Ugly
07 – Cry of the Nihilist
08 – Was It Worth It
09 – Northpole Throwdown
10 – Party All The Time (Japanese Bonus Track)

Koma – La Maldicion Divina

Koma - La Almohada Cervical Music Video

01 – Intro (La Maldicion Divina)
02 – Sin Oxigeno
03 – La Almohada Cervical

Mastodon – Live At The Aragon (2011)

You can watch more live performances ("Ghost Of Karelia", "Divinations") from the album Mastodon band website.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

TWINSPIRITS - Slave To This World (Official video clip)

"Slave To This World", the new video from Twinspirits — the Italian progressive metal band featuring Daniele Liverani (Khymera, Empty Tremor, Genius) can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's third album, "Legacy", which will be released in on February 18 via Lion Music.

"Slave To This World" is taken from the album "Legacy" released by Lion Music.