Reviews of every new album I purchased since writing the Ringworm review at the end of March.
Heaven Shall Burn: Iconoclast
Metalcore, deathcore, melodic death metal
Crazy KMFDM-esque techno break in “Murderers of All Murderers” is the shit.
Facebreaker: Dead, Rotten and Hungry
Straight-up, old-school death metal
A worthy addition to your expanding death metal library.
Byzantine: Oblivion Beckons
Good–not great–album from a now-defunct band which teeters on the precipice of prog metal.
Ill Niño: Enigma
For this fanboy, a welcome return to true form after their previous bowel movement.
This experiment has gone horribly awry. Brutal but weird shit. Not my bag.
The Sword: Gods of the Earth
Grimy and chunky heavy rock laid bare. That said, no need to buy this if you already own a Black Sabbath album.
Testament: The Formation of Damnation
Foundation thrash metal
For this fanboy, a couple of songs suck. Most of them fucking rule.
Death Angel: Killing Season
Highly over-rated, pedestrian thrash which sounds uninspired, and quickly fell out of rotation.
36 Crazyfists: The Tide and Its Takers
4th album, much better than #3, slightly-almost as good as #2 and #1.
Cavalera Conspiracy: Inflikted
More Sepultura than Soulfly, if you’re familiar with either. I prefer Soulfly.
Ashes Divide: Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright
If you liked A Perfect Circle, you’ll like this album. No Maynard? No big deal.
Filter: Anthems for the Damned
Alt. rock / industrial
Good, but not great. Really takes a dive toward the end.
Mt. Helium: Faces
The Apex Theory under a new name. Unique with Armenian influences. Me likey.
Resurrection: Mistaken for Dead
“Coward” has to be one of the best death metal songs of this year.
All caught up.