Succinct Reviews of 14 Albums

Reviews of every new album I purchased since writing the Ringworm review at the end of March.


Heaven Shall Burn: Iconoclast
(web, wiki, myspace)
Metalcore, deathcore, melodic death metal
Crazy KMFDM-esque techno break in “Murderers of All Murderers” is the shit.
3.5

Facebreaker: Dead, Rotten and Hungry
(web, myspace)
Straight-up, old-school death metal
A worthy addition to your expanding death metal library.
3.5

Byzantine: Oblivion Beckons
(web, wiki, myspace)
Groove/thrash metal
Good–not great–album from a now-defunct band which teeters on the precipice of prog metal.
2

Ill Niño: Enigma
(web, wiki, myspace)
Latin-tinged metalcore
For this fanboy, a welcome return to true form after their previous bowel movement.
3.5

Meshuggah: ObZen
(web, wiki, myspace)
Experimental metal
This experiment has gone horribly awry. Brutal but weird shit. Not my bag.
1.5

The Sword: Gods of the Earth
(web, wiki, myspace)
Stoner rock
Grimy and chunky heavy rock laid bare. That said, no need to buy this if you already own a Black Sabbath album.
3

Testament: The Formation of Damnation
(web, wiki, myspace)
Foundation thrash metal
For this fanboy, a couple of songs suck. Most of them fucking rule.
4

Death Angel: Killing Season
(web, wiki, myspace)
Thrash metal
Highly over-rated, pedestrian thrash which sounds uninspired, and quickly fell out of rotation.
2.5

36 Crazyfists: The Tide and Its Takers
(web, wiki, myspace)
Metalcore
4th album, much better than #3, slightly-almost as good as #2 and #1.
4

Cavalera Conspiracy: Inflikted
(web, wiki, myspace)
Thrash metal
More Sepultura than Soulfly, if you’re familiar with either. I prefer Soulfly.
3.5

Ashes Divide: Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright
(web, wiki, myspace)
Alternative rock
If you liked A Perfect Circle, you’ll like this album. No Maynard? No big deal.
4

Filter: Anthems for the Damned
(web, wiki, myspace)
Alt. rock / industrial
Good, but not great. Really takes a dive toward the end.
3

Mt. Helium: Faces
(wiki, myspace)
Alternative rock
The Apex Theory under a new name. Unique with Armenian influences. Me likey.
3.5

Resurrection: Mistaken for Dead
(web, wiki, myspace)
Death metal
“Coward” has to be one of the best death metal songs of this year.
3.5

There.
All caught up.

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