Album review: Steel Panther – Lower the Bar

Band: Steel Panther Album: Lower the Bar Review by: Erik D. Harshman     ​I’ve always said this about a Steel Panther album: you’ll laugh, you’ll thrash… and you’ll learn the truth about life and love. ​Well… Sometimes you’ll get the truth… Other times you’ll just get hyperbolic songs about partying, sex and metal, filled with…

Album Review: Body Count – Bloodlust

Body Count, Bloodlust Review by Erik D. Harshman   Bloodlust may be the most socially, culturally and historically important album of the year.     Why?     First, Body Count has nearly always been a band that is a product of its time and environment. And this is no more resonate and important than right now!…

Album Review: Trial (Swe.) – Motherless

Band: Trial (Swe.) Album: Motherless Record Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Metal is somehow simultaneously the most communal and internally divisive musical genre. For every dirty club filled with like-minded metalheads enjoying their passion together there are handfuls of arguments happening regarding what constitutes a real metal band, which bands are…

Album Review: She Must Burn – Grimoire

Band: She Must Burn Album: Grimoire Release Date: March 3, 2017 Record Label: Artery Recordings When I was first asked to review London based She Must Burn, that is described as Deathcore infused Black Metal, I have to admit that even I was hesitant. I love metal, almost everything about it is what I love…

Album Review: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (2017)

Band:  Mastodon Album: Emperor of Sand Record Label: Warner Bros. Records / Reprise Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 Since the release of Once More ‘Round the Sun, Atlanta’s Mastodon, have been very busy be it with touring, “trashing metal” which was really a misunderstanding, and well most recently writing a new album. While I have…

Album Review: Darkest Hour – GODLESS PROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA

Matt Albers I subscribe to a school of thought that fans of metal or other loud rock music have two gateway moments in their lives. These are when one discovers a band, song, album, sound, or style that initially sparks their interest in heavy music. This first “gateway drug” is usually a more “mainstream” or…

Album Review: Gorod – Kiss the Freak ep (2017)

Band: Gorod Album: Kiss The Freak ep Release Date: April 1, 2017 When it comes to Thrash Metal in the more modern days we tend to think of bands like Warbringer, Havok, Toxic Holocaust amongst so many others. Well, what if I told you that French Tech Death titans Gorod were so excited about an upcoming…

Album review: Cellador Off The Grid (2017)

Cellador is a band that has been tucked away in the back catalog of diehard power metal fans for close to a decade. There was a time in the American Midwest where watered down metalcore bands ruled the metal scene and finding an American power metal band was basically impossible. Yet, those of us who…

Album Review: Tim Bowness – Lost in the Ghost Light

Artist: Tim Bowness Album: Lost in the Ghost Light Release Date: February 17, 2017 Record Label: InsideOut Records If somewhere there is a prog rock album checklist, the new Tim Bowness album Lost in the Ghost Light has nearly every box checked off. Tim Bowness is best known as one half of No-Man with that sad…

Album Review:Cultural Warfare – Future Kill ep

Band: Cultural Warfare Album: Future Kill EP Release Date: January 27, 2017 Record Label: M-Theory Audio One of the many downfalls of reviewing albums, aside from choosing which album to review, is how do you make sure you are fair and just. Some people will listen to an album many times before writing up a solid…

Album Review: Shallow Side – One EP

Band: Shallow Side Album: One EP Release Date: January 13, 2017 Record Label: Thermal Entertainment As many of you know, we specialize in all things Metal. Though, from time to time, you just have to take a break from all the insanity and listen to something. . . off beat, yeah that works, off beat….

Song Review: Ayreon – The Day That The World Breaks Down

The new Ayreon track, “The Day That The World Breaks Down” has officially been up on YouTube and Spotify long enough for me to listen to it too many times. Ayreon albums are basically the Wrestlemania of prog albums, huge productions, storylines that are hard to follow and filled with some of the most talented…