Tip your snap back flat visors to the side and throw back your best gangsta' lean. We're going hardcore this week!
Dark Past - Demo
Dark Past practice the art of hardcore with big meaty hooks
and pissed off lyrics. They have a groove factor that easily makes my
head bob along with the vitriol fueled intensity of a band that gets it
done, short and sweet.
on this is really clean and sharp. The songs are written really well and
there is a total confidence factor in the music. While I really only
get into a few of the new school hardcore bands out there this
definitely has found a place on that list. There is a real honesty to
the lyrics in the way many of my favorite post hardcore bands have shown
throughout the years.
Reversals have that 90's hardcore vibe going on. The tone of hammering
strings, breakdowns and the shouts make for a recipe of fantastic
destruction. If you're having a bad day this will turn that frown
sideways into a shit eating grin.
about making an introduction. Hardcore from Croatia going off like a
shotgun down a dark alley way. This is another new school band that I'm
totally digging. Between the uzi popping percussion, the bark and bite
of a hounds unleashed vocals and bright hardcore riffage, Life in Peril
really set the bar. I'll drink to that!
have been listening to this album for a while now, and have had a really hard
time with categorizing exactly what I am hearing.I am going to stray off topic for a moment,
and then will bring it back in.If you
only know their hits, you won’t understand the comparison but if you are a true
Blue Oyster Cult fan, you will know what I am talking about.BOC’s sound is just different.You would buy a new album and the songs
wouldn’t sound quite sound right to you, yet you’d keep playing them because
they are intriguing, and would eventually reach a point where you loved all of
them.This comes close to describing how
I feel about “Motherload”.I thought of
the BOC comparison right away because when I played the first track, “Leif’s
Last Breath-Dance of the Valkyrie”, I immediately thought of a Pepper
Keenan-era Corrosion of Conformity sound with Blue-Oyster Cult songwriting.Similar to BOC, the Graviators’ sound really
varies within an album.It runs the
gamut from fuzz to clean to heavy distortion.Their sound has reminded me of COC, BOC, Sheavy and Sabbath all in the
same tune sometimes.Yet with all that
variation the band manages to create an overall cohesive atmosphere to the
entire album.As is the case with so
many Swedish rock bands, the guitar tones and production quality are inspirational.Included
is a re-recorded “Druid’s Ritual”, a tune which really covers a lot of ground
musically. If you will be checking out
the video for “Narrow Minded Bastards” below, the most Sabbath-sounding tune on
the album, note the super tasteful guitar solo at around 4:20 and what a great
“Narrow Minded Bastards”
Niklas Sjöberg: Vocals
Martin Fairbanks: Guitar
Johan Holm: Bass
Henrik Bergman: Drums
The massively successful and revered stoner doomsters Electric Wizard have signed with Spinefarm Records for their yet untitled, upcoming release. It will be the follow up to Black Masses released in 2010.
About Spinefarm Records
Since launching in Helsinki, Finland, in 1990, Spinefarm
Records has established its reputation on the international rock ‘n’
metal scene, building on the groundswell initially created by home-grown
acts such as Nightwish & Children Of Bodom, acts who broke through
both in Finland and beyond..
As a result of this, Spinefarm joined forces with Universal
Music in 2002, since which time the label has continued to expand in
both stature & sales…
Owned & distributed by Universal, and fully integrated into the
Universal system, Spinefarm now has dedicated offices in the UK (est.
October 2007) and Finland, and more recently in the US and Japan, with
Cooperative Music – an international marketing, promotion &
distribution company, owned by Universal since 2010 – handling releases
in Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South America, with Universal
taking charge in Canada.
Supported by this global network, the Spinefarm roster has broadened
in size & style, taking in developing artists, established names,
plus an ever-growing catalogue, the aim being to align with acts with a
signature musical stance and help to spread their vision around the
In 2012, this roster numbers some of the biggest, most influential
names in the rock ‘n’ metal domain; these include Rammstein, Five Finger
Death Punch, Killing Joke, Apocalyptica, Godsmack, Alice Cooper, 3
Doors Down, Tarja, Ensiferum & more…
At a time of almost constant change within the bizness, the world of
heavy guitar music continues to hold sway with fans the world over, and
Spinefarm – a pure rock ‘n’ metal label driven by passion and supported
by the stability / distribution reach of the major – aims to exist at
the sharp end of the genre, spreading the word and flying the flag.
Maybe I'm just weird. I'm a New Englander who hates the Dropkick Murphys and all the hoopla that came about their music when the Red Sox chose to use the band's "Shipping up to Boston" as their Championship Anthem. I am a diehard Red Sox fan. I always felt that the best part of the song was the beginning with the shouting and revelrie. I always thought it would sound kick ass if a band with some balls did it some justice.....
Voila! Baelfyr from California of all things cover the Red Sox anthem with the spirit it was meant to be sung and played.... Given that the season is in it's infancy and our beloved sportscaster Jerry Remy's murderous son can't stay out of trouble, it would only be fitting to scrap the Dropkick version and start this tradtion anew..... Evil Remdawg Approved!
Sevendust's follow up to last year's Black Out the Sun, is a stripped down, acoustic album comprised of twelve tracks (broken up into 6 newly written songs and 6 acoustic covers). Time Traveler's and Bonfires was financed in part by the fans through a funding campaign at PledgeMusic. Within a week some 2000 pledges doubled the campaign's goal amount and set the stage for the band to get this album out much quicker than their previous efforts. The funding campaign model is an excellent idea for bands like Sevendust who've known the struggles of dealing with big record labels in the past.
I'll be succinct, this album is a good album. It's a bit of a conservative step back compared their last album which was some of their darkest and heaviest material. The band is pairing this release with an all acoustic tour.
I've listened to the album a half dozen times and I find the 6 new tracks really lack definition. The real standouts are "Come Down", "The Wait" and "One Life" which have the feel of their last two albums. "Bonfire" is probably the weakest track on the entire album.
The second half of the album delivers the goods. The band sounds so much more comfortable with the material. Stripping down tracks like "Denial" and "Crucified" to the bare bones really showcases great musicianship and songwriting that sometimes gets lost in high gloss production. "Karma" still retains a kickass intensity that the band started delving into on their last two albums. "Black" one of the biggest hits of their career is on a whole another level. While I would've preferred a dirtier solo during the track, it cements the whole acoustic feel of the project.
For some reason, this album feels like an EP. The new tracks are good, not great. After their last album, I had really high expectations that they were embracing their dark side. This feels like a band at a standstill. IF you're a diehard Sevendust fan, you'll probably already have pre ordered this. If you're only a fan of their last two albums, you may just wanna wait and see where the band goes from this point on. - grownman
On this day back in 2010, Peter Steele of TYPE O NEGATIVE slipped the mortal coil. As one of the most influential singers in Heavy Metal, Steele and company created a unique blend of sabbath tinged riffs and gothic gloom metal while always keeping a tongue firmly planted in their bloody cheeks. Today I decided, would be a good day as any to memorialize the towering "man of steele" with a mix tape of tracks from each one of their releases. These are some of my favorite tracks. I could easily have come up with a variety of mixes based off the number of classic tracks they produced throughout their career. I was fortunate to catch one of their last tours in the states alongside Hatebreed. Every picture I tried to take of their set that night came out horrible. Maybe he really was nosferatu? Enjoy.
Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity - Slow, Deep and Hard
I know you're f someone else - Origin of the Feces
Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All) - Bloody Kisses