HEART OF A COWARD – Disconnect (Album Review)

HEART OF A COWARD – Disconnect (Album Review)

HEART OF A COWARD – Background The band Heart of A Coward are a five-piece outfit from Milton Keynes, England. They are “metalcore,” according to the press stuff, but their website simply says “metal.” It is in the extreme metal genre, but reasonably accessible with quite strong choruses. Disconnect is their fourth album and their first with brand new vocalist Kaan Tasan. The band have toured with bands like Machine Head and Sikth, as well…

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TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (Album Review)

TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (Album Review)

New Jersey Noise Machine Toothgrinder Pushes Boundaries with Phantom Amour Release! These are times for changing.  The world is set on its head and the boundaries for everything are moving.  Likewise, changes are dramatic for bands like New Jersey’s Toothgrinder, with a new ground-breaking long player being recently released. I reviewed their debut record (Nocturnal Masquerades) for Decibel Geek in 2016 and found it to be an amazingly diverse record, but one with an abrasiveness…

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SCREAMING FOR SILENCE – House Of Glass (Album Review)

SCREAMING FOR SILENCE – House Of Glass (Album Review)

Close your eyes, dim the lights, turn up the music and imagine you’re racing your Aston Martin down the highway.  Screaming For Silence offer a more melodic metalcore recipe than some, yet provide a strong arm slam to your ears and heart.   They are the snarling D-Line that will turn over your ball and earn you points and interceptions for touch downs. The Omaha, Neb.- based outfit is comprised of Zeb Christensen (vocals), Danny Irwin…

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EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

EMBER FALLS – Welcome To Ember Falls (Album Review)

Finland is rapidly establishing itself as a base for top notch metal bands, including personal favorites, Sonata Arctica.  From the same country comes Ember Falls, with their metalcore/power metal combination and their angry lyrics and distinctive sound.  They have tinges of Sabaton, with kilowatts of the same power. The album Welcome To Ember Falls is their debut and follows the band’s single “Shut Down With Me”, which was released independently in August 2015. The band…

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CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (Album Review)

CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (Album Review)

Crystal Lake; conjures images of peaceful waters or New Age hippy stuff.  How about a hardcore/metalcore band from Japan?  No?  Well, now you know!  This band crushes relentlessly on their latest release.  True North will make your teeth rattle, cause your blood pressure to rise and your head to bang furiously! I love a dash or two of metalcore and this band do it in a very classy way.  They lull you into a false…

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Red Tide Rising – Voices (Album Review)

Red Tide Rising – Voices (Album Review)

In 2012, Denver band Red Tide Rising made a name for themselves when they slammed into the national music scene when they hit the road in direct support of In This Moment on the band’s non-festival ‘Blood’ tour dates, which also included one date with Hatebreed. “Touring with In This Moment really showed us what it takes to have a successful run on the road,” says guitarist, Andrew Whiteman. “We learned how things work on…

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Walls of Jericho – No One Can Save You… (Album Review)

Walls of Jericho – No One Can Save You… (Album Review)

Walls of Jericho are an American metalcore outfit from Detroit formed in 1998 and issuing their debut album in 1999’s The Bound Feed the Gagged. The band broke up shortly after their debut release, but reformed two years later and really hit their stride with 2004’s All Hail the Dead and 2006’s With Devils Amongst Us All, ending up touring with other acts like Hatebreed as well as being a part of Ozzfest in 2006….

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Affiance – Gaia (Album Review)

Affiance – Gaia (Album Review)

“I’ve been wandering how did I get here, I’m so far away from who you thought I’d be“ – “Knowing” In 2015, Ohio band Affiance started a campaign to independently fund its new EP.  Gaia is the result of this successful call to arms and it eats away at your ears and soul with its wounded power and evocative cadence. I make no bones about it, I rate this band mega highly and they are great…

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Creep – Innerland (Album Review)

Creep – Innerland (Album Review)

Creep are a band from Italy, formed in 2007 and currently consist of Raffaele Pilotti (vocals), Federico Conti (guitar, vocals), Francesco Placucci (guitar), Jonathan Montalti (bass), and Fabrizio Cilindro (drums). Innerland is the second album from the Italian metalcore outfit, the follow-up to 2010’s effort Beast in the Portrait and was released on Sliptrick Records  December 4, 2015. “Evil Resides”, the opening track, is a real great start to the album which makes you sit up and…

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Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade (Album Review)

Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade (Album Review)

Toothgrinder was formed in 2010 by an ambitious set of musicians who wanted more originality in metal.  Nocturnal Masquerade certainly lives up to this ideal and this album will challenge you as a listener to new levels of concentration, with its constantly changing sonic landscape; battering and serenading in equal measure.  It takes several listens before the genius of the grooves is established, but it is worth the effort and it is a genuinely serious…

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