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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TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (November 10, 2017)

TOOTHGRINDER – Phantom Amour (November 10, 2017)

When nothing is off limits, you can reach your full potential. Toothgrinder realized this fact while making their 2017 full-length, Phantom Amour [Spinefarm Records]. While retaining the slippery schizophrenic spirit that turned them into a critical favorite on 2015’s Nocturnal Masquerade, the New Jersey quintet—Justin Matthews [vocals], Jason Goss [guitar], Matt Arensdorf [bass, vocals], Wills Weller [drums], and Johnuel Hasney [guitar]—dramatically augmented their unpredictable creative palette through expanding the grasp on melody, incorporating cinematic electronic flourishes, and even…

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TOP TEN TREASURES – 2016 Rock Albums

Time has passed quickly as the world has spun almost its allotted 365 times around the sun and rock music has developed and changed and records have been produced that have made my heart race a bit faster. 2016 has been a bumper year for all sorts of rock genres.   The Big Three of thrash released powerful new albums and new bands brought their debuts and wore their snotty hearts on their sleeves.  The year…

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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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