Album Review: Menace “Impact Velocity”


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Released earlier this year on March 18th, freshman album Impact Velocity, by metal band Menace, is a unique blend of metal and rock. You can expect an experimental nature to the album, but in the best way possible. American guitarist and back-up vocalist for Napalm Death, Mitch Harris is the brain behind the sound. Although this album was created as a solo project for Harris, he considers it more than that. “The band is called Menace, but to me, it is more than just a band or a solo project,” states Harris in a blabbermouth.net interview. “It is the result of my life’s work. It’s a concept that has been in production for some time with most of the songs and intense work being done in the last two years.”

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Album review: Lionize “Jetpack Soundtrack” – A triumphant new release of 2014


Sometimes I believe that my “well-seasoned” ears have heard just about everything there is in the realm of music, but there’s seldom a greater joy than realizing that such a bold assertion is tragically misguided. Much like the traditional conception of natural evolution, the industry chews out the weak and leaves only the most well adapted bands to compete for the limelight’s shining gleam. However, some artists prefer to dwell in the underbelly of the local scene, and others are just so beyond an easily classifiable sound that they could never be readily digested by the masses. But then there’s bands like Lionize, that have different flares of flavor to each song, leaving them in this strange undefined genre of fusion-melded-space-rock and a seemingly devoted fan-base at that. With a title like “Jetpack Soundtrack”, the most recent album of the band, the preconception does their music no justice and couldn’t possibly describe what the actual experience entails.

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Moths & Locusts: Mission Collapse In The Twin Sun Megaverse Album Review


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Again, I am not a loud rock listener, but Moths & Locusts new album Mission Collapse in the Twin Sun Megaverse showed me what true loud rock music is like. I like this album overall. The lyrics also played a major role of relating to people and moving me, although, most of the tracks were instrumental. If you listen to this album, I would recommend tracks: 2, 4, and 5.

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Album Review: Devin Townsend Project – “Epicloud”


It’s no secret that Devin Townsend’s music is a constant source of enjoyment in my life. I’ve seen him in concert six times; five times as DTP, and sadly only once as Strapping Young Lad. I own physical copies of all his albums. I have a Ziltoid puppet that acts as a hood ornament for my guitar amp. And I will soon have a DTP stuffed bear in my hands (because, why the hell not?).

So, when any rumors of new Townsend material begin to circulate, I cannot help but get excited. During a VIP Q&A a few years back, Townsend began talking about future musical plans that included a Ziltoid sequel and a second album along the lines of Ki with Ché Aimee Dorval called Casualties, so I was very surprised to find out that his next project would instead be a collection of poppy, epic, and openly cheesy metal songs. This collection is Epicloud.
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Furyon Band and Album Review


Furyon’s latest album Gravitas, Has just recently come out and it is a great example of metal. Very hard head banging fun! Having listened to the album they actually remind me a fair amount of the band Killswitch Engage. This band, coming from the UK originally, has done very well in my opinion. Bringing a cool combination of  heavy metal, progressive, and classic rock. Though I don’t always listen to metal this is definitely a bad that I would keep on my playlist if I was in the mood. [Read more…]

Novels (Band and Album Review)



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Finally got a chance to listen to this CD by Novels entitled Mirror Dog. I found this band to be pretty awesome, Having started playing in La Mans, France, a town near Paris, France. Their genre is a cool Loud Rock/ metal like genre, DIY Rock if you will. Having opened for a few big names such as DEFTONES, and DOG EAT DOG, I would say there growing popularity fairly well! [Read more…]

New this week to KSSU Loud Rock – 10.10.2011


Machine Head
Since Machine Head became a good band again they’ve gotten into the habit of taking their sweet time in between albums and after another four-year wait the follow-up to my favorite MH album, The Blackening, has arrived. Unto The Locust picks up right where the 2007 masterpiece left off with seven more melodic and thrashy metal tunes. The album opens with the insanely heavy “I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)” which sets a tone for an enjoyable experience as it opens with a choir singing in Latin before erupting into a wall of sound. From here Locust features several tracks that could easily fit into The Blackening or provide some punch up to Through The Ashes of Empires. There are two issues I take with it though. The first being that the disc only has seven tracks and while they are long songs I am left wanting more. The second is the track “Darkness Within” which seems like Robb Flynn struggling to recreate the greatness of the Ashes track “Descend The Shades of Night” and not quite hitting the mark BUT the special edition of the CD contains a haunting acoustic version that would have made a fantastic closer. In closing, if you’re a fan of Machine head’s early work or anything since 2003, you’ll dig this one and if you’re a fan of 1997-2001 MH, you’re wrong.

Pick up Unto The Locust by Machine head via Roadrunner Records. 

Insomnium
It is rather difficult to distinguish yourself from all the other European Melodic Death Metal bands but Finland’s Insomnium manages to do so with their own brand of melancholic yet epic metal goodness. One For Sorrow takes what the band did on their last gem, Across The Dark, and tweaks it just enough to create a superior but not radically different album. Vocals this round are almost entirely done by growler/bassist Niilo Sevanen which adds a more appealing contrast to the beauty of the music. It’s kind of like the overdone “Beauty and the Beast” vocal style of numerous operatic metal bands without a human playing the part of the beauty. This one does not disappoint.

Pick up One For Sorrow by Insomnium via Century Media Records.

Skeletonwitch
In the past year or so the band Skeletonwitch has been getting a lot of hype. In fact, as I am doing my short burst of research for this entry the most recent article on Metalsucks.net is devoted to the band. Prior to this release hitting my inbox, I had never given the band a chance and I regret not doing so. The energy of the band is unrelenting and it is really impressive that they manage to put out nothing by aggressive songs that are not very catchy that totally stick in your head like a pop chorus which keeps me coming back. For those unfamiliar with Skeletonwitch, they kind of sound like an angry 3 Inches Of Blood if they decided to go the route of the genre jumping Kvelertak. It is a very cool album consisting of short, to the point, blackened death/thrash songs.

Pick up Forever Abomination by Skeletonwitch via Prosthetic Records.

Threat Signal
The band Threat Signal is another one of those names I’ve heard on and off for several years but never actually heard but unlike Skeletonwitch, I could have not heard them and been just as fulfilled with my musical life. The band sounds like a group of fans of swedish melodic death metal copycats Soilwork who just can’t get over their teenage fascination with Linkin Park. The verses are heavy featuring impressive fretwork that usually culminate into a melodic chorus that sounds as if it is being led by Chester Benington after someone claimed he wasn’t metal enough. Where the album does excel is in some of the lyrical content as it lashes out against the current state of the world in tracks, “Uncensored,” “New World Order,” and “Death Before Dishonor.” Fans of political radio metal infused melodic death metal should check this one out.

Pick up the self-titled releases of Threat Signal via Nuclear Blast Records.

New this week to KSSU Loud Rock – 9.12.2011


Anthrax

After an eight year gap and countless singer swaps between Joey Belladonna, John Bush and the relatively unknown Dan Nelson, Anthrax has returned with Worship Music. In some ways it is a return to form to the band’s former sign with both Bush AND Belladonna. Musically, it sounds super heavy like the Bush-era We’ve Come for You All (see: “In The End”) but retains the melody and thrash of Belladonna’s State of Euphoria (see: “The Devil You Know”). Old school fans should dig the first Belladonna ’Thrax since 1990 but later day fans might be put off by him. Regardless this record is awesome.

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