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De La Tierra – De La Tierra

January 27th, 2014
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Latin American Extremes

De La Tierra is a band that formed about two years ago. Despite being a new band, they have gathered tens of thousands of fans already, even though their debut just dropped. The large amount of attention they have produced is perhaps due to two band members’ involvement: Andreas Kisser of Sepultura and Alex Gonzalez of Maná. The collaboration is admittedly odd; Sepultura and Maná are from two different musical planets. However, De La Tierra’s music takes influences primarily from sludge metal, so the music works out very well. With the release of their self titled debut, De La Tierra proves to be a promising force in the genre of extreme metal. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in Reviews

Relief in Sleep – Godspeed

January 20th, 2014
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Atmospheric Aggression

Relief in Sleep is a relatively new, up and coming band that demands attention. Unlike most new bands, Relief in Sleep make a genuine attempt at sounding extraordinarily different. From start to finish, the band blends several kinds of elements from various sources, and the end result ends up being a fresh sound. As a result, their work is differentiated from the mass amount of music being put out today. Specifically, they take influences from metal, ambient and hard rock. Relief in Sleep signed with Imminence Records in December and subsequently re-issued their their debut album Godspeed. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in Reviews

Ghost B.C. – If You Have Ghost EP

December 9th, 2013
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Cover Voyage

Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they are known in the U.S.) are a band from Sweden that has become well known for their onstage theatrics and atmospheric music. With just a handful of releases to their name, the band has managed to share stages with acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth and Iron Maiden. Their success is warranted, however, as they are easily recognizable and possess a distinct sound of their own. Though best known for original music, they have never been strangers to covers. Their latest EP, If You Have Ghost, contains four cover songs and a live track. Read more…

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Insomnium – Ephemeral

November 24th, 2013
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Melodious Aggression

Since the dawn of death metal, Finland’s scene has always been relatively underrated. Being nowhere near as recognized as their Swedish or American peers, Finland has always had its own brand of death metal to offer, and it was here that the band Insomnium formed. Characterized by their harmonious take on death metal, the band combines harsh sounds with placid arrangement of notes that provide a good atmosphere and beauty. With a handful of studio works to their name, the band has managed to tour with legendary acts such as Enslaved, Katatonia and Satyricon. Recently, the band offered their latest work, an four-song EP titled Ephemeral. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in Reviews

Necrowretch – Bestial Rites

November 10th, 2013
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The Wonderfully Putrid Stench of Death Metal

At first look, the modern day death metal scene is likely to come off as unappealing, due in part to recycled guitar riffs and over-commercialized deathcore bands. But undoubtedly, if you look hard enough, underground death metal is still keeping old school sounds alive and well with gore-oriented lyrics, inhuman screams and catchy guitar playing. Necrowretch is a great example of this. Formed in 2008, the band hails from France and is arguably one of the best death metal bands around today. With just 5,200 likes on Facebook, the band is signed to Century Media and has recently put out a compilation album of previously unreleased material, entitled Bestial Rites. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

The Melvins – Tres Cabrones

November 6th, 2013
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At The Height Of Bizarre

Formed in 1983, the Melvins have a long history of personnel changes, studio releases and touring schedules. For their latest work, something remarkable has occurred; playing alongside King Buzzo is their original drummer Mike Dillard, with current drummer Dale Crover handling bass duties. This marks the first official album to feature Mike Dillard behind the kit, making this release to be highly anticipated among fans. How to categorize them is made difficult by their heavy use of experimentation, humor and musical risk taking. Their latest effort, Tres Cabrones, is a sludge metal masterpiece that must be heard to be believed. Read more…

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Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed

November 4th, 2013
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Fury Encompassed

Skeletonwitch are a relatively well known metal act that formed ten years ago in Ohio. During the band’s existence, they have enjoyed some accomplishments: opening for the legendary Danzig, earning spots on Ozzfest, and even being featured on the Billboard 200 charts. Their sound is best described as an ear catching mix of black metal infused with punk and thrash metal. With four studio albums behind them, the band is set to release their fifth album, Serpents Unleashed. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in Reviews

Pelican – Forever Becoming

October 21st, 2013
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Beauty Attained

Pelican is an instrumental metal band that has existed since 2000. At first look, one might think this is a strange approach to making metal music. Though instrumental classics are found throughout the genre, metal bands have consistently made their voice known in their music, whether it be desolate screams or harmonious shouts. Pelican’s vocal silence is something far from problematic, though. Its music is a solidified force in the metal scene and have even earned them a spot on the Southern Lord roster. With the release of its new album, Forever Becoming , the band has created an astonishing piece of art worthy of the utmost respect.
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By Juan Hurtado Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Kill Division – Destructive Force

October 20th, 2013
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Thrash Assault

Kill Division are a three-piece thrash metal band that hail from the Netherlands, founded in late 2012. For a band less than a year old, they have reached remarkable success. With no releases to their name, the band has earned a spot on the Metal Blade roster for their debut full-length, Destructive Force. Not only that, but they’ve even been able to get their music pressed on beige marbled vinyl, limited to only 150 numbered copies worldwide. Surely, this is an accomplishment most small bands can only dream of. Their debut, at the very least, is a successful accomplishment marked by an aggressive brand of thrash metal. Read more…

By Juan Hurtado Posted in Reviews

Earthless – From the Ages

October 11th, 2013
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Cosmic Brutality

If one were to put psychedelic cosmic sounds, heavy metal and well-written solos in a blender, what he would end up with is Earthless’ new LP, From The Ages. With just a handful of releases, the band has gained thousands of likes on Facebook, and with good reason. With their distinct sound, the band offers its fans something different than what other artists are putting out. But apart from that, Earthless demonstrate extraordinary talent and mastery of their instruments. From The Ages is undoubtedly one of the strongest releases of 2013.
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By Juan Hurtado Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews