Dead Hearts is an album that beams with loud, aggressive rock n roll mixed with a dose of more modern heavy metal and punk. You wouldn’t be hard-pressed to say this is a continuation of what the original Guns n Roses would have sounded like if they were still together and Axl Rose had a different type of scream..a little more punk rock. My biggest problem with this record is that there’s little variation vocally. It lacks melody, but everything else is just perfect in my eyes. The guitars are heavy and have fantastic tone, the rhythm section of Alex and Max are perfect relationship (Max could have been a bit louder!) and the song structures are fresh and not very derivative of anything else out there right now. They take the obscure parts of Pantera and Alice in Chains and throw in the GnR and preach it like the Sex Pistols.
Resurrection Through Fire is thus far the most listen-able Death Metal act I know of since Cannibal Corpse or Death. Unlike many death metal bands, you’d be surprised not to hear a lick of Metallica’s Master of Puppets or And Justice For All rearing its head Instead you’re treated, if you so wish to call it that, with a more chaotic tone more closely related to Slayer’s 90’s output in the musical sense Its ranges from blistering fast, to grindingly slow with the greatest of ease and without missing a single double bass blasting beat. The vocals are spt on for what you’d expect this genre to be..I tend to be a fan of a little more melody, but let that not be any reason for you not to give this group a listen or many; they worked hard for the respect and they gave us some great tunes to be a maniac to.
Diabolical Figures is classic Death Metal but with a more fantasy twist. The vocals are very typical of what you’d hear among their peers in the genre but instead, Stefano takes a more visceral approach and gets a little more guts out of his, making him sound much less whispery when he goes for it. The high-pitched side of the vocals can get a little agitating, but they definitely fit well and were mixed well with the normal leads. The music is very well thought and rehearsed, as many hard metal bands are in fact and each passage of music is taken as serious as the last, giving the listener the feeling that they put their every ounce of being into what they do. While I’ve never been the hugest fan of Death Metal I must say, I find myself proven wrong and find a very enjoyable experience via Graveworm.
20 years ago Satyricon made its formation all the way from Norway with several line-up changes..most of which within a period of only a couple of years. Initially, their sound was a mixture of Black Metal blast beats in the old sense, but mixed with medieval influences, using acoustic guitars and flute. Since then, much to many fans disappointment, they began to take on a more ‘commercial’ outlook of Black Metal. This may be due to the band’s allegiance to the more rock oriented side, like Venom as oppsed to the more modern style of Black Metal. Let it be said that regardless of fans’ stance of what’s acceptable, Satyricon are the perfect successors of the genre, and can only be accused of doing it better than the hordes of other European Metal groups.
Before There Was Rosalyn is a Christian post-hardcore band from Houston, Texas, currently signed to Victory Records. The band was formed in the last days of 2004 and has toured nationally and extensively since 2006, landing a deal with Nashville Tennessee’s Indie Label Holdfast Records in early 2008.
The album cover for “Fate” itself, a handsewn remake of one of the most notorious images ever captured of Bonnie and Clyde, hints at their willingness to go down in a blaze of glory for the passion of their craftmanship, lyrics blazing and wild-eyed all the way.
Voxhaul Broadcast – Rotten Apples EP Review
by Rikki O.
David Dennis- guitar, vocals
Anthony (Toe Knee) Aguiar- guitar, organ, backing vocals
Phillip Munsey II-bass
Kurt Allen- drums
Voxhaul Broadcast is a band that you probably haven’t heard of – yet. The Orange County, California band is composed of four energetic guys who have been friends since childhood and who decided to create “our own version of soul music.” Their debut EP “Rotton Apples” was recorded live in a single day by Dwayne Larring, mixed by Dave Larring and then later mastered by Mark Chalecki at Capitol Mastering. Signed to Leftwing/Retone Records in 2007, their distinctive sound is a little hard to pin down, but certainly doesn’t disappoint – catchy and buoyant guitars lift the mood in the heaviest of rooms lickety split and the ardent and expressive lyrics are a blast for singing along.
Opening track “Rotten Apples” is a clear standout for single material and has a charming video by director Luke Asa Guidici with the lead singer riding a quarter-operated horse over old western film footage. This song is perfect for college radio and I’m somewhat surprised that it hasn’t blown up beyond the California area yet. Lyrics like “You say the strangest things in the name of self defense/ I need your love in my blood, so I cut off all my limbs” are strangely charming; what choice do you have but to lean in and listen harder? On “The Echo”, a slowed down track perfect for the last song spun at the end of a summer night’s close, guitars slide and echo contrasting nicely with the next song on the EP, “Why Not” – a rollicking number that truly shows off the band’s musical talent.
The sexy “Lipstick Stained Coffee Cups” slows the EP to a sultry near close followed by “When The Wives Come Home”, a passionate homage to that vintage British sound that should seem out of place coming from a California indie band, and yet proves to be the perfect end to what promises to be the start of something big for Voxhaul Broadcast. Hopefully their aversion to recording in studio settings does not delay a full length release in the near future, as this could easily be a buzz generating band that surpasses the indie realm with a sound that is palatable to nearly everybody with ears. I’ll be watching.
Formed around four years ago by guitarist Lisa Liu and the artist known only as SMV on keyboards, Renminbi are an incomparable self-described “experimental indie/post-punk” band that have created a purity of sound that is reminiscent of Sonic Youth’s glory days mixed in with some Mogwai and Yo La Tengo.
It’s smart writing without being pretentious scenester pop in the slightest.