Album Review: Bloodbath — “Survival of the Sickest”

Bloodbath - Survival of the Sickest

If you needed any more evidence that Bloodbath were serious about getting back into the vintage, old school death metal sound that catapulted them into the metal conversation as more than just a “supergroup” take a look at that album title. It’s not enough that Survival of the Sickest, the band’s latest offering uses a sickly blue tint to stand out against the putrid, vomitous yellow theme of the album art, but – just like Molder earlier this year – we have that wonderful Arial font, complete with quotation marks. It’s indicative of the return to a deeper, squishier version of death metal, one that eschews its supergroup status to just get back to making some serious fun death metal.

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Album Review:  Holy Fawn — “Dimensional Bleed”

Blooming into something strong and dynamic, combining elements of shoegaze, rock, metal, electronic, and more, Holy Fawn are back with their sophomore full-length album Dimensional Bleed.  Getting into their stride, this release brings something a little new and a little more experimental while still showcasing the sounds and vibe fans fell for in the band’s debut.  Dimensional Bleed offers electronic and ambient passages that feel cosmic and otherworldly, while at the same time grounding listeners with lyrical themes around death, nature, and the cosmos.  The dynamic between the music and the lyrics make for an immersive and enlightening experience making this album something special and Holy Fawn a creative force to indulge in.

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Album Review: Fallujah — “Empyrean”

While Kardashev may be the first (or at least the first to put the term way out into modern parlance), they are not the only atmospheric death metal band out there, as fans of Fallujah well know.  While often classified purely as tech death, Fallujah have cultivated a sound all their own that thrives on delicate atmosphere and subtle melody as much as technical precision, as well as guitarist Scott Carstairs’ mind-bending prowess.  On Empyrean, the band lay all their cards out on the table and double down on what makes them great and unique among their peers.

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Album Review: I Am — “Eternal Steel”

In recently describing third full length Eternal Steel from Texas based I Am, “angry music for angry times” rolled right off the tongue in that conversation. And simply put, that’s exactly what it is. The world’s a dumpster fire of epic proportions, greed and deceit are at the highest level ever, governments are a joke, everyone’s dollar has been reduced to mere pennies, and we’re one step away from a bomb going off on a scale none of us can even imagine. Eternal Steel feels like that moment just before detonation, that second when shit gets real, and the destructive aftermath. All rolled into one very pissed off album.

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Album Review: Megadeth – “The Sick, The Dying…And The Dead!”

Megadeth - The Sick The Dying and The Dead

Remember back in 2016 when we all cheered when it seemed like Megadeth were back and supercharged? Dystopia felt like Mustaine revitalized: bringing in killer players like Kiko Loureiro of Angra and Chris Adler of Lamb of God to back up the twin Daves…and then it all kinda got washed away again. Adler left (and left Lamb of God, to boot), Mustaine got cancer, and Ellefson got caught doing, well…we know what he got caught doing. So it’s understandable that it took years to get The Sick, the Dying…and the Dead! to the masses. Early singles revealed a heaviness fans have been waiting for seemingly forever – was this the “return” we’ve truly been waiting for?

I have no idea – we didn’t get a promo so now that the album’s officially released I’m gonna jump in with a virgin listen and give you my thoughts track by track. So strap on your bandoliers and pistoleros and let’s get to the heavy.

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