Album Review: Ghastly Sound – “The Bottom” EP

Ghastly Sound - The Bottom

You know that cliche in movies when someone is being approached by a huge, hirsute mean looking dude?  Think Hells Angel stereotype circa Clint Eastwood’s Any Which Way… series in the 80s.  They come stalking up, scowling, menacing score playing in the background…only to then offer to help with the groceries or to expound on some mathematical theory, thus laying on think the adage that you can’t judge a book by a cover?  Case in point Ghastly Sound, and their walloping second EP in the span of a year The Bottom.  Forget what the cover and logo are signaling to you: this is a stellar melange of hardcore, noise, and indie rock that isn’t afraid to mix passionate melodies with bone crunching riffs and waves of killer rock.   Continue reading

Looking Back on the Tracks: Revisiting Chris’s 2017 Anticipated Records

railways tracks

Looking backward, what’s interesting isn’t so much how the albums I selected back in January as part of Nine Circles’ 2017 Metal Forecast held up (or didn’t), but how what I was looking for in music at the beginning of 2017 changed and mutated as the year went from bad to worse, from televised and networked insanity to personal tragedy and a gaze into the abyss that was closer than I had ever anticipated at this point in my life.   Revisiting the three albums that actually came out in 2017 now it’s striking how different the things I first imagined would be the draw fell to the wayside as new priorities and impact points made themselves evident.

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Premiere: Dewar PR: “Winter 2017 Compilation”

Dewar PR Winter 2017 Compilation

Everyone loves compilations and particularly when said compilations include great metal from established bands and new ones alike. As of today, Dewar PR is releasing their Winter 2017 Compilation that features twelve tracks from bands the company has worked with over the last few years, including an exclusive demo.  Head inside for a stream and full details. Continue reading

Profile: Somnuri

Somnuri
Somnuri

Comprised of current and former members of Blackout, Hull and Family, Brooklyn based Somnuri are set to release their self-titled — not easy to tag — debut full length later this week. And so far, this year has seen its fair share of bands defying easy categorization, this one is no different. Their sludgy stoner grooves are elevated greatly by technical song structuring as well as an inherent ability to shape-shift from galloping destruction to a slow rolling pace in an instant. Ahead of the album’s release, Somnuri were kind enough to answer our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and stay tuned later in the week for a full rundown of this album. Continue reading

Profile: John Judkins of Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Laser Flames on the Great Big News
Laser Flames on the Great Big News

Just over a month ago Tennessee’s Laser Flames on the Great Big News released their latest, self-titled, album and based solely from their Bandcamp page nowhere near enough of you paid attention. This is a fantastic album that doesn’t hang its hat on any one genre. Rather, it moves effortlessly between southern rock, melody driven rock, progressively driven rock and, at times, harsh metal which borders on black metal ferocity. The songs are paced perfectly, the writing is impeccable and the trade off vocals between John Judkins and Stevie Bailey keep things fresh and exciting throughout — all of which makes for an instant favorite and something that’s not easy at all to put down. Yet, you’re still not paying attention. The band features members of Rwake, Enfold Darkness, The Protomen and ex-Today Is the Day but also features a guest vocal spot from, none other than, Steve Austin. Grab you yet? Anyway, not far removed from the album’s release we got the opportunity to ask John Judkins our set of Profile questions so read on and for god’s sake listen to the embeds then go support.

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