Album Review: Abrams — “Modern Ways”

Abrams - Modern Ways

For Denver’s Abrams‘ 2017 release, Morning, I spent some time on their past and how it tied to that specific release and how with Morning the band seemed to have found its true self, all of which you can read here for context. Plus, it made my best of list for 2017. Now, with Modern Ways, their third full length, that “true self” is being fleshed out even further taking cues from Morning and expanding on its best parts to create a heavy rock album chock full of soaring melodies, hooks for days, and a slight pop sensibility just to keep the good times flowing. As high as I was, and still am, on Morning, Modern Ways is better. All my trepidation regarding whether they’d stay the course, whether this effort would top the last, and whether or not this would be a defining moment disintegrated upon my initial spin and each subsequent spin leaves my jaw on the floor. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 26 – May 2, 2020

Abrams
Abrams – photo courtesy of Mike Goodwin

Uncharted times, folks. Who knows what the right answer to any of this is or will be but I do know there’s a whole list of new metal to uncover so let’s do it. For those of you that like some rock to go with your metal, Abrams returns with their third full length and it’s heavy on the good time jams perfect for whatever you’re doing. Symphonic extreme metal gets a HUGE shot in the arm with Foretoken‘s debut, Pyre roll the death metal dice and come up with doubles, and Black Pestilence fire a shot of blackened punk amongst the masses. So, four really good albums up top and a slew of more down below. Enjoy it! Continue reading

Profile: Eddie Maestas of Post Hardcorists Fathers

Fathers
Fathers

Denver’s post-hardcore / progressive metal juggernaut Fathers released their self titled debut digitally last year and will be reissuing it on vinyl March 30 via Sailor Records. To that point, we have a contest going on right now that is in its final stages where you can win a copy for yourself, go here to get the details and ENTER! Anyway, I didn’t see nearly enough noise about this album upon its initial release so I’m hoping things will change now. Over the course of nine songs the band weaves a story that screams at those who have been abused, hurt, forgotten or otherwise pushed aside and gives wings for them to fly and be heard. A favorite track is hard to come by here, I thought several times I’d settled on mine but it constantly shifted and to the point that I finally relented and just let the whole album be a favorite. Yes indeed it is that good. Chugging ferocity meets emotional depth and it honestly melted my heart down to a throbbing mass of muscle and blood. Just ahead of the vinyl reissue and our contest winding down we had the chance to discuss our Profile set of questions with guitarist Eddie Maestes and you don’t want to miss his responses. Head inside to see what he had to say and by all means support the band. But also, enter to win that vinyl!

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Giveaway: Vinyl Copies of Fathers – “Fathers”

Fathers - Fathers

Denver’s post-hardcore band Fathers digitally released their self-titled debut last year via Bandcamp. Its an album that bludgeons one minute with ferocious hardcore infused metal then goes quiet and reflective with post-metal atmospherics the next. But, over the course of 40 some minutes it is a fully enveloping experience that you cannot put down. And one you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again. Not only that, the message the band conveys is an extremely important one; its a rally cry for those that have been hurt or wronged to fight back and realize they can lift themselves up. Sailor Records has announced a vinyl edition of this album set for release on March 30 and for the next two weeks we have an opportunity for two lucky winners to get their own copy. Details inside…

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Initial Descent: October 1 – 7, 2017

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Primitive Man

Sick and twisted times call for sick and twisted music…

Leading the charge this week is one of the sickest bands in metal: Primitive Man. They may only be on their second full length but throughout their vast library of splits and EPs this band is consistently massive and Caustic heavy handedly continues the tradition but sicker and somehow more twisted. Next up is debut full length The Unlawful Assembly from black metallers Dawn Ray’d and the press surrounding this release is more than warranted. It’s not only very good black metal but carries a timely message or stance, if you will. Moving along is the impressive doom and 70s folk/prog of Dreadnought on A Wake In Sacred Waves, this is an album that truly washes over you (no pun intended). Last up in the top slots is the towering Curse of Conception from Spirit Adrift, this thing is full of traditional doom and heavy metal aplenty, sound good? It is, trust me. That’s it for the for the first four but as it usually goes, there’s so much more right after the jump. So, GET IN THERE. Continue reading