Heavy Metal

CD Review: Throw The Fight - 'What Doesn't Kill Us'

August 23rd, 2013 12:21am EDT
Throw the Fight
There are moments throughout Throw the Fight’s latest What Doesn’t Kill Us that will have you thinking that you’re listening to the second coming of Atreyu, namely the Lead Sails Paper Anchor era (and if you don’t know, this is NOT a bad thing). It should also come as no surprise to find out that What Doesn’t Kill Us was produced by John Feldmann, the same man who manned the boards for that afore mentioned Atreyu release. It’s a welcomed feeling that smacks you square in the mouth right out of the gates with the cathartic opening tandem of the chugging “Bloodshot Eyes” and vigorous “Not So ...

CD Review: Five Finger Death Punch - 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1'

August 2nd, 2013 11:32pm EDT
Five Finger Death Punch
Listen, if you’re a fan of Five Finger Death Punch, then you know what you’re in for on the bands latest, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1, and if you’ve spent some modicum of time with any of the bands previous releases, you should damn well know what to expect. But if you’re new to the FFDP game (and if you are, seriously, shame on you), then what you’re getting with The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell is a hulking beast of a record, plain and simple.

No, the review isn’t over. So keep reading. Please.

On The Wrong Side of Heaven and ...

CD Review: These Hearts - 'Yours To Take'

July 16th, 2013 11:55pm EDT
These Hearts
Popcore purveyors These Hearts take all the haters to task with their latest offering Yours To Take, an album that builds upon their prior releases, namely 2011’s Forever Ended Yesterday, and steps their game up, a next level sound evident right from the outset with “This is Love,” as These Hearts immediately dig into their contact list to enlist the help of Bert Poncet of Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! on the album opener. From there on in, These Hearts aren’t afraid to display their A Day To Remember worship, and to be honest, These Hearts do this whole easycore thing pretty well, bouncing bac...

CD Review: Scare Don't Fear - 'Destroy Rebuild'

June 27th, 2013 11:40pm EDT
CD Review: Scare Don’t Fear -
Life is all about trying new things – you know, variety is the spice of life and so on and so forth. This adage could very well be the credo of Scare Don’t Fear, who, just as those before them like downset., One Minute Silence, and Rage Against the Machine, set out to do something different. This isn’t rap-metal, this isn’t rapcore, this isn’t rap-rock, and this sure as hell isn’t Limp Bizkit.

The bands forward thinking amalgamation of rap, hip-hop, metalcore and deathcore is unlike anything else you’ll hear kicking around your record collection, thanks in large part to the vocal stylings ...

Ozzy Osbourne Wants Bill Ward Back For Next Black Sabbath Album

June 22nd, 2013 2:46pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath are planning to record and release another album following the success of 13, which has topped the charts around the world - and they are hoping former drummer Bill Ward will join them in the studio.

Last year, Ward pulled out of the get together citing contractual issues, and he was replaced by Rage Against the Machine star Brad Wilk.

Now, his former bandmates are enthusiastic for him to reconsider his decision not to be a part of the reunion, and despite confessing fears Ward might struggle as Sabbath's drummer, frontman Ozzy Osbourne admits he would welcome his old pal ...

CD Review: Blowsight - 'Life & Death'

June 5th, 2013 2:56pm EDT
Blowsight - Life & Death
Blowsight’s Life & Death is a strange animal, a chameleon really, one that can change at any turn, and an album that effectively keeps listeners guessing. Combining elements and sounds akin to say, Papa Roach and Avenged Sevenfold, Life & Death is a rollercoaster of sound, one complete with peaks and valleys. On one hand, you get the band at their best, combining aggressive vocals with good range and abrasive riffing (“It’s Me Your Looking For,” “They Whisper,” “This Pain”), but on the other hand, Life & Death offers some material that doesn’t quite fit with the rest (the club-inspired “Bla...

CD Review: Le Reverie - 'Dark Symphony'

May 31st, 2013 1:17am EDT
Le Reverie -
Being a female fronted rock band isn’t anything all that groundbreaking nowadays, as it seems finding a talented band featuring a strong female lead isn’t exactly like finding a needle in the haystack. Truth is, if you’re a band akin to this description, you have to be able to stand out and separate yourself from the rest of the similarly sounding ilk. Luckily for Le Reverie, it appears as if they have the tools necessary, even if it’s going to be a struggle to do so. Dark Symphony, the band’s debut full length, showcases said tools via a noticeable lingering air of darkness, both lyrical a...

As I Lay Dying Singer Tim Lambesis Arrested In Plot To Murder Wife

May 8th, 2013 1:58pm EDT
Tim Lambesis
Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and charged with Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder and kill his estranged wife.

The singer was taken into custody by police in Oceanside, Calif., while shopping and taken to the Encinitas police station and booked into the Vista Detention Facility, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives found out about his plot via a tip last week and initiated an investigation, setting up an undercover officer to pose as a would-be murder-for-hire killer. Lam...

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies At 49

May 2nd, 2013 9:46pm EDT
Jeff Hanneman, co-founder and guitarist for thrash metal band Slayer, died of liver failure at a southern California hospital on Thursday. He was 49.

The news was confirmed in a message on the band's website.

"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed."

The guitarist had been on hiatus from the band sinc...

CD Review: The Bronx - 'The Bronx (IV)'

April 16th, 2013 12:45am EDT
The Bronx
After taking a few years off to sow their wild oats as their mariachi band alter ego Mariachi El Bronx, hardcore punkers The Bronx are back with The Bronx (IV), their supposed return to form. The Bronx (IV) blazes out of the gates with opening salvo “The Unholy Land,” a massive cut replete with killer hooks and scorching riffs, though that initial luster wears off by the next track “Along for the Ride,” which falls flat on the heels of such a sweet opener. Now, there are good tracks throughout The Bronx (IV), but the unfortunately thing is that they are all too far and too few, nestled with...