Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cypher Machine - 2016 - Flip The Switch (Official Music Video)

Cypher Machine is a metal band from Clearwater, Florida. Flick The Switch is from their debut self titled lp available on spotify.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Witchunter - 2016 - Back On The Hunt (LP)

Witchunter is a five piece metal band from Martinsicuro, Italy. Back On The Hunt is their sophomore LP since forming in 2007. Witchunter play a thrashy brand of metal with obvious debts to the to torch carriers of years past. Take one part thrash metal, one part NWOBHM and one part modern metal production and you have Witchunter.

There's no reinventing the wheel here, just two guitarists spitting out thrashy riffs and solos. The singer's voice works well in the upper ranges providing more contrast to the deep, rumbling drums. Highlights include Hounds Of Rock, Losing Control, Lucifer's Blade and a cover of Led Zeppelin's Achilles Last Stand. If you're looking for some thrashy metal to bang your head to Witchunter's Back On The Hunt will serve well. 

Dario Mollo's Crossbone - 2016 - Rock The Cradle (Official Music Video)

Dario Mollo is an Italian musican best known for his work with Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill (with Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes. Rock The Cradle is the title track from Crossbones' sophomore, self titled LP.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nash B.C. - 2016 - Burning Babylon (Lyric Video)

Nash B.C. is a hard rock band from Thessaloniki, Greece. Burning Babylon is the title track from their debut LP released by Rockshots Records.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Circle Of Dust - 2016 - Contagion (Music Video)

Circle Of Dust is an industrial metal band from New York City. Contagion is taken from Machines Of Disgrace, the first Circle Of Dust album in nearly 20 years.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Polarity - 2016 - Action Potential (LP)

Polarity is a five piece progressive metal band from Toronto, Ontario Canada. Action Potential is their debut LP since forming in 2006. Polarity play a mix of alt and progressive metal with a female lead singer, citing Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Chevelle. Rotator leads the LP off with a mid-tempo, brooding epic with melodic vocals from Jasmine and a stop start chorus while Autonomy's Conquest & Skeptic bring the alt metal riffs and Jasmine showing off her versatile voice.

This is a very consistent album, Polarity move through a variety of textures and tempos while still maintaining their core sound. Highlights include the aforementioned Rotator, Autonomy's Conquest, Skeptic Lights Estrangement, The Fight, The Great Escape and Tumbleweed. With Action Potential Polarity have crafted a melodic debut with one foot in progressive metal and the other in alt. metal.

Naberus - 2016 - Drones (Music Video)

Naberus is a metal band from Melbourne, Australia. They find themselves at the crossroads of thrash metal and more melodic metalcore. Drone is taken from their debut LP The Lost Reveries courtesy of Eclipse Records.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Wretched End - 2016 - Primordial Freedom (Music Video)

The Wretched End is a blackened death metal band from Norway. Primordial Freedom is taken from their third LP In These Woods, From These Mountains.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tóxica - 2016 - Ahogados En Contaminacion (LP)

Tóxica is an Argentinian thrash metal band. Ahagados En Contaminacion is their debut LP courtesy of Witches Brew. Citing thrash forefathers Exodus, Testament and Slayer these beer swilling metalheads churn out riff after crushing riff. The singer has a solid voice that is put to good use as a drill sergeant. Equal parts thrash, speed and crossover thrash this record is stuffed to overflowing with heavy riffs that demand headbanging.

There is no subtlety here, from the word go the riffs are fast and heavy and aimed directly at your head, the dual guitars hammer the riffs home while the solos wail and scream like souls condemned. While Tóxica isn't breaking any new ground here they have staked their claim as a speed and thrash metal band to watch. If you're searching for some new thrash metal Tóxica's Ahagados En Contaminacion will serve well.

It's Always Sunny In Tijuana - 2016 - Starved (Music Video)

It's Always Sunny In Tijuana is a deathcore band from Denver, Colorado. Starved is the lead single and first track from their new LP Demonia.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rob 306 - 2016 - Robbie (Official Music Video)

Rob 306 is a five piece hard rock band from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Robbie is a single from their new LP @9Ave.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thunder And Lightning - 2016 - The Ages Will Turn (LP)

Thunder And Lightning is a heavy metal band from Berlin, Germany. The Ages Will Turn is their fifth LP since forming in 2004. featuring guests spots from Máté Bodor from Alestorm and Der Schulz from Unzucht. Thunder And Lightning play a thrashy brand of speed metal with hints of power and traditional heavy metal citing Iron Maiden, Iced Earth and Blind Guardian. They manage to be progressive without being pretentious. The guitars have that classic power & speed metal sound nailed, filling it out with buckets of riffs and varying rhythms to keep things interesting.

The singer has a voice suited to power metal, more than capable of that required arena filling, epic sound but is also able to bring it down to a more aggressive thrashy shout when needed. Just when you think you've nailed down where Thunder And Lightning are going, the next song brings in completely different influences and the head banging continues. Highlights include The Ravaging Overture, Welcome To The Darkside, Black Eyed Child, Eternally Awake, One Blood and Hysteria. If you're looking for a band that effortlessly blends traditional, power, speed and thrash into a tasty metal concoction Thunder And Lightning's The Ages Will Turn will serve well.

Bone Jack - 2016 - The Breeze (Audio Stream)

Bone Jack is a southern hard rock band from Queensland, Australia. The Breeze is the first single from the 2016 LP The Fallen.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Starkill - 2016 - Shadow Sleep (Lyric Video)

Starkill is a power & symphonic melodic death metal band from Chicago, Illinois signed to Prosthetic Records. Shadow Sleep is taken from their new, self titled LP.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Save Your Last Breath - 2016 - Exitium (Official Music Video)

Save Your Last Breath is a metal band from Zurich, Sweden. They find themselves at the crossroads of melodic death and deathcore.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Royce 5'9" - 2017 - I Got The Keys (Freestyle)

Royce Da 5'9'' is a rapper and producer. He performs with Eminem as Bad Meets Evil, with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I as Slaughterhouse and as PRhyme with DJ Premier.

Kold Creature - 2016 - Edge Of Gravity (Video)

Kold Creature is a groove metal band from Brisbane, Australia. Edge Of Gravity is taken from their debut LP A Weakened State.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stick Men - 2016 - The Tempest

Stick Men is a progressive & experimental rock band from New York City. The Tempest is taken from their new LP Prog Noir.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blue Hour Ghosts - 2016 - Dreadful Faces and Fiery Arms (Video)

Blue Hour Ghosts is a melodic metal band from Italy. Dreadful Faces and Fiery Arms is taken from their self titled debut LP.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gespenst - 2016 - Forfald (Video)

Gespenst is a black metal band from Denmark. Forfald is taken from their new release Sorgens Taage.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Call For Revenge - 2016 - Mi Juramento (Lyric Video)

A Call For Revenge is a djent & hardcore influenced death metal band from Mexico City, Mexico. Mi Juramento featuring Ivan Valdez of Rot is taken from their latest LP Face Judgement.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Aeternitas - 2016 - Madeline (Lyric Video)

Aeternitas is a gothic, symphonic metal band from Germany. Madeline is taken from their fourth LP House Of Usher.

Sedition Sunday #7: Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson was born December 17, 1760, died April 29, 1827. She disguised herself as a woman in order to fight in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. One of few women documented to have done so she served with distinction earning at least one promotion and when her gender was discovered she was allowed to keep her pension she had earned fighting in the Revolutionary War. More in depth biographical coverage in Episode #82 of The Dollop.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fiel Mortandad - 2016 - Angel Luciferi (LP)

Fiel Mortandad is a death metal band from Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. Angel Luciferi is their latest LP. Fiel Mortandad play a melodic brand of death metal citing Carcass, Cradle Of Filth and King Diamond. They are equally at home slamming riffs down your throat, pulling back and letting the melody take over or wallowing in thundering sludge. The singer has an excellent raspy, blackened shout with a surprising amount of vocal nuance.

There are riffs galore backed by a thunderous rhythm section and driven to even more epic heights by synths in the background. Songs like Codex Gigas and Posesión De Belial are as driven by demonic vocals as they are dual melodic riffs while Amon Ra and El Exorcista split their time between wallowing in the sludge and in your face aggressive riffing and soloing. With Angel Luciferi, Fiel Mortandad have crafted a solid, aggressive statement of melodic death metal.

Black Therapy - 2016 - In The Embrace Of Sorrow, I Smile (Video)

Black Therapy is an Italian melodic death metal band. In The Embrace Of Sorrow, I Smile is the title track from their sophomore LP.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Aztec - 2016 - Metropolis (Video)

Aztec is a progressive metal band from Nanaimo, British Colombia. Canada. Metropolis is the debut single from the new LP, Eidolon.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

AM:PM - 2016 - Amazing Mega Party Motherfucker (LP)

AM:PM is a five piece death metal band from Vevey, Switzerland. Amazing Mega Party Motherfucker is their debut LP since forming in 2012. AM:PM play a groove heavy brand of death metal pulling equally from deathcore and the more melodic brands of death metal. Waste of space intro Before aside, Doomed bursts out of the gates at full speed laying out what is ahead for the rest of this LP. The guitars alternate between straight ahead crushing rhythm and spewing out thrashy melodic riffs while the singer puts his growl to great use.

When everything is firing on all cylinders like they are supposed to these are groovy, thrashy and sometimes a little technical death metal songs to bang your head to. AM:PM aren't breaking any new ground here but judging by the album art and the energy of these songs they are having a great time doing it. Highlights include Dictatorship Of Fear, Wolf, 4-20, Rugged Road and the aforementioned Doomed. With Amazing Mega Party Motherfucker AM:PM have created an interesting debut which leaves me interested in where they are heading next.

A World Extinct - 2016 - Uprooted (Video)

A World Extinct is a metalcore band from Los Angelese, California. Uprooted is the title track of their debut LP.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DFXX - 2016 - Hungry To Be Angry (video)

DFXX is a garage rock and roll band from Luxembourg. Hungry to Be Angry is a single from Drivin' Me Bad, their debut LP

Monday, January 09, 2017

Sound Storm - 2016 - The Dragonfly (Video)

Sound Storm is an Italian symphonic power metal band. The Dragonfly is a single from their new LP Vertigo.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Hacktivist - 2016 - Buszy (Video)

Hacktivist is a British rap metal band. Buszy is a single from their debut LP Outside The Box.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Sedition Sunday #6: Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur is a revolutionary, former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. Escaping from prison post conviction she has lived in exile in Cuba for the past 30 years. Read about her experiences in her own words in Assata: An Autobiography written in 1987 in Cuba.

hollowtechnic - 2016 - The Loose Change (Video)

hollowtechnic is an experimental industrial alternative metal & hard rock one man band from Britain. The Loose Change is the title track from his latest LP.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Down And Outlaws - 2016 - Above Snakes (LP)

Down and Outlaws is a four piece rock and roll band from San Francisco. Formed in 2012, Above Snakes is their debut LP. Down And Outlaws play dirty, rootsy rock and roll that calls to mind Black Rebel Motorcycle, Jack White and early Black Keys. Down And Outlaws are at their best with the rhythm section churning underneath, the guitars churn out riffs backing off to allow the vocals to come to the front before slamming back in again.

 This is rock and roll designed for a hot summer night, sounds best when played at high volumes in a convertible speeding down the highway. I Don't Care (I Don't Care) kicks things into high gear with melodic leads while Fever is a straight ahead driving rock song and Don't Call My Name summons the ghost of blues rock past. Other highlights include Obsession, Backwards From The Dead, Gone, and Roll That Stone. With Above Snakes Down And Outlaws have staked their claim to this section of rock and roll territory.

Merge - 2016 - Ineffable (stream)

Merge is a post-rock band from Paris, France. Ineffable is the title track from their latest release.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Cloak & Dagger - 2016 - Balance (video stream)

Cloak & Dagger is a metalcore band from Perth, Australia. Balance is the title track from their latest EP.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Steel Inferno - 2016 - Aesthetics Of Decay (LP)

Steel Inferno is a five piece metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark. Aesthetics Of Decay is their new LP. Steel Inferno play a combination of speed and thrash and the old school New Wave of British Heavy Metals. This female fronted metal band isn't breaking any new ground but they can riff and scream along with the best of em. The dual guitars are as much as a highlight as Karen's voice, they spit out riffs while keeping up with the galloping rhythm section.

Karen puts her authoritative shout to great use, aggressive enough to keep up with the dual guitars but also melodic enough to propel the songs even higher. Highlights include City Lights, Infernal Steel Brigade, To End All Wars, Defender Of The Old Way and the title track. If you have a speed or thrash metal itch that needs to be scratched, Steel Inferno's Aesthetics Of Decay will serve well.

Teramobil - 2016 - Magnitude Of Thoughts (Video)

Teramobil is a technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Magnitude Of Thoughts is the title track and single of their new LP.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Violent Magic Orchestra - 2016 - Divorcer (Video)

Violent Magic Orchestra is an industrial experimental black metal band signed to Throatruiner Records. Divorcer is from their debut LP Catastrophic Anonymous with guest vocals from Attila Csihar (Sunn o))), Mayhem).

Monday, January 02, 2017

Pikes Edge - 2016 - All Of Our Beauty (LP)

Pikes Edge is a five piece metal band from Munich, Germany. All Of Our Beauty is their sophomore LP follow up to 2012's Nameless. The overwhelming direction is towards pummelling death metal but there are also strong tendencies towards more modern metal and metalcore, Pikes Edge cite As I Lay Dying, Iron Maiden and In Flames as influences. When everything is hitting the way it should the dual guitars spit out melodic riffs overtop of a pummelling rhythm section while the singer alternates between high powered melody and aggressive shouting.

Faded Shadow bursts out with a spiraling riff that pulls back to build atmosphere before exploding again while Tides Of Time takes a mid-tempo metal stomper, outfits the dual guitars with riffs and rides the groove into the ground and Just Go To Hell grabs you from the neck from the opening seconds, loosening up melodically for a moment only to crash back into the riff laden groove. Other highlights include Denial Of Service, Blind Side Of You and Hypocrite. With All Of Our Beauty Pikes Edge have created a solid statement of modern melodic death metal.

Clique - 2016 - Wishful Thinking (Video)

Clique is an emo indie rock band from Philadelphia signed to Topshelf Records. Wishful Thinking is from their latest release, Burden Piece.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Ivan Ivankovic - 2016 - World In Fear (Video)

Ivan Ivankovic plays power metal from Croatia. World In Fear is the second single from and title track to his latest release.