Tag Archives: Metal

AUDIO: Lockjaw – “Reverent”

Industrial metal band Lockjaw are out with a new record. The long-running hell rockers recorded this during the desolate quarantine winter, bringing fiery grooves and lava-soaked riffage over six tracks. The first few songs make you feel like you’re getting thrust into a void to the underworld and are perfectly aware of what’s happening, while the title track will make

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AUDIO: Pineoblastoma – “Nu-G0r3”

Grindcore duo Pineoblastoma have a new album out, recording remotely during quarantine between Milwaukee and Canton, Massachusetts. Gurgling into the void, this record slams right into you with grinding riffage and destructive drumming, accompanied by obfuscated growls. The lyrics across the songs touch on drug addiction, getting violently high, decaying into microorganisms, and PTSD. To add a little comic relief,

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VIDEO: After Hour Animals – “My Anxiety”

Metalcore band After Hour Animals have a new single and video out this week. The song is about being haunted by pain and worry, and constantly finding ways to numb it. The video thematically translates this into a scene featuring a killer (Armon Hassan) terrorizing a group of people having fun in a winter cabin, taking them out one by

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AUDIO: Gross Load – “Exposed to Forbidden Knowledge”

Goregrind project Gross Load has a new EP out. It’s five tracks of wicked, grinding devastation that whizz by like a hurricane from Hell. Now that you know what you know from listening to this release, you must die. If you’re looking for something absolutely mind-shattering that demolishes everything in its path, look no further than Gross Load. Cassettes will

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AUDIO: Illusion of Fate – “Soulless Chasm”

Atmospheric black metal band Illusion of Fate dropped a new single this past week. Through guttural screams and a grand soundscape, the song details entering a dark void to confront your sins. There’s no angels in this place -only waste. It’s a brutally melodic and demonically driven tale that takes you straight to a hidden hell. Illusion of Fate have

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AUDIO: Shroud of Despondency – “Goodnight, My Kitten”

Black metal project Shroud of Despondency take a neofolk direction with their latest record. Rory Heikkila describes these pieces as death songs about love which he’d written at various points in the last decade. As such, the lyrics touch on the hardships of terminal illness, burials, urns, and pained memories. While each song has its own potency, “My Baby Boy”

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AUDIO: Arctic Sleep – “By the Horns”

Post-prog metal project Arctic Sleep has two new original compositions out, inspired by the Scout Comics series “By the Horns.” The first track, “Blade Through Your Heart,” revolves around being unable to move past painful memories and being tempted to bring everyone down with you, while the second track “Maybe Magic Won’t Die A Horrible Death Today” is more vague

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AUDIO: Velocihamster – “Balls to the Wall”

Velocihamster, the world’s only lap steel metal band, are out with their sophomore album. Entirely instrumental, the nine-track record has fierce attitude and well-oiled vitality. Featuring two covers, “Misirlou” by Dick Dale and “First Tube” by Phish, each tune is akin to elegantly strange imagery but also eccentric fun. With prog and math rock components, Sean Williamson has said that

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AUDIO: Reflection of Flesh – “Parasitic”

Groove metal band Reflection of Flesh have their long-anticipated new EP out. Featuring four studio tracks and three live tracks, the band touches on survival in the face of propaganda and brainwashing. Headbanging riffs and spine-chilling shrieks captivate the sheer tormenting nature of living under tyranny. Giving into the machine is like drinking the poison, as tackled on the EP’s

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