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5.0 out of 5 stars Obliteration never looked so divine..., January 24, 2012
This review is from: Resolution (Audio CD)
Since 2000's New American Gospel hit shelves Lamb Of God has been bringing no filler, to the point and in your face American Heavy Metal. Whether it be the roaring, face melting riffs and solo's of Mark Morton or the intelligent, audible growls of Randy Blythe; LoG is raking in more and more Metal fans everyday. Their style is approachable enough for the more timid Rock/Metal fans and yet heavy and technical enough to keep themselves deeply rooted within the Heavy Metal genre. Resolution fades back to the rawness of their earlier albums at a time in their career where I feel it is vital for them to do so.

Take a breath and let loose as Resolution begins on an almost jarring and intense note. Mark Morton and Willie Adler's riffs have reverted back to a far faster pace shred and the solo's are reminiscent of old school thrash groups and extremely rememberable. Skinman Chris Adler as always puts down the frantic yet technical, his style of playing this time around reminds me of what he did on Ashes of the Wake by utilizing more technical symbol work then on more recent albums. John Campbell's bass lines as normal are pretty much non-existent under the roaring guitars and chaotic drums, but what you do hear is also as always quality tones. All in all you get everything you'll expect from the band; Quality. The difference is the music is angrier, faster and all around more technical then on the past two albums.

Randy Blythes vocals on Resolution have reverted back to an angrier more intense yet audible yell as heard on As the Palaces Burn and Ashes of the Wake. The lyrics are to the point and intelligent, as always Blythe is far from worried about expressing his opinions and demands attention with his in your face attitude. As I have claimed earlier I feel it is a vital time in Lamb Of God's career to be taking a step back and delving back into the heavier edge of their earlier albums. They've racked in the fans with their last few albums that were more groove oriented, now it's time to get the fans to appreciate the heavier side of Metal by an artist they already enjoy.

I have never had a bad thing to say about this group as each release has just defined each members expertise at their given art. When all is said and done I feel that Resolution is Lamb Of God's best release since Ashes of the Wake (my personal favorite) and proves that their is no safe ground for this band. They continue to experiment with their sound and again have managed to create an album that will not only rake in new fans but give something that the old fans should appreciate. Lamb Of God remains one of the most influential Heavy Metal groups around and deserve every album sale they receive. Thank you for reading and please support a supporter of Heavy Metal and click Yes below. Metal IV Life.

Hell Frost
Hell Frost
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Death & Heavy Electronica, December 28, 2011
This review is from: Hell Frost (Audio CD)
The Unguided was formed by long time Sonic Syndicate vocalist Richard Sjunnesson. The sound of this band reminds me a lot of Sonic Syndicate albeit a smidge heavier and a far superior standard of musicianship. The overall feel is modern Melodic Death Metal (In Flames,Soilwork,This Ending) backed heavily by Techno/Dubstep esque Electronica. The finished product has been interesting enough to get regular play on my PC and in the Car. If you are a fan of Sonic Syndicate, you will enjoy this. If you are a Melo Death fan like myself, give it a try. Though I really have nothing bad to say about this album it is NOT worth over 15 dollars. I advise buying the digital copy or purchasing this album via the Band's website.

The Path Of Totality (Special Edition)(CD/DVD)
The Path Of Totality (Special Edition)(CD/DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Depth Of Experimentation, December 6, 2011
I have been a long time fan of Korn and though I have mixed feelings about particular albums for the most part I enjoy everything they've released to date. This is a band that has never been afraid to experiment with their sound and never have truly had a signature sound as each album has a feel all it's own. Whether it be the sheer rawness of their 1994 debut or the spacey dramatics on Issues, each release has significant differences that allow it to stand on it's own.

The Path of Totality is by far their most drastic experimentation to date. Featuring a wide array of various Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and Electro House artists. We have heard Korn utilize more electronica in their music (Issues, Untouchables) and the finished product was of excellent quality. (in my opinion) we see the same on The Path of Totality. I feel it was a brave step in an interesting direction and that the mixture of electronic elements breaths new life into a band that has, for the last few albums been straying away from experimenting with their sound.

The DVD included in the Special Edition is worth the extra cash. It includes the entire Korn Live: The Encounter that was broadcasted on HDNet in 2010. This live concert was in support of Korn III - Remember Who You Are and features mostly tracks from that album, however their are some excellent older tracks scattered here and there especially towards the end. The DVD also includes interviews with the entire band regarding The Encounter performance and also their opinions on The Path of Totality. The Special Edition also includes two bonus tracks "Fuels the Comedy" and "Tension" both being excellent additions to the album.

I personally feel this is one of Korn's best releases in years. I love the new sound and am enjoying the contrast of Korn's signature low gritty heaviness to the high energy electronica. One has to wonder if this is a sign that we can expect more experimentation in the future or was this simply a step away from the norm and we see a return to the gritty hard rock group they have been on their last couple releases? Only the future will tell, but by what I have heard on The Path of Totality I truly hope this is a trend that Korn runs with on future albums. Thank you for reading and please support a supporter of Rock Music by clicking 'Yes' below.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Of A Debut, November 30, 2011
This review is from: Måsstaden (Audio CD)
Hailing from Hudiksvall, Sweden the band known as Vildhjarta is one worth keeping an eye on as they dive into uncharted waters. Their style is deeply rooted in the Meshuggah-esque Djent Metal and is both extremely technical and aggressively brutal. The main difference between the two bands would be that Vildhjarta uses more melodic arrangements then Meshuggah and even breaks away from the aggression with strategically placed ambient bits scattered here and there that have a more whimsical feel.

Vocalists Daniel Ädel & Vilhelm Bladin utilize a mixture of Meshuggah style raspy yells and deeper Death Metal style growls giving the overall sound an extremely aggressive tone. The music is extremely chaotic but holds a degree of melody that forces the band to stand apart from the crowd. The guitars never let up whether it be the jarring inharmonic staccato riffs that Meshuggah made so ever popular or the grand canyon style reverb on the clean guitar parts this band truly defines what technical guitar playing is in this day in age of Metal.

Is this band simply a Meshuggah clone? No. Though the obvious influence is apparent more so then any other band I have heard and their is a great deal of bands attempting this style now a days, Vildhjarta stands on their own. This may very well be the best album of 2011 in my opinion as the sheer musicianship and creativity are simply unrivaled and in my humble opinion they took what Meshauggah did and improved on it. They took the raw brutality of one band and added a progressive edge that molds the music into a vivid sound scape the Metal world has yet to hear.

I recommend this album to ALL fans of the Metal Universe simply because this album truly defines the term Groundbreaking. Specifically fans of Technical Death Metal will adore this as well as fans of Death Metal with a progressive edge. This is a band Metal fans can not afford to overlook, this is one of those rare moments where a new group emerges with something completely unprecedented and deserves to have an audience. Vildhjarta just became my favorite new band and hopefully I will get to see them live in the next year. If you enjoyed my review please support a supporter of the Metal Scene and click 'Yes' below. Thank you for reading, comments welcomed and appreciated.
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Five Serpent's Teeth
Five Serpent's Teeth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thrash - Modern Sound - Amazing Guitars, November 26, 2011
This review is from: Five Serpent's Teeth (Audio CD)
If any or all of the above statements excites you in the pants then let me introduce you to your new wet dream for the next few months. What we have here is a modern Metal band with a helluva lot of talent utilizing influences from (in my opinion) the two greatest Thrash bands to make music Metallica and Slayer. On earlier albums we found vocalist Matt Drake favoring the raspy yells of Slayers front man well over the last couple albums this has slowly evolved more towards Metallica style and now we hear a welcomed more melodic tone like that of Hetfield.

Like the 80's thrash groups Five Serpant's Teeth is powered by chugging riffs and more importantly memorable solo's. The solo's range from flamboyant Metallica-esque screamers "Origin Of Oblivion" to chaotic Slayer style shred fest's "In Dreams Of Terror" and everything in between. Ol Drake is easily my favorite guitarist to date and I assure you he will become one of yours as well, the man could have given the greats of thrash a run for their money.

All in all Their is not a single track on this album that I can say I didn't enjoy. Even the albums ballad "In Memoriam" kept my interest with the superb guitar playing. I recommend this album TO ALL FANS OF METAL, even the fans that steer away from the Extreme side of metal can, may and probably will enjoy this. Simply put, this friends is great song writing. This is how you truly show your influences while standing on your own feet. A must own and best of 2011. Please support a supporter of Metal and click 'Yes' below. Thank you for reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of a Soundscape, November 20, 2011
This review is from: CARBON BASED ANATOMY (Audio CD)
Cynic should need no introduction. Traced in Air was and remains a masterpiece proving that even a decade plus hiatus can't halt good musicians from making good music. Carbon Based Anatomy continues in the tradition of extremely well written music, well above average musicianship and progression as we see the band again evolving into something more. This time around we have 23 minutes and 38 seconds of one of the greatest Metal bands ever to grace us with their music. I don't see where their is a point to complain about the price, I would have easily paid the true full price of more obscure bands such as Cynic and shelled out well over ten dollars to hear just a taste of what is to come on the next full length album. Though I suppose I must say that for some the given product is not worth the price, so only devoted Cynic fans are recommended to purchase.

The overall sound of the album still clings to the futuristic tranquility heard on Traced In Air, only here it is pushed further with the inclusion of some very well done and extremely ambient instrumentals. Though I feel I got my fill of Metal as the band decided to split them up equally, three instrumentals and three traditional tracks. The three traditional tracks feature a far more ambient spacey sound then heard on previous releases though still hold the technicality and musicianship that Cynic fans have come to love. I especially have to give credit to drummer Sean Reinert whom puts down some truly stellar beats that stand out significantly more then on the previous album. Expect everything you loved about the last album to return except maybe the rare growls/yelling that were scattered throughout the album, but they are not missed.

All in all I have to admit that just six songs by Cynic blows away a full length album by most of today's Metal scene and that is truly saddening. Their are few bands that have this much chemistry and musicianship. I would like to say I recommend all fans of Metal purchase this to support a band that is truly setting a standard and decimating the line between music and art. Although like said before their are complaints about the price compared to the product so if you aren't a die hard fan but are curious, go find some streams and listen before purchasing. Please support a supporter of Metal and click yes below and please read my other reviews, thank you for reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anchoring themselves down as one of Metals Best New Bands, November 19, 2011
This review is from: Weightless (Audio CD)
Length:: 4:23 Mins

Like the previous release I have nothing bad to say about this album. This is truly a five star gem that has no flaws. From the sheer rawness of the chugging guitars to the intense and complex leads Abasi proves he and his band have no interest in straying away from the technical death style heard on the previous release even in light of their recent success and popularity. The one thing that has changed is the electronic/synth work is of a much higher value then on the self titled album Animals As Leaders, thankfully it is again used sparingly just to add dimension to the tracks rather then over power them. The technical leads again take the front stage and are the driving force of this group as if to say the leads take on the role of the lead vocalist. All in all Weightless is an amazing album by a band that deserves every second of fame they acquire, a must own for all Metal fans and in particular Technical/Complex Metal fans will fall in love. I included the full length track 'Isolated Incidents' with my review, please give it a look and listen. Support a supporter of Metal and click yes below and please check out my other reviews.

Digital Veil
Digital Veil
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Neo-Classical Metal with a Tranquil Demeanor, November 1, 2011
This review is from: Digital Veil (Audio CD)
Technical Metal has come a long way over the past few years. Bands are starting to branch out into sub genre's within the Tech Metal camp and is truly allowing some excellent and interesting music make it to hard disc and become regular rotation on Heavy Metal airwaves. The Human Abstract have hit a home run with Digital Veil bringing a chaotic ambiance that at times is (at least for me) reminiscent of Cynic's latest release Traced in Air. Though what set's them apart is the strong Classical influence and the sheer heaviness that at points steps into the boundaries of Death/Black Tech Metal. All that said it is the band's ability to find a stable center point we're the heavy and more ambient sides can clash in glorious harmony.

Vocalist Travis Richter truly shows his worth as his deep guttural death growls bring rage to the heavier parts and yet his tranquil clean vocals bring a depth of humility to the harmonic chorus' and more tranquil tracks. With most Tech Metal groups two instruments stand out above all; Drums and Guitars. On Digital Veil I find that the guitars take the lead going from tapping to haunting acoustics at break neck speeds. I have to take note of the guitar work done on the second track 'Complex Terms' where we see a wide array of guitar styles and a great deal of technicality. Brett Powell puts down some intense fills through out the album and some of the finest cymbal work I've heard in some time I only think theirs a few moments on Digital Veil where his wrists get a break.

All and all Digital Veil has yet to leave regular rotation in my CD player and I doubt it will anytime soon. In my opinion Digital Veil is by far one of the best Metal releases of 2011 and should make many Top 10 lists if listeners have an open mind. Fans of Technical Metal definitely need to give this album a listen. Anyone in the General Metal scene also should take a peak at this gem as few bands show the sheer musicianship that is displayed here. Thank you for reading and I hope that my review peaked your interest into this album and ultimately led you to purchase Digital Veil. Support a supporter of Metal and click 'Yes' below.
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A New Era Of Corruption
A New Era Of Corruption
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Era of Chaotic Deathcore Begins..., August 23, 2010
This review is from: A New Era Of Corruption (Audio CD)
Firstly, I am not the biggest fan of the Deathcore scene. I have checked out a large portion of the bands in the sub genre and only three seem to remain in constant rotation with all the other Metal I listen to. Winds Of Plague, Emmure and obviously Whitechapel. They are the only three that keep my intrest, Whitechapel possibly being the heaviest of the bunch. 2008's This Is Exile erupted into the Metal airwaves and soon an army of loyal fans followed. New Era Of Corruption only improves on what This Is Exile offered to the Metal masses.

Whether it be the deep low end sweeping riffs, the subtle but expertly executed solo's or simply Phil's deep roars, everything you loved about previous releases remains. The one thing that truly stood out most to me as being a difference is the vocals being far more constant and a focal point of the overall album. Not to worry though as the lead guitars and hard riffs are still where Whitechapel excels. Simply put if you are a fan of the Deathcore scene and/or the bands previously mentioned this album will suite you.

The one missing star as you may ask from the so far glowing review is due to the drums. Though the percussion section fits well with each song I just found it a bit lackluster in comparison to the roaring guitars and from what was heard on This Is Exile. There are a few parts where some more technical fills get tossed in but overall the drums on NEOC are fairly simplistic, which is fine. All in all I give the album an overall 4.5 out of 5. Between Winds Of Plague's latest and this release I can see that Deathcore is growing and maturing into an unstoppable beast. Let's hope this chaotic form of Metal only improves with time. Thanks for reading.
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Asleep Next to Science
Asleep Next to Science
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing A Creative Soundscape..., August 22, 2010
This review is from: Asleep Next to Science (Audio CD)
Orbs is what is known as a 'Supergroup' in which several members of other known bands come together to create an entirely new band. Normally this concept is mainly heard mostly commonly in Mainstream Rock & Metal, stuff commonly heard on the top Rock radio stations. 'Asleep Next To Science' is by no means mainstream and certainly would stand out like a sore thumb among the uncreative sludge played on local rock radio stations. What we get to enjoy is extremely experimental Progressive Rock with strong Heavy Metal influences.

From Adam Fisher's unique high pitched vocal tones to guitarist Dan Briggs effect laden solo's and on to Ashley Ellyllon's epic keyboard arrangements the band truly shows no signs of holding back. The pace tends to remain at a slower groovy pace that suites the music well and doesn't weaken the overall performance. This album is truly a roller coaster ride of creativity and honestly is extremely difficult to explain in words.

Fans of Heavy Metal be wary, This album is far from being 'brutal' however Metal fans of creative music with edge should give the album a try. Fans of experimental Rock groups will be blown off their feet as this is easily one of the most creative albums I have listened to in a long time. I highly recommend this album to all and hope that everyone at least gives it a chance, it truly is a one of a kind musical experience.

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