Grogus – Four Kings

What ever happened to unpredictability? The Baroness, the Mastodon, when they were sneaky. You miss those old familiar bands, waiting just around the bend. Now though they’re everywhere you look, they’re quite different from their reckless and wild beginnings. They reigned it in. They matured. It’s nonsensical to argue that…

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SiXforNinE – Parallel Universe

Ignore the terrible band name! This album is actually really good! I swear! SiXforNinE are led by ex-Septic Flesh drummer Fotis Benardo and play a brand of progressive metal-influenced hard rock that is far more potent than you might expect. SiXforNinE’s progressive leanings should be fairly apparnat from Parallel Universe’s…

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Humanity’s Last Breath – Abyssal

Summertime. The living may be easy, the fish jumping and the cotton high, but Humanity’s Last Breath couldn’t give a shit about that. As Europe is broiled by a particularly ferocious heatwave, the Swedes prepare to deliver a relentless blast of bleak and uncompromising gloom on harsh Scandinavian winds.  Abyssal,…

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Howling Sycamore – Seven Pathways to Annihilation

That title, coming from this band, is honestly terrifying. We’re still reeling from Howling Sycamore’s debut release, a supergroup comprised of some of death metal’s best and making a weird type of avant-garde progressive metal, and here they stand before us with a promise of annihilation. Interestingly enough, Seven Pathways…

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Baroness – Gold & Grey

It’s always a tricky thing when an established group puts out a new record. You don’t want to get your hopes up necessarily, but you’re just really looking forward to hearing it. Especially if that artist is one of your favorites. You don’t want to project on them but it’s…

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Hey! Listen to The Chemical Mind!

There’s been so many good albums this year it’s easy for some to slip through the cracks, even ones that you’ve already listened to. When I first heard The Chemical Mind’s Beneath the Shadow It Casts, admittedly I listened to a couple of songs and sort of just dismissed it…

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