Raffy Reviews - Zao: 'Pyrrhic Victory' Nov. 6, 2017

Pyrrhic Victory
by Zao

Background Album Breakdown:This year, iconic metalcore actZao, whom are based out of the east coast US, are releasing a follow-up EP to last year's album.Pyrrhic Victory, an eighteen minute, five track offering released under Observed/Observer Recordings, has all the makings of a modern metalcore r...

Interiors Nov. 6, 2017

by Quicksand

The Pitch: Back in the 90's, underdog alternative rock group Quicksand proved the power of quality over quantity with just two albums: Slip and Manic Compression. Now they are back over 20 years later with one of the most anticipated follow-ups of 2017. FFO: Fugazi, Helmet, Sonic Youth What I Like:...

Raffy Reviews - Moonspell: '1755' Nov. 3, 2017

by Moonspell

Background: Since the very early 1990s, Portuguese gothic metal outiftMoonspell has been consistently pumping out their material to the masses. Often desribed as emotionally dark and cinematically epic, the band's musical style often centers around themes of the macabre, the occult, and the obscurel...

Raffy Reviews - Scour: 'Red' Nov. 3, 2017

by Scour

Background:On this day, US-based Phil Anselmo black metal side projectScour unveil their newest EP. This latest addition marks the group's second venture into the realm of the blackened and the heavy. Via Housecore Records, this new EP simply and vaguely titledRed is now upon us...and it is time to ...

The Dusk In Us Nov. 3, 2017

The Dusk In Us
by Converge

The Pitch: The 9th studio album from Massachusetts metalcore/mathcore legends Converge via Deathwish and Epitaph. Believe it or not, it's already been 5 years since the band's fantastic All We Love We Leave Behind. Can they continue their seemingly endless upward trend in passionate, quality materia...

Raffy Reviews - Monolith Cult: 'Gospel of Despair' Nov. 2, 2017

Gospel of Despair
by Monolith Cult

Background/Band at Hand:The doom metal scene in the UK has been a prominent one dating back several decades. Since the foundation of this traditional heavy metal subsequence, the doom metal essence has had an influence on other genres that followed and consequently resulted in a community of fans th...

Conscious Darkness Nov. 2, 2017

Conscious Darkness
by Blaze of Perdition

The Pitch: Polish group Blaze of Perdition'slatest offering Conscious Darkness "cuts through various emanations of black metal, and reaches a core broad in its spectrum. Melody, atmosphere and avant-garde elements are laid on a foundation of more traditional black metal." FFO: Schammasch, Outre, AWE...

A Vile Decree Nov. 1, 2017

A Vile Decree
by Hangman

The Pitch: Long Island hardcore crew Hangman deliver a destructive new EP "with upbeat circle-pit energy interjected with slamming grooves and vicious breakdowns" viaFlatspot Records. FFO: Terror, Power Trip, Left Behind What I Like: This is what hardcore was always meant to be: short, direct, and ...

We Only Love You When You're Dead Oct. 31, 2017

We Only Love You When You're Dead
by Encephalon

The Pitch:Artoffact Records brings us the industrial and industrial metal stylings of Canada's Encephalon with their eclectic third record, We Only Love You When You're Dead. FFO: Mindless Faith, 3Teeth, Nine Inch Nails What I Like: It's difficult to talk about this album without engaging in the dr...

Red Before Black Oct. 30, 2017

Red Before Black
by Cannibal Corpse

The Pitch: The 14th(!) album from the nearly 30 year old(!!) brutal death metal legends Cannibal Corpse through Metal Blade Records. "We're always looking for ways to move our sound forward while maintaining the style we've developed over the years," Webster states. "I think we managed to do that wi...

Raffy Reviews - Winds of Plague: 'Blood Of My Enemy' Oct. 27, 2017

Blood Of My Enemy
by Winds of Plague

Background/Band at Hand:Today, Los Angeles-based metal actWinds of Plague unveil their newest full-length release. Having been active in their respective scene since the early 2000s, this landmark deathcore band has, so far, dropped five albums since their conception and have been part of numerous t...

Deus Salutis Meae Oct. 27, 2017

Deus Salutis Meae
by Blut Aus Nord

The Pitch: French black metal legends Blut Aus Nord return once more in their lengthy career to deliver further pyschotropic terrors and industrialized destruction with Deus Salutis Meae. FFO: Godflesh, Autokrator, Gnaw Their Tonges/Dragged Into Sunlight What I Like: Blut Aus Nord are a band known ...

Urn Oct. 27, 2017

by Ne Obliviscaris

The Pitch: Australian extreme progressive metal act Ne Obliviscaris have followed up their breakout album, Citadel, with a new release via Season of Mist. FFO: Winterhorde, Inverted Serenity, Demonic Resurrection What I Like: I recall when Citadel dropped and I was among the few that were unimpress...

Djent Jams Oct. 26, 2017

Djent Jams
by Zilf

The Pitch: UK instrumental progressive/djent act Zilf makes a triumphant return with a rock solid new release. Bonus: Name your own Price. FFO: Mendel, Periphery, Modern Day Babalon What I Like: Count Djent Jams among the best EP's of the year if you're a fan of the genre. With this release, Zilf c...

To Perceive Is To Suffer Oct. 26, 2017

To Perceive Is To Suffer
by Contrarian

The Pitch: "Rooted in early 90s progressive death metal, but with an unrelenting forward thinking approach, Contrarian return with their second full length album To Perceive Is To Suffer" Avant-garde progressive death metal from Willowtip FFO: Mithras, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Horrendous What I Like...

Blessed By the Burn Oct. 25, 2017

Blessed By the Burn
by Left Behind

The Pitch: Charleston sludge and death-infused hardcore band Left Behind with another excoriating new album hot on the trail of the crushing Seeing Red. FFO: Early Helmet, Wolf King, The Apex What I Like: Seeing Red was a real treat; an insanely heavy release that pulled no punches. Hell, it was on...

Au Peuple de l'Abîme Oct. 25, 2017

Au Peuple de l'Abîme
by Heir

The Pitch: Toulouse, France black metal group Heir joins the ranks of Les Acteurs De l'Ombre Productions to release their debut full length albumAu Peuple de l'Abme:"To the People of the Abyss." FFO: Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Hark, Wildernessking What I Like:Au Peuple de l'Abme is a raging fire be...

F.O.H.A.T Oct. 24, 2017

by Caïnan Dawn

The Pitch: "Once again,Canan Dawn has probed the infinite resonance of the everlasting chaos. Through seven tracks with strong atmosphere, the cosmic substance F.O.H.A.T revealed the mysterious link between Mind and Matter." -Osmose Productions. FFO Schammasch, Mephorash, Inquisition What I Like: A...

Hostage Animal Oct. 23, 2017

Hostage Animal
by All Pigs Must Die

The Pitch: Consisting of members from Trap Them, Converge, Bloodhorse, and The Hope Conspiracy; sludge and hardcore band All Pigs Must Die bring their various talents to the table with the help of Kurt Ballou and Southern Lord. FFO: Northless, Converge, The Lion's Daughter What I Like: There's some...

Raffy Reviews - Veil of Maya: 'False Idol' Oct. 20, 2017

False Idol
by Veil of Maya

Background Brief History:For well over a decade now, prog-djenty metallersVeil of Maya have been clouding the underground core scene with their personal marque of heavy metal. Through six satisfyingly heavy full-length albums, countless energetic live shows, and consistently sound musicianship, it ...

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