Winnipeg’s KEN mode new release is actually their fifth album, which marks a decade since the release of their first. This album could fool you into thinking that they were new with the urgent and relentless, and angry sounds emanating from them.
This is an aggressive album, and the bludgeoning weight of post-hardcore features heavily with the guitars saw-toothed and gouging in parts, and highly technical in others. The band really rip through this album as though they were a force of nature and are coming to devastate your town. You get song after song of pure energy and power that grabs you and the anger is so strong that you can feel it hitting you from the speakers.
After five albums, these guys show no sign of slowing down or becoming wimpy, instead it sounds as if they got their second wind and really are making their move into bigger and better areas.
ABachalypse Now is a live collection with two CDs and a DVD. It chronicles three different Bach solo shows last summer: Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Since the shows were so close together, the set lists are pretty similar. There’s a mix of classic Skid Row tracks and Bach’s solo material.
Now for the fun stuff, Bach has admitted that the vocals on the CD has been fixed in the studio, so you don’t get a live recording of him singing, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. If you are looking for a collection of your favorite songs from his solo career and with SKID ROW, this is the place to look. The band is tight, heavy and gives the songs the energy to make them stand out. You get song after song of power and emotion that really will get you cranking this up and blaring it out of your windows with a few beers down your neck.
You get two CDs and a DVD with three shows, what more can you ask for? This is great value for the money and if you are a fan, a purchase that you need to get.
PRETTY MAIDS is melodic metal band from Denmark that have been around since 1981, and have quite a payload of releases behind them. This is their first album since Pandemonium in 2010.
This album differs somewhat to what has come before by having a very keyboard-centric sound, fortunately, the guitar is sharp and heavier than ever and the combination of the monstrously heavy guitar sound and focus on the keyboard gives the album a very thick sound. ”Mother of All Lies,” “Why So Serious?” and the title track show the band giving us the hard and heavy sound that they do so well. The title track is an up-tempo pounder that has grooves, and the chorus is pure perfection. ”Why So Serious?” is a haunting and captivating song that blends melody with fantastic riffing. “Sad to See You Suffer,” ”Bullet For You” and the excellent “Wasted” shows off the melodic essence of this band perfectly. “Bullet For You” showcases harmonies that are luscious and fill out the vocals beautifully. “Wasted” closes the record and does an excellent job of blending the keyboard playing into the songwriting.
All of these songs have amazing choruses that will stick in your head long after the record is over. Everyone who is a fan of PRETTY MAIDS and loves melodic metal songs will fall in love with this CD
Second release from this crazed band who just keep getting better and more furious with every release. A short EP of seven tracks and only just over six and a half minutes long.
The first track is full of effects and strange voices with some great thrash being played and them the real insanity starts with the first real track, “Courtney Gave Ted Head”. This a fantastic song with manic vocals, and awesome playing that will get the pit going. The whole thing, other than the first track is a mosh inducing frenzy that will get you caught up in it and send you reeling.
These guys always make me smile and give my ears a treat. Grab this one and piss off someone you love.
This Chicago, IL trio has dropped a new four song EP that shows of their mix of punk and rock that they do so well. This is their fifth release in their eight year history and this EP really showcases growth in their songwriting abilities with its dramatic tempo shifts and turn on a dime time signature changes driven by the solid drumming. The vocal delivery has a bit more grit and gravel than on previous releases and adds roughness to the giant sing along choruses throughout all the songs and the guitar work adds awesome riffing to the band’s airtight sound.
This literally explodes with “Modern Day Meltdown,” a terrific song that serves up devastating rhythm, a rocking guitar groove, infectious harmonies and catchy chorus. “Daley Struggle” keeps things moving with its slamming guitar groove against melodic vocals and dynamic groove and takes a jab at former mayor Richard M. Daley. “Same Old Song” is a full throttle ditty with heartfelt vocals against a wicked rhythm guitar. “Juvenescence” continues the urgent pace of the album with another guitar-driven, kick-ass song.
A great taster that will set your speakers on fire and you know that being from Chicago, they know about fires. If this is how hard they hit on an EP, just think how they will destroy you on an album or live.
This is the debut long player from the French melodic death metal band that I previously reviewed on this blog and I can hear the growth from them. The five piece really upped the ante and played harder and with more feeling than on their debut EP.
Starting off with a very mellow instrumental called “Back to Life,” they don’t give you any clue as to the intensity that is coming on the next track. “Destroying Fate” grabs you and slams you down with the power that they put forth on this track and you just take it from them and you want more of it. Thankfully the next song “Hymn to Silent Soldiers” gives you even more to be thankful for with the incredible guitar work that will get your head banging and make you want to play the track over again. I loved that you could understand the vocals, although they are deep and guttural, they are easy to understand and enjoy, something that always improves my listening pleasure. The dual vocals really work well together, the drumming is crisp, and thundering, the bass is nice and thick and the guitar playing is simply outstanding, some of the best playing that I’ve heard in any metal, not just death metal, and the songs have a terrific amount of melody that makes them stand out from the crowd.
One of, if not my favorite melodic death metal bands ever and it’s such a treat to be able to hear them grow and expand their abilities as their career goes forward. If you are a fan of this genre or just want to hear a great metal album, you need a copy of this…get one right now!
Fronted by Karl Buechner, (EARTH CRISIS, PATH OF RESISTANCE), Syracuse, NY’s FREYA has been around for ten years. They have produced three full length albums re-imagining classic thrash, and death metal, while infusing dense melodies throughout. The new record features a guest solo on the track “Serpentine” by Paul Waggoner (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME).
“In The Span of Seconds” has a great opening riff and hits you right away with some fast-paced double picking leading into great double-bass pounding that sets off the album to a great start. The album is a behemoth of non-stop riffs, destructive bass, gruff vocals and devastating drumming that it just demands to be played loud. The songs come at you like a steamroller, running over top of you and flattening everything in their path. There is melody on the album, like the great track “Through The Flames,” but the intensity of the album is what really sticks with you and keeps you coming back for more.
An album that just screams at your soul and wants to rip your ears off of your head and it needs to be a part of your record collection today. Play this one loud and often, make your neighbors hate you just a bit more than they already do.