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King Leviathan – Paean Heretica: Album Review

“Until now, I’ve always preferred King Leviathan live to their studio work, “The Shrine” was really good and had a couple of awesome anthems, but they never quite matched the live energy that is incredibly appealing. “Paean Heretica”, however, is a massive improvement and incredibly alluring with how dark it gets, it’s an album that encapsulates the real King Leviathan aura. Production for this release is a lot crisper, without losing that raw atmosphere that metal sometimes needs. The songwriting feels a lot more ambitious, a real blend of beauty meets the beast, but it works so well and still feels strongly like a King Leviathan release. This is a fantastic debut from the Brighton lads, and far more of an interesting listen than originally expected.”

For The Fans Of: Wretched Soul, Sylosis

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

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Miss May I – Shadows Inside: Album Review

“Six albums into a ten-year career, that’s a lot of churned out music and Miss May I don’t seem any bigger than they were five years ago. Though, with this latest release, it’s certainly one to take notice of the Ohio outfit again. Miss May I still has something to offer, and it’s clear that moving towards a straight up metal style is working more in their favour than leaning towards the constantly fluctuating metalcore scene. There are elements of both core and metal, but the shreds and fiddly little hooks are something that even Megadeth would be proud of. “

For The Fans Of: Darkest Hour, Bury Tomorrow, Texas In July

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Emmure – Look At Yourself: Album Review

“What this album lacks is an anthem. There isn’t an “R2 Deepthroat” or “Solar Flare Homicide” that stands out above the rest. Apart from the attention-grabbing quips of nu-metal influences, a lot of this album blends into one and is just a strong reminder of the Emmure of old. People will still make the jokes of comparing the guitar tabs to binary code. I was hoping for something fresher, considering all the background changes leading up to the album but I can’t fault the band’s delivery of pure savagery and brutality; they do know how to unleash all kinds of hell. If nothing else, you can always count on Emmure to write songs designed to incite pit carnage. ”

For the fans of: The Acacia Strain, Bury Your Dead, King Conquer

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming: Album Review

“While Lovejoy claims Sorrow Plagues and his influences lie within the realm of black metal, it’s not where I’d place “Homecoming”; the album is almost too beautiful to exist in a sub-genre normally considered to be incredibly dark. It’s not a release I can imagine myself listening to regularly; rather, it’s an album you want to stick on and drift off with. The only downfall is that I think the tracks are rather long and drag out a fair bit. Sometimes it works to have long songs if you have enough variety to keep the listener engaged, but while most of “Homecoming” is a pleasant listen, there is a lot of unnecessary repetition on each track. Even so, however, I cannot ignore how impressive the musicianship really is.”

For the fans of: Deafheaven, Alcest

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

 

The Five Hundred – The Veil: EP Review

“”The Veil” is a solid listen, it’s ridiculously heavy in places while the impressive musicianship balances it out from being a heavy album for heavy sake. The fiddly solos, the combination of hard hitting riffs, the impacting drum work and a frontman who can sing epically as well as show his ferocious side. These are great elements of a decent metal band, and this is a nice taster for a new album on the horizon.”

For The Fans Of: Heart of a Coward,Monuments, Betraying The Martyrs, Textures

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Stone Sour – Hydrograd: Album Review

“There are comments that ‘Hydrograd’ is a backwards step for Stone Sour and that the album is one dimensional, far from it, it’s just appealing to more people by appeasing the older fans that prefer the heavier material while still staying strongly within reach of mainstream rock and metal. As weird as it feels to say, Jim Root isn’t missed on this album, Martucci does a grand job in filling his rather big boots and perhaps does a grander job. At times this album reaches a level of aggression that even the debut album didn’t meet. The formula of switching from heavy verse to soft or catchy chorus becomes a little repetetive, but thats the only true negativity I have about the album. Taylor stated that “Our only real idea was to make a kick-ass rock and roll album,”. I wouldn’t consider this a rock and roll album in the traditional sense, but it surely does the job in making you want to rock out.”

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Wednesday 13 – Condolences: Album Review

“While i’m familiar with past material, I’ve never been a regular Wednesday 13 listener, but this is a good album to start with. It’s certainly his heaviest work yet and it’s a nice blend of old and new influences. I’d love to see if he can go heavier. Lyrically it’s imposing as a strong topic that revolves around the album is death, yet the catchiness of the melodies adds to the entertainment value.”

For fans of: Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Murderdolls

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Bleed Again – Momentum

The Worthing five-piece combines the brutality of death metal with the raw ferocity of metalcore, drawing a direct influence from the sound that flooded the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene in the early 2000s. Think of the perfect mix of Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. And, while the previous releases have shown glimpses of what Bleed Again can produce, “Momentum” surprises us all with how much the band has grown in just a couple of years.

I came into this album expecting good things, I never quite expected an album this good. While the main metalcore vibe is still the stand out feature on most of the release. Bleed Again have shown more depth with “Momentum”, showing newer influences by getting heavier and softer in their songwriting. With this album, the Worthing lads have revealed great potential on their debut release, leaving an album with the similar calibre to Bury Tomorrow’s earlier albums.

 For The Fans Of: Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Trivium
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

WHILE SHE SLEEPS – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON

Just days following the release of their third album, ‘You Are We’, Sheffield metallers, While She Sleeps headed to the south coast city of Brighton as part of their extensive tour around the UK. What made this occasion more special was that the iconic Concorde 2 was sold out weeks before the show. This was incredible, considering that two London shows were sold out on this tour, too.

The majority of the set was filled with new material and I felt that this was a downside to the show. The reactions from the crowd were great for each song, but for a set to be dominated by material from an album released a few day prior to the show felt like overkill. I certainly would have expected more than two songs from ‘This Is The Six’. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic performance from the Sheffield crew and they had a very rowdy crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. It was true showmanship and I can only expect the next time they play Brighton will be a bigger venue, such as The Dome.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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