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Roundtable Review: Red Mourning – Where Stone And Water Meet

CoverLabel: Bad Reputation

Release Date:  May 15, 2014

Songs:  13

Genre:  Blues-core/groove/stoner

Studio Albums:  Time to go 2008, Pregnant With Promises 2011

Location:  Paris, France

For Fans of: Pantera, Down, Lamb Of God, Alice In Chains

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Stream of the Week: Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch

How it that a band like Ringworm passes me by unnoticed?  Just when I feel I am broadening my horizons in metal to the nth degree, awesome bands just appear out of nowhere.  Except, they aren’t from nowhere.  They are from Cleveland.  That’s somewhere.  I know it is because I have driven through there like four times – never stopped.  Perhaps it’s all about marketing because I just checked, I am not living under a rock.  Anyway, if their Relapse Records debut album, Hammer of the Witch, doesn’t inspire chair throwing before 1:18 into Dawn of Decay, then I don’t know what to say about you except that you probably like Nickelback.

Their release date, 18 March 2014, kind of came and went like any other day.  Then I started seeing all these posts about the band as it soon appeared in our own inbox.  I figure it’s worth checking out.  To make a long pointless story short, it’s a killer mix of everything great about groove, hardcore, thrash, and death metal.  The vocals are intense, yet mostly coherent which is not always important, but nice when you can make out more than a few words.  Seriously, if I needed to hire someone to yell at my kids to get them to go to bed on time, I would hire this guy.  Listen and you will see why.

Overall, the album is pretty f’n solid; fifteen tracks of break neck, throw something across the room viciousness.  Enjoy!

Album Review: Speed Kill Hate – Out For Blood

Speed Kill Hate - Out For Blood

Apparently even thrash fans need to find some catharsis for their anger. Not content with the frenzy he cooks up in Overkill, guitarist Dave Linsk is back with his side-project Speed Kill Hate for something even heavier than his main band. On sophomore Out For Blood, the lineup almost completely differs from last time round; only Linsk remains. That doesn’t seem to have mattered too much, as the new band have had enough time to gel and create a slab of thrash that also dabbles in East Coast hardcore and groove metal. As you can imagine, that combination is pretty testosterone-driven.

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Album Review: Apocryphon by The Sword

For the past six years The Sword has done nothing but impress me with their riff laden, groove based renditions of doom rock.  Each record they released made huge improvements over the previous and took steps in bold new directions while always sticking to their core sound.  On their previous album, Warp Riders, The Sword took a step out of doom drenched songs with mythological and fantasy undertones towards a more rock and roll focused album with a full on science fiction backdrop.  In my opinion that record was the best thing The Sword has released to date, so needless to say expectations were quite lofty for the follow-up.  I now have said successor in my hands and while Apocryphon doesn’t live up to the high expectations I had for it, it is nothing short of a remarkable album.

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