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Roadrunner Records: Spring Sampler 2010

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 110000008UTC 12 by marky7235

On occasion, if you subscribe to Roadrunner Records website, you get these tasty little samplers that both introduce you to bands you have never heard of and give you pre-release singles from bands you need to hear. The following is one of those such samplers…some of these bands I have no idea who they are, others are stalwarts in the Metal community. At any rate, it was free and contains some interesting tidbits.

Fear Campaign [Fear Factory]—-A really great return to form, this single is from the excellent Mechanize CD…all of the trademark elements are here…aggressive as hell Metal…brutal vocals and a magical clean vocal that sucks you right into the world of the band known as Fear Factory. Truly a great effort from this recently reunited band.

Burn It Down/Live [Five Finger Death Punch]—-With a maniacal audience to back up the band, this is a huge thrash/mosh pit that brings blood to your forehead even on CD. This is right up there with Hatebreed for me…the chorus is huge, the lyrics lean to the positive and the crowd reacts with enough energy to power New York. This is straight forward hardcore that is just not very available these days…love this!!!

Slam Anthem [Gama Bomb]—-Having never even heard of this band before,  I was interested to see what this was all about. The first thing that smacks you in the face is the opening scream…pretty incredible….this guy comes across as a younger version of Bruce Dickinson to me. The music is incredibly fast…I wonder how this guy gets so many words into one sentence. This is one to watch for…this transcends any of the Nu-Metal being produced today.

Over The Top [White Wizard]—-This is pretty incredible….I must investigate this band as well. This is nice prog Metal…with a high-pitched vocal to match. The overlayed vocal adds a lot of warmth and depth to the sound of the song…the music though seems almost pushed to the back of the mix. This is not the best produced song I have ever heard, but this band shows huge promise.

Operation:Mindcrime/Live In Wisconsin [Queensryche]—-A nice blast from the past, you would think that this band has grown tired of touring with this release and trying to recapture the glory days that are long past them. The sound of this recording is incredibly bad…the music is very fuzzy and the vocal rides too high above the sound of the band. Tate sounds remarkably good though…which is a surprise to me…the times I have seen him it has been a bit of a disaster.

A Thousand Lies/Advance Copy [Trypticon]—-Just from the opening strains of this song, I know that I have to get my hands on this release. This is fast…really deep in sound with lyrics that actually suck…but seem appealing to me. the brutal sound of the band almost overrides everything else..this is a literal wall of sound. The bass is so deep that it takes over the entire sound of the song entirely. This is excellent.

Wake Up/Live At The Galaxy 2009 [Suicide Silence]—-This is terrible….the sound quality is so distorted that everything is a huge solid mess of sound….what the hell…it was free.

Carnal Deliverance/Advance Release [Defeated Sanity]—-This is the best Cannibal impression I have ever heard. This is deep and the vocals are monstrous and delivered with an insane feel that brings a smile to my face. This is sludge Grindcore…if there is such a thing. I am loving this…wish I had some lyrics…..

Heaven’s Black Sea [Ihsahn]—-I live in Toledo! Trying to get my hands on this CD has been next to impossible…I guess I need to visit Amazon. I love this guy…he has a nice sense of theatrics…a flair for monstrous Metal at times and stays true to the Metal that he believes in. The intro to the song is awesome…reminding me a bit of Satyricon brand Metal…this is full of movement, atmosphere and a tad bit of the dark…just what the Dr. ordered.

A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky [The Atlas Moth]—-This begins well enough….the intro is a bit long and extended and again, the production quality on some of these up and coming bands are horrible. None the less, the intensity is to be admired and the vocal is rather intense.

Closer/Live Acoustic [Lacuna Coil]—-I have never been a big fan of this band…this acoustic version of this song is pretty nice though. It really allows the vocals to play off of each other and the music never takes over the harmonies. Perhaps I need to give this band another try….perhaps.

Hammer And Life/Demo [Exodus]—-One of the founding fathers of the whole early thrash movement, I did not give this much hope as it was listed as a demo version. This will not let you down though…this is full of the magnificence that the band has delivered all of these years. The guitar attack is brutal and so full of sound….the vocal takes you back to the old school sound of Metal…when Metallica was relevant, when Megadeth wasn’t as pretentious and Testament still made real Thrash. Ahhh…..Memories! Outstanding!

Thousandfold [Eleuveitie]—-I have never heard of this band…..not even a little bit. The music is magnificent…the vocal comes across as adequate. This is a pretty big song, thanks to the really great bass and drums and the lead that plays a perfect melody through the backdrop that never gives up. This is rather stellar.

Beyond Forlorn [Arsis]—-again with the really bad production…this sounds like it was recorded on a cassette player about 1000 feet away from the band. the vocal is so removed that you lose all of the desired effect. This is definitely a Satyricon influenced band…the chorus and the delivery are exactly the same…I hesitate to but this though…if the production quality is this lousy. This could be a really huge band with me.

Sons Of The System [Mnemic]—-This is pretty large in its delivery…the guitars are incredible and the drums are even better. the vocal enters with a scream from hell that seems to last forever. this is full of nice tempo and mood changes…allowing you to really get a feel for the band. The vocal is a nice mix of Metalcore and straight up Metal…this is great…I know this band has been circulating for quite sometime….if they deliver more stuff like this, they could go pretty far.

Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend [Nile]—-Delivering their strongest material to date, this is a band that is destined to take over the Black/Grind/Death community. This is fast, and the guitars have an amazing clarity to them. the vocal is manic…delivered so fast you need the lyric sheet to keep up and keep track of the lines. This is brutal, dark and scary…magnificent.

Reign To Surrender [Epica]—-Epica is one of those operatic Metal bands that you ither love or hate. To me, this release contained some of their strongest material to date…they can never match the majesty of Nightwish, but they hold a pretty dark second to that band. I like the way they use the dual vocalist more and the nice interludes only serve to create a huge canvas of mastery. This is incredible!

**** out of 5

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Attack Attack!/Attack Attack!

Posted in CD of the day, music, random, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on 40000008UTC 12 by marky7235

Attack Attack

Attack Attack! is an American metalcore band from Westerville, Ohio. The group is currently signed to Rise Records. Since their inception in 2005, Attack Attack! have released one EP, If Guns Are Outlawed, Can We Use Swords? and two full-length albums, Someday Came Suddenly and a self-titled record.

Although the band’s songs contain Christianbased lyrics, not all members of Attack Attack! follow the religion, as such do not consider themselves a Christian band.

Sexual Man Chocolate—-Emerging slowly from a nice piano laden intro, the song slowly builds as the sense of energy increases…the vocal enters with a slight masterful puke that wraps around you wonderfully well. the clean vocal adds the important melodic elements to the track…this seems to transcend the more brutal elements of the song. this is a magical schizophrenic track that will leave you wondering exactly what you are listening to. Really great!

Renob, Nevada—-Beginning in a much more familiar tone, the drum track on this song is incredible. The band delivers chops at a lightning speed…the vocal deep and menacing. This is nicely intermixed with a clean vocal that allows the band to be accessible to everyone. The melody line that runs through this is irrssistable….I really like this back and forth stuff…just enough to keep you from becoming to complacent or bored.

“I Swear I’ll Change”—-This has some wonderful overt orchestration and a straight forward melancholy clean vocal that allows for some nice drums as well. This is full of atmosphere and a level of sadness and seriousness that hangs heavy in the air. the chorus is huge and contagious as hell…these kids have their recipe down …when the gutteral vocal enters, it almost seems required and needed. Fantastic!!!

Shut Your Mouth—-This is different….with an MC and a beat that would fit on any dance floor in Anywhere USA, this is shocking to me. I thought I switched the CD on myself!!! This is so different and unexpected you just ask yourself what the f*%k!!! This is nice, but such an abrupt change is almost overwhelming.

A For Andrew—-Returning with a full on metal assault, I am still reeling from the previous song…trying to get back into the mode of the material on the first half of this release. this track is deep, dark and driven…the hollers and gutteral exclamations on this are extreme. This is like coming home..I love this nice play between aggression and clean vocal snatches…just enough to keep me coming back for more.

Smokahoritas—-Once again delving into a quasi dance sound intermixed with heavy guitars, you sometimes feel like you are walking sideways through life with this off kilter delivery. the vocal is a nice mix…the play back and forth between the two vocalists are incredibly fresh and interesting. this is aggressive as hell, yet magically accessible. I have no complaints.

AC-130—-Brutal from the first note, the guitars come at you in aggressive blasts that are offset by the even heavier and driven drums. the vocal is a throat aching delivery that makes you cough and clear your throat on many occasions. This is masterful aggression…reminding me at times of the early days of Fear Factory. These kids are really in the know…delivering accessible and fresh metalcore to the masses.

Fumbles O’Brian—-Beginning with an odd vocoder intro and a turntable scratching, the song quickly changes direction and becomes more aggressive at a moments notice. The deep and puking lead vocal is masterful…the clean vocal giving the whole thing a nice sense of melody…the occassional intermittent synths and vocoder throws you off-balance a bit, but you will never be bored…TRUST!

Urbo Swag—-Again with the intro turntable and synth line! This again quickly dissolves into masterful metal as the aggression picks up and only slows a bit to allow for the clean vocal. This is so damn melodic and catchy you will have this in the front of your brain all day. this is amazing…these are a talented bunch!

Lonely—-With an almost toy piano sounding intro, I almost though of Linus right away!!! The vocal enters and is so clear and accessible it almost erases the aggression of earlier songs. this is lush and beautiful piano driven pop that seems almost out-of-place on the record. As the song progresses and opens up, you get a bit of a heavier beat and a bit more driving sound to the song, but overall this is tender and relaxed…full of emotion and lyrics that make you think about YOUR life. Nice!

****1/2 out of 5