Friday, July 21, 2017

CD Review: The Return Of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Artists Shattered Sun, For The Win, Rex Brown And Owl Company

American heavy metal band Shattered Sun return with their new sophomore album titled "The Evolution Of Anger." It will be released on July 21st through Victory Records. The band is currently on tour as part of the Vans Warped Tour, before headlining their own shows this fall. Their new 10-song release comes blasting right out of the gate with the speed and aggression of "Keep Your Eyes Shut." The screaming vocals of "Blame" and the buzzing guitars of "Declassified" will show you that this band has the energy to keep the mosh pits moving when they perform these songs live. They keep up the energy flowing through "Hollow Chains" and the hardcore edge of "Burn It Down," before finishing their new album with the speed and destruction of "Like Gasoline" and the thunderous rhythm of "Hope Dies" as screams will continue the ringing in your ears. To find out more about Shattered Sun and their latest release "The Evolution Of Anger," please visit their Facebook page at

From San Diego comes the Victory Records debut album from For The Win titled "Heavy Thoughts." It features 10-tracks of high energy, quick-moving, aggressive hard rock that is the perfect recipe for mainstream success. They begin their new album with the chugging guitars of "Us Verses Them" as the drums and vocals motor the song's intense pace. They continue with the fast pace rhythm and hardcore harmonizing vocals of "G Series" and the punk-like energy of "All Or Nothing" and "The Weight Of The World." They deliver the arena rocker "Dancing Shoes," before finishing up their new album with rock anthem "Crash And Burn" and the emotional, acoustic ballad "Until The End Of Time." The new album "Heavy Thoughts" will be released on August 25 through Victory Records. To find out more about For The Win and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at

Rex Brown, former bassist for Pantera, is preparing to release his debut solo album "Smoke On This" on July 28th through eOne Music. After the success of his memoir "101 Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" and his supergroup, Kill Devil Hill, Brown took some time off to figure out what he wants to do next. On his new 11-song release, Brown invited his old-friend Lance Harvill to help him out with the hard rock feel of the new album. He begins with with the straight-forward classic rock of "Lone Rider" and the big guitar riffs of "Crossing Lines" as Brown works his influences into his original music. The energy and buzz of "Train Song" has a great, heavy vibe that would have worked on a later day Pantera album. Rex Brown and his band deliver an edgier, psychedelic vibe with "Get Yourself Alive," then slow down for the southern rock ballad "Fault Line." Brown wraps up his new release with the mellow, addictive feel of "Grace" and the Floydian touch of "Best Of Me," before closing with the freedom of "One Of These Days" as Brown showcases his talents. To find out more about Rex Brown and his latest release "Smoke On This," please visit his Facebook page at

From Sao Pablo, Brazil comes the debut album from heavy metal band Owl Company titled "Horizon." It feature 10-tracks, beginning with a chaotic "Intro," which leads into the intense delivery of "Celebrate And Kneel." The pounding groove of "Ain't Time For This" will have you banging your head to song's rhythm, while "Riddles" takes on a more mainstream metal sound as the song sound like a call to arms. The tempo speeds up with the aggressive feel of "Deathrow" and "Black 'N' Blue," before closing their new album with dark tones of "Caged Emotions" and grunge/metal appeal of "Underdog." To find out more about Owl Company and their latest release "Horizon," please visit their Facebook page at

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Independent Heavy Metal Artists These Streets, Slope & Fxss

Arriving in August is the latest release from California hardcore metal band These Streets titled "Unfinished Business." After their last release, These Streets have a new look on their career as they deliver hard-hitting melodies that they have become known for. Their new 9-song release begins with the pounding rhythm of "Unfinished Business" as These Street pull no punches. They continue with the aggressive attack of "Wasting Away" and the intense, hardcore/trash metal of "Bite The Hand." They continue the onslaught with the growling vocals of "Can't Be Saved" that deliver a truth to the lyrics, before finishing their new release with the quick, punk-like fury of "Life From The Gutter." To find out more about These Streets and their latest release "Unfinished Business," please visit their Facebook page at

Next, from Germany comes the new release titled "Losin' Grip" from hardcore metal/punk band Slope. Their new seven-song album begins with the pace changes of "95," before delivering "Movino Losino," which sounds like the early punk days Red Hot Chili Peppers. They quicken the pace with the funk-like hardcore groove of "Buzz Off!" and "The Void," before finishing their new release with the band's instrumental build-up "Straight To Nowhere." To find out more about about Slope and their latest release "Losin' Grip," please visit their Facebook page at

Norwegian heavy metal band Fxss return with their sophomore release titled "Second Coming." It has been 5 years since the band's debut album and they have taken all those experiences and created an outstanding underground metal album. Their new 9-song release begins with the classic metal appeal of "Make A Life" that sounds like a combination of early Iron Maiden and Tesla. They deliver a thrash metal feel to "Peace & Love," before slowing down for the power ballad "Dear Lucy." They close out their new release with the heavy metal guitar riffs of "Heathen" and the outstanding musicianship of the six-minute closer "Fall Away." To find more about Foss and their latest release "Second Coming," please visit

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music Arriving From Canyon Of The Skull, Casket Robbery & Argus

Returning from the desert plains of Texas is the doom metal guitar duo Canyon Of The Skull with their new 37-minute instrumental track, "The Desert Winter." Make sure you clear some time to get lost in this epic piece of music as it takes you down into the caverns of your mind. The drums motor through the buzzing guitars of this slow-moving piece of doom metal. Their new self-released album will be available on August 19th. To find out more about Canyon Of The Skull and their new sonic adventure, "The Desert Winter," please visit their Facebook page at 
Also arriving August 19th is the new self-released EP from death metal band Casket Robbery titled "The Ascension." Their new 3-song release is a vicious attack on your ears as the music comes blasting right from the opening track "Pockets Lined With Flowers." The title-song, "The Ascension" is not for the weak as screaming vocals and dark metal guitar riffs with have you feeling the full-force of this new death metal band. To find out more about Casket Robbery and their latest release "The Ascension," please visit their Facebook page at
Rising heavy metal band Argus will be releasing their brand new studio album "From Fields Of Fire" on September 8th through Cruz Del Sur Music. Their new 9-song progressive metal album begins with a short instrumental before arriving at "Devils On Your Time." The music is filled with classic heavy guitar riffs as vocalist Brian 'Butch' Balich leads the way. The energy flows through the intense build up of "216" as the musicianship with Argus is amazing. The band takes you on an epic, 11-minute journey with "Infinite Lives Infinite Doors" as you can't help but get lost in this adventure. Argus also display their  dark, doom metal side with tones of "No Right To Grieve" to close out their new album. To find out more about Argus and their latest release "From Fields Of Fire," please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RJ Podcast: Styx keyboardist/singer Laurence Gowan Discusses Their New Album, "The Mission"

Lawrence Gowan, singer and keyboardist for the band Styx, discusses the band's new album "The Mission" and what went into recording their first album of new material in 14 years. He also talks with us about their summer tour with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder and tries to explain why Styx are not in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame after being around for over 45 years.

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Goatwhore, Bloodclot & Execration

There is a trio of new hardcore death metal albums from Goatwhore, Bloodclot and Execration that recently were released from Metal Blade Records. Over the last two decades, Goatwhore has developed quite a following along the death metal circuit that has established the band as huge concert draw when on tour. They recently released their seventh studio album titled "Vengeful Ascension" back in June and looked to capture the raw emotions of the songs by recording them live in the studio. They begin their new 10-song release with the grinding guitars and quick-paced drumming of "Forsaken" and the howling vocals of "Vengeful Ascension" as Goatwhore settle into their role as one of the premier death metal bands around. They come blasting out of your speakers with the intense adrenaline rush of "Chaos Arcane" and the swift pace of "Drowned In Grim Rebirth," before finishing their new release with classic thrash metal feel of "Mankind Will Have No Mercy" and the final burst of speed with "Those Who Denied God's Will." Goatwhore will begin their U.S. tour on September 1st. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Vengeful Ascension," please visit

The new albums from Bloodclot and Execration both arrived on July 14th and look to add another layer to the hardcore metal community. Bloodclot features ex-members of bands like Danzig and Queens of the Stone Age, who got together to play the music they've always wanted to perform. Their debut album "Up In Arms" features a dozen tracks that showcase their love for hardcore metal music. The new release begins with the title song as "Up In Arms" carries a classic heavy metal sound that will get your blood pumping. They keep the energy flowing full blast on the quick, 90-second romps of "Fire" and "Kill The Beast." Bloodclot comes out screaming with the New York hardcore/thrash metal of "Soldiers Of The New Babylon" and "Kali," before finishing with the punk-like fury of "Slipping Into Darkness" and the sonic attack of "You'll Be The Death Of Me." To find out more about Bloodclot and their latest release "Up In Arms," please visit their Facebook page at

Finally we have the latest from Norwegian death metal band, Execration titled "Return To The Void." It is the band's fourth full-length release and features 9-tracks of hard-hitting death metal that will make you stand up and take notice of Execration. The new album begins with the guitar driven, howling vocals of  "Eternal Recurrence" and the aggressive blast of "Nekrocosm." They deliver a progressive, hardcore metal sound with the seven-plus minute epics "Cephalic Transmissions" and "Unicursal Horrorscope," before closing with "Det Uransakelige Dyp," a song in their native language. To find out more about Execration and their latest release "Return To The Void," please visit their Facebook page at