Friday, May 18, 2012

CD Review: Metal Blade Records Brings New Music To The Masses

May 8th must have been national heavy metal release day because legendary metal record label Metal Blade Records released three much anticipated albums. Death metal makes its return with Cattle Decapitation and Allegaeon, while a new progressive rock band, Trioscapes add their mark upon the world of music.

Deathgrind metal band Cattle Decapitation leave nothing to the imagination as their album covers and aggressive musical attack look to make an impact on your memory. The new album entitled “Monolith of Inhumanity” is the band’s fifth album with Metal Blade Records. Songs like “The Carbon Stampede” and “Gristle Licker” are just aggressive flashes of power to which Cattle Decapitation are known for. Their music is not for the lighthearted. They briefly stretch beyond the brutal vocal/guitar/drum attack in “Lifestalker” as they change tempos to keep the song’s structure more interesting and appealing.

Cattle Decapitation is just wrapping up their Occupation Domination tour along with Origin, Aborted and others. For more information on this deathgrind band’s new album, visit

Fellow death metal band Allegaeon found success with their debut album “Fragments of Form and Fuction.” It became the #4 rated best death metal album of all time by and many of the singles from that album were in constant rotation on Sirius Liquid Metal station. Now with a new album entitled “Formshifter,” Allegaeon is ready to set again to conquer the airwaves.

The first single, “Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst” displays how well this band sounds together as each member makes the others sound that much better. Ezra Haynes’ vocals are aggressive, but not overpowering as the duel guitar attack of Ryan Glisan and Greg Burgess make every song sound stronger. The seven-minute song “Twelve” begins with the hard-hitting attack, but finishes with a wonderful acoustic guitar instrumental. The album finishes strong with the powerful onslaught of “Timeline Dissonance,” “Formshifter” and “Secrets of the Sequence.”

Allgaeon have a few more dates left on their current tour. For more information, check out their Metal Blade Records’ artist page (

The new kids on the block are Trioscapes with a new six-song LP entitled “Separate Realities.” The trio of Dan Briggs (bass), Walter Fancourt (tenor sax/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums) began with a working rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters.” The idea was so addicting that they continued with an entire album’s worth of material.

The sound on the opening track “Blast Off” brings to mind some early King Crimson instrumentals as Trioscapes falls perfectly into the progressive rock category. Their music is sometimes a little too jazzy, but their groove has a funky-rock backdrop as in “Wazzlejazzlebof.” Their studio version of “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters” also appears on this release before the album finishes with the trippy, Zappa-esque “Gemini’s Descent.”

They are currently working on some live dates this summer, so be sure to check out up to date information.

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