Sunday, September 23, 2012

CD Review: Autumn Begins With More From Metal Blade Records

California heavy metal band, As I Lay Dying is preparing the release of their sixth album entitled “Awakened.” Last year the band celebrated their tenth anniversary by releasing the compilation album, “Decas” and they are now ready to unleash some new music onto their fans. The new album was produced by Bill Stevenson (The Decendents drummer) and will be released on September 25 through Metal Blade Records.

The album leads off with the first single “Cauterize” as the band still knows how to blast your eardrums, but have also matured in their songwriting. The music and vocals are still aggressive, but they add some harmonizing to the chorus that shows growth within the band. This also appears on “The Great Foundation,” while As I Lay Dying mixes up tempos on “Resilience.” The song “Overcome” begins with a flowing guitar solo before the bands come crashing in, while the machine gun-like drumming on “No Lungs To Breathe” motors the songs screaming vocals. The album finishes with the epic sounding “Tear Out My Eyes.”

As I Lay Dying will begin their tour in October over in Europe, before hitting the U.S. shores in November. For a complete list of tour dates and information on the new album, please visit asilaydying.com.

From Greece comes your direct connection to the lord of the underworld as Satan’s Wrath are preparing the release of their debut album “Galloping Blasphemy” on September 25. The band is made up of Tas Danazoglou on vocals, drums and bass and Stamoz K on guitars. The music on this release is amazing, knowing it comes from just two musicians.

The album leads-off with the growling vocals of “Leonard Rising – Night of the Whip” and “Between Belial and Satan” as the metal pounding drums motors the songs. The short two-and-a-half minute instrumental, “Galloping Blasphemy” shows off the great musicianship these two have to offer without any vocals to distract the listener. The album closes with the over six-minute theme song “Satan’s Wrath” as you get an idea of what they band stand for.

For more information on Satan’s Wrath, check out http://www.metalblade.com/satanswrath/.

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