Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CD Review: Finishing November With New Music From Metal Blade Records

Heavy Metal record label, Metal Blade Records took over November 20 by releasing five new albums from some of metal’s underground giants. New music from Aeon, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Troubled Horse, Sacred Reich and Diagonal are now available to band your head to.

First off is the one, two punch of Sacred Reich and Aeon. Sacred Reich is releasing their live show from 2007’s Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. It features the full 12-song set from that show which includes songs from throughout the band’s 15 years and a spot on cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” in which the audience takes over the lead vocals. The band’s thrash metal sound has propelled Sacred Reich to the top of the metal community with their aggressive sound. The album begins with the heaviness of “The American Way” before kicking it into high gear on “Administrative Decisions.” The live album closes with the guitar driven “Death Squad” which leads into the fan favorite “Surf Nicaragua.” The live CD comes with a DVD of the show as well as some interviews and candid footage.

Sweden death metal band Aeon are back, releasing their fourth album “Aeons Black” and are ready to reign supreme as the world’s most noted underground death metal band. The 15-song release just blasts the flesh off your face. Right from the opening explosion of music in “Still They Pray,” Aeon is ready to take no prisoners on their assault on your senses of hearing. The growling  vocals on “The Glowing Hate” and the machine gun like drumming of “I Wish You Death” are just a couple of examples of what this band has to offer. The album closes with energetic attack of “Die By My Hand,” which features some amazing guitar work.

Also from Sweden comes the ‘70’s, garage rock sound of Troubled Horse with their debut album “Step Inside.” The band features three members from the original band Witchcraft, who are also known for their classic rock sound. The new album starts off with “Tainted Water” as you’d swear it came from the band Blue Cheer or Steppenwolf. The band’s sound combines the raw, freshness of The Black Keys with the big classic rock sound of Deep Purple, especially in “Another Man’s Name.” The album finishes up with the soulful groove of “I’ve Been Losing.”

Newcomers Diagonal and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are both looking to take a bigger slice of the heavy metal pie with their new albums. Progressive rockers Diagonal return from the debut album with “The Second Mechanism.” The five-songs bring you on a journey as the band jams on the opening song “Voyage/Paralysis.” With songs hitting the nine and ten minute mark, Diagonal let the music do the talking for them. Now the trio of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats has developed a cult following through Youtube. With only two self-financed, mail order only albums available, not much is known about this heavy, melodic rock group. Here we get a proper release of their self-made album, “Blood Lust” with a newly recorded album due next spring. The rough recordings show a band with classic rock influences as they combine them with the horror genre to create an appealing death metal sound. 

For more information on all these new releases from Metal Blade Records, please be sure to visit metalblade.com.

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