Monday, March 25, 2013

CD Review: Even More New Metal Music From Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records returns once again with five more albums to bang your head to. First up is the death metal powerhouse Six Feet Under with their tenth album entitled “Unborn.” Founding member Chris Barnes states that “the journey to create, write and record ‘Unborn’ has been the most challenging and exciting musical endeavor” that he has been involved in.

The new eleven song album begins with the slow, grinding doom metal of “Neuro Osmosis,” before the band gets the adrenaline pumping with the guitar/drum blast of “Prophecy.” Barnes’ deep, dark vocals on “Zombie Blood Curse,” give the album its breakthrough song and guitarists Steve Swanson and Ola England help flesh-out the song. The drumming of Kevin Talley motors through on “Incision” and “Fragment,” before the band blasts your ears with “Alive to Kill You.” The album closes with “The Curse of Ancients” as Six Feet Under demonstrate why they are one of the premier death metal bands today.

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Next up is the new, full-length debut album from Beyond The Shore entitled “Ghostwatcher.” It will be released on April 2nd and expands upon the band’s debut EP, “The Arctic Front,” which brought on a load of internet buzz. They come out swinging on the opening track “Dividers” as their sound hovers the line between hardcore death metal and mainstream heavy metal. Songs like “Homewrecker” and “Glass Houses” are a full blast of adrenaline as the drums and screaming vocals motor the song. Beyond The Shore continue to blast away with “Visions” before closing the album with the most mainstream song on the album the heavy groove of “Ghostwatcher.”

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English doom metal band Moss is ready to unleash their fourth album, “Horrible Night.” The six-song release celebrates all that is unknown and all that terrifies the mind. This cult band entered the studio in the autumn of 2012 and came out with their most accessible album to date. Each song drudges on with the longest song, “Dark Lady” running to the 11-minute mark. The song “Dreams From The Depths” sounds more like a tuning session as the song ends as it was beginning to get interesting. The album closes with the feedback fueled “I Saw Them That Night.”

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Fellow doom metal band Memory Garden is preparing to release their third album, “Doomain” on Metal Blade Records on April 16. The album has been two years in the making as they nailed their sound with the heavy melodic sound of “The Evangelist” and mainstream metal sound of “Daughters Of The Sea.” The tempo changes in “Barren Lands” and “Violate & Create” keeps the songs interesting after multiple listens. Memory Garden picks up the pace with “The King Is Dead,” before closing with the guitar-driven instrumental “Misfortune.”

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Last, but certainly not least we have one of the pioneer bands of trash metal. Flotsam and Jetsam will be releasing their eleventh album entitled “Ugly Noise” on April 16th. Back on drums after a 14 years absence is founding member Kelly David-Smith and returning guitarist Michael Gilbert. The new twelve-song release breathes new life into the band sound as the speed of “Gitty Up” and “Carry On” are what fans remember about the early days of the band. Flotsam and Jetsam have their slower, grittier moments with “Run And Hide” and “Rabbits Foot,” but it’s the songs like “Rage” and the album closer “Machine Gun” that get the adrenaline pumping for more.

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