On April 1st comes the arrival of the new album from Gracepoint titled "Echoes." It is one of the most anticipated independent heavy metal albums of the year and pays tribute to their classic thrash metal influences, beginning with the chugging guitars of "Animal." The new ten-song release continues with the quick-pace of "Spider" as the band's energy is displayed in their performance. They let up on the momentum for a moment for the atmospheric instrumental "Secrets," before returning with the progressive metal feel of "Full Circle" and the heavy attack of "Crucible." The album finishes with the big thunderous sounds of "Echoes" and the short instrumental "Moon." To find out more about Gracepoint and their latest release "Echoes," please visit gracepointmetal.com.
From New Jersey/New York comes the self-titled, self-released debut
album from east coast thrash metal band Zamboni. After two years of a
revolving door of drummers, the album will finally be released on April
15th. The new nine-song release has some hard-hitting, quick-paced
numbers including "The Greater Evil" and the chaotic "Nuclear Hatred."
They add a raw, reckless punk-like fury to "Brain Hemorrhage," before
finishing the short album with aggressive attack of "World War Z" and
their experimental, fast-paced theme song "Zamboni." To find out more
about Zamboni and their new release, please visit their Facebook page at
From California comes the latest release from doom metal band Atala
titled "Shaman's Path Of The Serpent." It will be self-released on May
20th and features four epic pieces of music that takes a journey into
the mind of singer/guitarist Kyle Stratton. Beginning with the slow buzz
of "Gravity," the music feels heavy with dragged out guitar tones and a
steady rhythm that keeps the song moving. Their doom metal sound
continues into the eight-minute "Levity," before closing with the slow,
chaotic build-up of "Shapeshifter." To find out more about Atala and
their latest release "Shaman's Path Of The Serpent," please visit atalarock.com.
Coming April 20th is the new self-released album from Louisiana heavy metal band Boudain titled "Way Of The Hoof." It contains eight-songs, beginning with the classic, early metal, guitar riff-filled "Sleazy Feats." The alternative guitar buzz continues with "Neptune" into the stoner, doom metal appeal of "Coda." They pick the tempo up for the hard-edged grunge sound of "First Class," before locking into the classic Sabbath-like groove of "Disco Jimmy" as the song pushes toward the eight-minute mark. The album closes with a cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" as if it was being played at the wrong speed as the notes get stretched out on this doom metal version of the song. To find out more about Boudain and their latest release "Way Of The Hoof," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/boudainla.