Album Reviews



Oblivion’s “Cyclogenesis: Songs from the Apocalypse”: Breathing Fresh Fire Into A Twenty Year Old Dragon

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Recently, Divebomb Records had the brilliant idea of remastering and re-releasing all-but-lost Metal gems from the eighties and nineties in their Bootcamp Series. Albums like Aftermath’s Killing the Future, Holosade’s Hell House, Intrinsic’s “lost album” entitled Nails, Swedish Thrash Metal masters Apocalypse for their debut and Faithless albums, Skeptic Sense’s Mind Versus Soul: The Anthology, Miasmal’s third album, Tides of Omniscience (first time it has been made available in North America) and many, many others seeing the light of day once again, with plans to continue these releases well into the future. Many of these bands have, unfortunately, disappeared into obscurity, broken up and been usurped into other bands or even gotten back together; picking up where they left off years ago. One such band that falls into the third category is Oblivion, who recently released their double CD Cyclogenesis: Songs from the Apocalypse as Divebomb Boot Camp Series #27. What was once old, becomes new again and, in this case, lightening strikes twice as brightly!

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Review: OOLUU ‘Ophus’ [Stream]

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OOLUU was forged from the remains of the band Oompalunatiks. Eric Davindra and Asa Holloh were members of the band and Wychdoktor later joined the band during a lineup change. The three had an unbreakable chemistry that remained standing even after Oompalunatiks ceased to exist. In 2013 they rechristened themselves Ooluu and in December of that same year the band truly found their sound and released their first single and video for “Powder-White”. Since that first single the band’s sound has evolved and progressed exponentially. A few months later in February of 2014 the band released their debut EP ‘Mannequin’. The band continued to compose music for future releases but took a hiatus from live performances to further hone their craft. Ooluu has elements of industrial and alternative metal within their sound. The band recently emerged once again and released their latest album ‘Ophus’ on January 23rd, 2016. Continue reading

Review: Show Me Your Universe EP ‘We’re All Sinners’ [Stream]

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Show Me Your Universe is a newly formed band from Tours, France. The band was formed in 2015 and their debut EP entitled ‘We’re All Sinners’ was released on July 10th, 2016. Their Post-Hardcore sound has led them to opening for well known bands like Eths, Materia, Beyond the Styx and some others. The band is comprised of 5 members. Jeremy Dubray is the lead vocalist alongside guitarists Cyril Masset and Alexis Collas, drummer David Moreau and bassist Vivien Cheneveau. Continue reading

Review: DEATH TRIP ‘Professional Asshole’ [Stream]

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I hope this isn’t the first you’ve heard of Death Trip. If it is, let me tell you now I’m highly disappointed in you. Death Trip is from the Big Stone Gap, Virginia area of the Appalachian Mountains and while the area may be rural their music certainly echos outside of the hills of Southeastern Virginia. Their first release was 2013’s ‘Distracted’, followed by the sophomore effort ‘So Far, No Good’ in 2015. The band of course wastes no time and now have released their new record, ‘Professional Asshole’, on October 29th. The album is 13 delicious tracks of brutal punk with a side order of hardcore. They meld these styles so well that it is hard to decipher where one ends and the other begins. The style in which they play music seems a bit chaotic at times but that chaos has developed into a finally wrapped gift when it’s fully unveiled to their fans. Continue reading

Review: DOOMED ‘Anna’ [Stream]

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Doomed is a one man army conjuring up amazing doom from Germany. Pierre Laube is the man that does it all. Instruments, concepts, vocals, artwork and production he is fully in charge of his art and it knows no boundaries. The band was formed in 2011 and have 4 albums released thus far. The most recent album marks their 5th album which released September 26, 2016 titled ‘Anna’via Solitude Productions. The new release ‘Anna’ is a concept album about the repercussions of war and the album is full of those haunting, emotive moments without straying away from the solid death/doom music that they’re known for. The album features guest appearances from members of Hail Of Bullets, The 11th Hour, Camel Of Doom and others. Continue reading

Maeth Continues To Astound With “Shrouded Mountain”

Maeth is:

David Ports – Green to White Technician

Boone Ipstenu Shaman

Jay Schwartz Meat Puncher

Sam Tygiel Airbender

Steve Bergquist Party Master

The Haint” – मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय (Hindu prayer for peace)

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release: October 28, 2016

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Review: MoE ‘Examination Of The Eye Of A Horse’ [Stream]

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MoE are a band that truly sets themselves apart from anyone else in the music world. Hailing from Norway MoE mixes their minimalist compositions with an alternative experimental approach. Their sound often comes off as noisy punk influenced rock but they do not want it to be confused with metal. Not wanting their music to be confused with metal displays the confidence they have in their unique sound. The band formed in 2008 and has 4 releases thus far. MoE recently released their album ‘Examination Of The Eye Of A Horse’ on October 14th via Conrad Sound. The album was co-produced by co-produced by Jorgen Traeen. MoE creates a sound that will not conform to a genre. Continue reading

Coalition Serves Up Prog Perfection With “Bridge Across Time”

Coalition is:

Steve Gresswell – songwriter, keyboards, drums, bass

Blake Carpenter – lyrics, vocals

Colin Tench – guitars

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Bridge Across Time: October 7, 2016

From Reading in the UK comes the brilliant, recent release of Bridge Across Time from the Prog Rock trio called Coalition. This album has been a long time coming and has been well worth the wait since their 2011 release of In Search of Forever.

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Review: Shit The Cow ‘One With The Devil’ [Stream]

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Shit The Cow is a band of Swedish rockers set out to explore the limitations of their own universe, and from what I’ve heard there are no limits on what this band can do. The bands risk taking when it comes to sound has really developed their music into something new. They are conquering uncharted territory and inventing sound as they go. They’ve done what is classified as “rock disco” on their 2012 release ‘Volume/Cow’ before moving on to a more garage rock sound on 2013’s ‘Salt Of The Earth’. Then they evolved into a more punk feel with 2014’s ‘Rissna’ before moving to more darker elements on “67p” in 2015. The band has defined their sound as “Scrapyard Rock” and it’s very fitting. The band simply takes inspiration from all over and juxtaposes their sound. Continue reading

Review: Scattered Hamlet ‘Swamp Rebel Machine’

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Scattered Hamlet classify themselves as “Honky Tonk Metal” and that classification is perfect. They have firmly planted their roots in a southern style of metal with a tremendous amount of blues. It’s not surprising that they mention some of their influences from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, as well as Hank Williams I, II and III. While those are easiy to hear in their music, they also give a nod to bands like Clutch, Down, Fu Manchu and Black Sabbath. Their style is smooth, fresh and flows like the finest bourbon. The different elements that complete the uniqueness in their music are vast just like their influences. Scattered Hamlet is set to release their new album ‘Swamp Rebel Machine’ on November 4th via BuckMoon Productions and pre-orders for the highly anticipated album have already started. The album was produced and mixed by Grammy nominated producer Jason Donaghy (Rob Zombie, John 5, The Murder Dolls) who also produced their debut album ‘Skeleton Dixie’. They have graced the stages Rocklahoma, SXSW, and Van’s Warped Tour. They make new fans where ever they roam, and have coined their fans as “Hellriders”. Pre-Order the album here.

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