The album starts out with the ambient, airy "Nexus", this combined with the excellent follow-up track "Tesla", pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.
In a late-career dose of inspired song-making, The Damned combine their disparate musical interests into a cohesive musical statement, unheard of in this fashion since The Damned's own 1982 release, Strawberries.
Come Clarity finds In Flames somewhere between the melodic death metal of Whoracle and the alternative sound of Soundtrack to Your Escape. The mixture here provides for a highly emotive and energetic set of songs.
There are few bands who can play as technical of music while still being able to write even halfway decent vocal melodies, never mind the truly top-notch vocal melodies (and harmonies!) contained herein.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
Compared with Lithman's work in The Residents, I'd dare say this release is a bit more accessible, but don't let this fool you... This band isn't "normal" by any means.
You've fallen asleep and have awoken in 2006. You turn on the radio and the first thing you hear is "Misery" by Creeper. You sign into MySpace and see they're touring in direct support of My Chemical Romance's Black Parade tour and mark it off on your calendar... then you really awake, and ah fuck. Alas, it's 2017!
Ukrainian black metal band White Ward's debut album, Futility Report, is an eclectic exercise in what's possible to accomplish under the black metal umbrella.
Relative to punk music, post-punk is less aggressive and more experimental. In fact, some of the most unique music of the time period, and still to this day, came from the period ranging from the late '70's through the early '80's.
Testament's The New Order is a latter-day classic from the golden era of thrash metal.
Prima Donna appropriately and adequately bridges the stylistic gap between preceding album Summertime '06 and the follow-up LP to this EP, Big Fish Theory.
This was my first time attending a show at Diamondz Event Center, a venue's whose capacity is just under 300. There were perhaps about 220 people there on Saturday night. I have to give it up for the sound system and mixing there. Death metal can easily sound muddled in a live setting, but the sound here was truly excellent.