Tag: Album Review

Ignite – Ignite (2022 – Century Media Records)

A band that seemingly takes all their influences and jam packs them into each album, makes for a fun listening. Every time I hear a new album from these guys I’m always impressed at how catchy they are, while also remaining true to the southern California heavy, punky, rock ’n roll sound they’ve always put […]

RED FANG – ARROWS

Red Fang’s “Arrows” is a trippy, slow burn with attitude. To begin, I have always been a massive Red Fang fan. Their albums are always very groovy and powerful, but the second I started jamming “Arrows” I noticed it had a completely different vibe to it, and almost a completely different mix. Each song had […]

Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright

I would love to sit down over a cocktail and talk music, but more importantly talk life with Nathaniel Rateliff, his music never ceases to amaze me. Musically there’s nothing too special most of the time, but his voice matched with his lyrics make you “feel” and want to groove with him. If you’re looking […]

Slash w/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

“Living The Dream” is a special record that has all the layers of Myles Kennedy’s beautiful voice and the screaming melodies of Slash along with The Conspirators to keep your love for traditional rip-roaring Rock ’N Roll alive! If you tell me you like rock ’n roll but don’t like what Slash and Myles Kennedy […]

Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

What can I say that hasn’t already been said over the last few weeks about this album? I’ll give it a try. Black Fast has continuously impressed album after album, but this album has something else. An undeniable brutally fast black thrash attack that incinerates your ears track after track. Live, Black Fast absolutely shreds […]

At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself

At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself May be the best all around album I’ve heard in quite some time. Talk about a follow-up from “At War With Reality”! From start to finish this album is an all-out assault on your ears. Bruising guitar riffs and drums that remind you that Swedish […]

Frank Turner – Be More Kind

Where do I start on this one? I’ll start by saying that I’ve been a big Frank Turner fan since his first album dropped and it reminded me of Bruce Springsteen and was almost bordering on the side of indie rock, he still had enough of that 70’s rock edge to make it appealing to […]

Light This City // Terminal Bloom

Light This City – Terminal Bloom Light This City have returned with an absolute punch to the gut. One of the most underrated Bay area thrash bands of the last decade and a half have again released an album that is brutally bludgeoning from start to finish. It would do me no good to go […]

CRISIX // AGAINST THE ODDS

CRISIX – AGAINST THE ODDS By: Josh Pierson Today I received a seriously interesting album to review from this Barcelona born thrash band CRISIX, who I must admittedly say I’ve never heard before, which is odd considering I am a thrash guy, and the thrash guy at Loud & Heavy. That said, I was a […]

BREAKING BENJAMIN // EMBER

BREAKING BENJAMIN – EMBER By: Josh Pierson While I must first admit that I am not and have never been a Breaking Benjamin fan mostly because of my ties in with the metal scene, but also because of what I look for in my music, and I am actually all over the board with my […]

Whitechapel – Mark Of The Blade

Tracklist: The Void Mark of the Blade Elitist Ones Bring Me Home Tremors A Killing Industry Tormented Brotherhood Dwell in the Shadows Venomous Decennium   Whitechapel are back with their 6th dose of brutal heavy ass kicking with Mark of the Blade. And yes as you’ve heard by now there is *gasp* clean singing. I’ll […]

Pierce The Veil – Misadventures

Track Listing: Dive In Texas Is Forever The Divine Zero Floral & Fading Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed Circles Today I Saw the Whole World Gold Medal Ribbon Bedless Sambuka Song For Isabelle   Pierce the Veil’s 4th album has been something talked about in hush and worried tones for quite some time now, but […]

Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional

Track listing A.D. Looking Down The Barrel Of Today Seven Enemies In The Walls From The Grace We’ve Fallen Us Against Us Something’s Off Remember When Slaughtered In Their Dream The Apex Within Walking The Knife Dissonance Serve Your Masters   There is the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This is […]

Avatar – Feathers & Flesh

Track Listing: Regret House of Eternal Hunt The Eagle Has Landed New Land Tooth, Beak & Claw For The Swarm Fiddler’s Farewell One More Hill Black Waters Night Never Ending Pray The Sun Away When The Snow Lies Red Raven White Sky Burial   Ladies & gentlemen, boys and girls it’s time to take your […]

Misamore – Monolith

Track Listing Blister Choose Cassiopeia Calligraphy Dark Room Long Way Through Bloody Mary Monolith Circa Nema Nine Eyes   Emerging out of the Sacramento, CA local music scene is hard rocking trio Misamore, with their new full length album Monolith.  Building off their strong debut album, Horizon, band members Josh, Mike and Ryan all bring their […]

Darkness Divided – Darkness Divided

Track listing: The Point Of No Return Back Breaker A Life That Binds Wake Of The End Misery Deceiver From Dust To Stone The Answer Deliverance Mirror Of Death The End Of It All   As the saying goes “Everything is bigger in Texas”. San Antonio’s Darkness Divided aim to bring the art of metalcore […]

Devildriver – Trust No One

Track Listing: Testimony Of Truth Bad Deeds My Night Sky This Deception Above It All Daybreak Trust No One Feeling Ungodly Retribution For What Its Worth   The clouds are not just over California this time around, as the storm called Devildriver is on the forecast. Bringing their 7th album packed full of their signature groove metal […]

Lines In The Sky – Parallel Travel

Before I ever even knew the music of Rush, I wasn’t a fan. It was no fault of their own. I place the blame on a college roommate that spent our entire freshman year learning how to play guitar to “Tom Sawyer.” What started as sloppy chord work in the fall became a choppy, high-pitched […]

The Word Alive – Dark Matter

Track Listing: Dreamer Trapped Face to Face Sellout Insane Made This Way Suffocating Piece of Me Branded Grunge Dark Matter Oxy   Once I heard the single, “Trapped”, I was hooked, and like many of you, eagerly awaiting the release of “Dark Matter”, the latest album by The Word Alive.   The sound is very different from […]

Movements – Outgrown Things

Track Listing Kept Nineteen Worst Wishes Hatchet Vacant Homes Losing Fight Sounding more like Seattle, but coming from Southern California, the 4-piece band Movements have marked their place with their debut EP Outgrown Things.  Poignant lyrics, that come across more as spoken word poetry at times, paired with haunting guitar riffs and powerful drums that […]

Tonight Alive – Limitless

Circle Pit Review Reviewers: Mark & Tiffanee Mark & Tiffanee discuss the latest album from Tonight Alive, Limitless, and take it into a circlepit review. Listen below to see their thoughts :   Track Listing: To Be Free Oxygen Human Interaction Drive How Does It Feel Waves Everywhere Power of One I Defy We Are […]

Colours – Ivory

At the height of the compact disc era, the first rule of any debut album was to feature compelling cover art. This didn’t mean just slapping some eye-catching image on the front, but rather visually representing the music inside. I often used this rule as my sole criteria for determining whether the disc was coming […]

The White Noise – Aren’t You Glad?

  Track Listing: The Doctor Will See You Now Bloom Picture Day Red Eye Lids Brainwashed Cosmopolitician   The first time I heard The White Noise was through a friend, and I instantly fell in love after hearing just their debut song.  There was something about the mixture of hard and clean vocals, the in-your-face […]

After The Burial – Dig Deep

  Track Listing: Collapse Lost in the Static Mire Deluge Laurentian Ghosts Heavy Lies the Ground Catacombs The Endless March Sway of the Break   Often it is said that in the wake of chaos and tragedy that one can become stronger and better. This is the test that was facing Minneapolis’ After the Burial with the tragic […]

Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty

Tell Me I’m Pretty is not Cage The Elephant begging for attention. In fact, with this album, Cage knows they are pretty, and are daring you to disagree. The opening track Cry Baby opens like a Beach Boys record with a slight distortion. Like a stormy day on a beautiful southern California beach, it’s inviting, […]

Ice Nine Kills – Every Trick in the Book

Track Listing: The Nature of the Best Communion of the Cursed Bloodbath & Beyond The Plot Sickens Star-Crossed Enemies Me, Myself & Hyde Alice The People in the Attic Tess-Timony Hell in the Hallways   Music and literature, two methods people have used for centuries to express themselves and entertain others. Two methods that one […]

Wage War – Blueprints

  Track Listing Hollow Twenty One Alive Blueprints Youngblood The River Deadlocked Enemy Spineless Basic Hate Desperate   I was first introduced to Wage War just recently when they came through town as part of the Fearless Records Fresh Faces Tour. Its pretty rare for me to experience a band live before ever really hearing […]

Counting Days – Liberated Sounds

Track Listing Burned By Faith Die Alone Beaten & Scarred Life & Death Liberated Sounds Fire From The Sky Days Go By The Vines Sands Of Time feat. Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates Prison Of Misery Cold Truth Reunion   Roaring out of the UK is metalcore quintet, Counting Days. Their debut album Liberated […]

Ice Nine Kills – Communion of the Cursed

We’re back with another Ice Nine Kills review, this time for their latest single Communion of the Cursed. This marks the 3rd single off the upcoming highly anticipated release, Every Trick in the Book. This is the first single to also be accompanied by an actual music video, and wow is it an awesome video. Bands […]

Ice Nine Kills – Bloodbath & Beyond

I was introduced to Ice Nine Kills when I saw them earlier this year on tour with Motionless in White. We ran into their vocalist, Spencer, backstage and to this date he was one of the coolest and most hilarious people we’ve met to this date. After talking to him we had to go check them […]

Parkway Drive – IRE

Track Listing: Destroyer Dying to Believe Vice Grip Crushed Fractures Writings on the Wall Bottom Feeder The Sound of Violence Vicious Dedicated A Deathless Song   In today’s music scene it is always mixed feelings among listeners if bands should be praised or criticized for trying to adapt or even change their sound that got […]

Slayer – Repentless

Track Listing: Delusions of Saviour Repentless Take Control Vices Cast the First Stone When the Stillness Comes Chasing Death Implode Piano Wire Atrocity Vendor You Against You Pride in Prejudice   If you love to mosh, blast loud music, break shit, get pumped up by fast and heavy sound, dig dark visuals and lyrics, all […]

Butcher Babies – Take It Like a Man

Track Listing: Monsters Ball Igniter The Cleansing The Butcher Gravemaker Thrown Away Never Go Back Marquee Blood Soaked Hero Dead Man Walking For the Fight Blonde Girls All Look the Same   Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages step right up and get your tickets to the greatest show on earth… a thrashing metal […]

Disturbed – Immortalized

Track Listing: The Eye of the Storm Immortalized The Vengeful One Open Your Eyes The Light What Are You Waiting For You’re Mine Who Save Our Last Goodbye Fire It Up The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel Cover) Never Wrong Who Taught You How to Hate   Nearly 4 years ago there was uncertainty amongst the […]

Anfinnsaas – Anfinnsaas

Track Listing: vensk Revelje Anfinnsaas Hålandsdal Slått Fra Røstad Elve Spissrot   This is the debut album from a Norwgian duo named Anfinnsaas. If you like raw apocalyptic traditional Nordic, raw black, doom, and sludge grooves, and raw dark metal, then you are in for a treat. (Did I mention how raw their sound is?) […]

Motörhead – Bad Magic

Track Listing: Victory or Die Thunder & Lightning Fire Storm Hotel Shoot Out All of Your Lights The Devil Electricity Evil Eye Teach Them How to Bleed Till the End Tell Me Who to Kill Choking on Your Screams When the Sky Comes Looking for You Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones cover)   […]

Miss May I – Deathless

Track Listing: I.H.E. Trust My Heart (Never Hope To Die) Psychotic Romantic Deathless Arise Turn Back The Time Empty Promises The Artificial Born From Nothing   Being a fan of early 2000’s Metalcore, and some newer Deathcore, I was drawn to Miss May I’s early sound because it was aggressive while also drawing you in […]

Chemical Burn – Raining Anvils

Track Listing: I Rise I Fly My Weakness Crush Your Ego We Aint Done Yet Transcend Raining Anvils X’s For Eyes Like A God Uncloned I Breathe Smoke   Talk about an album that truly fits what we are all about here, this album is definitely loud and heavy! Raining Anvils by Chemical Burn comes […]

Ascendancy – Pinnacle Of Creation

Track Listing: Pitch Black Lies Relentless Power Imprisons All Force to Be Reckoned With Uprising Darkest Horizon Turning of Malice Absolution Eyes of the Tyrant   I have had the pleasure of seeing the high-energy, Redondo Beach locals a couple of times, and was enthusiastic about reviewing their first full-length album. The album cover provides […]

Tormenter – Prophetic Deceiver

Track Listing: Snakes in the Throne Room Hanging From A Noose Prophetic Deceiver Exile From Flesh C.P.R Critical Stasis The Final Form Sacrilege Cosmic Collapse   Prophetic Deceiver debuted as Tormenter’s second full-length in the fall of 2014. The album title makes the theme/subject of the album quite clear. Our so-called trusted officials, political and […]

Overkill – White Devil Armory

Track Listing: Xdm Armorist Down to the Bone Pig Bitter Pill Where There’s Smoke Freedom Rings Another Day to Die King of the Rat Bastards It’s All Yours In The Name   When I think of the most iconic bands in thrash metal history, Overkill always gets mentioned among the greats. The squeels, the power, […]

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