I feel as though the metal world has been truly blessed with some excellent albums already this year: Alters of Grief, Rivers of Nihil, Primordial all have released strong records. Recently we had the new album from A Perfect Circle – some 13 years in the making and an album I was very excited about hearing. Sadly, I’m not impressed with it at all. … Continue reading Album review: Sonder – Tesseract
Eclipse Records latest acquisition is Australian rockers Lillye. Evolve is a record I’ve been playing a lot recently. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Virginia Lillye, Evolve hits the ground running with two superb songs in Run and In The End (no, not a Linkin Park cover). Both tracks boast HUGE choruses that will be stuck in your head for days, guaranteed. The production is sweet … Continue reading Album review: Evolve – Lillye
There’s nothing quite like a bit of melodic Spanish death metal to cleanse the soul. Dormanth hail from the city of Bilbao, Spain. I love metal that breaks new ground, but I’m also a fan of metal that treads familiar turf. Dormanth fall into the latter category. Vocalist/guitarist Oscar del Val certainly has that old-school throaty bellow that I like and the guitars … Continue reading Album review: IX Sins – Dormanth
There is a satisfyingly meaty sound to Black Royal that erupts from the speakers on the very first song, the aptly titled Cryo-Volcanic. Cryo-Volcanic is a strong opener full of lead-filled riffs, a nice thick bass, thumping drum patterns and bellowed vocals. Lightbringer is off to a great start. The second track, Self-Worship, has a little more swagger to the music, particularly through the opening riff. … Continue reading Album review: Lightbringer – Black Royal
It seems so long ago since Ged Cartwright reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in listening to Cunning Man. Now a two-man metal project featuring the guitar talents of Theo Le Derf, Cunning Man is back with a new EP called To Heal A Broken Body and let me tell you, it is fantastic! The Cunning Man sound incorporates many … Continue reading Stunning new EP from Cunning Man!
Friday, February 16th, 2018 – Zombie Shark Records and NuMetal.net have released New Nu Metal, Vol. 1 The compilation album features some of the top up-and-coming Nu Metal acts from around the globe. The album was curated by Zombie Shark Records founder, Noah “Shark” Robertson, drummer for bands such as Motograter and The Browning. Robertson also contributed the forward to the recently published book, ‘Nu Metal: … Continue reading Nu Metal is alive and kicking with Zombie Shark Records!
TGR: Thanks for stopping by, please introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Mike. I’m the vocalist for Twelve Noon. TGR: Can you tell us a little about the history of the band? Where did it all begin? How did you come together? Twelve Noon was originally formed by myself and guitarist Rob Heil. We started off as a cover band and would slowly … Continue reading Interview: Twelve Noon vocalist Michael Loew stops by for a quick chat.
Halcyon Daze by River Cult opens with the swaggering Likelihood of Confusion and the first thing I notice is the great production. The drums, bass and guitars all sound excellent. Each instrument is crystal clear in the mix giving it a rich, organic sound. This song is driven by the galloping drums of Tav Palumbo, I really dig this track, it’s just great to listen … Continue reading Album review: Halcyon daze – River Cult
TGR: Thanks for stopping by, please introduce yourselves? Hello everyone! We are Genus Ordinis Dei, a Symphonic Death Metal band from Italy! TGR: Can you tell us a little about the history of the band? Where did it all begin? How did you come together? We were all born and raised in the same town (Crema). We always played in different musical projects … Continue reading Interview: Genus Ordinis Dei talk metal, influences and gear.
Only Half There by Devin Townsend is a book that I feel reflects Devin Townsend’s personality and musical output. This is a fantastic book for fans of Devin’s music who really want to explore the creative process, the pressures of touring, band relationships, musical differences, label connections and the gear he uses to get that signature guitar tone. The book itself is quite scattershot, … Continue reading Book review: Only Half There – Devin Townsend