Escape Is Not Freedom/Dusk Village – Split (Review)

Escape Is Not FreedomEscape Is Not Freedom and Dusk Village are both alternative/sludge metal bands, and they have teamed up with each other on this split.

Escape Is Not Freedom, (who we know from their 2015 album The Truants), start us off with two tracks, which last just under 10 minutes in total. Continue reading

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Exit Empire – Exit Empire (Review)

Exit EmpireExit Empire are an alternative/modern metal band from the Czech republic and this is their debut album.

I must confess that I haven’t regularly listened to anything like this in some time, but Exit Empire are good enough to make me start again. Continue reading

Gürschach – Dark Matter (Review)

GürschachGürschach are a metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

So what do Gürschach sound like? I suppose if you take a base of classic heavy metal, while mixing in elements of modern, alternative, thrash, and progressive metal, you’ll have a good place to start from. Continue reading

Sea in the Sky – Everything All at Once (Review)

Sea in the SkySea in the Sky are a progressive rock band from the US. This is their debut album.

This is modern progressive rock that has elements of the djent style, but without this aspect of the band’s sound becoming overbearing or distracting, as I find can sometimes be the case. There’s largely just about the right amount of djent in this so that it enhances rather than overpowers. Continue reading

Hundred Suns – The Prestaliis (Review)

Hundred SunsHundred Suns are an emotive metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Featuring an ex-member of Every Time I Die and the singer of Normal Jean, it was a complete no-brainer for me to listen to this as soon as I could once I was made aware of it. Thankfully,  I haven’t been disappointed with their very enjoyable brand of modern progressive/alternative metal. Continue reading

The Shape – The World Away (Review)

The ShapeThe Shape are a US metal band and this is their fourth album.

Mixing modern metal, metalcore, thrash metal, nu-metal, and groove metal into their sound, this is an enjoyable romp through a landscape that sees many different complementary influences touched upon. Continue reading

Extinguish the Sun – Antihero (Review)

Extinguish the SunExtinguish the Sun are an alternative metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Extinguish the Sun describe their music with reference to bands such as Mastodon, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, and Every Time I Die, and I have to say that sets the scene for their music pretty well. Continue reading

Imminence – This Is Goodbye (Review)

ImminenceImminence are a Swedish metal band and this is their second album.

The music on this album is surprisingly wide in scope. Taking in everything on the shiny end of the musical spectrum, from stadium rock, alternative metal, modern metal, a bit of djent, and sometimes outright pop influences; Imminence have produced an album of sparkling tunes that thankfully have a bit more to them than just their impressive shine. Continue reading