Savage Messiah – Hands of Fate (Review)

Savage MessiahThis is the fourth album from UK metal band Savage Messiah.

Savage Messiah specialise in modern melodic metal, while combining elements of both old and new into their sound. Hands of Fate contains over 45 minutes of this anthemic, personable metal. Continue reading

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Sifting – Not from Here (Review)

SiftingSifting are a progressive metal band from the Venezuela and based in the US. This is their debut album.

Combining modern groove and classic rock with progressive flavour, this is an enjoyable album that manages to stitch together several different rock and metal eras and styles, and is largely quite successful at doing so. Continue reading

Dead End Scene – Dead End Scene (Review)

Dead End SceneDead End Scene are a Finnish metal band and this is their latest EP.

Dead End Scene play modern metal. Now, before you start rolling your eyes in boredom, I’d recommend giving Dead End Scene a chance, as they’re more individual and agreeable than you might expect given the genre tag. Continue reading

Aeraco – Baptized by Fire (Review)

AeracoAeraco are a US hard rock band and this is their second album.

Aeraco crash out of the speakers with a mix of 80s metal and modern rock influences. Aeraco have come to spread fun, joy, and an unashamed love of hard rock to the masses. This they do with such passion and obvious enthusiasm that it’s hard to dislike their work. Continue reading

A Breach of Silence – Secrets (Review)

A Breach of SilenceA Breach of Silence are an Australian metal band and this is their third album.

I’ve been watching A Breach of Silence with a keen interest over the years and have enjoyed seeing them grow as a band.

Their 2013 debut album Dead or Alive was an enjoyable slab of Killswitch Engage-inspired metalcore. This was followed up Continue reading

Blowsight – Life & Death (Review)

BlowsightBlowsight are a Swedish Rock band, and this is their latest album. It’s nowhere near as heavy as most of the stuff I cover, but it’s good to have some variety in your Metal diet.

This has the requisite Rocky swagger and attitude, and the songs bleed confidence and self-assuredness. The band are right to have confidence in their abilities though as this is a veritable feast of chorus-heavy Rock songs with a shiny Metallic sheen underpinning everything.

The band play their instruments proficiently and ably enough to show what they can do with a good riff. Sometimes they remind of 80’s party/hair Metal bands only sans “irony” and with a hyper-modern sound, (Play Play Play), other times they’re more like Avenged Sevenfold in their approach, (It’s Me You’re Looking For), and other times they enter power-ballad territory, (Through These Eyes).

The singer has a great voice, full of power and attitude. His chorus lines are huge but not in a sugary commercial way, rather they have a more refined post-grunge feeling, which goes for the music as well. It’s more Audrey Horne than the majority of the radio-botherers, although almost all of these songs has the potential to be a radio-friendly unit-shifter; they even have a song called Hit on the Radio, which admittedly is a little more saccharine than the other tracks here.

A surprising album with a lot to give; varied modern melodic Rock that makes me realise that perhaps all is not lost for the more commercial sounding side of hard music. With the right exposure these could be huge.