“Kick assed chilled out rock” is a quote that Free From Gravity has in their Facebook page to help describe their sound. I’m glad it’s there, I would have otherwise had trouble trying to analyze the sound on their new EP Saints & Sinners without simply calling it a rock EP. I still don’t think the UK band should limit themselves to just that description though.
It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full length albums deep at that time and I had in fact heard their name thrown around every now and then before then, but seeing them perform that day was exactly the push I needed, otherwise I wouldn’t be here reviewing their recently released sixth album Positive Thinking.
We Are The Catalyst is a Swedish alternative metal formed in 2012. Since their formation they’ve modestly released an EP and a full length album on Ferocity Records. We Are The Catalyst’s sound isn’t unlike other alternative metal bands, but what sets them aside is the way they compose and deliver their music, which they hope will be shown on their upcoming second album Elevation.
Trapt is a band that has been around for longer than I realized. I first heard of them when they played at the first Crüe Fest in the summer of 2008, but I didn’t realize they had been around for over a decade before then and were four albums (three major label) deep into their recording careers. Another eight years later and Trapt is set to release their sixth major label studio album DNA.
Earlier this year I reviewed a self titled EP by a band called Thunderchief. The four songs on that EP were a really good display of a band that has a modern blues sound, similar to that of The Black Keys or Jack White. Both are artists I’ve never cared for, but Thunderchief took that sound and made it into something I care for a little more. You can read the full review here. Recently the band changed their name to Shotgun Sawyer and have a full album, their first, coming out shortly. That album is appropriately titled Thunderchief. Continue reading
In 2014, thanks to Metal Nation Radio (one of the two other great sites I write for) I was given Under Satan’s Sun by Bloody Hammers to review. I had no prior knowledge of the band before that, even though they had previously released a self-titled album, but I was immediately struck by their very intelligent doom metal sound. You can read my opinions of the album here. Ever since then I’ve been keeping close tabs on Bloody Hammers, heavily anticipating their follow up. That follow up, entitled Lovely Sort of Death, has arrived, and thanks to Decibel Geek, the other great site I work for, I received the album early for review.
Like any good band that wants any sort of longevity, Billy Talent have long since evolved from the post-hardcore punk band they were at the beginning of their recording careers. If you look at the four albums that are currently out today, you can hear a steady progression that further separates the Billy Talent of 2016 from the Billy Talent of 2003. Such progression only continues on their soon-to-be-released fifth album Afraid of Heights.