Alter Bridge is that rare band in the modern day who are such professionals that no matter what they do, you have to respect it. They have a confidence that I don’t think any other band rightfully has and with it they have produced album after album of pure unmatched drive and power. With their fourth album Fortress released in 2013, they went back to a familiar formula after experimenting in fine form on AB III (an album which I openly gushed about in my Fortress review) and this time around on their new album The Last Hero they continue with that formula that made their first two albums such great fan favourites.
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.
Since Tidalwave released their self titled EP last year (you can read my review of it here) the band, which originated in the UK before locating to the USA, has now moved to Berlin, seeking new inspiration and rebirth to their music. The alternative band was surely looking for new ways to take their sound to the next level, as any band should, and they felt moving halfway across the world was the way to do it. Now, with less than a month until the release of their next EP 1992, I get to assess just how this relocation has given Tidalwave new life. Continue reading
2014 was no 2013 in respect to the albums that were released. I don’t know if there are many other years that had as many amazing albums released as 2013 did. 2015 showed a bit more promise, leaving me a little more excited about writing this post about my favourite albums of 2015. Like last year and the year before I’ll be talking a bit about each album and posting a song to accompany the album, for those who have never listened to each respective album. This year sees an increase in bands which were given to me for review who I had never previously heard of. Almost half of the list as well as some honourable mentions have that in common, which makes this year’s Top 10 different from last year and completely different from the year before that. Continue reading
I’m selective of the metal bands I review these days, mostly because the best metal albums I’m given to review are for Metal Nation Radio. With the exception of a review I posted a few weeks ago, the last time I was given (as opposed to the major releases I review for my own leisure) a metal album to review was back in the summer, and even that one was the first one I had in a while. Reading back on it I can see I introduced it similarly, which is only a little embarrassing. This time around I’ll be reviewing Saint Diablo‘s ground rumbling Devil Horns and Halos.
Roses Unread is a band from Memphis, Tennessee, and while I naively always think of music from the southern east state to typically be of the roots/folk realm of things, I couldn’t be more incorrect. Seriously, I looked up other music from the area and the stuff I found ranged from my somewhat ignorantly perceived folk stuff to electro funk. Roses Unread aren’t folk, nor are they electro funk, but rather a heavy metal band, evident on their new album The Silver Lining. Continue reading