I don’t customarily review albums older than a couple of months. By that point it’s been out long enough that people have likely already gotten it and made their own decision on what they’re hearing. In fact, it’s really got to be something pretty special and significant for me to wait longer than a month.
If you haven’t heard the name Blackwater Drowning yet, don’t be alarmed. They’re very new on the scene and haven’t had the chance to make their presence known in the metal world.
I had never heard of Kings of Spade until just before they took the stage opening for King’s X recently. All I knew up until that moment was that my friend Dennis told me I wasn’t going to believe her voice. As soon as Kasi Nunes started you could’ve knocked me over with a feather at this fantastically soulful and bluesy voice. Not only was her voice amazing, but her band was phenomenal too. I could not wait to get my hands on their album and let the tunes wash over my ears.
Straight off their successful critically acclaimed debut album, and subsequent tour with Y&T, the Bournemouth based hard rockers, Voodoo Vegas, bounce back with what is a stop gap 4 track EP entitled “Hypnotise”. If you are a fan of rock, hard rock music, this is a must, they sit comfortably somewhere between the likes of Jettblack and Airbourne. Yes, I know this a strong statement, but very true in my opinion.
As a Sirius/XM subscriber I get to listen to Ian Christie’s Bloody Roots show on Liquid Metal every other Sunday (sorry for a small unintended plug for that show, though it is worth checking out, and it is every Sunday, but I only work every other so that’s why I get to check it out that often) I got to hear his tribute to metal from Canada. It was specifically aimed at Quebec bands, but it still got me thinking that there have been so many great bands in the metal/hard rock genre from Canada, like Gorguts, Rush, Triumph, and Voivod just to name a few.
EP’s are one of those things that even when I love them, I hate them. I hate them because there is typically very few songs on them, which if the band isn’t good then I guess it’s a good thing, but if it’s a band I love, it just pisses me off and leaves me wanting more. When it happens to be an aggressive band that I love, it pisses me off even more because the brutality makes me want to break stuff AND there aren’t enough songs on it. This is what I encountered with the new Skinkage EP Tyrants.
It is rare that a metal band from Northern Ireland produces something with such aggression and heartfelt passion that is more than capable of competing against its European counterparts. The straight ahead metal bands have always seemed to have an inherent fear of being just that – Metal. Ironheart have risen from nowhere and delivered a killer punch with this debut release.
Deadlock NCHC hails from the rural county of Rutherford in NC. The band has been around for a long time now. I remember seeing them live in the late 90’s. Mostly dormant the last couple years, they have returned to the scene and are stronger than ever. I have many fond memories of watching Deadlock play to their adoring fans.
The constantly evolving Heavy Metal scene in Melbourne, Australia just seems to keep on giving, and it seems like it’s every other week these days where another band will crop up and release something worthy of the world stage. Although the seeds for DIREBLAZE were sown back in 2009 where they began life as a SLAYER tribute band, before quickly realizing they had the ability and will to create original music, and though they have been a pretty regular feature in the local live scene for a few years now, 2015 sees the release of their debut self-titled album.