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Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown

Oh… Danzig. How I’m always conflicted about you and what you’re doing.

Straight up, I’m a huge Danzig fan. All The Misfits stuff, all the Samhain stuff, those first four Danzig albums (and Deth Red Sabaoth) are so fucking good. SO fucking good. So when he got into shit territory starting with Blackacidevil I’ve been longing for a return to form, or at least to hear him fucking sing like he meant it again. That didn’t happen again until what? 2010. Fourteen years after Blackacidevil with Deth Red Sabaoth an album I think is easily as good as those first four and is the real “Danzig 5” in my mind. Somehow his voice was back, the songs were on point, and Danzig was fucking killing it again. I love that album.

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Album Review: Nightbringer – Terra Damnata

Nightbringer is one of the most consistently incredible American black metal bands going today. I’d easily hold them up as a shining example of how great American black metal can be (regardless of their European influences, more on that later). Not only are they consistent, they’re consistently interesting. You know with Nightbringer that you’re going to get a swirling mix of sinister and foreboding black metal, but how you get from A to B is anybody’s guess.

For example, on their fifth full-length, Nightbringer go full force and don’t stop for many breaks along the way. Instantly “As Wolves Amongst Ruins” starts up, there’s no lengthy instrumental intro, no slow build up, no easing you in to this nightmare. It just fucking starts, full force with Continue reading “Album Review: Nightbringer – Terra Damnata”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

So yeah, not much to say this week. Metal rules and all that. Try something new. You should know this by now!

NEW STUFF: (Click on them titles)

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
It doesn’t matter what Mastodon does people will either love or hate them. “It’s not metal enough”, “it’s too metal” blah blah blah. I like Mastodon for what it’s worth, and I like their current sound and style probably more than the old stuff, but I don’t have much invested in this band.

Heretoir – The Circle
It’s a shame bands like Deafheaven are giving this post/black gaze genre such a bad name because there are bands out there making tremendous music with the style. One, and possibly the current best, is Heretoir. Though I feel like most bands in this genre, Heretoir has moved a Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Album Review: Havok – Conformicide

I have to admit I wasn’t very excited about this new Havok album. I liked their first two albums quite a bit but on the third album they left me a bit cold, falling victim to the redundancies of playing a throwback style of thrash, a style that is already so rooted in nostalgia. That and more ground-breaking acts like Vektor and Power Trip sort of put all these retro-thrash bands in their place. However, Havok upped their game this time around. Maybe moving to Century Media Records and the inclusion of new bassist Nick Schendzielos breathed some new inspiration into the band but they sound more crucial than on their last outing.

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Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Here we fucking go in to March. At least we still have metal, right?

NEW STUFF: (Click those titles, trust me)

Arduini/Balich – Dawn of Ages
I’m typically interested in what Cruz Del Sur is putting out because they tend to focus mostly on bands playing in trad metal, power or trad doom styles that I enjoy so much. Adruini/Balich consists of two players from Argus and Fates Warning and brings the doomy/progressive jams. Fairly typical but highly enjoyable.

Manetheren – The End
Some lofty, high concept atmospheric black metal detailing the ascension of one man to a god like existence while the world ends and he’s left to rule over the wasteland. Not sure the concept comes across as much but the music is beautiful and engaging.

Archivist – Construct
Bands like Deafheaven and Ghost Bath may be leaving a bad taste in everybody’s post-everything black metal mouths but there’s some bands out there not getting enough credit either because people hate the previous mentioned bands, or they love them too much to look Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

It’s been a crazy busy week so I wasn’t able to get to a my daily reviews, however I was able to listen to a bunch of new releases. Some solid stuff this week, which seems to be the trend for the year so far. Solid. Nothing absolutely amazing yet, but solid. And fun. Tons of fun stuff coming out this year. Look at it. Here it is, now…

NEW STUFF: (Click the fucking titles)

Midnight – Shox of Violence
If you like Midnights brand of sleazed up blackened speed metal you’ll probably like this compilation. It’s them do that full on. Some new songs a shit ton of covers and a couple of unlistenable live tracks. Pretty straight forward and good fun.

(Waning) – Still Hours
Came across this band view a review site and the description caught my eye. Think it was Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Hey, some stuff happened and things transpired and metal kept us all sane. Or at least it should be. Here’s some new stuff that came out this week that should feel good in your empty ears.

NEW STUFF: (Click them links)

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel
Since Ironbound in 2010, Overkill has been on fucking fire with each release after seeing Overkill doing what they do best, which is snarky, east coast flavored, punk infused thrash, and The Grinding Wheel is just that, but turned up even more, if that’s a possible thing to do for Overkill. They’ve brought back more of the punk attitude and style that was played down a bin on the past too and cranked the thrash. Surprisingly they got a little Candlemass-ish doom-y on the finale, something I’ve never heard from Overkill before, and of course, they crush it.

Most bands who’ve been in the game this long have fizzled out creativity or subside solely on nostalgia. It’s good to see an long running band still burning that fire and schooling everybody in the process. If you’ve ever seen them live, you’ll know what I’m talking Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Album Review: Kreator – Gods of Violence

When the sky is blackened and the fires rage. When the hordes have taken to the street to tear each other limb from limb. When the world descends in to utter and total chaos, providing the soundtrack to the end times, perched atop the torso pile as the landscape burns behind them will be Kreator. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon.

I think it’s highly appropriate that during such a tumultuous time Kreator swoops in with their apocalyptic, mass chaos and violence brand of aggressive thrash. The elder statesmen of Teutonic thrash continue their legacy with their fourteenth release Gods of Violence an album that is Kreator doing what they do best: being fucking Kreator.

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Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Today is a(nother) dark fucking day for America. There’s going to be a fight ahead of us as the next four years are going to strenuous, tedious, stupefying, and repulsive to be sure. I won’t diminish or minimize  what the outcome of our new “president” will mean for so many people but even in dark times, we have music. It’s always there for us and it’s going to need to be there for this fucking ride.

Full on into 2017 releases with some 2016 releases rounding out this week. Let’s fucking do this.

2017 NEW RELEASES: (Click the titles)

Dumal – The Lesser God
American black metal band heavily inspired by the older Scandinavian flavor of the music. Some Swedish style melody with some Norwegian style atmospherics and keyboards, and even Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

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