Mrs. Piss – Knelt – Music Stream

July 1, 2020

“Downer Surrounded by Uppers” is more fist-pumping L7 yowl and Medicine fuzz, “Knelt” is a gorgeous sludge crawl, like Kylsea, or other plodding stoner doom.

Alestorm – Fannybaws – Music Stream

June 13, 2020

While it’s Alestorm on autopilot, “Fannybaws” is fine pirate metal. There’s a ship, beards, yo-ho-ho choruses, a blistering solo, and a midget. No wenches?

Behemoth – A Forest – Music Stream

May 16, 2020

Behemoth release their blackened cover of The Cure’s ’80s classic, “A Forest.” The band scorch the forest, leveling all nuance, and pave it over with thick tar.

Ihsahn – Das Seelenbreche – Music Stream

April 28, 2014

With last year’s release, there are now more Ihsahn solo records than there were Emperor records, so I think it’s safe to say the former Emperor frontman is committed to this new life of relentless experimentation.

Def-Con-One – II – Music Stream

April 2, 2014

Pure opening-act mediocrity from the UK. Def-Con-One is a throwback to scores of second stage Ozzfest bands from the late ’90s-early ’00s.

Weekend Nachos – Still – Music Stream

January 28, 2014

The 90 second “Satan Sucker” manages to cram in an unsettling intro, a freight train midsection, and a lurching, menacing outro before you can come up for air.

Dream Theater – Music Stream

January 6, 2014

It’s great to report that “Along for the Ride” from their 2013 self-titled record is along the lines of Dream Theater’s classic early work.

In Solitude – Sister – Music Stream

December 6, 2013

An incredible step forward for these up-and-comers, and they already had their Mercyful Fate-inspired heavy metal down pretty cold on their last album.

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