Saturday, November 27

Tag: Album Reviews

Album Review–Danko Jones Power Trio
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Album Review–Danko Jones Power Trio

On August 27, Danko Jones Power Trio via Sonic Unyon, the band’s 10th studio album.  Many bands mix a classic sound with modern day riffs, yet fewer do it better than Danko Jones and Power Trio may be their best work yet! Many musicians have produced music based on the great change in the world over the last 18 or so months.  While the scathing track  “Ship of Lies’’ Danko Jones’ attack on the constant misinformation in the world, the band stays true to the music that has shaped their identity over the last 25 years.  The opener “I Want Out” exemplifies perfectly the abundance of energy the band puts into all of their work.  The album contains several songs that give Danko Jones’ take on the everlasting pursuit of love.  “Blue Jean Denim Jumpsuit”, “Saturday”, “Good Lookin”, and “Danger...
(Album Review) “Slain in the Spirit” by NECRONAUTICAL
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(Album Review) “Slain in the Spirit” by NECRONAUTICAL

Slain in the Spirit is the latest offering from extreme blackened metal outfit, Necronautical. The dark quartet, from Manchester in the UK, unleash utterly demonic sounds. The band delve into the dark abyss exploring all aspects of life, death and everything in-between. Necronaut (noun); derived from the Greek words nekros (νεκρός), meaning "corpse" or "dead", and nautes (ναύτης), meaning "explorer". The word refers to a person who experiments with near-death experience in order to explore the underworld. Each track delivers a different style and mood. 'Occult Ecstatic Indoctrination' combines intense heavy instrumentation along with a soaring, ethereal chorus to produce an epic, gothic atmosphere. This track also experiments with light and dark tones switching between contrasting se...
(Album Therapy Reviews):  “Horizons/East” by THRICE
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(Album Therapy Reviews): “Horizons/East” by THRICE

One of the most mindblowing bands I have ever feasted my ears upon, Thrice, has released their latest record entitled "Horizons/East" via Epitaph Records.  Thrice once again writes the playbook on how to create a record that sounds enormous, different, and all the while not straying too far from the path for the Thrice diehards out there. "The Color of the Sky" about knocked me out of my chair when drummer Riley Breckenridge lays down his insane drum fills, and "Scavengers" just sounds insanely heavy with the thick guitar riffs by Teppei Teranishi and influential frontman Dustin Kensrue.  The instrumental break in "Scavengers" takes the listener to a whole new dimension.  "Buried In The Sun" tells the tale of the atrocities of war from the perspective of the refugee, making it highly em...
(Album Review) “Product of My Environment” by JARHEAD FERTILIZER
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(Album Review) “Product of My Environment” by JARHEAD FERTILIZER

Hailing from Ocean City, Maryland, the quartet are bringing a brutal sound with prominent influences of death and grind. The new album 'Product of My Environment' by Jarhead Fertilizer takes their sound into dystopian realms. If you like it heavy, this is an album for you! Listening to 'Intro', the word that comes to mind to describe their music is chaos. But chaos in the best possible sense of the word. It's heavy, dramatic, and catches your attention. Moving into the main tracks on the album the chaos subsides enough to show off their sound in the context of, what may be generically viewed as, a track. The energy is stupendous, with erupting percussion, stonking guitars and guttural vocals that are reaching new levels of low tones. 'Silence the Narc' pauses the heavy madness to featur...
(Album Review):  Day 6 of Black History Month(Day Late)  “Get Rich Or Die Tryin'” by 50 CENT
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(Album Review): Day 6 of Black History Month(Day Late) “Get Rich Or Die Tryin'” by 50 CENT

Happy 18th Birthday to "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" by 50 Cent.  If this album was a human, it could enlist in the military, buy pornography, and be on its way to graduate high school(unless you're a prodigy of course).  Seems like these days 50 Cent is known for throwing that ridiculously errant first pitch before a New York Mets game and for initially supporting Donald Trump until his celebrity girlfriend Chelsea Handler called him out on Twitter.  He proceeded to retract his support for Trump and endorse Joe Biden for President.  The album "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" by 50 Cent is significant in Black History Month for Music. In the creation of this album, 50 Cent was shot 9 times in front of his grandmother's house in South Jamaica  and LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT.  Five months later, he recove...
(Album Review):  A Modern Man’s Way To Improve by ROYAL HORSES
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(Album Review): A Modern Man’s Way To Improve by ROYAL HORSES

Back in December 2020, Mississippi's own Royal Horses released their record entitled "A Modern Man's Way To Improve".  This ditty promises to offer some toe-tappin', moonshine swilling, southern style barbecue at Grandmama's house while getting schnockered something fierce. Royal Horses is a hodgepodge of your grandmama's favorite music rolled up with a twist of your favorite uncle's cool jams.  Songs such as "Bottom of the Chart" has that "Down On The Corner" by CCR vibe, with that gator huntin' backwoods/bayou feel.  The instrumental break will cause you to slap your mama and shut your mouth, with some down-home finger lickin' guitar pickin' and a subtle mandolin in the background to complete the arrangement. Royal Horses also combines southern rock feels in "Who Do You Know" along w...
(Album Review) “Moment” by DARK TRANQUILLITY
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(Album Review) “Moment” by DARK TRANQUILLITY

Hailing from Sweden, ‘Moment’ is the new album from the iconic melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity. This release is their first in four years following the (Swedish) Grammy-nominated album, ‘Atoma’. Dark Tranquillity’s sound contains a contradictory combination of demonic harsh vocals, heavily bring the death element, and soaring, progressive guitar lead melodies. ‘Transient’, in particular, brings an epic soaring chorus with the instrumentation giving the feel of floating upwards, whilst the vocals ground everything firmly in the dark depths below. The clean vocals on ‘The Dark Unbroken’ bring something extra to the track. The tone of the vocals blends wonderfully with the instrumentation, emphasising the soaring aspects. The piano in this track is subtle and haunting; the entire...
(Album Review) “Seismic” by WITHOUT MERCY
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(Album Review) “Seismic” by WITHOUT MERCY

The Vancouver based death metal outfit continue to grow after almost two decades. ‘Seismic’ is the fifth release from death metallers Without Mercy and featuring of talented guests: Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore), and Chris Broderick (Act of Defiance, ex-Megadeth, ex-Jag Panzer). The album dives straight into a dynamic powerful sound with ‘Thunderbird’, featuring Jeff. The intense pace of the rhythm and fast lead gives off a huge feeling of energy. The non-standard tempo adds a deeply unsettling element that perfectly fits the dark mood of the track. Vocals are harsh and immense sounding in the mix. All of the instrumentation feels well balanced and the tones blend well; each element can be heard but the sound is full. The sections of layered vocals and haunting echoes introduces ...
(Album Review) “Amahiru” by AMAHIRU
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(Album Review) “Amahiru” by AMAHIRU

Amahiru are described as combining ‘traditional metal with melodic and oriental infused elements’ and it’s a pretty apt description. All of these elements throw themselves at you from the off – the opening track ‘Innocent’ gives a great taste of their sound. The oriental elements have a prominent place, they aren’t lost or merely added in here and there for the sake of it. Expectations for this album were set relatively high upon seeing the powerhouse of a line-up. Frédéric Leclercq and SAKI, the brains behind the project, are joined by Coen Janssen of Epica, Mike Heller, drummer of Fear Factory and Raven, and Archie Wilson on vocals. Also, the shakuhachi (a traditional Japanese woodwind instrument), was recorded by the Japanese virtuoso Kifu Mitsuhashi. Archie’s vocals deliver a fantas...