Review: Architect – Ghost Of The Salt Water Machine [2008]

Laying down a confrontational and caustic foundation of apocalyptic heaviness, Architect’s abrasive metallic hardcore tackles weighty sociopolitical issues while crashing through aural receptacles with the grace of a piledriver on their nihilistic nine-track affair GHOST OF THE SALT WATER MACHINE. Channeling the red-faced, well-informed aggression of Deadguy, Coalesce, and Ringworm, this sextet boasts the scathing…

Review: Buried Inside – Spoils Of Failure [2009]

Canadian squad Buried Inside return after a four-year layover with SPOILS OF FAILURE, a viscous and vitriolic affair curiously titled only in roman numerals. Produced by underground guru Kurt Ballou, this eight-track offering yields an elaborate mix of sludgy guitars, gut-wrenching vocals, and mammoth percussion, at times breaking through with the majestic fury of Isis…

Review: Hatebreed – For The Lions [2009]

Metalcore staple act Hatebreed, unleashes 18 influential metal covers on their latest studio endeavor For The Lions. Honoring bands from the early thrash era (“Ghosts of War” Slayer, “Escape” Metallica), to the roots of hardcore punk (“Hatebreeders” Misfits, “Shut Me Out” Sick of it All), to sludge (“All I Had I Gave” Crowbar), Hatebreed diligently…

Review: Bleed The Sky – Murder The Dance [2008]

Oklahoma City, OK act Bleed the Sky implement the emotions of enduring the endless rigors of being in a fledgling metal band just scraping by into an explosive 12-track album MURDER THE DANCE. Crossing metalcore anthem choruses with jagged shards of pummeling metal (“Sullivan,” “Slavior”), this act falls somewhere between Strapping Young Lad, VOD, Deftones…

Review: Sonic Syndicate – Love And Other Disasters [2008]

Swedish metalcore sextet Sonic Syndicate portray the perfect product of their environment, as LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS carefully follows templates from the genre’s commercial successes to comprise this band’s by the book sound.  Tracks like “Contradiction” easily fits somewhere on the Bullet for My Valentine radar, while the pseudo-ballad “My Escape” and “Damage Control” takes…

Review: Deadlock – Manifesto [2008]

Deadlock return with another dose of bludgeoning metalcore with dual male/female vocal on MANIFESTO, this German outfit’s latest offering. The 11-track affair maintains the crush employed by many of the new wave of European metal acts, yet this sextet continuously throws musical curveballs which definitely makes their music stand out, but not always for the…

Review: The Fight Between Frames – Birth Of The Bull And The Labryrinth [2008]

Louisiana metalcore squad The Fight Between Frames comes out with fist flailing on their six-song EP BIRTH OF THE BULL AND THE LABYRINTH. Despite their geographic location and what their publicity propaganda suggests, the southern rock heard from cuts like “Red Rubber Jungle” and “Gambling Away Your Livelihood” shares a lot in common with Maylene…