Month: November 2016

Abbath – Abbath

Abbath is an amusing man and a legend in the black metal scene. While he made his name in Immortal, he was recently kicked out of that band for his antics and has gone on to release his first solo self titled album. While not vastly different from Immortal’s most recent effort All Shall Fall, I find Abbath’s introductory solo effort a solid and groovy album that is easily accessible.

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Korn – The Serenity of Suffering

Bands frequently claim their new album will be their heaviest, but how often is this actually true? The same claims were made for Korn’s twelfth full-length studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, by guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. Korn has long been among the pioneers of the much criticized genre of nu-metal, with their first handful of albums as classics to that era. However, the years that coincided with Welch’s absence brought forth some very up-and-down material, yet with his return, Korn has seen a return to form of sorts. The Serenity of Suffering cranks up the intensity and continues this trend of redemption, but with certain limitations. (more…)

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Cesar Saez – Perdido

Over the summer I was able to see Adan & Xavi y los Imanes, a project of Adan Jodorowsky, live at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. Among the openers was Cesar Saez, an upcoming singer-songwriter in the Latino scene in LA. Although showing inexperience in live presentation, Cesar Saez and his Viajeros put on quite an impressive show that seemed to win over the crowd. Playing what he terms as indie bolero, I knew that this was an artist that warranted my attention as I later eagerly awaited the release of his debut EP, Perdido. (more…)

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ColdWorld – Autumn

Eight years. That is the length of time that has passed awaiting the successor to Melancholie²–the stellar debut of ColdWorld, the atmospheric black metal project of Georg Bӧrner. The inherent danger of such a time lapse is the prospect of being forgotten; however, with Autumn—an album that is more than worth the wait–ColdWorld erases all doubts and reestablishes their place within depressive atmospheric black metal. (more…)

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InMune – Universal

Sophomore albums, particularly after stellar debuts, are often the bane of an artist’s discography due in part to the difficulty in meeting newfound high-expectations. In the case of Spanish hard rock/alternative metal band InMune, no such worries are necessary here. The band’s second full-length, Universal, is for the most part the equal of its predecessor Ilumíname. It is another marvelous display of crunchy guitar riffs, pounding drums, and melodic vocals all contained within standard song structures in a powerful, yet straightforward release. (more…)

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