Category: Alternative Metal

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…)

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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Sôber – Vulcano

The leaders of the Spanish hard rock/alternative metal scene, Sôber, continue to school their peers on how this genre ought to be done. After a six year hiatus, during which splitting into Skizoo and Savia, Sôber release their third post-hiatus album—8th overall—titled Vulcano—one that makes up for the lethargic Letargo and one of the finest of their 20+ year career. Vulcano is 54 minutes of crunchy guitars riffs, soaring vocals, and all that you would want from an alternative metal album. (more…)

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In Flames – Siren Charms

Never has a band fallen as far as In Flames from what they once were. Hailed as one of the pioneers of melodic death metal and the “Gothenburg” sound, In Flames has always held a special place for me. They shaped my destiny years ago when I had first delved into the genre. Here I stand, 10 years later, and find myself grimacing at the thought of a new album. (more…)

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Passenger – Passenger

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When I think of Anders Friden these days, I think of a legendary figure in melodic death metal, who had pioneered that genre forward many years ago with In Flames. However, in his current situation, he has fallen from that pedestal into a world of mediocrity. (more…)

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Godsmack – 1000hp

When I first saw the album cover for this album I was thoroughly unimpressed. Sure, the car was nice, but it just seemed like a mediocre cover for an album. But is the music as mediocre as the cover art? (more…)

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Katatonia – Dead End Kings

After the masterpiece that was Night is the New Day, I knew it would be difficult for Katatonia to top that album. With Dead End Kings, they attempt to do just that. After hearing the first single Dead Letters, I lowered my expectations considerably. (more…)

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CKY – Infiltrate•Destroy•Rebuild

CKY is an alternative metal band from West Chester, Pennsylvania, which is fronted by Deron Miller. Also, Jesse Margera is the drummer of the band, notable for being the older brother of Bam Margera of MTV’s show Jackass. Initially, when I had heard of the band CKY many years ago, I was put off immediately, associating it with the stupidity of the CKY films themselves, and the humor of Jackass, putting this band on the backburner. However, around 2004 or 2005 I had rented some wrestling video game, and on the special unlockables there was a video for the song Attached At The Hip on it. I checked it out and from there, I was instantly hooked. These guys are serious, and nothing like (more…)

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System of a Down – System of a Down

System of a Down is that kooky eccentric metal band of the early 2000s that everyone either loves or hates. Regardless of your opinion of them, they deserve respect for at least having their own distinct sound instantly recognized as System of a Down. Their self-titled debut album unleashed their eccentricity upon the world with their out of the ordinary style of (more…)

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InMune – Ilumíname

InMune is an alternative metal/hard rock band from Spain consisting of Morti on vocals, Paulo Morete on guitars, David Segado on bass, and Carlos Dogliani on drums. InMune is a refreshing band in Spain’s rock and metal scene, which has plenty of folk and power metal, and a strong “indie” scene. I am not familiar with much of the band member’s previous work with the exception of Morti, who was the vocalist of the very strong hard rock/metal band Skizoo, the grungy Fantástico Hombre Bala, and a solid solo project. While listening to InMune, it is difficult not to make comparisons with Skizoo, since this is the “heaviest” band Morti has been a part of since, but the two bands are (more…)

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