Pyogenesis – A Kingdom to Disappear

Are Pyogenesis metal? I don’t think they could care less. Their genre-bending subverts expectations not only based in their equally enigmatic reinvention, but constructed within Kingdom from one song to the next. While pop punk remnants heavily permeated aspects of Century, Pyogenesis allowed for star-crossed idiosyncrasies that invoked bands as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, Weezer,…

Krampus – Counter//Current

Smoothly following on from “Intro” we have “The Trial” and this is where things pick up and where I will explain my earlier statement of not knowing what the fuck was going on. From this track on, everything but the kitchen sink is thrown in. We have Industrial, we have Metalcore, we have Folk Metal,…

In Flames – Battles

Drained” gets the show on the road. It’s a solidly catchy opener that sticks like meat to bone, coming over as a continuation of Sounds of a Playground Fading. Fridén belts out his screamy lines with the right level of enthusiasm to hook, and instrumentally the song’s tight, with a simple guitar solo popping in…

Arkan – Kelem

The fusion between the band’s old and new style is very balanced, coherent and fluid. ”The Call” recalls the band’s classic style and opens with acoustic folk elements before it transforms into a mysterious melodic death metal mid-tempo stomper with passionate growls that sound like a storm passing by. The record’s most extreme track might…

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Plenty of moments on The Stage are reminiscent of the band’s glory days. Namely, the acoustic passage in ‘God Damn’ harkens back to City of Evil while the soothing harmonies in ‘Fermi Paradox’ and ‘Angel’ mirror successful ballads they’ve written in the past. The bookends hit surprisingly hard as well – the eponymous opener sets…

Aeverium – Break Out

  “Gothic Metal is stagnating; one half of the genre has gone soft, the other half desperately tries to convince us that it is still 1995. But is this reason enough to declare this genre dead? No way! Aeverium must have thought the same“ and removed all the dust that has cumulated [sic] on this…