Misery Index newest video ” The Harrowing”

They unleashed this video about two weeks ago, just getting to it now.  after Seeing these guys down in Worcester Mass and hanging out with them i got the chance to find out they are going to eventually release a video for “Conjuring the cull”. The way this album starts out the first five tracks in sequence are ” Urfaust, The Calling, The Oath, Conjuring the cull, and The Harrowing”. seeing them play these songs live is killer becuase they play the instrumental songs like Urfaust and The Oath to set you up for the next track. My favorite song on the album is ” The Harrowing” which is why I love this video. Not a Misery Index fan? no worries not every one is perfect, but you know what is perfect? This video, when listening to the song, you need something viually striking like a gritty cringy worthy video to go along with it.  Check it out for yourself, https://youtu.be/B09bQChhiHA

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Greek drumming mastermind George Kollias (Nile drummer) solo album streaming today!

So May 12th 2015 we saw the musical talent that is George Kollias in motion.  George’s solo album, and I do mean solo he plays every instrument besides the drums on this album. If you aren’t familiar with his name allow me to bring you up to speed. George Kollias born in Corinth, Greece has played the drums for the Greek metal band Nightfall and left back in 2005 to join the band Nile. Nile a metal band whose music is based on ancient Egyptian mythology, religion, and history. George joined the band to play on the “ Annihilation of the wicked” album.

Today we see George doing his own solo project playing the drums as well as the guitars, bass, and vocals.  George is a killer drummer who has his own foot technique in which the faster the bass drum beats the more stable his legs become while also adding a swivel like motion that he explains it uses the unused energy and utilizes it for a faster BPM bass drum roll. Whether or not you are a fan of Nile George is a pretty badass drummer, his solo album is streaming right now at a few different websites. The one website he had posted a link on from his facebook page http://rockhard.gr/rockhard/news/13880-live-streaming-nile-invictus. At some point I will end up listening to the whole album and giving my two cents but for now check it out on soundcloud streaming the entire album.

-Badger

Fulgora album review for Stratagen (2015)

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Fulgora – Stratagem

So this album was released back in March it’s been busy so I haven’t had a chance to review this album yet. Listening to this album brings a sound of pure chaos. Starting off you have a band with one of my top drummers in metal Adam Jarvis, as well as  bassist John Jarvis, and  B.L. Lamew on vocals.  Listening to this album if you have never heard them before will be 0-100 in 1 second.

The album starts out with a track basically just a sound sample from the 1981 movie “Scanners“.

Then on to the next track

Splinter starts with a nice groove with guitars and drums putting you into a state of comfort and then the vocals come in and the chaos begins. Vocals have a sound that is similar to Pig destroyer meets early The Dillinger Escape Plan. Just unfiltered red in the face forcefully telling you how it is vocals.  I dig the sound the guitars have; we aren’t talking about chugging riffs, just attacking you with a constant motion of sound. Drums display a great use of the whole drums set, not a lot of blast beats, just keeping the rhythm going with the occasional need for blast beats.  Really digging this track so far and it rounds out to a nice groove, and vocally abrupt attack to end the song.

Track 3 “Risen“  starts with guitars and drums again, also a nice groove. It has a  riff then drum fill for a few bars going right into a easily to follow guitar riff and vocals.  This song has a great groove to it, it builds up the momentum early, I really dig the riffs these guy have for this song.  It has a political riot feel to it.  It’s organized and chaotic at the same time. The strings really keep the listeners ability to follow along there without resorting to typical chugging riffs.  They keep the same easy to follow riffs going back to the groove they started out with ending out with a breakdown and a solid one two punch with the vocals. This would be a great song to hear live with the amount of energy these guys radiate through their music. It’s a bit early to call this my favorite track on the album, but it’s a solid tune indefinitely.

Track 4 “Artifice“ starts with guitars, a high pitch feedback then low  steady riff  with a heavy drum presence. The vocals kick in to complete the circuit. You have a head bobbing groove right here early in to the song In fact  the more I hear this, the more  I am reminded of The Dillinger Escape plans calculating infinity.  Right around 1:20 into the song you have a great riff and drum sequence for a few bars with vocals complimenting the sound. They keep the same tempo which is great considering how many drum fills and riff changes throughout the song.

Track 5 “Design“  which seems to be a quote from Christopher Hitchens. ( google him )
Track 6  “Crutch“ starts out with guitar ( for lack of a better term) noise, and a bass line.  Boom! The guitars come in full distortion. A drum line that gives you a false sense of comfort/ security for something that will Inevitably change. Vocals come in with a ferocious attack of a      wake… up.. accept this fleeting life!  Powerful lyrics accompany the assault from the guitars and drums.  Eventually it slows down to a sludgy sound for a few lines.  Picking back up to the chaotic grinding noise that filled most of the 3:43 minute long song.  This is probably my least favorite track however not a bad song by any means.  I would have loved to hear them go back to that same sound they started out the song with, back to the same drum beat and taper off, but hey everyone has an opinion right?

Track 7 “Meridian“starts out much the way you would expect the final song to start out.  It opens up to guitars that seem to sound victorious in their riffs like they achieved global domination by way of an anarchist movement.  Then boom right into a riff with blast beats coming from Adams drum set. This song continues to assault you with very unpredictable drums and guitars that progress into what one could describe as the feeling of a root canal without numbing the pain. Just a sharp attack on the nerve.  The song gets to its last leg of sludgy punchy slow grimy sound “this is the end“ style riffs and drums. The vocals giving you an idea of a martyr’s last breath. With abrupt silence we have reached the end.

All in all this was a great album to listen to, it’s very chaotic in nature but that’s what the band is trying to pull off. Fulgora comes from Roman mythology for the goddess of personification of lightning.  That being said Fulgora to me is what you could imagine bottling lightning up and then having yourself a listen when you uncap that bottle.  For what it’s worth I am a big Adam Jarvis fan to begin with; I haven’t actually heard anything that I flat out didn’t like ?  If you compare his other three bands to Fulgora you will hear a different sound for each.  I really like the way the guitars sound as well.  Fulgora can satisfy the fans of grind and noise, as well as the metal fans who don’t listen to grind.  For every bit of chaos these guys portray, they have an organized way to their sound.  They aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, and not everyone will find this album satisfactory, maybe they are into your typical mainstream hard rock, or the ever so popular djent style bands. Fulgora gives you a micro burst of directed energy throughout every track they play on.  I really like how they opened up from a line from the movie scanners. A few tracks later another sound clip taken right from Christopher Hitchens “You want your god to take responsibility for the huge number of collapsing stars and imploding galaxies and destroyed universes and failed solar systems that have left us in this tiny corner on the one planet in this petty solar system that can support life some of the time on some of its surface. And you want a creator who’s filled this earth with species since life began, 99% of which are now extinct already. This is some design isn’t it” Thus adding to this album‘s powerful imagery of a chaotic movement in music. Take a listen and see what you think,  whether you like them or not, take a listen to Pig Destroyer, and Misery Index both bands feature Adam Jarvis on the drums.  You can find Fulgora on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fulgoramusic

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

Lamb of god

So Lamb of God have had an interesting past three years. First having D.Randal Blythe locked up over seas in Prague. Then had to face charges for the death of a fan in the crowd.  He was able to appeal the charges, and came back home. He had made statements that he would be taking a break, also that he would be putting out his book. Well http://www.lambofgodvii.com popped up mid-late April, and came online in the past week with countdown clocks. Each clock counted down (currently two clocks still counting down) to reveal a country.  Once you click on that country it starts a video. The first three countries revealed have been India, Israel, and united states. Each video a short story to tell. It is rumored that the “vii” refers to their seventh album, however if counting “Burn the priest” (the name for the band with a different lineup) it would be eight. So for Lamb of God this could be counting down to a release date. Or since a lot of their funds had gone to take care of Randy ‘ s legal fees. We could be watching the countdown to possibly another crowd funding campaign. It’s only speculation at this point, but as seen on their DVD “As the palaces burn” the band was selling gear and anything they could to get money for Randy. They have had time to write a new album but may need some money to get it recorded and printed. My guess is their website once all the clocks have counted down will be news for the next album. May be crowd funded may not. But one things for sure, crowd funded or not I’ll be picking it up when it gets released.

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Big cryptopsy news!!!

so the cryptic facebook post we have all been waiting to find out  what it actually means revealed  big news for Cryptopsy fans. they will be doing a crowdfunding campaign for a new album “ The Book of Suffering” will be a crowd funded album through indiegogo. They do have a song up to entice listeners, and fans alike to join the funding and get another great Cryptopsy album on its way. More and more we are seeing this type of crowd funding to get albums going. The song that they do have ( via their youtube channel) sounds like classic Cryptopsy. A very heavy Canadian grind sound that so many including myself love.  check it out  for your self at  http://igg.me/at/cryptopsy  or check out their facebook page for more information.

Alterius Voyager E.P.

Alterius -Voyager E.P.

First thing everyone notices about buying music is what the album looks like. Voyager has a clean planetary photo for the cover art.
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The first track is “ A citadels Demise“ It starts with a great drum intro, nothing over the top in length but just enough that you know you are in for some good metal. The guitars come in, and you get an upbeat metal sound with chugging riffs, then the vocals break through the sound. They aren’t trying to ease their way into anything here. This is the musical equivalent to an intense cage fight. Once you hit play there is no going back you are going for a ride. For just shy of 5 minutes Alterius keeps you rolling with their punches. Subtlety is not what these guys are going for, more along the lines of blunt force trauma. Right around the 2:30 mark you experience the rush and whirlwind of the guitars. This is not your average guitar sound either, by the end of the guitar solos you get that old school guitar squeal sound many familiar with metal will recognize instantly. Great track to start an album with.
2)  “Cast into purgatory“ boom right into drums and guitars with a quick attack before the first verse. Right after the first verse you get that long drawn guitar and ride cymbal beat that everyone getting ready to go into a pit has heard before. This is the precursor for that destroy everything pit feeling. This song has all the elements of Massachusetts metal, that has made the north-east characteristically famous for. Then on to the slow punchy verse and drums right into a light piano and drum groove setting you up for an up tempo verse. Shortly after a double bass drum assault and guitar riff introducing you to the guitars creativity for solo riffing once again. This time a slow melodic solo that eases into a progressing beat and harmonizing guitars. If your head isn’t moving at this point you don’t have the volume to the required level. The song ends on a very subtle guitar, piano, drum send off. So smooth its like the guy in the Olympic curling team sending that kettle across the ice. No frills, no effects, just a final note that carries off.

3) “Catalyst Machine“  starts with a quick little drum set up for a nice slow groove offset by a blasting groove. Bass drum and ride cymbal ringing out with each strike. A nice double bass, and guitar chugging groove. Perfect for absolute destruction inside a pit. If you are listening to this song you will have your head moving, imagining you are getting ready to jump right in to a pit. Pure adrenaline flowing numbing any current, or future pain you may incur, or inflict. Some quick guitar solos this track is mostly that slower style groove you can move to. This is one of those songs you bob your head, follow the groove and want to be on the mic singing along too. A nice slow double bass beat followed by quick fast  16th note double bass beats I am tapping my feet while listening to it. Finishes off with just a nice chugging riff  to end out the song.

4) “Sanctuary” has a great quick guitar set up for some blast beat style drumming into a nice guitar solo giving you a sense of what the song  has to offer. Some great guitar playing early on right away. Into a cymbal set up for the first verse, with a great groove of guitars, and drums following with the vocals. Then into a slow punchy verse with some low tuned guitars and nice drum fills to set up each chugging riff. At the 1:49 it picks up to a fast paced drum beat and guitar build up to the vocals “You no longer see, what life has given me, SANCTUARY SANCTUARY!“ Love this if you don’t find yourself wanting to sing that line with Joe you need to pack it up and go home. Bam guitar solo with some nice drums in the background. I cant tell you who is soloing when but the guitars that make up this band are skilled. Double bass roll out to the last verse keeping the intensity level there with the rhythm guitar and lead guitar you can follow. Killer track that can pump you up.

5) “Voyager“ the title track to this album starts out great, like a song you can go into battle listening to. Quick guitar riff into a nice solid double bass and guitar chugging riff you can groove to. You know this song has something up its sleeve. And boom a nice guitar effect to set up the first verse. This song  should have your undivided attention. When the verse kicks in its one of those solid riffs you can just follow right along to. Once they go into a slower groove its just setting you up for some heaviness. Progressing into another great guitar effect almost fading right into a technical beat you just have to enjoy. If you don’t then you just don’t get it. These guys aren’t trying to undersell their talents. These guys are bringing it 100%. An equal blend of technical and brutal you may find yourself getting ready to just break out and start throwing some hay-makers.

All in all this album is a great addition to any metal head and hardcore fans collection. The album sounds like something that has come out of a great recording studio and mixed and mastered by someone who has been in the metal scene for decades. For a debut 5 song EP these guys already seem to know what they are doing, and what they want to accomplish. They aren’t looking to blend in with all the other metal acts you hear day in and day out. They are establishing their own sound. If you are a fan of metal, Alterius should be on your playlist. For fans of bands like Sevenday Curse, Diecast, older Shadows Fall, and At the Gates and a lot of others. Alterius gives you a great blend of elements making them the next  hardcore metal band you discover and became a favorite.

you can check out their E.P. out on their  bandcamp page;

https://alterius.bandcamp.com/   

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

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