Mindshift 'Evilution' EP artwork (SoundCloud)

Mindshift ‘Evilution’ EP artwork (SoundCloud)

Wow. Stop right here. I’ve found a new force in heavy music. And you’re going to love it.

From Sweden, Mindshift has been around for a decade – but in the last few months, the band – Marcus Uggla, Johan Lund, Joakim Olausson, Kim Bengtsson and Eddie Siojo – has directed their energy towards a very heavy and melodic sound.

Since the release of self-funded EP No Regrets in 2012, a host of circumstances lead to Uggla becoming the new frontman for Mindshift. And boy, does he have a scream. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pop Evil Album Cover (Google Images)

Pop Evil Album Cover (Google Images)

Where War of Angels hit us with fast, roaring guitars and drums, Onyx has gone back to the roots of Lipstick On The Mirror to deliver a dark and melodic tempo.  And it is surprisingly good.

Pop Evil know how to deliver killer, hard music that gets you completely sucked in.  The beginning just fires away from the starting blocks like Usain Bolt, and even with the rock ballads in the middle, Onyx finishes with one hell of a bang. Read the rest of this entry »

The first album in thirteen years from the thrash metal band, and lead vocalist Mike Muir the only remaining member of the original band, comparisons to older Suicidal Tendencies is a little out of the question here.

Album number nine sees a fast, rocky tempo to the album.  All the while it feels like you could get up and play air guitar all day long to the guitar solos.   There may be a lot of changing of music “genre” but overall the combination of thrashing drums, and at times some blues guitar, works quite well. Read the rest of this entry »

If you thought Stone Sour had changed their tune just as a one-off with House of Gold and Bones Part 1, think again.

The American rock band once again delivers with an album (this is the second part of the “HOGAB” theme) and the full-out rock is replaced by a very intriguing mix of full-on, guitar shredding riffs, pianos, ballads and electro elements.  The essentials of Stone Sour are all there; just changed into something very, very spectacular.

Corey Taylor‘s powerful voice is yet again front and centre, but in a way I’ve never heard before. Read the rest of this entry »

Rock veterans Sevendust are back with ‘Black Out The Sun‘, their ninth studio record.

Full, hard, and punchy rock form the backbone of the work from Sevendust.  There is, however, a much faster tempo to the whole album compared to the two albums previous, ‘Cold Day Memory‘ and Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow.’

Unleashing with a flurry of guitar riffs, thumping drum beats and the well-recognised Lajon Witherspoon combination of growls and screams, Sevendust have taken what their fans know and turned everything up a notch.  With extremely pleasing results. Read the rest of this entry »

Device Album Cover(Sourced from Google Images)

Device Album Cover
(Sourced from Google Images)

David Draiman, Andre Karkos (aka Virus), Geno Leonardo and Will Hunt formed Device last year, and the album kicks off with a 1-2-3 gut punch of guitar, electro and industrial metal.

On hiatus from Disturbed, frontman Draiman (known for his unique vocal style and growls) began to work with Geno Leonardo on lyrics and songwriting in 2012.  There’s something about this hooking self-titled album, and Draiman, Virus, Leonardo and Hunt give fans something to savour.

Admittedly, a lot of expectations have been drawn from Disturbed.  But this is Device, and while the signature growls and deep vocals do show through at times (and well too, I might add), Draiman has moved into a new “shell”.

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