Well, I've decided that I'll go ahead and post reviews of both metal and hard rock/metal bands, (because these days it's hard to fucking tell anymore) but I'll assure you that there will no more than a short paragraph on each.
Without further ado...
7th Symphony (2010) - This wasn't what I'd expected. What I'd expected
was a good album, but instead Is eem to be left with very few good
instrumentals (which sound too basic) and the horrifying reality that
this band has "sold out", even though Jesse Duplantier (Gojira) is
featured on one track. He said that he never said "fuck" in a song,
until this album. Well, a "fuck" isn't going to save this one.
Revolt - Indoctrine (2010) - This is a black metal band featuring
Nemtheanga (Primordial) on vocals. The interesting thing about this
release is that Nemtheanga is wailing through the barrage of blast
beats, and rarely goes into a shriek. This is rare by any standards. It
does go to doom in parts, and being that Primordial is blackened doom,
you know what to expect there, except that this isn't Primordial. Good
Overall: Not For Everyone
Asylum (2010) - Yeah, I know. Not metal, right? Well, it's closer to
power metal with more D Tune. The solos are more bombastic here, but
there's not alot going on. Too many songs. The cover of U2's "Still
Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is good vocally, but musically -
what in the hell were they thinking? There's also a cover of "Living
After Midnight". I didn't like it either.
Overall: Too Much of The Same Thing (and then some covers)
- Handful of Stars (2010) - If you liked Drudkh's previous release,
then there's no reason why you wouldn't like this one. production is
noticeably better, and the whole thing sounds really kind of beautiful.
The vocals aren't so great though, I'm not sure if they have a new
vocalist or I just didn't catch it before, but I'm not really digging
the vocals. If not for such great music, this one wouldn't get as high
of a rating.
Overall: Good Prog. Black Metal
Iron Maiden -
The Final Frontier (2010) - Don't give me shit on this one. I liked the
majority of the songs on it, but felt that tracks 2-5 were only decent.
The album picks up around the 6th track and sails with a majesty up
until the very end. This is what we'd expect from Maiden, and despite
just a few mediocre tracks, it's a must for any Maiden fan.
Overall: Maiden Fans Can't Go Wrong With This One
- Heaven's Venom (2010) - You either love em, or hate em; but it's hard
to hate something as true to form as this. Kataklysm hasn't sounded
this good in years, despite a few of those hardcore hollers on one of
the tracks. Nothing to write home about, but it's pretty solid.
Overall: Solid Death Metal
Murderdolls - Women and Children First (2010) - Not too bad, if you
don't mind a little punk in your metal. The single is awful, but the
album is pretty good. I'd really have to call it more of a punk album
than anything else. It's worth a spin, better than their last one.
Overall: Decent Punk/Metal (But there's probably better bands out there that do this.)
- Season In Silence (2010) - Don't let the snowman on the cover shy you
away from buying this album. There's a lot of greatness on it. The
keyboard work is good, and the guitar work is great in some parts, but
overall delivery isn't really that amazing. Some people said that this
album blew them away, but I don't really think it did that for me.
Overall: Definitely Worth A Listen
Sword - Warp Riders (2010) - From the beginning, you'll notice that the
production is much better than previous albums. There is actually one
bad song here "Night City", but everything else is The Sword, just the
way we want to hear them. This is good shit, another solid release from
Overall: Solid Doom/Stoner Metal
Orbs - Asleep
Next to Science (2010) - I hate the vocals. I'll say it again...I hate
the fucking emo vocals. So prepare for that. Musically though, I can't
get over how good this sounds. It's really psychedelic, progressive,
trippy, proggy, you name it - it's there. If you can just get over the
Overall: A Challenge, Which is Your Choice To Endure
- Rubicon (2010) Well...The good old doom/death days of Tristania are
long gone, but I'll tell you this - they didn't completely fall under
the "Napalm Records Drench Everything In Female Vocals" standards. Yes,
there's still alot of female vocals here, but the music is heavier, and
sometimes gets a little thrashy, and there's actually some harsher
vocals in pieces. It's still a "Goth Metal" album, but it's better than
that piece of shit they released in 2006.
Overall: Solid Goth Metal
Label Society - Order Of The Black (2010) - I'm going to say this now. I
liked this better than "Stronger Than Death". I listened to them both
side by side, and just found the vocals better, the playing better, and
the whole thing a hell of a lot clearer. Zack's in poor health right
now, so if this is his last, he went out with a bang. There's some heavy
fucking tracks on here.The bonus tracks are only ballads, and they were
too depressing for me - so that's a letdown; but all in all, this is
probably my favorite album from BLS.
Overall: Damned Good BLS.
...And that's where I'll end the inaugural run of "The Grim Lord's Review-O-Rama". Thanks for checking it out, and...
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