Chase The Ace – Warriors Of The Wasteland
Chase The Ace are a young up and coming band in Australia that play an interesting and varied mixture of old school traditional metal with layers of thrashiness and a fair amount of modern groove with some very chunky guitar riffs to hold it all together. They really do a good job of blending their various influences into a cohesiveness that is honestly a bit surprising considering they have only been together for a handful of years. They released a previous EP in 2013 called The Evolution which I don’t have to compare how their sound has developed, but so far they are off to a solid start with this album. There is a bit of roughness around the edges here, and some room for improvement to be sure, but the music doesn’t get tiring and in fact they have shown an admirable penchant at varying the sound from one track to another and I think this diversity suits the band well and will keep you coming back for more. This album definitely gets better with each listen and shows some really good depth!
Choice Tracks – Stand Your Ground, Rumble In The Jungle, Massacre, Prayers, SlaughterHouse
J.D. Overdrive – The Kindest Of Deaths
I have been looking forward to this one since I heard and reviewed their 2013 opus, Fortune Favors The Brave. Whereas that album was chock full of southern-fried goodness with strong elements of stoner and some groove involved in it, conversely they seem to have gone the other direction here as this album is more of a modern groove sound to it, in the process the amount of Southern style metal is really dialed back. There is still some swagger and some good licks here but the promise seems to have diminished quite a bit, as they have become one of the many in the flock of screamy angst driven new era metal bands that seem to be the par for the course. The album picks up a bit in the second half but overall it has to be seen (at least by me) as a bit of a letdown, with the band seeming to at least partly conform with their sound. The near-closing track, A Painful Reminder is very apt as it is one of the best tracks on the album and it really is a painful reminder on how they used to sound. I can only hope that this was a momentary sidestep and that the next album shows them exploring their roots and bringing back their six-pack swagger to full form.
Choice Tracks – The Fury In Me, A Painful Reminder, Dull Knives And Dead Friends, The Greater Good
This is the debut album from this group of New Jersey Groovemongers and it is a brutal spin to be sure. This CD is primarily a modern style groove metal album, some may call it post thrash, but there is definitely some thrashy roots in the mix as well. When it comes to more recent metal I am loathe to really put too many tags on it as I feel there are way too many sub categories and sub-sub categories thrown into the mix these days. What we have here Is some excellent headbangery with some angry, yet relatively vocals and to me that is a winning mix. The production is nicely done without overdoing it and the military sounding soundbites mixed in I feel was also a nice touch. It wasn’t overdone but it did really help get the feel of the album across. I wouldn’t say this particular CD was 100% in my personal weelhouse all the way through, yeah I am still stuck in my roots for the most part, but the whole CD did grab my attention and there was plenty here that entertained me thoroughly. Several of the tracks leave a memorable mark behind them and that is a key element. A definite fun ride of thrashy, infectious groove!
Choice Tracks – 300 Miles To Baghdad, Ground Pounder, Line Of Departure, Lions Den, Your Nightmare, Enemy Within
This is Incite's third album and after I heard some great stuff about them I thought I would check them out. I have heard them called anything from straight up traditional metal to thrash to groove so it sounded like something I can sink my teeth into, but after checking it out I am wondering if maybe they have changed their sound up or if I was led astray, but to my old ears I don't hear any traditional metal here, and not so much in the thrash territory (though it does rear up a little bit here and there), but what we truly have is a huge load of modernism. Definitely has the groove, but this is a totally contemporary style of groove to the extreme end of things, almost bordering on core tendencies. Sure it's done well and there are a few tracks on here I can get behind, but overall it is not my type of metal. If you heard the same band comparisons I did, please tread lightly, if you like your metal with the current edginess, lap it up!!
Choice Tracks - WTF, Fallen, Still Here
After the first several tracks on this CD, I thought I was in the midst of something special. The CD really starts strong with a very melodic groovy feel to it that though not very heavy had a lot of heavy roots and a bit of a rocking feel to it, but then suddenly it just dropped in tempo as well as intensity into something a bit too safe and too melodic and just sort of turned into a quiet, though well played snoozer through the mid portion. A few tracks tried to bring the CD back from the depths towards the end of the CD, but they were too little too late. CD closer and title track Worlds Entwined was a nice prog-feeling ender but the damage had been done, unfortunately. In like a lion and out like a lamb!
Choice Tracks - Thirteen Revolution, Because I Can, Judgement Day, Promised Land, My Dark Serenade, Worlds Entwined
This is the second album from these quirky horror metal hooligans and there is a lot of swagger, a lot of groove and a whole lot of fun packed into these 12 alcohol soaked tracks. Bits of splatterpunk, southern groove and good old boogie heavy rock and roll all thrown together, blended until smooth and then served with a sinister smile. All told, there is nothing new here, but at the same time you don't want that here. Just push play and have some fun! Not sure if they have changed up their style any from their first album but I will definitely be searching for that one now. Features former members of Searing I and Loch Vostok! Let out your inner demon!
Choice Tracks - Coughin' In My Coffin, Train To Hell, Bad Cobra, Action Man, Gasoline Queen, Bad Habits (Die Hard), The Curse Of Anubis, Ghoul Party, Before This Song Is Sung
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