Ankit Sood

Oct 072018
 

The Skull, which derives its name from Trouble’s second album, have released their own sophomore record “The Endless Road turns Dark” on 7th September, 2018; under the record label of Tee Pee Records. Hailing from Illinois USA, Trouble was considered as the pioneers of Doom Metal alongside bands like Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The Skull spun off from Trouble in early 2012 with its three former members Ron Holzner , Jeff “Oly” Olson and Eric Wagner and saw a lot of line-up changes before releasing their first album, “For those which are Asleep”.

With this record, The Skull creates a classic Sabbathian doom with a psych-tinged metal vision which benefits greatly from the pedigree and experience of the band’s members and pushes authentic, old-school metal to heavier and more foreboding places, fuelled by burly riffing, metallic groove and a crushing punch. Ethereal and wonderfully moody with a heart of heavy metal beating at its centre, the record delivers definitive doom metal full of powerful builds and mesmerizing dynamic range. Continue reading »

Dark Sarah – “The Golden Moth”

 Posted by on September 20, 2018 at 19:36  No Responses »
Sep 202018
 

Scintillating, enigmatic Dark Sarah, a Finnish cinematic metal band led by classically trained singer/songwriter Heidi Parviainen, is back with the Final leg of her chronicles, with “The Golden Moth”. The album is going to be released on the 21st of September 2018 in Europe and North America under the label of Inner Wound recording, and is the brainchild of Heidi Parviainen, former Amberian Dawn’s vocalist. Dark Sarah ́s music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. I reviewed “The Puzzle” back in 2016, I have been waiting for the final leg of the journey, without a doubt with tremendous curiosity.

The concept albums tells the story of a young woman called Sarah and her evil half – Dark Sarah and a mystical journey through three worlds. Dark Sarah’s first album “Behind the Black Veil” introduces the listener to the main character Sarah, a young woman left at the altar by her husband. When she is on the verge of breaking down, something wakes up inside and changes her into her meaner half, Dark Sarah. While her Second album “The Puzzle” we embark on a journey where she’s sent to Underworld, an island where the banished souls live, and solve a puzzle to come out it.

With “The Golden Moth”, she takes us on a journey from the netherworld to the Upper world, a deserted waste land where the gods rule. The Dragon sneaks into the new world following Dark Sarah. And as they team up together they try to find their way to the gods that live on an island floating upon the desert. All the three albums have been crowdfunded by the fans on Indiegogo. Continue reading »

R.A.I.D. – “The Strong Survive”

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Sep 022018
 

It gives me immense pleasure to introduce you to the newest old school hardcore band reigning in from Hyderabad, India – R.A.I.D (Rueban and The Imperium Division). Formed in June 2016, the debut band has signed up with Rottweiler Records, and have released their debut album “The Strong Survive” early July this year. Having seen a few line-up changes over the years, the band (the brain child of vocalist Rueban Issac) describes themselves as “When one thinks of a raid, the word generally conjures thoughts of a sudden attack or assault on an enemy as in warfare. The implication is that a counter threat or forceful action is being levied against a previous assailant.”

The band lists out a number of influences which includes Madball, Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Terror, Snapcase and Hatebreed. Lyrically, R.A.I.D focuses on the classic ethos of hardcore, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) with the added message of Hope, Strength and Salvation through the teachings of Jesus Christ. R.A.I.D strives to further breathe fresh music into a generic scene, pushing both music and lyrics to the fullest potential.

Without much ado, I plug in my earphones and with the flick of a matchstick delve into this debut record. The first track, “Detonate” literally true to its name, explodes with hammering riffs and sets the groove on. The guitar tone is rugged and riffs are progressive, accentuated equally with raw growls and makes one groove to the beats. Next up we have, “Soul of a Lion” which takes no time to grab your attention with a catchy riff and continues with the same energy as that of its predecessor. What was peculiar about this song was the interlude that introduces us to the odd time breaks and builds up intensity to outleash brutal madness, the guitar solo did its magic too. Continue reading »

Aug 162018
 

The more I listen to this record, the more I get entwined and absorbed into their music. This is the first time I’m listening to Impending Doom and let me tell you I was blown away by their sound and raw maddening energy. The American Deathcore outfit refers to their style of music as “Gorship”, which is described by Reeves as “Worshiping God through our gore-sounding music”. The band hails from Riverside, California and have released six studio albums till date, “The Sin and Doom Vol II” being their latest was released on 22nd June 2018 under the record label eOne Music.

Guitarist Manny Contreras and vocalist Brook Reeves are the two remaining original members from the time of the bands inception, the band saw a lot of line-up changes over the years and at times have a floating members on tour. One thing that stood out was the band having a street team to promote them, which is listed on their Myspace page, pretty cool!

The band lists out a number of influences which includes Deftones, Korn, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Aborted, Guttural Secrete, Origin, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, The Acacia Strain, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, and Morbid Angel. Brook Reeves on the other hand lists Underoath, Living Sacrifice, Advent, Sinai Beach, Aborted, Cattle Decapitation, and Septic Flesh as some of his influences, mainly comprising of the Death metal bands. Continue reading »

Holy Blood – “Glory to the Heroes” EP

 Posted by on August 16, 2018 at 01:26  No Responses »
Aug 162018
 

Although this E.P. has been out for almost a year now, it was only until recently that I got my hands on it, and to be honest this was the first time I’m hearing of this band, that’s one of the reasons why I love writing for The Metal Resource (TMR). It could very well be said that TMR has exposed me to some really great artists over these years and Holy blood with its signature style is one of them.

Now, Holy blood needs little introduction given the fact that they’ve been making music since the late 90s. It wasn’t until 1999 when guitarist-vocalist Fedir Buzylevych, drummer Dmytro Tytorenko, and bassist Mykhailo Rodionov came together and formed the band. Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine (I’ve always wanted to visit this place, for I’ve heard so much about it) and having played together earlier with Voice of Cryeth under different avatars, it is no surprise to state that the band comprises immense talent.

They started off playing the Hardcore Punk genre initially but as I see with time weren’t afraid to play out different styles notably Deathcore and eventually deciding to play melodic death metal for their first album. This may been attributed and influenced as newer member were recruited to band Oleksiy Furman as lead guitarist, Vira Kniazeva as keyboard player and Yevhen Tsesarev to fill in the bass. Their music is characterized by elements based on Ukrainian folk traditions and Celtic music. They incorporate ethnic instruments such as blockflute and bagpipe. The vocals are high-pitched shrieking but also incorporates folk choirs. The band list Ensiferum and Finntroll as some of their key influences. Continue reading »