Atreyu – The Curse – CD Review

Darkness and brutality, these are the things that make Atreyu such a great Metalcore band. Taking their name from the movie “The Neverending Story,” Atreyu has left a bloody path of creativity that few could match. Their 2004 opus, “The Curse” [Victory Records], is Gothic Metalcore built on the splendid wreckage of the dying light. …

The Psychotics a

Ever wonder what would happen if four drunk, crazy, yet musically talented kids broke out of a mental hospital? If The Psychotics are any indication, they would create some of the most melodic, heart felt, and genuine punk music Los Angeles has ever produced. Leader of the gang is daft frontman Steve “Psycho” Lopez, who …

Insomnium – Since the Day All Came Down – CD Review

Extremely dark and melodic, Insomnium adds an interesting twist to the Melodic Death Metal genre. Their 2004 opus, “Since the Day All Came Down” [Candlelight Records], fuses eclectic elements with Death Metal. It’s diverse, powerful, and extremely sublime. Behold the beauty of darkness…. Insomnium has a radiant quality that surpasses mere heaviness…it transcends to a …

Deicide – Scars Of The Crucifix – CD Review

The ever controversial Black/Death Metal act Deicide has their moments, and this is one of them. Their 2004 opus, “Scars Of The Crucifix” [Earache Records], is a razor-sharp package of high-intensity aggression bristling with violent energy. It’s a frenetic, insane ride. Let the blast-beats begin…. Regardless of their views, they make some great Death Metal. …

Soulfly – Prophecy – CD Review

From the prophetic to the apocalyptic, Soulfly never ceases to amaze. Their 2004 opus, “Prophecy” [Roadrunner Records], is the best since their debut. Soulfly creates Tribal Death Thrash with a modern Metal edginess. Max Cavalera‘s (ex-Sepultura, Nailbomb) vocals are sharp and acidic… a powerful combination of yells and growls with an explosive fury. Intense, hook-driven …

God Forbid – Gone Forever – CD Review

The Metalcore band God Forbid is a wonder of violence, mixing pure primal power with a graceful quality that is beyond epic. Their 2004 opus, “Gone Forever” [Century Media Records], takes a solid Metalcore aesthetic a tempers it with blasts of Grindcore and melodic elements. God Forbid is charged with extremity. Acidic, shrill growled vocals …

Between The Buried And Me – The Silent Circus – CD Review

There’s nothing like pure brutality to electrify and amaze. The Metalcore outfit Between The Buried And Me has a harsh brilliance all their own. Their 2003 opus, “The Silent Circus” [Victory Records], combines extreme elements of Discordant Hardcore and Metalcore ferocity into a bludgeoning, sublime roar. Between The Buried And Me is crusty and cool…. …

Spitalfield – Remember Right Now – CD Review

From the Hardcore microcosm of Emocore rises the intriguing act Spitalfield. Their 2003 opus of serene edginess, “Remember Right Now” [Victory Records], has a syrupy yet surgically sharp sound. It’s not brutal, but has enough crunch and melodic moodiness to verge the void. Clean, whiney vocals lilt effortlessly across emotive rhythms. Bursts of melodious Hardcore …