Tons of great metal releases are out or coming out. Sorry there haven’t been many reviews lately. I’ve been busy making music rather than reviewing it.
Shameless plugs for: Promidal (new album on bandcamp) and LHeIt Book$ (new mixtape coming very soon)
In the meantime, here are a few quickie reviews.
Lindemann – Skills in Pills
Do you like Rammstein? Are you OK with the ridiculous Rammstein lyrics being sung in English? If you answered “yes” to both of these, you should get this album. It’s great. They even nail the slower songs, which is something that Rammstein has always failed at. It’s also WAY better than Rammstein’s kinda lame last album.
Refused – Freedom
It honestly feels like a straight continuation of where they were going with Shape. I totally dig it. Very Tool-esque in sections, mixed with that punk earnestness, super thick Nick Launay production, and a bit of pop sensibility. It’s a very unique and listenable album for fans of a ton of different genres. Jam it!
Failure – The Heart is a Monster
Aother worthy follow up to another one of my top 10 of all time albums years later. I’m not sure I like how they tried to tie directly to Fantastic Planet with the “Segues”, but that is really my only complaint. I do miss a little of the more epic, drugged out vibe of Planet, but I can’t really find any fault here, is a good album through and through.
Strung Out – Transmission.Alpha.Delta.
They nail it again. Some amazing stuff on here. Top notch musicianship, hooks sharper than a razor. If you like heavier pop punk stuff, you just need to pick this up. Seriously, the chorus to Tesla is one of the best choruses I’ve ever heard in my life. Some of this album is Skindred level of good. My only complaint is the fantastic vocals are a bit quiet.
Lamb of God – Sturm Und Drang
It’s Lamb of God. They are really starting to stagnate. Even the addition of some mediocre clean vocals doesn’t help differentiate them. They are such a consistent band that they need to stop working with the same production team over and over. They need to branch out with other people. This album is still really solid and a great disc, but it’s just unremarkable.