March 2018

Between The Buried And Me, Judas Priest, Light The Torch, Monster Magnet, Oceans Of Slumber, Will Haven -

March 2018

Artist: Oceans Of Slumber
Album: The Banished Heart
Label: Century Media
Release date: March 2nd, 2018

Many extreme music listeners discovered this Houston-based sextet through a song covering the old gloom and doom anthem “Solitude” by Candlemass. With Cammie Gilbert’s very powerful vocals and a pretty fine music arrangement, it was kind of clear that Oceans of Slumber are able to deliver top-notch compositions. They proved this pretty soon and now they are on the brink of releasing the third full-length, which gets the exploration of the progressive style farther than so many other addicts of experimentation. Expect “The Banished Heart” as being another masterpiece of this restless group, and keep in mind that it’s all about long and complex songs. This free-form expression combining jazzy thrills, blues and soul influences with countless metal styles, mostly inspired by gothic and melodic acts such as Paradise Lost or Anathema, and mesmerizing female vocals, was one of the least predictable situation for some musicians specializing in extreme and brutal death metal – like drummer Dobber Beverly, who is renowned for the schizophrenic rhythm in Insect Warfare and shares the madness with guitarist Anthony Contreras in Ingurgitate as well.

Artist: Between The Buried And Me
Album: Automata I
Label: Sumerian Records
Release date: March 9th, 2018

The modern progressive Between the Buried and Me brings the eighth album, and there will not be too much waiting for the next as well since the conceptual piece unfolding under the name “Automata” required two parts. The musicians reached the idea of this separation after they considered their albums too “dense” and “very long” and so they thought it would be better to keep the audience focused on shorter material. “Condemned To The Gallows” is the first single from “Automata I” and provides the listener with dreamy keyboard lines, although the brains of the group came as usual with heavy melodies and harsh vocals. Anyways, the fanciful mood is explained through the lyrical theme which Between the Buried and Me enacted for this album. “What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment,” asks frontman Tommy Rogers. “Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer?” (

Artist: Judas Priest
Album: Firepower
Label: Columbia
Release date: March 9th, 2018

It seems that this fire power sparkled some nostalgia for Halford, Tipton and the rest of the gang, which raised some of the band’s old abilities, such as doing some of the greatest heavy metal melodies out there. The quality of the new songs is higher than what we heard on “Redeemer of Souls” by all means. There are explosive hooks, killer choruses, a very catchy groove and brilliant drumming, by the book, and the single “Lightning Strike” is a pretty good instance of all these. Not only the music makes a connection with Judas Priest’s glorious past, but also the production, which was handled by Tom Allom who worked again for one of their full length after exactly 30 years since “Ram It Down”. That being said, the past is alive and well.

Artist: Monster Magnet
Album: Mindfucker
Label: Napalm Records
Release date: March 23rd, 2018

There might be two types of people. Excluding those who don’t care about this band, there are those who recognize Monster Magnet as a long-term opening act for Metallica, and those who actually love the classic stoner vibe depicted by the New Jersey rockers. For the latter, Monster Magnet comes with a pretty energetic release as the 10th album in the discography. The title-track is the first single taken from the new disc and it’s mainly a pretty addictive piece with those Ozzy-like vocals and those rhythm patterns which animate the whole fuzziness, while the overall thing reminds a bit of some Hawkind anthems. The energetic features come definitely from these days’ mood of frontman Dave Wyndorf, who asks “Why you gonna fuck with my head?”

Artist: Will Haven
Album: Muerte
Label: Minus Head Records
Release date: March 23rd, 2018

Sacramento-based noise metal act will bring this spring the sixth full-length after the “Open the Mind to Discomfort” EP released in 2015. The line-up for this album consists of the main well-settled members featuring challenging guests such as Stephen Carpenter of Deftones, who did the guitars for the last track on “Muerte”, and YOB’s Mike Scheidt, who left his imprint on the sixth track. Eventually, after fans had only a one-minute teaser reflecting some good old sludgy atmosphere, the first single was dropped, namely “El Sol”, the song co-written by Stephen Carpenter, who ensured a nice balance between the traditional Deftones sound and Will Haven’s “hopelessness”. Towards the end of this six-minute single, things become fascinating given the climax construction incorporating layers with a shoe-gaze touch. This romancing section doesn’t last long though, and makes way for the band’s hardcore commitment.

Artist: Light The Torch
Album: Revival
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: March 30th, 2018

The former Devil You Know, currently Light the Torch is definitely a super-group in the metalcore area. It’s not just the fantastic voice of ex-Killswitch Engage singer, Howard Jones, but also the probative experience of former All Shall Perish guitarist Artusato and Bleeding Through’s bass player Wombacher. Recently they teamed up with Scuzz of Extinction AD, and it looks that they are on to something big. The first single from their third studio album entitled “Revival”, proves that they went into a glorious direction which few metalcore acts struggle to establish and thus they stop overreacting with breakdowns and noisy sections and choose to make instead musical patterns resembling successful hits. Light the Torch made Jones’ vocals transform somehow into a more tempered manifestation through the agency of the genre’s code, while the overall musical structure follows the means of the great American alternative and rock tendencies. Light the Torch goes further than Parkway Drive and all other groups which wanted to have a more mature approach on this genre.

The Fox

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