Epica is proving to be one very important bands in the whole female fronted Gothic Metal field, especially after releasing three stellar albums that show the band continuing to mature. The Divine Conspiracy finds the band growing once more to bring another conceptual album, really hammering home the symphonic and, at times, orchestral Power Metal sound.
Entrepunhos, a crossover thrash band from Brazil, have issued a two song EP that falls just short of six minutes in length, but oh what a sweet just short of six minutes it is. The music found on their self-titled debut demo clearly has a heavy Slayer feel to it, but the music on here is extremely tight and not too overly done as far as the guitars and drums go.
The latest offering from 3 Inches Of Blood, entitled Fire Up The Blades is here. Since the band has established a larger fan base thanks to their major label debut album, it’s clear that this release had some star treatment. Some may stop and think twice about the album once they find out that it was produced by Slipknot band member Joey Jordison, so let’s quell this fear right now. Fire Up The Blades is definitely not a Slipknot recording. The production quality is great, and perhaps the best recorded album from this band to date.
|Grindcore, Progressive Death Metal
Metal Blade Records
January 20th, 2009
Once again, Cattle Decapitation is back with another release comprised of hatred towards human kind. While this topic from the band is starting to get rather old in the midst of the whole “Going Green” situation facing the planet right now, one cannot help but admit that this new release, The Harvest Floor, is perhaps one of the best releases from the band in a good while.
Put simply, if you didn’t like the previous few Napalm Death albums, you probably will not enjoy this one either. The band’s latest release, Time Waits For No Slave has been released, and it seems the band has begun to follow the old saying of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” since the past few releases have been eerily similar music-wise.
Some people may be unaware that the band 3 Inches Of Blood had two releases prior to signing to Roadrunner Records. The releases were an EP entitled Sect Of The White Worm, as well as Battlecry Under A Winter Sun. Well, the latter has been reissued, and it contains four tracks (not all five for some reason) from the Sect Of The White Worm EP release as bonus material.