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CD Review Grails - Doomsdayer’s Holiday

Grails

Doomsdayer’s Holiday
Record Label: Temporary Residence
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

Dark, heavy and celestial music. GRAILS has managed to take the meandering sound of groups like OPETH and mix them with eastern, folk, and blues stylings to create an entirely new sound. The album contains very little vocalization, but when they do appear, they achieve an eerie sense of omniscience and envelope the already dark wandering guitar. The real gem of this album is the sometimes subtle and often times obvious presence of Indian style sitar and chord progressions.


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CD Review Too Pure To Die - Confess

Too Pure To Die

Confess
Record Label: Trustkill Records
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

Thick southern grooves with heavy fast rhythms and one hell of a growl carrying it all through, Iowa manages to deliver another powerful force to the heavy metal world.  With their title track “Confess,” TOO PURE TO DIE pushes heavy verses and catchy choruses around a forcefully distorted core that makes this album hit you square in the chest.  Percussive guitars in songs like “Saving Grace” with harmonic experimentation, like LAMB OF GOD, create a unique sound that you won’t soon forget.


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CD Review Archer - Doomsday Profits

Archer

Doomsday Profits
Record Label: Duke’s Black Rose
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

This album will make you want to break out your leather jacket and get a new tattoo.  Shredding, bluesy guitar with the classic heavy metal feel that makes everybody want to go out and buy a motorcycle.  Mixing the vocal styles of JUDAS PRIEST and guitar riffs like the great Toni Iomi, ARCHER manages to create a new resonance for an amazing old sound.


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CD Review Pro-Pain - No End In Sight

Pro-Pain

No End In Sight
Record Label: Regain Records
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

With slightly operatic vocalisms and grinding, low guitar PRO-PAIN drives through their new release “No End In Sight.” Simplicity is key with this album. The New York-based band has found an envelope of heavy grooves that act as a steady backbone for moving lyrics that are too often absent from metal. Thoughtful and complimenting, the four-piece unit knows how to articulate an entire album from beginning to end.


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CD Review Sonic Syndicate - Love and Other Disaster

Sonic Syndicate

Love and Other Disaster
Record Label: Nuclear Blast America
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

Sonic diversity is the key phrase when describing SONIC SYNDICATE’s new album. There is a little bit for every fashion of metal fan out there. This album is a ballad, a dark mellow piece, a heavy thrash song, an epic power metal shredder, and everything in between.  It is truly entertaining and refreshing to hear a band deliver such an array of style in their music. Perhaps it is because they are still searching for a “sound” or perhaps diversity IS their sound, either way this entire album will catch your attention.


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CD Review The Showdown - Back Breaker

Showdown

Back Breaker
Record Label: Solid State Records
Review by Chris Fox
December 2008

Heavy. From drumming that hits on the off beats to grinding guitar and lots of squealing harmonics, THE SHOWDOWN is just heavy with their release of “Back Breaker.” These Tennessee natives stay true to their southern metal roots and supply lots of chunk that is reminiscent of bands like DEMON HUNTER with a few added tidbits. Using unique backing vocals with the grinding guitar leading the way and a thumping double kick carrying the load, these guys manage to rip your face off and hand it back to you in pieces.


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