Pitbulls in the Nursery – Equanimity ALBUM REVIEW

I feel like I should like this… but I don’t. There’s just something off about this album. Yeah it does great tension building, and yeah it has some ok riffs but… it feels like the band is trying too hard. It’s like they’re purposely trying to make this album feel dark and foreboding. And yes, I realize that most albums do intentionally try to create the atmosphere that they try to portray, that much is obvious. But this feels forced. Unnatural. It feels like Pitbulls is trying TOO hard. Like it’s pulling out all the cliched stops in order to make sure you feel a certain way. It doesn’t help that most tracks sound very similar, mostly based on the same riff and chord progression, and there’s just WAY too much chugging. So while yes, I do feel like this has a lot of elements to a good album, it doesn’t feel natural, and there’s just not near enough variety for me to give this a really good score.


5.5/10

Visceral Decay – Implosion Psychosis ALBUM REVIEW

Not much to say about this. It has some cool moments. The riffs are about 60/40 in terms of good/bad, getting better when they’re more atonal. The technical passages that are there aren’t really that amazing, but not really bad. The one thing I can talk about is the drums. God man those are really bad. The band sounds like they’re literally using a fisher price drum set. Fortunately it’s brutal death metal, so nobody gives a shit. Average album, not bad not great.


5.5/10

Dopethrone – Hochelaga ALBUM REVIEW

As the band name implies, this band tries to copy Electric Wizard as hard as possible. And to a point, they succeed. But there’s such a thing as copying a band, and then copying them and not quite getting it. The rough vocals don’t match with the music except on Scum Fuck Blues (how great of a song title is that?), and while they copy the overall sound, it feels like it’s copying just one song over and over again, with some variation. It’s pretty good, but copybands really can only go so far.


5.5/10

Cyclovoltators – Sungods in Exile ALBUM REVIEW

Really just pretty good stoner rock. This album is much more southern rock based than some other albums I’ve heard. Some of the lines are cheesy, there’s a song about pot that isn’t exactly the most profound thing in the world, and mostly it’s just ok stuff. They have a good sound though so they get bonus points for that. Also I’m admittedly very biased towards stoner metal, though I try not to be. The cover is really bad though, that bright red is hurting my eyes, even if it is supposed to represent the blazing heat of the sun (which this band on their bandcamp says they’re trying to create with the “music of the desert”).


5.5/10

Irreversible Mechanism : Infinite Fields ALBUM REIVEW

Really, really, REALLY generic tech death. Thought about giving it a 6 but docked it because I realized it’s really easy to make tech death not sound bad. Wouldn’t recommend it but hey, if you want to hear metal from Belarus that doesn’t completely suck, now might be your best chance.


5.5/10