REVIEW: Black Tower: Demo

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Black Tower demoEver wonder if some guys from some pop punk bands got together and started a metal band? Well it turns out that the results are pretty great. Black Tower is made from members of Crusades, Creeps and Visitors, and goddamn it is good. If I were to guess what pop punk bands had members in this band I think Crusades would be my first guess not only because of the metal influence in their album but just because it sounds a lot like the metal parts in the Crusades album. It’s clean vocal heavy metal, almost verging on power metal. This is metal at its fucking best. I can’t get enough of this. If more metal bands like this were around today metal would be in a much better shape than it currently is. If you like metal, and I mean good metal not that shit that passes for metal then Black Tower is a band that you want to get on right now.

1. Dark Lord
2. Winter
3. The Dragon Flies
4. Night Siege

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REVIEW: Obsessor: Mental Hell

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Obsessor4-mentalhell-Square1 (1)I’m super into this band Obsessor, I’ve loved everything they’ve done but I am not a fan of these short releases, especially since they’re on cassette. Luckily this is the fourth and final installment of this stuff. It seems that these songs are going to be on an LP, and it will be one fucking awesome album. Obsessor are metal heads that I know listen to punk rock. You can hear tons of influence from bands like Celtic Frost, English Dogs, and Venom. The first song ‘Mental Hell’ has some pretty basic lyrics but keeping it simple isn’t a bad thing, they’ve got some killer riffs to back this which makes for a great fucking song. The second song ‘Evil Supremacy’ is a little longer clocking in at three minutes and really turns up the thrash. It almost sounds like a song that Toxic Holocaust would record, it’s pretty fucking great. Out of the two I’m more of a fan of ‘Mental Hell’ but both songs are top notch metal songs. If you like any of the above influential bands then you’re going to want to give Obsessor a listen, and if you’re like me and hate tapes, don’t worry, this is available digitally too.

1. Mental Hell
2. Evil Supremacy

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REVIEW: Volture: Rulebreaker

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If there’s one thing in the music world I love more than any other, it’s metal. The problem with that is, there’s just as much, if not more bad metal out there as there is good. But when a metal band is really on, it hits hard and it’s a great fucking feeling. Volture is one of those great bands, in fact this is the best new metal (not to be confused with nu metal) band I’ve heard in years. Oddly enough the last metal band I liked this much came from Richmond, just like Volture. Their new single features Volture’s ‘Rulebreaker’ on side A, it’s a pretty incredible song. The B side has a cover of Gotham City’s ‘Killer Angels’, Volture totally smokes this cover. This single is brought to us from Tankcrimes you can score the band’s single on vinyl or you can go the digital route. No matter what you decide to do, it’s going to be a great buy. Heavy and power metal fans rejoice because Volture is here with an amazing breath of fresh air to metal music.

1. Rulebreaker
2. Killer Angels

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REVIEW: PanzerBastard: 2006-2009

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Boston’s PanzerBastard is here with a great collection of EP’s plus a bonus. This CD contains the ‘Hell Gate’, ‘Bastards Die Hard’ and ‘Boston’ EP’s plus a cover of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’. That brings this to a grand total of seventeen songs that fucking shred. If you don’t know PanzerBastard pull up a chair and hold onto your ass, PanzerBastard is basically what you’d get if you took hardcore punk, thrash metal, Tragedy, Motorhead and Venom, put them in a blender and shot it out of a canon. These seventeen songs are rage filled, kick you in the face, feel great bombs. I can’t think of any reason you wouldn’t want to own this, even if you have these EP’s already, they sound even better than they did before. So get your grubby hands on this already, you know you need some more hellacious ass kicking metal in your life. Oh and in case you’re wondering (you should be) the Ace of Spades cover, it’s no Lemmy, but it’s pretty good.

1. Hell Gate
2. Rebellion Dogs
3. Lemmings to the Blade
4. Fatherless Son of a War Machine
5. Gift of Desperation
6. Intro
7. Bastards Die Hard
8. Apocalypse Requiem
9. D.E.B.T.
10. No Gods
11. Grave Robber
12. PanzerBastard
13. Outro
14. PanzerBastard
15. Dead and Gone
16. White Knuckle Hellride
17. D.E.B.T.
18. Ace of Spades

REVIEW: Obsessor: In Fear of the End

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Obsessor is here again with a couple new tracks, they’re not short, but they’re fast. I really wish this band would put out more than two tracks at a time because they all rule. How about we get an album, or at least an EP? Anyway the first track ‘In Fear of the End’ is pretty fucking awesome, it’s fast and hard and everything you would want out of a metal punk crossover. The second track ‘Aftershock’ starts out a little slower but doesn’t waste much time working things up into a frenzy perfect for a circle pit. Metal heads and punks alike should be into this one, Obsessor is the band for people who miss seeing Municipal Waste with twenty other people in a college cafeteria.

1. In Fear of the End
2. Aftershock

REVIEW: Rawhide: Branded For Life

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Patac Records brings us this ass kicking rock EP from Sweden’s Rawhide. This is the band’s first 7″, you can get the record, or if you prefer the digital version for whatever price you want. Whatever you choose I highly recommend you get your hands on this. The band has obvious influences of Motorhead, Turbonegro and Zeke. It’s hard fast rock n roll that edges real close to metal but has a lot of punk thrown in too. I imagine Lemmy drinking southern comfort and listening to something like this before he goes on stage to rip through his brand of rock n roll.

‘Out of Track’ You get about a minute and a half of an intro here, but I don’t mind because it’s a pretty great tone setting one with some sweet guitar work. Once the song kicks in it does exactly that, kicks you right in the gut with bold fast rock n fuckin roll. It’s almost a horror punk song, but I couldn’t box it in like that.
‘Branded For Life’ A very fucking heavy Motorhead like intro, past that though it’s very much like an in your face punk song.
‘Through My Eyes’ This might be the best written song on the EP, though that could be because this has the most lyrics of any song. Where the first two songs had some great punk-like repeating course making up most of the song, this is pure metal rock greatness.
‘Sanitarium Blues’ Closing out the EP is the best song; these guys really know how to put things together. This thing goes from great to better all the way through. This is probably the most Motorhead song of them all; I could see the band covering this song without missing a beat.

1. Out of Track
2. Branded For Life
3. Through My Eyes
4. Sanitarium Blues

REVIEW: She Rides: Buy The Ticket EP

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She Rides new EP; ‘Buy The Ticket’ is here by way of Rusty Knuckles you’ve got some dirty rock metal music here. Four songs that will keep you going for thirteen minutes. It’s the music you drink whiskey and have fun too. Metal riffs are a plenty in this EP but you’ve also got some vocals that are almost out of garage rock. This reminds me like a more down, dirty and in the mud version of ZZ Top on speed. You metal heads will be into this one, still with the rockers. If you like your music balls out and with plenty of riffs be sure to give this one a spin.

‘Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride’ Sweet sweet metal riffs are played through this one as it kicks you on the scene. You’ll be having fun the entire time you’re listening to this one or you may not have a pulse.
‘Party In The Piss Kitchen’ Even more metal than the previous song this is a fucking bucket of fun with razorblades. This is the shit you turn on at 4am when you’re still up and trying to party and all the losers have gone to sleep.
‘Oh Providence’ A little slower than the previous songs, the rock side of the band really shows here as the metal takes a back seat. Surprisingly that’s not a bad thing; I think I actually dig this song even more than the others.
‘Woah Dude!’ Sporting the best song title of the EP it’s also the longest song on here. Unfortunately it’s the worst song, but luckily that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Someone’s gotta be at the end of the list; this song happens to be but it’s still a great song. I wanna crank this one up and head down the road.

1. Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
2. Party In The Piss Kitchen
3. Oh Providence
4. Woah Dude!

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