This week it is a bunch of clever heavy rock for your pleasure.
Adema are back with a new seven-track “EP” called Topple the Giants and I find it quite endearing. Melodic and catchy, this was quite a surprise. The lead singer has a Morrissey quality to his voice which is something I should dislike but I don’t. In fact this Adema album sounds at times, well, not least on the track “Resolution,” quite a bit like Megadeth, if a tad melodic. This EP’s songs are a bit all over the place with quite a few different styles creeping in.
Order of Nine are one such band influenced by jazz in some of their playing. Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror vocally has a Zakk Wylde tinge to it while the music is a toned down Dream Theater-esque racket. Along the way, there are some dub-death metal/screamo vocals tossed in for good measure. This is very much a release that takes a few listens to fully appreciate. It could be argued it is a bit all over the place at times. And even then it might not be for everyone. I rather liked it.
Trinakrius are an Italian band who have produced Seven Songs of Seven Sins. This is power metal that is at times epic in scope and really rather good. And yes seven of the songs are in fact about the “seven deadly sins”. There is an unnecessary eighth track that is a cover.
This is a concept album of sorts and it manages the feat that eludes many such releases. Each song manages to stand on its own, yet they all blend together in the proper framework. This is an impressive undertaking that mostly works. Give it time and the album will grow nicely on you.
Trollfest sing in their own language on Brumiebassen called “trollspeak,” which is mostly a mixture of Norwegian and German – not that you will care if you are into this sort of folk metal. This is jaunty metal that is not too distant from the Viking metal of bands like Tyr. It is quite infectious and can lead to dancing like a drunken fool (even sober). Subject matter is trolls and drinking. This is the type of release for those who enjoy a bit of fun with their metal.
Vicious Rumors are back with a new album called Electric Punishment and it is a case of keeping it simple. This is groove metal at its cleanest and least complicated. In fact there are elements of this that hint to Megadeth and Fates Warning. There is no denying this release puts a bit goofy smile on your face. I bet these songs are gonna go down a treat live, and the festival circuit beckons, no doubt.
Victor Griffin’s In-Graved has just released their self-titled debut. The former Pentagram mainman’s new outfit is full of doom and groove. There have been complaints about it that it is too slick for the music therein. I suspect that depends on your method of listening to it and musical taste. What is most interesting is that this is in fact a Christian doom album. Overall, this an enjoyable album from a talented band that deliver the goods.
Well on that note, stay safe and rocking out there this week.