Bay Area thrash kings Death Angel are back with a new album on Nuclear Blast Records, “The Evil Divide”, a tour de force of hard-hitting, politically charged metal with melodic elements. Covering a range of topics from the hypocrisy of religion (“The Moth”) to bullying and the culture of terrorism (“Lost”), this album adds a new musical dimension to the long-lived thrash metal band’s already solid catalog.
Tight and angry as hell but melodic and accessible as well, this album is a leap forward for a band that lately seems to be getting better with every album, like their metal brothers Anthrax. There is a new confidence in this album that lets the songs breathe and evolve… it’s got a more well-rounded and mature feel than their last outing “The Dream Calls for Blood”, which was a relentless attack of quick riffs and shouty vocals that felt like one long song in multiple parts. “The Evil Divide” is a great album by a mature band at the top of their game.
I don’t even know how I stumbled onto the Bandcamp page for Oakland’s Blackwülf but when I sparked up the stream for their latest release, I got the same feeling I get when I find random money in my pocket. Billing themselves as doom or stoner rock, Blackwülf sounds like a throwback to late 70s heavy metal powerhouses like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Killer heavy riffs and a very organic sludgy sound. A new local favorite for me!
Blackwülf’s latest release “Oblivion Cycle” (December 2015) is available on vinyl, CD and download through Ripple Music, and download/streaming is available from Bandcamp.
Southern fried hard rockers Black Stone Cherry are back with their latest full-length album, “Kentucky”, released on April 1, 2016.
The Kentucky band’s fifth studio offering is a powerful album of polished heavy rock punctuated with soulful ballads and a spirited cover of the classic anti-war song “War”.
This follow up to 2014’s Magic Mountain grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. High energy hard rock with a distinctly Southern edge, this is the sound of a young band at the top of its game. Definitely check these guys out!