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Metal Life Exclusive Interview With JUNGLE ROT Plus Our Review Of “Order Shall Prevail”

Metal Life Exclusive Interview With JUNGLE ROT Plus Our Review Of “Order Shall Prevail”

Resident queen of death metal Karila was reunited with Dave Matrise and Geoff Bub of Jungle Rot when they met for an interview at the San Diego stop on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.  They discussed the new album and why it came as such a surprise to everybody, including themselves!  Stay tuned even further to find out just exactly how old their touring vehicle is…the answer will astound you!  And find out which of these two they find scarier: King […]

Metal Life Album Review: SYMPHONY X – Underworld

Metal Life Album Review: SYMPHONY X – Underworld

Epic, enthralling, and all encompassing are just a few of the many descriptions that could be thrown about when discussing Underworld, Symphony X’s upcoming release that is certain to become another piece of music history. From the incredible orchestral movements and complex rhythms to Russel’s soaring vocals and Lepond’s bass work, each song is rich in detail. Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, Underworld is a complex collection of standalone songs that flow seamlessly from start to finish. While most of the […]

Metal Life Album Review: KATAKLYSM – Of Ghosts And Gods

Metal Life Album Review: KATAKLYSM – Of Ghosts And Gods

Our Canadian brothers are posed to release an aural assault upon the unwashed masses come late July that will not soon be forgotten. Their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods, is another incredible release full of melodic rage that shows a new level of musical maturity for Kataklysm. Written to expound on the how’s and why’s mankind needs religion, myth, and mysticism to view this world and the afterlife, the album delivers these concepts with brutal vocals, neck snapping […]

Metal Life Album Review: ORCHID – Sign Of The Witch

Metal Life Album Review: ORCHID – Sign Of The Witch

The Bay Area’s infamous bell bottom-clad quartet of musical vagabonds is at it again. Orchid fans will break out in jubilee as the rhythm-and-rock band approach their 10th year anniversary, preceded by the release of Sign of the Witch. Though the ratio of tracks to band members is exactly 1:1, fans of Orchid will undoubtedly cycle the EP over and over. It is a mesmerizing piece of music that slowly parts from sludgy stereotypes, moving ever onward to modern renditions […]

Metal Life Album Review: HELLOWEEN – My God Given Right

Metal Life Album Review: HELLOWEEN – My God Given Right

The German power metal ensemble is on the fifteenth leg of their heavy metal marathon with the recent release of My God Given Right. Though the album title sounds like it embraces the entitled tendencies of our modern society, its contents are anything but pretentious. It is a bountiful collection of bouncy ditties enlaced with metallic riffage, choral harmonies, and a spirit of vitality that has been long lost amidst an age that still finds it cool to be as […]

Metal Life Album Review: ENSLAVED – In Times

Metal Life Album Review: ENSLAVED – In Times

Sticking to their genre, Enslaved are back with the dark, dismal, deep black metal prog. In Times is an adventure to behold, even if the diverse album is only six songs long, each song is over eight minutes long and it seems to draw you into its void and pull you into another realm entirely. Song length isn’t an issue in this album. Winding through the intricate maze moods and melodies makes the album seem full, but not overdone. The […]

Metal Life Album Review: DIESEL KING – Concrete Burial

Metal Life Album Review: DIESEL KING – Concrete Burial

I have a hard time getting into genres like sludge or hardcore. Sometimes I feel like the music is way too slow and droning, and prevents me from really getting into the music. There have been a few exceptions, and Diesel King is one of them. Hailing from the UK, they have released their debut album Concrete Burial. Sludge soaked death metal with just the right amount of groove and heaviness. The opening track “Brainhammer” bludgeons you and drags you […]

Metal Life Album Review: NAPALM DEATH – Apex Predator Easy Meat

Metal Life Album Review: NAPALM DEATH – Apex Predator Easy Meat

Whoever said heavy metal cannot evolve simply because we have reached the end of a finite audial spectrum may just not be ready for the brilliance that is Napalm Death’s newest release Apex Predator – Easy Meat. The heavily worshipped harbingers of all thing grind make a triumphant return following the great success of Utilitarian, packing in past triumphs with unseen surprises that ambush the ears at a moment’s notice. Don’t be fooled by the moody introduction track, because “Smash […]

Metal Life Album Review: LORD DYING – Poisoned Altars

Metal Life Album Review: LORD DYING – Poisoned Altars

Lord Dying is a captivating quartet that continues to mesmerize with their sophomore release Poisoned Altars. Though they are a young band, they are veterans to the art of all things heavy, as this 35 minute piece of insanity pieces together the dynamite talent of High on Fire with grooves that would make Corrosion of Conformity jealous to form an entertaining portrait of modern metal artisanship.  This album is as versatile as it is understandable: never painting itself into a […]

Metal Life Album Review: MARDUK – Frontschwein

Metal Life Album Review: MARDUK – Frontschwein

It’s been three long years, but finally avid black metal fans are able to unleash bloody hellfire upon their ears with the release of Marduk’s thirteenth chapter.  Escaping the spiritual perdition of Serpent Sermon, the Swedish black metal commandants return to the terrestrial kind of war, a topic that has not been visited by the band in almost ten years.  It is an insult to the ingenuity of this album to do nothing but label it as Panzer Division’s blood […]

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