Category METAL REVIEWS

ROCKET REVIEW: Jamey Jasta – “The Lost Chapters” (CD)



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American hardcore metal hero, Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED), returns in 2017 with his second solo album and it features some of the most slamming tunes he has ever released in his epic heavy music career. The forty year old vocalist known for his psychotic sounding, Drill Sergeant vocal style, delivers a fierce flow of neck thrashers no doubt, kicking off with the totally dominating “This Is Your Life” and “Parasitic”. Next up “The Same Flame”, which has one of the best guitar riffs on the whole record, takes the chaos to the next level for sure. The production by Jasta is top notch and the thing I like the most is that there are not as many guest vocalists on this album like the debut...

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ROCKET REVIEW: DEAD CROSS – “Dead Cross” (CD)



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DEAD CROSS is the perfect mix of hardcore punk and the out of this world heavy metal sounds that only the likes of Ex-SLAYER drummer, Dave Lombardo, working with the incomparable Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE could produce. Michael Crain on guitar and Justin Pearson on bass, come from the punk band RETOX, and together all four men absolutely slay on the ten tracks with their frantic, garageband assault.

Lead vocalist Mike Patton is perhaps the most angry sounding of his entire career on this collection of psychotic ragers. The crazy he breaks out on these songs makes Mr. Bungle look like Romper Room. Kicking off with the head splitting “Seizure and Desist”, the nightmare music party begins with a bang, followed by “Idiopathic” and “Obedience School”...

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ROCKET REVIEW: MARZI MONTAZERI – “The Uprising” EP (CD)



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Houston, Texas shredder, Marzi Montazeri, has returned in 2017 with “The Uprising” EP, and will definitely blow the doors of your damn barn, no doubt. This dude is simply electrifying on the six strings. Former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens handles the vocal duties and the duo together is absolutely slamming. There is definite PANTERA vibe on this bad boy, and on the title track this sounds probably the closest anyone in metal has sounded to capturing the balls out, meat and potatoes heavy metal riffs of late great Dimebag Darrell Abbott. A lot of fans were worried where Marzi would go after he departed Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals, but I am happy to report he is kicking ass now on his own.

The eerie intro “11” kicks it all off, followed by the epic “Monster Within”...

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ROCKET REVIEW: PRONG – “Zero Days” (CD)



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American metal band PRONG has consistently cranked out great albums over the years but the band’s new studio effort “Zero Days” released in 2017 might just be the best record they’ve cut top to bottom ever. Frontman Tommy Victor is undoubtedly in rare form on this totally slamming collection of eleven brutal to the core rockers. The shit kicker that storms at you out the gate is “However It May End” and the first thing I noticed was how tight Mike Longworth on bass and Art Cruz on drums are together. Seriously, this is some of the heaviest shit I have heard since PANTERA’s legendary “Reinventing The Steel” album from 2000. The title track of the album follows and it does not fuck things up whatsoever...

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ROCKET REVIEW: SOUNDGARDEN – “Ultramega OK” (CD)



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The new remix of Ultramega OK, the Grammy nominated debut studio album by American grunge rock act SOUNDGARDEN originally released in 1988 via SST records has been reissued in 2017, and is by far the most kick ass remix offerings this year in my opinion. This mix has a lot more punch and dynamics to it that you will not get from the original. The late Chris Cornell’s legendary banshee-wail voice now sounds so much more haunting, taking into account his recent death ruled ‘suicide’ in a Detroit hotel room on May 18. Any true fan of this great rock band will want to take the time to hear these jamming cuts. On the grooving “Flower”, shrieking “All Your Lies”, and chaotic “665”, you can’t help but get lost in the harsh beauty of it all.

Up next is the pummeling “Mood for Trouble” and the...

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ROCKET REVIEW: DANZIG – “Black Laden Crown” (CD)



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Legendary MISFITS vocalist Glenn Danzig returns in 2017 with his first collection of original tunes in seven years entitled “Black Laden Crown”. The sixty one year old baritone crooner has turned in quite possibly the worst album of his career. Right out the gate, my problem is the serious lack of production quality. It sounds like it was recorded with a cell phone. The slow, plodding opening self titled track nearly lulled me to sleep in the first thirty seconds. Danzig himself sounds like he is so badly constipated that he should have just called the album “Stuck On The Throne”. I mean, we are talking about some of the most uninspired and unintelligent rock music ever produced. The next cuts don’t do anything to pull it out of the ditch either...

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ROCKET REVIEW: STEEL PANTHER – “Lower The Bar” (CD)



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American glam metal act, STEEL PANTHER, has always pushed their comedy skills hard on the rock world, but there’s one thing for sure, these dudes know how to write some ass kicking tunes. If you can stop for the better part of an hour giving a shit about the rest of the world going on around you and all the cookie cutter rock bands that sound the same being shoved down your throat on the radio, then you might just get into their new studio effort Lower The Bar & the fact that these crazy mofos are running around in spandex in the year 2017. Also, you are warned. Push aside the ‘risque’ titles of the songs. If you can get past that and a few sexually explicit words thrown in for shits n giggles along the way, you might actually make it through all eleven tracks...

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ROCKET REVIEW: OZZY – “The Great & Powerful” (2-CD)



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Legendary BLACK SABBATH vocalist Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career has been nothing but stellar itself, spanning eleven rocking studio albums. This awesome compilation covers all the bases for a true fan of The Prince of Darkness. I was so stoked to get my hands on it and let me say that I have been listening to it over and over. There are some obvious classics with the late Randy Rhoads on guitar (“Crazy Train” & “Mr. Crowley”) and then there are some really great choices included from the Zakk Wylde era (“Bloodbath in Paradise” and two bonus tracks from Black Rain album: “I Can’t Save You,” and “Nightmare”.) Jake E...

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ROCKET REVIEW: HAVOK – “Conformicide” (CD)



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American thrash metal act, HAVOK, are back in 2017 with a new album entitled “Conformicide”, which is their debut release via Century Media Records, and while some critics already named it one of the heaviest albums of the year, I’m not so quick to give these guys that kind of immense praise. Sure, this album don’t suck… but come on, calling it a masterpiece is a lie to hard working people. Don’t get me wrong. The effort is good.. and so is the pissed off energy. That’s exactly what thrash needs more of. Frontman David Sanchez on lead vocals and rhythm guitar rips through the first several tracks with an absolutely vicious demeanor.

Kicking off with the above average cut “F.P.C.”, for me the party really gets started thanks to the balls to the walls “Hang ‘Em High...

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ROCKET REVIEW: OVERKILL -“The Grinding Wheel” (CD)



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American thrash metal act, OVERKILL, have unleashed their eighteenth studio album in 2017 entitled The Grinding Wheel and having been a long time fan of this band going back three decades, this is easily my favorite since 1991’s Horrorscope. While other old school metal acts have become more mainstream and have dulled around the edges, Blitz and the boys are bringing the pain at a level that only a few other bands going today half their age can match. Produced by the band, with Andy Sneap handliing mixing and mastering the slamming effort kicks off with “Mean, Green, Killing Machine”, which is a totally killer and epic tune clocking in at seven and a half minutes, followed by the go for the throat “Goddamn Trouble” and absolutely brilliant “Our Finest Hour”.

All of the songs on this r...

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