Category METAL REVIEWS

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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ROCKET REVIEW: BORIS THE BLADE – “Warpath” (CD)



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Australia’s BORIS THE BLADE are one of the meaner deathcore acts to emerge in recent years and they come out swinging to back it up with their new album released in 2017 entitled ‘Warpath’, the follow up to their 2014 debut LP ‘The Human Hive’, and this new collection of songs offers up even more slamming grooves. It is easy to see why they are moving up the ladder so fast in the Australian brutal music scene. Like THY ART IS MURDER, whose vocalist Chris “CJ” McMahon does a guest vocal spot on track three’s crushing “Misery”, this band truly knows how to deliver dark, sonic punishment.

The rhythm section of bassist Coby Chatz and Karl Steller on drums are heavy as hell, caving in the side of your head on the album’s equally awesome title track and “Backstabber”, an absolute pile d...

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ROCKET REVIEW: SEPULTURA – “Machine Messiah” (CD)




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Brazilian metal band, SEPULTURA, have released, Machine Messiah, their fourteenth studio album in 2017. Producer Jens Bogren turns in an impressive collection of well put together songs that kicks off with the powerful self titled track, followed next by the even more explosive “I Am The Enemy”. However, the following cut, “Phantom Self”, is off the charts good. Singer Derrick Green’s crazy roaring vocals are on full display once again. Up next is the cranking “Alethea”, followed by the insane instrumental “Iceberg Dances”. While there are certainly more progressive moments (with orchestral string accompaniment), they still deliver their combustible combination of groove, thrash and hardcore.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser is one of my favorite shredders, and he throws down some ass kickin...

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ROCKET REVIEW: METALLICA – “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” (2 CD)


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American thrash metal giants METALLICA have returned in 2016 with a new double studio album entitled “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” and while many critics have already begun to hail it as the band’s best release in 25 years, I’m not so sure I totally agree with them. Clocking in at nearly 80 minutes, this collection of heavy rockers is no doubt filled with some cool musical moments but for me there is a lot of time that lags or where the songs start to sound alike, becoming rather redundant… and frankly, some of the tunes are trying too hard to be epic and really fall flat...

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