REVIEW: TESTAMENT – “Titans Of Creation” (CD)

TESTAMENT has released a new studio album in 2020 titled “Titans Of Creation,” and metal fans will love the absolutely slamming collection of tunes. Kicking off with the rampaging “Children of the Next Level,” followed by the head rocking “WWIII, and the ultra jamming “Dream Deceive,” this effort has no doubt pulled out all the stops, in terms of songwriting and production quality. Vocalist Chuck Billy laws down the metal law, providing gritty vocals, while guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson throw down killer riffs for every tune. Up next is my personal favorite, “Night Of The Witch”, and the momentum does not let up with “City Of Angels” and the powerful “Ishtar’s Gate”. The drumming by Gene Hoglan all throughout is totally crushing...

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ROCKET REVIEW: TOOL – “Fear Inoculum” (CD)

TOOL‘s latest studio effort “Fear Inoculum” is their fifth album. It was released on August 30, 2019, via Tool Dissectional, Volcano Entertainment, and RCA Records. It is the band’s first album released in 13 years. Kicking off with the ominous and grim sounding title cut “Fear Inoculum,” fans are treated to the alt metal act’s finest songwriting, followed by the next head trippers “Pneuma” and the instrumental “Litanie Contre La Peur” – which is French for “Litany Against Fear.”

Vocalist Maynard James Keenan is one of rock music’s truly gifted performers and his ever haunting voice sends shivers down your spine as the group works its wicked magic from one track to the next. The first two songs top the ten minute mark...

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ROCKET REVIEW: OZZY – “Ordinary Man” (CD)

Ozzy Needs To Retire… Again…

BLACK SABBATH lead singer, OZZY OSBOURNE, returns in 2020, to deliver without a doubt the worst album of his solo career titled “Ordinary Man”… and let me proudly be the first to state for the record that it’s undoubtedly ‘ordinary crap’, and critics who say anything else are living in total delusion. It sounds like Romper Room metal. Firstly, longtime Ozzy axeman, Zakk Wylde, who has been back in the fold as of late for his live touring, is nowhere to be found on the studio effort, which is comprised of eleven absolutely underperforming tunes, and all I can do is scratch my head in disbelief, because this will most likely be Ozzy’s final recording output, now that Sabbath is over...

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SEPULTURA has dropped their new album entitled “Quadra” in 2020, and it is definitely one of their best releases ever, in my opinion. This is their 15th studio effort and it is a brilliantly executed concept album based on Quadrivium, which consists of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.

The twelve tracks that hit the listener’s ear like a hurricane from hell are divided into four distinct sections: thrash, groove, progressive and melodic. Kicking off with the thunderous tribal like drum sounds, “Isolation” features the roaring vocals of Derrick Green and steam rolls into the next cuts the goddamn electric “Means to an End” and the perfectly brutal “Last Time.” The lyrics explore self imprisonment under “brainwashing” and other human conflict concerns...

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REVIEW: BLEED THE SKY – “This Way Lies Madness”

American metalcore act, BLEED THE SKY, fell off the heavy metal music map twelve years ago, and frankly, many fans like myself pretty much lost all hope of them returning until this 2020 comeback release dropped entitled “This Way Lies Madness.”

The band’s third full-length album is released via Art Is War Records and kicks off with the scorching track “Tongue Louse” – a pulverizing ear blaster, no doubt. Next the listener is brought deeper into their darkened world with the cut “Carnage (Join Me In The Fire). “I don’t give a fuck when it comes down to it,” screams vocalist Noah Robinson. Guitarist Kevin Garcia co-produced this record along with Ben Schigel (Chimaira/Drowning Pool), and the production level is definitely on point...

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ROCKET REVIEW: KORN – “The Nothing” (CD)

Nu metal veterans KORN have released a new studio effort in 2019 titled “The Nothing,” and it is undoubtedly one of the year’s best.

Last year, vocalist Jonathan Davis mother passed away and six months later, his ex-wife Deven, died due to an accidental drug overdose. There is a seriously dark vibe on all of the songs as the listener feels the pain the singer still lives with currently. After kicking off with the eerie “The End Begins,” the musical assault jumps to a new level of grim and depressing with stellar cuts “Cold”, “You’ll Never Find Me” and “The Darkness Is Revealing.”

Next up “Idiosyncrasy” will have you banging your head and on the track “The Seduction Of Indulgence,” the band offers a frightening interlude on which Davis repeats, “skinning me, stabbing me, touchin...

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ROCKET REVIEW: EXHORDER – “Mourn The Southern Skies”

New Orleans, Louisiana thrash groove act EXHORDER have returned in 2019 with a new studio effort entitled “Mourn The Southern Skies,” and without a doubt, this is the best heavy metal album of the year. This is the first record the band has released in 27 years, since 1992’s “The Law.”

The production is on the mark and vocalist Kyle Thomas sounds just as mean as he always did, while guitarists Vinnie LaBella and Marzi Montazeri provide plenty of killer riffs for him to sing over. The mayhem erupts with track one, “My Time”, followed by the absolutely explosive “Asunder,” itself alone a brutal masterpiece. Next your ears will be raped by “Hallowed Sounds” and “Beware The Wolf,” pummeling you into total submission. The awesome momentum does not slow down at all...

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Vinnie Paul’s swan song is absolutely ass kicking and groove metal at its most powerful!

HELLYEAH returns in 2019 with a new sensational studio effort, their sixth overall, titled “Welcome Home,” and it is the last album to feature late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott. That being said, we are all lucky that he completed his drum tracks before his untimely death in 2018. Fans are in for a real treat with this release.

I was pleasantly surprised by how totally heavy this album sounds overall, so it is truly a befitting send off for Vinnie Paul, and Chad Gray’s top notch vocal performance is definitely what helps take the mostly grooving, face pulverizing collection of headbangers to a new level. A lot of fans want to see him back with his original band MUDVAYNE but I ca...

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The 2019 album by the masked madmen who jam super psychotic sounding metal music, delivers on every level for me. The new SLIPKNOT studio effort is titled, “We Are Not Your Kind,” and it is probably the group’s best from top to bottom, in my opinion. I was totally blown away at how good this record sounded when I gave it the first spin cranked up loud in my home office. The band was no doubt up against the wall, in terms of having to bring their A game – for they had to follow-up their stellar 2014 album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter,’ which was a pretty big hit. Although, I dare say that the 2019 version of this band is quite possibly the best they have ever sounded.

The first track is “Insert Coin”, serving as the calm before the storm – as it is followed by the debut single from t...

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REVIEW: DIAMOND HEAD – “The Coffin Train”

Legendary English metal act, DIAMOND HEAD, have issued a new studio album titled “The Coffin Train” in 2019, and it’s no doubt an impressive follow-up to their totally brilliant 2016 self-titled record. With leader Brian Tatler on lead/rhythm guitar and backing vocals since 1976, this veteran band has influenced the likes of METALLICA and MEGADETH, two of the most important bands in the history of metal music.

The rhythm is anchored down tightly by drummer Karl Wilcox , Andy “Abbz” Abberley on rhythm/lead guitar and bassist Dean Ashton. The vocals are even more crushing than the previous effort, for Rasmus Bom Andersen simply kills it on this album. It all kicks off with “Belly of the Beast”, followed by “The Messenger” and the jamming title track...

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