Album Review: KoRn – The Serenity Of Suffering

Album Review: KoRn – The Serenity Of Suffering

Band: KoRn Album: The Serenity Of Suffering Genre: Nu-metal Date of Release: 21/10/2016 Location: Bakersfield, CA Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Old KoRn, old Slipknot, old System Of A Down, being old Track Listing: 1. Insane (3:50) 2. Rotting In Vain (3:33) 3. Black Is The Soul (4:01) 4. The Hating (4:23) 5. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor) (3:21) 6. Take Me (3:00) 7. Everything Falls Apart (4:17) 8. Die Yet Another Night (4:29) 9. When You’re Not There (3:25) 10. Next In Line (3:28) 11. Please Come For Me (2:54) I have two competing theories when it comes to the new KoRn album. One is that it’s a really good album. The other is that I think it’s a really good album, but I’m wrong and it isn’t. Obviously these two positions can’t both exist; if one is true the other has to be false. As I hurtle towards 30 I’m terrified by both the speed of change, and the likelihood that my tastes have calcified, turning me into that old bearded cockhead at the back of the venue, arms crossed and practised look of disdain slathered across my less than elastic face. When I started listening to metal, I used to fucking despise the Old Dudes into Metallica. “Shut up grandpa,” I’d sneer. “Instead of listening to music maybe you should check your prostate!” Then I’d skull a Woodstock and throw up. But the metal that was formative in my youth is as far away from me now as The Black Album was when I first heard it. I am become Grandpa, destroyer of fun....
Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Band: FLAW Album: Divided We Fall Genre: Nu metal, alternative metal, hard rock Date of Release: August 19, 2016 Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Nonpoint, Korn, Sevendust Track Listing: 1. Fed Up (;C4USE22) – 4:01 2. Do You Remember – 3:47 3. Fatal Fall – 3:36 4. Live and Breathe – 3:10 5. Choices – 3:20 6. Wipe Away the Dust – 4:01 7. Bleed Red – 3:39 8. Let Me Go – 3:43 9. Heal – 3:53 10. When You Grieve… – 3:26 11. My Letter – 4:23 A comeback is not an easy thing to accomplish. There’s a lot of pressure that rides on the shoulders of a return, and most find themselves crushed by the weight. After 12 years of inactivity, FLAW has expectations to exceed and odds to overcome. If you don’t know (and chances are you don’t), FLAW was a pretty great nu metal group back in the early 2000’s. They had a couple hits, toured as part of Ozzfest, and eventually got swept up in the .com boom that left lots of bands high, dry, and without a label. Now, in the midst of a major nu metal revival, the band is ready for round two. Older, wiser, more experienced, and more skilled, they’re back and trying to make a name for themselves once again. So the question is, does Divided We Fall sweep away the sands of time and re-establish FLAW as a player in the active rock scene? Well, I’m not gonna tell you yet. Read the rest of the review and see for yourself. If you’re...
Album Review: Sylar – Help!

Album Review: Sylar – Help!

Band: Sylar Album: Help! Date Of Release: 26/08/2016 Label: Hopeless Records Genre: Metalcore/Nu-metal Location: Queens, NY Reviewer: Alex “keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’” Sievers For Fans Of: Any and all things nu-metal. Track Listing: 1. Help! 2. Soul Addiction 3. Assume 4. Me, Myself, & I 5. Doubting Out 6. Dark Daze 7. South Street Lullaby 8. I Know, You Know, I Know 9. Gambit Rogue Delight 10. Pleasure Paradise 11. Maintain Closure I’ve never once cared for guilty pleasures. Thus, I’ll gladly raise my hand when they start reading out names for the great culling of nu-metal fans via lobotomy. Linkin Park, Korn, Deftones, System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, and Disturbed – I love those bands, and nostalgia be damned, I still do. I’m not at all embarrassed to admit it. After all, if you’re embarrassed to openly admit you enjoy something, I feel that’s a telling sign you’re battling with some insecurity about how much you actually enjoy said thing. But we’re here to talk about Sylar’s new album Help!, not your insecurities. Sylar is one of many bands riding out nu-metal’s resurgence, of which is bound to end within the next 18 months (calling it now). However, the scene’s quickly approaching critical mass of this sound, and that means a host of severely average bands flooding in. For instance, From Ashes To New, Cane Hill, Gift Giver, & Darke Complex. As for Sylar, I wouldn’t count them among those aforementioned bands. While not original, they’ve got the chops to potentially outlive this returning trend, and keep their heads above the waters of forgettable background music...
Song Review: Impaler – ‘You Know (feat. Rhys Gahan)’

Song Review: Impaler – ‘You Know (feat. Rhys Gahan)’

Band: IMPALER Song: ‘You Know (Feat. Rhys Gahan)’ Genre: Nu-Metal, Downtempo Date Of Release: December 2015 Location: Perth, Australia Reviewer: C. Phillips For Fans Of: Nemertines, War Hound ‘You Know’ is a song by Australian heavy band IMPALER, taken from their 2015 EP Foul Ignorance. It features a guest rap section from Rhys Gahan of the Perth ‘nu-hardcore’ band DROPBEARS. In the current Australian metal climate, artists love rap and heavy music simultaneously. So, when bands decide to meld the two together – to perhaps create ‘nu-metal’ or even ‘rap metal’ – it can go either of two ways. One way is that it can be fun, bouncy, the ‘flow’ of the vocalist can be great, the lyrics can bolster true meaning and the power of the intelligent written word, and the listener can enjoy the song. The other way, the lyrics can sound as if they were written by junior Bra Boys, about how they have a ‘crew’ and a rep ‘not to mess with’ and can be so corny and tongue in cheek that the interesting sound of the song may be ignored. This way may also entail a weak song structure that, again, takes the listener’s concentration away. Where does ‘You Know’ sit between these two paths? Well, more on one than the other. The problem is that ‘You Know’ is not a song per say. Sure, it is a song by definition, but it is not a song by practicality; ‘You Know’ is four or five genuinely interesting ideas placed down piece by piece, with nothing connecting them to each other to actually create a...
Album Review: Fronzilla – “Party People’s Anthem”

Album Review: Fronzilla – “Party People’s Anthem”

Album: ‘Party People’s Anthem’ Artist: Fronzilla Date of Release: 29/06/2015 Genre: Rap / Hip-hop / “Metal” Reviewer: Gunter Wurm For Fans Of: The Amity Affliction, Creed, Nickelback This week I’ve been relaxing at a beach house in Phillip Island (Australia) on a well needed holiday. The sun is shining, the salty offshore breeze is keeping things fresh, and most importantly – no responsibilities. I crank up the in-house XBOX 360 to give good old SKATE 3 a solid session. I can’t skate, so I live vicariously through games such as these. I admit I failed three semester one subjects in my first year due to the seminal Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. Off I went, opening a bag of CC’s and dip, poured a glass of Jameson & Ginger Beer (the most almighty of drinks) and settled down for an afternoon of the finest delights. I was recently given a copy of ‘Party People’s Anthem’ by ATILLA frontman Chris ‘FRONZILLA’ Fronzak. Fronz is no stranger to controversy. On his recent Australian tour, he threw a microphone at an audience member who was trying to pull him off stage, accidentally hitting the man standing beside him and leaving him with a number of stitches. With this in mind, I was intrigued to see what this release would bring. Every good kick/push session need some obnoxious hip hop, so what a better time to give it a spin and review this unique collection of party anthems. I hit play on the record, started doing my best digital Rodney Mullen impressions on the console, and settled in. The first chorus drops: ‘LIQUOR...
Song Review: MicroWave – “Requiem For A Nightmare”

Song Review: MicroWave – “Requiem For A Nightmare”

Song: Requiem For A Nightmare Band/Artist: MicroWave Location: Serbia Date of Release: 14 Dec 2014 Genre: Melodic Nu Metal… apparently Reviewer: VoiceBox For Fans Of: Evanescence and your emo friend Why They Aren’t Famous: They need to decide what to be First of all, I am a massive fan of later 90s, early 00s Nu Metal. Dope, Sevendust and P.O.D are regulars on my playlists. I am also a massive fan of melodies… You could understand therefore why I was quite excited to press play on a track that was labeled “Melodic Nu Metal”. I came at this song hoping that my inner 13 year old would hear Linkin Park resurrected. With a name like MicroWave I was expecting an electronic edge and maybe even a little bit of heaviness and aggressive vocals… but I was left listening to a bored version of Nightwish with a depressed male vocalist. The track warms you up gently with a simple piano line before the rest of the band come in with the most “we want to sound HUGE” section I’ve heard in a while. This lasts a little while before the track dies down into a soft bed of sound for the vocalist to start droning on about the dark, shadows, nightmares and opening your eyes, while another guy whispers in the background in an attempt to sound deep. The instrumental then comes in with synthesized violins that distinctly remind me of a track I wrote 5 years ago that I discarded very quickly. I will say however that the drumming and guitar work is relatively tight, even if it is...
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