In 1990, while making Persistence of Time, the members of Anthrax looked up from their comic books, quit joking around, and realized they were going to die someday. But unlike its Big Four brethren (Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth), the Fourth Horseband of the Thrashpocalypse didn’t celebrate the coming of the grim reaper. The aptly named Persistence of Time opens with the ticking of a clock and unleashes heart-pounding waves of existential dread, stylistic evolution, and white-hot anger at death itself.
Cut at Mobile Fidelity by engineer Krieg Wunderlich and afforded requisite groove space for the first time ever on a proper 2LP pressing that accommodates the band’s longer songs, Anthrax’s 1990 magnum opus sounds as genuine, forceful, and uncompromising as the songs’ urgent lyrics and thematic struggles. Serious and complex, this definitive analog pressing of Persistence of Time—known by fans as POT—presents the vital music as a furious blend of dynamic speed and three-dimensional heaviness.
Seething anthems like "Keep it in the Family" and "In My World" give way to straight-ahead headbangers like "H8 Red" and a rapid-paced cover of Joe Jackson’s "Got the Time." Guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz converse with mosquito whines and monster-truck thunder. "Intro to Reality" forms a prog-inspired cocoon with harmonizing twin guitars and contemplative resonance until Frank Bello’s thundering bass hacks its way out and leads straight into the bare-knuckle "Belly of the Beast.” Throughout, Charlie Benante’s virtuosic drumming accelerates and slows the crashing pulse of Anthrax’s last album until 2011 to feature Joey Belladonna’s riotous vocals.
The band’s darkest affair, Persistence of Time shakes its fist at mortality, snarls at wasted life, and pits burgeoning maturity against livid, riff-driven metal. Tackling more grown-up motifs, extended arrangements, and slower time signatures than on albums past, the group manages to preserve its youthful energy while expanding beyond the borders of thrash.
Persistence of Time is timeless.
3. Keep It in the Family
4. In My World
6. Intro to Reality
7. Belly of the Beast
8. Got the Time
9. H8 Red
10. One Man Stands
ATREYU exploded from the bitter depths of bright and sunny Orange County, California in 2002, with their sights set on creating the standard for hard rock in the new millennium. After selling 600,000 albums, headlining sold out world tours and spawning an army of unworthy imitators, ATREYU have done just that. Now ATREYU is taking the world by the throat once again with their stunningly intense and highly anticipated new album, A Deathgrip On Yesterday. Quickly devouring any preconceived notions about their trademark metallic riffs and evil, thunderous, guttural vocals, ATREYU have not only written the book on exceeding expectations and reinventing genres, they continue to live it with A Deathgrip On
Yesterday. Josh Abraham, respected producer for his work on albums with KORN, VELVET REVOLVER and STAIND, manned the controls on A Deathgrip On Yesterday. The result is nothing less than a haunting masterpiece that picks up where 2004's smash, The Curse, left off.
1. The Theft
2. Exs And Ohs
3. Our Sick Story (Thus Far)
4. Your Private War
7. My Fork In The Road (Your Knife In My Back)
8. Untitled Finale
9. We Stand Up
Author & Punisher s newest album entitled MELK EN HONING , produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and more) due out Summer 2015, is melange of his various drone machinery together, multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P performances across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. After 2 years of heavy touring and festival appearances, the goal with this album became to try and capture the live dissonant power of the A&P experience. The combination of Anselmo s persistence, expertise and some of Shone s new experimentation with various vocal devices, this is a vocal-prominent, bass heavy album that combines A&P's signature elusive drone sequences and hard hitting rhythms with unexpected terrains of melody and musicality that sustain Shone's reputation as an unorthodox innovator in a class all of his own.
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes from his own custom fabricated and precision machinery. Designed by Shone himself, the instruments of Author & Punisher are custom devices that begin mostly as big chunks of aluminum and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound live. Shone s electromechanical arsenal and physical approach to live production become to heavy music what Survival Research Laboratories was to live, unscripted performance art. Pitchfork styled him immediate but mysterious, Stereogum described his chilling, unrecognizable form, and NPR hails him as a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.
The album was recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Ibiza, Spain and mixed from September to November 1983 at DB Recording Studios and Bayshore Recording Studios in Miami, Florida. The LP & cassette tape were released on January 4, 1984
1. Freewheel Burning
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders Of The Faith
11. Turn On Your Light (Bonus)
12. Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith (Live) (Bonus)
"Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an aggressive, underground metal subgenre crashing into the mainstream (in Priest's case, the NWOBHM; in Metallica's, thrash); and it greatly expanded the possibilities for heavy metal's commercial viability as a whole. Of course, British Steel was nowhere near the sales juggernaut that Metallica was, but in catapulting Judas Priest to the status of stadium headliners, it was the first salvo fired in heavy metal's ultimate takeover of the hard rock landscape during the 1980s. Packed with strong melodic hooks, British Steel is a deliberate commercial move, forsaking the complexity of the band's early work in favor of a robust, AC/DC-flavored groove. It's a convincing transformation, as Priest prove equally adept at opening up their arrangements to let the rhythms breathe (something Iron Maiden, for all their virtues, never did master). The album is built around the classic singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," both big hits in the U.K., which openly posit Priest as a party band for the first time. But British Steel is hardly a complete break from the band's past. There are still uptempo slices of metallic mayhem bookending the album in "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler," plus effective moodier pieces in "Metal Gods" (ostensibly about gods literally made of metal, though you know full well the band wanted a nickname) and the crawling menace of "The Rage," which features arguably the best Rob Halford vocal on the album. Not everything on British Steel quite holds up today -- the British hit "United" is a simplistic (not just simplified) football-chant anthem in the unfortunate tradition of "Take on the World," while "You Don't Have to Be OId to Be Wise" wallows in the sort of "eff your parents, man!" sentiments that are currently used to market kids' breakfast cereals. These bits of blatant pandering can leave more than a whiff of unease about the band's commercial calculations, and foreshadow the temporary creative slip on the follow-up, Point of Entry. Still, on the whole, British Steel is too important an album to have its historical stature diluted by minor inconsistencies. Rather, it sealed Judas Priest's status as genre icons, and kick-started heavy metal's glory days of the 1980s. It went Top Five in the U.K. and became their first Top 40 album in the U.S., going platinum in the process and paving the way for countless imitators and innovators alike."
- Steve Huey (All Music Guide)
1. Rapid Fire
2. Metal Gods
3. Breaking The Law
6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
7. Living After Midnight
8. The Rage
10. Red, White, and Blue (bonus track)
11. Grinder - live (bonus track)
The album was recorded at Miraval Studios, Brignoles, France in early 1990, and mixed at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands later that year. It was the first album with current drummer Scott Travis. The original LP, cassette and CD versions were released on September 3, 1990. Judas Priest returned to their classic '70s style, while borrowing contemporary speed metal techniques, resulting in their most critically acclaimed album in a decade. The album is viewed by some as the quintessential speed metal album and the style proved highly influential to European power metal bands such as Gamma Ray and Primal Fear.
Lauded as “one of the most determined and deadly thrash metal acts in recent history" (Alibi), German thrash mavens DEW-SCENTED have returned with their 10th studio album "Intermination." Featuring 13 punishing tracks of pure thrash metal, the album also boasts a special appearance on guest vocals from Kyle Thomas (Exhorder, Trouble) on the track "Reborn" in addition to a cover version of grindcore legends Repulsion's "Radiation Sickness." Mixed by Dan Swano (Edge of Sanity, Opeth, Bloodbath) while featuring artwork from Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Legion of the Damned), "Intermination" is set to pulverize crowds worldwide on June 30 via Prosthetic Records.
The band celebrated their 20-year anniversary in 2013 by releasing the comprehensive compilation "Insurgent," containing a mix of new original songs with live tracks and hard-to-find covers, which they supported with extensive touring across Europe and Japan including runs with Testament, Death Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Sacred Reich. They also maintained a high-profile across the festival scene with appearances at Wacken, Full Metal Cruise, Free & Easy Festival and several more. Stay tuned for news on the band's upcoming appearances!
1. Declaration Of Intent
2. On A Collision Course
3. Scars Of Creation
4. Affect Gravity
5. Means To An End
6. Ode To Extinction
7. Demon Seed
8. Power Surge
9. Ruptured Perpetually
10. Living Lies
13. Radiation Sickness
AUGUST BURNS RED consists of Jake Luhrs (Vocals), JB Brubaker (Guitar), Brent Rambler (Guitar), Matt Greiner (Drums), Dustin Davidson (Bass). Since their formation in 2003, the local upstart from Lancaster, PA has evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming. With a solid collection of 5 previous albums, Thrill Seeker (2005), Messengers (2007), Constellations (2009), Leveler (2011), the last release Rescue & Restore (2013) rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts - debuting at #9 on the Billboard Top 200. The road to the top has seen the band on stages across the globe alongside the likes of Underoath, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Bring Me The Horizon, from South America, to Australia, Japan, and Russia, and headlining the Vans Warped Tour 2013.
1. The Wake
4. Separating The Seas
5. Ghosts (feat. Jeremy McKinnon)
6. Majoring In The Minors
7. Everlasting Ending
8. Broken Promises
10. Twenty-One Grams
Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group's seventh studio album, "Luminiferous" is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.
1. The Black Plot
3. The Sunless Years
4. Slave the Hive
5. The Falconist
6. Dark Side of the Compass
7. The Cave
9. The Lethal Chamber
2. Face Down In The Dirt
3. What's It Gonna Take
4. Down At The Whisky
5. Saints of Los Angeles (Gang Vocal)
6. Mutherfucker of the Year
7. The Animal In Me
8. Welcome To The Machine
9. Just Another Psycho
10. Chicks = Trouble
11. This Ain't A Love Song
12. White Trash Circus
13. Goin' Out Swingin'
Blue Record announces the re-awakening of Savannah's rock giants Baroness. The sister recording to 2007's Red Album, Blue Record is an instant classic with all the peaks and valleys, textures and nuances that timeless records yield over repeated listens. Deep and dark; Blue Record overflows with gossamer melodies and striking, earnest riffs that have become the band's signature. Swollen and Halo, Jake Leg, War, Wisdom and Rhyme, The Sweetest Curse, are just a few of the tracks that are both instant and unforgettable, making Blue Record the most poignant moment in the Baroness cannon to date.
1. Bullhead's Psalm
2. The Sweetest Curse
3. Jake Leg
4. Steel That Sleeps the Eye
5. Swollen and Halo
6. Ogeechee Hymnal
7. A Horse Called Golgotha
8. O'er Hell And Hide
9. War, Wisdom and Rhyme
10. Blackpowder Orchard
11. The Gnashing
12. Bullhead's Lament
Nails, tyrants of the American underground, have triumphantly completed their second full-length Abandon All Life. Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), these ten tracks of barbaric rage have no resemblance to the laughable, retro party metal that passes as extreme music in today’s world. Instead, Nails carpet bombs the listener with their horrifying brand of death/grind/hardcore chaos; flawlessly blending shades of Suffocation, early Nasum, and Celtic Frost with their own sadistic aggression. With profound hatred, the howling war cry of Abandon All Life shows Nails as a band without equal in their class. -Earsplit Compound
1. In Exodus
3. Absolute Control
4. God’s Cold Hands
5. Wide Open Wound
6. Abandon All Life
7. No Surrender
9. Cry Wolf
10. Suum Cuique
After staking out new territory with the underrated South of Heaven, Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of Reign in Blood for their third major-label album, Seasons in the Abyss. Essentially, Seasons fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven with manic bursts of aggression. "War Ensemble" and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date. In fact, Seasons in the Abyss is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, Seasons doesn't have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it's strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions). Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life -- war, murder, human weakness. There's even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren't trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica's Master of Puppets or Megadeth's Peace Sells...but Who's Buying, Seasons in the Abyss paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.
- Steve Huey (All Music Guide)
1. War Ensemble
2. Blood Red
3. Spirit In Black
4. Expendable Youth
5. Dead Skin Mask
6. Hallowed Point
7. Skeletons Of Society
9. Born Of Fire
10. Seasons In The Abyss
New full-length from one of the pioneers of the Viking Metal genre with artwork made by Costin Chioreanu.
In over twenty years we have carried out our vision.
We were there when Norwegian extreme metal grew forth and took shape as an enormous cultural export. We played far and wide. At home and abroad. We were part of something new. Something special and innovative. We were there when Norwegian metal gathered and inspired thousands. We were there and swung the hammer when Viking metal was forged as a unique expression that later inspired countless bands, worldwide.
Now the horns of war sound again. And Einherjer is there.
Behind us we have an array of albums - some of which stand as milestones in a genre of explosive growth.
Frode Glesnes – guitar, bass fx & vocal
Aksel Herløe – lead guitar, bass fx & backing vocal
Gerhard Storesund – drums & samples
2. Hammer i kors
4. Hedensk oppstandelse
5. Nord og Ner
8. Av oss, for oss
MYSTIFIER is an extreme Metal pioneer from Brazil, formed in July of 1989 by the bassist Beelzeebubth. When Beelzeebubth met Meugninousouan (vocalist), Behemoth (guitarist), and Lucifuge Rofocale (drummer), they decided to form one of the most extreme Metal bands from South American lands. After five months of development, they recorded their first Demo-tape entitled “TORMENTING THE HOLY TRINITY”, with nine original songs and a cover song “Massacre” from Bathory’s third album. The response was so positive that Maniac Records (a small vinyl record store from their hometown) invited the band to record two original songs for a single. Mystifier eagerly agreed. In July of 1990, the single, “THE EVIL ASCENSION RETURNS” was released. They were the first Metal band from their town (Salvador, Bahia) to release material onto a label. Following this release, some Brazilian labels were very interested in working with Mystifier. Then, in July of 1991, they recorded a promo-tape entitled “ALEISTER CROWLEY” with six fresh songs to present to other labels.
In February/1992, the hard work had paid-off and their debut album “WICCA” was released on the label Hellion Records. It is considered one of the most extreme albums to date for many true fans of Extreme Metal Music. After the releasing of their debut album, Beelzeebubth fired Meugninousouan because of his lack of interest. Asmodeus (ex-Hatred) was recruited to be the new vocalist and keyboardist. In that same time, Astaroth (ex-Calvary) joined them on the second lead guitar.
During those years, the band gained enormous worldwide underground notoriety. It drew the attention of the French label Osmose Productions which signed the band for two albums. The first was released in the November of 1993, with worldwide distribution through SPV, entitled “GÖETIA” [several months later, their debut album was also released in Europe on Osmose Productions.] The response was a European tour request from the tour promoter Insolit – and many reviews, articles, interviews, and so forth – in international magazines and radio stations. After that release, Mystifier played in many Brazilian areas to promote the new release.
Behemoth and Astaroth had to quit the band because of personal reasons and weren’t interested in maintaining a band. Paulo Lisboa (who had played in Death Metal bands for years) replaced them on the lead-guitar.
Beelzeebubth was very disappointed with the Underground scene, corroded with hypocritical ‘satanic christians’ who were talking a lot of shit about Satanism, fascism, racism and nazi thoughts. For that reason, he canceled the release of Mystifier’s third album. He composed new and powerful music. Later, in August of 1996, their masterpiece third album entitled, “THE WORLD IS SO GOOD THAT WHO MADE IT DOESN’T LIVE HERE” was released with six new tracks. It’s their greatest produced and recorded material; it is totally original and different from their previous releases.
With a new lineup, Mystifier released an EP with seven fresh songs and a re-done version of “Beelzeebubth” (from the second album), on a Brazilian label, to celebrate their 10 years. The single was entitled “DEMYSTIFYING THE MYSTIFIED ONES (FOR A DECADE IN THE EARTHLY PARADISE).”
The band released their fourth full-length album entitled “Profanus” in September/2001 with 13 fresh compositions on a Brazilian label called Encore Records.
Now, Mystifier has signed with Greyhaze Records in a deal that initially involves the reissues of Wicca and Goetia.
1. Aleister Crowley and Ordo Templi Orientis
2. An Elizabethan Devil Worshipper's Prayer Book
3. The Sight of the Unholy Cross
4. Caerimonia Sanguilentu (Goetia)
6. The Realm of Antichristus
7. The True Story About Doctor Faust's Pact With Mephistopheles
8. Cursed Excruciation / The Sinuous Serpent of Genesis (Levathan)
9. The Baphometic Goat of Knights Templar in the 12th Century
10. The Cult & The Ancient Prediction
11. The Sign Of The Unholy Cross + The Cult Continues
GEORGE KOLLIAS is the world-class drummer of legendary death metal band NILE. On 'Invictus', his debut solo album, the Greek drum progeny unleashes a crushing death metal assault. Tracks such as "Shall Rise, Shall Be Dead", "The Passage", and "Treasures of Nemesis" are easily as strong as anything from the established genre titans. 'Invictus' features Kollias' exceptional work across all instruments, as well as guest spots from members of NILE, ROTTING CHRIST, FIREWIND and more. Far more than a solo-album vanity piece, 'Invictus' deliver classic, timeless death metal.
1. Echoes Of Divinity
3. The Passage
4. Aeons Of Burning Galaxies
5. Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead
7. Treasures Of Nemesis
10. Through Empty Eyes Of Light
11. Buried Under The Flames
12. Aeons of Burning Galaxies (demo)
14. Epitaph (demo)
15. Apocalypse (demo)
Propelled by the stunning guitar heroics of brothers Pete and Jake Adams, Virginia's Valkyrie return with their third full length Shadows, one of the year's best guitar-driven, heavy rock records. Jam packed with harmonized leads, rich solos and melodic, blues-based riffs, Valkyrie sound like the perfect blend of American style doom rock bands like Pentagram or Spirit Caravan and classic hard rock like Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash, and Deep Purple. Where Pete Adams' other band Baroness focuses more on the modern proggy and poppy side of metal, Valkyrie looks to proto-metal trailblazers for influence while injecting plenty of current day inspiration. Produced by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Leviathan, YOB), Shadows is the perfect summer heavy rock record!
1. Mountain Stomp
2. Golden Age
4. Shadow of Reality
5. Wintry Plains
6. Echoes (Of The Ways We Lived)
7. Carry On
The infamous rock outlaws WEEDEATER return with 'Goliathan', their long-awaited new album. 'Goliathan' is the crossroad where true Southern rock/metal meets raw humor and old religion, and embodies the bands trademark shuffle and swagger rightly. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers "Cain Enabler", "Claw of the Sloth", and the aptly-named "Bully" demonstrate that 'Goliathan' is vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal.
3. Cain Enabler
4. Bow Down
5. Battered & Fried
6. Claw Of The Sloth
8. Joseph (All Talk)
"It's not just any old show - it's one that really shows off prog metal's masterful reinvention" - Prog Magazine
"TesseracT now excite as much in the flesh as on records" -- Metal Hammer
"The British five-piece treat a sold-out Scala to clean-cut riffs and solid rock showmanship." -- Kerrang
UK prog-metal band, TesseracT, are set to release their first live audio/video concert. Titled Odyssey/Scala, the LP/DVD package welcomes back One vocalist, Daniel Tompkins. Odyssey, the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. Scala, the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London, UK.
TesseracT officially burst on the scene in 2011 with their debut album, One. Touring with the likes of Devin Townsend, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried and Me helped make them one of the most successful break through acts in the progressive metal genre. 2013's Altered State, featured vocalist Ashe O'Hara and was nominated for the Progressive Music Award's Album of the Year. They toured the US with Cloudkicker and Intronaut, playing to sold out venues across the country. Altered State went on to outsell One and appeared on many Year End "Best Of" lists.
1. Singularity (recorded in Moscow, Russia)
2. Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two (recorded in Birmingham, UK)
3. The Impossible - Concealing Fate Part Three (recorded in Nottingham, UK)
4. Perfection/Epiphany - Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five (recorded in Rome, Italy)
5. Origin - Concealing Fate Part Six (recorded in Strasbourg, France)
6. Of Matter - Proxy (recorded in Koln, Germany)
7. Of Matter - Retrospect (recorded in Nijmegen, Netherlands)
8. Of Matter - Resist (recorded in Budapest, Hungary)
9. April (recorded in Paris, France)
10. Nocturne (recorded in Manchester, UK)
11. Acceptance - Concealing Fate Part One (recorded in Moscow, Russia)
2. Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two
3. The Impossible - Concealing Fate Part Three
4. Perfection/Epiphany - Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five
5. Origin - Concealing Fate Part Six
6. Of Matter - Proxy
7. Of Matter - Retrospect
8. Of Matter - Resist
11. Acceptance - Concealing Fate Part One
Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness is the earliest recording of now-legendary Little Rock doom hoard Rwake. Recorded in the late 90s when the band were barely in their 20s, 'Xenoglossalgia' is a document of the band discovering and experimenting with their sound. Glimmers of the deeply psychedelic sludge the band would become famous for are there, coupled with moments of Emperor influenced symphonic metal. Now, almost 20 years later Rwake's earliest recordings have been fully remastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, High On Fire, Integrity, etc) and made available for the first time ever outside of their hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Limited edition LP comes packaged in an insane 3D cover (with 3D glasses!). See where the trip began!
3. Or Die
7. Calibos/So Fucking Tired
Founded by Louisville musician Ryan Patterson and including Kayhan Vaziri and Carter Wilson, power trio Coliseum have grown to become one of today's quintessential contemporary punk bands. Successfully melding progressive musicianship, hardcore fervor, and vital social awareness into one constantly evolving artistic vision.
Over the last decade Coliseum have released music on a host of labels including; Temporary Residence, Relapse, Level Plane, Auxiliary (Ryan’s own label), and Deathwish.
“Anxiety’s Kiss” is the new album from Coliseum, recorded at The Magpie Cage by producer/engineer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). “Anxiety’s Kiss” is a hook-laden maturation of the Coliseum sound. Nods to their early D-Beat leanings are there, but it is their willingness to embrace Post-Punk melody and explore the space between notes that make “Anxiety’s Kiss” so alluring. Confidently growing within the punk world, without ever leaving it behind.
“We Are The Water” kicks things off with a synth-driven stomp while lyrically serving as a poignant social awakening and call for human empathy. Amidst a tangle and twang of melody, “Course Correction” and “Wrong/Goodbye” then emerge to tackle the ripe subjects of class division and police brutality. “Drums & Amplifiers” picks up pace, taking on those who reflect on their punk past rather than absorb the spirit that still charges the air around us. It’s not all social and subcultural commentary though. The dizzying “Dark Light Of Seduction” and sultry “Sharp Fangs, Pale Flesh” (where J. Robbins guests performing the BulBul Tarang) are darkly provocative narratives about the power of lust and love. In soul and tone, they both interject an emotional underbelly to it all. Robbins also adds bass on “Comedown”, an industrial-tinged romp led by Vaziri’s baritone guitar and Wilson’s booming toms. Coincidentally, it is also the first Coliseum song ever recorded to not feature Patterson on guitar. “Sunlight in a Snowstorm” is the band at their most melodic, with a snow-covered New York City as its lyrical backdrop. The high beam lit, cinematic noir of “Driver at Dusk” and infectious, fuzzed-out “Escape Yr Skull” lastly descend to close out the album. A flawless, yin and yang pairing that is Coliseum at the peak of their experimental and anthemic powers.
1. We Are The Water
2. Course Correction
4. Drums & Amplifiers
5. Dark Life Of Seduction
6. Sharp Fangs, Pale Flesh
8. Sunlight In A Snowstorm
9. Driver At Dusk
10. Escape Yr Skull
American nu-metal legends Coal Chamber took a hefty
13-year break – but before they went on hiatus, they
thrilled thousands of fans worldwide with the wickedest
of all grooves that churned out 90s anthems like ‘Loco’
and ‘Big truck’. Frontman Dez Fafara went on to reach
superstardom with DevilDriver, but there`s nothing like old
love: American nu-metal legends Coal Chamber took a
hefty 13-year break – but before they went on hiatus, they
thrilled thousands of fans worldwide with the wickedest
of all grooves that churned out 90s anthems like ‘Loco’
and ‘Big truck’. Frontman Dez Fafara went on to reach
superstardom with DevilDriver, but there`s nothing like old
love: Rivals is Coal Chamber`s fourth album and a furious
comeback! Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia
Murder, DevilDriver, Cannibal Corpse).
1. I.O.U. Nothing
2. Bad Blood Between Us
3. Light In The Shadows
4. Suffer In Silence
5. The Bridges You Burn
7. Another Nail The Coffin
10. Dumpster Dive
11. Over My Head
12. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets)
13. Empty Handed