Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Somewhere Between Black Clouds and Turmoil (2018)
Turn this to 6.9 of 11
Genre: Progressive metal
Sounds Like: Symphony X, Tesseract
Immerse yourself in the nautical landscapes of Bourdeaux France’s Vacuity. Somewhere Between Black Clouds and Turmoil is the band’s debut album featuring a plethora of anthemic progressive metal. Jez and Dumartin are impressive with the clarity of their fretwork and diverse...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
ST (2015)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Viking metal, Folk metal, Power metal
Sounds Like: Dragonland, Amon Amarth, Finntroll
After seeing this album cover, we pretty much knew what we were getting into, a mixed bag of Viking power metal. And we were correct; Valhalore’s debut EP is just this. The band which hails from Australia, has released an entertaining three song EP that will bring out your inner Viking soul. I...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Wizard-Bird (2017)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Jazz metal
Sounds Like: Trioscapes, Glueleg, Combat Astronomy
Call it horny metal or brutal jazz, Australia’s Valtozash puts together an entertaining 52 minutes of brass onslaught with their second release entitled Wizard-Bird. The eight tracks are richly textured with a fair amount of contrast and chaos. The album maintains a steady flow of jaz...
Friday, October 23, 2015
Honour Blood Spirit and Love (2015)
Turn this to 6.3 of 11
Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Marduk, Oranssi Pazuzu
Death metal band logo with this beautifully ominous scenery, how can we pass this up? Vargafrost from New Zealand has just released their second album with Honour, Blood, Spirit and Love. What we have here is classic Death metal or what the band likes to call it, Heathen Black Metal. Much o...
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Velvet Cacoon
Northsuite (2006)
Turn this to 1 of 11
Genre: Black Metal, Ambient
Sounds Like: Blut Aus Nord, Wolves in the Throne Room
Ambiance and black metal are two genres that somehow should be able to co-mingle with one another as they can be eerily similar at times, depending on the artist of course. Portland, Oregon’s  Velvet Cacoon has released an album that tries to do just this. The band consists of two musicia...
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Vermin Lord
Anguish (2016)
Turn this to 2.8 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Take, Diamanda Galas
Welcome to the dark atmospheric world of Vermin Lord. What is essentially a solo project led by Teo Acosta out of Seattle, Washington, is certainly a unique experience. Unique in that Vermin Lord sounds like a muppet in constant asphyxiation. Or should we say a critter of some sort in harrowing pain...
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A Dissident (2011)
Crank this to 7 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Doomriders, Sick Of It All
Victims are a grindcore/punk band from Sweden. Their tenth album, yes tenth, is straight-up hardcore madness. Known as more of a grindcore, punk band, this album is more hardcore in vein of bands like Sick of it All, Doomriders and Trap Them. From track one it just takes off and never looks back. Wi...
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Collapse EP (2018)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre: Grindcore, Death Metal, Mathcore
Sounds Like: Pig Destroyer, Farmhouse Killings, Carcass
Distinct, refreshing and fucking heavy. Vimana hailing from Denver and Seattle unleash their debut EP entitled The Collapse. This EP pushes the heavy meter to great lengths but maintains pristine clarity and contrast. Vimana features members of Cephalic Carnage, Vale of Pnath, Swashbuckle a...
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Violet Tribe
Grand Hotel (2011)
Crank this to 8 of 11
Genre: Steampunk
Sounds Like: Mr. Bungle, Rasputina
Steampunk, a genre characterized as "eclectic" featuring influences of synth-pop, dark wave, gothic and new wave. After sampling a dozen or so bands labeled under this genre, one band rose to the surface and peaked our interest. A few rotations in, The Violet Tribe's "Grand Hotel", went fro...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Virginia Creep
Dark Corners (2018)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre: Hard rock, Grunge
Sounds Like: Far, Helmet, Unsane
Virginia Creep has brought us back to the intense grunge/hardcore days of the 90s when bands like Unsane, Far and Helmet were new to the scene. These bands possessed a fresh style of heaviness that crossed into so many rock territories. From the scrapping hardcore style of Unsane to the more post-gr...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Vision of Disorder
The Cursed Remain Cursed (2012)
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Genre: Hardcore
Sounds Like: Every Time I Die, Sick Of It All
One of our virgin hardcore band has returned home. Vision of Disorder is the band that helped us to "understand" hardcore. They blended the suburban angst of hardcore legends like Sick of It All, and the artsy harmonies of Alice in Chains in small doses, and turned up the dial on...
Friday, March 27, 2020
Ogien Pustki (2020)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre: Black Metal
Sounds Like: Abbath, Harakiri for the Sky, Burzum
Viodfire from Poland has injected the Black metal scene with a dose of fresh aggression-tilted, apocalyptic metal on their debut album Ogień Pustki. Founded in 2018 as an instrumental project by Jakub M. Zdzienicki, the band grew with the addition of drummer Łukasz 'Icanraz' Sarnacki, lyric...
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Vorticle Minds
The Orange Box (2017)
Crank this to 7.7 of 11
Genre: 70s Blues rock
Sounds Like: Leaf Hound, Cactus
We have stumbled upon 26 minutes of 70s power fuzz from the roots of Rome Italy. The trio, Vortical Minds, have released their debut entitled The Orange Box. The trio essentially hone in on the authentic. By authentic, we mean that you can put this album up against any obscure 70s blues/psy...