Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music From Act Of Defiance, The Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR & Sorcerer

Appearing at the end of September was the sophomore release from rising heavy metal giants Act Of Defiance. Their new album "Old Scars, New Wounds" features a more diverse sound than their debut release "Birth And The Burial." They start out with the quick shot of adrenaline for "M.I.A." as you instantly notice how the band has grown in only a couple years. The band speeds things up for the sonic blast of "Molten Core" and continues with the aggressive growl of "Overexposure." Their sound becomes more epic on "The Talisman" and then they draw into a more classic heavy metal sound with "Conspiracy Of The Gods," before finishing up their new album with the hardcore death metal of "Broken Dialect" and the climactic "Rise Of Rebellion." To find out more about Act Of Defiance and their latest release "Old Scars, New Wounds," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/actofdefiancemusic.

American death metal band, The Black Dahlia Murder are returning with a brand new studio album titled "Nightbringers." This new 9-track album will be released on October 6th and is sure to please its dedicated army of followers. They begin with the speed and power of "Widowmaker" as the quick pace of the drumming and guitar riffs will certainly get your adrenaline pumping. Their attack continues with the exciting guitar work of "Matriarch" and the screaming vocals of "Jar." The Black Dahlia Murder continue to grow and their sound matures with each new album as they continue to become one of the top death metal band's in America with songs like "Kings Of The Nightworld" and "As Good As Dead." To find out more about The Black Dahlia Murder and their latest release "Nightbringers," please visit tbdmofficial.com.

The second half of the month sees the return of GWAR after a four year absence. Their new album titled "The Blood Of Gods" will be released on October 20th and is the first album without their fallen leader Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie), who passed away in 2014. This album also sees the return of Michael Bishop in a new role as Blothar The Beserker, new lead singer of the band. Their new album features a dozen tracks, beginning with the epic, seven-plus minute "War On GWAR." Fans will notice the difference in the delivery of the vocals, but the change is a welcome one for a band that is one of the most entertaining in heavy metal music. GWAR attacks the presidential office with the politically charged "El Presidente" as they add a bit of horns to their hardcore sound to show another dimension to the band's songwriting. They deliver a crushing blow to your speakers with the intense delivery of "I'll Be You Monster" and "Auroch." They finish up their new release with the album's lead single "F*ck This Place," which is a high-energy arena rocker and then close with a spot-on cover of AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)." GWAR has a string of live shows that run into mid-December. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "The Blood Of Gods," please visit gwar.net.
Also on the return is Swedish metal band Sorcerer with their brand new studio album "The Crowning Of The Fire King." It is only the band's second album since forming the idea of the band, Sorcerer almost 30 years ago. Their music has been worth the wait as their Metal Blade Records debut "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" was released in 2015 to stellar reviews (jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com). Now we get a new 8-song album that begins with the epic sounds of "Sirens" and the nearly 10-minute progressive metal appeal of "Ship Of Doom" as you are invited into Sorcerer's world. They slow down the tempo for the dark, doom-like metal of "The Devil's Incubus" and then showcase their quieter side with with acoustic instrumental "Nattvaka," before finishing their new album with the ten-minute epic adventure of "Unbearable Sorrow." To find out more about Sorcerer and their latest release "The Crowning Of The Fire King," please visit sorcererdoom.com.

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