Album Review: DevilDriver – TRUST NO ONE

Matt Albers It’s been nearly two years since founding drummer John Boeklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick left California’s DevilDriver. Since then, vocalist Dez Fafara returned to his prior band, Coal Chamber, to release their fourth album, Rivals, on Napalm Records, amid extensive touring. The last we heard from the melodic death/groove thrashers was Winter Kills,…

Album Review: Lamb Of God – VII: STRUM UND DRANG

Erik D. Harshman Lamb of God (LOG) have been on their way to being pop stars for a while now. People once said that they were the “new Pantera” and while comparisons were inevitable: both rose from the underground to stadium tour success, both had a similar musician/vocalist setup, with LOG adding a guitarist, and…

Album Review: Pro-Pain – VOICE OF REBELLION

Erik D. Harshman     I should start off by saying that I have been a rabid Pro-Pain fan since 1997, when I picked up my first (and still my favorite) Pro-Pain album (Contents Under Pressure) from Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis. Nearly 20 years later I still buy their albums as soon as they come…

Album Review: Jungle Rot – ORDER SHALL PREVAIL

Erik D. Harshman I should start off by saying that I’ve been a rabid Jungle Rot fan since 2005 (when I discovered, after the fact, Dead & Buried and Fueled By Hate). I then became the kind of fan who buys their albums the day they come out, sit and listen to them immediately, read…

Album Review: Byzantine – TO RELEASE IS TO RESOLVE

Matt Albers The term “underrated” can end up being thrown around quite a lot, especially in music. But sometimes, it really is the only appropriate word to describe a band. West Virginian progressive groove thrashers Byzantine have nearly always been a prime example of such. Forming in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda, it wasn’t…

Fubar Metalfest X

Matt Albers             Venues and promoters often attempt to book their own mini music festivals around the local date of national tour. If there’s enough space and time it correctly, you can have up to ten or more bands including local openers on a single bill, sometimes with set times crossing over. Local acts always…

Album Review: DevilDriver – WINTER KILLS

Matt Albers Side projects seem to be novelties at first glance. Opportunities for members of other bands to explore different musical endeavors or generate revenue from another demographic, but doomed to only produce one or two albums before reuniting with the original project. Actually, there are many exceptions to this rule, in which plenty of…

Album Review: Hellyeah – “Band Of Brothers”

By Matt Albers             Supergroups. Every once in a while, one will pop up. From The Travelling Wilburys, to Damn Yankees, to Them Crooked Vultures, to Chickenfoot, no matter what the genre or what band the members originate from, they tend to have one thing in common: novelty. The idea of musicians from different outfits…