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The Balance Factor – KILLAFORNIA: The Metal Takeover We’ve All Been Waiting For

As someone that has always been partial to filthy, heavy, raucous Metal, it was only natural for me to develop an affinity for The Balance Factor’s sound. With their latest single KILLAFORNIA they not only created an awesome play on words, they also orchestrated what could only be described as a cataclysmically heavy anthem of pure angst which will dredge up all that sweet nostalgia for a time when decent Metal was actually still produced.

Any fans of Soil, Pantera, Mud Honey, Rob Zombie, and Tool are going to have to check out this explosively concordant track on their playlists. With drum rolls and a double bass pedal which will leave you weak at the knees, vocals that Marilyn Manson always wished he had and soul-shattering guitar solo’s it is easy to envisage a world where The Balance Factor dominate the Metal festival headline spots.

You can check out the latest single KILLAFORNIA from The Balance Factor

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Insp!te – We’re Fuckin’ Sick: The Most Alchemic Rap-Metal Crossover Yet?

Well, Insp!te has already said it himself hasn’t he? What more could I possibly add? Because God damn; nothing, I mean nothing I could tell you could prepare you for how insanely on fire this track is. To create his mixes such as We’re Fuckin’ Sick Insp!te mixes together a bitter-sweet cocktail of Rap, Metal and Grunge. If you could imagine Marilyn Manson laying down vocals in a Rap Metal mix, you’d probably get close to having an idea how aggressively sensational We’re Fuckin’ Sick is. The Screamo vocals are harsh enough to leave acts such as Enter Shikari & Bring Me the Horizon audibly quaking.

Alchemic distortion pours over the Industrially inclined electronica mix in a way that is almost comparable to the beats lay down by the Prodigy. Yet, it’s with his latest track Insp!te proves that he may be one of the most prodigal artists to dabble in Rap Metal yet.

You can check out Insp!te’s latest track We’re Fuckin’ Sick and get blown away yourself by heading over to SoundCloud.

We’re Fuckin’ Sick is just one of the macabrely magnificent tracks from Insp!te’s latest 2018 album Bad Human. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to stop at listening to one of his antagonistically beautiful tracks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Zero Day – Skeletons: The Band Who Proves Metal Does Have a Soul

God damn. Zero Day’s latest single Skeleton’s is sexy. I’m not sure if that’s the effect they were looking to achieve with their raucously heavy Hardcore metal anthem. But I thought being brutally honest was fitting to describe the bands less than delicate sound.

In parts of their track Skeletons I could have sworn I was listening to Chris Cornell busting out his timelessly ethereal vocals, which tells you just how sexy (there’s that word again) Zero Day’s vocalist is. There’s a synergetic balance between Metal and Rock within Zero Day’s pioneering sound allowing you to really resonate with the evocative vocals and heartfelt lyrics behind Skeletons. Instrumentally you can expect a captivatingly heavy, progressive, riff driven sound that will translate like no other Hardcore sound you’ve experienced before. So, if you like your instrumentals heavy whilst actually being able to make out the lyrics, you really don’t want to miss out on Zero Day’s sound.

You can check out Zero Day’s latest track Skeletons on Reverb Nation now which is just one of the tracks which was released as part of their 2018 EP ‘Out of the Ashes’. For any fans of Staind, Pantera, Incubus and Tool you’re in for a treat.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


NORDFLØW – Black Owl: A Seamless Progression of Melodically Gothic Metal

Black Owl is just one of the standout singles from Ukraine based 4-piece band NORDFLØW’s debut album Iced Fantasy. Their classical, faultless approach to their hard yet succinctly harmonious metal sound is something that fans of Nightwish, Evanessence and Within Temptation won’t want to miss out on as they bring the genre into modernity.

The ethereally charming female vocals, have a contemporary operatic pop feel over the heavy reverb of the instrumentally heavy track. Yet the keys dance above the dredge of the sound to create a cacophony of heavy yet empyreal sound for a thoroughly beguiling sound. However, I couldn’t help feel that the lyrics and even the concept of Black Owl stuck too close to the confines of the aesthetic of the genre. I’d like to hear what sets NORDFLØW apart from the rest of the acts on the metal scene today. If you’re a fan of female fronted symphonic Metal you can check out NORDFLØW’s debut single Black Owl on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Blacklist 9 – Madness: A Bone-Rattling Behemoth Debut of Angst

Right from the first bar I knew I was in for a treat with Blacklist 9’s latest track Madness. The Southern Californian band didn’t hold back when it came to their new release. In fact, they created one of the best Thrash metal track’s I’ve heard produced this side of 1990. Madness was born out of the bands inspiration to pay an ode to the sound of Early Groove, Thrash and that sweet timeless taste of American Metal.  Blacklist 9 are heavily influenced by bands such as Soulfly, Black Sabbath & Sepultura, yet, they paved their own way with their finely tuned raucous sound that makes this track so viciously bone-rattling.

In short, Madness is a track that would please even the most pretentiously picky metal fans, with their guttural mix of angst and infinite instrumental sound. Throughout the progression of the track I couldn’t help being reminded of The Beastie Boys, and Rage Against the Machine for the rap style verses that flow seamlessly through the mix, yet their extreme aggression transcended any boundaries that were set by their predecessors.

Check out Blacklist 9’s latest single via BandCamp

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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