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Artist Baroness Blue Record Rock Pop Heavy Metal Product Type Compact

Track Title. 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. Georgia-based psychedelic rock band (calling them a metal act seems very reductive, though there’s some seriously headbangable material on this disc) Baroness has made a subtle but unmistakable evolutionary leap on this, their second full-length and a clear companion piece to 2007’s Red Album. It’s hard to say exactly what new guitarist Pete Adams has brought to the band after replacing drummer Allen Blickle’s brother Brian, but the band’s established blend of Southern sludge riffs, druggy instrumental journeys, and melodic interstitial interludes, all propelled by a particularly thudding drum sound and held together by John Baizley’s hoarse but clean vocals and gorgeous cover art, are even stronger now than before. The transition from the almost Moody Blues-like “Steel That Sleeps the Eye” into the crunching hard rock epic “Swollen and Halo” is just one example of Baroness’ seamless melding of moods through technique and compositional acumen. There are numerous interludes on the disc — basically, any track shorter than four minutes is an exploration of a riff followed by a dissolve into sound effects or keyboard swooshes, slowly dissolving into the next actual song. “Ogeechee Hymnal,” for example, offers one of the album’s heaviest riffs, but it’s a mere appetizer before “A Horse Called Golgotha,” a suitably galloping prog-metal epic that effectively conquers Mastodon’s territory, and includes some astonishing guitar leads. This is a ferocious album that’s not afraid to be genuinely beautiful. One of the best hard rock releases of 2009. ~ Phil Freeman, Rovi.

Artist Dekapitator We Will Destroy You Will Obey Reissue Rock Pop

Track Title. 1 One Shot, One Kill. 1 One Shot, One Kill. 2 Release The Dogs. 2 Release The Dogs. 3 We Will Destroy.You Will Obey. 3 We Will Destroy.You Will Obey. 4 Hell’s Metal. 4 Hell’s Metal. 5 Make Them Die. 5 Make Them Die. 6 Possessed With Damnation. 6 Possessed With Damnation. 7 Thundering Legions. 7 Thundering Legions. 8 Faceripper. 8 Faceripper. 9 Attack With Mayhem. 9 Attack With Mayhem. 10 TFS (Total Slaughter). 10 TFS (Total Slaughter). 11 Haunted By Evil. 11 Haunted By Evil. 12 Hell’s Metal. 12 Hell’s Metal. 13 Make Them Die. 13 Make Them Die. 14 Haunted By Evil. 14 Haunted By Evil. 15 Faceripper. 15 Faceripper. The 1999 debut album by this Exhumed side project has been reissued with four bonus tracks and absolutely no improvement in its primitive, face-bashing sound. A thrash project recalling mid-’80s albums by Bay Area also-rans like Defiance and Vio-Lence, as well as German bands like Sodom and Kreator, Dekapitator traffic in downtuned, staccato riffing and hoarse, howled vocals, with lyrics about death and destruction and little interest in anything but inspiring wild headbanging. The guitar solos are noisy and dissonant in a way that bridges the gap between early Metallica and late Black Flag, and the drumming is thunderous and nonstop, with zero subtlety. The cartoonish mindset of the album is obvious starting with its cover, which features a hooded muscleman armed with a machine gun.and a spiked mace, just in case someone gets past the machine gun. Dekapitator want to make sure there’s not a listener left alive (metaphorically speaking, of course) when they’re finished, and they do a pretty good job of achieving their modest artistic goals. If you need a dozen or so more furious thrash anthems in your life (and who doesn’t?), this album will provide them. ~ Phil Freeman, Rovi.