Rock and roll is hard work and Bobaflex are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. In a testament to facing adversity, chasing your dreams, and not being afraid to take chances, the West Virginia Quintet offer up their eighth studio album Eloquent Demons. Ten edgy, powerful tracks with dynamic mastery and a cinematic feel make this a stand out offering amongst this year’s rock releases. Marty McCoy (guitar / vocals), Shaun McCoy (guitar / vocals), Dave Tipple (guitar / vocals), Tommy Johnson (drums), and Jymmy Tolland (bass) made full use of their prolific song writing abilities and vocal prowess, breathing new life into their sound.Continue Reading …
It’s not often that I get to showcase my hardcore nerdom in such an obvious way. Usually it’s in the form of defending the cause of nerdiness against the sleights of Evil and Sloppy. Honestly, fantasy is as metal as it gets. Stories of mass armies of evil, medieval political intrigue, and glorious heroic figures swing swords bigger than your torso and legs combined. What’s not to love? Nothing! It’s all fucking epic. Anyway, there are a few bands out there that fly the nerd standard high. None quite so much as Songhammer, who have recently released a new EP, Disco and DPS. For you non-nerds out there, DPS means “Damage Per Second” an integral part of every well-rounded RPG group.
Wielding war-hammers and clad in armor, Songhammer bring a goofy, cosplay style look to their music. Similar to GWAR (if you take into account the lack of inhuman slaughter and space fluids) in stage presence if not quite music style, this band is nothing but fun. Songhammer has a wide ranging repertoire that showcases the vast diversity of nerd-kind. Everything from straight ahead Rock & Roll to EDM, and all things in between. Disco and DPS expands on this in directions that make you struggle to scratch your head in curiosity as it bobs to the beat.
Now, if you can’t accept my word for it, that’s fine. Maybe it’s not as cool as I think. I am just one guy after all. However this band has managed to catch the eye of a low-budget, lesser known game development company called Blizzard, who premiered their video for Legion on the World of Warcraft game launcher. Blizzard plans on premiering their next video for the song Eat Us Alive in the same fashion, which will play in front of roughly 1 million people though that platform alone.
In all, this EP and the rest of their catalog is worth giving a listen. They are clearly just in it for the fun and the community, which is a nice break from the big money grabs of the Pop world, and the severe intensity of heavy metal. Songhammer has a well rounded, slightly comedic sound that anyone can enjoy, but even more so if you are in tune with the nerdy subject matter of the lyrics. Listen to this EP, watch their videos, explore their earlier releases, and just have a good fucking time. I certainly will be. Until next time, stay tuned and STAY METAL!
Disco & DPS – EP (Links)
CD-Baby – https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/songhammer9
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/songhammer1
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Songhammer
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Songhammer
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/songhammer
ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/songhammer
Are you pissed off? Do people make you angry? Are you of the opinion that humanity is a festering infection on the face of the planet? Congratulations, you’re probably a misanthrope! Don’t despair at this fact, embrace it. People can be infuriating. If only there was an album by an awesome band that helped express how infuriating people are; but also helps you work through the rage in a natural, healthy, way that doesn’t come with 25 years to life in a prison cell. Luckily for you and I, there is! In fact, it’s so awesome that it doesn’t need a fancy title to express a hatred of humanity, it simply states it. This album is Mis-An-Thrope by Ded.
A young band of two years from the heart of Arizona, Ded have made all the right moves with their debut album. That’s right, debut album. This is by far one of the most explosive, hardcore, well constructed metal albums of this year. These young, highly talented musicians have made all the right moves. Mis-An-Thrope is impactful, it’s attention-grabbing, and so well put together you would think this band has been a professional national act for over a decade. They’ve kicked in the door of the metal scene, stormed right to the fridge, chugged the beer, and are now watching TV on the couch as if they’ve always been there.
So what makes Mis-An-Thrope so amazing? Well, Ded has taken the influence of such greats as Slipknot, Korn, Linkin Park, System Of A Down (those who helped us deal with the turning of not just a century, but a millennium) and refashioned the sound into something that makes sense in the nonsensical bullshit of what we call the 21st Century. It’s not a revival, it’s not a remake, it’s a complete reconstruction of the old sounds to carry us into the new age of metal music. Mis-An-Thrope slams on the gas pedal right from the start, and careens you down a crazy road of rage and passion, screaming the whole way, not slowing down until the last track where you finally have a chance to catch your breath and process the epic ride you just took.
Frankly, if you ignore this band, you’re an idiot. When Mis-An-Thrope drops on July 21st, 2017, you should already be camped out front of your local music store, (or staring red-eyed at your computer screen waiting for the digital purchase). Ded is already a big deal, and they’re set straight on a trajectory to being a gargantuan force in the years to come. Buy this album, go see this band live, display their merch on every part of your person, join them on the journey to being a metal giant. It will change the face of metal. Every single band, big and small, better bring their best after this release. It’s going to be hard to be impressive after Ded has splashed into the scene like this.Find the nearest show to you and get out there to witness history in the making.
Ded – Upcoming Tour dates
July 13 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
August 9 – Diamondz Events Center – Jerome, ID (KEDJ show)
August 10 – 3rd Wheel – Lewiston, ID (KOZZ show)
August 11 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (KHTQ show)
August 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (KQXR show)
DED Festival Appearances (More coming this fall)
7/16 — Chicago Open Air – Bridgeville, IL
7/22 — Rise Above Festival – Bangor, ME
9/9 – Revolution Rock Festival – Foxwoods Resort, CT
9/22 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Denver, CO
9/30 – Louder Than Life -Louisville, KY
10/1 – Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI
10/7 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/15 – Houston Open Air n- Houston, TX
10/22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA
11/5 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernadino, CA
1/18/18 – Shiprocked
DED with Korn, Stone Sour and more
07/19 – Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater
07/20 – Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center
07/23 – Hartford, Ct. — Xfiniity Theatre
07/25 – Toronto, Ontario — The Molson Amphitheatre
07/26 – Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion
07/27 – Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
07/29 – Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center
07/30 – Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/01 – Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
08/02 – Cleveland, Ohio — Blossom Music Center
Connect with DED
iTunes Pre-order link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mis-an-thrope/id1238486219
Smart URL to all streaming/sales outlets: http://smarturl.it/misanthrope
Ever found yourself wondering what would happen if (hed) P.E. and P.O.D. had a baby? If you have, then you’ve probably heard of KillSET. They’re pretty much like that thing I described, only way better than you would imagine. KillSET punches your earholes right in the face, but is nice enough to buy them lunch afterwards.
So what would be better than discovering an awesome band like KillSET? Discovering they’re dropping a brand new album in 2017, of course. S.T.F.U., KillSET’s Sophomore release, is set to drop on July 7th, 2017. S.T.F.U. will kick you in the balls and whisper softly in your ear simultaneously. It may sound like a metaphor, but that is the best way to describe how it felt going through this album. Packed with inspirational rage, melancholic melodies, and sometimes just absolute chaos, KillSET swings wildly and without warning across a spectrum of emotions. A few of the dynamic changes feel awkward on the first listen. Just relax, once you get past your initial discomfort it feels great. When you finish the album, you will be back in line for another ride as fast as you can.
In all, KillSET has made an awesome endeavour come to light with this album, that has something to offer for everybody. Filled with tracks as exciting as their single, “Killers in the Pit”, and as head turning as their remix of Kriss Kross’ “Jump”, this album is a welcome addition to any discerning metalhead’s collection, KillSET will be drawing attention everywhere when they hit the road for this album, and here at Honest Brutality, we hope to see everyone killing it in the pit this year.
Hailing from Wisconsin, the band Haliwel has an enormous amount of potential. A passionate, fiery, self-made band; Haliwel has dropped an eclectic monster of an album. Released in October of 2016 the band’s sophomore album “Pandemic” is aptly named as it stands to become a viral hit throughout 2017. This work deserves a space in the hard drive (or shelf, if you happen to be old school) of every audiophile as Haliwel has developed a wide ranging, passionate, piece of musical artwork that any fan of the universal art form can find something to connect too.
From the heated, and politically driven “Firestarter”, to the inspiring melancholy of their single, “The World Over” or the cheeky hairpin turn in mood of “Truth Is” and in the evocative song “The Theme”, each track on this album has a unique personality that takes you along an eclectic journey. The wide range of feelings presented showcase the various definitions of what makes a song heavy, which can be a difficult task for any band to do well.
All at once, each track is a separate statement that still manages to fit into a wider theme in this album. Personally, I feel that a few sections seem to drag on just a tad too much. However, this is more a matter of taste. These sections do not take away from the fact that this band has passion, they believe in what they have to say, and they can make the listener believe in that message. At the end of the day those are what can make or break good musicians. Belief in the art, belief in the meaning, and the drive to bring that belief to the listener. Haliwel has shown they have all of this with “Pandemic”.
In all, Haliwel has poised themselves as a force to reckoned with in the upcoming tour seasons. If you’re not already aware of this band and their work, they deserve a spot on your musical radar. They have already experienced an explosion of success with their first album “From the Inside” and this follow up shows that they have no intention of slowing down. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what the next year and further have in store for this incredibly talented, and determined band. With any luck, I’ll have the good graces to see what this band brings to a live stage in the near future. Until that time, I’ll be keeping a close watch on Haliwel throughout 2017 and beyond, eager to see what they bring to the table next.
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2nLxNnf44[/embedyt]The first time that I came across this foursome from the UK known as “Kill For Company” was about a year ago through a video for their song “Crawl”. I was so impressed that I reached out to them for an interview on our Honest Brutality Podcast which they graciously accepted. After speaking with their guitar player Quinton Lucion I knew that these guys were for real and had a true passion for what they are doing. This becomes obvious from the opening volley of the first track “Democracy Has Failed”. This song is on point and vicious from beginning to end. Merciless in it’s pace and daring you to keep up with it’s relentlessness. The second track “Isolation” actually accelerates from there. The precision timing between Lucion on guitar, Ben McCann on bass and Daniel Danby on drums is an audio spectacle to behold. I have to add that Danby’s drum work throughout the entire EP is worth the time listening alone. This young man is phenomenal. The third track “One For My Enemies” is probably my favorite song on the EP. I’m not sure why but when they get to the breakdown and Tom “Kingsize” Hennessey starts barking out his vocals I just want to start smashing everything in sight. I think that it’s safe to say that no one will be slow dancing at a wedding to this tune anytime soon. The closer is the title track “This Sadness Lasts Forever”. Needless to say it’s a neck breaker. It has all of the elements of a great metal anthem. Angry vocals, spot on rhythm section and killer riffs. Everything that I ask for in a metal tune. All told, this is a fantastic EP that every metal fan should have in their collection. The only real sadness is that there isn’t more of it.
Rich “Big Sloppy” Markum
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtNeHfTnOU[/embedyt] Eternal Fear are back with a new offering. This time the boys from Karlskoga Sweden are wielding a powerhouse metal arsenal in the form of their album “Killing Time”. There’s no fluff on this album. You know as soon as you hear the opening sirens of “Thy Will Be Done” that you are getting a face full of metal. From there the album rampages seamlessly into “Age Of Glory” “Black Country” and “The Shadow” . In listening to this album you quickly realize that it keeps getting stronger and stronger with each passing track. Then you get to the title track “Killing Time”. The best way to describe this song is to say that if Ghost and Dio had a baby this would be their unholy spawn. It’s both haunting and powerful at the same time. The album continues to accelerate after that with the guys never taking their foot off the throttle. They continue to plow through your ears with “Halls Of Odin” and “Child Of Darkness” before beating you down with “Evil Ways” another stand out track. By the time you get to the end of the album with the gritty “No Guts” and “Chamber Of Lies” you’re ready for a shot of whiskey and a beer chaser. All in all a very strong if not exceptional effort.
8.5 out of 10
Rich “Big Sloppy” Markum
Obliteration Process by the UK based metal powerhouse Obzidian is a like velvet covered hammer to the face, and I mean that in a good way. This album hits you hard, but is smooth in it’s delivery.
The latest offering, and third full length album to come from this four piece outfit is proof that the band has been working relentlessly since their last release in 2014. Right from the opening of the first track “Sins Here Are Purified”, you feel as though you are being led to paradise through the gates of hell. With growling vocals, heavy grooves, melodic choruses and a thunderous bridge you realize early on this is going to be a good ride. The title track “Obliteration Process” sets a blistering pace, is relentless in its ferocity, and features an outstanding guitar solo. My personal favorite on the album “Desolate Creed” is visceral, brutal, and guttural, all while maintaining a polished, defined edge. Obzidian is no one trick pony, showcasing their musicianship and eclectic style with the instrumental track “Like Maggots They Infest”. This album is a must have for any self respecting metalheads collection, and is definitely one of the best albums to grace 2016.
Eric “Evil” Ernst
Hello, Brutal Disciples!
It’s no secret that the entire Honest Brutality camp has been excited for Avatar’s new album to drop. Well, on Friday, May 13th (perfect date, I might add) we finally got to satisfy our hunger. I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the few singles Avatar had released had me ecstatic for the full release. As I’m typing this, I’ve gone through the entire album about 10-12 times. Which means that over the last 96 hours that the album as been released, I’ve spent roughly 10% of that listening to this album, and this album only. (As a side note, I am also loving the new Pierce the Veil album, but Feathers & Flesh has so much more to digest). Before I delve into the rest of my review of this awesome work, I’m going to tell you. LISTEN TO IT!! LISTEN TO ALL OF IT!! Once you’ve listened all the way through, DO IT AGAIN. You owe it to yourself to experience this beautiful work of art.
So, why is this album something that has me so lit up? First off, this album offers up a little bit of almost everything that exists in metal. Power metal, groove metal, thrash metal, death metal, old school metal, progressive metal and much more in the world of metal. But wait, there’s more! This album also delves into several styles that all eventually evolved into the rock and metal music we hear today. Sprinkled through this album, you will hear elements of classical, jazz, blues, rockabilly, and straight ahead rock and roll of course. All of these musical elements blended together already make this a wonderful album. The best part is, there is so much more to this album.
Those of you who are avid listeners may know, I am a huge fan of concept albums. Every album paints their own story in a way, but purposeful concept albums go that extra mile to add musical variations and themes to tie everything together. This particular concept is something unique and amazing. Inspired by the fables of John de la Fontaine, Avatar has set a high standard for what a concept album should be. The album is a fable about an owl who goes to war against the world in order to stop the sun from rising. An eagle intervenes to prevent this, and the ensuing chaos affects not only the eagle and owl, but various other forest creatures. Eventually, the owl is defeated, and realizing the impact his battles have had on his home, flies off into the sky never to return. That’s my understanding of the story at this point, taken from snippets of interviews with Johannes Eckerström and my own inferences. I’m certain I’m not 100% right about all of it, but it’s fun to try to figure it out.
To sum things up, this is by far the best album I have heard this year. Feathers & Flesh takes you on a brilliant musical journey of epic battles, quirky characters, solemn lamentations, and all around badassery. I encourage all of you reading this to find this album. Buy it, devour it, throw it up, and slurp it down again. While you’re doing that, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to describe the concept of this particular work of art at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, I’m going to sign off and listen to this album again while scouring the internet for any Avatar tour dates that come near my town. (I have a hunch they will be playing Aftershock this year, but that could also just be my own wishful thinking) Farewell, disciples!!! As always……..STAY METAL!! \m/