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Exhumed, ‘Necrocracy’ – Album Review

Exhumed
Relapse

The masters of splatter are back with their second album since re-forming in 2010 after a five-year disbandment. Exhumed, like their California brothers Impaled, have a serious Carcass addiction. However, they never really needed any treatment or a stint in rehab to remedy this goregrind/death metal stranglehold.

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Five Finger Death Punch, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1’ – Album Review

Five Finger Death Punch
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

There’s no disputing that Five Finger Death Punch are one of the most popular and commercially successful hard rock/metal bands around today. All three of their previous albums have gone gold, moving more than half a million copies apiece. They have had numerous Top 10 rock singles, such as ‘Walk Away,’ ‘Far From Home,’ ‘Remember Everything’ and ‘Coming Down.’

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Sick Puppies, ‘Connect’ – Album Review

Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Following the 2011 acoustic EP ‘Polar Opposite,’ Sick Puppies return with their latest full-length album ‘Connect.’ On the new disc, the band's hard rock roots can definitely be heard, but the effort also features some alt-rock and pop sensibilities.

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Coffins, ‘The Fleshland’ – Album Review

Coffins
Soile Siirtola

Coffins have been bringing their punishing brand of sludgy death/doom from Japan for 17 years, but really got the party started with their debut album in 2005. ‘The Fleshland’ is the band’s first album in the last five years and worth the wait. It seems their writing process is about as slow as their music, but what the band stresses is quality over quantity in an era where recording an album can easily be done at home.

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Autopsy, ‘The Headless Ritual’ – Album Review

Autopsy
Peaceville

Autopsy have been a busy bunch since drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert reanimated the group four years ago. With a single, an EP, a full length, and four new songs added to a compilation, one would be hardpressed to say there’s a lack of inspiration in the once defunct band. With plenty of life left in this old corpse, 'The Headless Ritual' is the latest addition to their ever-expanding catalog, stringing together 45 minutes of their best work since they blew the dust off their inactive status.

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Palms, ‘Palms’ – Album Review

Palms
Ipecac Records

The loss of post-metal titans Isis was an unfortunate punch to the gut for fans of the imaginative and atmospheric quintet. However, key Isis members Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris (drums) and Bryant Clifford Meyer (guitar / keyboards) teamed up with Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno to form Palms in 2011. Palms didn't jump into releasing new material right away, but the act's debut self-titled release was more than worth the wait.

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Skillet, ‘Rise’ – Album Review

Skillet - Rise
Atlantic Records

Skillet are a band who have paid their dues over the past 15 years with relentless touring. Their popularity grew steadily, first making their name in Christian music, then crossing over to the mainstream. The band's gold-certified 2006 album ‘Comatose’ really put them on the map.

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Children of Bodom, ‘Halo of Blood’ – Album Review

Children of Bodom
Nuclear Blast

Children of Bodom's music has taken a dramatic shift since the Finnish metal act released 'Something Wild' in 1997. Part-way through those 16 years, Bodom drifted away from their heavily neoclassical sound to focus on big-picture melodic death anthems. Fans took a while to shift along with Bodom, especially during the 'Are You Dead Yet?' / 'Blooddrunk' years, but with Bodom's newest album, 'Halo of Blood,' the band succeeds in throwing every little nuance of their evolution into a single release.

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Black Sabbath, ’13′ – Album Review

Black Sabbath
MSO PR

Ozzy Osbourne has stated multiple times that '13' could possibly be the most important album of his career. With such a fabled discography preceding '13,' both with Black Sabbath and his solo career, Ozzy's claim is not one to be taken lightly, and although '13' may not be the greatest album to ever be attributed to Ozzy's name, the disc is a definite success for Black Sabbath. 

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Megadeth, ‘Super Collider’ – Album Review

Megadeth
Photo Credit: Travis Shinn

Metal has its share of polarizing figures, and near the top of the list is ’s Dave Mustaine. His political and religious beliefs and controversial statements have made him a lightning rod. That has brought a lot of attention to Megadeth, who have been on a roll, releasing three excellent albums over the past few years. ‘Super Collider’ is their fourteenth album, released on their own imprint via Universal Music.

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