For a good chunk of time now, America's most innovative and entrancing metal has wafted up from the South, as the great state of Georgia has birthed the likes of Mastodon, Baroness and Black Tusk. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those acts are the fully baked sludge merchants of Kylesa, who've just unleashed their latest must-hear album, 'Ultraviolet.'
With Alice in Chains' experiencing a successful return with 'Black Gives Way to Blue,' the band cleared one very significant hurdle, and with their new album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,' the veteran rockers prove they can sustain their excellence. While all the things you would expect from Alice in Chains -- sludgy guitars, haunting melodies, dark lyrics -- are on the disc, the band shows they can still put a fresh spin on their sound.
Rob Zombie has been making music as a solo artist for nearly 15 years. In 1998, he bounced back from the break-up of White Zombie with 'Hellbilly Deluxe,' and he hasn't slowed down since. Arguably his best album since his debut masterpiece, Zombie's fifth studio album, 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,' is a non-stop thrill ride of freakin' fun rock 'n' roll.
Ghost B.C. (Ghost) do not allow potential fans to become casual bystanders. The Satanic doom / heavy metal act strive to convert you through a unique brand of deceptively beautiful music, leaving listeners convulsing and speaking in tongues, much like those inside the most fundamental Evangelical or Pentecostal church.
When Disturbed went on hiatus, there was the question of whether it would be a short break with the members just enjoying some time off or a longer period that would see everyone pursue other projects. Then we got our answer when David Draiman announced a new hard-edged industrial-influenced project called Device.
Bring Me the Horizon have built up an impressive following with their first three albums, but if justice is served, their latest release 'Sempiternal' should take them to new heights in the metal world. While fully embracing their metalcore roots, the band aims to redefine the genre with 'Sempiternal.'
Danish rockers Volbeat have always been extremely popular in their home country, and with each album they've gained more momentum and fans. However, 2010‘s ‘Beyond Hell/Above Heaven’ was their true breakthrough in North America, spawning hit singles such as ‘Heaven nor Hell’ and ‘A Warrior's Call,’ which both topped the Billboard Active Rock chart.