Album review: Antagonism of the Soul – Insolvency

    Just when you thought the metalcore train had left the station, along comes¬†Insolvency to help you remember why you fell in love with this often maligned sub-genre in the first place. Whilst this French outfit doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table, Antagonism of the Soul captures the fury of As I…

Album review: Infinite Cycles – Within The Nova

  Hailing from Timisoara, Romania, Within The Nova is a five-piece metal act that metalcore fans will do well to check out. The bands sound lies somewhere in-between Scar Symmetry and Sonic Syndicate, so if you dig these two acts then Within The Nova will appeal to you. There is a definite electronic flavor to…

Album review: As The Sun Sleeps – Invidia

  With ex-members of Five Finger Death Punch and Skinlab among them, it comes as little surprise that Invidia brings with them elements of their previous employers sound. I’m talking about fat, crunching guitars, hard-hitting drums, rumbling bass lines and an ear for melody. All of this is blended together to form a radio-friendly groove…

EP review and Atmospheres video: Shapes – Constructs

  I do like a bit of prog metal here at Grim Reader Reviews and there is a lot to like from California’s Constructs. Instrumental music can come across as a little self-indulgent to some, but as a musician myself, I happen to quite enjoy it. I’m not entirely sure I can listen to it…

Album review: Aeraco – Baptized By Fire

Aeraco treads a path where melodic hard rock meets with feel-good party anthems on their latest album, Baptized By Fire. Baptized by Fire has all of the necessary ingredients for it to appeal to fans of bands like Dokken, Firehouse, Savatage, Poison and others of a similar mould. The opening track, Back With Vengence, sees…

Album review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

If you’re a fan of female fronted metal (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), then Insatia is an American/Canadian outfit definitely worth checking out. Phoenix Aflame¬†is a record full of killer songs, great vocals and solid musicianship. So, let’s get into it! The intro to the album serves up a brief a capella from vocalist,…

Album review: Hogan’s Goat – Hogan’s Goat

Not only do Hogan’s Goat have a pretty cool name, but the band also has a cool sound to go with it. They have a bit of a Mastodon meets Clutch thing going on which I dig a lot. This album sounds great and is chock full of killer tracks. The band wastes little time…