Category: Album/EP Reviews

Shatterproof – Shatterproof review

Written by William Dibble Nobody can deny that the internet has revolutionized music. The number of independent artists out there is exploding, and shows no signs of stopping. The question becomes, with this influx of new artists, how does one stand out? How does a band differentiate themselves from the competition? Shatterproof has certainly figured ...

Ded – Mis-An-Thrope review

Written by William Dibble Hardcore was founded as an unabashedly angry genre of music. It was a bunch of people getting together and screaming at their microphones, featuring bands like Hatebreed and Converge (depending on who you ask). Phoenix natives Ded launch a new album today, Mis-An-Thrope, and it is a solid belt notch on ...

Codex Obscura – Miira review

Review written by William Dibble Art, by definition, is an intensely personal creation. It is a direct channel into the mind of its creator, and deathcore is no exception (we erroneously referred to Codex Obscura as death metal in a prior review). Miira is a self-recorded, self-mixed, self-produced album by one person, which makes its ...

Forthteller – Nihilist review

Written by William Dibble The genre of technical metalcore is booming. Within the last five to ten years, numerous new bands have hit the scene, each bringing a bit of a different take on the genre. Forthteller’s EP, Nihilist, released on July 7th of this year. Relatively new to the scene, they brought out an ...

Barb Wire Dolls – Rub My Mind review

Review by William Dibble Punk rock has a long and storied tradition of political bands, messages, and stunts. The genre also has a long history of being a worldwide phenomenon, with punk bands springing up wherever rock music could be found. Barb Wire Dolls, from Greece, are no exception to those traditions. Founded in 2010, ...

Music for Everyone review

Review by William Dibble Art is one of the most powerful ways for a person to express themselves. Art, and especially music, have a long tradition of being the medium through which ideals and politics are expressed to the public. Books, movies, and music always have some type of message in them, and punk rock ...

Nodachi – Beyond Death, Beyond Reason review

Review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Rising from the ashes of post-hardcore group, Greaver, Nodachi is a new entry into the NC progressive metal scene. Their first work released a short month ago, the album Beyond Death, Beyond Reason. While it only clocks in at fifteen minutes in length with five short tracks, it ...

SoulSeason – Wither review

Review written by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography, photos provided by SoulSeason’s Facebook page Chris Scott, Carl Uno, and Adam Moore come together in SoulSeason to deliver a energizing metal performance. Their new album, Wither, released just last week, and is a strong entry into the burgeoning NC metal scene. The album opens with a ...

DethCadence – Hellacreative

Written by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Self-described as a North Carolina supergroup, and sporting a new album titled Hellacreative, DethCadence comes onto the NC metal scene making some heavy claims about their capabilities. They compare themselves to Dio, Iron Maiden, and King Diamond, so this album begins with some high expectations.   One of ...

Convulsions – Culture Shock review

Review by William Dibble of Panfocal Photography Though it has been out for some time now, we would be remiss not to mention the album Culture Shock by Convulsions. This downtempo metal piece will be sure to send you into convulsions in the mosh pit, should you give it a listen. And we mean that ...