The Metalhead Box: April 2017

Small disclaimer before this review. Damn you The Metalhead Box team… for packing in so much stuff I have to cram into one picture! Continue reading “The Metalhead Box: April 2017”


Concert Review: Unearth at Club Absinthe 

This show took place at Club Absinthe in Hamilton Ontario. The concert poster shows 4 band’s but there was also local support at this show by the band Act of Sin.

Act of Sin did a good job getting the show started, some minor mic issues aside. I think it’s great when you get local band’s in on shows for a few reasons. You get people to the show that may not have gone before just to support their local band, it’s a band the locals can connect to and get the adrenaline pumping and it’s just gets some exposure to band’s that may never see it otherwise. Good show by Act of Sin.

Say what you will, Darkness Divided could have easily been direct support to Unearth. They didn’t care if their was 1 person or 100 people moshing for them. They kept the energy pumping and won me over as a fan of their music. I can’t get over the energy this band puts off. The vocals were very impressive but the lead guitarist was why this band really nailed it. He was more than on point, he was near flawless. They sounded pretty damn close to their record music. Loved every minute.

Next up was Exalt. I will do my best to review these guys. They aren’t my cup of tea but the band really set it off. This is when the show started getting crazy. The singer has an insane style and body language as he runs around screaming on stage. He really puts his all into his vocals. It almost looks like he’s going to tear everything apart that’s on stage and it’s very entertaining.

The last band before Unearth was Fit for an Autopsy. Just when you thought the people in this club couldn’t be setting it off any harder. I had never heard of this band before I found out I was attending this show and I wish I could’ve found them sooner. They just put a very well done new album out and it lead to some pretty big expectations for their live performance. The band didn’t disappoint and were easily the heaviest band of the night.

The highlight of the night! The guys in Unearth tore Club Abesinthe apart. This was aggressive and energetic, it was truly an unbelievable environment to be apart of. Unearth were really tight through their whole set and the crowd was responding accordingly. They played all the songs you’d expect them to. “Endless“, “Zombie Autopilot” and “Thy Will be Done“.  It’s really hard to put into words how awesome seeing this band in this venue was. They seriously brought the house down.

Club Absinthe was never a venue I had visited or even heard of before this show. When you walk in the front door there’s a massive concrete “pole” in the middle of the floor and you can reach up and touch the ceiling. At first sight it’s not much to look at. I thought that same thing, until the show started. This is the most intimate show I’ve ever attended. The band’s were closer then arms reach in front of you. With such a small area the pit was absolutely insane. So insane in fact that the security had to keep pushing us away from the barricade and also had to keep their weight against them to keep the barricade from coming down. It was an absolute mad house and I had an absolute riot. This venue is a perfect example of don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m looking to attend more shows in the near future (Deafheaven).


Album Review: ‘Extinction’ by Harlott

Thrash is the dominate subgenre this year in metal. With band’s like Overkill, Kreator, Havok and Warbringer putting albums out already this year, the thrash scene is producing some huge albums.  This is the bands third full length release. Can the Austrialian thrash band fit in with the big boys? Continue reading “Album Review: ‘Extinction’ by Harlott”

Album Review: ‘The Lost Chapters’ by Jasta

Jasta is a side project of Hatebreed singer, Jamey Jasta. This is the second album Jasta and it was released on March 31 2017 via Stillborn Records. Let’s find out what’s in store for us! Continue reading “Album Review: ‘The Lost Chapters’ by Jasta”

O Canada: ‘Time Stands Still’  by Unleash the Archers [Song Stream]

Welcome to the inaugural segment of “O Canada“. In this weekly segment we will talk about and review band’s from… you guessed it. Canada. Hope you fellow Canadians enjoy this segment and hope it expands your libraries to include more Canadian metal. I do obviously hope that other people from around the world enjoy this as well. Let’s get it started!

Hailing from Victoria, BC we have Unleash the Archers. They are a power metal band currently signed to Napalm Records. They are also dropping a new record on June 2 2017 titled ‘Apex‘. We aren’t here to talk about ‘Apex‘ however, we are here for ‘Time Stands Still‘ so let’s get on with it.

I think the thing I love most about this band is the fact that they are a really fun band to listen to but remain a serious contender in the power metal scene. By fun I don’t mean goofy lyrics or silly songs or anything like that. They are a really fun band to sing along with and dance around like a fool. This is especially true with ‘Time Stands Still‘. An album without a single weak moment on it. It’s an incredible record. The vocals and instrumental aspects of the album are so tastefully done. Some of the highlight tracks are “Tonight We Ride” and “Test Your Metal“. “Tonight We Ride” is actually the first song I heard by this band and I’v been hooked ever since. It’s easily the most memorable song of this album. It’s a great song to sing along to and have fun with. It’s got a really quick pace to it and has some of the most impressive vocals on ‘Time Stands Still‘ and arguably their most catchy chorus they’ve made as a band.

I can say this album is more than deserving of a 8.2 out of 10. The key thing we have been talking about here is the level of fun. I have not heard an album in recent memory that gave me this amount of joy to listen to it repeatedly. There is no listeners fatigue on this disc, I was easily able to go start to finish over and over again without getting bored. What a great record. With a fantastic release like this, I can’t wait for ‘Apex‘ to release!

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Album Review: ‘Welcome to the End’ by Stormhammer 

Stormhammer is a power metal band reigning from Germany. ‘Welcome to the End‘ is the band’s 6th album and was released via Massacre Records. Let’s find out what this band has in place for us, shall we?

Stormhammer doing what they do best. Power metal. What we get with this record is more of what we have heard from this band before with a little more production  and consistency. Galloping guitars with some thrashy sections. The issues I have with this record are that the songs are a little to similar. Not to say there is no stand out tracks however. Songs like “The Law” and the album titled track “Welcome to the End” really showcase what this band is capable of, and that’s epic power metal. “The Law” is my favorite track. I absolutely love the speed and guitar structure in this song. I found myself whistling it all day and couldn’t get the chorus out of my head. Very cool song. Those damn solos are impressive!

I give this album a 7-10. The album is cool and has some pretty good hightlights. It’s easy to make it through the entire album without fatigue and is more than worth one playthrough. It’s hard to appreciate what this band and album have to offer first time around. Give it a go.