Review: The Artificials – The Artificials

Review by Adriana.

The Artificials is a progressive metal project by Sarah Rigdon, Aaron Surratt, and Alan Rigdon (formerly in Erra). The Artificials EP was released in January of 2015 and is currently available on Bandcamp. “Preface” opens the EP with a very calm guitar intro that leads into a very mellow sounding song. It is played at a slow pace with soothing high notes played behind the vocals, making it almost atmospheric. The last minute of the song has more harsh/shouted vocals and cymbal strikes, but it still retains the relaxed feel behind the harshness. It was a well­ suited opener for the music to follow it. The second song is called “Lone” and has a more progressive metal sound than the opener. Vocals by Sarah Rigdon offer versatility to the technical and somewhat aggressive guitar and drum playing. Having the warmer vocals makes the song more ethereal and complete; it is a nice touch.

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Review: 2X4 – MCMLII

Review by Adriana.

The album of interest this week is 2X4’s newest release MCMLII. 2X4 is a four ­piece metalcore act from Oklahoma.

Every instrument and vocals were presented with clarity, leaving nothing out. Production done as well as this makes everything sound more full and complete. The first three songs flowed into each other very well without an awkward pause or transition. The first song, “Volition”, starts with a heavy, headbanging riff. It is a very catchy yet heavy song with groove and melodic influences. Gritty vocals and appropriate relaxed drum fills is the skin on the meat of the song. previous song and follows into the heavy groove vibe from “Volition.” The songs “Rot” and “Destroy (A Mother’s Beauty)” are a bit heavier. “Rot” features more intense drumming, a guitar solo, and more lower­end chugs from guitars and the bass. “Destroy (A Mother’s Beauty)” also has a guitar solo and intense drums, but even more so than “Rot.” This song definitely displays

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Review: Visions of Disfigurement – Miscreated

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Review by Adriana.

Visions of Disfigurement is a slamming death metal band from Manchester, England. Miscreated was independently released in November of 2014 and is VoD’s debut EP. The EP is a short listen at around 20 minutes and is available for a free download on Bandcamp, which you will find linked here: http://visionsofdisfigurement.bandcamp.com/
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Review: Obsolete Incarnation – New Breed of an Uncureable Disease

Every so often a band takes the death metal world by force. They brutally beat and mutilate their victims/listeners (figuratively speaking) and force a barrage of unstoppable carnage on them. In this case, said band is Obsolete Incarnation, and their debut album New Breed of an Uncureable Disease, while not grammatically correct, is most- if not everything- that’s right in modern death metal and brutal death.

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