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  • Saving Grace – The Urgency

    Saving Grace – The Urgency

    When SAVING GRACE released their debut ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ it was one of those kiwi metal albums that ranked right up there for me. The quality of NZ’s metal recordings was becoming world class. They’ve released a couple of albums since, so I thought I’d give it a spin before listening to ‘The Urgency’ just to hear how things have changed. Good news – the band that was once sounding raw and brutal… is still sounding raw and brutal! This time they teamed up with Californian producer / engineer Zack Ohren (CARNIFEX, ALL SHALL PERISH)

    ‘The Urgency’ begins with that classic abrasive metalcore sound accompanied with some vaguely familiar sting bends… at first I’m thinking it sounds like ‘Suicide Note, Pt. 2′ off The Great Southern Trendkill, and as it turns out I’m not far off the money since this album openly pays homage to the previous PANTERA album ‘Far Beyond Driven’. More than that, ‘The Urgency’ represents the energy and optimism that ‘Far Beyond’ injected into the metal scene. You’ll find details about that and more in the liner notes which give a deeper insight into the songs on this recording.

    Like ‘Far Beyond Driven’, ‘The Urgency’ shares similar brutal grooves – plenty of squealies and shreds too – but with 2014 metal production and a few bass drops thrown in for good measure. I’ll stop short of a track by track review, but I will say that if I was listening to this album on a tape the most worn out section would be the last 30 seconds of 1994 – truly epic.

    If you appreciate metalcore bands like CHIMARIA, and groove metal in the vein of PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD this is an album highly deserving of your time.

  • Agent ‘Kingdom Of Fear’ Review

    Agent ‘Kingdom Of Fear’ Review

    Before setting their sights on the UK, New Plymouth band AGENT had become a household name in their home town. Their following was loyal to the point that to play after them would be to risk playing to an empty room as I’m sure I witnessed on at least a couple of occasions! More…

  • New Way Home Mirrors Review

    New Way Home Mirrors Review

    I knew this album was going to awesome, but this is better than awesome! We were given early insights into the songs on NEW WAY HOME’s debut ‘Mirrors’ with demos for ‘Blackeyes’ and ‘Soul’ which have both been floating around for a while now. More…

  • Heavy Metal Ninjas Self Titled EP Review

    Heavy Metal Ninjas Self Titled EP Review

    If you haven’t seen the HEAVY METAL NINJAS live before then picture this… five guys in ninja attire, uber heavy riffs, laser lights and not a vocal to be heard. This is purely a visual / instrumental spectacle. More…

  • Sinate ‘To The Death’ Review

    Sinate ‘To The Death’ Review

    It’s hard to believe SINATE released their last album ‘Violent Ambitions’ almost six years ago! During that time some big things have happened for the band. They spent time living in Europe, toured with the likes of legends MARDUK and VADER, experienced a couple of line-up changes, and lucky for NZ Metal fans they also recorded their most brutal album yet! More…

  • Optimus Gryme ‘Slam & Groove Volume 7′ Review

    Optimus Gryme ‘Slam & Groove Volume 7′ Review

    A couple of years back one of my work mates introduced me to dubstep in the form of OPTIMUS GRYME. Having previously explored the many realms of experimental metal this artist instantly struck a chord with me. More…

  • Machete Justice ‘Reversion’ Review

    Machete Justice ‘Reversion’ Review

    Rolling multiple sub-genres of rock and metal into one cohesive and captivating recording is no easy feat but Tauranga’s MACHETE JUSTICE have achieved it, and on their debut album no less! More…

  • Five Finger Death Punch ‘American Capitalist’ Review

    Five Finger Death Punch ‘American Capitalist’ Review

    Producing a commercially successful metal record has never been a particularly easy task, and when it does occur, it is often regarded as a freak moment of brilliance when all parties natural talent is combined to create packaged up aggression accessible by mainstream rock fans. More…

  • Megadeth ‘TH1RT3EN’ Review

    Megadeth ‘TH1RT3EN’ Review

    As the name suggests ‘TH1RT3EN’ is MEGADETH’s 13th album. It’s also the first studio album since ‘The World Needs A Hero’ (2001) to feature original bassist David Ellefson and in some ways it’s fitting because it’s similar music to what the band was playing before he left. More…

  • Midnight Youth – World Comes Calling – Review

    Midnight Youth – World Comes Calling – Review

    Honestly, I don’t know what the hell happened to MIDNIGHT YOUTH between their debut ‘The Brave Don’t Run’ and ‘World Comes Calling’ but I like it! After storming their way to success with that first release, these guys are back with something equally hook-laden but a million times more epic and sincere. More…