Metal 2011: 18 Best Albums
Despite his rugged exterior and his seemingly permanent emotionally vacant demeanour, with Path of Totality, it was evident that the founder Mike Hill not only wears his heart on his sleeve, but also his inner turmoil. The third album from the Brooklyn trio is their best, filled with their signature sound consisting of a unique blend of blackened metal, '80s noise rock and sheer emotion that only comes with the weariness that only age can bring, but was met this year with an infectious vigour. One could chalk it up to stellar production and incredible drummer Andrew Hernandez, and Hill's first (and successful) attempt on clean singing on "Silent World." The title track, with its incredible, heavy riffs, makes you realize that you don't need frills to get your point across. Outside of the dark lyrics, and there is a heavy simplicity that hunkers down and urges the listener to temporarily enjoy the dark elements in life, but slowly gives you a way out.
StreamsAug 25, 2015
The Melvinson Exclaim! TV Aggressive Tendencies
Sludgy doom metal purveyors the Melvins have now been a band for over 30 years. Last year, founding fathers King Buzzo and Dale Crover reviv...
NewsJul 23, 2015
Lamb of God Talk 'VII: Sturm und Drang,' Clean Singing and Being 'Anti-Noodle'
In comparison to many recent albums, Lamb of God's VII: Sturm und Drang (out July 24 on Nuclear Blast) is slim and trim at ten songs. That's...
NewsJul 20, 2015
Counterparts on Transformation and 'Tragedy Will Find Us'
On the title alone, Tragedy Will Find Us — the latest album from Hamilton metalcore quintet Counterparts — seems despondent and ...
NewsJul 17, 2015
Chokehold Talk Their Newfound Second Life, Stream A389 Reissues
Hamilton hardcore punks Chokehold didn't have lofty goals when they formed. As vocalist Chris Logan tells Exclaim!, "I think we were a terri...
NewsJul 08, 2015
Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far
With 2015's midway point (ever so slightly) in the rearview, we've decided to take a look back at what already feels like a banner year for ...
NewsJul 03, 2015
High on Fire Reveal the Challenges of 'Luminiferous'
Oakland, CA metal trio High on Fire recently released their seventh studio album, Luminiferous. The powerful release picks back up and expan...
NewsJun 24, 2015
Arcturus Experiment with Alien Influences and a Gong on 'Arcturian'
"It would probably anal probe it and use it as a hat because they can do that in this alien dimension" — this is what Arcturus vocalis...
FeaturesJun 22, 2015
Anaal Nathrakhon Exclaim! TV Aggressive Tendencies
Producing extreme metal music is seemingly an effortless process for British duo Anaal Nathrakh. With eight full-lengths and one EP under th...