Wizard Rifle—Speak Loud Say Nothing

Wizard Rifle–Speak Loud Say Nothing Wizard Rifle are an extraordinary, two-piece, ruckus-making outfit from Portland, Oregon. The band is signed to infallible label Seventh Rule, and their debut, Speak Loud Say Nothing, is a rollercoaster ride of non-stop riotous shred-fests. Equal parts Amp-Rep pandemonium, quarrelsome tech-metal, and grinding noise tumults, Wizard Rifle’s genus might be vaguely familiar, but they have all the attributes... Read More

Opeth–Heritage

(Originally posted on the hellishly good Hellbound.ca) Heritage is the 10th album from Sweden’s Opeth. Discarding the nuanced melodic death metal that has secured their reputation thus far, their new album is comprised solely of mellifluous prog, folk and jazz. It is a controversial step (to say the least). The band’s transparent retro ’70s fixation, and the casting aside of the bulk of their metal characteristics, has left a fair proportion... Read More

Bones—S/T

There are two facets to Bones that’ll allow you to grasp their intent well in advance of hearing a note. Firstly, there’s the name. Bones—the cold hard stripped-down residue left over from the dead. And secondly, look at that line-up: Jon Necromancer, Carcass Chris and Joe Warlord. Even if you didn’t know a thing about Bones, simply reading those names on the back of the album cover would assure you that this has to be some seriously crushing... Read More