Now, there are only a handful of albums that I have listened to consistently since high school. There has been a ton of music that has come and gone, but one that has always remained is As I Lay Dying’s Shadows Are Security. Now, I know that what Tim Lambesis has done outside of music is despicable and horrendous, but I look past it only in this one instance. There really aren’t any other music outputs from him that I care about at this point, but Shadows is a landmark album for metalcore. Continue Reading
Loincloth bow out gracefully, and with a storm of riffs, on their final full-length record, Psalm of the Morbid Whore.
The Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metallers were last seen in 2012 with the release of their full-length debut, Iron Balls of Steel. The 16-track effort was a 40-minute barrage of disorienting and pummeling math metal. Full of off-kilter rhythms, frequently fluctuating time signatures, muscular grooves and dissonant angularity, Iron Balls of Steel provided plenty of discombobulating moments, even during the shortest of songs. Keelhaul, Meshuggah and the like are obvious reference points, but Loincloth possess a sound all their own. Continue Reading