Defects - Dream Awake (Self Released) [Matt Bladen]
Having collectively spent years performing, writing and releasing music with previous bands, Defects are not the young upstarts they seem, tours with Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For May Valentine have done wonders to hone their modern metal/metalcore sound to what it is on this three track debut EP, released just in time for their upcoming UK tour with Bristol's RXPTRS. Recently they also opened for In Flame on their recent tour, played Bloodstock, Download and 2000 Trees as well, so there's no shortage of buzz around this UK five piece. Dream Awake is designed to give you an introduction to what Defects do as a band.
Lord Of Confusion - Evil Mystery (Gruesome Records) [Rich Piva]
Oh, some Portuguese stoner doom with organ and female vocals! What’s not to like about that! Lord of Confusion brings all the spooky doomy goodness on their debut album, Evil Mystery. Way more doom than stoner, and more traditional doom than anything else, this one is something my Sabbath/Candlemass/Old School Trouble fans are going to dig.
Wolf Counsel - Initivm (Counsel Records) [Rich Piva]
Some more Doomy goodness for Rich to review, this time the fifth full length from Zurich, Switzerland’s Wolf Counsel. These guys play some doom metal as well as anyone, and their latest album, Initivm, may be their best.