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The Head And The Heart


Review Written By: Stephanie Wiewel

The Head and the Heart

 

The Head and the Heart (Seattle, Washington) – Let’s Be Still Genre: Indie Folk-Rock

Album Release Date: October 2013 by Sub Pop Records

Formed in 2009 through a series of open-mic nights, The Head and The Heart has since created two albums. Their second album “Let’s Be Still” is filled with a mixture of both mellow and rock songs that grab your attention with each track. The album features lyrics that make the tracks easily relatable to listeners. The album features both male and female vocals giving such songs as “Summertime” a stellar, unexpected twist.

Recommended If You Like: Yellow Red Sparks, Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, Rae Morris

Recommended Tracks:

1. Homecoming Heroes

6. Shake

9. My Friends

Mental Devastation – Red Skies


 

Review Written By: Jerrod Hegwood

Metal Devastation

Mental Devastation (Chile) – Red Skies

Genre: Thrash Metal

Released in July, 2013 by Metal Ways Productions

Mental Devastation is a young foursome from South America, and much like other thrash bands from that region, they set a blistering pace and tempo and love to use riot vocals on their full length debut. Fun and energetic these youthful thrashers are balls out, even if not innovative.

RIYL: Violator, Sepultura, Bywar, Warbringer, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Fueled by Fire

Recommended Tracks:

2. Red Skies

3. Cluster Bombs

4. Twisted Fate

7. Denied Illusions

10. The Rise of Deception

11. Unconscious Violence

Krimh – Explore


Review Written By: Jerrod Hegwood

Krimh

Krimh (Austria) – Explore

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Progressive Ambient

Released on September 23rd, 2013

Kerim “Krimh” Lechner is the ex-drummer for the tech-death metal band, Decapitated. Lechner departed Decapitated in 2012 and Krimh is his solo project. Fans of Decapitated will find very little in common here, as this is an entirely instrumental and ambient project, with Krimh taking care of all instruments all by his lonesome. The eight tracks here range from wistful and sad toned all the way to aggressive and fierce. This is a fine album, mature and diverse.

Recommended Tracks:

1. The Ocean’s Darkness

2. Der Pestarzt

3. Pieces

5. We Sleep in Skies

6. Linfen

7. Your Inner Self

Grandfather Child


by: SEM

 

I’m going to do a bit of a throwback this week for my review. Last semester we received the self-titled album from Grandfather Child. I am a huge fan of this album and could literally listen to it on repeat for hours. With this album you receive about 40 minutes of playtime where each track is its own creature, which yet, as a collective, are still able to flow together seamlessly. Unlike a lot of records that I have been listening to recently, the Grandfather Child album has stood up because of their content. All of the songs are up beat, and yet tracks don’t focus on a catchy hook or chorus, but instead focus on the band’s musical talents, with a solo in almost every track. Some of their distinct sound comes from the lap steel played by Lucas Gorham, the band’s founder, which adds to the expected mix that is often seen. The differing backgrounds of each of the members of the band allow them to have a unique sound that has been called a combination of country and rhythm and blues. I would love to see Grandfather Child play live, and can’t wait to hear what else they have to offer. Though this album has been out for a while, it still stands as one of my top albums for 2012, and keep coming back to it.

 

Suggested tracks: “I Would Like To Thank The Universe” &  “…Gonna Have Ourselves…”