2019 Albums

Album Review: Hell Yeah – Welcome Home 7 (Groove/Southern)

It was back in 2012 or so that the American super-band HELLYEAH (consisting of such members as Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Damageplan, Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne and Tom Maxwell of Nothingface) came into my attention with Band of Brothers. Way before that, they had released Alcohaulin’ Ass, a southern-rock-sounding track, which I had heard on some occasions. But it was Blood for Blood (2014) that established them as a groove metal act I would call qualified. Their 2016’s Undeniable, being not on par with its antecedent, tossed the band back to normalcy again, only having a few highlights here and there. But with the founding member Vinnie Paul’s untimely demise in June 2018, the band has had so much to prove whether they are able to pick up where they left off or they are just another run-of-the-meal metal band with a couple of commendable songs and quite a handful of fillers per album. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: And Hell Followed With – Chimerical Reality 7.8 (Deathcore)

2019 has been a very interesting year for music, but metal in particular has seen a surplus of fantastic releases. Another thing that has characterized the year has been comebacks from artists we never knew we’d hear from again. These have come from the likes of Possessed, Tool, Exhorder, Annotations Of An Autopsy, and now we have a new EP from deathcore band And Hell Followed With. Some of these comebacks have been lackluster in my opinion, but some have been great. This EP falls into the latter category without a doubt. […]

Aussie metal

Interview: Brendan Auld (Snorlax, Descent & A Whole Lot More)

This week I got the chance to talk to one of Brisbane’s busiest but chillest musicians, Brendan Auld who is in a lot of great projects. He had a noticeable impact on the global underground with his recent release II by Snorlax but he is also a part of the awesome death/hardcore band Descent who are opening for Cattle Decapitation and Revocation in Brisbane on the 13th of Feb, Tickets Here. The following interview was transcribed from a phone call I had with Brendan and has been edited for presentation. It’s quite an insightful look into the motivations of the man behind Snorlax, a project that due to it’s dark sound and visual aesthetic along with the name, raised some eyebrows and perhaps even caused confusion. […]

2019 Albums

Mass’ Top 30 Album Covers of 2019

Any music album is doubtless a package in this day and age. It is more than just the music and consists, moreover, of artwork too. Unlike lyrics, which have been companion to music since the dawn of this inimitable human phenomenon, album art provides a rather new form of accompaniment to music and perhaps it is this aspect that gives meaning to a music “album”. We may have never been so dependent on visual cues as we are today; the impact of visuals on the audience is quite inevitable and many artists and producers have used this to their advantage. The listeners, on the other hand, have been aware of this matter as well and have taken it into account and, as a result, kept the cycle going. […]

25 Glorious Metal Album Covers of 2019

Album art is such an important piece of music in 2019, the way we find music usually starts with the album artwork as the first point of contact. On Bandcamp new arrivals, social posts, at the record store and listicles just like this one – the covers are key. Despite how important art is to music, the majority of album posting on the internet does not credit the artist. So here is 25 of my favorite album covers from 2019, with artist credit and links – please follow these artists. […]