Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concert Review: Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, and Tribulation @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana - February 21, 2015

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Long time no talk, eh? To be honest, I've been heavily reevaluating the direction in which to take TMA because four years have elapsed since I casually dipped my toes into the blogging world and watched my creation exceed my expectations.

Four years; can you believe that?! 

Neither can I (Thanks for sticking with me!). What was once curious step into uncharted territory one college night became a regular part of my life and, ultimately, an outlet for me to express my thoughts on music. And fruitful it was, affording me with opportunities I never, ever thought I'd be fortunate enough to experience, not to mention enabling me to land other writing gigs on completely different topics.

But, lately, what was effortless began to feel like a chore and bit too familiar. I felt that, with each new piece--particularly album reviews--rehash was quite evident in my writing. And that's when I decided to take a step back to reevaluate the site, give it a new direction, and reboost once abundant creativity.

Just this past Saturday, I saw Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Aeon, and Tribulation and, to a degree, that helped revitalize my attitude toward TMA. In particular, what surprised me was Behemoth's ability to filch the headlining spot from Cannibal Corpse because, in terms of influence, few bands enjoy Cannibal Corpse's prominence and swag. They were a joy to watch on stage as years of trial and error had taught them how to balance professionalism and entertainment. And, of course, they were exceptionally tight and perhaps the tightest I've ever seen.

Friday, January 16, 2015

SOME RECORDS I REALLY LIKE FROM 2014 AD: Maybe You'll Agree

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By Maxim Björky

Having excluded any bands who are unfortunate enough to be friends with me, I found this listening guide actually became a lot easier to put together. As usual, it ended up as a sort of dissonant puzzle whereby I try, in vain, to reconcile absurd glory and steel with the kind of black metal fit only for unemployed philosophy TAs. At the end of every single one of these lists, I always find myself standing over this sort of grotesque monster, sewn-together by nothing more than my own dorky obsession with discovering new, novel, and challenging things. In any case, my high school counselor said that it might be good to take a break from reviewing gas station bathrooms on Yelp and mix things up for the sake of my portfolio.

Let’s get down to business.

Demos and EPs


10. Violent Hammer – More Victims demo (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Viciously mixed. Not your grandma’s war metal.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Toxik - "Too Late" + "Crooked Crosses"

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TMA is in a short break mode as the first of 2015's worthwhile releases slowly trickle in.

In the meantime, Toxik released two new songs late last year, and I'm finally getting around to giving them a listen. Your thoughts are more than welcome--I'm leaving the two tracks, "Too Late" and "Crooked Crosses," below for your listening pleasure.

-TMA



Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Year in Review: The Metal Advisor's Top 10 Albums of 2014

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Tremendous (Yes, I'm using that word for the umpteenth time. It's a versatile one, isn't it?) is the only word that comes to mind when thinking back on 2014. The year was curious one, indeed, because I sank my teeth into a number of bands that I had never heard before; some of which were fortunate enough to make this list and others that narrowly missed out. And that's what made this year harder than 2013--I had to be choosy.

The problem is that there's simply too much music out there. Most of it is shit, I'll give you that, but as I said in my songs list, once you uncover the diamonds in the rough, you feel positively overwhelmed. More often than not, so many are at your disposal that choosing is a bitch.

But we'll persevere. We'll get though this list, and push happily into 2015 as we fondly reminisce on the best albums of last year (and, unlike 2013, in no particular order!).

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ADX - Ultimatum

ADX has always been a favorite of mine, from their nearly perfect debut to their newest effort, Ultimatum. Be aware that the entire record is, lyrically, written in French, which has been the case for the band since their inception. Be aware that it takes nothing away from the record, either.

ADX's brilliantly catchy songwriting is in place on Ultimatum and little has changed from the old days. If you go into the record expecting material like Exécution, you're going to get that. ADX doesn't mess around and hasn't slowed down with age. Long live these French masters.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Year in Review: The Metal Advisor's Songs of 2014

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"Dancing on Your Grave" just narrowly missed the list. Darn.
What surprised me most about this list was how tough it was to limit myself to 20 songs. The sheer amount of music that comes across my plate each year is ridiculous--and most of it is wasted time because it isn't worth more than one listen. But once a gem of an album or song reveals itself, that wasted time is quickly forgotten, especially when one has a selection as good as this.

From Babymetal to Lvcifyre, we'll hit a selection of the high points from this year. Without further ado, let's dig into The Metal Advisor's songs of 2014 (in no particular order, of course!).

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