Chock-full of bass drops, tuned-down guitars and heavy-duty growls, No Escape, No Morale isn’t for the faint of heart. The Infantry, a five-piece from Mansfield, Ohio, didn’t pull any punches with its first EP. (Imagine a slow-paced mix between metalcore and hardcore and you’re about on target.) Although a lot of the EP suffers from too much chugging and growling (this is not to criticize the talent and excellence of the vocals), there are many surprises nestled in-between. “Brotherhood,” for instance, features crisp, clean vocals which include excellent harmony, and “Points” is a cover of Linkin Park’s “Points of Authority,” complete with nu-metal rapping. “Empty Tomb” features cryptic whispering that gives off a slightly creepy tone. Finally, differing styles of screams, from pig squeals to hardcore-style screams, are sprinkled throughout the EP, although growling is the norm.
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu
Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian
With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.Full Feature More from Imperial Triumphant