Listening to Letter to the Exiles, I found myself reminded of Veil of Maya. Well-textured and rhythmically complex guitars and drums are a constant throughout the record, as are atmospheric sections vaguely reminiscent of Touche Amore and their melodic hardcore brethren. The clean vocals, while typically well done, feel formulaic at times and seem to come just a bit too often in the tracklisting. Some of the same can be said for Chris King’s screams: his vocal tone is consistently good and the lyrics strike a good balance between stark spirituality and poetry, but one finds oneself often anticipating the vocal patterns before they come. All that being said, ‘Make Amends’ is a solid metalcore effort. Fans of djent-influenced tech metal will enjoy the record (particularly the first half) in addition to the metalcore cadre.
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
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