When Bane first encountered Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” he told him, “You fight like a younger man. Nothing held back.” This can honestly be said about Mouth of the South. In their new album, Transparency, nothing is held back in regards to creativity, lyrical meaning and sound. There are the soft vocals and the harsh vocals on this album, but it’s important to note that they are presented right where they fit. MOTS brings forth a sound that can be associated with Impending Doom, Meshuggah and the energetic feel of The Chariot. Transparency is an album that can be played from start to finish without skipping a track, and the lyrics aren’t just another “sugar-coated” Christian message, but, instead, focus on how ugly and weak humans are compared to God’s grace and His undeserving love. The breakdowns aren’t stale and the drumming is more than simple blast beats.
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
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
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
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