Quick Jabs for September 2021

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Welcome to the one year Anniversary of “Quick Jabs.” We started this section to post an assortment of shorter reviews for albums that we have checked out or may have missed out on in previous months. With so many album releases, it has been great for me and the artists to get their music out there as quickly as possible in some cases. For others, even after an album has been released for several months, we here at Metal-Rules will still give it a listen and a write up. As a fan myself, long drawn out reviews of albums never made much sense to me. I’ve written them, and sometimes still do. With the overwhelming positive response and kind words from bands and artists to the “Quick Jabs” section, I am happy to say, “Quick Jabs” will continue on. Though, now I am going to have to alter the introduction to the section as we can no longer refer to this as a “new monthly section.” I did decide this go around to add some video, like in our standard reviews for you to give these great bands a listen for yourself. Thank you for the support and enjoy!


URNE – Serpent & Spirit

June 25th, 2021 – Candlelight/Spinefarm

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

“There is no single way that URNE describes their sound.” States the London metal trio. “It all comes back to one thing: heavy. There are shades of Metallica, Mastodon, and Alice In Chains in the mix — hopping between sludge, tech-metal, doom, hardcore, and anything else with a weighty heart.” This is indeed a true statement by the band. SERPENT & SPIRIT embraces the elements of all the aforementioned genres and then some. And it is not like they do this from one track to the next. The incorporation of multiple genres is laid out within each track. And done with a greatness I must add. Great production and a good album to set on repeat!


Slizard – Slizard

May 28th, 2021 – Mega Metal

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Los Angeles hard rock/metal band are a couple months into their debut self-titled release and the reactions have been stellar. One listen to this one and you too may just become an instant fan. There is no doubt what they are saying about vocalist Liz Fawcett as a “singing sensation” described by a few LA music industry reps as a “badass” singer with an instantly recognizable voice. Their music could easily be added to any current active rock station out there. On the other hand, it is pretty good, so the mainstream may pass. Haha! No really, Slizard have a sound the is reminiscent to a classic NWOBHM sound with a modern hard rock feel. This is one of those bands you will be hearing more about.


Cemetery Echo – Come Share My Shroud

August 20th, 2021 – Petrichor

Rating: 3.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

“Goth N’ Roll/Deathrock from the tombs of Buffalo, NY. Fields Of The Nephilim, Idle Hands and Danzig eat your heart out! Cemetery Echo was invoked through the festering remains of metal bands passed, stuffed to the fangs with 80’s goth attitude, ceremoniously stitched together with silken strands of spook house spiderwebs, and summoned back to life through mysterious funerary incantations from ancient tomes of the undead.” The debut EP here is a pretty cool listen. I can come to enjoy some types of goth metal as it does have it’s place at time. Cemetery Echo produce quite a bit of talent on this release. It does harken back to the late 80’s, early 90’s goth style with just enough bite to it as to not allow the listener to fall asleep in somber. There is nothing groundbreaking on this EP as you may yourself hear many familiarities throughout. But with that said, it is a cool listen.


Insurgent – Sentient

August 6th, 2021 – Self-Release

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

“Finely-crafted and fully mature songwriting belies the quartet’s youth – a foursome who met in music college and who in their short time together have already toured as far afield as Ukraine. Elements of prog metal in the vein of TesseracT and The Agonist meld with stadium-filling anthems not far removed from Alter Bridge, Trivium, and Jinjer.” This EP as a debut is phenomenal! It possesses elements of modern metal, progressive and groove metal all concocted with just the right amount of perfection. There is a little bit of everything here to please even the pickiest elitists out there. I too am surprised at how much this EP grew on me after just a couple of runs thru it. I really look forward to hearing more from Insurgent.


Godslave – Positive Aggressive

July 23rd, 2021 – Metalville

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

German thrash masters Godslave have been unleashing relentless thrash metal since their inception back in 2007. I had only heard a track or two from them several years back and while I can vaguely remember that I liked what I had listened too, that was that. Sorry guys. My listening to POSITIVE AGGRESSIVE this past few weeks has only stated the obvious. I have been really missing out as I am a thrash manic and this album just heightens those sensations. This is one of those all around great thrash releases that makes you want to mosh around the house, trashing shit along the way with not a bit of remorse when you finally tire out and see the devastation you have caused. A truly fantastic modern thrash album. There is nothing old-school about this one, yet the lineage is dually noted.


Eradicator – Influence Denied

July 23rd, 2021 – Metalville

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Did you just read that snippet of a review for Godslave? Okay, same can be said about Eradicator here. Although more of a traditional throwback thrash style, what Eradicator have done here is simply amazing! “With their new output, Eradicator create a combination of the sound of the San Francisco Bay Area àla Testament or Death Angel and the Teutonic elemental force of German genre greats like Kreator or Destruction. Fused with the soul of the band, the result is a massive thrash metal blast.” This statement has four of my thrash favs listed, so yeah, I am really digging this one as well. The comment about the ‘soul of the band’ is definitely there as Eradicator have a sound all their own as to not get themselves lost in the sea of thrash metal that sounds too close to the next. A truly pummeling album!


Krossfyre – Rites Of Extermination

July 23rd, 2021 – Hells Headbangers

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

This is my first listening to Krossfyre and I must says, oh wow! RITES OF EXTERMINATION is the band’s debut full-length. Hell’s Headbangers must be proud of this one. They fury unleashed by Krossfyre on this album is one very few can pull off well. It has been done here. Their music can not really be dubbed into any one extreme genre as it is fueled by elements of thrash, death, and black metal. Without knowing, at times you could think you might be listening to the U.S. cult-metal act Midnight. They deliver a fast and furious “go-for-the-throat hellishness” that is indeed timeless in and of itself. And yes, it has an infectious edge to it that makes you want to keep listening. Even when the more extreme side of heavy metal is not your thing, Krossfyre may just change that for you. For fans of Vomotor, Nifelheim, Necrophobic, and Butcher.

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