Quick Jabs for September 2022

Spread the metal:

Welcome to another installment of “Quick Jabs.” This is the section where we post an assortment of shorter reviews for albums that we have checked out or may have missed out on in previous months.

Intent – Exile

August 26th, 2022 – Self-Release

Rating 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Intent is a thrash metal band from the wasteland of Mesa, Arizona. Formed in 2016 by Jeremy Lambert, Garrett Loper, and Ricardo Hall. The band would eventually recruit Jimmy Nelson and Alex Zucker and go on to produce their debut album, “VOX POPULI” in early 2018. Fast-forward to present-day. Intent have the look, the logo, the sound, and the “Primal Instinct” to move the thrash metal genre forward. EXILE is a molten slab of ferocious thrash metal with a feel all its own. Intent offer up a well produced thrash sound that is not too polished, yet not as raw of a feel as one may want with thrash. This is not a bad thing here. Many of today’s veteran thrash acts have this type of production and it works well. So as not to confuse you all, Intent does not come off with a throwback sound, but one all their own. This is one that will need some more runs to fully embrace, yet upon a couple of spins, it seems I have a new band to immerse myself in. With. You know what I’m saying. For fans of Warbringer, Havok, Gama Bomb, Kreator, and the likes.

10,000 Years – III

June 24th, 2022 – Interstellar Smoke Records

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

10,000 Years formed in Sweden in the year 2020 which, by all accounts, seems like 10,000 Years ago due to the pandemic. Of which, is pretty much behind most of us now. These guys have created somewhat of a unique sound. They played a thrash-infused stoner metal that is out-of-this-world! The album is full of skillful, yet powerful and explosive riffs that leave their mark on your conscience. From one track to the next, one can not be too sure what you will get. From the sludge laden stylings of The Sword, to the thrashy sounds of High On Fire, it is all here.  “2021 saw 10,000 Years lay waste to the underground world of heavy music with their debut full length album “II”. Now, barely a year later, they return with the conclusion to their epic trilogy. Continuing with numbered titles, the new album is called “III” and concludes 10,000 Years conceptual exploration of mind-bending sci-fi by way of absolutely face-melting stoner metal that will bring you to your knees in heavy worship.” This release has a little bit of it all. A well rounded thrash/stoner opus to unite the masses. For fans of High On Fire, The Sword, Mobile Deathcamp, and Black Tusk. Quite possibly one of the best newer bands I have listened to in awhile.

Hardrocker – Rider Of The Night

May 1st, 2022 – RipRide Records

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

HARDROCKER is a one-man band featuring Moy Härdrocker, a talented musician who is actually playing ALL the instruments on this record…hence, the one-man band moniker. There are none of those crappy drum programming to be found on this exquisitely intense, brutalizing raw debut album simply titled RIDER OF THE NIGHT. The project came together in 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Moy plays to the old school game and pulls it off quite well. It does not take one long to hear the many influences which inspire Moy’s musical direction. Musically, Hardrocker delivers a high-speed blackened speed metal punk sound. Reminiscent to that of Venom, Motorhead, Superchrist, Chrome Division, and even a bit of Judas Priest.  This is one of those instant headbanger classics. The album has a memorable sound, that in ways has sort of been done before, yet Moy’s music steps it up giving RIDER OF THE NIGHT a unique sound all its own. This is one you all need to check out. If I have ever steered you wrong before, this is not one of those times. Raw, intense, edgy, and in-your-face metal for your listening pleasure.

Blood Of Indigo – Dawn Of The Shaded World

August 26th, 2022 – Pyromancy Records

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Reviewer: John Haseltine

Become immersed in the dark, fantastical world that surrounds BLOOD OF INDIGO, a symphonic goth metal band. Legend has it that the dark, majestic project hail from Toronto, Canada, and seek to indulge in their passion for storytelling through epic music. The band’s creative influences spawn from metal bands including DIMMU BORGIR, NIGHTWISH and DREAM THEATER, along video games such as Dark Souls, Hollow Knight and Bloodborne. Thriving in the realms of horror and fantasy, they sought a title that would live up to the bravery, majesty, and wonder. While the album opener is a 14:18 minute epic of symphonic proportions, it should not divert you away from the stellar offering the rest of the album dishes out. At times, I was wondering if the gothic metal description was appropriate or not. There are some really heavy, driving moments here. The vocals are a very close comparison to that of Randy Blythe of LOG. As are the tracks with said vocals, one at times may feel they are immersed within a LOG track. The rating is based on a couple of light listens of this extremely well done album. The production is exquisite! I believe a few more runs of this could make this album, overall, a 5.0 plus rating.