First Guess

Brutally honest reviews and commentary on the latest music

‘Black Widow’ Is The Most Gripping ITM Album Yet

Album: Black Widow Artist: In This Moment Genre: Industrial Metal Release Date: 16 November 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: There had always been a brutal honesty to the lyrics on songs like “Prayers” and “Daddy’s Fallen … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’ Is Ambitious, But Very Disjointed

Album: Bloodstone & Diamonds Artist: Machine Head Genre: Thrash Metal Release Date: 7 November 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: Bloodstone & Diamonds wears its ambition on its sleeve with songs like “Now We … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Sonic Highways’ Is Impressive, But Where’s The Love Letter?

Album: Sonic Highways Artist: Foo Fighters Genre: Alternative Rock Release Date: 10 November 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: Sonic Highways has become a big deal in the media, with its ambitious idea and HBO series … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Watchers Of Rule’ Becomes Too Predictable

Album: Watchers Of Rule Artist: Unearth Genre: Metalcore Release Date: 28 October 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: By now it’s not a surprise that Unearth released another album that is pretty much the same as the … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Scar Symmetry’s Trilogy Is Off To A Promising Start

Album: The Singularity (Phase I – Neohumanity) Artist: Scar Symmetry Genre: Melodic Death Metal Release Date: 14 October 2014 Official Website: Their website appears to be down, so here’s their Facebook. Diagnosis: Neohumanity is very reminiscent … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Sun’ Brings As Much Energy As It Does Emotion

Album: Sun Artist: Thomas Bergersen Genre: Neo Orchestral Release Date: 30 September 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: Thomas Bergersen is one of the composers behind the production music company Two Steps From Hell. Him and Nick … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marmozets Are Weird And Wonderful Indeed

Album: The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets Artist: Marmozets Genre: Math Rock Release Date: 29 September 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: Marmozets is one of those bands where you can expect the title of the song to … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Hymns For The Broken’ Is A Satisfying Emotional Journey

Album: Hymns For The Broken Artist: Evergrey Genre: Progressive Metal Release Date: 25 September 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: Hymns For The Broken is a very emotional album that manages to avoid a lot of the … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sleepwave’s Debut Is Absolutely Vanilla

Album: Broken Compass Artist: Sleepwave Genre: Hard Rock Release Date: 16 September 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: This album puts to sleep. Is that what they were going for with their band name? … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Xerath Masterfully Composes An Engrossing And Brutal Atmosphere

Album: III Artist: Xerath Genre: Orchestral Groove Metal Release Date: 16 September 2014 Official Website: Diagnosis: There’s really nothing quite like this out there right now. Xerath combines metal with symphonic elements … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

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