The third installment of our new Harder Rock Review feature focuses on some choice new metal and features albums from Augmented Reality Project, Austaras, Hollow Bones, Misamore, Pentagram, The Company Corvette, and a featured video by Quor.
Never Enough is the third album by Philadelphia’s heavy rockers The Company Corvette. Here, the group showcases their moderately paced stoner metal with plenty of theremin-like feedback effects on top and is highlighted by fine tracks like “Foot In Mouth”, “Devilwitch” and “Burn Out”.
The Company Corvette online
Several years after their debut, Misamore dropped their sophomore album, Monolith, on the world in 2016. This melodic hard rock, which verges on the edge of hardcore at times, is highlighted by by potent rhythms and fine guitar patterns on tracks such as “Choose”, “Calligraphy” and “Nine Eyes”.
The New York based melodic metalcore quintet Hollow Bones released their debut album, Lionheart, last year. With a philosophy that includes the use of music to heal, the band delivers a rich tapestry of sonic energy on tracks like “Wandering Sparrow”, “Altruistic Lung” and “I Watched the Snow Fall and Bury Your Bones”.
Hollow Bones online
“Let’s Rise” music video from the album Human Paradigm by Escandido, CA rock band, Quor.
Austaras is a Chicago-based atmospheric progressive rock band which forges lush and diverse sounds on fine tracks like “Thrones” and the ten minute centerpiece of the album, “Fractures”. The late 2015 release Prisoner of Sunlight is the group’s first full-length album following their 2011 debut EP.
Augmented Reality Project (ARP for short) is a heavy rock group from Israel who recently released their EP Gone (Not Here). The songs range from the classic metal of “Reborn” to the hardcore “Promised” to “Gone (Not Here)”, which alternates between hardcore metal and melodic orchestral music.
Augmented Reality Project online
Out of all these fine rock acts, perhaps Pentagram has the best classic heavy metal pedigree, especially in their guitar tones. Highlights from their latest effort, Curious Volume include “The Tempter Push” with its long, harmonized riff jams, and the solid rocker “Earth Flight”.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Harder Rock Review!
Modern Rock Review’s look at six new metal-flavored album and EP releases and a featured hard rock video, published on January 13, 2017.