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The Metal Times Compilation – F Lives, Metal Matters Vol. 1

F Lives Metal Matters

Are we still in 2020? Has music become the reflection of current times? In a way I feel it has, especially with this release I am about to talk about. Today I got my hands on The Metal Times – F! Lives, Metal Matters Vol. 1, a compilation album that’s chocked full of bands I’ve never come across before which gave me an injection of anxiety, delirium and utter dismay depending on the track playing.

First let me say, this review will not come with a rating since it is a compilation of 20 bands, which it’s also a competition. Whichever band lands the most downloads from the Bandcamp page will also get a plaque for the most fan downloads. So if you love one of these bands, grab their track from the album page to help them take home something shiny to hand on their rehearsal room wall.

Where to start? First, with zero expectations. Second, just from the first track, but… would I skip them all, enjoy them or would I want to call up the publicist to check on them and make sure they were ok?

Locked and loaded I braced myself as I hit play and hoped to find a few tracks that would be keepers. What I found overall was a rage filled album definitely fitting of this year we are in. The year that keeps giving and taking. A year where while no one can tour everyone is rushing to write and record, some with good music, some with a steaming pile of garbage. I felt some of that contrast on this album. There were a few tracks that didn’t hold up compared the others on the release, but definitely worth a listen and a ton of unknown names in the mix worth listening to. So here’s my break down of this 20 track listen. Starting with the bands who really surprised me and who’d I’d like to hear more from.

These bands had interesting, unexpected sound in their music. These are the bands I want to hear more music from: Dying Oath, Blood of Angels, Bleed the Victim, 137, Brackish Tide and Luna in Sanguinem. You will be able to hear all of these bands on Dazed Rock Radio as they have been added to the rotation.

The bands that failed to impress and I skipped part way through with a little explanation of what didn’t work for me:
  • Moodpill – music was good but the vocals need some work.
  • Jackpipe – music and vocals fell flat.
  • BOFO KWO – This track was the lunk on the album, it should go swim with the fishes. I love black metal but this, no. It’s like someone took a fork to Dark Funeral’s Heljamadr’s vocal folds, scraped the hell out of them then asked him to sing. The vocals made me want to punch something. The pull for this genre for me is it usually calms me almost like a lullaby, but this did not. this made me super anxious and aggro almost immediately.
  • Kindly Shut Up! – This song has no cohesion between the vocals and the music, it was all over the place. Sounded like a very confused grindcore track mixed with prog metal.
  • Chainsnap – Couldn’t find a comfortable space in this track. The mix felt all over the place and the vocals felt off making it hard to listen to.
The bands that had ok tracks, but didn’t get that wow moment from with explanations:
  • Then Falls The Sky – music was just predictable.
  • Down For Days, heavy stoner rock, not at all my thing. If it’s yours you will dig, but I couldn’t.
  • MX the American – Nu metal / rap metal. Like RATM/Bodycount light. Way more music than lyrics which is hard on an almost 6 minute track. Would have liked more vocals.
  • Devil in the Mist – Grunge feel to it, automatically not my thing but also missing vocal strength.
  • Self Imposed Exile – Decent track, I gave the full listen, but it just didn’t pull me in.
  • Acherontia Styx – Sounded decent, but predictable. Would listen to it again.
  • Shadowlynx – Felt a bit cheesy, old school metal vibe. Vocals could be a bit stronger.
  • Dead Harrison – The track felt super psychedelic, stoner rock feel. Not at all my thing. If it’s yours you will dig, but I couldn’t get past the first couple minutes of the 5 minute track.
  • Silvertonguedevil – Good track, bit on the predictable side but enjoyable.
Album Tracklist:

1. DYING OATH – INSOMNIAC
2. BLOOD OF ANGELS – DISASTER OF SUPREMACY
3. THEN FALLS THE SKY – BLINDED
4. BLEED THE VICTIM – THE PERCEPTION OF PAIN AND KNOWLEDGE
5. 137 – THIS IS A FIST
6. MOODPILL – POCKET FULL OF PILLS
7. JACKPIPE – TAKE ME TO THE BUFFETT
8. DOWN FOR DAYS – WAR WITHIN
9. MX THE AMERICAN – WAR
10. DEVIL IN THE MIST – SECRET
11. BRACKISH TIDE – CARPE NOCTUM
12. LUNA IN SANGUINEM – FAR FROM THE LIGHT
13. BOFO KWO – BULLETS OF DESPAIR
14. SELF IMPOSED EXILE – BREAKING THE CIRCLE
15. ACHERONTIA STYX – BLACKENED SERENADE
16. SHADOWLYNX – DESTINY
17. DEAD HARRISON – THE STRUGGLE
18. KINDLY SHUT UP! – WRONGFUL
19. CHAINSNAP – ASHES TO ASHES
20. SILVERTONGUEDEVIL – BLOOD SOAKED SEX MAGIC

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I am music fanatic, writer, photographer and aspiring to play guitar/bass so I can write the music I hear in my head, plus play some of the sick riffs I hear on albums I listen to. I love travelling to see new places, meet new people, learn about local cultures and live with chronic wanderlust. Music, travel, good friends/family and enjoying life is key! I write for Global Music Mayhem, Rocknytt.net (Sweden) and HRH Magazine (UK). You can follow my photography on Instagram: @yesterdazenews Facebook: @DianeWebbPhotography.