Harder Rock Review, Volume 5

The fifth installment of our Harder Rock Review feature focuses on some choice new metal and spotlights albums and EPs from Essential End, Excruciation, Mad Hatter’s Den, Slammin Thru, Vyces, War Gods of the Deep, and a featured video by ParanoiR.

Monsters Magic Mayhem by War Gods of the DeepMonsters, Magic & Mayhem by War Gods of the Deep

A hard rock / heavy metal band from Chicago with a classic eighties style, War Gods of the Deep released their debut EP, Monsters, Magic & Mayhem, in 2016. Here, we get a succinct sampling of this group’s potential.

War Gods of the Deep online

War Gods of the Deep on Twitter    War Gods of the Deep on Reverbnation    War Gods of the Deep9 on Facebook    War Gods of the Deep on Instagram
War Gods of the Deep website
Buy Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

Deadwood EP by Essential EndDeadwood EP by Essential End

York, Pennsylvania is home to Essential End, a multi-generational act with a definitive vision and a crisp, solid sound. Their EP Deadwood features great production with rudimentary musical execution and some melodramatic themes.

Essential End online

Essential End on Twitter    Essential End on Reverbnation    Essential End on Facebook    Essential End on Instagram
Buy Deadwood

Excelsior by Madhatters DenExcelsior by Mad Hatter’s Den

Mad Hatter’s Den is a melodic heavy metal band from Finland who have recently released their second album, Excelsior. As the name implies, they aim for new heights and do so with great sonic quality, strong vocals and a strategic use of synths to complement and add an edge to the instrumental passages.

Mad Hatter’s Den online

Mad Hatter's Den on Twitter    Mad Hatter's Den on Facebook    Mad Hatter's Den on Instagram
Mad Hatter’s Den website
Buy Excelsior

Featured Video

“FM” music video from the EP Radio Silence by Thessaloniki, Greece group ParanoiR.

ParanoiR online

ParanoiR on Reverbnation  ParanoiR on Facebook
Buy Radio Silence

Things To Come by Slammin ThruThings to Come by Slammin’ Thru

Slammin’ Thru employs a raw but energetic sound on their album, Things to Come. These musical veterans from Galicia, Spain make well use of rhythmic rudiments and achieve a unique overall vibe which makes this well worth a listen.

Slammin’ Thru online

Slammin’ Thru on Twitter    Slammin’ Thru on Facebook    Slammin’ Thru on Instagram
Slammin’ Thru website
Buy Things to Come

Devils EP by Vyces Devils by Vyces

LA group Vyces released their debut EP, Devil, last year. This modern day “super group” features former members of Breaking Benjamin, Heart-Set Self Destruct, Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique.

Vyces online

Vyces on Twitter    Vyces on Facebook    Vyces on Instagram
Vyces website
Buy Devils

Crust by ExcruciationCrust by Excruciation

Crust is an album with a sound that is at once doomy and fresh. This latest effort by the 30-plus-year veteran thrash-metalers from Zurich, Switzerland explores various tempos and techniques to make for an interesting record.

Excruciation online

Excruciation on Reverbnation   Excruciation on Facebook
Excruciation website
Buy Crust

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 August 28, 2017.