Atma is the newest release from doom metal masters Yob and this disc should come with a warning label informing listeners that there’s a real risk of having their skulls bashed in by the distorted, metallic pounding. The monstrously heavy, slow burning collection of tunes begs to be played loud; very loud. As such, the risk increases exponentially as the volume increases; the insane, low-end and booming bass might very well melt everything in its path, including the speaker cones.

I’m not sure where to begin with this disc; The End is the latest release from Japanese black metal band Gallhammer. I’d heard quite a bit about this female-fronted metal outfit and was quite interested in checking them out. What I found left me utterly speechless. Buried beneath a wall of distortion, noise and incessant screaming are some pretty good grooves. The problem is that as good as those grooves are, it wasn’t worth enduring the auditory battering that I put myself through.

When I was a kid I had a rhino collection on top of my dresser. I thought rhinos were one of the coolest animals ever. Now I have shot glasses, guitar pics and music on my dresser. One disc that has a place up there is Mendozza’s album White Rhino. This is the closest thing I have to my childhood rhinos.

Gods of the Earth is the second studio album by American heavy metal band The Sword, released in the United States on April 1, 2008. It gave the band their first experience of commercial success when it peaked at #102 on the Billboard 200 chart. The single released from the album was “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, which did not chart.