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WSOU Picks of the Week: The Sword, Godsmack, Chelsea Grin

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Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and has been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable onlinefrom anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:

The Sword – “Deadly Nightshades” (Aubrey F.)

From The Sword’s sixth studio album, Used Future, comes the Texan natives’ newest track, “Deadly Nightshades,” which negates any sign of the band returning to their doom metal roots. Despite the dismay of The Sword’s heavy metal fan base, this album renders a reestablished sound, which may capture the attention of a southern rock following along the likes of The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Specifically, in “Deadly Nightshades,” The Sword adopt a synthy-Southern atmosphere as channeled from their previous album, High Country. This song presents a futuristic element as the album’s title might suggest with a touch of John Cronise’s raw delivery and integration of groovy riffs.

Godsmack – “Unforgettable” (Nick E.)

Godsmack’s newest track, “Unforgettable,” from their newst album, When Legends Rise, is perhaps the most typical Godsmack sounding song on the album. The album goes in a bit of a new direction from the band’s past work. As a whole, When Legends Rise is a little less riff heavy, but still carries a tough sound. The album remains heavy throughout with some solo licks mixed in providing a blend of their new direction while still injecting that typical Godsmack sound. The chorus has some backup vocals behind Sully’s, but it keeps driving throughout, allowing room for a steady head nod. Solid track from the Massachusetts rockers.

Chelsea Grin – “Dead Rose” (Nick P.)

It’s a horror movie soundtrack, it’s an ambient album… no! It’s Chelsea Grin’s new single, “Dead Rose.” NJ local Tom Barber, former vocalist of Lorna Shore, has stepped up to the plate as Alex Kohler’s replacement. The first bit of new music from the now four-piece brings their heavier old sound and polishes it up a bit, then throws it in your face. Between expertly done chugging to perfectly executed drum fills, all the way to some of the best vocals New Jersey has to offer, this album is truly brutal. For their first song together, they hit the ball out of the park and through my windshield in the lot.

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