WSOU Picks of the Week: Amon Amarth, Hammer Fight, Good Tiger


Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from 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:

Amon Amarth – “At Dawn’s First Light” (Garren L.)

Following in the epic, gore-filled trail that “First Kill” blazed, “At Dawn’s First Light” recreates the horror and energy of a Viking attack on a village. The song gallops along, almost as if it’s an old Iron Maiden song, complete with a catchy chorus. My only complaint is that without listening to it in the context of the rest of Jomsviking, it’s hard to determine how this song relates to the overarching narrative that the album is following.

Hammer Fight – “Into the Dark” (Rohit R.)

Hailing from Atlantic City, NJ, it’s not surprising that most of Hammer Fight’s lyrical themes are about partying and drinking, but with a name like Hammer Fight I was expecting it to be put into a power metal package. The Death ‘n’ Roll twist to their sound really made me want to listen to their new album Profound and Profane more and more.

[Editor’s Note: “Into the Dark” isn’t online yet, but here’s the equally kick-butt “Good Times in Dark Ages!”]

Good Tiger – “Snake Oil” (Mike C.)

I don’t even know how to categorize Good Tiger. Consisting of ex-Tesseract, ex-Faceless, and ex-The Safety Fire members, they bring an interesting approach to their music, with soaring vocal melodies winding in and out of their tight rhythm section and intermittent screaming throughout. I saw Good Tiger on their tour opening for Between the Buried and Me and August Burns Red and they definitely know how to put on a show. I’m really interested to see what direction they end up going in on their next release.

WSOU Charts March 31, 2016

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