Lyrical Analysis: Amorphis – Sky Is Mine

Posted by on Jul Sun, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Amorphis – Sky Is Mine

Released in 2009, Skyforger is the 9th studio album from Finnish melodic death metal outfit Amorphis. Amorphis is one of my favorite bands, and this song is one of the many reasons why I love them. This track is from the concept album Skyforger, which is about the Blacksmith of the Gods, named Ilmarinen. (Not to be confused with Leminkainen, the warrior-poet, or Kullervo, the Tragic Antihero.) That’s the trouble with centuries-old ancient epic literature. … read...

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Lyrical Analysis: Amorphis – Alone

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock | 1 comment

Lyrical Analysis: Amorphis – Alone

The album cover for Am Universum, released by Amorphis in 2001. Being a band from Finland, Amorphis is known to reference the Finnish epic saga called the Kalevala. This song may allude to the heroic protagonist, Vainamoinen, who suffered greatly in his struggle to find a wife and carry on his legacy. He colluded with gods and spirits, yet the divine feminine still eluded him. Even though he was a heroic warrior-poet, he wasn’t even … read...

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Album Review: St. Victims – St. Victims

Posted by on May Sat, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases, Shock Rock, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: St. Victims – St. Victims

This band and their self titled debut have morbid medical themes, as well as a twisted sense of humor. When I first heard this album, I was way too hungover for that fucking kazoo intro, but that made it even more hilarious and entertaining. The weird sound effects and humorous undertones continue with the following songs on the EP. Tracks like Shiddnfard and Botfly Reunion, use the trombone for its inherent comedic value. The gross-out … read...

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Burning Churches, Burning Bridges: The Cognitive Dissonance of Being a Catholic Metalhead

Posted by on Apr Sun, 2019 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock, Stoner Metal, Straight Edge, Symphonic, Technical, Thrash | 2 comments

Burning Churches, Burning Bridges: The Cognitive Dissonance of Being a Catholic Metalhead

St. Peter Martyr Exorcizing a Posessed Statue of the Virgin and Child, Vincenzo Foppa, 1468 Intro: All art is political. Religion and music are no exception. Many metalheads claim to be anti religion one minute, and then devil-worshiping Satanists the next. Others enjoy the music while still practicing their faith, whether it’s Judaism, Islam, or Christianity. To assume that all metal music is Satanic or Atheistic, is as asinine as assuming that all jazz fans … read...

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News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

Posted by on Apr Thu, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

This surreal album art resembles the morbid paintings of Heironymous Bosch. I love me some death metal, especially when it’s both symphonic and technical, as with Italian masters Fleshgod Apocalypse. This song is reminiscent of their classic masterpiece of yesteryear, The Violation. The roaring vocals in the intro are especially memorable. The imagery of the music video, similarly, illustrates the dark elegance of this band. These musicians look like the Platonian ideal of a metalhead: … read...

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Album Review: Dysphotic – The Eternal Throne

Posted by on Jan Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Reviews, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Dysphotic – The Eternal Throne

Dysphotic is making New Mexico proud to host badass metal bands of this caliber. This new wave of metal is modern, but still nostalgiac for kids like me who grew up headbanging at Warehouse 21, moshing at the VFW, and drinking their first beer at The Underground. All of our favorite vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers are still going strong and making new bands, new music, and new albums. This is a prime example. Ben … read...

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Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Hesperian Death Horse is a post-metal/avant-garde/sludge band from  Zagreb, Croatia. Their second album, Ziv, is named after the Croatian word for “Alive”. This name fits the themes of the lyrics, which describe the cycles of life, death, creation, destruction, and rebirth. Their first album, Mrtav, was named after the Croatian word for “Dead”. They will soon have a third and final album, Rodjen,  named after “Birth”, completing the trilogy. This second installment is eerie, disturbing, … read...

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Album Review: Immortal Guardian – Age of Revolution

Posted by on Sep Thu, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic | 2 comments

Album Review: Immortal Guardian – Age of Revolution

  Soaring power metal vocals, wailing guitars, triumphant melodies, and just enough distortion to hint at thrash and death metal influences. Shredding solos, double pedal drumming, and heart racing rhythms make this a solid metal album. These traditional metal themes match up with progressive rock.  This band experiments with several unexpected genres, including folk music and flamenco. Somehow, it works. The album art is reminiscent of classic Iron Maiden record sleeves. The logo is another … read...

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Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

Posted by on Aug Thu, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronica, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

  I’m listening to Imperial Triumphant- Vile Luxury put out by Gilead Media, and it is one of the most twisted and decadent metal albums I’ve heard in awhile. I haven’t heard any of their previous work, but its imaginable to see that it is probably just as dark and foreboding. The band is from New York, and it is fitting since this album paints a grim tableau of urban decay and societies’ plead for … read...

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Band Profile: Universal Theory

Posted by on Jul Thu, 2018 in Band Profile, Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronica, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic | 0 comments

Band Profile: Universal Theory

Universal Theory is a multifaceted, complex band. Their songs feature raspy gothic vocals punctuated with black metal screams. The female voice also shines with clean singing. All of these disparate vocal styles are united by the poetic lyrics, which are dark yet romantic. Moody piano melodies create an atmosphere of introspective melancholia. Some songs even have the ambience of a cathedral choir, with sustained notes, slow rhythms, and subtle echoing. This music is very emotional. … read...

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