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 | 0 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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Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Posted by on Mar Sat, 2019 in Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Technical | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Enslaved- Thoughts Like Hammers

Photo via Music Norway This song grew on me. At first, I was hesitant to listen to a 9 minute song from a band I barely knew. Especially when the intro is so noisy and cacophonous, leading into a heavy, slow riff. The sludgy pace fits the song title, thudding out a long, drowsy rhythm. Similarly, the lyrics were like a brick wall. I strained to grasp their meaning. Then suddenly, the wall of sound … read...

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Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi

Posted by on Feb Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Death Metal, Electronica, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic | 0 comments

Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi

Album Review: June 1974 – Nemesi Beautiful women, angels, and flowers are some of the symbolic images on this fantastic album art. This is a solo project, conceptualized and brought to life by Italian composer Federico Romano. Even the band title, June 1974, brings to mind the psychedelic experimentation of the Hippie generation. Indeed, the surreal album art and trippy music are wildly creative and free, like a flower child in the Summer of Love. … 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: LostPray

Posted by on Jul Sun, 2018 in Band Profile, Death Metal, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Thrash | 0 comments

Band Profile: LostPray

Lostpray have recently uploaded a new music video for their song, Cyberblood. This new music video was released on July 1st, 2018. The morbid humor of the music video is fittingly conveyed with an animated cartoon. There is a serious message behind the comical imagery. Cyberblood is about the irony that we are divided and isolated from each other by the very technology that was intended to connect us. The internet is … 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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