Album Review: Raventhorn – Shadows of Lonehill

Posted by on Oct Fri, 2020 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Raventhorn – Shadows of Lonehill

Shadows of Lonehill will be released on Halloween of 2020, which is also a full moon night. This is a concept album, centered around the theme of an Antihero. The central protagonist exemplifies this archetype, alluding to the likes of Oedipus Rex, Kullervo, and Scarface. His name is Seth, synonymous with the third son of Adam and Eve, brother to Cain and Abel, as well as the name of the Egyptian god of chaos, disorder, … read...

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Album Review: Saturn’s Husk – The Conduit

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2020 in Album Review, Blues, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal | 0 comments

Album Review: Saturn’s Husk – The Conduit

The Conduit was the latest album released by Latvian metal outfit, Saturn’s Husk, on 08/18/2020. I’m not always a big fan of Instru-Metal, but sometimes, it hits the spot. Saturn’s Husk, a three piece band based in the Eastern European nation of Latvia, set a fine example on how to do it right. Their music is defined by fuzzy riffs, drums rolling at a slow funerary pace, and eerie, moody melodies. It reminds me of … read...

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Album Review: Bhas – Torture Punishment Eternity

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, New Releases, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Bhas – Torture Punishment Eternity

This EP was released on October 16, 2019, just in time for Halloween. Bhas is a 5 piece death metal band from Glasgow, UK, comprised of vocalist Lee Lewis, drummer Conor Quinn, bassist Danny O’Keeffe, and guitarists Mark Williamson and Alasdair Blair. Their new album, Torture Punishment Eternity, features genre staples such as guttural vocals, dissonant guitars, and high speed drumming. The album art is black and white, but hyperrealistic. The detailed drawings of contorted … read...

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Album Review: Future Scars – Harrow

Posted by on Sep Thu, 2019 in Blues, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Future Scars – Harrow

This intriguing album cover is a delicate balance of minimalist and ornate. If something will be a scar in the future, that means that is still an open wound in the present. This is bittersweet music of healing and sorrow. At times it sounds like the dulcet tones of 1970s songstresses, like Carly Simon and Carole King. At times it has a gruffer, growlier, rocker chick sound, roots still planted firmly in classic rock, like … read...

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Album Review: Lake of Tears: Moons and Mushrooms

Posted by on Aug Fri, 2019 in Album Review, Blues, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Lake of Tears: Moons and Mushrooms

The spacey themes of this 2007 release are out of this world. Melancholy metallers, Lake of Tears, live up to their melodramatic name. Hailing from heavy metal mecca, Sweden, this band is sordid and sorrowful. Smooth synth beats and distorted riffs converge to form an electric sound, combining elements of techno and heavy metal into a glorious, shimmering alloy. The psychedelia of this music is tangible. If the trippy title and befitting album art weren’t … read...

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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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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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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: 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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