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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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: 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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Album Review: Amorphis – Queen of Time

Posted by on Jun Thu, 2018 in Album Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Amorphis – Queen of Time

The brilliance of Amorphis is their ability to intertwine several complex themes. Even before listening to the music, the album art and title are intricate fusions of multiple abstract concepts. The Queen of Time is a similar name to that of a previous album, The Beginning of Times. This is almost like a self-aware breaking of the 4th wall. The melodic music of their past is bleeding through into this futuristic new record, … read...

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