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

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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Band Interview – Al Namrood on New Album Enkar

Posted by on Jun Mon, 2017 in Album Review, Band Profile, Black Metal, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Grind, Hardcore, New Releases, Punk, Technical, Thrash

Band Interview – Al Namrood on New Album Enkar

Making their music in the heart of the war torn Middle East, Al Namrood are one of the most innovative black metal bands in the industry. With the release of Enkar, their most recent album, they continue to be a driving force with fans all around the globe. Undead Goathead probes into their unique situation with this latest interview. Enkar is available in digital, CD, and vinyl formats on Bandcamp.    Undead Goathead: Has … read...

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Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2017 in Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical

Concert Review: Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, The Extinction at Launchpad

Finnish metal legends Amorphis and Swallow The Sun co-headline this tour, with support from local bands at each date and location. We New Mexicans were lucky enough to have The Extinction, who are so badass that even their sound check attracted a decent crowd. Hosted by Launchpad, a bar in downtown Albuqurque, this show was epic enough to get recorded in the Kalevala. Here is an instant replay: The Extinction, an Albuqurque based death … read...

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Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

Posted by on Apr Mon, 2016 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Deathcore, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal

Duality In Metal: How Paradox Defines The Genre

If this isn’t already album art, it should be. The yin-yang is a timeless archetype, and heavy metal embodies this duality. This is reflected in band names (Logical Nonsense, Destroy To Recreate, Instant Hesitation). It is also apparent in song titles  like “White Noise Black Silence” or ” Blinded By Light, Enlightened By Darkness.” Metal lyrics, art, and fans often delve into the subject of duality, and as such instances are countless, I will … read...

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Upcoming Shows: October 2015

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2015 in Black Metal, Blues, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, Hardcore

Upcoming Shows: October 2015

Launchpad hosts The Albuqurque Battle Of The Bands, but I would be more excited if there was more information about which bands will be performing.   New Years Day headlines this show, with their creepy fellow rockers Get Scared, Eyes Set To Kill, and more. Tickets are $12. Fister will be performing at Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuqurque on the 9th, with NM bands Hollow Tongue, Econarchy, and Dysphotic. Now that’s what I’m talking about! … read...

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Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock

Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Amorphis seem to get more and more conceptual with each release, straying ever further from their death metal origins. Instead of the anger and aggression that usually characterize metal, this album has a darkness defined by sorrow and melancholia. What they sacrificed in metal fury, they compensated with the robust simplicity of folk, which has a heaviness all its own.  Lead singer Tomi Jousten has a panoramic voice, spanning from death metal growls and black … read...

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Interview With Al-Namrood

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Black Metal, Folk Metal, Interviews, Symphonic

Interview With Al-Namrood

The war-torn Middle East is the unlikely home to oriental black metal band Al-Namrood. Now boasting a global audience, this band overcame incredible adversity and defied the odds. Undead Goathead delves deeper into Al-Namrood’s unique circumstances, as they master their art in secrecy. Undead Goathead: How did you all meet and become a band? Al-Namrood: A former vocalist “Mukadars” discussed with “Ostron” an idea of making Middle Eastern influenced music; the song was done by … read...

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Album Review: Korpiklaani -Manala

Posted by on Feb Mon, 2015 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Folk Metal

Album Review: Korpiklaani -Manala

Manala is a decided improvement from Korpiklaani’s previous releases, which were too asinine to even qualify as guilty pleasures. I also appreciate the fact that Jonne Jarvela sings in his native tongue. Finnish is a very harsh language to begin with, but Jarvela’s raspy voice contributes immensely to the album’s distinct flavor. Unfortunately, the English translations are awkward and don’t flow well with the natural Finnish rhythm of the songs. Seriously, don’t even waste your … read...

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Concert Review: Hellfest 2014

Posted by on Jun Sat, 2014 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Grind, Melodic Death Metal, Punk, Stoner Metal, Thrash

Concert Review: Hellfest 2014

For three days a year, the sleepy little town of Clisson in the French countryside is completely invaded by metalheads from all over the world. This is Hellfest, a metal festival that exploded from obscure beginnings to a world renowned event. This was my first time attending, but definitely not the last. My perception of music, society, and even time itself is irreversibly altered. Here’s why: 1. The Stages The mainstages were reserved for the … read...

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