Album Review: DevilDriver – Dealing with Demons I

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2020 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Pop, Progressive Rock | 0 comments

Album Review: DevilDriver – Dealing with Demons I

Dealing with Demons I is the 5th full length DevilDriver album, released by Napalm Records on 10/02/2020. They were contenders for the world record of the biggest circle pit in history. They have a discography of several critically acclaimed albums. They have been shredding for nearly two decades. DevilDriver fucking rules. And Dealing With Demons is their latest and most ambitious offering yet. Part I of this double-album is exemplary of DevilDriver’s signature style. … read...

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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: Cyclops – Cyclops

Posted by on Oct Sat, 2020 in Album Review, Deathcore, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Pop, Progressive Rock, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Cyclops – Cyclops

Cyclops is releasing their self titled debut album in late 2020. This self titled debut album is a solid example of modern metal. The choruses and lead guitars are clean, but the rhythm and percussion is more aggressive and funky. I like the contrast of harmony and dissonance. It reminds me of melodic metal bands like Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, and Amon Amarth. They have mastered the contrast between brutality and beauty. Their single, Voices, is … 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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Lyrical Analysis: Insomnium – While We Sleep

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2020 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Lyrical Analysis, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Insomnium – While We Sleep

Insomnium is a melodic death metal band based in Finland. Intro: This track is from the album, Shadows of the Dying Sun, released by Century Records in 2014. Even the album title is a juxtaposition of light and dark. The greyscale color scheme of the music video, is another example of this contrast. It also hints at moral ambiguity. Why are relationships so complex? What does it mean to be ambivalent? Is there something beyond … read...

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Lyrical Analysis: Metallica -The Day That Never Comes

Posted by on Mar Fri, 2020 in Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Lyrical Analysis, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Pop, Thrash | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Metallica -The Day That Never Comes

Death Magnetic is the 9th studio album from American thrash band Metallica. Intro: February 22, 2020. Today is a bittersweet day. I feel like I should be celebrating, but I just want to be alone instead. I have been coping in my own strange way. Leaning in to the morbidity, burning black candles of La Santa Muerte, and listening to sad music. Metallica is definitely hitting the spot on this dreary day. I love their … read...

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Lyrical Analysis: Hatebreed – Defeatist

Posted by on Jan Thu, 2020 in Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lyrical Analysis, Metalcore, Punk, Technical | 0 comments

Lyrical Analysis: Hatebreed – Defeatist

Defeatist is a single from the 2006 Hatebreed album, Supremacy. Intro Hatebreed is one of my favorite hardcore bands. People think that the genre is for a bunch of posturing dudes with something to prove. But I disagree. And even if a bunch of losers were listening to it to feel tough, isn’t that the point? I feel shy and awkward all the time. I rarely ever feel like a badass. But Hatebreed is one … 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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