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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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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Album Review: Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will

Posted by on Jan Tue, 2020 in Album Review, Concert Review, Death Metal, Deathcore, Electronica, Grind, Hardcore, Jazz, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Krosis – A Memoir of Free Will

A Memoir Of Free Will, the latest offering from Krosis, is anticipated to drop in February of 2020. Currently signed to Unique Leader Records, Krosis is a progressive deathcore band from North Carolina, USA. Vocalist Mac Smith, guitarists Adam Theissen and Brandon Scurlark, bassist Brian Krake, and drummer Dan Cece have carved a name for themselves in the North Carolina scene. They will be dropping the new album, A Memoir of Free Will, … 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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Album Review: Blood Wolf – Blood Wolf

Posted by on Jul Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Reviews, Stoner Metal, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Blood Wolf – Blood Wolf

Abomination of the Wretched/ Clergy of Sin lyric book, illustrated by Den Yudi Art. This self titled debut album is everything that the band Blood Wolf stands for. It’s heavy, it’s political, it’s fast, it’s loud, and it’s fun as hell. The riff master Chad Baca writes and shreds awesome thrash metal on his guitar. The opening track, 1680, hits the ground running with a galloping melody, and lead singer Ross Reano screams lyrics about … 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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