Undead Goathead’s Top 5 Albums of 2020

Posted by on Jan Wed, 2021 in Album Review, Black Metal, Blues, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Pop, Progressive Rock, Punk, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Undead Goathead’s Top 5 Albums of 2020

Intro: Album Of The Year and other list based articles are a mixed bag, or double edged sword. Even Bandcamp is reconsidering their format of a ranked list, or even eschewing it entirely. But in a year as crazy, stupid, frustrating, and difficult as this, I’m grateful for all the awesome music that helped me get through it. This article is not a hierarchy, but a shout out, an act of gratitude for the musicians … read...

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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: 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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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: 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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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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Album Review: The Salvage Retrograde – Bringer Of Light

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2018 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Progressive Rock | 0 comments

Album Review: The Salvage Retrograde – Bringer Of Light

  This debut album is hard and heavy. The thudding bass lines and pounding drumbeat provide a solid structure for strong guitar riffs and raspy screams. The genre strays away from metal and into rock, country, pop, and different combinations of all of the above. If they had to be categorized, I would define them as hard rock and heavy metal. The blues-inspired melodies are energetic, yet dark and heavy. The rowdy vocals are distinctly … read...

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