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 | 0 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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Concert Review: Dark Tranquillity at Albuquerque’s Launchpad

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2017 in Concert Review, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical | 0 comments

Concert Review: Dark Tranquillity at Albuquerque’s Launchpad

  This show was a perfect storm of musical variety, consistent heaviness, and high-energy excitement. Launchpad is one of my favorite venues, and it outdid itself for this concert. Each band was unique, yet the chemistry was cohesive, and the result was like the so-called “goldilocks effect” that created life on our planet: A seemingly random formula of a certain matter, in certain places, et cetera, that culminates into a whole greater than the sum of … 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 | 0 comments

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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Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

Posted by on Feb Tue, 2016 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Concert Review: Metal Monday At The Underground

While respectable members of society are loosening their ties and resting before another workday, the metalheads come to Evangelo’s to play. What mischief and mayhem transpires on such a night? Here’s a brief recap: Carrion Kind were a fantastic opening act. With it’s insanely catchy guitar riff, Memoirs Of A Lost Civilization is inevitably the first in their setlist, and until recently was the strongest in their arsenal.  But hark, what noise through yonder speaker … read...

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Album Review: Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Posted by on Sep Sun, 2015 in Album Review, Heavy/Traditional Metal, New Releases, Power Metal | 0 comments

Album Review: Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Iron Maiden have already carved a distinguished niche for themselves in the world of metal, and this latest offering stays comfortably in that territory. This is a double edged sword: On one side, they retain the galloping riffs and powerful vocals that have always defined them, but on the other, they are not bringing anything new to the table. Some songs are indulgently long, making you savor the natural progression of the music. Others are … read...

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Concert Review: The Elected Officials, Almost A Lie, And More At The Underground

Posted by on Jul Wed, 2015 in Concert Review, Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Punk, Thrash | 0 comments

Concert Review: The Elected Officials, Almost A Lie, And More At The Underground

As fantastic as New Mexico is for the local metal scene, I’ll admit that its punk scene has been in critical condition for a long time. This concert helped restore the vital signs into our beloved music. Here’s how: Almost A Lie sounded just like they did at Warehouse 21 a few years back. Their style of punk isn’t exactly hardcore, but it’s a far cry from pop punk nonsense like Blink 182 or Sum … read...

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Album Review: Savage Wizdom – A New Beginning

Posted by on Aug Fri, 2014 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Power Metal | 0 comments

Album Review: Savage Wizdom – A New Beginning

Santa Fe based power-metal champions Savage Wizdom have finally released their highly anticapated album, A New Beginning. Before I even opened the CD case, the bitchin’ cover art already had me enraptured with this album. The striking image of a snake devouring its own tail is an ancient emblem with profound symbolism, a perfect image to embody the album,  exemplefying the triumph over adversity and the cyclic nature of good vs evil. The music opens … read...

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Album Review: Savage Wizdom: A New Beginning

Posted by on May Mon, 2013 in Power Metal | 0 comments

This post is dedicated to the recently deceased Jeff Hanneman.  Savage Wizdom has some epic tricks up their sleeves for their upcoming album, tentatively titled A New Beginning. This gem will feature guest vocals of the legendary vocalist/songwriter/sex god Blaze Bayley! This alone would make A New Beginning  a turning point in Savage Wizdom’s career, even though it’s the only full length CD after the debut of No Time For Mercy. This album promises all-new … read...

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New Albums Of 2013

Posted by on Apr Fri, 2013 in Black Metal, Power Metal, Thrash | 0 comments

Hey dear readers, I bet all four of you love “Blackened Thrash Hardcore Punk with a touch of Death.” That is how Torture Victim describes themselves, and it pretty much hits the nail on the head. Their music boasts lightning fast riffs with a combination of clean and dirty vocals. I could only find the lyrics for two songs, which appear to be the usual Death Metal canon of genocide, mortality, gore, and legions of the undead. … read...

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Band Profile: Savage Wizdom

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2011 in Band Profile, Cult Classics, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Power Metal | 0 comments

Band Profile: Savage Wizdom

Savage Wizdom rose to prominence in the local scene due to their adherence to Traditional-Metal styles, a refreshing break from the indistinguishable sounds of many local artists. The vocals are a combination of Halford operatics and the primal screams that peppered Pink Floyd’s Wall. The guitars are gradient, transitioning from chugging rhythms to wailing powerchords in the vein of early Queensryche. The bass keeps up and never gets lost in the mix, as is the … read...

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