Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Hesperian Death Horse – Ziv

Hesperian Death Horse is a post-metal/avant-garde/sludge band from  Zagreb, Croatia. Their second album, Ziv, is named after the Croatian word for “Alive”. This name fits the themes of the lyrics, which describe the cycles of life, death, creation, destruction, and rebirth. Their first album, Mrtav, was named after the Croatian word for “Dead”. They will soon have a third and final album, Rodjen,  named after “Birth”, completing the trilogy. This second installment is eerie, disturbing, … read...

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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 | 2 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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Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

Posted by on Aug Thu, 2018 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronica, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

  I’m listening to Imperial Triumphant- Vile Luxury put out by Gilead Media, and it is one of the most twisted and decadent metal albums I’ve heard in awhile. I haven’t heard any of their previous work, but its imaginable to see that it is probably just as dark and foreboding. The band is from New York, and it is fitting since this album paints a grim tableau of urban decay and societies’ plead for … read...

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Album Review: Collector – Liberation’s Fall

Posted by on Aug Sat, 2018 in Album Review, Hardcore, Interviews, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Punk, Symphonic, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Collector – Liberation’s Fall

Collector is an indie metal band from Boston, MA. They have recently self-released their debut album, Liberation’s Fall. This record features fantastic guest musicians like Chris Broderick (Act of Defiance, Ex- Megadeth), and Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist). The band has continued to persevere, even after the loss of their collaborator, colleague, and friend, Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Behemoth, Sanctuary), who passed away in December 2017. This heavy, emotionally charged album does justice to his legacy. The … read...

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Band Profile: Universal Theory

Posted by on Jul Thu, 2018 in Band Profile, Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronica, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic | 0 comments

Band Profile: Universal Theory

Universal Theory is a multifaceted, complex band. Their songs feature raspy gothic vocals punctuated with black metal screams. The female voice also shines with clean singing. All of these disparate vocal styles are united by the poetic lyrics, which are dark yet romantic. Moody piano melodies create an atmosphere of introspective melancholia. Some songs even have the ambience of a cathedral choir, with sustained notes, slow rhythms, and subtle echoing. This music is very emotional. … read...

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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 | 0 comments

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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Enviro-Metal : 6 Bands to Jam on Earth Day

Posted by on Apr Sun, 2018 in Band Profile, Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Straight Edge, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Enviro-Metal : 6 Bands to Jam on Earth Day

Before metalheads earned their reputation as total badasses, they were stereotyped as a bunch of geeks and nerds. Consider the 80’s trope of an awkward teen who listens to creepy music. Now in the year 2018, we as a society are much wiser. It is obvious that you can be a radical dude, who is also an activist and intellectual. These different lifestyles aren’t mutually exclusive. Here to prove it are some brutal musicians who … read...

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Album Review: Distances- Diableries

Posted by on Mar Tue, 2018 in Album Review, Band Profile, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Distances- Diableries

Alburqurque based progressive metal band, Distances, are back with a vengeance. Their new material is even heavier and louder than ever before. The screamed lyrics and tremolo riffs are reminiscent of black metal. Violas and wind instruments provide a stark contrast to the crushing dissonance of the distorted guitars and guttural vocals. Far from clashing, these disparate musical styles highlight the multifaceted talents of the band. Their sound is powerful but sophisticated. There is a … read...

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Rave Review: The Culture Shock of a Metalhead at EDC

Posted by on Jun Fri, 2017 in Concert Review, Electronica, Lifestyle, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Surf Rock, Symphonic, Technical, Venue Review | 0 comments

Rave Review: The Culture Shock of a Metalhead at EDC

I. Introduction: Stranger in a Strange Land As we explored in a previous Rave Review, there are several varieties of electronica, from trippy trance jams, to bass heavy headbangers, to remixes of old classics. During an annual music festival, each subgenre is represented by an impressive roster of world class DJs, performing on 8 different stages, with underground artists spinning on mobile art carts. This is  The Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC,  the biggest … 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 | 0 comments

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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