Album Review: Distances – Forage & Reproduce (EP)

Posted by on Apr Tue, 2015 in Album Review, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical

Album Review: Distances – Forage & Reproduce (EP)

Holy fuck, this EP is killer. Although it is very beautiful and cerebral, this is 100% metal. Distances prove that there are different kinds of heavy, from bittersweet violin melodies to oppressive drums and gutteral vocals. The use of minor keys and controlled dissonance is ingenious, making the music very sorrowful, regardless of the instruments being played. The opening track, Forage, is relatively mellow, but foreshadows the overwhelming melancholy of Death. These haunting, ambient melodies … read...

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Album Review: Therion – Secret of the Runes

Posted by on Feb Mon, 2015 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Symphonic

Album Review: Therion – Secret of the Runes

  I am Mecha Shiva. Give me your Metal! Therion, if you haven’t heard of them, are an interesting phenomenon in metal; they are a band with an extremely eclectic style of metal that still have found success in the mainstream. I call it eclectic not because no-one’s heard of putting operatic vocals against the backdrop of metal, but rather because Therion don’t use the music as a backdrop to their singers. Rather, the music, … read...

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Album Review: Shade Empire – Omega Arcane

Posted by on Jul Sat, 2014 in Album Review, Black Metal, Cult Classics, Symphonic

Album Review: Shade Empire – Omega Arcane

Shade Empire, a symphonic black metal band from Finland,  are clearly influenced by  the likes of  Dimmu Borgir. However,  I believe Shade Empire surpasses their role models in technical prowess and emotional impact. Omega Arcane is a complicated yet cohesive album, the kind you can hear a hundred times and notice some new detail with each listen. Omega Arcane maintains a  precarious balance between melodic ambiance and raw heaviness. The album is simultaneously atmospheric and … read...

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Conquerors Of The World

Posted by on Jul Tue, 2014 in Black Metal, Concert Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Symphonic

Conquerors Of The World

   Holy shit, just look at that sexy lineup. If you missed the show in Albuqurque on the 11th (or anywhere else they already played), sucks to be you. Here’s what happened during their performance at Blackwater Music. Endless Infection, from Albuqurque,  opened the show with blackened death metal.  The drums and riffs persisted at breakneck speed, accompanied by nasty, heavy growls. Their overall sound was primally aggressive yet complex, setting the standard for the … read...

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Album Review: Septicflesh -Titan

Posted by on Jul Tue, 2014 in Album Review, Death Metal, New Releases, Symphonic

Album Review: Septicflesh -Titan

The sheer depth of this album suggests musical influences ranging from death metal to Wagner. Although following in the same symphonic vein as their previous material, Septicflesh are taking more musical risks in Titan. Freaky shifts in the rhythmic pattern keep songs suspenseful, yet the technical proficiency of the harmonic progression keeps it focused. One is reminded of the Theodore Roosevelt quote: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”  The … read...

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Modern Masterpieces: The Connexion Between Metal and the Compositions of Yesteryear

Posted by on Nov Tue, 2011 in Symphonic, Thrash

Terrorizor Magazine made a comparison between Arch Enemy’s Bloodstained Cross and the Seasons of Vivaldi. Revolver Magazine’s resident freelancer, Chris Krovatin, authored a superb article on the 6 most Metal classical compositions. Such is my textual evidence, yet my strongest proof is empirical. Listen to virtually any modern Metal, and it is clear that such music is inspired by the great classics. Contrary to the teachings of pop-culture, Metal is an extremely painstaking, technical, and … read...

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