Interview With Al-Namrood

Posted by on May Sat, 2015 in Black Metal, Folk Metal, Interviews, Symphonic | 0 comments

Interview With Al-Namrood

The war-torn Middle East is the unlikely home to oriental black metal band Al-Namrood. Now boasting a global audience, this band overcame incredible adversity and defied the odds. Undead Goathead delves deeper into Al-Namrood’s unique circumstances, as they master their art in secrecy. Undead Goathead: How did you all meet and become a band? Al-Namrood: A former vocalist “Mukadars” discussed with “Ostron” an idea of making Middle Eastern influenced music; the song was done by … read...

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Midnight Odyssey: Funerals From The Astral Sphere

Posted by on Apr Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Black Metal, New Releases, Symphonic | 0 comments

Midnight Odyssey: Funerals From The Astral Sphere

Clocking in over two hours, this is an album that demands patience and attention. The metal aspects and lethargic tempo work well together, creating an  atmospheric black metal that’s so serene that it hurts. The transitions between songs are pretty smooth, but there are many dynamic shifts in tempo and jarring key changes to keep the music engaging and interactive.  There are even some acoustic folk instruments and clean vocals, adding further dimension to an … read...

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Album Review: Distances – Forage & Reproduce (EP)

Posted by on Apr Tue, 2015 in Album Review, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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