Album Review: Raventhorn – Shadows of Lonehill

Posted by on Oct Fri, 2020 in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Power Metal, Progressive Rock, Stoner Metal, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Raventhorn – Shadows of Lonehill

Shadows of Lonehill will be released on Halloween of 2020, which is also a full moon night. This is a concept album, centered around the theme of an Antihero. The central protagonist exemplifies this archetype, alluding to the likes of Oedipus Rex, Kullervo, and Scarface. His name is Seth, synonymous with the third son of Adam and Eve, brother to Cain and Abel, as well as the name of the Egyptian god of chaos, disorder, … 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: 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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Album Review: Bhas – Torture Punishment Eternity

Posted by on Nov Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, New Releases, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Bhas – Torture Punishment Eternity

This EP was released on October 16, 2019, just in time for Halloween. Bhas is a 5 piece death metal band from Glasgow, UK, comprised of vocalist Lee Lewis, drummer Conor Quinn, bassist Danny O’Keeffe, and guitarists Mark Williamson and Alasdair Blair. Their new album, Torture Punishment Eternity, features genre staples such as guttural vocals, dissonant guitars, and high speed drumming. The album art is black and white, but hyperrealistic. The detailed drawings of contorted … read...

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Album Review: Future Scars – Harrow

Posted by on Sep Thu, 2019 in Blues, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Future Scars – Harrow

This intriguing album cover is a delicate balance of minimalist and ornate. If something will be a scar in the future, that means that is still an open wound in the present. This is bittersweet music of healing and sorrow. At times it sounds like the dulcet tones of 1970s songstresses, like Carly Simon and Carole King. At times it has a gruffer, growlier, rocker chick sound, roots still planted firmly in classic rock, like … read...

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Album Review: Lake of Tears: Moons and Mushrooms

Posted by on Aug Fri, 2019 in Album Review, Blues, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Electronica, Folk Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Jazz, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

Album Review: Lake of Tears: Moons and Mushrooms

The spacey themes of this 2007 release are out of this world. Melancholy metallers, Lake of Tears, live up to their melodramatic name. Hailing from heavy metal mecca, Sweden, this band is sordid and sorrowful. Smooth synth beats and distorted riffs converge to form an electric sound, combining elements of techno and heavy metal into a glorious, shimmering alloy. The psychedelia of this music is tangible. If the trippy title and befitting album art weren’t … read...

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Album Review: Blood Wolf – Blood Wolf

Posted by on Jul Sat, 2019 in Album Review, Death Metal, Grind, Hard Rock, Hardcore, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Reviews, Stoner Metal, Technical, Thrash | 0 comments

Album Review: Blood Wolf – Blood Wolf

Abomination of the Wretched/ Clergy of Sin lyric book, illustrated by Den Yudi Art. This self titled debut album is everything that the band Blood Wolf stands for. It’s heavy, it’s political, it’s fast, it’s loud, and it’s fun as hell. The riff master Chad Baca writes and shreds awesome thrash metal on his guitar. The opening track, 1680, hits the ground running with a galloping melody, and lead singer Ross Reano screams lyrics about … 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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News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

Posted by on Apr Thu, 2019 in Album Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grind, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock, Shock Rock, Symphonic, Technical | 0 comments

News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”

This surreal album art resembles the morbid paintings of Heironymous Bosch. I love me some death metal, especially when it’s both symphonic and technical, as with Italian masters Fleshgod Apocalypse. This song is reminiscent of their classic masterpiece of yesteryear, The Violation. The roaring vocals in the intro are especially memorable. The imagery of the music video, similarly, illustrates the dark elegance of this band. These musicians look like the Platonian ideal of a metalhead: … read...

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