5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Posted by on May Tue, 2017 in Band Profile, Blues, Death Metal, Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock

5 Heavy Bands for People Who Don’t Like Metal (Yet)

Even as a longtime fan of the genre, I can see why heavy metal is not for everyone. Blood, guts, and gore tend to scare a large portion of normal society. However, metal is also surprisingly inclusive. Many bands that are too offbeat or experimental to fit into any other genre are often classified as “metal”, and even die-hard rockers have respect for talented musicians in other genres. Empirical evidence mirrors my own taste, showing … 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

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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Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Posted by on Sep Sat, 2015 in Album Review, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases, Progressive Rock

Album Review: Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud

Amorphis seem to get more and more conceptual with each release, straying ever further from their death metal origins. Instead of the anger and aggression that usually characterize metal, this album has a darkness defined by sorrow and melancholia. What they sacrificed in metal fury, they compensated with the robust simplicity of folk, which has a heaviness all its own.  Lead singer Tomi Jousten has a panoramic voice, spanning from death metal growls and black … read...

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Album Review: Amorphis – Tales From The Thousand Lakes

Posted by on Oct Wed, 2013 in Album Review, Cult Classics, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal

Album Review: Amorphis – Tales From The Thousand Lakes

I don’t know why I’m suddenly obsessed with Amorphis. Maybe it’s because they are mind-blowingly magnificent? Yeah, that sounds about right. Anyway, here’s a review that’s a couple decades late, seeing as the album was released almost 20 years ago. In my defense, I was only 3 years old in 1994. Regardless, here are my thoughts on Tales From The Thousand Lakes. The lyrics  were lifted directly from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. And when … read...

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Album Review: Amorphis -Circle

Posted by on Oct Sun, 2013 in Album Review, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, New Releases

Album Review: Amorphis -Circle

Circle is a major rebound after Beginning Of Times. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed BOT, but enjoyable isn’t the same as phenomenal. It’s not necessarily a bad record, it just pales in comparison to its predecessors. Whereas BOT was uber-melodic and keyboard heavy, Circle is just plain heavy. Amorphis ditched the saccharine undertones in favor of a more guitar-oriented approach. This shift is doubtless due to the involvement of Peter Tagtgren, renowned for … read...

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