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September 2019 Rapid Fires

For those of us in the Northeast, September signals the end of summer as well as the return to school for children. The beginning of the routines, once again. Of course, it’s a full deluge in the email Read more […]

Epica – Designing a Musical Universe

One of the champions of symphonic metal, Epica is a name that doesn’t need much of an introduction at this point. Given their rich history, we are starting to come up on a number of milestones for the Read more […]

Ray Alder – Floating in Water

Primarily known for his progressive metal discography as the second singer in the veteran act Fates Warning, Ray Alder has also done work with Engine and Redemption in downtime from the group. Deciding Read more […]

Gatecreeper – A Different Kind of Old School

Among the old school death metal elite, one band that has rightly been catching some buzz is that of Arizona’s Gatecreeper. Perhaps it’s the way that they blend said material along with some other Read more […]

Thicket – Embrace the Descent

When you think of Florida, beyond the sunshine and family friendly destinations, at least in the world of underground metal you probably think it was death haven, especially during the late 1980’s/early Read more […]

Jon Zazula talks Heavy Tales

Jon Zazula should be a name that is familiar to fans of the heavy music genre. After all, he founded Megaforce Records with his wife Marsha, discovered Metallica (and numerous big name acts), and has Read more […]

Insurrection – Diving into Despair

For this scribe, there’s still nothing quite like a pulverizing piece of death/thrash to make the end of a long day feel refreshing. The combination of melody alongside breakneck speeds and energy are Read more […]

Lindsay Schoolcraft – Finding Beauty in Darkness

While most are surely familiar with Lindsay Schoolcraft due to her tenure in Cradle of Filth, contributing keyboards, harp, and her voice to the band. But she’s also brimming with other projects, such Read more […]

Vintersea – Illuminating Gloom

One band that popped out in a big way two years back was Vintersea. Their full-length debut, The Gravity of Fall, took a number of metallic elements both brutal and melodic, and brought them together Read more […]

Crypt Sermon – Arise the Ruins

Epic doom metal as a sub-genre sets a specific feel and atmosphere that excites and delights when performed to expectations. The combinations of riffs, tempos, and melodies send chills down spines, electricity Read more […]

Insomnium – Tales of Finnish Melancholy

When it comes to straight-up melodic death metal, Insomnium have been one of the strongest in the field for quite some time. They’ve had a string of classic albums that have done nothing but bolster Read more […]

White Mantis – Above the Post-Apocalyptic Highway

German thrash has been around almost as long as the Bay Area scene. There are the innovators and leaders like Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, and Tankard – and the offspring, that now bleed into a second/third Read more […]

Entombed A.D. – The Everlasting Search for the Ultimate Riff

It goes without say that hearing the name “Entombed” means that no formal introductions should be required. With three albums under their belt now as Entombed A.D., it seems they’ve gotten pretty consistent Read more […]

Borknagar – Cultivating a Musical Universe

A band that has been revered for decades for their unique, progressive take on the black metal genre is that of Borknagar. One could argue that the band’s sound is far from that of black metal in many Read more […]

Sascha Paeth’s Masters of Ceremony – Another Added Dimension

When you have been involved in the music industry for thirty-five plus years as a musician, a producer, and a songwriter – it’s obvious that you find new ways to keep interest alive, otherwise you Read more […]

Frantic Amber – Warriors Unite

Carrying the torch for bands that lean on the heavier side of the melodic death metal spectrum, Frantic Amber have recently returned with their second full-length album, Bellatrix (after 4 years passing Read more […]

Dragonforce – To the Extreme

Dragonforce has always had a particular feeling to their music. There’s a fun factor to something like this, and some people get it and some don’t. But there’s no denying the technical prowess Read more […]

Elvenking – All Hail the Runes

Forming in 1997, Italian band Elvenking have been harnessing a love of power and folk metal throughout their career. As of late, they’ve been on a serious hot streak if you will, capturing a style musically Read more […]

August 2019 Rapid Fires

Another end to the summertime is at hand, and the always metallic fall season approaches. Not just due to the falling leaves and reflective days, but the explosion of releases each week between now and Read more […]

The Agonist – As One We Survive

It’s been a stint since we’ve gotten new music from The Agonist. A solid three years at this point to be exact. But the band has been doing anything but lounging around. They’ve completed their Read more […]

Exhorder – A Hallowed Mourning

Legacy often lends credibility in a metal scene steeped in history and tradition. In a current volatile industry, many flock to reliable musicians who have proven their worth and value. Usually resurrecting Read more […]

Crossing Rubicon – Ready to Rise

The longer you’ve been involved in the music scene, the more you can spot talent and bands that have the right outlook, attitude, and songwriting/style to vault up the ladder and hopefully impact people Read more […]

Exclusive Song Stream and Interview – Algebra Brings Forth a “Digital Master”

We are happy to bring out our first ever song stream/interview combination with the deadly thrash of Algebra. Their newest album, Pulse?, will be released on September 30, 2019 through Unspeakable Axe Read more […]

Imperium Dekadenz – Black Forest Metal

Germany’s Imperium Dekadenz has been doing their take on melodic black metal for 15 years now. One that stands out not just for its ability to blend the older melodic black sound and give it a retouch, Read more […]

Full Terror Assault – Reflecting on Five Years of FTA

When it comes to being a North American metalhead, one point of jealousy is looking over across the Atlantic each summer and seeing the sheer wealth of killer festivals in Europe. Huge stages and seemingly Read more […]

Liv Sin – Sermons of Metal

Liv Jagrell is no stranger to the studio and stage. After being involved with Sister Sin for over a decade the band came to an end, and she formed her own band, Liv Sin, in its wake. Having built everything Read more […]

A Saga of Online Sales: A Twelve Album Journey (Part I)

It should come as no surprise to anyone in this age of Amazon that online shopping can take you places you never intended to go and wind up with items you never expected to own. The eternal pursuit of Read more […]

RAM – Sharpening the Steel

Heavy metal in its purest sense needs to be heard, seen, and felt to truly understand its forceful impact. Since the late 1990’s Swedish band RAM have been executing their brand of metal to the masses Read more […]

Mysterizer – Hidden Adversary

Finland comes up very often in the conversation of best countries for heavy metal. It’s hard to argue with the output in the power, folk, and extreme sectors – but there are also some straight-ahead Read more […]

Ardours – Reflections from the Last Place on Earth

Some argue the relevance of the use of electronics in heavy metal today, but with the changing of the times, it’s inevitable. We can all enjoy the benefits when a band like Ardours enters the scene Read more […]