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Demo Tribunal: August 2013

Our re-branded demo column features ten fresh bands up for discussion, each with varying degrees of quality. Actually, there wasn’t a dud in the bunch this month, meaning that perhaps unsigned bands are Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary X

Man, these night drives are killing me. We had been warned by one of the gentlemen from Havok that when driving through the Southwest it is best to travel overnight because with the intense, hellish daytime Read more […]

August 2013 Rapid Fires

Behold the latest edition of Rapid Fires, our column where we take the surplus of reviews that were so kindly graced upon us and give them shorter, but no-less constructive feedback. Lots of variation Read more […]

Ashes of Ares – Answering the Call

Forever the level-headed and likeable foil to Jon Schaffer’s sometimes polarizing personality, vocalist Matthew Barlow was cast as sideman during his tenure in Iced Earth. For all intents and purposes, Read more […]

Ereb Altor – By Honour of the Father

Nearly ten years have passed since Bathory founder Quorthon (real name: Thomas Forsberg) departed his earthly corpse and ascended to the great golden hall in the sky. His impact is all over extreme metal, Read more […]

Gorguts – Subtle Bodies Reformed

Dormant – at least in terms of studio output – for 12 years, Quebec-based death metal figureheads Gorguts might be a bit late to the 90’s reunion party (see: Atheist, Cynic, and now Carcass), but Read more […]

Land Of The Lost: 1989

My hope with this column is to spotlight unsung metal records no matter what particular genre that may have fallen through the cracks. Be it too uncool, going against the grain, different for its time, Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part IX

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in with Read more […]

Majestic Downfall – Funeral Wings of Plague

Equating the word “relaxed” with writing a sullen melodic death/doom album is simply not what DR wanted to hear from Majestic Downfall mainman/sole member Jacobo Cordova. He was supposed to say something Read more […]

Watain – Drinking the Night’s Blood

Over-the-top by today’s standards of zero presentation, fondness for nature, and intellectual stuffiness (read: Cascadian black metal), Sweden’s Watain thrive in their role as adversary to the conventional. Read more […]

Imperium Dekadenz – Fields of Desolation

“Nostalgia” is considered by some to be a negative word. Being relegated to “nostalgia act” level is no good; same for trying re-recreate certain sounds to regain fan appreciation because one is Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part VIII

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in, Read more […]

Voices – New Skin To Dance In

Devoid of social media fireworks or schoolyard smack-talking, the 2012 demise of United Kingdom extreme metal titans Akercocke left behind a relatively good-looking…and well-dressed corpse. Their unintentional Read more […]

Mercenary – Times With Changes

The sole holdover from their mid-90’s formation, Mercenary guitarist Jakob Mølbjerg is certainly a man of hindsight and utmost politeness. While the quasi-infatuation with the Mikkel Sandager-era of the Read more […]

Now You Know: Civil War

Reportedly dropped from Sabaton for their unwillingness to commit to three years straight of touring, the quartet of Oskar Montelius, Rikard Sundén, Daniel Mulback and Daniel Mÿhr were probably left Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part VII

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in with Read more […]

Obituary – Back to One, Basically

Stating the obvious here, but bands hate having to ask for handouts from their fans. Especially veteran ones. With the understanding that the hard-earned money fans have appropriated toward their career Read more […]

Revocation – Disasterpieces and Thrashterpieces

Possessing the rare combination of Berklee training and thrash knowledge, Boston’s Revocation have positioned themselves as one of the underground most buzzworthy – and formidable bands in the span Read more […]

Seven Witches – The Witches Arise

It’s refreshing to speak to a musician who understands that not everyone is going to love every move you make. Be it lineup changes, musical direction, or even the hundreds of other bands you’ve been Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part VI

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in with Read more […]

Demo Scope – July 2013

Greetings and welcome to our first installment of “The Demo Scope,” a column where we’ll take the finest unsigned bands and run them through the review gamut. There’s nice swath of bands this month, ranging Read more […]

July 2013 Rapid Fires

In between watching the Tour de France, waiting for NFL training camp to start, various gigs of the outdoor and indoor variety, as well as life’s more momentous occasions, the DR staff was able to squeeze Read more […]

Now You Know: Averse Concept

New(er) bands need TLC. Actually, they need more tender loving care than veteran bands – they’ve been coddled, celebrated, and loved enough. Hence, our need for a new column called “Now You Know,” Read more […]

White Wizzard – Cutting Deep, and Still Proving To Be Kings of the Highway

You have to admire the perseverance of Jon Leon. He’s been put through an emotional wringer the last few years, what with the revolving door of musicians who seem to come and go within a blink of an Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part V

Toronto’s favorite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in with Read more […]

Noumena – The Burning Burden

To demonstrate the amount of time that has lapsed between album releases for Finland’s Noumena, this scribe interviewed the band in 2007 for a print publication, Metal Maniacs. Back then, it appeared Read more […]

Fatality North American Tour Diary Part IV

Toronto’s favourite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in Read more […]

Stone Magnum – Locked In Doom Overload

Straight shooters deserve respect in any scene- especially in metal. One look at the social media channels of guitarist Dean Tavernier of US doom/classic metal outfit Stone Magnum and you’ll know what Read more […]

Children of Bodom – A Bottle Deep and the Sun Is Up

The suddenly bronze members of Children of Bodom are in no way used to trekking across North American on a summer outdoor tour. This time of year is usually reserved for the vaunted European festival circuit, Read more […]

Lord – Yes They Can…And So Will You

The first name in Australian power metal, Lord’s career is unique in that they survived a name change while retaining the bulk of their lineup. Originally formed as Dungeon in 1989, the band adopted Read more […]

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