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Mayhem’s Purgatorium Tour – A San Diego Review

Mayhem’s Purgatorium Tour – A San Diego Review

If there’s anything we can say we are grateful for this year, it’s having been able to see Mayhem three times in the United States over the course of merely a couple of years.  Just because this tour wasn’t called Black Metal Warfare 3 certainly doesn’t mean there was not an onslaught of good-old-fashioned black metal to be had, alongside a satiating touch of death metal that made this tour package feel particularly unique and sonically satisfying We began our […]

Iced Earth’s Latest Release Incorruptible Is A Blistering, Soul Shaking Listening Experience That Holds Nothing Back

Iced Earth’s Latest Release Incorruptible Is A Blistering, Soul Shaking Listening Experience That Holds Nothing Back

Set, we’ve missed you. Artwork by David Newman-Stump and Roy Young Jon and company have released an epic album that is everything a metal head could ever want in a release. From the opening track “Great Heathen Army,” to the closing piece “Clear The Way,” each song is a living entity reflecting pain, tragedy, love, and unity conveyed through tracks that stay with you long after the last note fades off of track 10. The riffs are brutal yet melodic, […]

Album Review: Valhalore – Voyage Into Eternity

Album Review: Valhalore – Voyage Into Eternity

Valhalore is an upcoming band from Brisbane, Australia. Running a strong team of 6. With Matthew Grimley on Bass, Anthony Willis on Guitars, Lachlan Neate on vocals, cello, and mandolin, Sophie Christensen on wind instruments, Morgan Cox on drums, and Lucas Fisher on Guitars and Vocals. Voyage Into Eternity is their debut album released March 14 2017. They have released a couple of singles over the last 2 years and been teasing just how great the new album is going […]

Taste The Sadness By Aussie Legend SPOD Is An Instant Classic

Taste The Sadness By Aussie Legend SPOD Is An Instant Classic

This guy…image via Rice Is Nice Records Middle Age hasn’t sounded this good in a long time. SPOD has broken his creation hiatus to create an album of great depth using electronica and pop music to convey the struggles of arriving to that weird area in all of our lives where we all swear we’d never get to, but we all do, usually without even noticing. You want to hang out with friends, you want to hang out at the pub, […]

Iron Reagan’s “Crossover Ministry” Will Exorcise Your Post-Election Demons

Iron Reagan’s “Crossover Ministry” Will Exorcise Your Post-Election Demons

Editor’s Note: Move over, “Art of Partying.” My new anthem is “Fuck the Neighbors.” If there’s any truth to the general predictions of more profoundly heavy music emerging due to our current political shitstorm, Iron Reagan is already ten steps ahead.  Crossover Ministry is the quick fix that pulls you away from CNN and into a whirlwind of craftily executed thrash magic.   There are two factors I believe make this album one to be reckoned with in 2017, the first […]

Metal Life album review – Repulsive Vision – Look Past the Gore and See The Art

Metal Life album review – Repulsive Vision – Look Past the Gore and See The Art

Repulsive Vision’s “Look Past the Gore and See the Art” begins in panic: the first track is a fever-dream maelstrom of slasher-film samples, urgently warning against the rampant dangers of metal music that encourage “sex abuse, sadism, cannibalism, necrophilia, infanticide, mutilation, molestation, and death.”  What follows is an assault of sound that gives the finger to censorship, whether self-or-societally imposed. Bowel-shaking vocalizations that span the gambit of groans, moans, snarls, and howls partner with hard-hitting yet symphonic string progressions and […]

Metal Life review: THE WHO – My Generation 5CD Super Deluxe Edition

Metal Life review: THE WHO – My Generation 5CD Super Deluxe Edition

In the half century since its release, The Who’s debut album My Generation hasn’t lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden and many more. The Who played a similar musical style that was common for the mid sixties, but their lyrics stood separate and echoed […]

Den Is Now- Another Knock Out Release From Rice Is Nice Records

Den Is Now- Another Knock Out Release From Rice Is Nice Records

Den in it’s natural habitat…image via Rice Is Nice Records Tragically hip by in the best way possible, Den’s self titled EP via Rice Is Nice Records is a romp through the sublime. The album as a whole is an intriguing mix of seventies styled mod rock guitar and punk vocal work punctuated by hints of keyboard solos and solid yet simple drum work that all comes together to form perfectly controlled chaos. Modern in its approach but old school […]

Review Of Aussie Music Innovators The Laurels Combine Groove Rock, Hip Hop, And Fuzz In Their Latest Release Sonicology

Review Of Aussie Music Innovators The Laurels Combine Groove Rock, Hip Hop, And Fuzz In Their Latest Release Sonicology

The Laurels bend to no genre….and it’s brilliant. It’s been four years in the making, but The Laurels are set to release one hell of a follow up to their debut album, Plains. Time and experience (plus a line up change or two) has honed these mad cat’s style into one that cannot, and should not, be stuffed into a label or genre. Sonicology is here. Filled with groove rock rhythms, intelligent lyrics, hip pop styled drum beats, and fuzz […]

review: TESTAMENT – Brotherhood of The Snake

review: TESTAMENT – Brotherhood of The Snake

Legends that they are, we had no doubt that TESTAMENT would create yet another good album. However, would this be an amazing album? Would we be blown away or just be pleased that yet another TESTAMENT album was released? Well, let us start off with this: Brotherhood of the Snake is amazing, truly amazing. This is like a rebirth for them. Chuck Billy’s distinctive voice shines through with all the thrash melody that classic TESTAMENT had and the guitar work […]

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