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H.P Lovecraft’s ‘The Lurking Fear’ Gets A Reboot

H.P Lovecraft’s ‘The Lurking Fear’ Gets A Reboot

  “Shrieking, slithering, torrential shadows of red viscous madness chasing one another through endless, ensanguined corridors of purple fulgorous sky… formless phantasms and kaleidoscopic mutations of a ghoulish, remembered scene; forests of monstrous overnourished oaks with serpent roots twisting and sucking unnamable juices from an earth verminous with millions of cannibal devils; mound-like tentacles groping from underground nuclei of polypous perversion… insane lightning over malignant ivied walls and daemon arcades choking with fungous vegetation…” — The Lurking Fear   Spoken […]

Clark Ashton Smith’s Inferno Brought To Life

Clark Ashton Smith’s Inferno Brought To Life

“The night grows whole again, the shadows rest gathered beneath a greater shadow’s wings” S.T Joshi, a leading authority on the works of H.P Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken and more, has collaborated with spoken word label Cadabra Records to create a unique verbal vehicle by which to expose a new audience to the mind bending works of horror based poetry written by acclaimed American author Clark Ashton Smith. The release, which will come out June 6th as a […]

Metal Life album review: Summer Flake – Hello Friends

Metal Life album review: Summer Flake – Hello Friends

While not a metal release, Aussie indy band Summer Flake is set to unleash an album upon us, the unwashed masses, that deserves a serious listen through. Hello Friends is a bluesy, down and dirty groove rock album that is top notch to say the least. Front woman Stephanie Crase’s vocals are raw and bitterly enchanting and are the perfect pairing to the gritty alt rock melodies dished out by the guitars. Add a stripped down drum kit, solid recording, […]

Metal Life review: PALACEBURN – Curses EP

Metal Life review: PALACEBURN – Curses EP

Kids these days wouldn’t know what rock music was if it slapped them in the faces with a Marshall halfstack, thanks to sensible denotations like AC/DC and Kiss being exchanged in the minds of youth for the marshmallow-ness of bands like Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire. Thank goodness there are bands like Palaceburn to maintain the power and dimension of a solidly structured rock melody. From the outside, there’s nothing outrageous about them…no costumes, no gimmicks, and no undue […]

Metal Life Album Review: Tarja Turunen (ex NIGHTWISH) – Ave Maria En Plein Air

Metal Life Album Review: Tarja Turunen (ex NIGHTWISH) – Ave Maria En Plein Air

With the release of her debut classical solo album, Ave Maria En Plein Air, Tarja has opened a new world of beauty and composition to metal and classical fans alike. The song, Ave Maria, an intersessional prayer to Mother Mary set to music, has inspired countless composers throughout the ages, and now Tarja Turunen has brought to life not only this timeless classic, but breathed new life into its hallowed notes. The compositions feature music from Paolo Tosti, J.S. Bach, […]

Album Review: DISTURBED – Immortalized

Album Review: DISTURBED – Immortalized

I have been a fan of Disturbed since I was in junior high; their music was the crutch that I leaned on during awkward adolescent phases, transitioning into college life, and coping with shifts in religious and political beliefs. Thus this preface exists to say I did my best to review this as objectively as possible and leave out any emotional links that are not blatant (see description of “The Light”). As a musical piece, Immortalized is their most focused […]

Metal Life Exclusive Interview With NILE Plus Our Review Of “What Should Not Be Unearthed”

Metal Life Exclusive Interview With NILE Plus Our Review Of “What Should Not Be Unearthed”

Resident metal queen Karila recently spoke with Karl Sanders, the visionary guitarist of Nile, about their latest album What Should Not Be Unearthed, to be unleashed to the masses via Nuclear Blast on August 28, 2015. They discussed what distinguishes this album from Sethu, what makes the fans the most critical part of the scene, and what surprises await their legions of European fans. Conceptually, Nile’s eighth studio album wraps its thoughts around the morbid idea that the things unearthed […]

Metal Life Album Review: SOULFLY – Archangel

Metal Life Album Review: SOULFLY – Archangel

Archangel is Soulfly’s tenth release, and features a far different sound from what fans have come to expect from these metal titans. As Max Cavalera has described it, Archangel posses a more extotic sound, with varying riffs, different lyrical content, and unique arrangements than usual, but still features the vicious vocal work and neck snapping drum work we have come to know and love. However, the album as a whole took some getting used to for me. The first track, […]

Metal Life Album Review: NIGHTWISH – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Metal Life Album Review: NIGHTWISH – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Awash with beautiful emotion, dramatic scores, deeply moving lyrics, and a wonderful variety in song structure, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is yet another amazing release by Finnish metalers Nightwish. No two songs are alike, yet they all pull together gloriously to provide a seamless flow that makes this release a true work of musical art. Floor’s vocal work ranges from light and lilting to deep and soulful, and really puts a different twist to Nightwish’s overall sound, giving it new […]

Metal Life Album Review: CRADLE OF FILTH – Hammer of the Witches

Metal Life Album Review: CRADLE OF FILTH – Hammer of the Witches

Cradle of Filth are one of those bands that are either on peoples’ love list or hate list. I have yet to meet someone who kinda likes them or sort of hates them. This phenomenon is interesting to me since it takes a special band to create that kind of reaction out of people. I have loved Cradle of Filth since their first demos were floating around and I have loved every album, EP, DVD, since. Perhaps I am biased […]

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