Photo Album: The Flaming Lips @ The Pageant

For years I have been dying to see The Flaming Lips perform, as I had always heard wonderful things about their live show. So when I was messaged by Flaming Lips’ PR asking if I would like to photograph the show, you better believe I jumped all over that chance! The Pageant is and always…

Album review: Steel Panther – Lower the Bar

Band: Steel Panther Album: Lower the Bar Review by: Erik D. Harshman     ​I’ve always said this about a Steel Panther album: you’ll laugh, you’ll thrash… and you’ll learn the truth about life and love. ​Well… Sometimes you’ll get the truth… Other times you’ll just get hyperbolic songs about partying, sex and metal, filled with…

Album Review: Body Count – Bloodlust

Body Count, Bloodlust Review by Erik D. Harshman   Bloodlust may be the most socially, culturally and historically important album of the year.     Why?     First, Body Count has nearly always been a band that is a product of its time and environment. And this is no more resonate and important than right now!…

Album Review: Trial (Swe.) – Motherless

Band: Trial (Swe.) Album: Motherless Record Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Metal is somehow simultaneously the most communal and internally divisive musical genre. For every dirty club filled with like-minded metalheads enjoying their passion together there are handfuls of arguments happening regarding what constitutes a real metal band, which bands are…

Album Review: She Must Burn – Grimoire

Band: She Must Burn Album: Grimoire Release Date: March 3, 2017 Record Label: Artery Recordings When I was first asked to review London based She Must Burn, that is described as Deathcore infused Black Metal, I have to admit that even I was hesitant. I love metal, almost everything about it is what I love…

Vlog: Wizard World St. Louis 2016

Matt Albers Those that follow Damnation Magazine, particularly on social media, know that while we primarily focus on news related to all forms of loud rock music, we also branch out to pop culture. It’s no secret that there are parallels – especially among fans – between the music that we love and comics, gaming,…

Album Review: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (2017)

Band:  Mastodon Album: Emperor of Sand Record Label: Warner Bros. Records / Reprise Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 Since the release of Once More ‘Round the Sun, Atlanta’s Mastodon, have been very busy be it with touring, “trashing metal” which was really a misunderstanding, and well most recently writing a new album. While I have…

Album Review: Darkest Hour – GODLESS PROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA

Matt Albers I subscribe to a school of thought that fans of metal or other loud rock music have two gateway moments in their lives. These are when one discovers a band, song, album, sound, or style that initially sparks their interest in heavy music. This first “gateway drug” is usually a more “mainstream” or…

Album Review: Gorod – Kiss the Freak ep (2017)

Band: Gorod Album: Kiss The Freak ep Release Date: April 1, 2017 When it comes to Thrash Metal in the more modern days we tend to think of bands like Warbringer, Havok, Toxic Holocaust amongst so many others. Well, what if I told you that French Tech Death titans Gorod were so excited about an upcoming…

Album review: Cellador Off The Grid (2017)

Cellador is a band that has been tucked away in the back catalog of diehard power metal fans for close to a decade. There was a time in the American Midwest where watered down metalcore bands ruled the metal scene and finding an American power metal band was basically impossible. Yet, those of us who…

Band Spotlight – 3TEETH

Los Angeles based industrial band 3TEETH has unveiled plans to release their highly-anticipated, second full-length album, <shutdown.exe>, on May 19th via OMF Records. Today, the band reveals the album title, release date, artwork and track listing for the upcoming record. Additional details and music will be disclosed in the coming weeks. Follow the band at…

Album Review: Tim Bowness – Lost in the Ghost Light

Artist: Tim Bowness Album: Lost in the Ghost Light Release Date: February 17, 2017 Record Label: InsideOut Records If somewhere there is a prog rock album checklist, the new Tim Bowness album Lost in the Ghost Light has nearly every box checked off. Tim Bowness is best known as one half of No-Man with that sad…