Album Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin

Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin By Todd Naevestad How do you introduce Powerwolf? I’m serious. If you’re into power metal even a little bit it’s hard to not know something about them. Their unique, darker, take on the often bright genre has always made them stand out. From their corpse paint and clerical…

Album Review: Alien Weaponry – Tū

Review: Alien Weaponry – Tū By Todd Naevestad The thing I love about metal is that it is always surprising me. Something can come up in the genre that I never even thought about from a place I never expected. That’s how it was when I stumbled on Alien Weaponry, a thrash-metal band from New…

Album Review: Melted Space – Darkening Light

Review: Melted Space – Darkening Light By Todd Naevestad I will always be amazed that anything can be made metal. Pop songs? Make it metal. Philosophy? Make it metal. Children’s edutainment? Make it metal…? You get the idea. So a metal opera is not all that surprising. We can thank Nirvana for the first credited…

Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II

Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II By Todd Naevestad One thing that will always grab my attention in music is a unique voice. When those first few lyrics drop and the singer is unlike any I’ve heard before, you immediately have my interest. Bands like Unleash the Archers, Beast In Black, and The…

Album Review: Kamelot – The Shadow Theory

Review: Kamelot – The Shadow Theory By Todd Naevestad Let’s be real. If you know power metal, you know Kamelot. If Ronnie James Dio (may he rock in peace) is the progenitor of the genre, than Kamelot is one of the first acolytes. Still synonymous with the genre, and serving as inspiration to many bands…

Album Review: Dream Ocean – Love Lost Symphony

Review: Dream Ocean – Love Lost Symphony By Todd Naevestad Coming originally out of Istanbul, Turkey, and now Germany, Dream Ocean is a young symphonic metal band presenting their first full length album, Love Lost Symphony. Featuring the vocals of mezzo-soprano Basak Ylva, the band has come a fair way to this release. Originally forming…

Album Review: Purest of Pain – Solipsis

Purest of Pain Solipsis By Lindsay O’Connor Melodic Death Metal outfit, Purest of Pain, is set to release a hell-of-a debut full-length on March 1st the album, Solipsis, was seven years in the making, and sees the Dutch quintet indulging in blackened Thrash, swimming melodies, and ambient groove. “Solipsis is a guitar-oriented record, and has…

Album Review: Novareign – Legends

Review: Novareign – Legends By: Todd Naevestad I feel that there is an unspoken contract between musicians and listeners when we pick up their albums. We promise to give it the time and attention it deserves and they promise to not squander that time. While what this can mean varies from person to person, I…

Album Review: Terra IncΩgnita – Fragments of a Ruined Mind

Review: Terra IncΩgnita – Fragments of a Ruined Mind By Todd Naevestad Coming to us from Athens, Greece of all places, and with a front man from New York, Terra IncΩgnita is releasing their newest album Fragments of a Ruined Mind. While they’ve been around for a while now, their first full length album releasing…