Royal Blood @ The Peabody Opera House 10-12-17

I showed up last Thursday night to the Peabody Opera House a little early to pick up my photo pass for the Queens of the Stone Age show. I stood in the wrong line for about 10 of those minutes, then by the time I ended up in the correct line and received my pass…

Album Review: Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore

I’m not gonna use the C-word in this review, you know the one that rhymes with Schmarkass. Haemorrhage has been around long enough at this point that we don’t need to go slinging around reductive musical comparisons. We Are The Gore is the newest splatterfest from the long-time Spanish goregrind practitioners and, it delivers the…

Album Reviews: Riot – Army of One and Through the Storm (Re-issues)

            Artist: Riot Albums: Army of One and Through the Storm Reviewed By: Todd Naevestad There’s something to be said about the old becoming new again. Videogames are getting HD re-releases. Childhood movies are getting remakes. And weird 90’s fashion is coming back in vogue. Music is much the same…

Concert review: Blaze Bayley @ Fubar (St. Louis, Mo)

Following Bruce Dickinson’s departure from Iron Maiden in 1993, the band recruited Wolfsbane frontman Blaze Bayley. With Maiden’s reputation largely built on Dickinson’s characteristic high-register wails and charismatic stage presence, the switch to Blaze’s baritone belting and static stage presence proved to be detrimental to the band’s popularity at the time. With Maiden, Blaze recorded…

Album Review: Exit Eden – Rhapsodies in Black

Band: Exit Eden Album: Rhaposdies in Black Release Date: August 4, 2017 Label: Napalm Records By: Todd Naevestad I go through a lot of trouble to keep up this metalhead persona, but there are just some days I just want to kick back and jam to some terrible pop music. Where no one else can…

Album Review: Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

Band: Insatia Album: Phoenix Aflame Review By: Todd Naevestad Most metal fans, I believe, recognize that it is the new bands that continue to push our favorite genes and subgenres into new and interesting territory. The young bloods, hungry and passionate, are the ones who will make big changes going forward. So you can imagine my…

Album review: Altair – Descending A Devilish Comedy

Metal is one of the coolest genres to me when it comes to looking at the influences behind the album’s creation. Pop culture, politics, classic literature, all kinds of different roots help shape metal. Italian power metal band Altair have taken that to heart with their new album, Descending: A Devilish Comedy. Drawing on their home…

Finding the Secret Targaryen: Top 11 Album Covers with Dragons on Them

As Game of Thrones fans we live in a perpetual state of uncertainty. We exist in a weekly world of muddled bloodlines, heroes making questionable decisions, and Bran making weird rape comments to his sister. However, there’s one absolute when it comes to the lands of Essos and Westeros; dragons equal power. That is likely…

Album Review: Eagleheart – Reverse

Artist: Eagleheart Album: Reverse Record Label: Scarlet Records Release date: August 18, 2017 Review By: Todd Naevestad When most bands disappear for six years no-one would fault you for thinking they’re dead. Six years is a long time in any industry and with the changing times, who even knows if they would be relevant in…

Album Review: Leprous – Malina

What you are about to hear is not the same Leprous you are used to. Well, it is, but it’s also not somehow. I realize that statement lacks some clarity, but once you hear Malina it will make a bit more sense. It’s as if you sat down at your favorite restaurant and ordered your…

Top 29 Nu Metal Albums of All Time

Nu metal is a sub-genre that often gets scoffed at and even fully disregarded when looking at metal as a whole. It is a genre that began to develop in the early to mid-1990’s and gained tremendous popularity at the tail end of the decade. Now, it is somewhat difficult to nail down exactly what…