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…

Album review: Visions of Atlantis – The Deep and the Dark

Review: Visions of Atlantis – The Deep & the Dark By Todd Naevestad Before we begin, cards on the table. While I make no promises, I’m going to try to be my usual critical and objective self. I think I’ve already shown that I’m a big fan of Clémentine Delauney’s voice in a few articles…

Nordahl’s Corner: Harakiri for the Sky – Arson

We here at Damnation Magazine aren’t always the best when it comes to churning out reviews of new metal albums.  It’s hard to find time to write several paragraphs on an album, even if you really like it, when life is bombarding you non-stop with an endless barrage of flaming crap.  But let’s quit our…

Nordahl’s List of Essential Metal From 2017

2017 has come and gone and now 2018 is blessing us with its freshness and downright bone-chilling coldness.  So when can I move to Florida or anywhere cheap and tropical?  Thank God we always have plenty of metal goodness to keep our blood flowing and get our bodies moving to generate some much needed warmth….

Todd’s Top 5 +1 Albums of 2017

This is been an interesting year for me. Unlike, I think, some of the others on this site, I’m relatively new to metal. Sure, I grew up listening to some of the classics, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motorhead. And I was introduced to bands like Rhapsody and Demon Hunter later on. But it really wasn’t until…

Album Review: White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive

Review: White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive By: Todd Naevestad I think it’s no secret that metal bands can have a variety of lineups. For whatever reason, band members come and go pretty frequently. For White Wizzard it’s basically become a meme in and of itself for them. The band has gone through it’s fair stretch…