Album Review: Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands (2018)

Artist: Hate Eternal Album: Upon Desolate Sands Record Label: Season of Mist Release Date: October 26, 2018 Review by: Sean Cantor Violence of action is a concept that suggests an unrestricted and immediate use of determined force in order to achieve full dominance over an enemy. Hate Eternal embodies this force. Since their conception, mastermind…

Album Review: Snowy Shaw – White Is The New Black (2018)

  Artist: Snowy Shaw Album: White Is The New Black Release Date: May 25, 2018 Review by: Sean Cantor Snowy Shaw is one of the best kept secrets in heavy metal. He somehow stands hidden in plain sight, while contributing massively to the metal community, through countless bands and seemingly on whatever instrument he can…

Album Review: Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest (2018)

Review by: Nick Licata Behemoth is one of those bands, that could literally do anything, musically, and turn it into a Black Metal masterpiece. Although any release that comes after 2014’s, The Satanist, has to really be bold if it wants to hold precedence as a successor to that album. For most bands, that would…

Album Review: Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal

Review by: Todd Naevestad Even outside of music, Dee Snider is a man I have a lot of respect for. Not even counting his years of history in metal, his educated, and rather scathing, testament before the Parent’s Music Resource Center senate hearing helped shape the music landscape in the 70s and 80s. He’s a…

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…