Album Review: Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (2017)

  Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With Review by Erik D. Harshman   A new Dying Fetus (DF) is a significant thing for a few reasons. The first is that, as far as extreme groove death metal goes, DF are the kings. The second is that DF may very well be one of the…

Album Review: Voyager – Ghost Mile

There are a number of ways to be a progressive metal band in 2017. You can buy John’s Petrucci’s Rock Discipline DVD and do your best to conjure visions of Metropolis, you can get rid of that pesky headstock on your guitar and go the singerless route or you can organically meld various musical styles…

Band interview: Ayreon

We recently got the opportunity to sit down with Arjen Lucassen and discuss your new favorite Ayreon album “The Source”. D: Thanks for sitting down with us and letting us pick your brain about the new album. We have been listening to it and it’s unbelievable, really so good. A: No problem, I am glad you…

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: 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: 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…

Song Review: Ayreon – The Day That The World Breaks Down

The new Ayreon track, “The Day That The World Breaks Down” has officially been up on YouTube and Spotify long enough for me to listen to it too many times. Ayreon albums are basically the Wrestlemania of prog albums, huge productions, storylines that are hard to follow and filled with some of the most talented…

Album Review: Pain Of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day

Band: Pain of Salvation Album: In the Passing Light of Day Release date: January 13, 2017 Record Label: InsideOut Records Reviewed by: Sean Cantor “We had a good run; our days in the sun so come what may”. When we form relationships, whether it is with family, friends, or ourselves we tend to live beyond…

Album Review: Dark Tranquillity – Atoma

Band: Dark Tranquillity Album: Atoma Release Date: November 4, 2016 Record Label: Century Media These days it’s easy to just toss a band aside because they sound just like every other band or they lack talent. Dark Tranquillity, however is the exact opposite. Running alongside bands like In Flames, Soilwork and various other Melodic Death…

Album Review: Opeth – Sorceress

Band: Opeth Album: Sorceress Record Label: Nuclear Blast/Moderbolget Records Release Date: September 30, 2016 When it comes to bands releasing new albums, it’s always the same thing from the fans. “I hope they go back to their old sound” or “I hope it’s a continuation of the last album.” I feel like that is appropriate…

Album Review: Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience

Artist: Allegaeon Album: Proponent For Sentience (“sen-chence”) Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016 By Stephen Kruczyk As if their name doesn’t create enough pronunciation issues between metal heads trying to spread the good word of their music, Allegaeon‘s fourth studio album Proponent For Sentience is another wrench in the circuitry. If…

Album Review: Periphery III – Select Difficulty

Band: Periphery (Washington D.C.) Album: III – Select Difficulty Record Label: Sumerian Records Release Date: July 21, 2016 Periphery is one of those bands where you either really love them or you just don’t like them. It has taken so much for me to get into this band, for no reason other than the clean…