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….

Interview: Johnny DeAngelis of Oni

I’m Chris… I’m with Damnation Magazine, and I’m here with John from ONI (“oh-knee”) Hello hello… And just witnessed an awesome show here at the Ready Room opening up for Devin Townsend… I guess, the first question would be, since you play Xylophone – which there’s not many people in the metal scene that do…

Album Review: My Missing Half – A Proper Hangman’s Knot (Boston, MA)

Band: My Missing Half Album: A Proper Hangman’s Knot From: Boston, MA My Missing Half is a four piece melodic death metal band from Boston, Massachucets, founded in 2011. The band consists of Bijan Hennessey on vocals and guitar, Alex Elwell on bass and John Matthews on drums. They released their powerful debut album The…

Band Interview: Nekrogoblikon

Matt Albers I don’t want to simply copy and paste my introduction from my last belated, overdue entry. But, if you read Angel’s interview with The Sword bassist Bryan Richie – as well as Nick’s photo gallery of their set at The Ready Room with Royal Thunder – the transition from the end of one year to the…

Album Review: Swallow the Sun – Songs From the North I, II & III

  Finland is known from some excellent bands including Wintersun, Ensiferum, and Children of Bodom, amongst many others. However, one of my absolute favorites out of the Finland area has to be Swallow the Sun. Let’s just say I have a thing for Progressive Metal and Swallow the Sun is right on up there with…

Album Review: Torchia – Ending Beginning (2015)

Thinking of great Death Metal acts around the world the most prominent country that comes to mind is Sweden. Well, with the likes of In Flames, Opeth, Bloodbath, Soilwork, etc.  its no  wonder too. After giving Finnish death metal act, Torchia, a listen on their newest demo EP ‘Ending Beginning‘ I am beginning to think…

Band Interview: Battlecross

By Matt Albers In any successful, long-running music scene, bands that don’t make their mark come and go, making it easy to leave even the most die-hard fan question the current state and future of the genre. But every once in a while – usually when you are least expecting it – a band pops…

Concert Review: Children of Bodom 15th Anniversary Tour (St. Louis, Mo)

Children Of Bodom’s 15th Anniversary Tour at Pop’s By Matt Albers It’s no secret that St. Louis, Missouri is a town that seems to be slowly fading into obscurity on the national metal map. A great deal of the area’s remaining metal fans understand that the biggest acts, whether metal superstars like Iron Maiden and…