Album Review: Darkest Hour – GODLESS PROPHETS & THE MIGRANT FLORA

Matt Albers I subscribe to a school of thought that fans of metal or other loud rock music have two gateway moments in their lives. These are when one discovers a band, song, album, sound, or style that initially sparks their interest in heavy music. This first “gateway drug” is usually a more “mainstream” or…

Concert Review: Guns N’ Roses at Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)

Erik D. Harshman I should start off by saying that this show was really the pinnacle and high point of my summer for a few reasons. The first is that (aside from Joan Jett one week later), this is the only big stadium “summer” concert I’m seeing this year, it marks the first time I’m…

Band Interview: Hallow Point

Matt Albers, Steve Kruczyk The metal community of the St. Louis, MO-region has experienced a resurgence in recent years. This is particularly true when it comes to the underground subgenres. More melodic, accessible styles have also seen their own success in our area, as well. While metalcore has been on a bit of a decline…

Band Interview: Devil You Know

Matt Albers, Steve Kruczyk Side projects are nothing new. As long as there have been bands, there have been opportunities for musicians to collaborate with one another. One of the most famous types of side projects – or infamous, depending on who you ask – is the “super group.” This is when each member of…

Band Interview: Satyricon

Matt Albers, Nick Licata Few subcultures within heavy metal are regarded with as much reverence (or with as much controversy) as Norwegian black metal. After bands like Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost began the darkest, most extreme metal subgenre at the time (and arguably still to this day), bands from Norway like Mayhem, Darkthrone,…

Band Interview: Voivod

Matt Albers In the realm of music, but particularly rock and heavy metal, something described as “progressive” usually means that it is pushing the boundaries of modern sounds into new ground or horizons. Typically, this brings to mind thoughts and images of the future. One of the most influential bands to incorporate this technique within…