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: Fit For An Autopsy

Jake Janitch, Nick Licata, Steve Kruczyk, Matt Albers The extreme metal subgenre continues to bring us new and unique acts that stand out among trends that may come and go. New Jersey’s Fit For An Autopsy is not your typical “death-core” outfit. The extensive background of each member bleeds into their creative process and out…

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…

Album Review: DevilDriver – TRUST NO ONE

Matt Albers It’s been nearly two years since founding drummer John Boeklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick left California’s DevilDriver. Since then, vocalist Dez Fafara returned to his prior band, Coal Chamber, to release their fourth album, Rivals, on Napalm Records, amid extensive touring. The last we heard from the melodic death/groove thrashers was Winter Kills,…

Band Interview: August Burns Red

A well-known aspect of heavy metal’s culture is the combative nature among fans between the fans of different sub-genres. While it is often non-combative but laced with profanity, fans have always debated whether more traditional, pure, true forms of the music are superior or if the newer, more expansive movements are ultimately better for the metal scene as a…

Band Interview: Epica

Matt Albers One of Europe’s strongest contributing scenes to metal in the past two decades has been all of the female-fronted symphonic metal acts. Bands that formed in the mid 1990s like Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Lacuna Coil started a movement of strong, beautiful, operatic female vocals and neo-classical symphonic elements juxtaposed over driving heavy metal guitar…

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…

Band Interview: Exmortus

As you can see from the date published of this article, today is Thursday, January 21, 2016. Tonight, at the St. Louis, MO venue Fubar, Los Angeles, California technical death thrashers Exmortus are scheduled to perform as openers, along with Cauldron, for Enforcer and Warbringer (also featuring local act Stormcaller). On September 15, 2015, Damnation Magazine…

Sick Video of the Week: Engel – Question Your Place

Engle consists of members from many various bands, most notably the on again, off again guitarist for In Flames, Niclas Engelin. Engel has a very interesting sound and you can see/hear it all in their latest video for the song ‘Question Your Place’. Enjoy!