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…

Doctor Pretorius’ End of 2017 List

My 2017 list is noticeably light on the gore this year. 2017 proved once again that doom is alive and not so well. Paradise Lost/Pallbearer/Bell Witch have three very distinct and modern approaches to the genre that don’t rely on trying to convince you that its magically 1974 again. That being said, Ulver and Drab…

Sean Cantor’s Top 40 Albums of 2017

Some years come and go uneventfully. They can somehow just tick by without you even noticing. Conversely, some years will storm by and leave you in a different headspace than you imagined possible. Time will move forward and change will be absolute, regardless of your opinion of it or the attention you pay it. 2017…

Album review: Unspeakable – Expulsion Of The Triumphant Beast

Self-released Available now at unspeakablerites.bandcamp.com Review By: Richard Jaspering This second release from St. Louis black/death metal band Unspeakable came to me in the mail on a cassette. The cassette looks slick, Lauren Gornik (metal artist extraordinaire) took the photograph of the Unspeakable members and it’s a stark one. The sound that rips through its…

Warped Tour Interview: Christopher Bowes of Alestorm

D: First of all, thanks for sitting down with us. I really appreciate it. C: My pleasure. D: So, hows the reception been to Alestorm at Warped Tour? Because I never thought I’d say “Alestorm at Warped Tour”. C: Yeah, I know it’s crazy, you wouldn’t really think to see a band like us playing…

Warped Tour Interview: Carley Coma of Candiria

D: You guys clearly have one of the most, if not the most distinct sound on this festival, how’s the reception been towards that? Has it been good? Do you see a lot of confused faces? C: Yeah, the reception’s been pretty good, some fans, it goes completely over their heads and some, they just…

Vlog: Mighty Con St. Louis 2016

Matt Albers, Nick Licata, Angel Kramer Remember a few months back when Matt published his first ever convention vlog of Wizard World St. Louis? Well, not long after that, he, Nick, and Angel were able to obtain coverage for another local convention. During summer 2016, Midwestern pop culture convention company Mighty Con set up their…

Interview: Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope

There are some classic bands that live in the past and some that push onward and reach new levels, Broken Hope is the latter.  Their upcoming album Mutilated and Assimilated stands strong alongside any of their classic material.  Damnation was lucky enough to be able to speak with founder Jeremy Wagner and discuss the new album, how it…

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…

Vlog: Wizard World St. Louis 2016

Matt Albers Those that follow Damnation Magazine, particularly on social media, know that while we primarily focus on news related to all forms of loud rock music, we also branch out to pop culture. It’s no secret that there are parallels – especially among fans – between the music that we love and comics, gaming,…