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…

Band Interview: Between The Buried And Me

The realms of progressive music and heavy metal have each had their own rich, unique histories. But, as those histories and cultures of music have shown, crossover experimentation is practically inevitable. The many bands and subgenres within the two umbrella terms have collaborated over the years, resulting in bands with their own unique styles, sounds,…

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: Sanctuary

Matt Albers In any other situation, sitting down to converse with someone who is wearing an unbuckled straightjacket may be considered out of the ordinary, perhaps even ill-advised. But within the metal community, when that individual is Warrel Dane, the situation could be considered unique, or only slightly odd from even the most unfamiliar perspective….

Fates Warning announce 2015 US Tour dates

Fates Warning announce 2015  US tour dates!  Photo by Stephanie Cabral     Progressive metal masters Fates Warning will be touring the US in October 2015 – initial confirmed dates are below, and more will be added in the coming weeks.   FATES WARNING – US Tour 2015:   Fri, October 9 – Hartford, CT, Webster Theater Sat,…

Band Interview – Black Fast

By Matt Albers Any given area’s local music scene or community can be shaped by any manner of things. From location, to history, to events, the art, expression, or entertainment unique to a city are a direct reflection of any and all facets associated with the people who live there. As a St. Louis, MO-based…

Review from across the Pond: Anathema – Distant Satellites

Artist: Anathema Album/EP Name: Distant Satellites Release Date: 09-Jun-2014 Anathema has been one of those bands whose sound has changed dramatically over the years. Initially starting out as a Doom Metal band in the early 90s, they have evolved into a symphonic progressive rock band. I first discovered them with their 2012 effort Weather Systems which has become one…