Album Review: Leprous – Pitfalls

Typically, a quick background on a band is given to present context when publicly reviewing a new album. However, to bring up what Leprous has done in the past, to describe where they are currently seems genuinely ineffective in the case of Pitfalls.  What the new listener needs to know, is that Leprous is a…

Band Interview: White Wizzard’s Jon Leon

White Wizzard’s Jon Leon Interview by: Todd Naevestad TN: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us here at Damnation… As an introduction, how would you describe White Wizzard to someone whose never heard of you before? JL:Like the sound you would hear when a dragon spits fire into a vortex…

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…

The Edensong Interview Suite Pt. 1

Something very special is about to happen in St. Louis.  A rare event that those of us in the know normally have to travel for.  I am, of course, speaking of a genuine prog show.  In this specific case I am referring to the Edensong/Imminent Sonic Destruction show coming to the Fubar on Wednesday May…

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…

Album review: Lonely Robot – The Big Dream

Artist: Lonely Robot Album: The Big Dream Record Label: InsideOut Records Release Date: April 28, 2017 To begin, I know keeping up with progressive rock is not easy. Should you spend your time digging up obscure classics, analyzing whatever album Steven Wilson just remixed, trying to keep up with the ever-growing army of new prog…

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: Thanatos Eternal

Metal music is anything but a stagnant genre. Off-shoots and subgenres wax and wane constantly, frequently with other  types of music that are often associated with metal due to their dark or aggressive tones. Industrial is a fine example. Its avant-garde fusion of rock and electronic has and still is grouped in to other types…