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…

Steve K’s Favorites of 2015

Favorite Albums of 2015 Black Fast Terms of Surrender Saint Louis thrash metal masters Black Fast released Terms of Surrender, their second full-length album, in August of 2015. Every time I put the CD in my car stereo or on my iPhone it plays on repeat for a while because whenever I feel like changing…

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….

Album Review: Byzantine – TO RELEASE IS TO RESOLVE

Matt Albers The term “underrated” can end up being thrown around quite a lot, especially in music. But sometimes, it really is the only appropriate word to describe a band. West Virginian progressive groove thrashers Byzantine have nearly always been a prime example of such. Forming in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Chris “OJ” Ojeda, it wasn’t…

Band Interview – Ne Obliviscaris

MATT KLAVINS (Guitar) DAMNATION MAGAZINE (US) INTERVIEW When it comes to progressive metal one usually thinks of Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, or Devin Townsend Project, especially for more extreme/experimental sounds. A couple years ago I came across a band from the Land of Oz that completely blew me away, so much so that I…