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…

Album Review: Swallow the Sun – Songs From the North I, II & III

  Finland is known from some excellent bands including Wintersun, Ensiferum, and Children of Bodom, amongst many others. However, one of my absolute favorites out of the Finland area has to be Swallow the Sun. Let’s just say I have a thing for Progressive Metal and Swallow the Sun is right on up there with…

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: Leprous – The Congregation

Leprous is: Einar Solberg – vocals, keyboards Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar Øystein Landsverk – guitar Baard Kolstad – drums Simen Daniel Børven – bass guitar   What was once the backing band for Emperor singer, Ihsahn, has been taking the Prog Metal world by storm one album at a time! The Norwegian four piece, Leprous, started back a few…

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…

Album Review: The Agonist – EYE OF PROVIDENCE

Matt Albers In March 2014, metal fans across the world were shocked to hear that after thirteen years, Angela Gossow was stepping down from her role as vocalist of Swedish-based melodic death metal heavyweights Arch Enemy. While she kept her role as manager of the band, the powerhouse metal front woman officially passed the baton…

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…

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…

Album Review: Haken – Restoration

Comprised of just three songs London-based Progressive Rock/Metal act Haken have re-imagined songs from their 2008 demo “Enter the 5th Dimension” into a new masterpiece that is simply titled “Restoration.”

Band Interview: Revocation

Revocation Interview Fubar – Saint Louis, Mo By: Matt Albers Photos by: Nick Licata Anything new and unfamiliar is often seen as a lot to take in. To an outsider, metal music can appear daunting and intimidating. But even within the genre, it’s common for fans to be divided upon lines of subgenres or even…