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: 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….

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: All That Remains – THE ORDER OF THINGS

Matt Albers There’s no question that we are in the midst of a metal music/loud rock paradigm shift. Within the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in popularity of subgenres like deathcore and djent, as well as the musical and demographical spanning out of contemporary, progressive stoner/sludge metal. But just as the wax and wane of musical…

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 – 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: Trioscapes – Digital Dream Sequence

Artist: Trioscapes Album/EP Name: Digital Dream Sequence Release Date: 19-Aug-2014 Jazz and Metal have always had coherent relationship: many metal bands are heavily influenced by Jazz especially those in the Progressive scene. Jazz’s unusual harmonies, irregular and syncopated time signatures are just some of the musical textures adapted by modern metal bands. Bands such as Between the Buried and…