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: Lamb Of God – VII: STRUM UND DRANG

Erik D. Harshman Lamb of God (LOG) have been on their way to being pop stars for a while now. People once said that they were the “new Pantera” and while comparisons were inevitable: both rose from the underground to stadium tour success, both had a similar musician/vocalist setup, with LOG adding a guitarist, and…

Band Interview (Follow-Up): Battlecross

Matt Albers Two years ago, way back in August of 2013, I had the opportunity to conduct Damnation Magazine’s first ever artist interview with Detroit, Michigan blue collar thrashers Battlecross. That night, they were performing at Pop’s in Sauget, IL (just across the Mississippi River from our home base of St. Louis, Missouri) as an…

Band Interview: Holy Grail

Matt Albers Musical styles, sounds, and their corresponding scenes hardly ever remain consistent and untouched. New trends come and old trends go. Bands fixed into a specific genre lucky enough to maintain a strong fan base don’t have to consider breaking up or risk some kind of musical expansion or experimentation in order to continue. But just as new styles are…

Album Review: Pro-Pain – VOICE OF REBELLION

Erik D. Harshman     I should start off by saying that I have been a rabid Pro-Pain fan since 1997, when I picked up my first (and still my favorite) Pro-Pain album (Contents Under Pressure) from Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis. Nearly 20 years later I still buy their albums as soon as they come…

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 – 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…

Band Interview: Havok

Havok Interview Fubar – Saint Louis, Mo By: Matt Albers Photos By: Nick Licata Metal music is known for its sometimes divisive subgenres and their equally infamous followers, colorful though they may be, that can sometimes fit into a stereotypical archetype of its own unique subculture. Any of those individual subgenres can have their own…

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…

Fubar Metalfest X

Matt Albers             Venues and promoters often attempt to book their own mini music festivals around the local date of national tour. If there’s enough space and time it correctly, you can have up to ten or more bands including local openers on a single bill, sometimes with set times crossing over. Local acts always…

Album Review: Hellyeah – “Band Of Brothers”

By Matt Albers             Supergroups. Every once in a while, one will pop up. From The Travelling Wilburys, to Damn Yankees, to Them Crooked Vultures, to Chickenfoot, no matter what the genre or what band the members originate from, they tend to have one thing in common: novelty. The idea of musicians from different outfits…