Album Review: Dire Peril – The Extraterrestrial Compendium

  Review: Dire Peril – The Extraterrestrial Compendium By Todd Naevestad There’s something to be said about specialization. If you’re good at something, it’s great to stick with that. But when that’s all you do or try, that’s when things feel stale. It’s a fine balance. What we’re looking at now is the debut of…

Album Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin

Review: Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin By Todd Naevestad How do you introduce Powerwolf? I’m serious. If you’re into power metal even a little bit it’s hard to not know something about them. Their unique, darker, take on the often bright genre has always made them stand out. From their corpse paint and clerical…

Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II

Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II By Todd Naevestad One thing that will always grab my attention in music is a unique voice. When those first few lyrics drop and the singer is unlike any I’ve heard before, you immediately have my interest. Bands like Unleash the Archers, Beast In Black, and The…

Nordahl’s List of Essential Metal From 2017

2017 has come and gone and now 2018 is blessing us with its freshness and downright bone-chilling coldness.  So when can I move to Florida or anywhere cheap and tropical?  Thank God we always have plenty of metal goodness to keep our blood flowing and get our bodies moving to generate some much needed warmth….

Todd’s Top 5 +1 Albums of 2017

This is been an interesting year for me. Unlike, I think, some of the others on this site, I’m relatively new to metal. Sure, I grew up listening to some of the classics, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motorhead. And I was introduced to bands like Rhapsody and Demon Hunter later on. But it really wasn’t until…

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…

Album Review: Unleash the Archers – Apex

Metal music nowadays is full of ways to create the most massive and powerful sound imaginable. There are plenty of cool toys a band can invest in that will make their drums more thunderous, their guitars thicker or their vocals more impactful. These aren’t necessarily negative aspects of the current state of music but every…

Interview: Brittney Slayes of Unleash the Archers

The new album is phenomenal, do you feel this is the strongest the band has been in terms of both musicianship and songwriting? Thank you! I think this particular line-up is the strongest we’ve had in terms of being on the same page and having the same goals and writing style. We work very well…