Category Archives: Metal Reviews

Metal Review: Onslaught: VI (2014)

Onslaught: VI

Onslaught is a band that is completely misunderstood in the thrash metal community. They are ridiculed by some for their power metal beginnings, but worshiped by some for classic early works. Their reformation in 2007 was met with disdain by many and ambivalence by most. What hooked me in a few years ago was the

Metal Review: Ace Frehley: Space Invader (2014)

Ace Frehley: Space Invader

Legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is like a warm bowl of chili. He is about as comfortable as a musician to me as you can get. I grew up with KISS blasting through my boombox every night while doing anything. Music has always been a huge part of my life and KISS has always been

Metal Review: 1349: Massive Cauldron of Chaos (2014)

1349: Massive Cauldron of Chaos

Norwegian black metal horde 1349 is back with the sixth full-length release, “Massive Cauldron of Chaos,” a collection of 8 hyperspeed tracks like only 1349 can bring via Seasons of Mist Records. After so many teases by streaming track after track of this latest effort, we finally get our greedy little hands on this album.

Metal Review: Alunah: Awakening the Forest (2014)

Alunah: Awakening the Forest

Birmingham, UK’s doom metal outfit Alunah have a lot to live up to being a doom metal band from the same home of the mighty Black Sabbath. Led by the hypnotic vocals of Soph Day, the four-piece set themselves apart from the typical doom metal band by their incorporation of more psychedelic elements, but that

Music Review-Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

01. New Dark Ages 02. Deadend 03. Shut Me Down 04. Life Giver Life Taker 05. Obeyed 06. Curse Us All 07. Carrion 08. Imperator 09. Towers Of Emptiness 10. Forgive Our Fathers Line-up Justin Karl Michael Broadrick – guitars, vocals Ben George Christian Green – bass Review-Godflesh has returned after a 13 year hiatus

Metal Review: Solstafir: Otta (2014)

Solstafir: Otta

Icelandic post black metal outfit Sólstafir is back with their fifth full-length release in “Ótta.” While their are still slight remnants of their olden black metal days nearly 20 years ago, the band has shed their black metal skin and are still making high quality music under a different light. This light is still dark

Metal Review: In Flames: Siren Charms (2014)

In Flames: Siren Charms

I will be the first to admit that In Flames scares me these days. I have seen them release average albums alongside one album that had no business seeing the light of day. The band is loaded with hit songs, but rarely are the albums stellar. It is more along the lines of a few

Metal Review: Calm Hatchery: Fading Reliefs (2014)

Calm Hatchery: Fading Reliefs

Calm Hatchery is a band that we have talked about before rather affectionately because I love what this Polish horde is up to. They are currently touring with Vader, which is rather appropriate since their sound is derived from a lot of what Vader has done. Believe it or not, they are even a more

Metal Review: Blood God: Blood is My Trademark (2014)

Blood God: Blood is My Trademark

Germany’s Blood God is back with their second album, “Blood is My Trademark,” which picks up exactly where 2012’s “No Brain But Balls” left off. They are the German version of AC/DC mixed with Accept and the band restores a lot of lost faith that I had with classic metal type of music. The music

Metal Review: Megaton Leviathan: Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell (2014)

Megaton Leviathan: Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell

It appears as if there is this ever growing new sub-genre of metal entitled drone that we have to be aware of because there are a multitude of bands utilizing this type of music. What started off as a method used sparingly with Opeth and then more extensively with bands such as Agalloch and Alcest,