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Being a notorious fan of the horror genre, CONCERTO FOR THE UNDEAD by Italian metallers STIGMA intrigued me right away. You see, this entire album has a theme... it revolves around TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Although it opens with a likely-unlicensed sample of John Kassir doing his Crypt Keeper laugh from the HBO Series, "Chop His Head Off!" is a hardcore...
There was a moment about thirty seconds into the first track on ANCHORED's LISTEN TO THIS when I realized something: If it's not already, "Dirty in Texas" will soon be found blaring through the P.A. speakers in sporting arenas throughout "The Lonestar State." The album opener is just anthemic enough to find itself being used as such, while it's also just sleazy enough to be...
Gather 'round the fire true believers, because right now you're about to hear a tale of a legendary beast from the land of Maryland. Yes indeed, that beast is CLUTCH, and they've returned once more to carry a torch and raise a flag for the legions of ears that can only have their sonic thirst quenched by the sounds...
Four songs are seldom enough to judge the overall quality of a band, but if the quartet presented on this EP is any indication - DEAD COUNTRY are off to a fine start. This self-titled set (released April 13th via Storefront Recordings) introduces listeners to the Los Angeles-via-Silverlake-based band, who despite forming just under two years ago, have...
A few weeks ago I took a look back at the past decade's worth of PUNK GOES... collections from FEARLESS RECORDS. If you missed that or aren't familiar with the series, you may want to click here to catch up before reading the rest of this review, as today is the day that PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK, the ninth installment of the...
THROUGH TOMORROW, the debut release from Kansas natives SEASONS AFTER has quickly risen to the top of my "surprising albums" of 2010 pile. Originally self-released by the five-piece band early last year, the album was picked up by Dirtbag Music who reissued the set with an additional track last month, and promptly began giving the album the push it...
It’s funny how things once forgotten pop back up to remind you just how good they were the first time around. Being fully immersed in music on a daily basis, it’s those little reminders that trigger a search for gems - entertaining nuggets that may not be the most perfect of recordings, but certainly some of the most entertaining. I’m...
The debut full-length from Finland's BARREN EARTH could easily be described in only one word: Epic. Due out April 6th via Peaceville Records, CURSE OF THE RED RIVER captures the momentum of last year's ep OUR TWILIGHT, delivering on the promise of multi-layered death and doom with elements of melodic harmony. The almost 8-minute title track sets the stage for the album,...
In 2007 the metal world was knocked on it's ass when Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, and Pickles (collectively known as Dethklok hit the scene with the DETHALBUM. Yes, the cartoon band from Adult Swim's METALOCALYPSE became legit rock stars when their debut hit #21 on the Billboard chart, becoming the highest-charting Death Metal album of...
Back in 1993, MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine was the second interview I'd ever conducted. Only 16 at the time and sporting a horrible Iowa-style metalhead mullet, taking a seat next to Dave was a huge deal. One thing that was clear to me even in my youth was that there's two types of metal fans: one's that like Megadeth, and...