CANTO: Psycho Las Vegas, Bruce Dickinson, Imperialist, and More

bruce

Let’s face it, this is probably the last Canto of the week. Fridays are for shits and the lack of giving them.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Second Circle: Slegest and Ævangelist

Second Circle

Life is all about contrasts. Some big, some small, some noticeable and some not so much. But in the end, without them, this would be a boring and laborious life. With that said, for this edition of Second Circle I’m taking a look at two albums that are sharp and stark in their contrasts but both have made an indelible impact on my listening habits as of late and both stood out instantly as albums I’d be engrossed in for different reasons and for some time to come. These albums are Slegest‘s Introvert and Ævangelist‘s Matricide In the Temple of Omega. Continue reading

The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Power Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, I spoke about fandom once again and how it led me to appreciate folk metal for what it is rather than for what it could be. I tend to intellectualize things when I don’t understand them, which is why I can’t let myself enjoy music or video games sometimes. Looking for the bigger thing doesn’t always lead to answers and, sometimes, you just have to have fun.

Considering how there has been many events this past month that have occurred, I think I need to bring some comfort and cheese into this column just to get away from all the rage and despair we are seeing. This brings me to, of course, another unfamiliar genre of metal that I am only aware of because of two bands that I am familiar with, and then I jumped the gun. Of course, I am still wading my way through the genre, so forgive me.

Also, be prepared to hear me talk about vocals – I am fascinated by them.

It’s time we talk about power metal. Continue reading

CANTO: Amorphis, Decibel Magazine Tour 2019, and More

Amorphis

Something about being over the hump or something. I need a beer.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Architects – “Holy Hell”

Architects - Holy Hell

Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into.  Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle.  Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever.  Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable.  Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.

No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss.  However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell.  It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable.  Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading